Friday, 6 April 2012

Gemma Correll's What I Wore Today

I've been meaning to do this for a few weeks...Look what arrived in the post!!

The lovely people at Octopus Books sent me a brand spanking new copy of Gemma Corrells long awaited book! For those of you who don't know about this book - or are familiar with Gemma's work, (where have you been??) I should tell you that she is a super doodler who's work is everywhere! I've been a fan of Gemma's simple yet unbelievably quirky style (and also the regular updates of one of the loves in her life - her Pug, Mr Norman Pickles...) for some time. Gemma was inspired by fashion forward websites and other platforms were people can post pictures or blog about their favourite outfits etc. She thought while some people may not like to post pictures of themselves, doodling might be a fun alternative. 

(Copyright - Gemma Correll)

What I wore Today started off as a Flickr group that Gemma set up to allow people to upload drawings of their outfits from that day. The response has been huge over the past few years attracting people with all ranges of artistic skills and different mediums. Men, women, young, old - everyone was getting involved.  

In May last year Gemma announced that her wicked idea was being transformed into a book and that she would be chosing 32 people to appear in the book with her. I was over the moon to learn in early June that mine was one of the first 16 to be chosen! Woohoo!!!

So a year on here it is - this 122 page hardback, part sketchpad, part journal is packed with ideas and top tips, plenty of doodling space to record your favourite outfits, quirky styles and generate ideas to allow your style and collections to grow. Design your own accessories, tote bags and even hairstyles. Cleverly sectioned into seasons so you can record and plan the seasons styles. Gemma's illustrations pop up throughout the book for a little inspiration and guidance...

All in all an awesome book for all levels of artistic ability, ages, genders, shapes and sizes. It was an absolute honour to be chosen to be included in something as exciting as this. It's a great gift for any aspiring fashion fanatic and I highly recommend it! 

Check out all the wonderful pieces of submitted artwork on the what I wore Today Flickr stream here
Gemma's What I wore Today book is priced at £9.99 and available from most bookstores and also Amazon.
If you would like to find out more about Gemma Correll and her lovely 
doodle-y world and also see pictures of her handsome pug- check out her website and blog.

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