Here is an interview I answered for the culinary creative behind "The Little Paris Kitchen" Rachel Khoo for her new blog. Head over to her site to find out more about her TV show, book, events, restaurant recommendations, consulting............ "a fresh approach to all things edible". I first met Rachel at a domestic theme Friday Late at the V&A a few years ago before she moved to Paris and dreamt up her brilliant and unique career in the cooking world! Fantastic and motivational inspiration for anyone to follow their heart and turn it into a life vocation ................. see trailer at the bottom ......
Here are my answers to her questions on what I get up to day-to-day.......... (photo, my new studio <3)
FB: The way I work is with my hands - the magic is in my fingers! I play around with materials to experiment in new techniques and work out how to apply those shapes to the body. Then a concept connects all those elements into a theme and a story of how to style the show. Last season was all about the knots of Japanese kimono Obijame, which I incorporated into cable knitwear for the complete accessorized winter outfit, coloured in a palette of sushi inspired hues.
FB: My last two collections being presented at Somerset House in Fashion Week. It was my childhood dream to be a fashion designer so finally having the chance to realise that has been complete job satisfaction. I'm so grateful to be on schedule and have that platform to share my vision of the industry. I want to uplift the energy and enjoyment of fashion by offering an opportunity to be transported to an alternate dimension outside the normal experience/format. A big part of that is combining music into the mix and luckily I found the perfect partner with Red Bull Catwalk Studio. They support me in collaborating with a musician/producer to use their recording space and set up for the artist to perform the finished soundpiece at my show. This means I get to invent an aural equivalent of my designs for a unique sonic soundscape.
FB: As I said, music is a massive part of my life! I'm a frustrated musician, I would love to know how to create sound! I'm very excited by my peer group in London and I like to listen to their new material: TEED, Jessie Ware, Kwes, Micachu etc. I'm also addicted to certain radio shows: Lauren Laverne on Radio 6 for her intellect and witty banter, Giles Peterson for world music, Rodigan for reggae, Kisstory for an hour of back 2 back old school garage and The Guardian Weekly Music Podcast with Alexis Petredis who interviews the best upcoming talent. Also massive mention to NTSLive - my local Dalston Radio station with an incredible roster of DJs including Thristian Richards of Boileroom.
FB: Having my own space to immerse myself in everyday. The novelty of becoming freelance has never worn off. I work every hour but it's worth it to have the freedom to create colour. In the four walls I have acquired cosmic materials and studio mates!