Monday, December 30, 2013

My First Love - Cars

Starting young
Starting young!

Posing with a nice rear
Posing with a beautiful rear!

Proud Collection
So the OCD isn't a recent development!

Drawing on the floor
Look at the concentration and old school printer paper!

Work on display at exhibition at Northumbria University
Some of my work on display at Northumbria University.

Final Major Project
My Final Major Project exhibited at New Designers.

I have a confession to make, I'm in love with cars. I love cars like women love shoes! I wish I had a romantic story to tell about the first time I laid eyes on a Ferrari and fell in love, but the truth is I've loved cars for so long that I can't remember the first time this realisation struck me! I was born into a family of car and motorsport fanatics. My dad and uncle had a series of various performance cars over the years and I was even named after triple Formula 1 Champion Niki Lauda.

So it comes as no surprise that this passion was passed onto me as a young child. Every birthday and Christmas, all my toys would be either model cars or some form of vehicle, and if my parents or grandparents wanted to keep me occupied, all they had to do was give me pen and paper and I'd be happily drawing cars for hours! This eventually led to me graduating from an automotive design course at university.

As I have got older it is Formula 1 that totally consumed my life! I watch all the practice sessions when nothing actually happens and I even wake up at ridiculous o'clock to catch the races live when they're in the far east. None of my friends and family understand my love for it! They just think I'm crazy when I can watch the replay at a normal 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon! Nor do they understand why I have to, or even want to fix my own car! "Take it to the garage" they say, but they don't understand the beauty of getting down and dirty with the nuts and bolts of your car, that sense of achievement of having fixed something! It's going to sound really sad, but my feelings for my car are somewhat similar to the feelings a dog owner has to their pooch! It's a two way thing, I look after the car, and the car gives me joy when I drive it!

I can't really explain why I love cars, I never get bored of looking at them. It doesn't even have to be an exciting car, I could be following a Ford Focus in traffic and I'd be staring at it and boring everyone in the car with facts and figures about it! I can even tell the make and model of a car at night from the shape of the rear lights, this party trick is usually followed by questions such as "What was your score on the autism test again?". To many people a car is just an appliance or tool. I mean, can you imagine your friend started telling you the specs of a washing machine?! To many people a car is on the same level as a washing machine or computer, a tool that does a job. But for me, its something to study, understand and admire. I think I may have a problem...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Check that Tartan

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Jacket/Shirt/Jeans | Topman, Footwear | Puma, Sunglasses | Ray-Ban

I'm still trying to find a couple of good and reliable locations for my photos, and I think I may just have found one good spot in Yorkshire. Its a nice and quiet walk flanked by cottages and as you see above, a nice white painted wall as a bonus!

If you read my last post then you may remember me mentioning a check lumberjack coat I've had for 3 years, well here it is! I actually bought it in the Topman January sales, back when sales didn't run all year round! Its served me well, and it definitely did its job of keeping me warm on this sunny but chilly afternoon in North Yorkshire!

I was a bit apprehensive about wearing the coat with this tartan shirt, but in the end it all worked out giving a nice clash-on-clash contrast with the black sleeves and jeans. The footwear were my trusty Puma TX-3 trainers (today I learnt they were first introduced in 1987) which gives the outfit a much needed urban flavour in contrast to the lumberjack jacket.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

River Island Navy Duffle Jacket

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The cold weather has arrived and I thought I'd equip myself with a new winter jacket, the last winter jacket I bought was a Burberry-esque lumberjack coat nearly 3 years ago! I don't usually shop in River Island but I actually saw this duffle coat on ASOS. Initially I was looking for something a bit more casual like a Parka, but this navy duffle was just too nice to overlook.

The shape of the coat is quite boxy, combine that with the classic duffle look and neutral colour it'll probably stand the test of time well (it'll hopefully serve as my winter coat for another 3 years!). The length of the jacket is a bit longer than I would like but this shouldn't be an issue for most people. There are some nice details, such as the rustic heavy duty toggles, which are in contrast to the subtle quilted stitching found inside the hood. All in all, it strikes a nice balance between casual and formal. As you can see it can be worn quite casually with a simple knitted jumper and jeans for that rustic heritage look, or it can easily be worn with trousers and a smart shirt for a more formal occasion.

Jacket | River Island, Jumper & Hat | Primark, Jeans | Topman, Footwear | Puma