CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

calling all bloggers

(At the risk of sounding too much like a WWW2 propaganda poster) Do you have a blog? Are you looking to collaborate with another blogger? Then fabric forward wants you! 

Im currently looking for any other bloggers or youtubers who are looking to collaborate on content with me. Be it an outfit of the day photoshoot, beauty review, monthly favourites or a lifestyle activity I would love to work with you and help us all make or blogs bigger and better. 

If your interested email me at chloenknott@gmail.com or message me on any of the social medias listed down below

I look forward to hearing from any of you!

Love c x

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All links …

Twitter at @ChloeNatKnott 

Instagram at @chloenatalieknott

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My design portfolio

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Etsy shop 

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My year in review

My year in review

December has always been a time of year that I have loved,  with it being my birthday month, the christmas holidays with all the lovely festive decorations and markets around decorating the country. Also, I may be alone on this one, but I do love it when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter (and no longer feeling guilty for staying in, in the warm on a Friday night).  

However December does have to come to an end and just as you’ve finished off the last of the turkey with your third night of turkey curry, its time to pack away those christmas decorations and get ready for a brand new year. 

Now with the feeling that a whole year had passed and that I am now a whole year older and what have I actually spent the last year doing was definitely something that was ringing in my mind. So, in a completely self indulgent manner I decided to put together this post to remind myself in brief what has happened in that year called 2015.  Also as someone who is rather sentiment and nostalgic I always love looking back over old photos and reminiscing from good times past.  

I originally intended for this post to just have 1 or at most 2 photos per occasion however there were just so many I couldn’t choose between so get ready for being bombarded with photos. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a lot of scrolling. I hope you enjoy! 

January kick started the year with a bang after being cast in a national tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with Forge Production House playing the role of Helena. This had always been a dream role in theatre for me to play so I was delighted and so excited for the opportunity. After just a couple of initial rehearsals and read throughs we embarked on the hefty task of the promotion photoshoot. As any actor would do the whole cast (in the case of the pucks literally) jumped at the chance of getting in front of the camera to get some great shots. Who knew just throwing flower and paint around could create such brilliant results (just don’t tell the cleaners about how much mess we made).  

Click here if you would like find out more about Forge.

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Pucks – Sally Wood and Ben Butler

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Oberon and Titania –  Joe Mounfeild and Ella Rose Jones

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The Mechanicals – Marcos Spalding, Olivia Hutton, Jack Chambers, Holly Clack and Breanne Burton

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The lovers – Chloe knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones and Kel Chambers

When not being in a midsummers rehearsal in February I actually had to knuckle down to working on my textile design portfolio for university interviews. I’m not going to lie, with all of it seeming to spring up on my out of nowhere and with so little time, sleeping definitely turned into a luxury item with pulling many many late nights to get all the work done. Luckily all the digital portfolios and essays and actually portfolio’s got done and all was left to do was drag it all across the county to interview after interview after interview.

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Here is a link to my online portfolio

With university interviews also dominating a lot of March there wasn’t really much room for much fun, but with easter falling in April it turned into a very busy month. First came a promotional photoshoot with Forge again for some short films where I got the chance to work on the production teams and feature. From getting up at 4 in the morning to shoot a sunset or going to visit an old metal asylum we had a lot fun creating these conceptual images. This all then ran into intensive week of Midsummers rehearsals and topped off with letting off some steam with a visit to Alton Towers (and somehow being convinced to go on all manner of scary rides. 

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Emily Gardner and Joe Mounfeild

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Joe Mounfeild and Ben Butler

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Arthur Godden and Aea Varfis-Van Warmelo

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Meg Lewis and Marcos Spalding

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Chloe Knott (surprise surprise) and Matt Owen

It’s not every day you end up with a noose around you neck

But don’t worry, it all a bit of fun really

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“point your guns in the air and say ahhhhhh”

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After the fun of easter was over in May it was full steam ahead with trying to complete my final collection for my Foundation Diploma. After days, weeks spent in the print room printing screen after screen after screen (and using far too much pigment than I should have for free) and many late nights slaving on photoshop, my collection finally became came together and  was ready for hand in on the 24th of May (as with any big deadline becomes ingrained in your memory forever.)  

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Whole collection available to view here

In June after a years worth of hard work I graduated from Hereford College of Arts with a distinction in my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. After all the studying for the year was done I was asked to be the Assistant Head of Costume in a production of Our Town. Having previously done costume work I was delighted to get the opportunity do to this again and get the chance to visit Bristol Costume Services of to source them. (I’d never see so many clothes in all my life!) 

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Chloe Knott, Jack Chambers, Joe Mounfeild and Emily Gardner

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Sarah Brice, Marcos Spalding and the Cast

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The cast of Our Town

Finally after nearly 6 months of preparation and rehearsals in July it was finally the time for the A Midsummer Nights Dream tour.  This month was pretty much solely dedicated to it with it including having to build the set, put together and make the costumes and the final intensive rehearsals all in prep for the tour. Having never toured a show it was a slight shock to the system doing a show every night in a different venue, with no more lazy mornings sleeping in before a show in the evening when you had a long Journey to get the next venue. But is was brilliant to get to visit all the different theatre and performing the show on all the different stages, making every show in some way different.  

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Ella Rose Jones, Chloe Knott and Joe Mounfeild

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Chloe Knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones, Joe Mounfeild

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Moi beautifying myself

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All the different venues meant re-organising the costumes each and every night.

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Imogen Jones, Tom FItzwilliams and Chloe Knott

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Ella Rose Jones, Breeanne Burtons with the fairies

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Kell Chambers and Imogen Jones

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

With quite a long period of down time before going of to university, with hating not being busy and having something to beaver away at, in August my homemade textiles brand Chloe Natalie Knott and this blog fabric forward we born. After being able to go back into college and freely use the print room (not going to let that opportunity pass me by) I knocked together a some more screen printable pattens and did lots and lots of samples. It was only when asked what I was going to do with them and told I can’t just let them go to waste that the makeup bag idea hit me.

I explain the whole process of these in one of my previous blog posts linked here

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In terms of fabric forward at first It started off as just another means of promoting my products and textiles designs. However I had been a long time reader of many a fashion blog, now i’m not claiming I am going to be the next Zoella, but with mixing together my interest in fashion and my passion for textile design, I thought I had a nice little idea on my hands.  

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My 3 favourite posts from the year…

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The rest of the summer involved some lovely mini breaks away, first to Norfolk with my boyfriend and his family (which I still have the sun burn tan lines to this day – it was hard to believe it was only England) and followed by a long weekend away in London town, again with he boyfriend. 

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Norfolk blog post 

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London blog post and OOTD post 

As September rolled around it was time for a new term to begin and this time it was the big one of moving away to University. My destination was Glasgow to study textile design at The Glasgow School of Art. It may not be to everyones cup of tea to move hundreds of miles away to a different country the first time they move out of home however I was always intended to try and get a long way away, If your going to do it why not do it properly, thats what I say. I think with having an extra year at home after doing A levels for my foundation year only made me more hungry with seeing a lot of my friends move away to move away myself and I think I appreciated it more when I did.

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Some examples of my work from the first semester at uni.

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More posts about some of these in more depth coming up soon..

In order to keep my passion for performing going I was keen to join any companies/societies I could find in Glasgow. Student theatre at Glasgow (STaG) which is part of the University of Glasgow, (but accept people from other Glasgow Uni’s lucky) is where I have currently found my feet and through the months of October to December I was lucky enough to perform in three of their productions, The Jungle Book, Clickaway as part of The Stag Nights festival and topped of with their main stage production of Macbeth. 

The Jungle Book – (As a Monkey – the role I was born to play ;) )

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Chris Duffy, Chloe Knott, Juliet Smith, Isabelle Ribe, Maya Stevenson and Aike Jensen

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Clickaway – Written by Agnes Checka

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Norliza Matheson, Cal Mar, Anna Rattray, Elliot Thompson and Chloe Knott

Macbeth – as First witch (blog post all about it linked here)

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Cait Lennox, Chloe Knott, Kirsty Fraser

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Chloe Knott, Sam Skoog, Kirsty Fraser and Cait Lennox

To round the year off nicely, with my first term at uni coming to an end and looking ahead to about a month off what better way to fill my time than crack down with the blog and get lots new outfit photos and all manner of things done in preparation for the new year. So stay tuned in the new year for all these photo goodies! 

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(have probably ended up being the person who has ridden this escalator the most in the process of trying to get this shot)

And christmas time wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a christmas market, Birmingham to be exact.

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I’m looking forward to what next year brings with plenty of exciting things planned here for the blog, I wish you a very (late) Merry Christmas and a Wonderful new year. 

If you haven’t already had enough of me from this post please feel free to comment and like and I would love it if you could follow me at the normal places..

Twitter at @ChloeNatKnott 

Instagram at @chloenatalieknott

Bloglovin at Fabric Forward

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As ever lots of photos by Tom Flathers  and moi

My design portfolio

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook

Etsy shop 

Festive Favourite 1 – Gift idea – My makeup bags

Festive Favourite 1 – Gift idea – My makeup bags

So with it now being less than a month until jesus’s big old birthday celebrations roll around in an effort to try and get into the christmas spirit I have decided to 5 special christmas features for you all. 

With task of finding the perfect gifts for those loved ones being on all our to do lists I thought I would try and make the task a little easier for you all recommending some products for you. Now I may be slightly using one of my christmas features to plug some of my own makeup bags would be some perfect little stocking fillers for female friends and family members out there.

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I started making and selling these in the summer of this year after deciding to make something practical out of the some of my hand screen printing samples with thinking make up bags were a good place to start. 

The first collection which I have avalible to buy consists of a beautiful collection of one off prints that are designed, hand screen printed and sewn together by myself. The second collection is created out of a selection of a lovely collection of fabrics I have collected and combined together in a range of sizes and designs. I wanted to celebrate some the beautiful fabrics which are available on the market already and which have given me inspiration for some of my designs so have created this collection to showcase these.  

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For the christmas period I have added a couple of new designs purchasable for you all. Don’t worry, their not christmas themed by being covered in christmas trees and ginger bread men so only suitable for one month a year, there just a couple of new lovely fabrics added to the range. 

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All of these bags are available to purchase on Etsy and are very reasonably priced between £8 and £14. For this weekend, in the spirt of black Friday I have 10% off all stock which ends at 12 GMT this evening. There all one off so when they are gone there gone! I would love it if you could take a look. Also take a look at our Facebook page for all the lasted updates and info. 

My design portfolio

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook

Etsy shop 

Please feel to leave comments/messages in the comments and follow me on instagram at @chloenatalieknott or on twitter at @ChloeNatKnott 

SPOTLIGHT ON: My everyday makeup rountine

SPOTLIGHT ON: My everyday makeup rountine

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So with my whole blogging thing starting off after being inspired from reading various different fashion and beauty blogs, and with the fashion section taking shape I thought it is about time to turn my hand to beauty.

I am someone who is definatly a drug store lover through and hating spending money on make up, trying to make the mascara last as long as feasibly possible with the dread of having to buy a new one. You defiantly won’t see me spending the equivalent of 2 weeks food shop on a foundation. Also as a creature of habit and a lover of a routine when it comes to makeup, most mornings consist of the same combination of products with most likely a change of lipstick. With this being defiantly my most worn look, here is a post all about my everyday makeup routine. 

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Foundation, concealer and powder 

Face

Foundation (and also concealer and setting power) products were always something that I tried to scrimp on thinking that with them hopefully not being very visible on the skin whats the point of spending lots of money on them. But after hearing so many rave reviews about the L’oreal True Match foundation and claims it was better than some high end ones I had to give it a try. By the fact I on I think my 3rd of 4th bottle of the stuff can tell you that it is defiantly my favourite foundation. Since first buying it I have tried a few other foundations from Bourjois and other L’oreal ones however I still find that this one works the best at covering what you want it to cover but not being to heavy on the skin and feel too cakey. Now as I have heard many people have despite it being called true match before they recently brought out their larger range and different formular there was never one which really matched my skin properly. But now with one of their new shades I think I have found my true match. (cheesy ending :P) 

Now this concealer is defiantly an oldy but a still goody. I remember buying it years ago generally just because it was cheap, but despite trying many others from different brands over the years the Collection lasting perfection concealer has always been the one I have come back to with it simply doing the best job as a all round concealer. 

Now I’m really no expert for power with it tending to be the thing I bulk up my boots 3 for 2 offers with knowing that it will probably be fine. However when I did get the Bourjois healthy balance power I did know there was some hype about it being rather good.  

I’d heard a lot about the whole Bourjois healthy balance range so as I said with being drawn in with a 3 for 2 purchased the powder and the foundation (and obviously something else).  Despite not being that fussed about the foundation I have been happy with this powder with it doing all the good things that powder does (see told you I know nothing about power) 

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Blusher was something I can to rather late in the makeup game with always thinking that my cheeks get red enough on their own after just walking up a flight of stairs without piling on ready made pink cheeks over the top of that. But when I realised more muted tones of blush exists that can also work partly as a contor shade. This Rimmel London blusher in the shade Santa Rose is currently what I am using. I was defiantly looking for a budget blush at the time with buying this with wanting to get the No7 blush I had previously used but couldnt qualify spending that much money. Its a good enough shade for what I want. I don’t particularly like very girly pink/peachy blushes with preferring to go more for a more dusky pink like this one is to be able to slightly contour with it too. It does have a slight shimmer in it which I’m not keen one but it will do for the time being. 

Eye liner 

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Eye liner for me has become an every day must have. Its one of those very simple and effective eye makeup looks without spending far too much time blending shadows into shadows into shadows. For me i’ve found the type that works best is felt tips with them being quick and easy to apply and no faffing around with brushes. The one that I am currently using is the L’oreal super liner perfect slim. Ive tried others from brands such as soap and glory and Rimmel which have been perfectly decent but in terms of precision of application and staying power, this one defiantly comes out top of the pile. With this having a very fine nib to it you are able to get a very precise line right next to the lash line and a nice pointy flick. It also seems to last a surprisingly long time without drying out so all in all I won’t be switching from this one for a while.  

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Mascara

Now with having tried many a different mascaras over the years with never usually purchasing the same one twice in order to get a range of different products. 

With being a student and my budget remaining drug store for, my holy grail product of the Clinque high impact full volume mascara which a debenhams gift card enabled purchase for me. When it comes down to the drug store i don’t think I have ever found the perfect mascara with the volumising ones I tend to go for all being rather similar. But more recently I have tended to stick more with L’oreal with finding that it seems to be a all round good brand . Im currently using the volume million lashes feline mascar and am very pleased with the results it gives. I remember years ago the release of the volume million lashes and everyone going wild for it but not having the funds it was always out of my price range. But from trying the original and now this one I can see what all the fuss was about and that it is a very good product. 

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Now I know I said I was a drug store lover through and through and that is defiantly the case, but we all have our weaknesses and for me it happens to lie within the lipstick department. 

Mac you just can’t dismiss with their incredible colour range and varieties of finish. For me it will always be a matte finish with wanting to be able to put lipstick on and not feel it slipping and sliding and making my lips feel sticky.  Of the ones I’ve tried their matte formulas great with not being too drying and very long lasting on the lips. This lipstick is perfect at being able to put on and forget about and rely on the fact that even if you do eat the big sandwich for lunch it will still remain in place after. The shade mehr which I am wearing here is defiantly my most used lipstick that I own and as you can see it won’t be long until I finish this. I find it to be the perfect everyday pink with it being a noticeably darker than your lips shade but not being a bold bright pink. There was never a doubt in my mind that this was going to be a repurchasing product with it being on my lips pretty much everyday.

Products 

Foundation – L’oreal true match  

Concealer – Collection lasting perfection 

Blusher – Rimmel 

Mascara – L’oreal volume million lashes feline 

Eye liner – L’oreal super line precision slim 

Lipstick – Mac matte merh 

Photos of me taken by Tom Flathers 

My photos taken on a Canon 1200D 

My design portfolio 

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook

Etsy shop 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Chloe Natalie Knott – Textile Design (yes thats me!)

SPOTLIGHT ON: Chloe Natalie Knott – Textile Design (yes thats me!)

Now this week it may look like I have skimmed on giving you some normal content and just resulted in doing some shameless self promotion. I can assure you in this case that the above is most defiantly not..not true.   

As another mission to keep myself busy during long break off I thought I thought what better than as start a business (as you do). After putting together some hand drawn designs which I didn’t really have many intentions for, I got the chance to get back into the workshops and get some lovely screen prints done.

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After creating a lot of samples at first which I didn’t really have any intention to do anything with, it crossed my mind that I could make something out of these.  It was at this point that the makeup bag brain wave happened. 

I thought makeup bags were a great place to start in that there quite simple and easy to make, cheap to create and with the right fabrics put together can look really beautiful and be really functional. 

Now most of my work which you may know If you have had a look at my portfolio (link here https://www.flickr.com/photos/129012653@N05/albums) that I have a preference to work with blues and red however with this collection to mix it up a bit I wanted to introduce some other colours to my prints resulting in a collection with pink, orange and yellow in aswell.  

The first collection which I have avalible to buy consists of a beautiful collection of one off prints that are designed, hand screen printed and sewn together by myself.

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The second collection is created out of a selection of a lovely collection of fabrics I have collected and combined together in a range of sizes and designs. I wanted to celebrate some the beautiful fabrics which are available on the market already and which have given me inspiration for some of my designs so have created this collection to showcase these.  

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All of these bags are available to purchase on Etsy and are very reasonably priced between £8 and £14. There all one off so when they are gone there gone! would love it if you could take a look. Also take a look at our Facebook page for all the lasted updates and info.

Some of my favourites from the collection: 

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