30.9.10

AND IT WAS ALL YELLOW It. Is. Coming.

29.9.10

YELLOW SUBMARINE

It is growing.

27.9.10

MAXIMISING THE AUDIENCE As I rifled this weekend, I discovered a body of work that I completed in my first year at Central Saint Martins, with fellow students Adithio Noviello and Yulia Naili. We were set a brief which revolved around the composer Wim Merten's piece entitled 'Maximising The Audience'. What we came up with baffled a lot of our peers (not to mention my sister Catherine and BF Toby, who I was living with at the time), but I think it was instrumental in my personal development as a designer/artist/whatever and in finding a methodology that I found comfortable working with. After rifling even further, I discovered that Mr Adithio Noviello had uploaded some of the video work we experimented with during this project onto Youtube - watch it here (its hilarious, and I shout loudly a lot, and watch out for my spindly leg action - its mental). When I reviewed this last night I couldn't believe how brave we were, how ridiculous we looked, and that we performed this on the street and then too a room full of potential students with their parents [at CSM for interviews - I wonder if we put them off?] It is also amazing that we get a round of applause at the end of it all. I bloody loved the first year! Check Adithio's website here. Sketches from notepads at the time:
TAKE - NO - PRISONERS This weekend was spent sorting. There were cupboards in my bedroom which haven't been opened in years. And I've amassed. Oh, how I've collected - newspapers, wallpapers, revision notes, exercise books, pictures, drawings, magazines, calendars, diarys, birthday cards - the list is endless. Drastic measures were called for. And there was only one man for the job: Michael. We didn't even open it. We just pushed the wooden chest of drawers straight out into the garden onto the vegetable patch ("the ashes become mulch...") and set it on fire. I watched it burn - and it felt good. I was then able to bring order to the stuff that had been saved. And now that everything is in its place, things can start to be made. Oh yes.
Order: Chaos:
YELLOW FEVER
[AND HOW TO CURE IT] Something is coming. And it's yellow.
THIS WEEK I AM MOSTLY LISTENING TO

24.9.10

THE ONLY WAY IS UP

23.9.10

PIERS ATKINSON
"LA BELLE AU BOIS"
SPRING/SUMMER 2011
And so it ends! Fashion Week is over, but there is one last post to be written - and it's all about Piers Atkinson, millinery maestro. Pier's new collection 'Explodes in a riot of colour and texture'. La Belle Au Bois celebrated the riches of the Earth, bringing together fruits, flowers, greenery and gems in a sumptuous marriage. I worked with Piers for just over a month during the summer, learning a lot of basic millinery skills - the materials, the equipment, the arranging. A lot of the hats Piers has created for his new SS11 season retain Piers' quirky sense of humour - I like to think that you can tell that we all had a lot of fun working with him whilst we made them, I think it comes through in the end product! Ella from Machine-A fancied wearing an Atkinson hat for her front row appearance at the Charlie Le Mindu show, so she and Ash tried on a few: James Barnett is The Green Man: Piers' friend Beth blended in perfectly with the SS11 collection: Rosemary and Piers hard at work, even on the stall (Piers wears Grassy Headband): Clapham Common's answer to Adam and Eve - Adam and Steve!!: Hollywood Beret (and detail): Hollywood Headband: The Venus Fly Traps (I think I might love these ones): The Dalston Beret: The Pirate Hat wreath hat (amazing): The Wedding Headpiece maxout show piece: A Snake in the Grass (with Andrew Logan gold snake jewels): Chinese mask: Red hat (can't remember its official name - possibly my favourite): Rosemary models the simply beautiful hand stitched embroidery she worked on for the vintage veiling of these hats - absolutely lovely:And the whole exhibition - it was great to see everything finally finished, all looking superb and presented so nicely - it really was the most Spring/Summery presence at this years Fashion Week.

22.9.10

HEADPIECES I HELPED MAKE FOR THE ASHISH SPRING/SUMMER 2011 ON SCHEDULE SHOW
During the summer, I helped Piers make these lovely Red Indian inspired feathery headpieces to embellish Ashish's new Spring/Summer collection. Ashish showed yesterday at an on schedule show at Somerset House. I helped Piers source the feathers and then decorate them. I've never worked with feathers before, so it was a steep learning curve - there was a lot of steaming, ironing and dyeing involved.
CRAIG LAWRENCE FASHION WEEK PRESENTATION Craig does knitting. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection is almost mermaid like - pale greens and brilliant whites with tendril like trims. Craig held a live presentation on the Saturday of this seasons London Fashion Week, which can be simply described as lovely. Guests were treated to Bloody Marys and battenburg. Craig had created a sort of drift wood inspired scultpure in the centre of the large exhibition space that the BFC had provided him with, whilst his models sat on the plinths scattered around - like the Sirens of Greek legend. If you caught the eyes of any of the models, they would skulk over to you and do what models do best: pose for a photograph (and photograph them you must, in order to get them to move on - a great tactic for maximum exposure btw!) Rosemary (another assistant of Piers) and I hid our shame at not really knowing what to do with a Bloody Mary by standing at the back of the crowd: Ash dons his Lagerfeld look: Lovely, lovely, lovely!