#IndieLove: 6 Awesome Stranger Things Themed Gifts

Super excited for the return of Stranger Things to Netflix this month, in celebration I thought I’d whip together a bunch of ace fan art related products that you might like. Naturally, these are all from indie and small businesses, so the best kind of people to shop from in my opinion. I’m really not a fan of fan art that is too obvious or reproduces content from the original source too closely, so I hope you’ll enjoy my more abstract approach to this list.

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Illustration: Scott Pilgrim’s Ramona Flowers Mash Ups

This is one of my favourite illustration series that I’ve done recently. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of my favourite films, brought to us by the mega Edgar Wright, I’ve watched is SO many times. Miz bought me the Scott Pilgrim comic book collection last year, created by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung. I’m on book 4 of the series right now and I love it just as much of the films. Anyway, I set myself a challenge of recreating lead character Ramona Flowers as a series of mash ups and here’s what I came up with.

Ramona Jon Snow Mashup

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The Best Films I’ve Watched So Far This Year (Without Spoilers)

Did you know that I have a degree in Cinema, Photography & Television? Yes, I know it probably wasn’t the smartest move, it allowed me to join the crowd of a gazillion other people working in marketing who did creative degrees and are now not doing that much creative stuff anymore, hey if you’re in the same boat!

If you want to be creative, just be creative, you don’t need a qualification in that, you just need practise and passion. Anyway, due to society that degree makes me officially qualified to write this article, as if my opinion wasn’t valid otherwise, le sigh. There’s SO much crap coming out of the big budget film industry, so I’d like to take some time to highlight some less obvious film choices that I loved and that you might dig too.

Remember also, if you love any art form (music, art, film, writing…etc.) you need to publicly support it and fund it to keep it going. Being a creative on any level is becoming increasingly difficult as time goes on and society starts to value cheap commodities over life enriching content, it’s quite sad. Remember that when you have to choose between a night out drinking at your local ‘spoons or paying a fiver to see some local bands. You can get pissed or you can help fund some hard working artists. Your choice, of course.

Anyway, back to the point. Here’s some of my film highlights of the year so far, I hope to write more content like this as the feeling captures me. Film has always been a massive passion of mine, so it’s been weird that I haven’t ever shared it much. Let me know if you watch any of these and if you can recommend anything that we actually haven’t already seen. Good luck with that, we watch a lot of films. Oh, and a tip: if you can watch a new film without reading too much about it or watching the trailer, you’ll have a way more interesting experience! Social media has spoiled so many great things for me by over-communicating essential things like plots and twists, which is why I’ve kept this article simple and spoiler free.

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Sailor Moon Clothing & Swimwear Collection from KLING

Now is the time to get back to what my blog was originally about. Sharing awesome, beautiful stuff I stumble upon on my own accord in real life, on the internet or on a TV or cinema screen. This week whilst out shopping for Miz’s birthday present, I popped into KLING, one of the fashion stores in Spain that has really captured my imagination. It makes me think of Louche from Joy, Meadham Kircheoff and makes dressing like a cartoon character or 90s kids TV presenter a reality with a sweet, doll like 60s vibe which is totally my fave. The main thing that made me squeal on this trip was KLING’s newly launch Sailor Moon inspired collection which includes dresses, knitwear and even swimwear!

sailor moon collection from kling promo

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I HAZ MERCHT…

One of the most frustrating things as a creative person is having an idea which you don’t have the time/energy/money to see through to the end. For me personally, it’s always a massive de-motivator which has frequently stopped me from starting projects in the first place, which is of course, puts you back at that cycle of wanting to do something but not quite getting there. So, to help me get over that barrier, I’m pleased to announce my first Mercht campaign, which is live for the next 8 days only, you can find it here.hamburger-steven-by-jayne-kitsch-on-mercht-3

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