Amelia’s Magazine | Halloween 2012: Illustrations, Baby Fancy Dress, Nail Art and Things To Do

halloween by cristian-grossi
Halloween by Cristian Grossi.

I’m not going to write much about Halloween this year because I think I pretty much said it all last time around. And I’m knackered. All I will say is: this year I reckon it’s all about the nail art. Go on, just search twitter and marvel at all that effort: bloody drips, ghouls, stylish matte black, candy stripes, zombie brains, skeletons, spiders, bogey green and pumpkin orange. In the absence of professional nail art contributions I instead give you my crabby claws. Oh and illustrator Claire Kearns shows off her rather more dramatic glittery spider webs. Are you in on the act yet?

halloween nails
claire kearns halloween nails
Me & Zena Revenge of the Eyeball ring
This Me & Zena Revenge of the Eyeball ring grabbed my attention at press days last week. Grab yours for a special Halloween price of £22.40 now.

Snarfle convict witch
I’m also loving uber cute Halloween outfits for babies. For obvious reasons. Next year I really will get him dressed up good and proper. Here’s my illustrated Halloween blog with a few spookish things to do thrown in, enjoy!

Trick Or Treat by Becca Thorne
Trick Or Treat by Becca Thorne. The HOWLERWEEN DOG PARADE was held on Sunday 28 October in Lincoln Inn Fields. After the parade visitors went on a guided Ghost Dog Walking Tour to hear tales of the human and canine ghosts that roam London’s dark streets.

Halloween by Ben Rider
Halloween by Ben Rider.

Halloween Skull by Cristian Grossi.

vampam by Samantha Eynon
Count Cosmin the Halloween paper toy by Samantha Eynon. Download your free template and make your own here.

Wickerman by Rebecca Strickson
Wickerman by Rebecca Strickson.

Halloween Skulls by Cristian Grossi.

Scary Halloween Face by Lizzie Donegan at New Good Studio.

DAY OF THE DEAD-thorwistle
On Thursday 1st November Thor & Wistle are holding a DAY OF THE DEAD jewellery event, where you can pick up a pair of Rachel Entwistle‘s spidery earrings. The work of the in house designers will be joined by Lauren Baker‘s mosaic skulls and Nail It! will be on hand to provide Halloween nail art: so hot right now!

Halloween by Cristian Grossi.

Halloween by Hannah Cooper
Halloween by Hannah Cooper.

We were Here by Sine Skau
We were Here by Sine Skau.

Fireside Chats tree house of horror
I will be at Spitalfields City Farm for the last session of this year’s Fireside Chats, a fortnightly gathering of like minded souls around the camp fire: Barney’s Tree House of Horror. ‘If you STILL havent planned your Hallowe’en night then why not join us for our final Fireside Chat of the season where we will be cooking a Pumkin Stew, roasting Marshmellows and being scared out of our wits by Barney Netherwood‘s horror stories told out of Spitalfields City Farm‘s tree house. Call us if you get lost or stuck outside the gates, we are always there.’ Between 6.30-9pm on Weds 31st October.

Zombie Hand by Ben Rider
Zombie Hand by Ben Rider.

*More Nail Art*

raven rouge halloween nails
Raven Rouge by Wah Nails for Art Macabre Drawing Salons.

fancy folk halloween nails
Viktoriya Zarvanska of Fancy Folk.

the magical dee halloween nail art
Halloween nail art from Dee Apriyanti.

halloween nails by Clothes Hound
halloween nails by Clothes Hound. You can even watch her tutorial here on video!

Categories ,Art Macabre Drawing Salons, ,Baby Fancy Dress, ,Barney Netherwood, ,Barney’s Tree House of Horror, ,Becca Thorne, ,Ben Rider, ,Claire Kearns, ,Clothes Hound, ,Count Cosmin, ,Cristian Grossi, ,Day of the Dead, ,Dee Apriyanti, ,Dynasty Jewellery, ,Fancy Folk, ,Fireside Chat, ,Ghost Dog Walking Tour, ,Hallowe’en, ,Hannah Cooper, ,HOWLERWEEN DOG PARADE, ,illustration, ,Lauren Baker, ,Lizzie Donegan, ,Me & Zena, ,Nail Art, ,Nail It!, ,New Good Studio, ,Rachel Entwistle, ,Raven Rouge, ,Rebecca Strickson, ,Revenge of the Eyeball ring, ,Samantha Eynon, ,Sine Skau, ,Spitalfields City Farm, ,Thor & Wistle, ,Vampam, ,Viktoriya Zarvanska, ,WAH Nails, ,Zombie Hand

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Amelia’s Magazine | Art Car Boot Fair 2013 Review

art car boot fair review
This year’s Art Car Boot Fair was noticeably busier than the previous ones I have attended, despite the drabness of the day. A tipping point has been reached, and it’s unique charms are now reaching a wider crowd beyond the trendy Shoreditch regulars. Whilst this can only be a good thing for the artists (some of whom are not as well known or rich as Peter Blake) it made for a far less pleasant experience. Particularly with a little one in tow: the car park behind the Truman Brewery is not a good place to hang out with children. This meant my visit was fairly fast, then straight across Allen Gardens to the far more relaxed environs of Spitalfields City Farm, which hosts the Eco-Chic Outdoor Market every Sunday through summer. Of course I hung out long enough to make a few purchases and take copious photos… here’s what I saw.

An amazing outfit & floral headdress at the #artcarbootfair
Lots of people make an effort to be outrageous: how about this dashing cartoon character made real (above) or an amazing floral headdress to make an impact on the crowd?

gavin turk
Peter Blake had already packed up and gone home by the time we arrived shortly after lunch. Sadly (maybe?) I don’t think fellow famous artist Gavin Turk sold too many balloons. An Avante Garde step too far perhaps?

chris balls
Chris’ Balls made a delightful pattern laid out on a rug.

boo saville
Portraits by Boo Saville swung artfully in the breeze.

cliff pearcey
cliff pearcey
One of my favourite stalls every year is that of Cliff Pearcey, who has a real eye for creating up cycled products out of old tat. Above you can see Snarfle surveying my piece, Booking (Geddit?) I loves it.

The Whitechapel Gallery were trying to persuade people to slap the jelly arse at #artcarbootfair
The Whitechapel Gallery were trying to persuade people to slap the jelly arse by artist Justine Pearsall, and I must say it did have a rather fabulous wobble.

Felt Beatles by John Gathercole
Felt Beatles by John Gathercole got the thumbs up from craft lovers on my instagram feed.

pure evil
Pure Evil did ridiculous business, with a queue snaking around half the market thanks to his appearance in The Apprentice and subsequent fame.

sock monster
Not sure who created these bizarre sock monsters, maybe good for a doorstop?!

Bespoke collage pizza art at keelertornero
Bespoke collages on vintage vinyl at the PIZZARTERIA by artists KEELERTORNERO.

Ace silk scarf by Mark Titchner. Feel Good Now
I love this ace silk scarf by Mark Titchner. Feel Good Now: fine sentiments.

Spooky girls embroidered artwork by the Binnie Sisters
The Binnie Sisters were in residence inside a gazebo hung with their artwork, including this spooky girls embroidered portrait of two girls. Out front a painted car was for sale ‘contents included‘ – those contents including an old television heavily encrusted with paint. I’ve been trying to find out more about these intriguing artists, who together with Wilma Johnson were founders of the Neo-Naturist body painting cabaret in the early 80s.

Ladies by Wilma Johnson, #neonaturist #surfmama
Wilma herself had travelled over from her home in France to take part: I love her loose style of painting in black ink, then colouring in with bright colours… so much so that I commissioned her to draw our family portrait for a mere £20. Wilma Johnson is another fascinating character, having left Ireland with her three children to pursue her dream of learning how to surf when she was well past the age of 40. Her biography, Surf Mama (published by Beautiful Books), has received unanimously glowing reviews on amazon and I’d love to read it, once I find the time.

Wilma Johnson the Surf Mama
wilma johnson family portrait
I wonder what next year will bring… in the meantime find the Art Car Boot Fair at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27-28th July.

Categories ,Allen Gardens, ,Art Car Boot Fair, ,Beautiful Books, ,Boo Saville, ,Chris Balls, ,Cliff Pearcey, ,Eco-Chic Outdoor Market, ,Felt Beatles, ,Gavin Turk, ,John Gathercole, ,Justine Pearsall, ,Keeler & Tornero, ,KEELERTORNERO, ,Mark Titchner, ,Neo-Naturist, ,Peter Blake, ,Pure Evil, ,shoreditch, ,Spitalfields City Farm, ,Surf Mama, ,The Apprentice, ,The Binnie Sisters, ,Truman Brewery, ,Whitechapel Gallery, ,Wilma Johnson

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