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20.01.2012 | Art , Blog | BY:

This month Covent Garden’s Aram Gallery brings together a pick and mix cross section of the design world’s fascination with 3D printing. The umbrella term for Rapid Prototyping or Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing allows designers to use strands of, typically, polyamide or nylon in place of ink to create 3D objects based on a computer drawn image.

The nascent print form was adopted for producing prototypes but is now being explored as a means to an end. The Send to Print / Print to Send exhibition unites designers and studios both emerging and established to showcase not only the enduring significance of this stage in the design process, but also the potential of this technology.

Highlights include Chau Har Lee’s exquisite heels – a departure from more conventional footwear, but nonetheless visually arresting – modern tapestries by Chloe McCormich and Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare and Assa Ashuach’s textual homeware. These designers are not only experts in their fields, but dare to dabble with 3D printing to take their designs to the next level.

Chau Har Lee comments: “My knowledge of traditional shoemaking helps me know how and where I can break boundaries. Importantly, although my most conceptual designs are showpieces, they are still built to adorn the foot.”

Perhaps Chloë McCormick sums it up best, though, when she says, “the intention of Warped Tapestry was not to work against new technologies but to find a balance where they would work with each other.”

Send to Print / Print to Send is at The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SG until 25th February.

Assa Ashuach, Twist Loop Light

Chloë McCormick Warped Tapestry, 2010

Chloë  McCormick and Nicholas O’Donnell-Hoare, Tapestry Spectacle, 2011
(Top) Chau Har Lee, Rapid Form Shoe, 2009

Images courtesy of The Aram Gallery and Shira Klasmer.

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Beefed up

10.01.2012 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Herbivores, look away. Slabs of meat have never been more de rigueur and leading the pack is feted burger joint MEATliquor.

Chef Yianni Papoutsis, head of the operation, has made a name for himself as a street food pioneer thanks to Meatwagon, a burger van responsible for guerilla “Meatings” in London car parks, industrial estates and, more recently, festivals and the subsequent #Meateasy pop-up in a derelict Italian restaurant above an abandoned pub in New Cross.

Together with Scott Collins, the liquor in MEATliquor, Papoutsis has arguably revolutionised the West End identikit dining scene with cool design, jam jar cocktails and greasy Dead Hippie burgers and onion rings.

As Collins says, “The MEATWAGON has come a long way since its small beginnings in a vandalised van in a South London car park…We have taken #Meateasy to the next level, bringing meat dining to London’s West End at New Cross prices.”

MEATliquor, 74 Welbeck Street W1G 0BA

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Cocktail Hour

14.12.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Brixton, and Market Row in particular, is quite the foodie destination thanks to the likes of Franca Manca and Rosie’s. But there’s a new kid on the block that’s luring the after-hours crowd. Seven at Brixton is an eclectic venue offering art, board games, pintxos and cocktails.

Paying homage to its former life as a luggage shop, suitcases take the place of shelves in the bar and the cocktail menus are printed on brown luggage tags. At £5 a pop cocktails are purse-friendly and the in-house creations are inventive; try the Electric Avenue – marmalade, apple vodka and pomegranate juice, served in a sherbet-dipped martini glass. Failing that, the classics are just as delicious – an Old Fashioned is an ideal winter warmer. The food, seemingly typical tapas fare, is a similar mix to that of the cocktails. Expect the classics done well alongside inventive, moreish little dishes like sherry-soaked figs on bruschetta.

Past a church pew and up a storey via the crooked staircase artists have been invited to produce temporary installations in each of the rooms, which will be changed every three months. Sam Cook and Joe Crowdy’s mounted paper sculpture is accompanied by A3 sheets of ‘cut-around’ instructions; these lie waiting on the makeshift road sign table for eager fans to recreate their triangular work.

In another room Adam Hemuss’ scribblings creep up the walls and onto the ceiling. Sitting up here is like taking part in a live installation; don’t be put off if half-way through your conversation an art enthusiast pops up next to you to observe the works.

Seven at Brixton is open to catch the breakfast crowd from 8am but it closes relatively early for a cocktail bar (6pm Mon-Wed, 10pm Thurs-Sat and 5pm on Sundays). The address itself surely insinuates the best time to visit. Meet you there at 7pm.

Seven at Brixton is at 7 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB

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All the fun of the fair

08.12.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Forget trawling the internet for Christmas presents, shopping around a market is far more de rigueur. Circus, the brainchild of the House of Hackney founders, promises lashings of festive spirit and unique gifts.

For five days, cherry-picked labels and creatives are setting up concept stalls selling their wares. Expect to find such brands as Les Chiffoniers, Lost Property of London, Olivia von Halle (top image), Paper London, Fred Butler and, of course, House of Hackney. Alongside fashion and homeware stands, as well as some more unconventional offerings from Polly Morgan, there will be a Christmas fair selling trees, roasted chestnuts and gift wrapping.

East London gem Lily Vanilli will be on hand selling Christmas hampers as festive foodie presents and her bakery and cider stand will serve up warming snacks for weary shoppers. Taking place in a disused power station in Shoreditch, the vibe is sure to unite the best of hip Shoreditch creativity and traditional Christmas fare.

Fred Butler

House of Hackney

Circus 11 takes place from 14th until 18th December (10am-8pm daily) at The Tramshed, Shoreditch

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Shopping Mall

02.12.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

If you’ve found yourself on the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Shoreditch High Street recently you will have undoubtedly noticed that a space which has been uninhabited for the past four decades has new residents. A cluster of shipment containers have been erected to form the world’s first ‘pop-up mall’.

Founded by Boxfresh’s Roger Wade, whose ethos is all about the ‘brand experience’ rather than sales, the 60 containers house retail outlets with a streetwear slant. Up-and-coming designers like OnePiece and Playful Promises vie for attention amongst established brands Evisu, Calvin Klein, Nike and Phaidon.

Diesel has launched its Fifty Five DSL line here and, alongside such nosh outlets as Foxcroft & Ginger, Frae frozen yoghurt and Hop-Nano, charities Amnesty International and Art Against Knives have spaces on the first floor selling artworks and collaborative designs by such East London-based designers as Lucy Jay and Tracey Emin. Welcome to the anti-high street.

Boxpark opens on Saturday 3rd December

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In the drawing room

28.11.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Where can you see Margot Bowman, Andy Warhol, Sarah Mower, Cecil Beaton and Gary Card jostling alongside illustrators such as David Downton, René Gruau and François Berthoud? The answer is Rupert Sanderson’s Upstairs studio.

On Saturday 17th December the studio has invited the Fashion Illustration Galleryto put on a one-day-only Christmas art fair. Prints, original illustrations, books, magazines, t-shirts and badges by some of illustration’s greats are sure to make as much a stunning makeshift exhibition as spectacular Christmas presents for loved ones with a discerning eye.

Fashion Illustration Gallery is at Rupert Sanderson, 19 Bruton Place, London W1J 6LZ on 17th December, 10am-5.30pm

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Behind the camera

24.11.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

When Kathryn Bigelow won a bevy of awards including two Oscars for her 2008 film Hurt Locker she made history as the first woman to ever be named best director. That said, three years on the fact remains that women are still marginalised, not to mention underrepresented and oversexualised in cinema.

UnderWire plans to change that. As the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to showcasing women’s work it already has the support of such seminal female creatives as Laura Mulvey, author of Visual and Other Pleasures, Fetishism and Curioisity, journalist Samira Ahmed and Nira Park, producer of Scott Pilgrim v the World and Attack the Block. Established by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell in 2010, co-directors of UnderWire 2011 Mitchell and Helen Jack hope to recognise women’s talents through awards, open up the dialogue about women in film and, ultimately, readdress the gender balance within the UK industry.

Comes But Once a Year, dir Justine Barker
(Top) Prohyb, dir Katarina Complova

UnderWire 2011 is at Shortwave cinema and Bermondsey Square Hotel from 23rd – 26th November 2011. See the full programme here

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Marlboro Lights

10.11.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Since its introduction in 1955 the Marlboro flip-top cigarette box has been appropriated by logos and advertising. Similarly CDs, books and magazines have provided us with a whole host of iconic imagery with which we have forged our cultural identities. But in an increasingly digitalised age, where kindles and iPads have overtaken the broad industry that is print media, how will the individual define him or herself?

The new show at Shoreditch’s PayneShurvell gallery, entitled Your Garden is Looking a Mess Could You Please Tidy it Up, begs some rather pertinent questions.

Taking the Marlboro flip-top cigarette box as a springboard, a number of big name artists and recent graduates explore the questions surrounding print versus digital, mass communication and its visual media. Curated by artist Andrew Curtis, the artists exhibiting include: Peter Blake (the proceeds of whose work will be donated to the charity Kids Company), Sian Pile, Rupert Ackroyd, Dick Jewell, Gerard Hemsworth, Sarah Hardacre, Dermot O’Brien and Bruce McLean.

Until 17th December 2011 at PayneShurvell, 16 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN

Gerard Hemsworth, Suburban Garden, Inkjet print, 2009

Sarah Hardacre, Those little bits of soot you can’t sweep up, Unique collage, 2011

(Top) Peter Blake, Your Garden is Looking a Mess Could You Please Tidy it Up, Unique screenprint, 2011

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The Female Form

08.11.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Showing works from 1955-1962 this month the Mayor Gallery takes a look at two of the 20th century’s most fascinating female artists. On the surface their works seem to have little to do with one another, bar their temporal origin, but both are clearly marked by a preoccupation with form.

The Bell Jar‘s author Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) is lesser known, although none the less celebrated, as an artist. Her 44 pen and ink drawings and Brasilia poem on display, lent to the gallery by Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes, showcase her observations from her time spent in Europe. Her carefully considered lines betray a tender and inquisitive concern with design.

Meanwhile Italian-born Dadamaino, real name Eduarda Maino (1935-2004), found fame as one of the proponents of the pan-European Zero Group, of which Yves Klein was a member. Albeit less renowned than Plath, her formulaic monochrome works present the viewer with a pleasure in graphic form and line. Cutting large shapes in canvases, the wall upon which each work is hung becomes just as much a part of the artwork as the slither of canvas she leaves untouched.

Until 17th December 2011 at Mayor Gallery, 22A Cork Street, London W1S 3NA

Drawings by Sylvia Plath, copyright Frieda Hughes. All images courtesy of the Mayor Gallery.

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Mom & Dad

07.11.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Terry Richardson’s images are conventionally imbued with a heavy dollop of sex and fun so it is refreshing to see him turn his lens to a more sober topic: that of his parents’ divorce. “My parents split up when I was four. It feels good for me to have them back together again, even if it’s in a gallery and only for a little while. It’s something I’m doing for me and in a way, for them.” -Terry Richardson, 2011

Having launched his two-volume publication MOM DAD at cult Paris store Colette, this month sees the accompanying exhibition head to New York’s Half Gallery.

His father Bob Richardson was a renowned fashion photographer while his mother Annie, currently living in Ojai, California, is a former Copacabana dancer and stylist. Their early divorce is irrelevant in Richardson’s NYC exhibition: hung side by side their portraits, as well as written works relating to his parents, see them reunited. Moving yet funny, in bringing his mom and dad back together Richardson attempts to reconcile not only his parents’ marriage, but his own origins and understanding of self.

Published by Morel Books

From 11th November until 4th December 2011 at Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street, New York.

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Keep it up

12.10.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

If you’re looking for a warm up tomorrow ahead of the Frieze art fair, may we suggest a visit to the new waterside contemporary gallery in Hoxton? The inaugural show They don’t know why, but they keep doing it, a group affair, asks questions about ideology in a post-ideological reality.

The six artists, Grzegorz Drozd, Javier Rodriguez, Maciek Stępiński, Radek Szlaga, Konrad Smoleński and artist duo Karen Mizra and Brad Butler, reject archaic symbolic structures in favour of something a little less obvious. Visitors can expect works in paint, installation and video. Creating their own visual language, though, surely fosters new, individualized ideologies; a puzzling paradox. They don’t know why, but they keep doing it.

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Polaroid Woman

25.07.2011 | Art , Blog , Fashion | BY:

The Helmut Newton Foundation is one of those gems in the West of Berlin that’s well worth the journey from the more hip Bezirke of Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain.  This month, alongside the permanent exhibition offering a glimpse into Helmut Newton the man, a new exhibition opens celebrating his Polaroids.  Using them as an initial point of reference for his fashion shoots, he was able to test lighting and composition.

But more than that, the idea of Polaroids excited Newton: he published Pola Woman, a book exclusively made up of his Polaroids, in 1992.  Shooting down accusations that the images in the book didn’t stand up to his usual standard he said: “but that was exactly what was exciting – the spontaneity, the speed”.  Indeed in some ways this attitude prefigures the speed of photography – particularly street style photography – today.

The romance of a Polaroid picture is most definitely back in vogue again.

See the 300 works on display until 20th November 2011
Helmut Newton Foundation, Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin

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Folly for a Flyover

05.07.2011 | Art , Blog , Culture | BY:

Something’s happening in Hackney Wick.  Between the East and Westbound traffic of the A12 next to the Lea Navigation canal a temporary theatre has popped up.  Except it’s not just a theatre.  Folly for a Flyover is hosting six weeks of waterside cinema, performances, workshops and boat trips as part of the East London CREATE 11 programme.

By day expect Disco Loco family parties, puppet-making and optical trickery workshops and a café serving up a hearty British blend of Forman’s smoked salmon, homemade cakes and Mr Whippy ice cream.  You can also enjoy guided row-boat tours of the waterways in conjunction casino spiele with Floating House Productions – take Marek’s canoe-catamaran for a trip through Hackney Wick, Fish Island and down to Old Ford Lock & the Olympic Stadium.

For summer nights grab a blanket and some snacks and watch films like Tron and The Wild One.  Accompanying the screenings are live scores, light shows and performances such as a ‘night of burlesque delight’ with a backdrop of jazz music.

The entire space has been hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials which, at the end of the summer, will be disassembled and the materials donated to other local projects.  Conscious culture. We like.

Under the A12 Flyover,
 Hackney Wick,
London, E9 5HW runs until July 31.

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Let there be light

29.06.2011 | Art , Blog , Culture | BY:

“The future of art is light,” said Henri Matisse. These words are the starting point for Illuminations the inaugural exhibition of Coldharbour London. Here curator Aretha Campell explores the phenomenon of artificial light.

It’s a dazzling line-up. Lighting-cameraman turned installation artist Adam Barker Mill turns the gallery into a space devoid of light for one of his famous light experimentations.  Kirstie Macleod, whose work deals with issues of identity and the passage of time, showcases her large-scale textile work.  Sculptor Molly Smyth, whose art can be both minute and monstrous, references both urban landscapes and the human form.  While Luke Montgomery straddles the line between abstraction and realism.

Elsewhere, artist, architect and musician Lawrence Lek unveils Twins, a collaboration with industrial designer Onur Ozkaya which explores the boundaries between sculpture and architecture.  The result in Lek’s words is, “an enclosed world composed of both structure and light.” Matisse would no doubt approve.

Until 3rd July at Coldharbour London 30-34 Southwell Road, SE5 9PG

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Fade to grey

03.06.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

Multi-disciplinary design duo Kai and Sunny have worked with everyone from Alexander McQueen to Apple.  A year after their Return to the Wild exhibition at StolenSpace Gallery, they’re back at the Brick Lane space.

Taking the 2010 exhibition to the next level, this year’s The Flower Show sees the pair zoning in on all manner of blossoms to produce intense, monotone abstractions.  Reminiscent of Bridget Riley’s severe graphic palette, these large-scale, glittering silver silkscreen prints celebrate the intricacy of naturally-occurring patterns and formations.

Alongside the show an A3 limited edition box set containing five letter-pressed images is available to buy.  Included in the set is a new short story The Gardener by award-winning author David Mitchell, written exclusively to accompany the works.  Gardening has never been so multidisciplinary – or quite so cool.

The Flower Show by Kai and Sunny is at StolenSpace Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL until June 26.

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Quiet Storm

27.04.2011 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

Japanese fashion visionary Yohji Yamamoto deserves an exhibition that’s as conceptual as his designs.  It’s apt then that Wapping Project has served up such an esoteric installation for the exhibition, Making Waves. Part of the Victoria & Albert museum’s major retrospective, the show comprises an oversized white silk wedding dress made with bamboo crinoline from Yamamoto’s A/W 1998 collection that hangs, solitary, in the Boiler House. The piece makes an understated statement that’s typically Yamamoto.

Meanwhile, over at the Wapping Project Bankside the works of the seven photographers who produced imagery for Yamamoto’s celebrated catalogues go on display.  The stellar line-up features Nick Knight, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, Max Vadukul and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.  Though the photographers are familiar, the images themselves star the kind of women Yamamoto is drawn to – strong types rarely seen on the pages of the glossies.  A man after our own sartorial heart.

Yohji Making Waves 
is at
 Wapping Project, 
 until 14 July 2011 and Yohji’s Women is at 
Wapping Project Bankside, SE1
 until 14 May 2011.

Images courtesy of the Wapping Project, Imogen Eveso and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Pearly queen

19.04.2011 | Art , Blog , Fashion | BY:

Nowhere else does fashion collide with art more vividly right now, than at the M.O.P Shop, the temporary residence of  Maia Norman’s clothing line, Mother of Pearl. The designer’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection has hijacked her husband, Damien Hirst’s publishing outlet-cum-gallery, Other Criteria.

The art link doesn’t stop there – each season Maia works with an artist to create prints from existing artworks, forming the basis of her collections.  This season it’s the turn of Jim Lambie, whose vibrant installations work hard in leathers and silks.

Californian surfer, Maia also infuses Mother of Pearl with a heavy shot of sports.  Utilitarian pieces like the Havana and Toro jumpsuits and the Ortis anorak encourage effortless dressing.

The Mother of Pearl M.O.P shop is at Other Criteria, 36 New Bond Street, London W1S 2RP until 11th May 2011.

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Goldie lookin chains

11.04.2011 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

Danielle Scutt’s comeback collection at London Fashion Week A/W11 reminded us just why we love her. Bold and brash, her designs embrace the tongue-in-cheek side of femininity and tow the line between quirky kitsch and luxe investment pieces. Lashings of velvet, Schiaparelli pink lattice (to match Charlotte Free’s pink hair) and midi-length skirts were worn topless with blazers.   It’s sexed-up, Eighties-style power dressing for now.

What really caught our eye though, was the surreal bling the models were sporting on the runway.   The jewellery, a collaboration with Freedom at Topshop, comprised Art Deco inspired chandelier earrings (wear them on chain belts or broaches on shoes), gold chain cuffs, chokers and belts interwoven (some interwoven with platinum blonde hair) and teapot and lipstick charm earrings and bracelets.

Images courtesy of Impulse PR and I PR.

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Points of view

22.02.2011 | Art , Blog | BY:

“€œI have always been fascinated by photography produced by women,” says Damien Poulain, the designer and art director behind POV FEMALE (Oodee), a limited-edition monograph of the work of five London-based female photographers. Future editions will feature female photographers from Paris, Tokyo and New York, each limited to 100 copies (£12) and 20 limited edition bookcases, including signed copies of all five monographs and an archival-quality print from each photographer (£300).

This London issue of POV FEMALE features:

Bronwen Parker-Rhodes

A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, Bronwen has made films for Vivienne Westwood and Rihanna, among others.  Her photography is a subjective glimpse into individual lives through routine.  “€˜Through filming I discover a little of the world through someone else’s eyes and hopefully reveal that world to others.”

Briony Campbell

Briony’€™s photographs seem to intrude on a moment, they take you fully inside.  The Dad Project€™ –  “work in progress and I hope it always will be”€™ – is a photographic journal and coping mechanism for her father’s terminal illness.  Now she launches her achingly personal monograph A Year On€™.

Rasha Kahil

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Rasha’s photography experiments with the meaning behind the female body: ‘The body becomes a means for investigating displacement, social identity and its manifestation through everyday performance’.  Often exploring the sexualised female body and the gaze, she also deals in self-portraiture to appropriate spaces for herself and for her art.

Charlotte Player

Gypsy Gold is a photographic documentation of the relationship between gypsies and their horses.  The proud bond that even the youngest of the community display is testament to their traditional rituals and provides a fascination for Player and a leitmotif for her work.

Tara Darby

Tara is a prolific and interdisciplinary photographer: she has worked for Aubin and Wills, Levis, Timberland, Adidas, among others, contributed to such publications as AnOther, Vogue, W magazine, The Independent and has collaborated on two books with art director David James.  The common denominator is her personal approach that imbues her images with warmth and hope.

POV FEMALE is at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London

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Fred Perry x Richard Nicoll

24.01.2011 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

Sportswear stalwart Fred Perry’s collaboration with London designer Richard Nicoll goes on-sale today.  Nicoll has designed Fred Perry’s SS11 Laurel Wreath collection, drawing on the company’s heritage for inspiration, then cleverly subverting it.  While his own summer collection shows signs of a modern sportsluxe influence, the Laurel Wreath collection unites Ken Russell’s images of Fifties teddy girls with subtle, modern androgyny.

“I like the idea that something as conservative and traditional as a cameo brooch could become subversive in the right hands,” says Nicoll. “I mixed sport jersey with lurex piqué and brocade cottons to create a clash of sport and traditional Fifties couture elements in dynamic but recognisably Fifties colours such as eau de nil and peach.” Rizzo eat your heart out.

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