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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, Feb 19 2017 11:15AM

Hargate Hall in Wormhill, Buxton is one of our favourite wedding venues so we were delighted by the fact that our first wedding of 2017 was planned for this fabulous Peak District venue.

Emma and Chris had chosen this exclusive wedding venue and just three months before the big day we met with them over dinner at our gorgeous Rose Cottage to discuss what we could do to make their wedding weekend perfect. Our first stop for Hargate couples is to invite them to dinner so we can chat all things ‘Hargate Weddings,’ plus, as it’s our catering services which are very popular at Hargate, we get to tempt them with some fabulous and relaxed style dining.

With Chris being a wine merchant we knew we had to create a menu that matched his wine tastes so it was great to create a fabulous tasting menu and both Emma and Chris had some great ideas to create a fabulous menu for their guests. It was a great first meet-up, made better by the attendance of the fabulous ‘Myf’ or ‘Myfanwy’ their very cute and well behaved dog!

Services were booked and another couple left us happy not only with their catering choices but the fact we offer so much more. As wedding and event planners and coordinators first and foremost, we are there to help Hargate couples plan and run every aspect of their wedding, guaranteeing they get completely relaxed, fun and professionally run wedding.

Friday 27 January 2017 soon came around and it was time to pack-up and head to Buxton and set-up, helping to dress the marquee with Emma’s vision of green and pinks with paper cranes and a few little pigs and get everything organised for Saturday’s wedding before we had a well-earned meal at our favourite restaurant, The Merchant’s Yard in Tideswell (a must for anyone in the Buxton area!).

Despite being a cold weekend in January everything was set for their wedding and as Saturday arrived our fabulous team was set and ready to go. The gents were dressed in traditional Welsh kilts and Emma looked stunning in a dress made by Chris’ mum and Myf was suitably attired with a green bowtie!

It was another successful weekend wedding that had great, fun people, wine and fabulous food and once again our fabulous Mode for…Events team delivered a professional and approachable service that once again made me super proud of what we do and how we do it.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Pritchard and well done #teammodefor.

Tabby xx


Venue: Hargate Hall Wormhill, Buxton


Menu:

Starter: Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup

Main: Slow roasted Tuscan Ox Cheek with Mashed Potatoes & Heritage Carrots

Dessert: Handmade Panna Cotta with Spiced Apple & Pear Compote


Mode for....Events Services: Catering with full coordination.


Team: Tabby, Simon, Abigayle, Elizabeth, Tais & Rachel (thanks to Sam from Ancilla for supplying Tais & Rachel).


Flowers: Moss & Clover



By modefor, Feb 15 2017 07:00AM

Our lives at Mode for…Events are ensconced in the most amazing world of creativity, inspiration and all round wonderfulness. We are very lucky in that every day we do what we want to do. We carve our own path through life, never saying ‘no’ to ideas and projects and as a consequence every day is different.


This way, we continually develop our diverse business doing things we are passionate about.

Day to day we could be planning weddings, planning, designing and styling events, managing venues and events, being musicians, recommending and supplying amazing industry colleagues to clients, creating menus and surrounded by fabulous food and wine, or travelling to explore, be inspired and create our next project. We have no limits and we love it.


Quite simply, our ethos is to do what we love and love what we do and at this we succeed. We make the rules and trends and we don’t follow them! We execute everything with passion and professionalism whilst keeping super relaxed. We are always on the lookout for new projects and ways to develop and diversify. Our number one priority is how we work with our clients, colleagues and industry friends and we have a reputation for supporting and collaborating to strengthen ourselves and everyone around us. It’s an exciting and unique place to be!


So, in honour of our hand-carved Mode for…Events culture, we’re excited to offer up the opportunity for people to join us, with the launch of three exciting, yet varied Summer internship positions.

We’re so excited about meeting new people, working with and being inspired by them and that’s why we’re keen to invite passionate people to join our amazing world.


Whether you are just wanting to see if it’s the world for you, or perhaps you have just started out as an independent wedding or events business and would like mentoring and more experience, this could be the perfect opportunity for you, as not only will you work with us, you will also gain experience and opportunities from some of our closest and most respected weddings and events friends in several different fields of the industry.


So, don’t hesitate, read our info and see if this could be something for you.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

Tabby xxx


www.issuu.com/modefor/docs/internships_with_mode_for...events






By modefor, Oct 20 2016 06:00PM

We adore our weddings at Hargate Hall in Wormhill, Buxton. We’ll be honest, it is one of our favourite venues, but then again we are a little biased as we got married there ourselves in April 2016. (We really should share some of our own pics on the blog shouldn’t we?)


We’ve had some great weddings there this Summer but last week we got some official images from the wedding of Nadya and Dave Murray, taken by the super talented Cassandra Lane.


At Hargate Hall we supply everything from coordination to full catering and at this wedding we supplied the lot, plus nailed the art of hanging floating branches! We had our ‘A’ team on the job with Tabby, Simon, Abi and Elizabeth and it was a great day. What an awesome family and guests. We also had some additional help from the next door neighbours’ cat! He’s a cutie, if not a naughty boy breaking in to the marquee at every opportunity for some guest attention.


Enjoy these selected images from Cassandra. They’re awesome.


We can’t wait to be at Hargate Hall next year for lots of weddings, plus we’ll be there in December for a wedding and a corporate event and back in February to meet lots of wonderful people.


Enjoy.


Tabby x


Photography: Cassandra Lane Photography




The gorgeous couple
The gorgeous couple
Our lovely Abi
Our lovely Abi
Elizabeth on duty
Elizabeth on duty
Floating Branches
Floating Branches
Floating branches
Floating branches
Nadya & Charlie Cat!
Nadya & Charlie Cat!
Pudding on the Terrace
Pudding on the Terrace
Nadya & Dave
Nadya & Dave
Simon and our little helper!
Simon and our little helper!
Tabby & Simon
Tabby & Simon
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