Saturday, 6 June 2009
I was under the impression that Tweet was an American R'n'B act who sang about masturbation but apparently the word is now more commonly synonymous with Twitter. Thc act of writing an update of "What Are You Doing?" is know as a "Tweet".
Ever the trail-blazer, I appear to be a good year late on this one and just jumped on board the bandwagon when given the nod by NoDaysOff. When they aren't methodically recording the progress of the nextdoor building demolition.......they are also busy designing incredible artwork for album covers (remember the Roisin Murphy "Overpowered" in a Sandra Buckland Dress accessorized w/Nazir Mazhar). Here is Paloma Faith who is the latest artist to have been granted their magic touch and the posters have just gone up round town..........which I have snapped on the street to tide us over until I get more content direct from NDO HQ. (hint hint guys!)
Friday, 5 June 2009
So here it is!
Damien Poulain's hard work came together for the unveiling of his new show "Totem 49" at Kemistry. Charlotte Street was alive with people buzzing in and out of the gallery likes bees excitedly circulating the graphic honey comb trap.
I got to finally see which one is which, and appreciate the finer details e.g "Britney Spears Shaved Head" is painted with the word OOPS! So that'll be both commentary on a lyric and how she probably felt at that time! That is a good example of one of the more humorous pieces which made my shoulders move violently up and down with chuckles. But some were slightly darker and made me a bit sad. "Shell" was the petrol logo with a sea bird sat ontop dripping with a coating of a black oil slick. The sequence of characters is set out in an accompanying book which he commissioned a poet to explain and elaborate on the selected studies. So you can dip into this delightful limited edition catalogue to read the individual profiles and reasonings.
Damien also painted the front of the building with the face from the polkadot Comme Des Garcons totem ...............
"TV TEST CARD" - a personal favourite!
"KLAUS NOMI' - one for spadger!
"SOLOMAN & CAT"
"GARETH PUGH" "HUSSEIN CHALAYAN"
The exhibition is on until mid July so you have time to check out the carved reclaimed skirting board and dado rail joys!
Thursday, 4 June 2009
This year I went along to the CSM Show to see the collection by Dean Quinn. I met him in November in New York when he was interning for ThreeAsFOUR. Whenever I hear another British accent there, Im intrigued! So I was excited to see his own work, especially his degree show! With absolutely no idea what he made, it was a relief that I genuinely loved it. My "woops" were not in vain. When it came to the end of the 40 selected designer's press show, 3 awards were announced. CHECK IT OUT..........Dean won the womenswear award! I couldn't believe it! My intuition is bang on. Firstly with Michael Vanderham at the MA show and now Dean at the BA. In truth, its actually no credit to my instinct...........its more a case of the stable on Forsyth Street NYC.......those who come in and out have a disposition to going there in the first place and secondly pick up the magic that is abundant in the atmosphere.
I managed to blag backstage (in a mute bashful way with a bossy mum/Kim Howells pushing me forwards) to get a photo of Deans's work up close. He held up one of his intricate blade beaded skirts smiling still stricken with sheer shock from his award announcement. The camera went dead so I don't have the shot to share! But its in my mind and erasable forever there. So here I have borrowed Alex Fury's image from SHOWstudio. After the show Annalisa Dunn (Cooperative Designs) astutely commented that the tendency to cram in too many ideas created weak collections..............whereas one idea executed beautifully sang so much stronger...........this is exactly what Fury wrote too.................so take heed to this advice those of you in your 2nd year!
"My favourite from the internal show was undoubtedly Dean Quinn, and even on second viewing his monochrome collection again made me (and a number of others) sit up and take note. Quinn sliced his tailoring with a savage bent, restricting his palette to black and white and his decoration to glass bugle beads, thickly crusted across his tight trousers and brief skirts. With so many designers trying to pack a million ideas into these six-piece presentations, Quinn's focus served him well. As a statement of intent, this collection was spot on - and rightfully scooped one of the evening's coveted L'Oréal Professionnel awards."
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Whilst at a recent sponsorship seminar Craig, Piers Attkinson and I had a good old rant about being bogged under by blog interviews and not having time to actually get round to designing...............before we had time to set the world to rights, I was immediately thinking up questions to ask Craig myself !.............
Ha, ha, sorry Craig! He has very, very kindly relinquished to my request to get a glimpse into his wooly workings..........listen up Swarovski, the boy is a genius............
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Monday, 1 June 2009
Its that time of year again. Colleges are frantically getting their graduate shows together and I can't wait! Tomorrow is the Central St. Martins show which is a little bit scary because I can't believe its been a year since the last one! I remember rushing down to catch Craig's show and being blown away seeing his collection (as I said at the time - a moment in history). That sense of pride has snowballed over the year as he has had such an incredible 365 days! The red ribbon dress modelled by Tilda Swinton on the cover of Another Magazine was just the cherry on top of the cake. There is the inspiration for those of you about to finish..........it can be done!
Here are some BEAUTIFUL back stage images from the degree show by Kenzie Burchell which I have only just seen. Its such a joy to revisit, so I wanted to share it!
Here's to the upcoming shows which I'm jumping around with excitement to see. I'm even presenting the textiles award at the Brighton Uni show, how hilarious! So please let me know of others I need to see..........so far I have tickets for Kingston Fashion, LCC Surface Design, and Westminster Illustration............ (thanks to previous placement students, you know who you are, I'm on your case!)
Sunday, 31 May 2009
We had a minor technical glitch from our man on the festival frontline. But we're back on track for Dan Wilton's first hand/claw encounters from Primavera. Latest installment of phone pic action "New Zuul tattoo yep".
Thanks for the update! (Don't worry I will be reimbursing your phone bill!)
Wish I was there to catch Aphex under the Mediterranean rays. : ( But hey, at least the sun has put his hat on for London this weekend otherwise it would be doubly gutting.
Next in line on the European adventure trail for the blog is photographer Anna Leader who is punting into Venice for the opening of the Biennial. Lets see what she finds............perhaps tattoos could be an interesting take on that particular festival too! For the 53rd Biennial, Steve McQueen is representing for Britain by showing a film in the pavilion but details are under wraps until the unveiling on June 7th..........so check back to see what's going on.......