mardi 9 décembre 2014

Open studio day

With Sue Kreitzman, amazing artist and great friend, picture by Anthony Lycett 

In november I wanted to try out an experiment.  because lots of people tells me "its looks good on you", "not everybody can dress like you" I wanted to proves this people the contrary. 
People have the fantasy of the traditional  artist studio, the creative den where the magic happen and discover the "behind the scene" of the work in process.  
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
Some independent magazines ask me: can we come to shoot few pictures in your studio, they don't realise it is a messy room with decapitated dolls on the floor and my laundry  on the  hanger trying to dry in the humidity of London.  
But lucky enough, my very generous friend Sylwia Grzegórzko offered her  space in Camden to recreate my studio.  

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

The event was really nice, we thought terrible weather will discourage people but it is without counting on the British intrepidity, and I was really lucky to have a very colourful crowd, of any age, any gender, and any style.

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

The great Scorpio offering me a very cute brooch! 

Vanessa Murell & Bruna Ignatowska, fashion student at Central Saint Martins, picture by Anthony Lycett 

People are not use to have their picture taken, they feel a bit embarrassed, "I am not a model" you know, but step by step they enter the game and I like every single portrait because it shows a playful & witty  aspect of their personality captured in an happy moment. 

The idea behind the pictures was be to create a mini-advertising campaign around my creations & self expression, creating an alternative way to consume fashion and recreate personal stories and emotional relationship with the objects we own.

Sue Kreitzman, outsider artist & curator by Anthony Lycett
Diane Goldie, wearable art maker  & fashion designer by Anthony Lycett

Performer & Artist Rosy Pendlebaby by Anthony Lycett wearing 3 vampire dolls necklace, 

I am wearing on a dress made with a shade of pink barbie objects trying to explore the concept of "Pinkisation", the glorification of pink in postmodern society.  It is a lot of work because you have to all the accessories  on by one but I am helped by the great designer Petita Lechatrose. This dress gather all the pink objects that make Barbie's pink world wear everything is pink from the radio to the cooking tools. It is also a dress that any little girls can refers to we all had this familiar objects in our room. We forgot about them but just seeing them again make this remembrance very vivid and make people really emotional.  

For the dress i was inspired by the work of Dan Tobin Smith who create massive installation with objects that he arranges by shade of colours. 

by ilkafranz

by ilkafranz

by ilkafranz 

by ilkafranz

Series of pictures taken at my Open studio event at Sylwia Grzegórzko by the brilliant portrait photographer Anthony Lycett the best for capturing the personality of an individual (Have a look at the Self Styled London). 
People could try some of my pieces interpret them with there own style creating a meeting point between two universes. I don't need model to wear my jewels and I don't want "normal people"..I just need expectational people!

Beautiful shoot with my jewels by Miele Passmore, pop colours & fun! 
By  Miele Passmore

By  Miele Passmore

By  Miele Passmore

By  Miele Passmore

By  Miele Passmore
necklace available on my lonline

In november I had also  the privilege to experiment the concept of an early rave putting my alarm clock at 6.30am to go partying at the Oval Space for Morning Gloryville London

No alcohol but coffee and people dancing like crazy encouraged by the The Fabulus of Unicorns , I had the honour to have my little pony dress worn by Rosy Pendlebaby an amazing artist! 
love London life!

THE FABULUS OF UNICORNS IS THE COLLECTIVE who's purpose is to spread the sparkle They  are a troupe of dancing unicorns based in London. Their job is to pump positive energy and magic into the often-dull London nightlife, and create parties out of nothing.

Some of their principles:
-Unicorns must always be adorned in glitter
-Always make everyone feel fabulous and sexy and spread the sparkle.
-Fabulouness attracts Fabulousness.

Rosy Pendlebaby wearing my little pony dress 

Le point info: In Disorder magazine,  talking about my work have a look at my interview

Read the full article here 

lundi 24 novembre 2014

Disapproved by Paul Smith

picture by Tania Olive 

One of the craziest request I ever had; "I would like a fake grass skirt" with all my animal farm of when I was a kid stitched on it", do you think it is possible?  -Yes of course (at this precise moment I had no idea of how I will do it but I like challenges). 

Mood board, yes I an not the only one crazy person to have created a fake grass outfit! 
picture by Tania Olive 
First i had to find the best fake grass in a carpet shop (imagine the face of the sales assistant when I said it was for a skirt and not for my garden).  Fortunately I had the expertise of Vanessa Murell a very good pattern cutter and the help of Petita Lachatrose.  I
picture by Tania Olive 
It was quite an unusual material to work with, heavy, quite hard to stitch in and very messy (I had bits fake grass all over my place).  I love the idea to divert the purpose of the fake grass and turn the human body into a walking landscape.  

A week end on the country side?  I have thd perfect outfit for you 
twins miniature  barbie earrings available on my online shop 

dinosaur necklace available on my online shop 
picture by Tania Olive 
picture by Tania Olive 

I've already made a fairy tale necklace for Sue Kreitzman ( see previous post on my blog and instagram picture).  

To match the necklace I created this pink castle headpiece (a dolls castle found in a pound shop that I turned into a hat).  I was inspired by Isabelle Blow crazy headpiece and a hero from my childhood, "Motordu Prince"  who wears a castle on his head (in French a "chateau" instead of a "chapeau") 

picture by Tania Olive 

On this one I use the baroque element decoration, the cute princesses figurines, magic props & objects, lots of gems and glitter in order to create my own fairy tale. I like to create pieces that tells a story.  

picture by Tania Olive 

picture by Tania Olive 

This is the new piece I made for Sue Kreitzman, a Mexican aesthetic with beads & pearl on a leather base plastron. 
picture by Tania Olive 
 I found theses miniature dolls with a soft body on which I could embroider heterogenous objects and beads in order to turn them  turn into Sabbath Queen and Mexican & Aztec Goddesses.  
picture by Tania Olive 
Baroque Cancan necklace available on my online shop 
Bar 90 organised a club and a movie night around the documentary about "Bar 25" a famous club in Berlin throwing very extravagant parties which had to shut.  

"Pearl Goddess" by Damien Frost 

The invited circus artists and I though it was an occasion to experiment further with my white dress performance (read the article on my blog). I designed this more circusy totally white costume. 

"Pearl Goddess" by Damien Frost 
To play on the concept of white I create this white version of Frida Kahlo headpiece and instead of putting my pearl necklace around my neck, I pinned them to my headpiece (you need a lot of pins!)  to shift their normal position. I also created to pearl eyebrows to become  a "Pearl Goddess".  
The headpiece is a mosquito net  found by my Mum in a charity shop.  I wanted to turn into my own Circus tent! 
"Pearl Goddess" by Damien Frost 
The idea was to turn the outfit of the sad clown, the Pierrot in the Moonlight into a more flamboyant circus costume through the interaction with the audience covering it with paint & glitters.  

The  First reaction was  "Are you sure you want to ruin your dress It would broke my heart".   But I felt it was  the  purpose of it, linking to the tragic destiny of this Berlin club. This is the essence of performance, the luxury and the generosity of the ephemeral show which in a twinkle of an eye,  destruct a beautiful costume that took ages to make. From flamboyance to decadence.  

Fashion shoot styled by Gianfranco Colla in a Kitsch and pop aesthetic using 70s floral background: 

Ken & Barbie necklace and barbie hands earrings available on my online shop 

Barbie brooch 

My monopoly necklace 

Miniature Lego headpiece 

Pink hair barbie necklace available on my online shop 

Barbie & Ken love necklace available on my online shop 

Lego earrings and ring available on my online shop 

As always to finish, the Info point. This week I am in the French magazine, Le Point about London.  The comment is the more stupid I've never read. Paul Smith is just an old man that doesn't understand anything to the 21st century trends, he is the flagship of a boring, conformist and commercial fashion arousing all the  brainwashing prejudices of mainstream fashion magazines.  

At least it provoked debate around my Facebook community who praised individual style and celebrated self expression so I am happy to say that "disapproved by Paul Smith" is my new trademark…and also I am just next to the queen! 

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