Thursday, 26 February 2015

Thursday 26th Feb: Yinka Shonibare "Family Album" at The William Morris Gallery

Last evening the William Morris Gallery hosted a special Q&A with Yinka Shonibare MBE about his current commissioned exhibition at the space "Family Album".  The artist explored the archives of the family's photographic portraits and chose three to re-interpret.  He put out an open-call to the residents of Waltham Forest to cast the characters and had a great response of numbers from which to conjure up the concept.  Here are the full colour prints presented next to the sepia tone originals and the costumes displayed to appreciate the detail of the dress.  Yinka's signature use of Dutch Wax Fabrics carried thru in this project, referring to Morriss's own appreciation for Indian fabrics in reference to the Indonesian origin of the West African textile.  It sits perfectly alongside the permanent collection which outlines the influence from the Indian patterns and dyeing process on Morriss's Arts & Crafts fabrics.  The point was raised that although the Victorian photographs are black and white, the real-life colour would have been bright, according to the fashion of the time.  Yinka explained how he imagined William Morris would have embraced this show's focus on inclusion of the local community.  Morris radical and revolutionary socialist preoccupation and activism is also outlined in the gallery so visitors can learn about both artists shared political motivations in their work.  Check out Yinka's site to find out about his studio's guest projects and see the gallery's schedule for more events and workshops as part of the "Family Album" season.

Photos of both the exhibition work, research books and badges in the gift shop.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wednesday 25th Feb: Vidal Sassoon, Salonist Atelier

Over fashion week Vidal Sassoon set up a pop up salon in Soho to launch their latest home hair dye kit via this cosmic space curated by Ryan Lanji (with set design by Alex Noble and soundtrack from Jono Jury & Hannah Holland).   I LOVE the Peggy Moffitt mirrors and backwash!!!  Visitors could have their portrait taken and try out the hair colour range on their own head.  Thanks to Ryan for the photos from the installation and a few from the preparation I have pulled from Alex's own Instagram.  Follow Ryan's here to see his upcoming collaborations and curations.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday 24th Feb: Keely Hunter AW15 "Fourth World" at Headonism

A little sneak peak at the new millinery from Keely Hunter's AW15 "Fourth World" collection in the Headonism showcase at London Fashion Week ..................... on its way to Premiere Class for Paris Fashion Week.  

Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday 20th Feb: Paintbox hair at Fudge

Not only have Fudge been responsible for my rainbow hair for the last 18 months but now also a fringe for the very first time in my life!  Why not?  Gotta give these things a try!!  Love it!! Thanks to John Vial for the style and to Tracy Hayes for the spectrum colour using their Paintbox range.
Here is also Julie Verhoeven at Fudge HQ, fresh from having a new do too ............... we're both tip, top and ready for London Fashion Week.

Friday 20th Feb: Actress + William Stein = Half | Living

The artist responsible for the linear graphic identity of Actress's fourth album "Ghettoville" has collaborated with Darren Cunningham for a follow-on interlinked project.  William Stein has painted a 21 metre circular canvas installation and twelve separate hangings in conjunction with and in response to a one hour sound piece.  "Half | Living" has been on show at London’s Slade Research Centre with speakers integrated into the large scale work in which visitors feet appear out of the bottom once immersed in the central cylinder.  Head over to NTS to hear a snippet of the mix and exclusive show presented by Actress to coincide with the launch.

See more of Werkhaus work over on their site and discover William's world at his here

Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday 13th Feb: DARKROOM at Selfridges

My favourite London boutique "DARKROOM" have just doubled up by taking over a space within Selfridges with their distinctive graphic accessories and homeware.  Here are photos from the opening night and upon completion from the over-night installs.  Congratulations Rhonda and Lulu, I absolutely LOVE it!

If you're outside of the UK, just head over to their website where its all located online here.

(All photos by me except three c/o Rhonda - follow their Instagram to see more)