Charcot Showcase & M.S Fundraiser – World M.S Day 2014

Helloooo!!

So…this happened!

Charcot Vanilla Cupcake by The Santangeli Cakery

Charcot Vanilla Cupcake by The Santangeli Cakery

With a mad run up to it for weeks, in the print studio non stop and running around to find the perfect venue, it finally all came together and I have to say it was the best night of my career…..so far!!

Apologies for keeping you all hanging, but I have been flying about trying to get back to normal after the success of the event!! Excited/exhausted and add a super hot holiday into the mix…..is a hard combo to deal with!

Right where to begin?!
Ok, set up day, a pretty stressful day, as I could do no more work for it, all my work was final and was about to be displayed for everyone to come and see!
With wallpaper samples still to be picked up from the printers and a lack of tacks to actually hang every, yeah I do silly things like forget vital things needed, I thought it was never going to come together! Oh and throw in an interview from STV  smack bang in the middle of it all I almost crumbled!
But with the help of my amazing Inker gals it all finally fell into place and I loved it!

One end of the huge space was set up as a homely installation, to show how comforting and unrecognisable the lesions from my MRI Scans now were!

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Lesion Print 100% wool cushions, screen printed by hand.

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My favourite lesion print!

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The rest of the space was used as a gallery ,displaying my Screen Prints.

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Laser Etched Lesion Prints

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ramed laser etchings and also,

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Digitally printed wallpaper samples.

When I finally saw all my work grouped together, I could see the whole collection was coming together and it got me so excited about continuing to develop and refine the rest of it!

Alongside my work was the Auction item area, which also looked great!!

Auction Items

Auction Items

My dear friends were so generous and donated some wonderful work and gifts!
A big shout out to Vanilla Ink and all my lovely Inkers for donating such beautiful pieces and a Make a Ring class. Thank you so much for all the other donations including stunning wine from Vinum, a Make a Lampshade class from the lovely Lovely Things, a print of yours truly by local artist Ryan Gordon and all the other little things that made lots of pennies on the night!!

Ok, it was almost go time, the cupcakes had just been set up and the wine had just arrived! I am not going to lie I don’t know if I was more excited about the event or the amazing Strawberry fizz from Cairn O’Mohr that would go perfectly with the vanilla cupcakes from The Santangeli Cakery anyway I had to get ready to hopefully greet lots of people?!!

Well what can I say….the number of people that attended was insane, the room was full, I couldn’t believe it!
What was even better was the reception to my work, it was great, far better than I ever expected! I got great support for fellow MSers but also the general public not only for the design side of my work but for the MS awareness side as well. So many people out there know of at least 1 person with MS, which still surprises me, but this meant they could relate to why I am determined to raise awareness of the condition.
It made me feel great, as a designer there is always the thought of ‘what if I am just making what I like and nobody else will like it or what if they don’t ‘get it’!! But they did, which has made me even more determined to make my work a success!

The night was going great, everyone was enjoying the food and drink, my work and most importantly bidding like crazy but the best was yet to come. I had organised to have some live music once bidding had closed.

We even got to taste other beauties from Cairn O'Mohr! Amazing!

We even got to taste other beauties from Cairn O’Mohr! Amazing!

Well that time came, oh so quick and the wonderful local artists Nicola Madill and Sean McGouldrick were setting up!
Wow they were brilliant, I now have a new love for acoustic music, it was incredible and everybody was loving them!

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It was the perfect ending to what turned out to be the perfect night and  perfect launch of Charcot!!

The next day I was on such a high but unfortunately I had to go and take down the display which was kind of sad, all that hard work…for one night!!
But I soon perked up when I started toting up the money which had been raised by donations, ticket sales and the great silent auction……..the Grand Total came to…..
£1060!!
I had raised over £1000 for MS Society Scotland…in one night!! It blew me away!
A huge thanks to everyone that donated and helped me achieve this outstanding amount, couldn’t have done it without you!
Oh and the total is still rising thanks to other donations and I will be posting more pieces that were not snapped up on the night on the Charcot facebook page so we can make even more!!

Stay tuned
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Thanks again!
xx

Fundraising, creating and fatiguing!

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Hello everyone!

So I have been a very busy girl…
I have been designing and making work for my new capsule collection, ‘Established 2007′, which is the first collection that will come under the name of my new business, ‘Charcot’.
I have also been organising an M.S fundraiser along with the launch of ‘Charcot’, which will take place as you can see, on World MS Day…this Wednesday 28th May at Wasps Studios in Dundee.

If you are free please come along, there will be super tasty cakes from The Santangeli Cakery, one or two delightful beverages and a Silent Auction, where you could treat yourself to some wonderful buys from local designers and artists and all proceeds raised will be going straight to M.S Society Scotland.
Oh and your chance to see what has been happening at ‘Charcot’ head quarters of course!

This is all very exciting and I am very pleased with what I have achieved so far.
But I am not going to lie, I have never experienced this amount of stress or fatigue since diagnosis. It has made me realise not only how much work goes into organising an event and also that designing and making the work at the same time as doing all this might have been a little bit too much for just myself to take on, but the main realisation is that I need to pace myself.
I have always told people,that ‘I am one of the lucky ones with M.S, I am not really severely affected by it like others.’.
Well this has been a major wake up call. Even after years of diagnosis, it has finally sunk in, I am not the person I used to be, I cant do it all, every day and night and jeez couldn’t even pull an all nighter even if I tried, unlike back in the day finishing course work the night before it was due in!
Maybe I have been in denial these past few years, I don’t know?! But I do know I need to listen to my body and slow it down when it says so!

On the plus side….this realisation has made me even more determined to make people aware of Multiple Sclerosis! As so many of the symptoms and problems MSers have to deal with on a daily basis are invisible people need to be educated!!
So after the launch and fundraiser…thats my next project! After my holiday of course!! :-P

Ok rant over!
I hope to see you all on Wednesday evening!

Take it easy!
xx

Full steam ahead….

Just a quick post today…. with just over 4 weeks until World MS Day (28thMay), the day I will be holding the launch of my Capsule Collection/M.S Awareness Fundraiser it is full steam ahead in the Print Studio!!
Here is a sneaky peak at what I have been up to!

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Full details of the event will be released soon!

Stay tuned! xxx

Lesions EVERYWHERE!!

Hello!

So, I really don’t know where the time goes!!
If you didn’t see the little film I made for the Vanilla Ink Social Media Fortnight, a few weeks ago. I announced the date of my Capsule Collection Launch which will be on the 28th of May, World MS Day!!

As that is just round the corner, I have been designing like crazy and loving it even although I am slightly fearing for my life…..but I am sure it will all come together, eventually…..right?!!!

Here is a sneaky peek of what I have been experimenting with!

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This is getting real & I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

Stay tuned!
x

Stick MS

Hey everyone!

So much for blogging once a week! I have been super busy but fear not I will tell all…eventually!

Lets start with what I got up to last month! I journeyed down to London for my annual neurology appointment with Dr Raj Kapoor at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Some how I managed to stretch what would only need to be a two day trip into a whole week! I am so glad I did as I had time to meet up with some great creative people and see some amazing things.

So where to start?!
Well apart from meeting up with some of my best friends, eating out A LOT, and having my Neurology appointment,which went very well! I also had a great meeting with Freddie Yauner, a marvellous Designer and more importantly the Creative Director of ShiftMS.
I have known Freddie for years, as I interviewed him while researching my degree show project in 2010. Since then we have kept in touch, which has been great and I am also a regular user of ShiftMS, it is a great source to find out what is going on with MS  in the medical world but also on a social aspect as the only person that can truly understand an MSer is another MSer!
Anyway, I was really excited to meet Freddie this time and to tell him all about my current work and new business plan as it has developed so much since my degree show work. While we both stuffed our faces with amazing Japanese cuisine, I explained how I was now using MS in a totally different way to inspire my work and what I planned to do next. He had an extremely positive reaction to it, so much so that when talking about ShiftMS projects that are in the pipeline, we decided to collaborate on a 3D  project.

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In a way we will be ‘Growing MS’ with the help of 3D printing. We aim to develop beautiful, wearable 3D pieces for a future project. This excites me greatly as I have never seen MS and more specifically MS lesions, looked at in this creative way before.

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MS will become something tactile we can all hold, wear and take ownership of, which is a long time in coming.
For a change we all can be in control of Multiple Sclerosis and I can’t wait.
Exciting updates coming soon! xx