Friday, 12 October 2018

Friday 12th October: Absolut PSM for London Cocktail Week - Final Photos

Thank you so much to everyone who visited my installation for Absolut over London Cocktail Week!  Here are Kish Kash (repeated in the reflection of the kaleidoscope, Camille Walala with Julia Jomaa, Grace Woodward with Kitty Joseph, Erika Soliven with Lena Romain and Louise Oliver, and bottom two photos thanks to ScottCanEat.  Top photo is a self-portrait on my way at Tottenham Court Road Station.

Friday 12th October: Absolut PSM for London Cocktail Week - Work In Progress

Absolut chose the nation's new favourite cocktail as inspiration for their presence at London Cocktail Week with their "Porn Star Martini Townhouse".  The immersive experience took each ingredient as an element to interpret across four floors of a beautiful Victorian building in Soho. I was brought on board to add my vision to the third floor for the zingy centre of the Porn Star Martini in a Passion Fruit Kaleidoscope. The multi-sensory journey through the townhouse brought to life the tastes, aromas and sensations of the cocktail which also includes Vanilla and Champagne.  The final stop on the top floor of the house was an Absolut Vanilla Bar, where visitors were given the opportunity to take part in a mixologist master-class.  The brand ambassador taught you how to make your own martini to finally taste all the flavours in the aromatic drink.

Here are shots from my initial development working with set builders "Scene 2" who helped convert by origami maquette into the final geodesic dome.  I really like these shots to see the complete construction of the semisphere that we built to represent the passion fruit.  This was concealed in the final installation as the experience was the inside world of the fractal form.  Here you could lay down on a soft undulating floor (the seeds) to look up at your reflection in a spinning kaleidoscope.  Part of the panelling was made from my favourite iridescent perspex which glowed a petroleum pink / purple / gold hue to perfectly echo the passion fruit colour palette.  Here are the plastic samples and tests where we tried out different foils.  These were also used in miniature icosahedrons hanging in the space as nectar pods to hold passion fruit marshmallows as the taste aspect of the immersive experience. 

(bottom two photos sourced from Scene 2)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wednesday 19th September: Zandra Rhodes LFW SS19 “Looking Back, Looking Forward”

Zandra Rhodes “Looking Back, Looking Forward” at LFW for Spring Summer 2019, presented with jewellery by Andrew Logan

The title is an indication of Zandra's upcoming 50 year anniversary!  The collection has taken this theme by referencing her extensive back catalogue, incorporating prints and colours from 1969 to the present day.  Patterns such as her signature "Cacti, Frills, Punk and Wiggles" have been revisited and screen- printed by hand at her London atelier.  She has kept every single screen so here the racks are a real archive of her artwork which can automatically be re-visited.  These soft chiffons feature alongside her other trademark style of structural pleated metallics, my absolute favourite.  Total dream.    

Help fund the feature documentary "Zandra With A Zee" exploring the life & art of one of Britain's most iconic designers on the run up to this Jubilee Anniversary. Head over to the crowdfunding page to pledge here.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Tuesday 28th August: Carnival Hair by Tracy Hayes and Charz Couture

Ready for de road!  Maximum colours mixed for Notting Hill Carnival.  Thanks again to Tracy Hayes, the cosmic colour mixologist at Fudge Hair using "Paintbox" dyes for my fresh Rainbow hair.  You can see here how she sectioned a spectrum swirl to then dye a gradient with five different shades across the rainbow.  These layers were then given full visibility when Charz Couture plaited four separate braids to reveal the ombre tones and finished it off with a sprinkle of glitter for shimmer.  This is most definitely the best hairstyle I have ever had.  I couldn't be happier on the best weekend of the year to have the most intergalactic hair to enjoy it!  Incredible!

Friday, 24 August 2018


Anthea Hamilton's "THE SQUASH" sculpture and performance piece at Tate Britain until October 8th.

See archive posts on Anthea here and here.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday 15th August: Lizzie King studio visit

Since her book on the art of tie-dye, Lizzie King has become the authority on the multicolour fabric craft.  That, coupled with her love of Carnival has the combined credentials to make her the absolute expert on making tie-dye accessories for Notting Hill Carnival! Lizzie takes her workshops from schools to NIKE events for Pride to Music Festivals and beyond.  Now you can brighten up your wardrobe ready to Fete at her session at 3rd Rail Print Space where you'll be printing your own t-shirts in addition to learning the dye process.

Book a space for next Thursday here.

See her archive tie-dye posts here , here and here.  
See her archive Carnival posts here and here.

Wednesday 15th August: The Influence Project at Somerset House

I don't really like just posting my shots of photographs but I had to share this exhibition as it's such a great one to visit.  The East Wing of Somerset House has been filled with a myriad of portraits - all of legendary, incredible musicians and all totally new images.  Usually when you see this many iconic artists in one exhibition it will be of existing historical images but "The Influence Project" is all recent work by photographer Alexis Chabala and Curator Lorayne Crawford.  The duo have pulled together their personal favourite pioneers of R&B, Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Hip Hop from Leon Ware and Roy Ayers to Chuck D and KRS-ONE.  Here are just a few of the stand-out sittings that I particularly loved including Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Sean Kuti, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Jazzie B, Thundercat and Jorja Smith.  Go and take a tour through time with a complete cross-section of International characters, mostly all captured in London!