Saturday, 15 January 2011
The colonisation of the local E8 creative community has acquired a new addition via the shared studio of Jiggery Pokery and friends. Eight artists have taken over an open plan space filled with materials and tools of their various trades (check out Jamie Brown). Nestling and glistening in the corner are the girls behind set design wizardry Jiggery Pokery. Anna Lomax and Lauren Davies met whilst studying the BA Illustration course at Brighton Uni and joined forces to invent the 'life size illustration' team 'Jiggery Pokery'.
I have featured the work on the blog previously but this was my first opportunity to have a literal poke around their creative hub and hive of activity. Its familiar territory with draws full of multi-colour party treats and accumulation of sprays and paints. .......... and an impressive array of mannequin heads snapped up from a weave shop closing down round the corner!
Jiggery Pokery are the current occupants of another space........... albeit virtual. Their props are the most recent wares for sale on the front page of Supermarket Sarah from where I have lifted this image of Lauren modeling their "Heavy Pencil Head Dress". Have a look at all the projects that the pieces have come from at their site (They have applied their unique style to everything from window displays, music videos, editorial shoots, promotional campaigns, studio exhibitions, interior design....... clients such as Beck’s, Courvoisier, The Independent, Nike, Orange, SHOWstudio, Vauxhall and YCN, Dazed & Confused). Keep an eye (a multi-colour cardboard eye!) out for their upcoming work including new projects with Annie Collinge who they shot this Creative Review cover with....... BLOG.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Just incase Crane TV might not be on your radar - take this as an important "one to watch" recommendation. Its a site jam packed with documentaries focusing on designers, artists, musicians, lifestyle & travel. Ive pulled out some of my recent faves to give you an edited collection to get going.............. but head over to the site to get lost in the complete archive of footage from studios to catwalk and back. To add to a theme of blogger profiles, the team visited my workshop recently and the clip went live yesterday which Ive included too........... a virtual tour around the desk that I sit at to type this every day..............
ATTENTION *DREAM TEAM TIME*
Here is a sneak peak from the set of TheCockNBullKid's upcoming single release shot by my favourite promo director Elisha Smith-Leverock. Its a dream team as I'm a massive fan of Anita Blay's music in the first place and as an extra bonus my muse ROWDY SUPERST*R was on the tools for the styling. I was more than chuffed to be asked to contribute some accessories for the Frida Kahlo inspired treatment when it was first conceived back in the summer. Finally the plans have come to fruition with 6 mini versions of Anita being dressed head to toe in monochromatic looks. I want one!!!!! They are just too cute!
The footage is now in edit so I'll be letting you know when the final version is released............. check in to CockNBullKid's site to find out new live dates announced today.............. and Elisha's site and blog to research her latest work including Pixie Lott's new single "Can't Make This Over".
(Images: Top 3 stills by Elisha, bottom 2 snaps from CockNBullKid's twitter)
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
When I was writing up Simone Rocha's Selfridges window display inspired by Francis Bacon's studio I dug out my "Private View" book. Its a beautiful collection of Snowdon's photographs of the British art scene in one of its more exciting times. Bacon, Freud, Moore, Hepworth, Heron, Nicholson, Kitaj, Vaughan, Sutherland, Hockney, Hitchens, Pasmore, Frink, Chadwick, etc, etc. Several years in the making during the 1960's, it gives a real sense of the processes and personalities behind the artworks. Delving into the paint pots and paraphernalia of studios plus portraits of the inhabitants - its a bit like a blueprint for The Selby. What a fantastic title too - Private View!
I particularly love the pages dedicated to Peter Blake since seeing his collection recently at The Museum of Everything.
I picked up my copy from a 2nd book shop a few years ago but Ive had a look on line and it seems easy to find............... I recommend snapping up a copy! Its as much an inspiring interiors album as it is an art monograph.
My favourite perspex jewellery NEIVZ is now being sported by Nicki Minaj ............ what a perfect colour combo! Ive only just found out that the designer Steven Shein also makes sculpture which is now on my dream wish list!!!!!! But you don't need a large piece of art when a little accessory doubles up as a cosmic ornament anyway!
Here is a snap of my very first bracelet which Rosy gave me last year from Lazy Oaf and new pics from the Patternity website which has uploaded a Prism story today. (Buy my Dodecadhedron Necklace here and my Caterpillar Necklace here)
To celebrate the first week of her new solo show on Radio 1XTRA, Gemma Cairney has borrowed the 2011 afro comb to wear for the occasion. Loving her rainbow top! Each day she is going add something else into her hair - today is one of my iridescent space clips. Check out the facebook page to follow her show and find out more.........
Monday, 10 January 2011
Whilst compiling the review of 2010, I contacted Hannah Marshall for a contribution to sum up her year........... but on casting my eye over some of her highlights I though why the heck not cover 10 for 2010! Its been an amazing year for Miss Marshall which I'm very proud of - to see the path her career has taken since we first met at art school a decade ago! Read the following quotes to find out about her meeting with the queen of stage & sound Grace Jones.......... all the way thru to meeting the actual Queen! Congrats Hannah!
1) BEING FEATURED IN THE HARRODS COUTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY BOOK ALONGSIDE ERDEM, PAUL SMITH, COCO CHANEL, CHRISTIAN DIOR, YSL AND MANY MORE.
2) STYLIST MAGAZINE ASKED ME TO FEATURE ON THEIR LONDON FASHION WEEK ISSUE, SO I ASKED THE BEAUTIFUL ERIN O’CONNOR TO JOIN ME
3) BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE VISIONARY NICK KNIGHT FOR SHOWSTUDIO TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF iD MAGAZINE
4) LONDON FASHION WEEK
SHOWING ON THE CATWALK AT SOMERSET HOUSE, THE OFFICIAL LONDON FASHION WEEK VENUE AND HAVING AN AMAZING AUDIENCE; COCO SUMNER, THE XX, PALOMA FAITH, SHINGAI SHONIWA (NOISETTES), JIMMY CHOO, AMBER ROSE, RANKIN, THE ALPINES AND MORE.
5) MEETING MY ICON GRACE JONES AT THE ‘STILLNESS OF THE SPEED OF LIGHT’ EXHIBITION, A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CHRIS LEVINE AND GRACE JONES. DURING THE EVENING GUESTS WERE TREATED TO A VERY INTIMATE POETRY READING BY GRACE JONES HERSELF.
6) MUSIC + FASHION
THIS YEAR SOME OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN MUSIC HAVE WORN MY DESIGNS IN VIDEOS, ON STAGE, THE RED CARPET AND EVENTS, SUCH AS; PALOMA FAITH, SKIN (SKUNK ANANSIE), SHINGAI SHONIWA (NOISETTES) AND RIHANNA.
7) RANKIN FILM
COLLABORATING WITH RANKIN ON A SHORT FILM, THAT WAS SHOWN AT THE SPRING | SUMMER 2011 CATWALK SHOW AT LONDON FASHION WEEK
8) BEING INVITED TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO MEET THE QUEEN FOR A CELEBRATION OF THE BRITISH FASHION INDUSTRY
9) FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
FLORENCE WELCH WEARING MY VELVET CATSUIT FOR THE FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE COSMIC LOVE VIDEO (DIRECTED BY TOM BEARD + TABITHA DENHOLM) SINGLE COVER AND LONDON SHOW
10) MARTIN VS MARSHALL
A SECOND ROUND OF THE COLLABORATION WITH MY FELLOW NOIR-AESTHETE VISIONARY, HANNAH MARTIN FOR THE AUTUMN | WINTER 2010 CATWALK SHOW TO CREATE SEVERE YET ELEGANT CONTEMPORARY WEAPON-LIKE JEWELLERY FOR THE ‘ARMY OF ME’ SHOW.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
On another Selfridges tip............ Supermarket Sarah who is now well acquainted with nocturnal installs at the store has just set up her first official concession! At 5a.m this morning my phone pinged with this image of her finally finished. The theme of her first wall is red for Valentines day as you can see with these heart shaped sunnies! Her online shop is now a fully tactile experience ready for you to get involved and handle the products. Have a look at one of the Sushi USB's in the new set up!
Supermarket Sarah at Selfridges will be opening this morning so get snooping.............
Its the final week to see Gauguin at The Tate Modern ............ we found out that its open till 10pm on a Sunday?! So get down to the river this evening before another week starts and its too late................
I have a feeling the collections at LFW next month may have some colour palettes influenced by the beautiful hues of his paintings. Its not just all about the iconic Haitian ladies though. There are early wood block prints and wood sculptures. Here is his wooden paint box which i fell in love with for its carving detail ......... infact most of the paintings are in beautiful chunky frames which is really refreshing to the regular gold gilt. Some of them are from private collections ........ really wish I had one of these on my walls............ but my Tretchikoff will do for now!
Find out more info at the TATE SITE