Friday, 29 May 2015

Friday 29th May: Air Fresheners Of The Apocalypse

Re-think the Magic Tree!  Beach Gallery have teamed up with Bompas & Parr for an exhibition of scented Air Fresheners illustrated by 10 talents including Jim Stoten, Rob Flowers and Marcus Oakley whose spectrum I snapped here.   Last evening's private view also had a lucky-dip grunge-tank for the complete Apocalyptic experience.  Dig Deep!

Beach London, 20 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH

Friday 29th May: Bold Tendencies 2015

It's that time of year again - long evenings to enjoy the South panoramic view of the city from the top of Bold Tendencies sculpture show.  For 2015 that top-most space has been turned over to one artist Richard Wentworth who has painted a swirling silver chrome line across the entire car park roof.  Down the ramp on the floor below is this installation of colourful pigment cones by Metahaven, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini.  There's a secondary space for feasting with this new Ali Baba Snack Bar to back up the popularity of Franks Cafe.  In the auditorium this weekend is a residency from local record shop YAM who are firing up a radio station to broadcast live with a three day schedule of selectors including First Word Records snapped here.  Tune in on the new venture's site here.

Check the Bold Tendencies site for details on all aspects of the show till 27th September, including the Derek Jarman Garden, Roof Top Yoga, Copeland Book Market and Hot Roof Gigs by Hannah T-W.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Weds 27th May: Monki X Lynnie Zulu - Work In Progress

Here are some Work In Progress / Behind The Scenes snaps that Lynnie Zulu has sent over of her sketchbook and studio.  You can see how her archive of illustrations have informed the repeat patterns that became the prints for the MONKI collection.  Her signature watermelon emblem has become the main theme of the artwork tying together the accessories to garments.  It's kind of Josephine Baker meets Carmen Miranda for a 21st Century cosmopolitan roof top, swimming-pool disco!!!   
Follow her daydreamy lush Tumblr of inspiration imagery here.

Weds 27th May: Monki X Lynnie Zulu

In just one year I have gone from featuring Lynnie Zulu's illustrations at Pick Me Up to her very own collection launching at MONKI.  Her tropical style has been converted into cosmic clobber in this collaboration for S/S essentials with swimwear, cropped tees and a bucket hat.  My favourite piece is the hand of bananas as a clutch bag!  Here are also the transparent socks which is a photo I have taken from Magda's Instagram to demonstrate how they look!   
Lynnie has drawn in the window display of the Carnaby Street flagship store which launched the line last week with these BonBonBalloons.  Check out the full range online here.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tuesday 26th May: Zandra Rhodes Rainbow Loft Sample Sale

This Bank Holiday the colourful network of London designers took over Zandra Rhodes Rainbow Penthouse for a sample sale. Here is Bethan Wood camouflaged perfectly into the surroundings wearing some Zandra Rhodes prints.  I tried on a Piers Atkinson PomPom headband and got some cosmic rainbow cable covers from the Auria swimwear stall.  Kitty Joseph had selections of her archive and printed t-shirts, socks and dip-dyed acrylic accessories.  Andrew Logan's beautiful mosaic mirrored jewellery was also on view which I always covet like crazy - especially the massive chunky bangles.  Classic.  

Check out Bethan's installation for Tory Burch "Lettuce entertain you" here

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Thursday 21st May: Lakwena Studio Visit

In-between finishing the FRAME commission and flying off to South Africa with The British Council, I managed to catch up with Lakwena quickly at her studio.  Here are the paddles that she made for Abimaro's SoundMachine workshop at The Southbank Centre where the conductor used the props to direct the choir of this human-voice experience.  You can see the work-in-progress for the invite artwork amongst other ref images & fabric samples.    
Keep tabs on Lakwena's international wall projects over on her Instagram here.

Thursday 21st May: NIKE X FRAME X LAKWENA

Since Lakwena took part in a talk for The WProject series in conjunction with NIKE Women she has gone on to do a giant wall for "Power Of The Girl" and now an entire artwork re-work for FRAME.  Lakwena not only painted the front of house exterior but also the curve ceiling of the arches!  I can't imagine how she converted her patterns to a convex brickwork canvas, and working during nocturnal night-shifts!  Massive respect to this legend who consistently undertakes monumental commissions with her steady calm demeanour.  Visit the dance & fitness studio to check it out or head over to Lakwena's Instagram and Website to see more............

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday 19th May: BikeDemCrew to Henry's Burgers

My next challenge post-marathon is to undertake a 100k bike ride for the Rapha 100 in July.  The weekend following the 26 mile race, I rode a 60 mile route of "bare" hills to Brighton.  Not to be recommended per se, but a positive test of endurance and friend's patience to push you on and save you from admitting defeat.  Potentially the sweetest triumphant portion of fish and chips Ive had the pleasure to unwrap on that promenade.

After the 120 mile jaunt out to Suffolk last year on the Dunwich Dynamo Im hoping the Rapha 100k will be doable?!  In preparation, BikeDemCrew are back in full effect by going for  training long trips out on scenic escapes.  Ive traded in long run Sundays with long ride Sundays.  The latest coastal escapade took us to Leigh-On-Sea in Essex for an English Riveria dip and dinner at Henry's Burgers.  It seems you have to leave the culinary melting pot of the capital to find a decent burger joint .  Henry's is like no other diner I've been to before.  They make their own fresh mince daily from grass fed, free range, sustainable farms straight from Lancashire.  These patties come in a menu of new variations and twists with a ridiculously spot-on selection of side-orders including deep fried gherkins with blue cheese dip!  Condiments are also a serious concern with their own formulations of chilli sauces kept safe from children's reach, dispensed in medicine bottles.  The comprehensive cocktail list includes an Aperol Orange Spritz added for the incoming Summer evenings and Bloody Marys for the morning after.  We opted for the malt milkshakes to takeaway for our paddle in the sea pool and train back to the smoke after our Smoke House BBQ buns.  Thank you Henry's, we will return ................. making a U Turn, or as I have now renamed the manoeuvre - the "Usher".    

(All photos by me, except two by Peigh , group shot selfie by Jason, and the burger snap by Henry's as a taster because you have to head over to their Instagram to appreciate it all fully!  Not to mention the open ceiling out to the blue sky of the modern build)       

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Leigh on Sea
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