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Velven

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LMV: Henry and Agnes by Velven, visual art

Artist // Professional // Artisan Crafts
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My Bio
I trained as a Costume Designer/Maker and now I spend my time making costumes, clothing and other sewn items for stage and individual customers, as well as designing and making jewellery, doing illustrations and working part time with a local costume collection.

I get inspiration from history, the natural world and artists or artistic movements that I admire. I'm particulary fond of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris, Japonisme, Indienne printed cottons and embroidery, antique lace, 18th C. botanical illustrations and silk taffeta. When I'm not hunched over a sewing machine, desk or computer I am usually outside in my garden with a book, or in the kitchen baking, depending on the weather!

Favourite Visual Artist
Mucha, Charles Dana Gibson, JC Leyendecker, John Bauer, The Pre-Raphaelites
Favourite Movies
House of Flying Daggers, Inglourious Basterds, Chicken Run
Favourite TV Shows
Supernatural, True Blood, Fringe, Band of Brothers
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Dire Straits, John Powell, Journey, Foreigner, Classical Film Scores
Favourite Books
Good Omens, Maurice, Sherlock Homes Stories
Favourite Writers
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Arthur Conan-Doyle
Favourite Games
Age of Mythology, Sims 3
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop CS, Wacom Intuos 4, Copic markers, pen and ink, watercolours, pencil crayons.
Other Interests
Costume, history, baking and cooking, reading.
Long story short I have been absent from dA due to a combination of art block, real life and work kicking my arse bigtime plus some problems with my account. But anyway, I am hopefully back for the time being and will be posting some new stuff soon. One of the things I was doing was re-jigging my Etsy shop and you can now buy historic costume inspired jewellery there so check it out! I'll be uploading some pictures of my latest designs onto dA over the next few days. I have also set up a dress diary on tumblr, which I am using to document my sewing projects. I say dress diary, but will also feature traditional craft and sewing projects too
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Just dropping in to remind you that my next kiriban is at 25k, so not long to go now!! As always, just note me with a screencap of the pageview counter. Good luck my dears!! Also I haven't been doing a lot of finished drawings lately, but will be uploading some crafty stuff and a sketchdump or two over the next few days so stay tuned! :D
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No I'm not dead, I just don't have a lot of time to draw atm because I am getting distracted by patchwork, embroidery and needle felting! I'm really enjoying learning new things but I do miss drawing. I'm hoping I might be able to squeeze in a bit more time for drawing after March though, at least that's when work will calm down a bit. Anyway, rather than spamming deviantArt with all the other stuff I've been making I've started a sort of tumblr portfolio. I'm not reblogging anything much, but  I'm trying to keep a steady flow of posts of stuff like photos of jewellery, WIP and sketches and some progress shots of my artwork and other project
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Happy Birthday! :D
Happy Birthday! :D (Big Grin) Party Have your cake and eat it too Party :D (Big Grin)
Happy birthday- have a wonderful day! :D
Happy Birthday! :D (Big Grin) Party Have your cake and eat it too Party :D (Big Grin)