Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thursday 20th April: Zoe's Ghana Kitchen in Soho & Print

Congratulations Zoe Adjonyoh on not only a new restaurant premises but also a debut cook book to coincide!  Zoe has branched out from her Brixton site to bring her own contemporary West African dining to Soho with a six month residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons.   This means you can either have a full sit-down multi course experience or simply bar snacks if you're only stopping for a drink.  Its going to become a Soho standard over the Summer, situated in the epicentre of the media world where the streets get packed out in the sunny evenings, irrespective of day of the week!  You may recognise Zoe already for work with Nigel Slater on promoting African cuisine with her new fresh spin on the classics.  Taste her Jollof Fried Chicken and you can take the sensation home with you, either via jars of her house jollof relish or pick up the book to learn how to make your own!  Win, Win, Win!

Buy the book here!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday 18th April: New, New Covent Garden Market

Such as is the way with everything in London at the moment and it's redevelopment........... New Covent Garden Market has been relocated.  It's still in Vauxhall but a little further away, nearer the fruit and veg market ........... so leave extra time to get there!  Find out all the details here

New Covent Garden Market, London, SW8 5BH

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thursday 13th April: Jenny Lewis "Hackney Studios" - the book

"Hackney Studios" by Jenny Lewis is a record of East London's personal creative havens. A family tree in order of each artist's tip of the next to feature = including my recommendation of Rosy Nicholas who is the cover star! Here I am in 2013 at Lighthouse Studios which is a space I have since given up, like a large percentage of artists in the series.  Here is a soundbite I wrote for Jenny in 2015 when the project was covered by The Guardian:  "Hackney, I lost you': the London creatives priced out of their studios"

"Stepping off the bus into Dalston for the very first time to find Peter Jensen's studio in 2001, I not not only found work experience but a whole a new life experience.  This is where I followed suit to settle in the city.  This is where I planted my roots and recently witnessed the canopy of high-rises bionically shoot up. The shadow of redevelopment has literally been cast over the multicultural magic of Ridley Road.  A Shoreditch stampede flooded in from the city at the weekend, stopped out and not gone home.   The artist’s warehouse studios are now a flicker of PC screensavers between partitioned walls.  It’s the future, its real time, its IRL.  It’s city life.  Its metamorphosis.  Its survival of the fittest.  Its history in the making and taking over.  Too quick.  Too soon. Its out of control. I couldn’t hold on. I’m out of positive spin and been spun out. I’ve gone.  Hackney I LOVE YOU. I lost you."

Above are my snaps from Jenny's book launch where she made an exhibition of the leaves from the book as a tree to show how the evolution evolved into each branch of friendship to follow.

Buy the book on Hoxton Mini Press here.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Tuesday12th April: Estee Lauder New Pure Colour Love Lipstick

Straws were a requisite in the cocktails at Estee Lauder's latest lipstick launch!  All 30 shades were available to try with a station of makeup artists on hand to advise on colour and how to apply.  This new model has a mitered edge tip so you can neatly reach every corner of your lips - something Alison Steadman's character in "Abigails Party" would have loved.  I am genuinely in need of some advice as I never wear lipstick but want to start experimenting, so this has come at the perfect time for me.  I tried the "shimmer pearl" coral pink colour "Sky High" which I loved keeping on after the party to wear to my evening class!  This is the test - to see if it feels comfortable for every day, to walk out and feel fab rather than too much.  I quite enjoyed the sensation and have been getting compliments so here is a new chapter of wearing lipstick!

See the full range of moisturising & conditioning soft blends here.  

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday 10th April: CAMPBELL ADDY at KKOutlet

I was really pleased to see KKOutlet give Campbell Addy a solo show last month.  I've been following his prolific output since his student times when I was teaching at UAL.  Now he's a bonafide force gathering momentum and going mainstream with the recent listing in the Dazed100.  Head over to the shortlist to help vote him up to the top!   Follow his magazine here and model agency here.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday 7th April: "You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred" at The Zabludowicz Collection

"You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred" - represents 70 years of art photography selected from thZabludowicz Collection including Andreas Gursky, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Wall alongside a new generation of artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.  Here are some of my favourite works including Elad Lassry's colourful prints with matching hue frames and Sara Cwynar's multicolour still-life which accompanies a brilliant film.  If you have been drawn to the Tate Modern's current major show of Wolfgang Tillmans, then definitely check out this gallery who invested in his early work when he very first started.  These pieces have been dug from the depths of the archive and hung alongside one of his latest works which was acquired and arrived specially for the install.  It's also a chance to see a very early Cindy Sherman and discover the next generation of emerging stars in the medium................. as is always the Zabludowicz  modus operandi to support new talent.