When I took my pattern making course at Central Saint Martins, we were in the depths of winter. The new school building behind Kings Cross had literally just opened. (I blogged about my first visit here.) The venue wasn’t even on Google Maps yet and my post-work approaches on wintry evenings meant walking down gloomy paths between hills of churned up mud. Digger trucks and men in fluorescent were my only company. There wasn’t a photo in the world that could have made the place look glamorous. The building itself was breath-taking, but its surrounds? Post-apocalyptic.
Look at it now. I literally didn’t recognise the place when I re-visited. It’s absolutely glorious.
These college steps lead down to the canal path, full of joggers and cyclists. It’s a short walk to Camden one way and a stroll to Islington, the other. If you want a break from your studies here, you’re surrounded by creativity and stimulation. This is the Song Board installation:
Central Saint Martins sewing courses can be found here and there are some knitting courses here. The college isn’t cheap, but it is very inspiring. I’m trying not to look too hard at the courses on offer. I’ve already spent a lot this year on studying!
STOP PRESS! There’s another Pattern Pyramid gone live over at Rocket Sews! in Tasmania. Some fab patterns still up for grabs, and Kirsty’s throwing in another Burda magazine, and we have our first ever Pattern Pyramid stalker. Who’ll be stalker number two?
STOP STOP PRESS! The Lobster Dress has received an unprecedented amount of IRL love. (Quote: ‘You went out of our way to buy lobster fabric, didn’t you?’ Me: ‘Yes.’) I shall be wearing it tomorrow when I GO TO THE OLYMPICS. It shall be adorned with the ocean-themed ring I have bought especially to wear with the dress. Sea shells, lobsters, sunshine, Olympics. Life doesn’t get any better than this! So if you’re watching the men’s volley ball, and spot someone in the audience wearing a Lobster Dress – it’s ME.