Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Memento In Motion

It's done and it was so worth the wait .... thank you Alex Wolfe your amazing!

A behind the scenes film of my look book photo shoot!

Film Alex Wolfe
Photography Vicki King
Model Caroline Druitt
Hair and Make-up Hayley Fell MUA

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Rosie Ade

My 'Memento' hand ring was recently styled on the beautiful singer Rosie Ade.

With an amazingly gorgeous voice Rosie was formally a member of 'The Lorelles' the shoot was composed to re-launch herself as a solo artist.

Photographed by Amy Barton and styled by fellow LCF graduate Lydia Freeborn it's safe to say the images are so so pretty.

See some of the images on my website's press page ....

Also be sure to take the time to have a listen to this lovely ladies beautiful singing...

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Let's Talk Some ReelTalk!

Last week I had the almighty pleasure of being asked to be interviewed by online magazine 'ReelTalk'. Sponsored by Paddington arts, this online magazine talks to artistic talent and up and coming artists and designers about their work.

So to my surprise they asked me to go to their office for a chat about my work, my influences and my techniques.

You can see the entire interview both written and video recorded at ....

Its my biggest press interview to date and can't thank the ReelTalk team enough and the lovely Marie-Laure Soue Priso for making me feel so welcome. 

While you browse the ReelTalk site why not search Paddington Arts and find out about all the amazing projects they are currently undertaking.

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

New Home

So after three years I finally won the domain name I've wanted all my life ... say hello to my bran-spanking-new website, made by my own fair hands.

Here's a sneaky peak...

 See more, enjoy more at ...

That's right my URL is my name!

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Look who graduated...

two out of three amazing friends I made in my wonderful three years at London College of Fashion....

I can't thank my parents enough for putting up with my craziness, tears, stress, panic attacks and euphoria throughout these years ....

This is not the end, it is only the beginning!

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Final Exhibition

One last student showing of my graduate collection at the Jewellery, Acessories and footwear internal exhibition at London College of Fashion's John Princes St. campus...

Oh and look who turned up to have a look around ..... Jimmy Choo ..... now that was exciting!

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Hello Future!

Oh my now this is a wonderful compliment!

"...here are my predictions pay close attention to Robert Wun, Lydia Freeborn, and Francesca Smith I will put money on these bright young things being on everyones lips in a few years time."


Read more of this article and see more of the London College of Fashion 2012 show at...

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LCF Exhibition 2012

I feel so lucky to have been selected to preview my graduate collection at London College of Fashion's external exhibition!

The theme was 'Magic & Mirrors' and the title definantly lived up to the layout of the show.

Here is two of my 'Memento' pieces suspended in a box of illusions....

It was such a wonderful evening (28th June) and a true celebration of London College of Fashion's graduate talent and a beautiful ending to an incredible 3 years of my life.

You can watch the graduate catwalk show at the following link ...

Thank you London College of Fashion, thank you family, thank you friends, thank you London!

Oh an by the way I left with an almighty First Class Honours Degree! :D

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It's Showtime!

LCF caught up with myself and 3 other graduates on London College of Fashion's 2012 show day!

Wactch ... enjoy!

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Monday, 18 June 2012

LCF 2012 Countdown

There are only 2 weeks to go until London College of Fashion's 2012 BA Graduate show!

Here is a short film leading up to the show ....... Oh and it features my work!! :D ...... Enjoy!

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Memento By Francesca Smith

After many tears, blisters, hours of having square eyes and now having 2 very empty pockets .... my final collection is complete and it has been officially photographed to my absolute delight!

You can find the full range of official look book photographs on my LCF Showtime profile ..... I hope you like because I'm so happy!!

With thanks to Vicki King (http://www.vicki-king.com/) for the wonderful photography, Hayley Fell (http://www.facebook.com/#!/hayleyfellmua) for the beautiful make - up and Caroline Druitt for her gorgeous model self!

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Friday, 25 May 2012

London College of Fashion 2012

So you may have read a post sometime ago about how my graduate collection is appearing in a film and newspaper for a British Fashion Council presentation. Well they are both officially online right now!

They were presented at The British Fashion Council's BA graduate preview day where industry professionals are invited along to take a look at emerging talent from a selection of fashion universities.

But what is most amazing is that the college won 'WGSN Digital Presentation Award'.

You can find my 'Memento' hand necklace and hand ring in the film and the ring alone in the newspaper!

Please do take the time to have a look at both.... just follow the links below, the production is fabulous.

(Jewellery: Francesca Smith, Creative Director: Rob Phillips, Photography: www.hillandaubrey.com, Beauty Director: www.pacechen.com)

London College of Fashion 2012 BA Newspaper ...

(London College of Fashion Moving Annual 2012, Jewellery: Francesca Smith, Creative Director: Rob Phillips, Film: Bunker, Beauty Director: www.pacechen.com)

London College of Fashion Moving Annual 2012....

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

It's 'Showtime'

University of the Arts London is the grand umbrella which hangs over London College of Fashon, London College of Communication, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Camberwell college of Arts and Wimbeldon College of Art ...... and breath!

You can find UAL's website here ....

Anyway my point is, UAL run an online portfolio hub for all students who go to a UAL college called 'Showtime'.
I have to say I have spent endless hours browsing through graduate work and there are hundreds of amazing examples of creativity.....

.... so please take the time to have a look. 

I have just uploaded mine, so please again have a look ...... 

 ..... and the rest of the fabulous BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery courses work!

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Technology That Can Blow Your Mind!

The Fashion Digital Studio at London College of Fashion do some mind blowing, amazing things using new technology.

.....Logo drop!

.... Website drop!

Using up to date 3D software and exploring the technique of 'Rapid Prototyping' they produce models which take a fair few minutes to rap your mind around!

Here's a video about the concept and process of rapid prototyping ..... with some extra cheese!

You may or may not know, but the components for my final collection were produced using rapid prototyping.

Sneaky peak ...

Design: Francesca Smith, Photography: Hannah Powling, Copyright © Francesca Smith 2012

Without the facilities and staffing at the FBRS departfment in LCF it would have been impossible for me to finish my final collection!

They just blogged about my work, so have a look see ....

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Roll Camera ...

Yesterday was London College of Fashion's first day of filming for it's British Fashion Council project ... now there's a mouthful! 

Happily attended by myself and Joanna (Joasia) Chmiel, we were pretty happy to see the fruits of our labor finally come to fruition ... sorry for that pretentious note.


Let's say it was an interesting affair .... creative license was well used. What I could see from the play back (on a laptop in the distance) was a film, which is going to look fabulous.

My work was modeled beautifully by a lovely lady with a hairstyle that strangely resembled my own BIG hair ... she wore one of my necklaces and rings marvelously.

Also the lovely Joanna made a comeback as a hand model ... I think you have a proffession to fall back on there beautiful lady.

I am so excited to see the finished film and magazine. This project has been incredi - bubble!

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Thinking Photography

Tuesday was another stupendous day in my little jewellery world!

Myslef and some of my beautiful classmates helped out a rather lovely third year photography student named Hannah Powling. Her final major project focuses on world war II women waiting for their men to return home from the pains of the battleground (correct me if I'm wrong Hannah).

Miss Powling featured some of BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery's beauties in her 15 look photography final major project.

Myself Joanna Chmiel and the lovely Claire Pugh were lucky enough to see the shoot and hang out on the set. The set being an absolutely wonderful older couple's home who were more than happy to lend Hannah their house...amazing!

Collaborating with someone from another course has been great and I am so super excited to see the final 15 looks.

Well done Hannah my love!

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Big Hair on Film

So you may or may not know that I'm in the current London College of Fashion open day video online.

You can find this video on the page below ...

Anyway apparently some LCF officials felt I did an ok job, so asked me to help with a video about the course I'm on, BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery. 

Now I think they chose the wrong person. Let's just say when I'm thinking I like to say "errrrrm...." and apparently when nervous I have overactive hands.

None the less I am proud to have been asked and my big hair has been immortalized.

If you want to watch me say "erm...errrr......mmmm" and fiddle endlessly with my hands, follow the link below ...

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British Fashion Council Project

Me and my very dear friend and classmate Joanna (Joasia) Chmiel entered an identity project quite some time ago.

This amazing project, directed by London College of Fashion's Rob Phillips involves a film and magazine being made to be sent to the British Fashion Council, presenting third year work from almost every course at my university exploring the concept of 'identity'.

After a lengthy process of around four phases of elimination, myself and Joanna made it through successfully.

So far we have attended the photo shoot for the magazine, where the lovely Joanna featured as a model aswell as showcasing her work....

So excited to see the finished magazine!

Next Tuesday we are filming .... even more exciting!

If you want to see last year's British Fashion Council Project just follow this link...

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Graduate Final Collection


After 3 years of training and 6 months of research, analysis, design and development I have finally finished my final collection.

I cried, I screamed, I worked my fingers to the bone, but it was worth every second! I have learnt so much, but I am particularly proud of learning how to use 3D design software in my own time to create the beauty that is my final collection.

And here it is .....

 ..... Oh wait I can't show you that yet .... sorry!

I need to copyright my designs first and I need to have it all photographed beautifully! So please wait patiently!

What I can show you is a behind the scenes photograph of my initial shoot.....

Can't wait to show you!

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Hello New Blog

If you used to follow my old blog then welcome to my new home, if you didn't welcome still!

If you don't know me my name is Francesca Smith and I am a third year student at London College of Fashion. I study BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery and Jewellery is my absolute love!

Why build a new blog I hear you ask? ..... Well my inconsistency bothered me slightly so I have decided to start a fresh. Also with all the fabulous things I've been up to I felt it fitting that I present it all to you on a fresh page.

So keep your eyes pealed for new posts, boasts, jewellery and news right here.

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