MY MAJOR FIRST YEAR PROJECT AT CSM

As Lars Von Trier once demonstrated in his documentary – ‘the five obstructions” setting oneself limits however frustrating they may seem initially can often lead to much more thought provoking and beautiful work. The truth is that creativity feeds on limits and this was certainly the case for our major first year project at Central Saint Martins.

We were allowed to use only white felt and/or white cotton and just one week to make all our garments for the show! Mine was inspired by borderline personality disorder, the wackily put together outfits of little Edie (Edith Bouvier Beale) in the classic documentary ‘Grey Gardens’ and mental asylums in Massachusetts. Focusing on the contrast between the stark white walls and uniform hospital gowns and the free spirit underneath that wants to be released I embroidered and appliquéd a pair of high waisted ankle swinging flares and a bikini top with star signs, paw prints, and words borrowed from Tracy Emin.

I also tried my hand at hair, making fluorescent orange clip in dreadlock extensions and a choppy Angelina Jolie above the brow fringe for Georgie to wear at the show. You might recognize Georgie Hobday from the recent Illamasqua and Agent Provocateur campaigns, her wearing my clothes for the BA Fashion ‘White Show’ was a crazy honour!

The Show took place at St Martins new exhilarating home in Kings Cross. It was a ball.

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DAZED20

To kick off our blogging for Bed Head… we thought we would tell you a little about our night out for one of our very favourite publications Dazed & Confused…

Somerset house really was the most spectacular setting for the celebration of 20 years of Dazed and Confused magazine. Upon arrival we were offered scrumptious ‘Swedish kiss’ cocktails and or champagne- we opted for a healthy combination of the two- and gorged ourselves on mini steak frittes whilst overlooking the beautiful view of the pier from the balcony.

The exhibition itself ‘ Making It Up As We Go Along’ curated by editor-in-chief Jefferson Hack and former Dazed photographic editor Emma Reeves was a marvellous retrospective showcasing some of Dazed’s most exciting editorials, covers, art works and installations. The exhibition stretched over five rooms and a corridor and we both thought it was nice to be able to wander through and admire.

We then headed to the after party at W hotel in Soho where we danced til the wee hours to Pam Hogg spinning the decks. Alas we never got as far as venturing to the second floor for karaoke, our infamous Sonny and Cher duet will have to wait for another very special occasion… Until next time folks! Louie (& Mimi & Harriet) x

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THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN CRAFTSMAN

Turner Prize winning artist and craftsman Grayson Perry has spent two years with free run of the British Museum to pay tribute to 2 million years of culture, civilisation and its anonymous craftsmen. In his curation of ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ a charming visual feast of colours and imagery his
lyrical pieces of work fuse sacred journeys, tradition and contemporary culture with Grayson Perry’s humour and outlandish personality stamped all over it.

The immense tapestry ‘pilgrimage destination’s’ is as vast as it is impressive. When reading his words you realise the he is not as naive a craftsman talisman or thinker as his work initially might suggest. Primarily Grayson Perry is known as a potter, a postmodernist potter who likes to dress in women’s clothes and has an alter ego called Clare and here in the British Museum he shows off many other talents as well as that of a curator in this celebration of craftsmanship and a salute to artists ( well most of them) that will excite Perry fans and infuriate the likes of Brian Sewell.

The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman is now showing at the British Museum until the 19th Feb 2012

Posted by Lucy

THE RETURN OF THE SET

We all know that retro hair and make-up are big at the moment, you can see it everywhere from the catwalk to the highstreet.

The ultimate in retro hair is the ‘set’ where hair is either wound onto rollers wet and dried, wound onto hot rollers, and allowed to cool, or rolled with a heated tong, and pinned into place until it’s cool and ready to be brushed out.

In the 1940’s and 50’s it was the norm for women to visit the salon once a week, and have their hair washed, set on rollers, brushed into style and laquered to last until the next visit a week later. In many european countries it’s still the norm today!

Unfortunately in the UK with changing hair trends, it’s no longer an option for most women to maintain their hair in this way, and with salon costs as they are, a blowdry or style is more often than not, a one off indulgence.

However, with the aid of modern hairdressing appliances, and great hair styling products it is becoming increasingly easier for madam to take care of her own setting needs.

I think the best and easiest way to achieve a great set at home, that will last you is to invest in a good set of hot rollers, better still raid your Mother or Grandmother’s cupboards for an old set of carmen rollers. I’d suggest getting a set with the large butterfly type clips for keeping the roller in place, you can even buy these clips seperately if you come across an old set without. It really does make it easier to put them in!

It might also be worth getting a timer plug, this was a recommendation from a client of mine, She would set her rollers to swich on 45 mins before her alarm went off, so she could put them in as soon as she awoke, then let them cool while she got on with her washing/dressing and breakfast schedule. A top tip if ever I heard one!

When applying the rollers, take sections as wide as the roller by about 1 or 2 inches, spray the section with a strong hairspray that brushes out easily, I find TIGI Bedhead Hard Head is best for this, it’s a great hairspray, with the perfect spray flow for this job.

Once the rollers are cool (and they must be cool or the curl will drop) use a soft bristle brush, and dress out the set. Brushing the curl around your hand will create a better shape. Finish off with more HARD HEAD to keep the style in place, don’t forget to spray the underside of the style too!!

I like to finish off with TIGI Bedhead Masterpiece hairspray. Using 2 different types of hairspray will always give you longer lasting hold, and Masterpiece has the extra added bonus of a shine oomph!

A well executed hot roller set will last days (especially when the weather is cool and dry), any greasy roots can be battled with some TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo.

Rollers in, Brush out, Easy peasy Rita Hayworth.

Photos by louie banks.

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WILLY NILLY…. ITS MILLIE VANILLI


By Jove, remember this brooding pair? On a walk home one night I found this on the floor (see above pic). Mimi and I stumbled out of a Kebab shop and straight into the arms of “Girl I’m gonna miss you” vinyl by Grammy fraudsters MILLIE VANILLIE.

If you cannot recollect the story of how this double act managed to rise up and come crashing down, let me (and Wikipedia) enlighten you.

From 1988-1998 Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus (who once dubbed himself “the new Elvis) graced dance music decks with hit Albums such as “ALL OR NOTHING”

This braidy bunch were the darrhlings of the music scene. Alas behind all their fame and fortune lay one vital (Yet secret) ingredient. 5 ACTUALLY talented individuals.

Turns out the people behind the voices (Charles Shaw, John Davis, Adam Owem and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco) had been told their “unmarketable image” would mean that two younger models/dancers (found in a nightclub in Munich) would be fronting their band.

Woah burn.

The story continues….

After Fabulous and Rob’s album had gone platinum cracks appeared. The first apparent sign the band had been lip-syncing was during a live performance on MTV. The backing track jammed…poor Fab and Rob didn’t realise, must have been the hair extensions, and carried on singing and grooving. But finally the penny dropped and the boys ran off stage.

Cor Blimey!

The real singers got insanely jealous of the attention and blabbed to the press. The cat was out of the bag!

And so we get to the center of the shrubbery maze, I needn’t say any more.

Who done it? No-one knows. Some blame backing signer Shaw, some blame manger Frank Farian.

I say bring back the cheekbones and pecs, lez have a reunion!

Posted by Lucy

WILL YOUNG

I recently received tickets to see Will Young. Now Will Young is far from my normal cup of tea, but I appreciate he has a decent voice and is one of the few reality TV stars to have turned his talent into a respectable career rather than be a celebrity-hungry, headline-grabbing flash in the pan.

So as they were complimentary I decided to go with a friend, and it was actually a good night. I went open minded and found he put on a great show at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, winning over the crowd with a fantastic opening track and playful interactive set. Mr Young bounded round the stage like a big kid performing for his parents but with the sensibility and talent of a true professional.

Packed with upbeat joyous pop, Young’s voice soared throughout the auditorium, pleasing fans as much with his vocals as with his cheeky sharp wit between tracks. He tore through a set packed with classics and newer material, all of which allowed him to show just how strong his vocals are. Supported by a large band the atmosphere of warmth between them flowed from the stage pouring through the audience.

Looking around the gathered mass I saw a very eclectic conglomeration of people, which goes to show how wide reaching his music is and widely diverse his target audience is. All in all I actually had a surprisingly fun night, so all thanks and credit to Mr. Young.

http://www.willyoung.co.uk/global/home

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JOHN POWELL AKA SAVWO

Th’welcome th’up north to the wonderful city of Manchester where the weather can be cold but the hearts and our arts never get old. Im going to kick start my first post with a great illustrator and print maker John Powell Jones aka Savwo. I saw the exhibition earlier this month and thought the work was really fun it is reminiscent of early 70’s rock and film posters. Savwo’s work takes on a fresh new approach to this old genre and the hand made feel really comes together to make it a warm personable exhibition. I carried out a small interview here it is below hope you like it Savwo is proper top like.

WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?

1950’s horror comics, for instance E.C (entertainment comics) tales from the crypt) 80’s grind house exploitation and horror movies and the horror genre in general from 19-50 1980. I have an access to a huge supply of horror comics and posters books and horror ephemera.

HOW DO YOU CREATE YOUR ARTWORK?

Its all hand done with brush pens and pencil then hand screen-printed. Everything is created in close parameters from the drawing to the exicution its all done in the same room which is a really organic and intense process.

WHY DO YOU CREATE EVERYTHING BY HAND?

It gives a much ore personal aesthetic to the work, there’s more control over what what you’re doing from picking the colour to what mark your making on the paper.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?

Doing the same thing with the same people but with a bigger studio.

WHY DO YOU LOVE SCREEN PRINTING SO MUCH?

It’s the fact that every print has its own character not one is the same, it’s the hand made human imperfections that make it more personable. It’s still repro graphics, but every single print is individual, be it an edition of 2 to 200.

WHY THE HORROR GENRE?

From an early age I had a fascination with macabre from collecting comics to watching the films. I don’t like being scared but love the fascination of what scares us. It’s the same reason people slow down at a car crash, you can’t help but look. I like the visuals and I try and bring a sense of that scared feeling to my work, I think it’s important to remember to never take yourself too seriously, John Carpenter for example is one of the greatest horror directors of all time and his films always have an undercurrent of comedy running through them.

The exhibition is on for the next few weeks at North Tea Power 36 Tib Street, Manchester, M41LA. If you like what you see Savwo’s link is at the bottom here along with North Tea Power. Enjoy

http://northteapower.co.uk/

http://www.savwo.co.uk/

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