Author Shoes – Boutique Launch

“Where the liquor is cold, but the shoes are hot”

Thursday 12th April see’s the speakeasy launch of Author Shoes, complete with 1920’s theme – which means DRESSING UP! (a vintage hair stylist professional will be on hand to make you look flapper tastic!), original music from the ol’ grammar phone and drinks and nibbles! Customers get spoilt rotten with 20% off all shoes and specially made goody bags for all boys and girls! So come on down to the historic Fox Building in the East End from 5pm!

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Pick Me Up Fair Private View Review

Check out my review over at Candid magazines website. I forgot to mention the mini burgers and insanely huge pig leg offered as canapés! Very kitsch.

Also we got a wee bit snap happy with the camera, so here’s a few more pictures of the fair;

Loving Zim & Zou paper sculptures!

S for Sufiyeh! By Yuko Michishita

starting to think I need a Tumblr..

Getting Ready for Pick Me Up Fair!

Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House 22 March – 1 April 2012

Anthony Burrill for Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up, the UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair and festival, celebrating graphic arts in all its forms, returns for its biggest edition yet this spring. Open from 22 March to 1 April, the fair will showcase the very best illustrators, graphic novelists, cartoonists, and graphic designers from around the UK and the world with original works and prints available to purchase from just £10. A selection of the most exciting graphic art collectives and galleries have been invited to occupy Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries to create unique spaces and installations, including Nelly Duff, the London gallery that represents among others Barack Obama’s favourite street artist Ben Eine and the fine line drawings of Jessica Albarn, sister to Blur’s Damon Albarn.

The fair offers the opportunity to meet the artists, watch them work and get involved, with a lively events programme ranging from a children’s illustration weekend to a portrait booth with Guardian regulars Modern Toss, workshops on comics and cartooning from Pick Me Up favourites NoBrow and SelfMadeHero and a Paper Toy Workshop with Creative Review magazine. New this year will be a space dedicated to workshops, live music, spoken word and live drawing with a bar open every evening.

This year, Pick Me Up’s artists in residence will be the London based illustration collective Peepshow, who will present their Museum of Objects and Origins and invite a rosta of special guests, as well as running workshops throughout the fair.

Zim & Zou, Back to Basics 2 Camera A, 2011, Digital print, edition of 25, £75

Also part of the fair is Pick Me Up Selects, an exhibition of 20 specially selected international rising stars of the graphic arts world including Riikka Sormunen, Mimi Leung and Zim and Zou. Each will be producing new, exclusive work to see and buy.

As well as providing a platform for emerging talent, Daily Specials will bring the finest names in illustration to the heart of the gallery on a daily basis including legendary graphic artist George Hardie, who was responsible for many cult 60s and 70s album covers such as Led Zepplin’s debut and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. Other guests will include Mr Bingo, character designer James Jarvis, children’s book illustrators Bruce Ingman and Marion Deuchars, who will run her Art Factory workshop for families at the fair.

Heavy Pencil event at Pick Me Up 2011

Other highlights include East London based gallery Nelly Duff’s pop-up zoo of animal characters made from a jungle of newly commissioned prints and independent publishing champions Beach London’s selection of prints and range of limited edition and small-press artists’ books and zines displayed in a vintage library setting. There will be international contributions from Netherlands gallery Ship of Fools and Spanish duo Cachetejack, as well as a special focus on talent from the South West of England from SOMA gallery and Scrumping with Puck Studio. With lots more workshops and weekend events, as well as talks, performances, DJs and portfolio reviews, the 11 day fair promises to be the most exciting yet.

All work on display at Pick Me Up is available to purchase with prices to suit every pocket from £10 to £500. The full programme of exhibitors and events will be detailed on our website http://www.somersethouse.org.uk

YCN http://www.ycnonline.com/
YCN is a collaborative creative company marrying a multi-disciplinary team with a growing roster of international illustrators. In their shop and library at 72 Rivington Street in London they show and sell exclusive artist books, prints and other lovingly produced collectables. YCN will be relocating their shop to Pick Me Up, proudly presenting some of the freshest illustration talent in the world for visitors to take home.

Beach London http://beachlondon.co.uk/
For Pick Me Up they will present a small-press library, with a focus on five of the most inspirational international small- press publishers: NoBrow (Eng), Museums Press (Sco), Lubok (Ger), Nieves (Swi) and Seems

(USA). Each of these publishers will be showing their whole catalogues along with original prints.

Ship of Fools http://www.shipoffoolsgallery.com/
Ship of Fools is a graphic art gallery based in the Netherlands. They describe it as “a place to find art that makes you smile, art that has a nice set of balls, is straight forward and honest”. Ship of Fools show art from people they believe in, not only names you know but also new ones. They come from all sorts of places, and all sorts of countries. For Pick Me Up they will show work from Julian Sirre, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk and Kuvva.

Catchejack http://www.cachetejack.com
Cachetejack is the Spanish illustration duo, Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul from Valencia. At Pick Me Up they will present their prints, postcards, books and zines and run a series of workshops based around collage, mask making and even key rings.

People of Print http://www.peopleofprint.com
Established in 2008, People of Print exhibits and sells the printed work of emerging and talented printmakers from across the globe. They work collaboratively with solo artists, studios, shops, agencies and collectives to develop a global community in the world of print. For Pick Me Up, they will show a selection of prints from their worldwide collection, including the likes of Bongout, Seripop, Jasper Goodall, Killer Acid, Mike Zimmerman, Heretic and many more. People of Print will also provide a series of hands-on print workshops demonstrating various methods of printmaking so visitors can participate in creating their own print or t-shirt from a selection of ready made designs.

Peepshow http://www.peepshow.org.uk/
The Peepshow collective was founded in 2000 by a group of University of Brighton graduates who continue to collaborate on projects involving illustration, advertising, art direction, moving image, set design, mixed media installation and fashion and textile design for clients including MTV, The Guardian and BBC. For Pick me Up 2012, Peepshow will be the fair’s artists in residence and bring together a collection of made paper artifacts including drawings, objects, prints, and costumes, to be housed in their very own Pitt Rivers inspired Museum of Objects and Origins. Exhibiting items from an invented past, the collection will also be a living, growing, changing display as themed workshops with the public will create new works to fill the final few empty cabinets. Peepshow will host a series of workshops with special guests throughout the fair (details in notes to editors).

Puck Studio
Puck Studio is a creative studio based in East London led by illustrators David Gibbons and Robbie Wilkinson with a focus on illustration, print making, vinyl displays and installations. At

Print Club London http://www.printclublondon.com/
Print Club London is an East London print studio and will be returning to Pick Me Up for the third time this year with their fully functioning print studio. Visitors will be able to see the full process of creating a screen print as well as pulling their own print for a bargain £15.

SOMA http://somagallery.co.uk
Bristol based contemporary illustration and graphic design gallery Soma was established in 2004.They specialise in limited edition prints by illustrators, printmakers and graphic designers. For Pick Me Up 2012 they will show new work by Andy Smith, Crispin Finn, Tom Frost, Peskimo and Gemma Correll.

Events

Thursday 22 March

Daily Special Space 13.00-20.00 Daily Special: Hate Mail Live with Mr Bingo
For just £10, the self-styled ‘Master of the Pens’, Mr Bingo will write you an offensive message and pen an original signed drawing on the back of a vintage postcard.

Events Space 14.00-17.00 Show and Tell
Graphic artists from the Pick Me Up Selects exhibition will talk about what informs and inspires their work along with a sneaky peak at their sketch books.

Events Space 18.30-21.30 Thursday Late: Kibbo Kift
Kibbo Kift is a revelry of poetry, music and art that takes its inspiration from the happenings of the 1960s and at Pick Me Up will celebrate the multi-disciplined creatives of today with performances from graphic artists and illustrators who also write poetry, stories and perform music.

Friday 23 March

Daily Special Space 13.00-19.00 Daily Special: Anthony Burrill
Illustrator and designer Anthony Burrill will host a typographic sticker collage workshop where visitors can create their own typographic postcard to take home.

Events Space 13.00-19.00 Paper Toy Workshop with Creative Review Magazine

Creative Review magazine presents the chance to create brilliant paper toys based on Parisian artist Guillaume Pain, aka Tougu’s three dimensional characters.

Saturday 24 March

Daily Special Space 11.00-18.00 Daily Special: Marion Deuchars’ Art Factory
Award winning illustrator Marion Deuchars will present a family friendly drawing workshop where visitors will be able to follow her instructions to make their own artworks based on her popular book ‘Let’s Make Great Art’.

Events Space 11.00-18.00 Aardman Model Making Workshop (3 one hour workshops)

Join Aardman model-maker, Jim Parkyn for a chance to model your very own Gromit. During his time on’ Wallace and Gromit’ Jim worked on a number of models including Gromit, a long list of villagers and was a one of the team of Bunny Builders for a great many rabbits.

Sunday 25 March

Daily Special Space 11.00-18.00 Daily Special: Bruce Ingman’s Picture Book Fun Children’s illustrator Bruce Ingman will host a family workshop where visitors will be able to create their own animal characters and turn them into a very special cake design.

Screening Room 11.00-20.00 Sprites: Animated Short Films
International contemporary digital arts and design organization Onedotzero will present a rolling animation programme with a selection of fun-packed shorts hand-picked for the new digital generation of young motion aficionados.

Monday 26 March

Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Ian Wright & George Hardie
Collage artist and illustrator Ian Wright and legendary record sleeve illustrator and designer George Hardie (designer of sleeves for Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd) will collaborate on ‘The Drawing Olympics’ which includes ‘The Fastest Idea for a Drawing’ and ‘Synchronised Drawing’.

Events Space 12.00-20.00 Newsdesk with Flamingo Magazine -SO EXCITED FOR THIS!
Illustration magazine Flamingo will recreate a 50s style newsroom where they will put together a special Pick Me Up issue with visitors able to contribute illustrations and words of their own along with their own photographic portraits adorned with Flamingo’s illustrated props.

Tuesday 27 March

Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Si Scott
Accomplished artist and designer Si Scott, known for his work for Matthew Williamson, Vogue, Nike, Tiffany & Co and Sony to name a few, will present a day long drawing project.

Events Space 11.00-16.00 Portfolio Surgery from The Enquiry Desk
Budding illustrators are invited to present their portfolios to an esteemed panel of experts including illustrator Si Scott, Greg Burne from Big Active, Fallon’s Sarah Thompson and Elle art director Tom Meredith among others.

Wednesday 28 March

Events Space 11.00-16.00 Portfolio Surgery from The Enquiry Desk
Budding illustrators are invited to present their portfolios to an esteemed panel of experts including illustrator Si Scott, Greg Burne from Big Active, Fallon’s Sarah Thompson and Elle art directorTom Meredithamongothers.

Thursday 29 March

Events Space 18.30-21.30 Thursday Late: Heavy Pencil
Artists in residence Peepshow present an evening of live music and live drawing with Monsterism creator Pete Fowler and other exciting guests from the worlds of illustration and music.

Daily Special Space 18.30-21.30 Thursday Late: Jody Barton
Jody Barton comes all the way from Denmark to share his methods behind his humorous and visceral styling. An expert in words and their relation to images he will be offering to draw family crests on request, Barton-style.

Friday 30 March

Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Jason Brooks

Events Space 15.00-20.00 Covers for Clinic
Clinic, a poetry, arts and music platform who bring together musicians, poets and artists to collaborate, will invite visitors to take up pens and create their own design for the back cover of Clinic’s latest anthology.

Saturday 31 March

Daily Special Space 12.00-19.00 Daily Special: James Jarvis
Illustrator and owner of Amos, character toy company responsible for the iconic ‘Martin’, ‘King Ken’ and many more, will create a series of drawings based on his characters as well as observational drawings.

Events Space 11.00-19.00 The Manic Monster Drawathon
NoBrow magazine and illustrators Jack Teagle and Liam Barrett present a free for all, all day drawathon comic book workshop.

Sunday 1 April

Daily Special Space 11.00-19.00 Daily Special: Modern Toss’ Portrait Booth
Jon Link and Mick Bunnage, the genius behind the global cult comic Modern Toss, will run an all day portrait booth where they will imortalise willing visitors’ faces in pencil onto ready-made screen-printed bodies provided by Ink_d Gallery.

Events Space 11.00-19.00 Graphic Novel Workshops
Graphic novel publishers SelfMadeHero will present a drop in illustration workshops led by graphic novelists Catherine Anyango, Andrzej Kimowski and many more.

Talks Programme

All talks will take place in the Screening Room. Tickets are all £8, £5 Concessions, and can be booked in advance at http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/pickmeup-talks

Fashion illustrator Jason Brooks has worked on some of the most instantly recognisable fashion editorial images of recent times as well as the visual identity for record labels, most notably club label Hedkandi. Jason will be producing small drawings for sale throughout the day.

Friday 23 March 18.30-19.30 Music x The Graphic Arts
Graphic design writer and curator Liz Farrelly will host a panel discussion exploring the enduring creative links between music and the graphic arts.

Monday 26 March 18.30-19.30 Peepshow Collective
Pick Me Up artists in residence the Peepshow collective will talk about what inspires their work as individuals and as a collective.

Wednesday 28 March 14.00-15.00 What You Need To Know
A talk from Derek Brazell, illustrator and Projects Manager at the Association of Illustrators, on the first steps to starting a successful career in illustration covering self promotion, pricing, licensing, copyright and much more.

Friday 30 March 18.30-19.30 Comic Studies
D&AD hosts a Sharpner talk exploring the subject of Graphic Novels with a Comics Studies panel who will talk through the world of the graphic novel from the fun to the fanatical.

Here’s a pick of my favourites from last year’s Pick Me Up event & a few showing this year:

Jack Teagle

Niki PilkingtonFree admitance to those who dream, 2012, Digital print, edition of 50, £34

Tom FrostCyclops Wrestler, Silkscreen printed wood, £75

AidaZevra – silver & pink, Screenprint, edition of 75, £125

Si Scott

PUG DOGS FOR HAPPY KIDS

Online luxury retailer Luisa Via Roma partners up with Steiff teddy bears to raise money for Unicef; Steiff plush pug dogs have been given new life by 21 of the world’s most talented fashion designers. The project unites designers, bloggers and fashionistas in support of children in Bangladesh.

Possibly one of the most awesome ideas ever even though I’m pretty biased seeing as I have a long-term obsession with pug dogs – way before every fashionista in West London owned one! & of course being a fashion graduate, I will always hold a soft spot for fabulous designers.

Here’s a pick of my five favourite dogs:

Balmain –  ‘paying homage to Nudie Cohn and some of the key pieces from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection with their Pug. Bedecked in intricate rhinestones & embroidered details, the one of a kind all in one also features the floral motif featured in Olivier Rousteing’s first show for the label famous for it’s smoking hot aesthetic.’ Already adopted by bloggers Bag Snob & 2nd Blog Cafe

Mary Kantratzou – ‘already established as one of the most exciting, young designers and her fabulous stuffed toy is testament to her artistic use of print that has made her a fashion insider favourite.’ Adopted by Bryan Boy & Josie Loves

Giuseppe Zanotti (s&m dog?!) – ‘Inspired by his latest line “bijoux”, fabulous footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti has used leather and gold coloured metal to create his very own, one of a kind pet belt.’ Adopted by Blonde Salad

Theysken’s Theory (BUBBLES!!)- ‘A huge hit in New York and beyond, this fashion forward designer takes inspiration from his iridescent Spring/Summer collection to create a stuffed toy as lust worthy as the pieces themselves!’ Adopted by Les Mads

and my ultimate favourite (I’ll probably end up bidding on it) David Koma with his punk pug;

‘David Koma is one of London’s brightest new talents and has used his signature graphic shapes and cut outs to create an eye catching stuffed toy.’ Adopted by POST – so jealous!

All dogs are available to bid on from today via eBay! To find out more go onto www.luisaviaroma.com

Adam Ant: Dandy in the Underworld Private View & Live Performance

So I may not have been technically born when Adam Ant first arrived on the British music scene defining a generation between punk and glam rock, but I grew up listening to his music thanks to my then teenage sisters thus developing a huge childhood crush on this makeup wearing, tight trouser fitting new romantic man. He inspired much of my fashion choices and remember creating a project back in 2008 based on New Romanticism coupled with Baroque styling:

So, when I heard of his new photographic retrospective exhibition at Proud Gallery in Camden with all ticket proceeds going to Adam’s chosen charity DEBRA of course I was going to go! It wasn’t til I got the press pass I realised I would be seeing him live as well. I practically imploded with delight!

Proud featured an array of photographic works featuring Adam Ant in his heyday performing live and the more intimate shots backstage through to his comeback tour from 2011. They also sold catalogues of the work signed by the Dandy himself as well as other merch. So in order of the earliest to the most recent:

Adam Ant, London, 1978 © Chris Duffy

Adam and the Ants, Soho, 1979 © Janette Beckman

Adam Ant, Drury Lane Theatre, 1980 © Denis O’Regan

Adam Ant, The Venue, 1981 © David Corio

Adam Ant, Set of ‘Solid Gold’, 1982 © Robert Matheu

Adam Ant, South Kensington, 2011 © Hannah Domagala

Absolutely loving his sense of style through the years from young and excited adolescent  in the late 1970’s to the new romantic look which featured Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Pirate Collection’ – Her husband Malcolm McClaren was manager of Adam and the Ants at the time.

The last image, from his comeback last year following a long decade of silence, showing Adam back on top form with a new smokey eyed pirate tattooed look. He has definitely aged well!

The venue was packed out by the time Adam Ant came on stage to perform at half 9pm, from all sorts of age ranges and styles – metal heads as well as punks and a few teenage girls came to watch him, and he didn’t dissapoint. Singing all the big hits including ‘Prince Charming‘, ‘Goody Two Shoes‘ and ‘Physical (You’re So)‘ plus more with just a drummer and guitarist behind him. I could tell he really loved being back on the stage exuding confidence and doing that immortalized sexual sneer through lyrics. He still has that amazing stage presence even at 57!

Chrissie Hynde on the wine. (bad choice)

guests at the Private View

Images courtesy of Proud Galleries

Overall a near perfect evening, if it wasn’t for Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders) getting totally pissed and climbing on stage after Adam Ant’s set begging him to come back and ‘do her’ until someone had to grab the microphone out of her clawing hands. All before 11pm. But what’s a post punk set without a few drunken incidents?

Proud Galleries, Camden was the perfect venue for the new exhibition – go see it now!

Adam Ant: Dandy in the Underworld, Proud Camden, 7th March – 29th April 2012, www.proud.co.uk

Hockney & Freud Reviews in the new issue of Candid Magazine

The lovely and talented people behind Candid Magazine issue 3 brings you the concise truth concerning Fashion, Art & Film. Go read it, and also read my reviews of the colourful David Hockney at the Royal Academy (p.97) & the compelling Lucian Freud Portraits Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery (p.130) candidonline/issue3 go! go! go!

Ones to Watch

Vauxhall Fashion Scout ‘Ones to Watch’ exhibition featured up and coming designers who have not yet held a solo catwalk show during London Fashion Week, hand picked by industry experts. This season introduced a number of names:

Eleanor Bolton uses cotton rope, coiled and stitched together creating an unusual neck adornment . Echoes of sailor influences, rope knots and the ‘how to’ guide in girls/boys scout classes. It also slightly reminded me of a noose..not sure if that’s intentional, but if it is, it makes for very dark and emo jewellery. But more beautifully constructed. Eleanor graduated from the Royal College of Art last year so think of these as pieces of art rather than jewellery.

Charlotte Simpson‘s designs feature hand embroidered dresses giving them a sparkling and textured surface, swaying with every movement. Not surprising then, she was awarded the Zandra Rhodes textile awards at Graduate Fashion Week last year. Her simplistic garments are yet decadent at the same time, giving Charlotte that push to stand out.

I LOVED Nova Chiu’s designs. Having previously worked for the likes of Anna Sui and Matthew Williamson, Nova uses her quirky head for colours and rich textures and experiments with unconventional materials and fabric. So bright and bold, a combination of east meets west. Never thought I would see the day where I liked bell sleeves, but there’s something about this collection I just can’t get enough of.

www.vauxhallfashionscout.com

My Stylish Friends

Just wanted to devote a post to my lovely friends who I have dragged around London Fashion Week with me waiting around in the freezing cold, getting papped and of course the inevitable sore feet after all the excitement..

Rachel Rodrigues is a fashion guru and an artist. We have worked on almost everything together – from interning at Drama Magazine to Sketchbook Magazine, on the same course at Uni and going on a spontaneous fun-filled weekend trip to Milan to see the ‘Extreme Beauty in Vogue’ Exhibition a couple years back. Rachel has recently set up her own Tote Bag Design label & I invested in the ‘Lash Tote’ handpainted canvas bag which I absolutely LOVE! You can find her online store here, website here!

Rachel at Fashion Scout Exhibition

Rodrigues exclusive ‘lash Tote’

My gay husband (we have this pact, you see..) Jefferson Catlyn. Lady’s Man, Man’s Man, Man about Town kinda guy. He’s  super stylish – got snapped as soon as we stepped foot on Somerset House cobblestones. He has no website to speak of and is probably one of the most hardest person to get in contact with but you’ll definitely know when he’s around. I don’t even know how we manage to meet up sometimes, maybe we have a psychic connection.

 Jefferson in Somerset House

Rachel Noble graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art last year, I scouted her AMAZING video art work and collage prints for the gallery, sufficed to say we’ve become pretty awesome friends since. I took her to her first fashion show and she’s teaching me all there is to know about art, hip hop and trainers. We’re currently planning on a fashion/film collaboration crossover so watch this space! See Rachel’s website here

Rachel infront of her ‘Hyperbolic’ piece

Maria Francesca Pepe ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

I’ll admit, I have been a die hard fan of MFP since I saw her stackable rings at Wolf & Badger a while back. Her A/W collection is a must have! Surprisingly boasting hues of rose gold, and fuschia pinks recalling flowers in blossom – ‘a symbol of newborn love’ – awwwww.

Quoting lyrics from the infamous Beatles song ‘Can’t buy me love’ MFP creates more than just jewellery, featuring body armour with varnished heart shaped pendants, pearls and amethysts mounted on ornate chains decorating the torso. In contrast with matt-lime varnished pointed crosses encrusted with grey diamond crystals, studs and black pearls for the tougher woman. These eye catching body pieces are pure fun, MFP has also created a studded chain swimsuit and underwear!

Images from her lookbook create whimsical and romantic styling with 60’s dolly hair & makeup and a soft colour palette. I also got a pretty poster to keep- the more I look at it, the more I want everything on it…those clever marketers.

http://www.mariafrancescapepe.com/

Sophie Hulme AW12/13

In the Portico Room of Somerset House, lives a golden t-rex made of wood. This of course belonged to Sophie Hulme and her A/W collection inspired by childhood dinosaur toys and mens fairisle jumpers, giving for great nostalgia. Every garment had a dino presence, be it from charms, or belt buckles or even more cute – Sophie had made embroidered lace shirts featuring intricate dinosaur patterns! Being the child I am, I think this has to be one of my favourite collections.

The colour palette of navy, black, grey and fuschia pink on cashmere, mohair and goats leather gave a very cosy feel against the gold dinosaur motifs. The presentation also featured a capsule collection of suitcases made in collaboration with Globetrotter – very luxe! mini bacon sandwiches were handed out to guests along with bloody mary cocktails – at 10am?! welcome to fashion week..