Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Summer days, driftin' away

These pictures aren't real school photos I took them just now. I don't know why a student would carry a grease vinyl around with them but they should so there is logic behind why I have it you see! I tried to go for gothic and american vibes. The pink folder with rollerskates is one that I decorated, and my fortune teller notebook and my small tartan book are the ones I take to school/everywhere with me. Poncho £3.50 from the Salvation army and denim jacket £20 from Rokit, I added the flag patch in March, and it's from Etsy.

This is my locker at school - It has even more stuff on it now and looks even awesomer. I'll update the picture when I take another. Yep that is my zine there that I've decided to keep in school so I can photocopy it when I need to (for free).

So I went back to school last week and it's sort of expected for us ~teenz~ to hate it. I don't really but it can be sort of overwhelming sometimes if your workload is like 'will I actually ever get through this or will it keep mounting up'. But a sense of routine is good and school can be pretty hilarious. 

At my school we wear uniform, I live in England so so does everybody really. I wouldn't mind wearing it if you know, it was a cool uniform. Mine consists of a blue and white striped shirt and a navy blazer and skirt, no plaid to be seen, not even a traditional grey school skirt. Our school skirt isn't even pleated. It could be worse (probably not actually because everyone elses idea of an ugly school uniform would probably be what I find beautiful). Anyway, I think if I were american the way I dress would have evolved quicker, because you're forced daily to choose what to wear, whereas I think when 5 out of 7 days you are instructed down to the minutest details what you are to adorn yourself in it's difficult to define yourself as something else.

People in movies always tend to have cool uniforms, or if it's a non-uniform school, they still dress ultra cool. Movies and series like the Breakfast club, Freaks and Geeks, Clueless, Heathers, Twin Peaks, even the parts of Princess Diaries when they're in school uniform, Mean girls (for a dose of vomit pink early 2000s dressing) and the Virgin Suicides portray a divine imagery of high school, the whole canteen, locker hall, yellow bus, prom, bathroom make up putting on-ing and football pitch vibes thing accompany the clothes. I also feel that despite wearing their own clothes in most of these films and programmes, people do tend to wear their own kind of uniform to school, like armour to say who you are and what you like, what group you belong to, that sort of thing, showing who you identify as, I guess. 

Maybe it's just the movies that makes them seem that way but american high school DANG I want to go to one.

These pictures illustrate perfectly what I'm on about, and Petra's school style pictures here, and this Grease video.

Now for actual screencaps and gifs from actual films.


Twin Peaks.

Source Unknown.

Rock 'n' Roll High School, duh.


Also, my school is really suckish in the way that we don't have picture day every year, and the background of our pictures aren't even the classic grey/blue cloud composition, the photographer our school opt to use goes for a supposedly 'chic, modern white'. Our pictures are taken once in year 7 and once in year 10, both within the first week of the academic year. So basically you have to live with your year 7 picture even into year 9 which is cripplingly embarrassing when it accompanies your name on every register in the whole school, and then darn when you don't know it's picture day when year 10 comes around and you have to live with an awful picture for the next two years. (Both happened to me). So when I go into sixth form I will ensure I have the date in my diary so I will look proper badass, for the meantime I have the ones above.

Hope you've had a good first week back at school? The amount of homework I've had it ridiculous. I have 5 pieces to be doing now but I also needed to blog so bleugh.

Ps- Zine update. My printer ran out of ink so that delayed getting it printed a bit, but they're all enveloped up and I'm going to the post office before school tomorrow. When new ink arrives (from the interweb) I'll put it on Etsy. Sorry for the delay I know I'm super lame.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Brush and Floss

First of all, thank you for the response to my zine! I think I have 10 people now, and I will aim to get it sent out by next Monday. I also made my first two etsy sales so I'm a happy human right now, despite school tomorrow. I've decorated my folders and books but it's too late to take and edit pictures so I'll do that tomorrow with some glorious pictures of my locker which I'll decorate like as soon as I get to school and upload them then. Tomorrow isn't even a proper day, we go in at half past one and get our planners and timetables and leave at half past three, so that's good. 

The pictures below are from a disposable camera I got developed on Saturday, it's mainly two days out. 

"i wore a 70s brown/yellow floral shirt with a spoon collar and a 70s brown/yellow circle print skirt both of which looked like dorky wallpaper prints and a 50s pink mohair sweater today and we cycled and went to the lake in throop and went on a walk and took pictures and had a picnic there and there were cows and we picked flowers and climbed trees and then this evening we went and watched fireworks on the beach and ate chips in the cold and ate candy floss (cotton candy) and wasted 2ps in the amusements and watched a queen tribute band and this is what teenage life should be like everyday"

Is what I wrote on Tumblr on Friday, and it was a truly lovely day. Half of these pictures are from then (the ones with me in them basically), when I went out with Flora, Lizzie and Frankie and the others are from when I went to a pick your own with friends called Becky and Laura. 


Our strawberries.

13p strawberry lolly.
Frankie with flowers in Throop.
Becky and Laura.
I really love mohair/angora right now so I ordered a 50s hot pink jumper made of it from EBay, it's what I'm wearing above. It was £6, and my skirt is actually a dress that I chopped the bodice off of because it was too small, it was also from EBay for £5.20, and the shirt you can only see the collar and cuffs of was from a vintage shop for £10. The saddle shoes are red or dead and have awesome heart cutouts on them.

Have a good first school term i guess. 


Sunday, September 02, 2012

Zine Ziney Zine Zine

School starts on Wednesday, it is now Sunday night. But guys I have really been cramming things into this last week of summer, since my last blog post really. After 3 weeks of basically sleeping, eating and intermittently being creative when it hits 10.30pm, I have actually been sociable and have left the house before 10.30 on four consecutive days. 10 points to me.

I also started and finished a zine. The 'and finished' part of that being the most emphasised. I must have started a gazillion of them and not ever finished. But I have. So here is the cover.

It's called 'Teenagerms' and is about youth, growing up, age and stuff like that. I'm not cool enough for ask for people to contribute because no one would, so it's just stuff by me in it. I am unsure as to whether I'll make a second issue or not. I'll photocopy it part colour part black and white. It's 18 pages long, 20 with the covers included, and consists of collages, art (if it can be called that), ramblings and a playlist, too.
Here are some scans to give a sort of preview. 

I don't want to give too much away so these are only four pages. 

Comment here if you want one, and I'll send like, up to 10 copies for free anywhere in the world. I will put it on Etsy too once I've used up my stamp budget on those 10 so if you want one you can buy it for like the smallest price ever which will basically cover postage and that's it. You can send me your address to my email or message it on Tumblr, which are both linked at the side. 

Here are some youth themed pictures and some of my back to school stuff, because an amalgamation of thinking about school and the thought that I won't be young forever inspired this zine, so it makes sense to share it, too.

Oh, and this song is the Rookie theme song for August and it's called Teenage Girl (it's even cohesive with the idea of this zine how fantabulous) and you should listen to it. Go.

The playlist I made for this zine is on my 8tracks here http://8tracks.com/hollielillian/teenagerms

Commence pictures

Top:From Tumblr. I like the sort of 'young lady' make up desk aesthetic, and there's a barbie in there for childhood toy good measure. Bottom: A picture I bought at a car boot called 'Jen's 10th birthday party'.

 I made this crown at 1am the night before sports day, to wear on sports day. It has pipecleaners, flowers and tacky plasticky beads on, so it's more of a junk crown, and something a toddler would find very attractive. 

 From LIFE magazine. 50s/60s high school students. Others from Tumblr.

60s students. 

My sister was bought a candy necklace making kit by our grandma. On what planet does candy jewellery not equate to childhood.

I liked this for the lipstick drawing and young love sort of idea. I don't know. I wish I knew what it's from though.

Another cheesy picture of my face.

I bought the My little Pony annual in the first picture at a car boot sale for £2 a few weeks ago.  

My skirt with candy on it.

I also have posts planned n stuffs, which is exciting. I will show you my room and have a collective mopey end of summer holidays post on Tuesday with  at least some aesthetic value as I have a lot of film from the past two weeks to get developed. I also bought some beyond wonderful clothes. Basically life is pretty good right now.

Can I also tell you how painful it has been to use candy throughout this for consistency. Candy is a cooler word though, it just feels weird being British to call it that.

Tally ho!

EDIT: The 10 free copies of my zine have gone but I will soon be putting it on Etsy asap!