The Eyes in the Heat X Twin Playlist

18.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

The Eyes in the Heat“s debut album Program Me was released this month on Kill The DJ records – an all-female, Paris based label.  Already named album of the week on Juno, Twin caught up with vocalist Zizi Kanaan to talk music, women and representation…

Where did the name The Eyes in the Heat come from?
It came from a Jackson Pollock painting – but I think we choose it mainly because we liked the suggestive quality of the phrase. I remember when I was a kid I would get severely stricken, almost painfully so, by shyness, and what I remember most about the feeling was this extreme pressure and heat behind my eyes. I felt like I was being watched from all directions, and this sort of extreme projection had the effect of sort of freezing my gaze.

Who are The Eyes in the Heat?
We are Lebanese/American, Zizi Kanaan (artist/vocalist), British musician/DJ Oliver Ho (aka Raudive) (machines and guitar), and Marseille born Jerome Tcherneyan (percussion).

Is it important for you to identify as a female musician?
Yes – but only in the sense that the female musician is still under-represented and far too frequently categorized. I like exploring the point of view of both sexes. I believe firmly that both sexes can strongly identify with the idea of the other. Identity is a construction, there is no one-way to be or see – and this can be as difficult for men as it is for women, constantly feeling they have to uphold a certain accepted role.

 What ideas inspire your music?
 I am really into the idea of the Freudian slip. I think sometimes that most of my lyrics are one long slip of the unconscious. I also love mistakes. Losing control is so healthy sometimes! I love it when you trip, on the street or someplace, and for that one, brief moment, you lose yourself, you lose your sense of control, the sense of ‘you’ becomes dislodged, and for one small second, you are free from all your self-demands…

Do you have any opinions on the difficulties of women building a career in the music industry and the difficulties in doing so?
I think things are still pretty backwards and reactionary. It’s always noteworthy for instance that whenever there is a new all-female rock-group it’s still seen as striking and out of the ordinary, in a way that an all-male band isn’t.

This is an issue that just keeps going in circles, without much progression. In the Seventies and Eighties we had a lot of all-female punk-rock bands, riot grrrl feminist movements, all female post-punk groups etc. whereas we seemed to have moved backwards from that position now.

Wouldn”t it be interesting if the majority of all industries was run by women. Wouldn”t that be strange? Can you imagine it? I often wonder how different things would be if society were run by a mostly female workforce. I think a lot of people still have a difficulty with entrusting the qualities of intelligence and competence to women, and the mere fact that we have to imagine what it would be like for women to be in the majority shows how behind we still are. Why are women still in the position of having to prove themselves…

That’s why it’s fascinating to work with the label we’re on, Kill the DJ. Not only are they the only surviving, truly independent label left in France, but it’s also founded and still run by two women. This gives them a very different take on the whole techno, DJ, post-rock culture, which can often be quite male dominated and very much into ideas of traditional masculine hero-worship. As a band we’re very much working to try and dismantle those sorts of ideas, and so it’s a perfect home for us.

 Do you feel like you are part of a particular scene? If so, what is it?
 We are now part of the Kill The DJ family, which is very energizing. It’s very exciting considering their historical relevance in terms of the feminist/gay/lesbian scene in Paris, and what they have accomplished with an all women outfit. France still feels like a very politically driven place, so it’s great to be involved in that network, that history!

Twin asked Eyes in the Heat for their top nine tracks…

1/  B-52″s – Private Idaho
They have this post-punk meets 60″s garage style – amazing organs and grooves. The vocals are great in this too. This group really rocks!

2/ Talking Heads – Cross Eyed and Painless
The best line of all time “lost my shape, trying to act casual” which is pretty much how we feel a lot of the time.

3/ Frank Zappa – What”s the ugliest part of your body?
We absolutely love this track – short, sweet and desperately to the point. Identity as a social construction, physical beauty, ugliness – it”s all in the mind!

4/ Laurie Anderson – Language is a Virus
She has a huge talent for creating a free narrative that floats through the music, using words like musical notes. She has such an ironic, wry, sharp wit and an interesting take on gender identity.

5/ The Flying Lizards – Get up (Sex Machine)
This band is very unique, somewhere between avant-garde music and post-punk pop. Discordant sounds mixed with sparse beats. Her vocals are beautiful too, very English and satirical. I love this song, and the way they have managed to dismantle and anaesthetize such a “sexually – driven” song.

6/ Jean Shepard – The Root of All Evil is a Man
I love the whimsical melody of this song, it”s so floaty and sweet it almost passes you by how dry and vengeful the lyrics are.

7/ The Watts Prophets – Prostitute
This group were a forerunner to contemporary hip-hop. You can still feel the dark, dripping New York streets in this atmospheric social take on the city”s underbelly life.

8/ Planning to Rock – Doorway
What an excellent, unusual performer – exactly what the music industry needs more of…

9/ Lydia Lunch – Mechanical Flattery
She reminds me of a female Tom Waits – a very sinister, scary song…yikes! what a song to end on… I hope you”re not reading this in the morning. Definitely a song for sleazy, dark venues…

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New York I Love You

16.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

For better or worse, the Noughties belonged to New York. Whether it was the bands pumping out post punk cool across the Atlantic and beyond or the tragic events surrounding the 2001 terrorist attacks, the city on the edge of America held our attention in a vice like grip. Nest week sees the release of Shut Up and Play the Hits, a documentary about LCD Soundsystem, or more simply one man, James Murphy, whose tracks were responsible for reviving that party spirit that first kicked off the Seventies Downtown scene. As Murphy took their party on the road, the moments of champagne soaked revelry were faithfully recorded. Twin love a good party and as we’re set to hit New York at the end of the month, we thought these pics showed the kinda good time we like to have.

 

 

 

 

School’s Out

15.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

The new fashion term is in and who better to give a lesson than stylist Katie Grand, whose fashion film for DSquared shot by Mert & Marcus stars the most fash-tastic students ever spotted inside a classroom’s four walls. Languishing in DSquared’s fabulous Fifties reboot berets, cat’s eyes sunnies and badboy leathers, the models are saved by an impromptu catwalk class from blackboard boredom – leaving them drooling over jewelled stilettos rather than exercise books. Cher Horowitz eat your heart out.

 

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Into the Wild

10.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

Twin favourite Dan Martensen began taking road trips to the American Southwest in 2001, drawn to the beautiful decay of the desert environment. His new book Photographs from the American Southwest  collects his photographs from 2001 to 2011, depicting a world of Jesus Christ billboards, foreclosure signs and big-box stores, pitched against the backdrop of the lonely desert landscape. Twin asked Dan for one of his best memories of the project…

“Once I was driving somewhere very remote, along the border of Arizona and California. It was getting dark, and when it gets dark in the desert  it usually gets cold, very cold, very quickly. So as I drove along the road and the sun was setting, I hadn’t seen a soul along the road in at least an hour. I came around a bend as the sun was falling behind a mountain. It was beautiful, so I jumped out of the car and went to take a photograph.

“After about 10 minutes the sun was gone, and all of a sudden it was freezing… and I was wearing a t-shirt…. aaaand I realized I had locked myself out of my car….which was still running. I was fucked basically. After a minor freak out, I started thinking of ways to get into the car. With no rocks in sight, thoughts using my camera do break the window crossed my mind. With my phone staring back at me from inside the car I got fears of desert creatures, snakes, coyotes, meth addicts, would all be happy to find me there alone stranded in the cold.

“About 45 minutes went by pacing back and forth I remembered seeing an old barbed wire fence about 100 yards away. I hiked and sifted through the sand looking for a piece of barbed wire and eventually found a piece long enough to pry my way between the door and the window and jimmy the lock open leaving my hands bleeding and frozen I drove away shouting at the top of my lungs and laughing like a mad man.”

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Movement of the People

05.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

If you’re stuck for something to do this weekend then check out the Barbican’s latest exhibition Everything Was Moving. Each image, hived off from the Sixties and Seventies is as exciting as the period it documents. All together it’s a picture of a time of political turbulence and bygone style the world over.

It’s also a celebration of the golden age of film photography before digital imagery mapped our world and everyone became a photographer. The result is a diorama of photos that delight in the moment and have a real sense of spirit and are sure in their sheer volume to overwhelm.

Everything Was Moving: Photography From the 60s and 70s is on until 13 January.

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Dans le Maison

03.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

OK, admittedly we’ve kind of lost count of how many H&M designer collaborations there’s been. In the past eight years every type of fashionista has seen her and his needs met by a constant queue of high end designers offering to tame their prices for fashion-lovers on a budget.

Still, the Maison Margiela collaboration is perhaps the most intriguing of the lot and we can’t wait to see how the brand’s paired down cool wit will translate when crammed onto high street rails. But the prospect of the brands ID seeping into the common populace is pretty exciting. So with November 15th still a month away, our patience was a bit pushed when this glorious monochrome pic was leaked this week of the upcoming campaign shot my Sam Taylor Wood. Maison Margiela are most definitely in the house!

 

Alpha Girl

02.10.2012 | Blog | BY:

Over the years, the Chloe girl has taken on the nuances of the designers who have passed through the label, from Karl Lagerfeld to Stella McCartney, from Phoebe Philo to Claire Wright Keller. But always the essential DNA remains the domain of the young, carefree girl about town who embraces hippie chic while staying true to her socialite core.

To celebrate the label’s 60th anniversary exhibition Chloé Attitudes at the Palais de Tokyo, they’ve also launched a new digital platform The Alphabet – which allows fans of the brand to explore its rich heritage using A-Z themes.

Each letter tells an individual story about the label. Twin loves film-maker Kathryn Ferguson’s film for the letter H, which features wild horses driving through wild plains by twilight. Horses are a passion for both McCartney and Philo, the young maverick designers who were so much responsible for revitalising the brand with the youthful feel it has today.

The exhibition Chloé Attitudes is at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris  until November 18.
Check The Alphabet here.

MFW Seen

27.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

As we march towards the end of the international S/S 13 Ready-to-wear shows, we thought we’d pick out a few highlights from Milan, the ever slick and chic capital of Italian fashion.

Prada S/S 13

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own curve, and fashion seems to duly chase after it. For S/S fashion’s haute feminist looked East, taking inspiration from Geisha girls, those archaic and uneasy figures of woman-hood. But there was nothing constricting about Prada’s take on the silk kimono, that was deconstructed with a street-style feel and a boyish twist. Single-flower motifs had the graphic feel of the Nineties, a decade that keeps urging a revival. Beauty-wise, it marked the return of the messy crop, that was perfectly punctuated with a slick of red, for that modern vamp look.

 

Jil Sander S/S 13

Now the designer herself is back at the helm, there’s an extra sense of excitement to see where the label that created modern wearable minimalism a global trend. Where in past seasons Raf Simons created the Jil Sander silhouette in acid array of colour, this collection was muted with just the odd mellow orange and pillar box red placed among the russets, greys and space age white. There were few suprises in the shape of the cut, which was uniformly loosely tailored and kept plain and unpatterned but for some jazzy appliqued discs, but it was undoubtably the Sander that we know and lust after.

 

Giorgio Armani S/S 13

For Spring Armani sent his elegant socialite into orbit. Starting with elegant loose tailoring, this was a collection of slick greys and dark blues that had an opulent mannish sportiness reminiscent of Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. As ever, Armani’s strengths lay in his evening wear, which can always be relied upong for some super luxe trousers. But it was his star gazing mesh cage and trippy trouser suit that blew our minds.

 

 

Anarchy in the UK

26.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

When Vivienne Westwood took to the catwalk last week in hotpants and a scribbled on monocle and moustache at the age of 71, she was carrying the flame for Punk. Despite the DBE, Dame Viv is a dependable irreverant. A sole fan pumping fresh air into the stultifying culture that pervades in the shape of One Direction, the X Factor. and Tory MPs calling us all Plebs.

For the rest of us, a little bit of anarchy could probably go a long way. So if you’re looking for some inspiration, the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition Some Day All The Adults Will Die! Punk Graphics is a good starting point. Accompanying the exhibition is Jon Savage and Johan Kugelberg’s new book Punk: An Aesthetic, the very title underlines what it was all about. If you’re going to start a riot, you’re best to do it in style.

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Pitch Perfect

26.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

As storms batter Britain, the mood has turned that little bit darker. So when these images of LN-CC’s new stock landed in Twin’s inbox, we were with the vibe already. Dark and dangerous has replaced Summer loving. And as those Cimmerian evenings close in, we’re thinking it won’t be so bad if we can weather it like at the Late Night Chameleon Club…

Boboutic Women’s Crew Neck Metallic Yarn Jumper // Boboutic Women’s Soft Jacquard Trousers // Cherevichkiotvichki Women’s Bark Dyed Ankle Boots

Kolor Women’s Seam Detail Shorts // Jil Sander Women’s Box Sweater // Damir Doma Women’s Channa Coat // Cherevichkiotvichki Women’s Bark Dyed Ankle Boots

LN-CC FILM: AW12 002 from LN-CC on Vimeo.

Top Image: Haider Ackermann Women’s Steiner Jacket // Yang Li Women’s Skate Shorts

LFW X Meadham Kirchoff

21.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Next season’s Meadham Kirchoff girl is pretty as a picture. Ringlets and cherubin rosy cheeks were the order of the day as Meadham Kirchoff went from the disco setting of their last collection, to what felt like a riot in a boudoir as reams of ribbon and petticoats burst onto the catwalk. Lace pantalettes under full, short skirts topped with delicious looking bows that looked good enough to eat created a feel that was two parts Eighteenth Century socialite and one part Mini Mouse.

As ever the duo presented so many ideas at once that it was only on later deconstruction that we could fully appreciate the brilliant separates on offer. From cute sweaters with ribbon slogans to white denim jackets, powder blue brocade trousers to cartoon courts, this was a sumptuous banquet of a collection that we can’t wait to be invited to.

Pandora’s Box

20.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

If like us, you’re feeling a bit showed out right now and that your head is just a mash-up of glorious shapes, colours and fabrics with no sign of a let up for a good couple of weeks yet, then take a moment to stop and just consider Alexander McQueen’s new Cicada Jewel Knucklebox Clutch.

Pretty golorious isn’t it? It wouldn’t look out of place in the Tower of London nestling among all those Tudor jewels. With that lethal McQueen edge it almost looks like some exquisite torture contraption – we’re thinking death by gold wouldn’t be so bad…now if we can just get our hands on it, we’ll have that baroque gilt trend that’s weighing heavy for this autumn, all boxed up.

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LFW X Topshop Unique

19.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Fresh with a zing for Spring, when Topshop Unique sent quintessential London model Jourdan Dunn down the catwalk in a sheer panelled dress the tone was set for the show, and we totally got it.

The words pure and modern were cut to fit the collection perfectly. There was an almosty space age quality to the lines and silvery colours. And where last season Unique was boldly masculine, this was about a type of androgyny that was at heart unmistakeably feminine. Trouser suits, having their fashion moment right now, were tailored louche and sporty rather than stiffly masculine and the dresses were body conscious without needing to resort to actual figure hugging. Embellishment was also kept to a minimum, with the strappy heels conveying the same sense of clarity as the clothes.

Asymmetrical lines in the form of angled zips and jaunty panelling kept what was at one level a sophisticated collection affirming Unique as Topshop’s older, chicer sibling, on the right side of cool and young. And the colour palette of white and black was punctured almost solely by a slim daffodil yellow slice of a trouser suit, creating the perfect Gin ‘n Tonic look that has us already thirsting for Spring.

 

OC X Ten and Counting

17.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Our love for Opening Ceremony only grows. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the wonder duo have published a special book with Rizzoli that includes original photography by Terry Richardson, ‘zine inserts by Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze, and memories and artwork by a long list of fashion talent such as Ryan McGinley and Alexander Wang.
But if you still haven’t got your OC fix, keep your eyes open for Twin’s next issue coming soon…

Cave Painting

13.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Art fairs have been through a boom in recent years with the likes of Frieze transforming the buying of new art into a circus of excitement. With London, New York and Miami getting a fair crack of the whip, what about the artists quietly forging their own movements and hubs outside the dominating big tops?

Twin spoke to artist, curator and project-maker Flis Mitchell about CAVE, an art fair in Liverpool that kicks off today…

 
Why have you organised CAVE?
I created CAVE alongside (artist and curator) Kevin Hunt because Liverpool hadn’t had any art fairs, even though it’s common in other cities to have a fair at the same time as the Biennial, but if you want something that doesn’t exist you should just create it, so we did.

When we were developing CAVE we quickly realised that we should dispense with the traditional model and come up with something that excited us, so here it is, an art fair that shows only exciting unrepresented artists, sells work and allows us to drink cocktails in pineapples.

What is CAVE focused on?
CAVE only exhibits unrepresented artists, excludes galleries and doesn’t take a commission fee or an exhibition fee; this means the whole sale price of each work is received by the artist, people forget that when you visit the traditional gallery or art fair 50% of the sale price goes to the host, not the producer, and that’s fine, but we wanted to play with an alternative.
We don’t have art assistants, or layers of mediation, which allows artists to engage with visitors, it’s a dynamic and fluid sales system- we encourage people to ask questions, make deals and get involved. CAVE is a dynamic platform for talk and transactions.

I feel like there’s allot of unnecessary mystification that surrounds contemporary art sales, it helps to contextualise those super-cosmically high prices. I prefer direct transactions, and see buying art at CAVE as buying at trade rather than retail.

Are all the artists involved connected to Liverpool?
Roughly 25% of the artists are from Liverpool; however we’ve also got artists from across the UK, including Bristol, London, Nottingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Plymouth. Our only specification was that the artists were exciting and unrepresented and UK based.

Can you tell me about a couple of artists that you’re particularly excited about?
I am so excited to be presenting our artists!

I’m totally in love with the artist who are producing new or performative works for CAVE. Sam Venables is a very exciting artist, whose work is utlra right now, for CAVE Sam is creating an installation where visitors can get an ‘art hair cut’ in her Sick Salon; another personal favourite of mine is Matt Welch who’s huge work Untitled (Crass Sculpture) is awesome. I totally love them all! Oliver Braids performance of Sincerity Shoe is absolutely one I’m going to see, and there are rumours of a mysterious performance from 70/30.

What is the Liverpool art scene like right now?
Underrated! Liverpool is a cultural beast! We host of the UK’s largest art festival, and have numerous successful creative start ups, for instance: Deep Hedonia, or The Double Negative (recently interviewed on Radio6 Music), we’ve got creative industry incubators, we’ve got DaDaFest and Brouhaha both of which are internationally recognised, there are a host of world class graphic design studio’s, we’ve got critically engaged and ambitious studio groups, and in fact The Royal Standard (artist led studio group where Kevin and I am based) was involved in No Soul For Sale (Tate Modern) and was one of 70 international independent spaces included, and one of only 5 from the UK. We’ve got the John Moore’s Painting prize, the Liverpool Art Prize etc. etc.

Yet Liverpool still suffers from a suffocating lack of coverage, for instance Adrian Searle didn’t mention Liverpool at all in his highlights of 2012, despite the aforementioned Biennial and painting prize. It’s frustrating to be sitting on what feels like the UK’s best kept secret.

Tell us something about Liverpool we might not expect?
No way! Visit, and find out for yourself, that it might not be what you think…

What’s your favourite colour and why?
Ah, I’m waaaay to flighty in my tastes to choose, maybe I’ll compromise with you and pick the red and orange families, oh, and fluro colours and gold, and top of the draw, glow-in-the –dark. Mmmmmm tasty colour treats.

CAVE is at the Baltic Creative Campus, Liverpool until 16 September.

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Unique Lady

12.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Countdown to London Fashion Week has already begun and we”re already lining up the usual suspects when it comes to the hit collections. As ever, Topshop Unique is bound to be a big draw, with a queue longer than a catwalk trying to storm the show.

Twin caught up with head designer Emma Farrow as she makes her final S/S13 preparations…

Your previous Unique collection had strong masculine influences – how do you explain the enduring appeal of tomboyish style?
With the Topshop Unique collection it is important for us that we play with the contrasts between masculine and feminine.

It’s a great way to transform a look that could become too serious. For example a sexy evening dress is taken in a different direction when put with a boyfriend jacket. It has an ease to it and this is always at the top of our checklist when creating looks for the show.

Topshop holds a  peerless position in the fashion world in that it’s a high street chain with unrivalled fashion force – what’s the key?
It is the same design team that works on both the mainline and Unique collections. Unique is different as it allows us to work in the same way as other high end designers, taking the collection from initial ideas stage right through to the catwalk. This helps to kick start us into thinking about the new season ahead. We are also very fortunate to have contact with some of the worlds best stylists which contributes to a constantly evolving inspiration focus.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a designer?
I always wanted to be a fine artist growing up. I kind of happened upon this career by being in the right place at the right time. My mum would tell you though that I always had very strong opinions about my clothes from an early age and quite often would refuse to wear something for just not being ‘quite right’!

As a designer, how do you stay ahead of the fashion curve?
Just keeping my eyes and ears open to what’s going on out there in the world!

What was the last item of clothing you bought?
An old Balenciaga dress from Narnia NYC. Oh and some nude Baxter jeans from Topshop.

What are you wearing right now?
A camel men-sy jumper and Vintage floral Marni dress. Black pointy chelsea boots from Watanabe (and grey men’s socks!)

What films, images, music do you find yourself constantly returning to for inspiration?
Music and film are influences but no particular genre do we return to, occasionally a new actress or musician may pop up that we may draw inspiration from as a muse.
At the moment we love Grimes and the Fanning sisters for example.
Imagery on the other hand is super important. We work from numerous trend boards at anyone time and these will consist of great editorial shoots from magazines, street style blog imagery, vintage research etc.

Is there a type of woman that you design with in mind when working on a Unique collection?
Not really Unique is for anyone and everyone who loves fashion.

What’s your biggest fashion regret?
Definitely not buying the black Prada mens shoes with silver studs when they were in the shops a few years ago.
I still dream of them. They would just go with everything in my wardrobe.

If you hadn’t been a fashion designer, what would you have been?
Landscape gardener or something to do with interiors.

Surface Self

11.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

There’s a timeless indefinable quality to Sally Mann’s work. From her Immediate Family series featuring her own children but whom leapt out of the images as otherwordly knowing waifs to her studies of the American landscape in Deep South  that bore the aged quality of trees that have stood a lifetime.

For her new show Upon Reflection at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, in cooperation with Gagosian Gallery, she has turned her own image into a distorted reality. Formed from the pain of a horse-riding accident out on the plains of Virginia where she and her family raise Arabian stallions, her self portraits are tormented ghostly apparitions. Grained and scarred, her photographs convey the gravity and at once haziness of experience and memory.

Sally Mann, Upon Reflection is at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, 13 September – 3 November 2012.

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Stoned

10.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

Imagine being able to own a piece of jewellery that feels as special as a precious mineral formation or a breath-taking sunset. Jade Mellor, a talented young Designer and Maker- not to mention prolific one woman trinket band – from North West England, creates covetable pieces of statement jewellery from her magical little workshop deep within the English countryside. With an inspiring creative perspective and care for material, Jade crafts each piece by hand to ensure they each have a unique history and emotional value. Her striking work’s inevitably received a lot of attention and has been exhibited and stocked globally – from London to Dubai to San Francisco.

Twin spoke to Jade about her work…

Your Hewn collection of rings is always expanding and intriguing. How do you develop the collection?
Each piece is an experiment to find new textures by pushing the materials. I love discovering new things that I can use and feel that working with raw minerals, and other natural materials, in each original piece, adds to their uniqueness.

What materials have you used recently?
Recently I’ve been inspired by the Galaxy. By using a fragment of a real meteorite it makes you question the journey it’s made through space and time. To use this in something that can be worn everyday excites me – it’s like carrying around a little reminder that there are bigger things around you.

Do you have to seek out the inspiration for each piece or does it find you?
Both, but it helps to have an enquiring mind. When I acquire a specimen to use you will see me holding it up, feeling the weight and placing it on my hand, imagining how it would work as a wearable piece. Looking at how it occurs naturally is also an influence. The way pyrite naturally forms in cubes jutting out at odd angles is so sculptural. I have shelves of books on minerals with amazing close ups and the vast landscapes they form in. I’ll also spend hours wide eyed sketching rare specimens in natural history departments and on outdoor adventures.

What other things influence you?
Sculpture is a massive influence on me, particularly the Neo Concretist movement and also artists like Louise Nevelson. With the Isosceles ring I was thinking of ancient Egypt, the geometry of the pyramids combined with the textures brought on by being blasted by sand dunes over thousands of years. This combined with the use of Lapis lazuli and gold in ancient treasure filled tombs also gave me the colour. I mixed a pigment inspired by this strong blue.

How do you go about making your ideas a reality in jewellery form?
When I get back to the workshop, I might make some drawings, looking closely at the structure and create some first-hand scribbles on how I want it to look as a piece. Photography is a great tool too; in order to understand the angles and textures.

There is a basic shape that I start with that consists of making a block shape with a hole in it, like the pebbles you sometimes find on the beach with a natural hole in them. They are nicknamed Witches‘ stones and have been used as talismans since our ancestors started paying attention to unusual finds like these. From this, and how I have set the stone, I will start to carve out and sand back on the piece to achieve the shape I want, followed by lots of graded polishing to achieve the finish. Because the gold pyrite cube had a ruggedness, I wanted the blue of the resin to have a glossy liquid shine like a polished gem stone or an exotic pool of blue water with the jagged edge of metallic bursting through.

What do you feel makes your pieces so special?
I make each piece individually by hand from start to finish so that they’re  totally bespoke; using sand, shells and stones from a day at the beach or a piece of crumbled masonry from home means each piece has a personal significance. They can trigger a memory of a journey or experience, and in creating a piece that is not only inspired by, but also physically includes them, expresses their preciousness.

Jademellor.com

Words by Kerry Flint

 

Critical Mass

04.09.2012 | Blog | BY:

If you’ve already managed to check the trailer for the new film by Lauren Greenfield The Queen of Versailles, there is a good chance that the opulence, decadence and luxury was enough to disgust. MASS, a creative initiative fronted by Jessica Bernard and Esther Theaker, are curating an exhibition at Beach London on Thursday 6 September that responds to themes surrounding wealth.

Twin spoke to Jessica and Esther about the exhibition…

What is the idea behind MASS and what encouraged you guys to start it together?
We met at University and got on like a house on fire. MASS is a platform for us to explore engaging stories together in the form of photography, video and art curation.

You’ve had exhibitions in the past that have centred on films, such as Into The Abyss and are now basing your current exhibition on the new film The Queen of Versailles. Why have you chosen this film as the basis for the event?
I think rather than film generally we aim to look at interesting story telling.  For this exhibition we chose The Queen of Versailles, as we are both big fans of the director Lauren Greenfield.  Her work was most prominent in the nineties where she documented female youth culture in America.  Greenfield often references white upper class societies and ideas of over consumerism, which has been a strong influence on this current documentary.  The film touches on the extremities of wealth and the struggle to maintain that kind of lifestyle that inevitably is a soul-destroying endeavour.

Do you think the link between film and live events should be established or explored more often?
In general we don’t feel the film and live event go hand in hand, for the sake of it.  There are a lot of corporate, empty feeling live events for film that we feel are just distributors blindly throwing money into film promotion.  With MASS the emphasis is that we are looking at people telling engaging, intellectual stories so it is always our aim that our events are able to embody this.  The idea is that rather than promoting a film we encourage a forum for discussion on the broader subjects of the film. This manifests in a variety of multi-disciplinary artworks.

What is planned for the future?
We have a few projects happening at the moment.  We are currently working on a documentary based on a young female boxer whose stories resonated with us.  She is an incredibly strong character.

We are also launching our second run of apparel to coincide with the exhibition opening – including new colour tees and sweatshirts. That launches online from 7th September.

What can we expect from the exhibition?
This show will be will be quite different from the last ones with more emphasis on sculptural work.  We have Robert Montgomery creating a text-based piece and Polly Philp, Isamaya Ffrench and Joshua Wilks creating an immersive experience.

Mass is at  Beach London from 7– 12 September 2012.

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Walk It

31.08.2012 | Blog | BY:

We thought we’d share the super sharp fashion vid  for Warehouse’s A/W 12 Campaign. Twin’s own Becky Smith creative director and Celestine Cooney styled the film, which beats a drum for lo-fi London luxe.

Twin asked Becky for the lowdown on the shoot…

Where was it shot?
In the Southbank centre London. On a rare day where we managed to battle and beat the rain)!

Whose the lovely model popping across our screens?
Anna Brewster – who has been with Warehouse for a few seasons before I started working with them. She was a great walker! and she needs to do lots of precise walking that day!

What was the concept?
A modern take on the film Working Girl with Melanie Griffiths- meets sexy secretary. A girl constantly on the move- dressing for different occassions.

Who shot it?
Jacob Sutton photographer and director

What was it like working with Warehouse?
They know what they want and they are a great tight team. They have worked with some amazingly big photographers and models in the past… Such as Peter Lindbergh and all the models before they became big names Hanne Gaby.

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