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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Wonderland




Wonderland is an absolutely breathtakingly beautiful fine art photography series by the immensely talented Kirsty Mitchell. I can't even put into words how incredible the series is. It's really got to be seen to be believed.

Wonderland first began in the Summer of 2009 and was born out of an escape from grief after the passing of Kirstys mother. What followed next was a half-decade whirlwind journey into Wonderland, with the final image being released in November 2014. One of the things that makes this series so unique is just how heavily involved Kirsty is in the entire process. From costume design and creation to hand making the props, Kirsty does it all, which is why some of the images can take as long as 5 months to complete.

This series is the perfectionists dream. You can tell exactly how much thought and planning has gone into each and every photograph. Every tiny detail has been thoroughly thought through and planned with precision and it's really paid off.

To say I'm hugely passionate about this series is an understatement. I've been following it along for a couple of years now, getting overexcited every time a new photograph was released and eagerly anticipating the launch of the book. So when an email appeared in my inbox last week announcing the details of the book, it's safe to say I was ecstatic!

The Wonderland Book was launched on Kickstarter last week and in less than 24 hours, broke the £100k mark and became the second most funded photobook of all time on kickstarter, which is incredible! Less than a week later and it's almost at £200k and I'm pretty sure is now the most funded photobook!

The book is available to pre-order in three different versions. The first option is the book by itself, available signed, with an acknowledgement in the book or unsigned at £79. I opted for the signed edition!

The second option, priced at £750, is the Limited Edition Box Set, which includes the book in a clamshell display box and two signed limited edition prints.

The third option is the Collectors Edition Box Set, which is rather expensive at £3000 and includes the book in an oversized clamshell display box and a portfolio slip case with three limited edition prints. Most excitingly of all, it also comes with a bespoke solid bronze sculpture of The White Queen's key! I can't even explain how much I want to get my hands on this edition.. maybe one day if I win the lottery!

I'm so excited for my book to arrive! I can't wait to own a little piece of the magic. What's your favourite picture? Mine are the ones pictured and I also really love The Fade of Fallen Memories, Gammelyn's Daughter or The Faraway Tree.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Stationery Wish List


Even though I'm not in school or uni any more, I still find myself feeling the need to refresh my stationary as each September rolls around. There's just something about having new pens and pencils and notebooks that always makes me feel more productive. An organised desk is an organised mind as they say.

I'm absolutely obsessed with the entire range of Kate Spade stationery at the moment, it's all so beautiful and elegant, it's just a shame that it's so expensive! I especially love the Pretty Little Thing notebook, it's the perfect size for stashing in my handbag and using on the go.

I feel like I can never have enough notebooks. Especially being self employed and working from home, I find I always have about ten different ones on the go. I'm in the middle of planning a trip to Paris next March, so the Paris notebook would be absolutely perfect for that!

I really like the idea of the meal planner. I'm following Slimming World at the moment and I've been looking for something like this so I can plan out my meals in advance. I used to have a similar one and it made sticking to the plan so much easier.

There are so many cute online stationery stores popping up at the minute. I think they're my current fave websites to window shop at. I'd love to find even more to lust over, so please let me know if you have any favourites!