Friday, 8 January 2016

Friday 8th January: LCM A/W 16 - "Mad About The Boy"

To kick off LCM A/W 16 The Fashion Space Gallery at LCF opened with Lou Stoppard's curated group show "Mad About The Boy".  Split into thematic sections with set design by Tony Hornecker, the exhibition explores fashion's inspirations and fascinations with male youth.  This spans history from Buffalo's Ray Petri, thru Jason Evans straight-up portraits to Nasir Mazhar's collections recently worn by BBK.  Taped interviews with these artists fills the room with a conversational narration for further insight into how their own teenage experience informs their practise.  Christopher Shannon's fluro garms with Judy Blame's plastic accessories are shown next to Mark Leckey's original rave footage "Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore".  Lou's knowledge of visual imagery from her SHOWstudio position has a strong presence from Larry Clark to Alasdair McLellan to Tyrone Lebon and Nick Knight's own seminal Skinhead project.  Its a free exhibit open to the public with a reconstruction of a Meadham Kirchhoff presentation in the college's ground floor entrance.  Open till April, the term is accompanied with a schedule of events - talks, workshops and masterclasses.

Find out more here.
(Images include:  Martine Rose beer-matt collection, Kim Jones shoes and my own Converse up in Tony Hornecker's immersive installation)

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Weds 6th January 2016: "SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE: LONDON" at The Tabernacle

"SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE: LONDON" opened yesterday at The Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove.   The exhibition documents London’s history of reggae sound systems through photography, archive film footage and memorabilia.  There are posters, flyers and member's cards from Newton Dunbar's Four Aces club in Dalston thru to new speaker boxes custom-built for the project.  Visitors can interact with this Heritage HiFi and veteran pioneers such as Lloyd Coxsone & DJ's David Rodigan and Don Letts were out in force at last night's opening to represent their one love.

The show and sound installation is on till 17 January, with free admission to all.  There is alot to read and learn so I recommend taking your time!

Exhibition opening times
Monday to Sunday, 9am–6pm

Sound installation opening times
Monday to Sunday, 2pm–4pm

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Weds 30th December: "Wrappers Delight" for The STStyle

The ST Style asked me to show a new idea for Christmas wrapping that people can try at home, here's what I came up with:

This is what I will term "PInata Wrapping".  It's encasing your gift in an abstract shape so there's absolutely no guess-work that will detect whats inside!  

Cut out 20 circles from coloured card (ie. £1 shops have great selection packs).  According to size of gift, use a cup or plate as template.
Take each circle and find the centre.  Fold in the edge to meet this point on 3 sides, in a triangle.
Staple or glue flaps together to connect all 20 pieces.
Remember to drop your gift in as you go along!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Tuesday 8th Dec: Prem Sahib Christmas Installation at Bistrotheque

Last week Pablo Flack and David Waddington hosted a special dinner and party
in honour of Prem Sahib, who has created this year's site-specific art work for Christmas at Bistrotheque.  The dinner was called "Beast" as a play on "Feast" with the entire restaurant decked out over 2 floors to accommodate their expanse of guests.  Here I am with my spectrum-studio girls Kim Howells, Margot Bowman, Jessie Brinton and designer Sadie Clayton.  
Whilst Bistrotheque is in beast mode with Prem's adult theme, the annual "Knitivity" by Sibling has found a home at HoiPolloi, set up in the atrium of the Shoreditch sister restaurant.  

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sunday 6th Dec: Spark Your City: Thomasina Miers

Spark Your City is a global movement dedicated to spark joy in everyday city life which began in London with Gemma Cairney's rainbow across London Bridge.  This week Thomasina Miers set up a rainbow greenhouse on Southbank to distribute herbs seeds.  I got a packet of Lavender seeds with a recipe card for how to incorporate fresh lavender into shortbread and pannacotta!  Head over to the site to see more Sparks!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Tuesday 1st Dec: Indie Label Market

It just gets better and better each time, I absolutely LOVE the Indie Label Market!  Not only can you pick up rareities (like this Laraaji cassette compilation) but you can also meet the artists - see Thundercat here on Ninja Tune's stall.  In the centre of Spitafields market DJ's from each label are on rotation playing sets from the day's selections, and a Craft Beer festival serves up winter warming specialist ales.  It's the perfect place to pick up the bits and pieces you've been plotting to purchase and get them direct from the promotors.  In these times of URL virtual communications, its priceless to be able to have these kind of IRL experiences!!