30.7.10

MACHINE - A
So, for the last couple of weeks, I've been working on the latest window installation for Machine - A in Berwick Street, Soho alongside Poppy French and Luke Abby. It was a very complicated design, but after a lot of straining, bending and glueing, its almost finished and looking amazing for its grand unveiling on Wednesday. The windows are in aide of jewellery designer Dominic Jones, who will be stocking a range of T-Shirts at the boutique from next week onwards. I'll post a better, more comprehensive blog about this next week after the launch night.
7TH MAN Yesterday, Poppy and I spent the day in Putney with the 7th Man team assisting on the Set Design and Prop Styling for 7th Man's latest photoshoot. It looked beautiful in real life, so I'm sure the photos are stunning. More clothes had been pulled for this shoot then was humanly possible. An advert from Vintage Playboy:Poppy and I brought a Citroen load of antiques, sheets, campbeds, Zed Beds, TVs, Securtiy cameras, Russian Hats and notepads to the location for about 8:30am. The shoot wrapped at about 6pm, and we were out of there by about 7.30pm, stopping off at the petrol station for an egg sandwich and reduced price doughnuts. Knackering. But good. We were impressed at our Tent Making skills: Poppy with tall model: Salvador! Poppy prop styles her face: Good times.
THE JACQUES TOWNHOUSE

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to go along to the launch party of The Jacques Townhouse Popup hotel. It was full of pompoms, trees and Fortune Tellers.

I do love a good Pompom. I found out about this project through my chum Poppy French, who had been assisting Cordelia Weston at her studio in Hackney, which had involved lots of painting, varnishing and (on one occasion) putting out a fire.

The event was very gentle and we all agreed how relaxed we had felt after a few ciders and lots of cup cakes. We even got a goody bag at the end - the free OK! magazine was very much appreciated. The Michelle Heaton exclusive is totally hilarious.

GMTV was out in force, as was Jameela Jamil from T4, and ex-Sugababe Keisha Buchanan.

This is me with a salmon and melon hors d'oeuvre stood next to Keisha.

Lovely.

THE TOUCHARD DREAM IS OVER
I am mortified about this. Our one year contract with TOUCHARD HOUSE, Old Street, is coming to an end. A flat which has experienced more drama, heartache and all round GROSSNESS then a normal person would in their lifetime. Last weekend, I packed my things and drove to London with a troupe including Ashley Smith, Miriam Barnett and Father Michael to empty the contents of my room. All that is left now is an empty whitewash shell. I shall have very fond memories of Touchard. The view, the balcony, the ice cold winters. Also, after two years, I will no longer be living with Miss Stephanie Johns. This marks the end of an era. Sad Times.
EAST LONDON LINE
Faithful readers will know how I've cooed over the building of London's latest tube line, and the other day, I travelled on East London's answer to Gotham City's monorail - the brand new overground East London Line. If you haven't been on this yet, do so. It is well exciting. Or maybe I'm just easily pleased. It snakes in and out of various buildings and landmarks (I swear I literally went through the Somerfield Petrol Station on Shoreditch High Street) in East. What is very cool is that if you stand at one end of the carriage, you can see straight through down to the other end of the train. Marvellous
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29.7.10

JAMES BARNETT IS A SLEEPY BEAVER AND WANTS TO JUST SLEEP. HE WILL UPDATE HIS BLOG SOON.

21.7.10

POPPY AND I HAVE BEEN BUSY BEES
We'll keep you posted.
THE GRADUATE I have graduated.
VIP
Backstage DIVAS:
The VIP DISCO:
GRACE JONES BREATHES THE SAME AIR AS US: LISMORE:Fffffront row!
Ready for home, aching, burnt and drunk:

THE PERFORMANCE Better Pictures are coming. This is just a taster.
THE ARMY

14 OF US AND MASSIVE

LOVEBOX - THE DAY OF THE PERFORMANCE
We all arrive at the artists entrance to the festival site. There were 16 of us in total, dancing over the course of 4 hours with 14 different BOX HEADS:

Poppy is excited:

Our special VIP wrist bands. How excited we were knowing we could get into the VIP disco:

Gearing up, sorting out padding, elastic and balancing. This was very makeshift and bit DIY, but somehow this was wholly appropriate:

The front entrance of the RELENTLESS DANCE STAGE, which we would be performing on:

BOX HEAD PRODUCTION LINE
SATURDAY: Ash and I get up and go find Hannah in Camberwell, amongst loads of BOX HEADS. We test out the BLACK LIGHT means of making the BOX HEADS glow (one of the requirements in our brief). The look fantastic and lovely. I forget my elastic so wont be able to string them up until just before the performance. Nightmare. Nevermind.

BEFORE LOVEBOX
FRIDAY: In this series of photos, I want to show the journey that these beasts went through before forming part of one of the weirdest performances LOVEBOX has ever seen. Whilst Hannah and BF had beavered away and made the majority, the three that I had made in Surrey needed transporting to base TOUCHARD. So, Michael and I bagged them and took them to Farncombe station where I met him en route after leaving SCHOOL. I boarded and, lo and behold, I sit with POPPY FRENCH (more of her later). We travel to Waterloo where, lo and behold, Ashley Smith is waiting fresh from his roasting in Marbella. We then get an ADDISON LEE to Touchard and sleep lots. And watch some fireworks marking the start of LOVEBOX. The weekend had just begun! Hurrah!