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About maggi toner-edgar

Creative Style Consultancy Fashion and Textile Practitioner Art/Education Writer/Research

The Sketchbook Series: Marion Wilcocks

maggi toner-edgar:

Some fantastic life drawing from a talented artist, note to self must do more…

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Pen and wash figure study 2

Pen and wash figure study 2

“My sketchbooks are filled with diverse drawings, but here I’d like to focus mainly on people observed in passing, as well as subjects in the Life studio, where I use the sketchbook for preliminary studies or rapid poses.

Action pose

Action pose

My favourite format is square, with paper robust enough to take a bit of watercolour, and with a stitched binding, so that I can expand across two pages when I want to.

I work fast, and I don’t fiddle with life sketches; they stay the way they arrived on the paper. Sketchbooks are fun to look at because they record immediacy.

Coffee bar

Coffee bar

Out and about, I like to draw whenever I can. I explore the way figures form interesting compositions as they recede in perspective, also the extraordinary differences between figure types and shapes.

Travelling by train or bus, I will often draw from…

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‘Be Remarkable – Love Your Figure Type’ Slideshare 19 June 2014

Thank you to the all the people who have bought this book of which there are only a couple of my illustrations in this slide show. Thanks also to those who have listened to the talk, please remember to complete your homework and actually write the letter with more than three requests and aspects.  Be grateful for the beauty you have in both your interior and exterior world remember to let it shine out.  Also remember to love the body you have and give it more of what it really, truly needs. I use images of celebrities but feel this is not copyright infringement as I use them as a means of education and inspiration from style icons….enjoy!Image and inspiration from style icons….enjoy!

For more illustrations see other Slideshares on my blog linked to via

Part Two of the Cumbrian Style Show – Country Chic

Part Two of the Cumbrian Style Show

This is the second part of the  Cumbrian Style Show, focusing on country chic at Cockermouth Country Clothing Shop.  The women were both surprised as they thought it was just a shop for farmers, and horse riders, but we do have a great country clothing shop in Cockermouth,  it is a beautiful tourist town in the Lake District and we live in such a beautiful place we need some outdoor gear. These women are both business women and mums and they  had dismissed this sort of clothing as not really suitable for business but they were surprised what quality items they could find.  They need this as they travel miles in rural environments going to see clients in very isolated locations, farm tracks, cobble stones, lots of rain etc!  I though it was just what they needed and Sarah the owner has just won a business award she is doing well with her online store with brands such as Toggi, Hunter, Ariat, Ness etc. Give her a ring and she can get your size.

Thanks to my friend singer/songwriter Judith Jones for allowing me to use the intro to Mississippi Flood which is out on CD – ‘Under Orion’s Stare’  I just love this intro…. enjoy

The First Cumbrian Style Show

The First Cumbrian Style Show

This is the very first Cumbrian Style.  We had great fun – who would have thought you could find such great clothes in Cockermouth.  We do have some great shops in Cockermouth,  it is a beautiful tourist town in the Lake District-  Annabelle’s and Zebra (a new shop) and for this show we used only one shop Sandra Todd’s Shop Desire.  Despite the horrible 6mth long roadworks Cockermouth is still worth a visit. These women both 40 years old or over – had dismissed it as a young fashion shop and were surprised what quality items they could find in such a small town.  So it pays to try more shops and try on more in the changing room.  Part Two of this Style Show is another surprising shop to find such gems!

Thanks to my friend singer/songwriter Judith Jones for allowing me to use the intro to Mississippi Flood which is out on CD – ‘Under Orion’s Stare’  I just love this intro…. enjoy

Design Hero’s x

maggi toner-edgar:

Maison Bentley Style has a love personal take on styling which I really admire.

Originally posted on Maison Bentley Style:


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s  Valentino are serenely working a rich thread of inspiration which carries through to their Resort 2015 Collection.


I look at their work and wonder what it is that always makes my heart beat so.  And every time the answer is the same: The workmanship.


When you read descriptions of dresses from centuries past: delicate silks caught in a web of tulle with stitches made with fairy hands…you think it’s a quality of work that’s been lost forever…until you see Valentino.



It’s also fascinating that these exquisite clothes are not based on the clothes from the Ball room or Drawing room, but are drawn from bohemian and peasant designs.  Every-day-wear now elevated to the heavenly.



The incredible embroideries and textiles have a soul of their own, harking back to that time when only the very best would do, when skill named the price and…

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JPG Forever! x

If you missed the Gaultier Show in London and want to read a really good and personal review of the JeanPaul Gaultier exhibition then go to JPG Forever! x.

Remake and Restyle

Quirky Workshops @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe nr. Penrith Cumbria. Do you prefer stitching your own clothes or would like to learn how ? Or maybe you would simply like to do a few textile course during your visit to this year’s WOOLFEST in Cockermouth – why not stop in en route and spend a day in the most fantastic environment – with lovely food having a really relaxing and rewarding time. This is a basic wardrobe renovation workshop where we look at figure types and style to suit your shape, bring along an old garments  to repair, remake or customize, they may even end up as completely different garments. So learn to stitch and get style advice from a Stylist/Designer all at the same time. It is also good for the environment and your pocket as you have a great day out eating cakes instead of shopping and you take home a new outfit! Ring Annie at the Creystoke Cycle Cafe to book onto one of the Quirky Workshops  April /June 2014 Tel: 017684 83984  or go to @quirkyworkshops twitter page or Greystoke Cycle Cafe  FB page  or website

Love Your Figure Type

Love Your Figure Type


Fresh Start

See all the details on the Fresh Start Flyer

See all the details on the Fresh Start Flyer

Fresh Start 

Did you know that these (Women Only) FREE events will be happening close to you:

Fresh Start Flyer   OR GO TO

Please see the attached flyer to get all the details you need to join in on the night.  You will be given free coaching by experienced Speakers and NLP practitioners to help you to make a Fresh Start – now that Spring has Sprung does your mind turn to new  plans, shaping the future, shaking up your career, getting fit, making  something, getting creative, joining a course or simply making some new friends in your area.  This is a fantastic networking opportunity, it is a road show especially for women that will leave you feeling energised and inspired, post on facebook and share if you can as your friends will also be disappointed if they miss this excellent opportunity.

These FRESH START events start in Ambleside next week on Mon 31st March, please make sure you come along as I don’t want anyone to miss this great opportunity:  This could be a Fresh Start for you and your friends

Stuck in a rut? Thinking of making a change?
Time to set some goals? Come along and meet
some like-minded women for a free evening of fun, goal setting,
ideas, style inspiration, and who knows – a fresh start!
Booking essential. Please contact Dani Hudson at ACT on
Tel: 01768 840827 or Email:
31 March – Ambleside  –What a great night!

7 April – Milnthorpe  next Monday 7-9pm at No.17 Cafe  LA7 7AD . Lots of 7′s in there and its usually a lucky number. I am looking forward to it as I really enjoyed the last one.

23 April – Orton, Penrith
6 May – Grange-over-Sands
22 May – Kirkby Stephen
12 June – Sedbergh
17 June – Dalton in Furness

All Events 7pm – 9pm


Craft Days in JUNE 2014


Saturday 14 June  £25.00 per person

Come along and learn how to make your own basic tunic pattern so that you never need to worry about clothes not fitting you properly ever again. Their will be:

  • A chance to start from scratch to make a shape to suit your figure type.
  • Expert tuition to form a template that can later be adapted to other styles.
  • Creative instruction on how to make up the dresss and which fabric to choose – we can even start by making a run through on the day to be sure that it fits perfectly, whilst you have help on hand to make adjustments.
  •  Learn dressmaking, pattern-making and have a go!
  • + tea and biscuits
  • brj slim jess workwear077

10.30 until 3pm   vintage mother of bride                 Please ring 07773158941 to book your place before Wed 11th June MACHINE EMBROIDERY Saturday 21st June  £25.00 per person  10.30 until 3pm Please ring 07773158941 to book your place before Wed 19th June Come along and learn how to do your own embroidery to customise your clothes or make a picture. Their will be:

  • A chance to learn machine embroidery from scratch to make your own design.
  • Expert tuition to help you to become confident.
  • Creative instruction on which fabric to choose - also how to use or create your own templates.
  •  Learn how to get your machine to do adjust to do machine embroidery  and have a go!

+tea and biscuits




Florence Mine Egremont, Cumbria UK  CA22 2NR

Corset inner strength 12 love apron

Bohemian Spirit.. x

maggi toner-edgar:

Love this rug – it is the perfect embodiment of my caterpillar to butterfly metaphor – the way I love to work with real women on real journeys.  McQueen was always inspiring whether working on clothing or interior style.

Originally posted on Maison Bentley Style:


Special clothes only come out for special occasions, but a special rug? It’s a red carpet under your feet every day.


Alexander McQueen spent three years designing this Collection for the Rug Company, taking their craftsmanship to new, couture levels.


Like iridescent jewels they weave a spell of fantasy and wonder.

Sarah Burton enthuses, “The Rug Company shares similar values to Alexander McQueen. It’s about offering a product that is precious and luxurious that showcases the best of British design and traditional craftsmanship.”

It’s a  little bit of McQueen on earth,

Laters, Kate x

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