June 2, 2014

Adorn Review and Interview with Shini and Kit

Last month we were lucky enough to be sent a copy of Adorn to have a peek through. In all honesty we didn’t have high hopes for it. We’re both big fans of craft books but Adorn is more focussed on DIY and customising clothes and accessories, things that we don’t really do a lot of. After even our first flick through the book though we were converts. Every project in the book had us exclaiming how we needed to try it out. The beads! The jewels! Did we mention the beautiful photos? My oh my…

It probably helped that the writers behind Adorn are two of our all-time favourite bloggers, Shini Park from Park and Cube and Kit Lee from Style Slicker. The book is an extension of both of their blogs: clean, stylish and fresh and we LOVE it.

We caught up with Shini and Kit to ask them a couple of questions about Adorn…

What’s your favourite project in the book and why do you love it?
Shini+Kit: Our favourite project in the book is the vintage scarf halter-neck top with chain necklace, because it’s a simple and versatile project, perfect for very last minute outfit changes or worn as a beach top. If you don’t have a needle and thread, you can simply use a couple of safety pins or raffle it up with a bejewelled brooch.

Adorn by Kit Lee and Shini Park (Haride Grant, £16.99) Photography: Shini Park and Kit Lee

How did you get into crafting and DIY?
Kit: I did an internship with Fee Doran aka Mrs Jones, who created the infamous white catsuit in Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head video.  They make and style costumes for bands and artistes for music videos, styling, stage costumes et al.  Many of the costumes were customised that involved with using spray paints, jewellerys, deconstructed and re-constructed garments, as well as pattern cutting to create outfits.  I learned all the basics and took the skills with me. I’m obsessed with embellishment and intricate surface detailing, hand beading is like my therapy, adhesive in DIY is a big no no.

Where do you get inspiration for projects?
Shini+Kit: Pinterest and Style.com are great for sourcing ideas and inspiration, blogs are great too!

Did you learn any crafting or DIY skills from anyone in particular?
Kit: I was taught how to use a sewing machine by my mum at a very young age, she used to make clothes for us siblings and sew at a clothing factory.  I excelled in textiles and art at school and decided I wanted to become a fashion designer. I studied fashion design at the prestigious fashion college at London College of Fashion, and the story went from there.

Do you have any tips for someone starting to create DIY and handcrafted things?
Shini+Kit: Using glue and stapling is a great start! Only joking. Our advice is to be creative, browse on Pinterest for DIY inspirations, don’t be afraid of using a thread and needle, maybe learn how to sew a button onto a shirt, learn basic hand sewing if you don’t own a sewing machine.

Thank you Shini and Kit for chatting to us and an even bigger thank you for inspiring us all with your projects and blogs.

We’ll hopefully be trying out some of the projects in Adorn soon so keep an eye out!

H+R

*All photos reproduced here from Adorn by Kit Lee and Shini Park (Haride Grant, £16.99) Photography: Shini Park and Kit Lee

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