Friday, 27 November 2009

Friday 27th Nov: VOTE ERIC a.k.a Black Shadow

Eric is up for nomination in the "Top Cat" competition over on Cat Party and has been totally overlooked..........  unfortunately I guess that is his predisposition........a meek vulnerable and silly looking......BUT ultimately that's what makes him so CUTE! Those ridiculous eyes and chops just shout "pity me". So don't let his affliction affect the votes. He's never gonna win a cat comp in the looks CATeogory so this can be his moment to shine.  Bless his little furry pads!  So fur he's just accumulated 6 votes in total.......... and the deadline is in 3 days..........PLEASE SUPPORT THIS KAWAIITASTIC CREATURE AND HELP ME WIN THE TOP CAT MUG PRIZE!  

Friday 27th Nov: House Of Organza

When Kim Howells commissioned me to make something out of organza for a project set in the shop space  "VOGUE" fabrics and listed off the other immediatly triggered off my imagination thinking back to Paris is Burning and the VOGUE balls.........thus lets call ourselves House of Organza?!.........then she told me that for the opening they plan to cover the face of the house in literally creating a HOUSE OF ORGANZA.........est voila!  Its titled.........and its got a good ring to it hasn't it?
So who's in the collective?...........Craig Lawrence, Atalanta Weller, Piers Atkinson, Gloved-Up, NOKI, Judy Blame and yours truly..........that sounds like a riot already!  We have all created a one-off piece from a roll of ruffled organza sewn by Lyall Hakaraia (who is the head honcho of Vogue Fabrics).  These looks have been styled by Kim Howells in a shoot with Mari Sarai and the final prints will be exhibited alongside video footage of the process at the opening next Thurs.  So if you are on a 73 or 149 bus crawling down Kingsland Road and you see a house that looks like an architectual answer to a snow ball............this is the explanation.
If you can't wait until next week, you can visit VOGUE tonight for our fundraiser event to help us get some quids in for putting on the show.  There will be performances by Ryan Styles, Feral and Cara Park..............

(images.....sketch/collage from Lyall, snap from the shoot, snap from my studio floor) 

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Thurs 26th Nov: Man Like Me Interview

In the deluge of trite shit clogging up the charts at the moment I thought it was time to take a break from X Factor flu and find an antidote.  To combat the national obsession of elevating vapid victims and celebrating their vocals with homogenous pseudo Americana anthems..............Ive hooked up with some genuine homegrown talent..........London Town's "ManLikeMe".  If you haven't seen them live, you have missed a treat, especially the latest formation of a 7 piece band congregated for thier Camden Jazz Cafe concert tonight.  The energy and humour is infectious with front man Johnny Langer jumping around with his jumper over his head singing jocular observational paraphrases.  It was discovering this priceless poetry and the early videos by Simon Owens that got me hooked into the ManLikeMe vibe.  To highlight this recommendation high on my list, Ive focused my interview purely on Johnny's record of my favourite pastimes is digging the crates of charity shops so I thought it would be fun to delve into the depths of the discs of one of my favourite musicians........

Enjoy...............(and then check out the album here)...........

1)  What was your favourite song to put on at home when you were a kid to dance/jump/be silly to .............what was your dance style?

Fave song to dance around to when i was a kid was probably i get around by the beach boys and i kind of liked dancing the twist,probably influenced from watching old american films all the time.

2)   Which was your fave TV:     Top of The Pops or The Chart Show?

EERRR top of the pops every day! It was a standard proceedure for the whole family to sit down on a thursday night and watch it...mainly because it was followed by eastenders

3)  What is the best record you've inherited?

I robbed my dads silver disc of one step beyond by madness which he was given in 1980 for 250000 record sales. It hangs proudly on my wall.

4)  Were you inspired by a particular record collection?

Probably my dads as that was what i had access to when i was growing up. My favorite was his motown selection.

5)  Have you ever had record collection "envy"?  If so, why?

In my teens i used to dj with my mates maxipooh and pete and if they ever got hold of a banger i diddnt have i would be screwing! 

6)  Are you a 7" or 12" man?

12"! they are much more sturdy to dj with

7)  Aprox how big is your collection and how is it ordered?

not really sure how big it is? enough to fill a few shelves and there is definitely no order to it. some are at my parents, some at my studio and some at mates houses.

8)  Best discovery?

Recently i would say kid creole and the coconuts record my male curiosity 

9)  Biggest waste of money?

Most of my drum and bass collection

10)  Aesthetics = which is your fave for artwork?

The roxy music covers arent bad

11)  Dream team:  if you could comprise an imaginary band / dream collaboration out of your records, what would the outfit be and how would they sound?  (can be dead musicians.........pure fantasy)

No allow a super group, id just have the funk brothers band and marvin gaye on vocals

12)  Any fave coloured vinyl editions?  Whats the colour?

I quite like my rolling stones "miss you" pink colored vynil i got in new york.

13)  Which 5 would you take to a desert island?  

the walker brothers - make it easy on yourself
Tricky - makes me wanna die
robert tepper - no easy way out
micachu - lone ranger
deafschool - what a way to end it all

the titles explain themselves really.

14)  If you had to kill attacking zombies, armed only with your records to Frisbee (think Sean of the Dead) which would be the first 5 to go?

Any records by Man Like Me

15)  What songs best describe each member of your band?

for pete i would choose steely dans peg as its straight but still quite groovy. 

16)  You have covered Salt 'n' Pepper............what is your favourite condiment?

Chilli sauce each and every day.

17)  Most random place youv'e ever acquired a record?

That record shop in holloway which doubles up as that fat smelly italian blokes house.

18)  Every hotel room has a Gideon Bible..............if you could enforce a standard issue record, which would it be?

love is in the air by john paul young. feeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllll goooooooooooooooood !!!!!!!

19)  Whats your trump card...........definite floor filler?

cheryl lynn - gotta be real

Thurs 26th Nov: Poor Love

Is it just me or has anyone else spotted the irony in this billboard advert?

"Now every day ain't gon' be no picnic" 

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wes 25th Nov: Nice Piecee

Hannah Wood's Bless Necklace I poached off her back when she came in the studio yesterday..........a piece she was given when she interned for Desiree and Ines back in the day..........

Wes 25th Nov: That's Why Mum's NOT Going To Iceland

Supermarket Sarah is holding a Pop Up Shop at Poke (Biscuit Building) for some yule-tide retail therapy.........she has curated a roster of contributors to set up an "aisle" so you can push your gold trolley thourgh a whole wintery wilderness of artists.  Check-Out girls will be on hand with "Can I help you" couture plastic bag costumes to aid your trip whilst the whole extravaganza will be live online for those not able to peruse in person.  Some of the teams with designated departments are the WORK IT girls with their 90's vintage garms, Scott Ramsay Kyle with a wall emblazoned with his embroidery , Peter Ibreugger's fab moustache mugs, Illustrator Phoebe Eason with painted birds and the exceptional milliner Victoria Grant.
Here is a sneaky peak at the 1st day of setting up..........

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Tues 24th November: If you go down to the SHOP today.....

...........your in for a big surprise! the form of Gareth Pugh creating an unknown original one-off garment live before your eyes.  The SHOWstudio regular contributor has schlepped his overlocker across town to swap his studio for the upstairs space at the new SHOP.   For the duration of three days he is conjuring up a creation infront of the camera for anyone to tune in to follow his process from beginning to end.  Thanks to Kirstie for conscientiously undertaking a mission for me to visit the project to snap it for the blog............interrupting the creative flow to record the moment........and capture the creative juices .........tea and chocolate fingers to be precise.
The final garm will be positioned in the SHOP and then up for sale alongside another of his headpieces, Nick Knight's Tiger and Andy Hillman's Sissy letters..........

Tues 24th November: AnOther blog for your list

A new website launched on Friday from AnOther Magazine..........a listings of luxury "Loves".......for which I am a contributor.........and today I have posted Anna Leader's "Construction Site" here is AnOther blog to add to your roll...........go check it out, it think its going to get addictive...........although perhaps not in the shopping price bracket for all of us (eek!) ..........who cares when Matthew Stone uploads goats!...........go see........

Monday, 23 November 2009

Mon 23rd Nov: Now for something completely different AGAIN

This cheeky chappie and I bonded last year when I looked after him for a while.  We were re-united this weekend for a soft hug and Saturday brekkie.  His name is Archie and he belongs to The Future Laboratory.  Im looking after another furry friend over the festive period so be prepared for some more cute content.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sun Nov 22nd: "Unmade Beds" Stills Photography by Anna Leader

The latest offering to come from Argentinian director Alexis Dos Santos named "Unmade Beds" has been made as a 1st person commentary on a particular connection with London Town. Alexis has harnassed his own experiences and memories of encounters moving to the city and turned it into a feature film. The story is set predominately in the East End and focuses on two young wayfarer immigrants Axl & Vera. Its a familiar scenario for the network of hipsters that circumnavigate the "scene".........and now its been canned into celluloid. "Unmade Beds" literally focuses on the day-to-day antics of squat dwellers who have quite possibly chosen the lifestyle for an experimental education to the protocol of coming of age. The films idealised vision of this bubble is composed as carefree as the the actual subject matter.........(I haven't actually seen it yet to give you a Barry Norman breakdown so this is preliminary conjecture and insight! .........)
Here are Anna Leaders documentary stills from being on set for the beginning of filming which she has exclusively lent for this blog post. The wardrobe was selected and styled by Kate Forbes with Jacob Higher as Director of Photography. Anna takes the most beautiful portraits and comes into her own when challenged with the constraints of capturing moments with uncontrolled lighting and conditions on set. To see more of her stills work, check out her landmark photographs of Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko in her debut role "Lannulaire".