Whatkarenfound is a documentary blog for one year only of my fashion and lifestyle items I find and buy. I am not a conventional shopper. I find high street and shopping centers/ complexes uninspiring and patronizing! I shop alternatively, Charity Shops, Boot Sales, Markets, Auctions, Antique Centre's, Retro Shops and the good old Jumble sales. This is an experiment to see if what I find inspires my work as a designer and stylist. All content on this blog is created by Karen Savage. Enjoy !

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Karen Savage is a Feminist in the Fashion Industry. A thinker with a heart, who would like to share her Savage world. For over two decades, Karen Savage’s keen sense of ‘now’ and exuberant sense of humour have lead her on a gloriously winding path, questioning everything ‘fashion’ has to offer. From Designer to Stylist, Trend Forecaster to Creative Director, Blogger and Artist - Karen Savage has been there, done that and turned ‘fashion’ on its head and into something new. Karen is outspoken and charming, a self-proclaimed ‘Council Estate Princess’ via Birkenhead. The Independent crowned her the ‘Queen of Tongue n Chic’. Karen first sprung to public consciousness in the early 90s with her own critically-acclaimed fashion label SAVAGE and her controversial slogan-tees. She explores themes of feminism and sustainability in her work. The UK press just couldn't get enough of this ironic designer and everyone from Just 17, The Times to Radio 4s Women’s Hour has interviewed Karen Savage. Karen Savage is a Senior Lecturer at The London College of Fashion, St. Martin's College of Art and The Hong Kong Design Institute. She also freelances as a Creative Director in Print and Licensing.

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Monday, 19 April 2010

Desperate for Spring !

These fuys below were a haul from a trip visiting friends and family in Brighton and Witterings in Sussex. I found these just before Spring sprung and have been so busy with various things that Summer is nearly here! So best get them logged and blogged. I have noticed since doing this that the seasons and visuals associated to seasons have an effect on what I find and buy. I would like to think that I am different, just like my Great Aunt May, being a square peg in a round hole, but something’s, like the seasons are just bigger than me.

70s yellow flower print biscuit barrel from Witterings. Going to use it for storing buttons and sewing things, could also be used for diy bits too, undecided.
Perspex dandelion paperweight, this is so amazing, nature and plastic together! What a concept? The dandelion looks all fluffy like it’s at the point in its life /death when it’s going to be dispersed on a Summer’s day. Eat your heart out Damien Hurst! I think this little commercial paper weight is a big contender. Found in a charity shop in Surrey.
Daffodil candle holder made from pottery. Its looks very 1920s in colouring style and a bit Jazzy! A lady can never have enough candle sticks! Found in a charity shop in Surrey.

My cat getting in on the action, he just loves it, he sees me with the camera and he is there like a shot, literally.

Knitting bag / organiser, bought for the print, love the scale and Green, Yellow, Black exotic print vibe teamed with the wood. It’s a user and an inspirer! Found and bought in Charity shop in Surrey.

Enid Blyton children’s books, brilliant illustrations and colours on the covers. I am noticing this is getting to be a bit of a thing of mine posting books for inspiration from the cover design. Recently watched a film called “Enid” about her life story and didn’t realise see was a bit of a complicated lady, well aren’t all the best ones! Found these in Charity shop in Surrey.

Check jumbo clip 50p– again really into the scale of this print and like how padded it is. I think it was old 80s stock someone had given to the charity shop as they had a few. Found and bought in Charity shop in Surrey.

Dinner on London

Found these coasters with colour photo scenes of London in a charity shop in Witterings. Love the box that neatly holds them all in. When I spotted it I thought I had found some old family jewels’ as the box had that look of finding treasure about it. The photos on the coasters have an unreal picture postcard look to them. So strange to see the London I have lived in for 20 years looking so calm and clean?

Exotic Ladies

1970s commercial art has been a fancy of mine for a good while. I first started finding it in charity shops and boot sales for a pound or two many years ago. Sadly those days are gone, so I thought? Tretchikoff, Lynch and Pearson women can sell for as much as £60 these days, not that I bought my beauties for that reason. For me I loved the representation of the exotic lady, the kitsch and commercial art for everybody vibe. I found this Pearson Lady print below in an old junk yard in Reading for £3, couldn’t believe my eyes when this beauty came into my vision. She is such a stunner and will fit in a treat with my other ladies on the wall, you go ladies!