modeforevents-olive-cmyk

Blog

Welcome to my blog

 

Here you can add some text to explain what your blog is about and a bit about you.

By modefor, Jul 16 2018 09:37AM

Back in cold and snowy March this year, I was invited to join the creative team at Sheffield Carnival as part of a group of local artists who would be designing and creating vibrant and larger than life costumes for the long anticipated re launch of Sheffield Carnival. The theme was 'The Rise of the Phoenix' depicting a rebirth of the carnival vibe on our streets, as it rises from the ashes after a 20 year break.


The aim was to bring carnival back to Sheffield big style!


I was thrilled to discover I would be working under the direction of talented designer Clary Salandy, the woman behind the spectacular Notting Hill costume parade and one of the UK's leading designers in Carnival arts.


After meeting Clary, I realised this was going to be a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in this field. I really admired her passion for carnival, the arts, her high standards and expertise. She was very supportive and I had so much to learn from her. It was also a chance to finally put my qualifications in Design and Theatre to good use too. From then on, I embraced every second of Clary's invaluable teaching and carefully observed every aspect of her design process.


During the past few months I've learnt that carnival is so much more than feathers, bikinis and sequins. It's a theatrical, visual and dynamic art, an expression of culture and heritage, that means so much to many people. It brings people together and has a varied and diverse culture input whilst maintaining a sense of community. Not only that it's SO MUCH FUN!


The next three months felt like a chaotic whirlwind of workshops, designing, sketching, creating, painting and making. With only a couple of weeks to go I had the opportunity to visit Clary's Carnival Arts studio in London.


Her bustling three storey studio is full to bursting with a huge collection of larger than life colourful costumes, everywhere you look a feast for the eyes, no nook or cranny left empty, a room jam packed with dazzling colours, shapes, fabrics and dizzying designs. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop and I felt at home.


I spent the day with members of Clary's team and under Clary's guidance I created a prototype for my phoeonix dress design which was going to be worn by ten ladies in a section of the parade in Sheffield.

Back in Sheffield, it was hard to see how it was all going to come together in time, hundreds of costumes, hours and hours of hard work, a great deal of sweat, blood and tears but it did and in spectacular style thanks to the amazing hard working team at Sheffield Carnival.


The final costumes were simply out of this world. Seeing my designs come to life was one of the best feelings ever. Ten sassy women all strutting their stuff wearing my design, as we all danced together without a care in the world. The big parade saw hundreds of people dancing in the street, reflecting Sheffield's diverse range of international culture, all partying together as one big community with great multicultural spirit.


It seems that carnival is well and truly back on the streets of Sheffield and this pheonix bird has well and truly risen.


Have fun this summer peeps and make sure you find time to feel that carnival vibe, believe me it's addictive!


Love from,


Karen xx


For a BBC story on the carnival go here:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-37194414/notting-hill-carnival-clary-salandy-s-guide-to-costume-making


Photo credits:

Tim Denell

#sheffieldcarnival2018

www.sheffieldcarnival.org





By modefor, Jun 11 2018 10:20AM

We kicked-off June with a fabulous wedding at The Arches as Dean Clough. The wedding of Jamie and James.


This fabulous couple had everything organised and it was all about foliage, ferns, fabulous food and fun.


They actually held their wedding ceremony at Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags which is a beautiful National Trust hidden gem in Hebden Bridge before coming over to The Arches in a vintage bus. Then it was time for a few photos, a three-course sit down meal from the in-house caterers Eat Me - Drink Me and dancing, all night long!


There were some great extra touches too with succulent favours, giant games supplied by Add Vintage, our favourite photobooth Herman from Volkswagen Wedding Company. Florals were by The Willow Garden.


The first sneak of official photos from Lianne Gray Photography are absolutely fabulous too.


Check out our behind the scenes images HERE.


Congratulations Jamie & James.

Much Love

Tabby xxx


By modefor, Jun 4 2018 09:41AM



Are you living overseas but getting married in the UK? Maybe you’re returning home to be amongst friends and family for your special day?


Planning a wedding can be time consuming, stressful and demanding at the best times, but when you add in several thousands of miles distance between you and your venue, the planning process is even harder.


I have been so fortunate to help couples living overseas plan their weddings here in the UK and one thing I can tell you is, that with the right approach and strategy, the whole process should be as smooth and stress free as anything. Check out this gorgeous wedding of Lisa and Alan who married at The Arches @ Dean Clough in Halifax but actually live in Singapore. (Check out their wedding album HERE).


To help you on your planning journey I have my top three tips for couples living overseas and planning their Destination UK Wedding.


1. Get organised about what you can do from abroad


Whether you live in the UK or overseas, your planning strategy will start out the same. First things first, decide your budget and guest list and this will help you narrow down your searches. Also, decide geographically where you want to host your wedding. It may be that you’re heading ‘home’ or to the place you first met.

After that, the internet is your friend and so much research of venues and suppliers can be done online. There is also a wealth of check-lists available on the internet to download and utilise (check ours out too).

Email potential venues and suppliers for quotes and be sure to tell them you are living overseas so all communication will be via email or Skype or through a delegated family member or friend.


2. Delegate


Delegation is key. Organise yourself an awesome team of trusted family members or friends that know you really well and you can trust to visit venues and suppliers. Make a list of questions to ask and that they know exactly what you do and don’t want and also ask them to take photos and videos too. Why not get them to Facetime you as they visit people or places so you really feel a part of the whole adventure.

I would also suggest keeping suppliers to a minimum so you can keep better control of things from afar. For example, your caterers may be able to supply your wedding cake as well, or your florist could do all your venue styling or hire a wedding planner or coordinator who also does event design and floristry.


3. Ask the Experts for the rest


Once you’ve done as much as you can and delegated a portion of the visits and planning to friends and family, don’t try and ‘go it alone’ for the rest. Find yourself a good wedding planner that will help you plan and coordinate as much or as little as you need help with. It may be that your venue’s in-house coordinator will help you with everything or search for an independent planner. Remember when choosing someone, compatibility is key and you must ‘connect’ with them so they totally understand you, your needs and desires and your constrictions of living overseas.


If you follow these three top tips it will set you on a good and organised path to organising your Destination UK Wedding and as always, if you want any more hints, advice or inspiration just drop me a message or join my stress-free wedding planning group at www.facebook.com/groups/theweddingfixer


Much Love

Tabby xx






By modefor, Mar 27 2017 01:55PM

A week on from being in Switzerland working with the fabulous musicians of the Echo du Jorat Brass Band, I’ve been pondering why the concert Simon and I took part in had such a huge impact on me when, to be quite frank, the idea of playing in a brass band concert in the UK leaves me somewhat cold these days.


That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed a couple of the last concerts I’ve played in here in Blighty. Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of playing for the Rothwell Temperance Band in two concerts and well, what a band that is! A superb standard band with a great Musical Director that puts a little twist on the musical choices to keep programmes fresh, plus a full, appreciative audience. What a great combo!


The fact is though, I loved our Switzerland gig because it wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance and event packaged up with every element that made the musicians and audience happy and wanting more.


For years, bands, choirs and other musical groups in the UK have put on a concert for audiences to enjoy, but with a decline in audience sizes, less disposable income for people to spend on attending concerts and let’s face it, a general apathy towards supporting the arts, concerts are struggling to compete with other social invitations.


Maybe it’s just because groups are not offering the paying guests enough? Maybe it’s time for a shake-up and to think outside the box.


The format for our Swiss adventure went something like this….

8.30pm – Concert… A great concert in two halves with new music, easy listening music, great soloists (all of which did an encore of their entire solo again). During the interval, there was the usual drinks, raffle etc… everything you’d expect to help ‘up the revenue.’

11pm – Concert finishes. Lots of happy musicians and very happy paying guests…none of which leave the venue….


So, what happens next you may ask? Well, it was at this point that everyone chipped in and seemingly this was just the beginning of the night… A local folk band started playing, people started dancing, the local food and wine was flowing, everyone had their role to play and there was a room of the biggest, happiest party I’ve seen in a while…and they were still going five or six hours later! It was truly brilliant and a tremendous, happy atmosphere.


But it isn’t rocket science to make it such a success; quite simply the concert wasn’t just a concert. It was a whole performance event and party which became a great celebration of music, food and drink.


Now, like the best culinary recipes, surely that’s the way forward with performances…simple quality ingredients put together well to create the ultimate sensation.

Food (and music) for thought…


Tabby xxx




RSS Feed

Web feed