What I Wore Today by Gemma Correll
The Book says:
Create a snapshot of your day and sum up your unique style in this brilliant book of doodles, scribbles and sketches. Part sketchpad, part journal, this is a totally customizable record of how you like to dress, what you love to do and who you really are.
What I Wore Today started as a Flickr group, then the blog came along and now the book. I had never heard of it before getting this book but I have, without realising, 'pinned' some of the participants work over on Pinterest. I love the humour that was coming through in these journal pages - I never realised there was a whole Worldwide movement - so to speak.
Gemma Correll has a fantastic, quirky sense of humour which comes through in her art and in this book. The book features some What I Wore Today work from some of the people that contribute to the Flickr group. Also scattered throughout the book are little drawing /doodling exercises; templates to get you started if you are a bit unsure of your drawing and lots of fashion chat. From what to wear as the seasons change, to creating your own style and combing craft shows, second hand shops, making your own accessories etc, for that something different.
The book itself is hardback with an elastic running down the back which I used to hold my page but am guessing if you used this as a journal it would also help to keep it closed as it grew. The pages are strong, sturdy quality and am thinking would take a fair bit of abuse.
The pages with the templates are on graph type paper and so handy if you are feeling maybe a bit unsure about starting. I tried to take a picture but where the templates are faint so that they don't overpower your drawing, they didn't show up in my scanner.
This is a book that made me smile. A lot. It did make me want to find out more, I've spent a good while looking through the group and it's just lovely to see both men and women taking part. All of varying abilities, styles, humour, satire... it's a real mixed bag. I've joined up myself now and been doing my own What I Wore drawings... I think it's such a brilliant way to get you drawing at least once a day. Got no inspiration? Just draw what you have on. Simple.
I only have one niggle. The Flickr group is so diverse. With so many women and men. It seems such a shame that the book is so... well... girly. It's very pink,and my two eldest daughters love it. I think it's a missed opportunity to have not made it a bit more gender neutral.
But other than that, big thumbs up. In fact I will be getting a couple more as I know a couple of people who'll just love this book :)
Thank you to Octopus Books for my copy.
What I Wore Today Flickr Group
What I Wore Today Blog
Thank you, as always, for stopping by :)
What? Oh alright, I know a certain few of you will demand to see...
You can click to enlarge if you want to nosy at the scrawl as well.
I really enjoyed doing these and am definitely going to keep it up daily. It's almost like a visual diary... and like I say, no excuse not to draw at least once a day! By 'eck, does it make me realise how shapeless my winter comfy jumpers are! Style icon I ain't!
Oh, and I didn't draw in the actual book as I have this stupid phobia about drawing in books! I know! Can you imagine me with one of those Wreck Your Journals? But have no fear, one of the girls has claimed it and it will get to live the life it was meant to :)
Really going now!
x x x