Friday, 1 January 2010
One of my favourite things when I was a kid was the "Uncle Travelling Mack" skit on Fraggle Rock. They would read out the postcards from his travels with a hilarious picture of him in the middle of an 8th wonder with some outrageous anecdote. So in the same vein I have had in10 contributors fave shots of their fave moment from their fave place to sum up their year..............first off the New Year starting block is my latest featured artist Petra Storrs......
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Its been an incredible year for Petra Storrs and in particular her long running collaboration with friend Paloma Faith. I first saw the mirror dress Petra made at a performance in February 2008 and been a fan of their dream team ever since. Most recently of course has been the whole set design of Paloma's debut for which Petra not only undertook the album artwork but also stage and costume design for the tour and the videos .............check it all out on her wonderful website (also check out Jool's Holland Hootenanny tonight as I suspect something might pop up! This is pure conjecture, double guessing from tweets........not fact)
So here we take a little look back to a seminal piece and another lovely example of fashion film after yesterday's theme with Malcolm. Here is "In All The World, I Dream In Paper" which is a MUST SEE for anyone who has missed out on this gem so far. Petra has sent me some snaps from behind the scenes:
"These are pictures of the preparation for a stop frame animation I made, myself and Sarah Lloyd spent three days completely covered in paint up ladders on the third day, we had to soak our clothes and head scarfs off our bodies in the shower because everything had dried on (I thought I would end up bald)! I was really fun as where completely delirious though lack of sleep and paint fumes!!"
A film of Petra's work on the V&A Friday late fashion show i went to in Sept has also just been uploaded ........so you can now all feast your eyes ........
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Malcolm is a name you will have seen in listings for ASVOFF, SHOWstudio and for collaborations with designers such as Jean-Pierre Braganza, Michiko Koshino and most recently the Illamasqua makeup campaigns. We are still in the tentative first stages of fashion film making with only a handful of names exploring the medium..................so before the industry blows up with dabblers, here is an insight into the mind of one of the initial pioneers who has been experimenting ever since his time studying Fine Art at UEA. (On a personal note, Malcolm is wickedly dashing, sincerely polite and comfortingly charming...........whoever I introduce him to has to comment on this special combination!)
Monday, 28 December 2009
Although I'm (obviously) a manic blogger I actually don't officially follow that many......I think my dashboard blog roll is currently at 17. One of them is the photographer Annie Collinge whose work I love for its strong considered identity with a sense of humour. Her blog is nothing to do with this work in content but its sensibility is the same..........its quirky sightings condensed into bitesize portions of pictures. The peculiar moments we all see on a daily basis but don't record........meanwhile Annie is there remembering to can it!
To begin a few days of nostalgia on the blog and a kind of "review of 2009" I have asked Annie to pick her own personal fave posts from her back catalogue so far and recall the scenario (check out the Ghostbuster pooch!):
Not only was I lucky enough to get to take charge of the Christmas Tree for the SHOWstudio SHOP this year ...........it also lead to being asked to illustrate their Christmas card. Its funny really, because sending them my Christmas cards might just be how I first made creative contact with the team! After doing so for a couple of years, I was invited to take part in the "12 days of Christmas" Swarovski project in 2006. It was such an amazing honour to be included as an unknown entity, and that is an example of their all inclusive practises at SHOWstudio. The novelty still hasn't worn off, and I was again duly honoured to be given responsibility for this task..........I took a deep breath and set about a signature paper cut, incorporating photos of the accessories from the tree and my print design by Brie Harrison.
My card arrived through the door on Christmas eve and it was as if Santa had come early..........I can't believe they had time to write them all after the whole month spent shooting 100 portraits and then the imminent dismantling of Fashion Revolution. I'm wondering what fashion week will be like at Somerset House in February without it? I'm really going to miss it!
Sunday, 27 December 2009
From my interview with Elisha Smith-Leverock to another that I answered about our work together from the premiere issue of Sketchbook Magazine - "The Blogger Issue"........which has obviously been much blogged about........but I have only just received my issue due to multiple address mix ups and general British Postal Service glitches. To accompany the written body, Sketchbook commissioned artist Luke Fenech to illustrate my designs which you can see above. It was such a sweet surprise to see my stitching reinterpreted into a 2D artwork so I wanted to locate the hand responsible for the doodles. Thanks to Kate Bones for replying to my blog call out, we have been put in touch. Being an avid cut'n'paste collage fiend myself, his jumbles of delicately placed paper really resonated, so I wanted to find out more .........
As you all know, I ask featured artists to send me a picture of thier work place.........I love a snoop at people's different abodes full of bits and bobs...........here is Luke's lovely looking safe haven and its fittingly festive to keep the Christmas vibe going on the blog.............Thanks Luke!