Amelia’s Magazine | Supermarket Sarah’s Christmas Extravaganza

I could say that Laura J Martin is as ethereal and otherworldly as Bat For Lashes, search store and I could tell you that her haunting musical tales reminds me of listening to a young Kate Bush, information pills and if I really wanted to, I could say that her ability to take a pastoral folk sound and twist an electro beat around it puts me in mind of the great Alison Goldfrapp. Like I said, I could say all of that, but that would be thinking inside the box, and I’m going to take my cue from Laura, who has probably never thought inside the box a day in her life. Instead I am going to say that she reminds me of a hummingbird. Watching her on stage, wielding her flute with the swiftness and precision of a warrior using a samurai sword, you can’t quite believe that something so light and delicate can beats its wings so fast. But she does, and we can only stand in awe.

 

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Described by the people behind The Big Chill (who obviously know what they’re talking about) as “the world’s finest flute wielding, piano playing, mandolin toting singer-songwriter”, Laura goes one step further and offers up this description of her sound and style; “think folkie weirdie beardie (without the beardie) funki (with an ‘i’) mixed in a cauldron with some jazzy slurp + niceness squared = me.” Well put. Now, when I first saw her play, I knew nothing about Laura and I will take this opportunity to shamefully confess that I quickly summed up this adorable pixie in front of me with her flute and her mandolin and thought, “Oh OK, it’s going to be a bit folky.” (Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything wrong with folk.) My point is simply this; if you go see Laura J Martin live, expect the unexpected. Armed with her trusty loopstation, which sits at her feet, she takes the already beautiful sounds that come from her instruments and creates a multi-layered composition of melodies that perfectly compliments her sweet but haunting voice. Catching up with her during a phone chat recently, the Liverpool born, Leeds based singer mused upon the nature of musical genres, and how defining her sound into one style will never give you the full illuminated picture. “My style derives mainly from the instruments that I play, and my main instrument is the flute. So my sound definitely has elements of folk, but I wouldn’t like to be boxed as just that. In the past when I’ve taken party in jam sessions, I’ve played a lot of funk flute. I don’t want people to get the impression that it’s all serious folk” she adds, “I do like to have a beat in my music, in fact, the tracks that I like to perform live the most are the ones with a beat.”

LJMpic1

Over the course of our conversation I discover that validity of this statement. Laura is a jam session veteran; lending her voice and musical ability to performances by hip hop, experimentalism and jazz artists (a much beloved musical style of Laura’s, who rates Herbie Mann as a key influence). Recent collaborations have been with diverse and left-field artists such as the hip hop/turntablist/rock and blues singer Buck 65 (“He’s one of my hero’s”) and kidkanevil. “He’s a hip hop producer and beat maker”, she tells me, “His style is very eclectic. I was involved in his live show for a few years.”

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So how did this petite virtuoso come to possess her musical wizardry? I suggested to Laura that her childhood must have involved imps and faeries and nights spent running across deserted moors. “Not quite!” she laughs, “I did go up in suburban Liverpool after all!”. Still, she reflects, “I was a geek. I used to like climbing trees and exploring. I would find excitement in very small things.” Clearly, this free spirited childhood helped shape the creative and imaginative grown up Laura. Case in point; when she “gets up to mischief” in the name of finding a beat; “I’ve gone into the kitchen and banged pots and pans…. it’s all about getting a stick and banging things and seeing what comes out!” And when I ask about the inspiration for her track Dokidoki, she cites the weather for pointing her towards the melody that she would use. “It was a very sunny day,” she explains, “And I was in a really good mood. I went into the shower and the melody came out!”

Dokidoki performed at The Jazz Cafe

A major creative highlight of Laura’s was a year spent in Japan, where she immersed herself in the music scene, taking part in numerous jam sessions, namely with the group Soil & “Pimp”. Already being fascinated with Asian culture (and a devotee of Kung Fu films, “the melodies are ace!” she laughs) she used her time productively. “I didn’t watch much T.V, it was all about listening to music, practicing music and reading and not being spoon-fed anything.” Her time in Japan was certainly eventful; one night she awoke to discover that her balcony was in flames, in what was later discovered to be an arson attack. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and Laura – as ever – was open to inspiration in the most unexpected of scenarios and took the opportunity to research the history of Japans arson attacks, a journey which led her to the mother of all arsonists (and legends) Yaoya Oshichi. Oshichi, she explains, then went on to become the subject matter of her track ‘Fire Horse’. See? Like I told you, her influences and inspirations are as diverse and eclectic as she is.

Now back on her home turf, Laura plans to keep going full steam ahead with her career. As well as releasing her new track ‘The Hangman Tree’ in early 2010 (check her MySpace for details) she is finishing up her new album and planning her gigs for the months ahead. Lucky Londoners can see her performing this Saturday as part of the You Choose Jamboree night. The venue is undisclosed, but sign up to You Choose Jamborees guest list, and the location will be emailed to you. I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for Laura J Martin, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for
I could say that Laura J Martin is as ethereal and otherworldly as Bat For Lashes, pill and I could tell you that her haunting musical tales reminds me of listening to a young Kate Bush, dosage and if I really wanted to, I could say that her ability to take a pastoral folk sound and twist an electro beat around it puts me in mind of the great Alison Goldfrapp. Like I said, I could say all of that, but that would be thinking inside the box, and I’m going to take my cue from Laura, who has probably never thought inside the box a day in her life. Instead I am going to say that she reminds me of a hummingbird. Watching her on stage, wielding her flute with the swiftness and precision of a warrior using a samurai sword, you can’t quite believe that something so light and delicate can beats its wings so fast. But she does, and we can only stand in awe.

 

LJMpic2

Described by the people behind The Big Chill (who obviously know what they’re talking about) as “the world’s finest flute wielding, piano playing, mandolin toting singer-songwriter”, Laura goes one step further and offers up this description of her sound and style; “think folkie weirdie beardie (without the beardie) funki (with an ‘i’) mixed in a cauldron with some jazzy slurp + niceness squared = me.” Well put. Now, when I first saw her play, I knew nothing about Laura and I will take this opportunity to shamefully confess that I quickly summed up this adorable pixie in front of me with her flute and her mandolin and thought, “Oh OK, it’s going to be a bit folky.” (Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything wrong with folk.) My point is simply this; if you go see Laura J Martin live, expect the unexpected. Armed with her trusty loopstation, which sits at her feet, she takes the already beautiful sounds that come from her instruments and creates a multi-layered composition of melodies that perfectly compliments her sweet but haunting voice. Catching up with her during a phone chat recently, the Liverpool born, Leeds based singer mused upon the nature of musical genres, and how defining her sound into one style will never give you the full illuminated picture. “My style derives mainly from the instruments that I play, and my main instrument is the flute. So my sound definitely has elements of folk, but I wouldn’t like to be boxed as just that. In the past when I’ve taken party in jam sessions, I’ve played a lot of funk flute. I don’t want people to get the impression that it’s all serious folk” she adds, “I do like to have a beat in my music, in fact, the tracks that I like to perform live the most are the ones with a beat.”

LJMpic1

Over the course of our conversation I discover that validity of this statement. Laura is a jam session veteran; lending her voice and musical ability to performances by hip hop, experimentalism and jazz artists (a much beloved musical style of Laura’s, who rates Herbie Mann as a key influence). Recent collaborations have been with diverse and left-field artists such as the hip hop/turntablist/rock and blues singer Buck 65 (“He’s one of my hero’s”) and kidkanevil. “He’s a hip hop producer and beat maker”, she tells me, “His style is very eclectic. I was involved in his live show for a few years.”

LJMpic3

So how did this petite virtuoso come to possess her musical wizardry? I suggested to Laura that her childhood must have involved imps and faeries and nights spent running across deserted moors. “Not quite!” she laughs, “I did go up in suburban Liverpool after all!”. Still, she reflects, “I was a geek. I used to like climbing trees and exploring. I would find excitement in very small things.” Clearly, this free spirited childhood helped shape the creative and imaginative grown up Laura. Case in point; when she “gets up to mischief” in the name of finding a beat; “I’ve gone into the kitchen and banged pots and pans…. it’s all about getting a stick and banging things and seeing what comes out!” And when I ask about the inspiration for her track Dokidoki, she cites the weather for pointing her towards the melody that she would use. “It was a very sunny day,” she explains, “And I was in a really good mood. I went into the shower and the melody came out!”

Dokidoki performed at The Jazz Cafe

A major creative highlight of Laura’s was a year spent in Japan, where she immersed herself in the music scene, taking part in numerous jam sessions, namely with the group Soil & “Pimp”. Already being fascinated with Asian culture (and a devotee of Kung Fu films, “the melodies are ace!” she laughs) she used her time productively. “I didn’t watch much T.V, it was all about listening to music, practicing music and reading and not being spoon-fed anything.” Her time in Japan was certainly eventful; one night she awoke to discover that her balcony was in flames, in what was later discovered to be an arson attack. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and Laura – as ever – was open to inspiration in the most unexpected of scenarios and took the opportunity to research the history of Japans arson attacks, a journey which led her to the mother of all arsonists (and legends) Yaoya Oshichi. Oshichi, she explains, then went on to become the subject matter of her track ‘Fire Horse’. See? Like I told you, her influences and inspirations are as diverse and eclectic as she is.

Now back on her home turf, Laura plans to keep going full steam ahead with her career. As well as releasing her new track ‘The Hangman Tree’ in early 2010 (check her MySpace for details) she is finishing up her new album and planning her gigs for the months ahead. Lucky Londoners can see her performing this Saturday as part of the You Choose Jamboree night. The venue is undisclosed, but sign up to You Choose Jamborees guest list, and the location will be emailed to you. I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for Laura J Martin, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for
I could say that Laura J Martin is as ethereal and otherworldly as Bat For Lashes, viagra and I could tell you that her haunting musical tales reminds me of listening to a young Kate Bush, mind and if I really wanted to, I could say that her ability to take a pastoral folk sound and twist an electro beat around it puts me in mind of the great Alison Goldfrapp. Like I said, I could say all of that, but that would be thinking inside the box, and I’m going to take my cue from Laura, who has probably never thought inside the box a day in her life. Instead I am going to say that she reminds me of a hummingbird. Watching her on stage, wielding her flute with the swiftness and precision of a warrior using a samurai sword, you can’t quite believe that something so light and delicate can beats its wings so fast. But she does, and we can only stand in awe.

 

LJMpic2

Described by the people behind The Big Chill (who obviously know what they’re talking about) as “the world’s finest flute wielding, piano playing, mandolin toting singer-songwriter”, Laura goes one step further and offers up this description of her sound and style; “think folkie weirdie beardie (without the beardie) funki (with an ‘i’) mixed in a cauldron with some jazzy slurp + niceness squared = me.” Well put. Now, when I first saw her play, I knew nothing about Laura and I will take this opportunity to shamefully confess that I quickly summed up this adorable pixie in front of me with her flute and her mandolin and thought, “Oh OK, it’s going to be a bit folky.” (Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything wrong with folk.) My point is simply this; if you go see Laura J Martin live, expect the unexpected. Armed with her trusty loopstation, which sits at her feet, she takes the already beautiful sounds that come from her instruments and creates a multi-layered composition of melodies that perfectly compliments her sweet but haunting voice. Catching up with her during a phone chat recently, the Liverpool born, Leeds based singer mused upon the nature of musical genres, and how defining her sound into one style will never give you the full illuminated picture. “My style derives mainly from the instruments that I play, and my main instrument is the flute. So my sound definitely has elements of folk, but I wouldn’t like to be boxed as just that. In the past when I’ve taken party in jam sessions, I’ve played a lot of funk flute. I don’t want people to get the impression that it’s all serious folk” she adds, “I do like to have a beat in my music, in fact, the tracks that I like to perform live the most are the ones with a beat.”

LJMpic1

Over the course of our conversation I discover that validity of this statement. Laura is a jam session veteran; lending her voice and musical ability to performances by hip hop, experimentalism and jazz artists (a much beloved musical style of Laura’s, who rates Herbie Mann as a key influence). Recent collaborations have been with diverse and left-field artists such as the hip hop/turntablist/rock and blues singer Buck 65 (“He’s one of my hero’s”) and kidkanevil. “He’s a hip hop producer and beat maker”, she tells me, “His style is very eclectic. I was involved in his live show for a few years.”

LJMpic3

So how did this petite virtuoso come to possess her musical wizardry? I suggested to Laura that her childhood must have involved imps and faeries and nights spent running across deserted moors. “Not quite!” she laughs, “I did go up in suburban Liverpool after all!”. Still, she reflects, “I was a geek. I used to like climbing trees and exploring. I would find excitement in very small things.” Clearly, this free spirited childhood helped shape the creative and imaginative grown up Laura. Case in point; when she “gets up to mischief” in the name of finding a beat; “I’ve gone into the kitchen and banged pots and pans…. it’s all about getting a stick and banging things and seeing what comes out!” And when I ask about the inspiration for her track Dokidoki, she cites the weather for pointing her towards the melody that she would use. “It was a very sunny day,” she explains, “And I was in a really good mood. I went into the shower and the melody came out!”

Dokidoki performed at The Jazz Cafe

A major creative highlight of Laura’s was a year spent in Japan, where she immersed herself in the music scene, taking part in numerous jam sessions, namely with the group Soil & “Pimp”. Already being fascinated with Asian culture (and a devotee of Kung Fu films, “the melodies are ace!” she laughs) she used her time productively. “I didn’t watch much T.V, it was all about listening to music, practicing music and reading and not being spoon-fed anything.” Her time in Japan was certainly eventful; one night she awoke to discover that her balcony was in flames, in what was later discovered to be an arson attack. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and Laura – as ever – was open to inspiration in the most unexpected of scenarios and took the opportunity to research the history of Japans arson attacks, a journey which led her to the mother of all arsonists (and legends) Yaoya Oshichi. Oshichi, she explains, then went on to become the subject matter of her track ‘Fire Horse’. See? Like I told you, her influences and inspirations are as diverse and eclectic as she is.

Now back on her home turf, Laura plans to keep going full steam ahead with her career. As well as releasing her new track ‘The Hangman Tree’ in early 2010 (check her MySpace for details) she is finishing up her new album and planning her gigs for the months ahead. Lucky Londoners can see her performing this Saturday as part of the You Choose Jamboree night. The venue is undisclosed, but sign up to You Choose Jamborees guest list, and the location will be emailed to you. I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for Laura J Martin, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for
titleImages throughout courtesy of both Ester Kneen and James Gardiner, help with a special thanks to Sarah herself for her images

The launch of ‘Supermarket Sarah’s Christmas Extravaganza’ at Poke Design Studios last week was not your average Christmas shopping experience. For a limited period only (1st – 15th December) East London gem, The Biscuit Factory will host Sarah’s Supermarket with a difference.

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Sarah Bagner aka Supermarket Sarah “decided to leave the corporate world behind” and set up shop in her home just round the corner from Portabello Market. “I wanted to touch and feel the real world again, make things and really form relationships with people so started doing Portobello Market and assisting top stylists.”

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Selling vintage finds alongside pieces from some top new designers, Sarah’s supermarket is a great place for your Christmas shopping. Before the event I had been imagining a trolley dash for vintage bargains that would put Dale’s Supermarket Sweep to shame, instead it was a cool, fun, casual affair. Staff wore supermarket skirts made of plastic bags, designed by Joanna Strickland and neon price banners displayed well known supermarket slogans; “For those who have everything”, “while stocks last!” and of course, “SALE!”

Among the wealth of talented designers exhibiting are:
Victoria Grant
London based milliner with stockists such as Coco de Mer and Harrods.

Marie Molterer
London based print textiles designer.

Future Industries
Product designers reforming chipped milk cartons and plastic lids into new reusable objects.

Pheobe Eason
London based illustrator working in prop design, art direction, shop design, murals and textiles.

Work It! (Loren Platt, Sara El Dabi and Rory McCartney)
Underground club come sellers of classic 90s clothing and memorabilia.

Sasha Kipferling
German designer for Studioilse featured in Wallpaper*, Elle Decoration, Frame and Viewpoint.

Lynne Hatzius
Illustrator, collage artist and printmaker currently experimenting with paper engineering.
Shared her wall with…
Rina Donnersmarck
German illustrator, stage designer and costume maker.

peter1Peter Ibruegger
London based artist, creator of the Surrealist inspired ‘Moustache Mug’. Peter Ibrugger’s mugs were great. They’d make great presents for boyfriends, brothers and dads.

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Hand embroidery with “an obsessive hobbyist feel, with additional Luxe”. Scott Ramsay Kyle’s embroidery work was fabulous. The kind of thing that can really only be appreciated properly when you’re up close and personal with it. The intricate layering of silk threads and beads was beautiful.

mel2Mel Elliott
London based Artist / designer from South Yorkshire. Following her MA IN Communication Art and Design at the RCA she started up her ‘I Love Mel’ brand.

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Mel Elliott’s large scale illustration had added denim pockets holding felt tip pens to encourage visitors to get involved. Her playful products on sale include ‘Colour Me Good’ books inspired by celebrity and fashion magazines and celebrity paper dolls. Mel will also be selling at this months “All I want for Xmas” Fair at the Truman Brewery.

Each designer will be selling at the Supermarket until December 15th. I would thoroughly recommend a visit (appointment only 9.30am-6.30pm) but if you’re unable to make it you can shop online. (I’ve added a Lily Allen paper doll by Mel Elliott to my list to Santa!)

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Amelia’s Magazine | Tatty Devine launch new central London store in style

The ExtInked project dreamt up by the Ultimate Holding Company to mark Charles Darwin’s bicentennial birthday is no doubt one of the most unique and amazing projects I’ve heard about in a long time. Along with an exhibition illustrating 100 of the most endangered animals in the British Isles, viagra 40mg sick the event came to an astounding conclusion with the tattooing of 100 volunteers who then became ambassadors for their animal. So as the exhibition closed yesterday, pilule what is to become of the ambassadors, now back in their natural habitats?

A friend of mine was lucky to be involved in the project and here he shares his experiences with me.

So why did you take part in the ExtInked Project?

Since getting involved with UHC sometime last winter, I’ve been a part of a number of really interesting projects with them. ExtInked was something they have been talking about for a long time and the idea always really appealed to me. I think it’s a really great thing to be a part of, people have learned so much about which animals are endangered and hopefully will think about why that is, and what can be done about it. For me, I try to make a lot of environmental decisions in my life and feel extremely passionate about the use of animals and our finite natural resources for human gain.

Wildlife conservation and the environment are extremely important, in our relatively short time on this earth we have managed to destroy so much. Positive and big things are happening from the ground up. There is a fast growing environmental movement, but the important decisions need to be made from the top, which, unfortunately is not happening nearly enough.

It seems easier for leaders of governments and corporations to pretend they are doing something, rather than making an important change, that could make a really big difference.

Ext Inked was a great way to be involved in one of the most creative bottom-up environmental actions I know of, I now have a species permanently on my body, which throughout my life no doubt, hundreds of people will ask about, and I will be able to tell them the information I learned about that particular species, the project, the movement, and, in my case, the RSPB and other organisations helping to protect birds in the UK.

Which animal did you get? Tell me about the tattoo!

I went for the Black Grouse; I love birds, so for me it had to be a bird. The black grouse is found in the north of England, much of Wales and Scotland. I think to me, it was important to get something that I would be likely to come into contact with, I love golden eagles and leatherback turtles, but I’ve never seen either unfortunately! I don’t think it really matters too much which species I had tattooed though, as it’s more about the project and the issues as a whole than one particular species.

Tell me about the experience! What happened when you went to Manchester?

We went along on the last day around lunch time, which was bit quieter than when I visited on the Thursday night. I was quite pleased about that as all the tattooing happened much like a tattoo convention. There were barriers up at the front, and a stage with the three tattooists from Ink vs. Steel in Leeds, tattooing live in front of whoever was there to watch. As it was my first tattoo, and I didn’t know how much it would hurt, I was a bit nervous about being watched!

I thought I was being tattooed at 1 o clock, but somebody was running late, and I was early, so they switched our places, I didn’t really have any time to feel too nervous, before I knew it I was laid face down, being tattooed. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt, because it did, but the mix of the atmosphere, and the rush of adrenaline you get puts you in a really strange place. I just laid their trying to work out how much it hurt and which bit he was doing, it was actually a pretty good feeling! Having had the tattoo a couple of days now, the pain seems totally insignificant.

Your girlfriend was part of the project too wasn’t she?

My girlfriend Sally got involved too; she got the Rampion Bellflower on her inner arm. She has a lot of tattoos already, so I think she probably had a different experience to me, although she was still a bit nervous. She was really excited to be a part of the project and has already done some good work telling people about the project and spreading the word! Sally is a very creative person, but isn’t able to be too involved in art, so I think it’s great that she really connected with this project and was really receptive to the ideas artists had on conservation.

What about the future? How do you think you’ll feel about the tattoo in 20 years time?

In twenty years time I have no idea how I will feel about the tattoo, but the more I live, the more I learn, and the more I learn, the more passionate I become.

Climate change and human activity is affecting our wildlife, and that’s only going to get worse unless we act quickly and dramatically. If we act now, while we still have a bit of a chance, I will be able to look at my tattoo and think, I’m glad we did something, and If not, I don’t think anybody will see it because my leg will probably be under water!

DSC_0608All imagery throughout courtesy of Natalia Kneen.

The recent grand opening of Tatty Devine’s new Covent Garden boutique was an affair to remember. A mini marching band led an excited crowd from Tatty Devine’s Soho shop to the new boutique in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. Wearing giant Tatty Devine jewellery pieces and holding banners, web balloons and streamers the crowd ascended on to the brand’s new central London home on Monmouth Street. Guests enjoyed mulled cider and cupcakes as they celebrated the momentous occasion for the ‘plastic fantastic’, rx cult jewellery brand. Everyone who attended was treated to a lovely gift bag containing, among other treats, a beautiful pendant necklace from the ‘Button Up’ range.

DSC_0676Tatty Devine founders Rosie and Harriet pictured in the new store.

Tatty Devine founders, Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine will, next year, celebrate the 10th birthday of the company they started together way back in 2000. Since their humble beginning the brand has released well over 20 Collections and has collaborated with a wealth of creatives such as Rob Ryan, Ashish, Peter Jensen, Gilbert and George, Peaches, Bernstock Speirs and the V+A to name but a few. In addition to their stand alone stores Tatty Devine now have over 100 stockists worldwide including MOMA, Selfridges, Tate and Urban Outfitters. With such an established position within London’s fashion scene makes the brand an ideal addition to the exclusive Seven Dials location.  “Monmouth Street has a tradition of independent British fashion boutiques, which suits us perfectly. We’re bringing the spirit of our Soho shop to a new space where we can celebrate our 10th birthday next year in style!”

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The boutique will sell all the current collections, the Best of Tatty Devine range featuring the 50 most popular pieces, and of course their famous name necklaces. Also in stock will be; knitwear by KIND, sunglasses by Jeremy Scott and Alexander Wong, bags by Mimi, and excitingly they will be the exclusive UK stockist of Eley Kishimoto’s flash print purses.

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The Autumn/Winter 2009 ‘Button Up’ collection, inspired by the classic iconography of London’s Pearly Kings and Queens brings out a sense of London pride (and when you buy the Pearly King Brooch or Necklace, £1 from every sale will be donated to charity through the Pearly Kings and Queens Association). For the Tatty Devine aficionados out there you can also see Tatty Devine at Bust’s Craftacular event on December 12th, from 12-7pm, at York Hall in Bethnal Green.  Tatty Devine, 44 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9EP.

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After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, cialis 40mg in January! The tracks varied from the personal, information pills My Girls, visit this and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

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Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.
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After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, order in January! The tracks varied from the personal, there My Girls, viagra 40mg and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

AC

Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.

CampfireSongsAlbumArt

After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, generic in January! The tracks varied from the personal, view My Girls, and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

AC

Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.

CampfireSongsAlbumArt

After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, tadalafil in January! The tracks varied from the personal, more about My Girls, and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

AC

Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.

CampfireSongsAlbumArt

After recently going out of print on the Catsup label Paw Tracks have decided to re-issue Animal Collective‘s Campfire Songs EP. Apparently it’s not an album to listen to when sat around the campfire telling stories. Instead the songs contained on the disc are actually about the fire itself. So far so interesting.

Anyone who is familiar with Animal Collective’s recent output will know that they make music which is at once poppy and difficult. Last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion had as many detractors as it did people praising it as album of the year, discount in January! The tracks varied from the personal, My Girls, and Brother Sport (which are about Noah Lennox’s, a.k.a Panda Bear wife and daughters and trying to get his brother to open up about their fathers death respectivley) to the more fun loving, Summertime Clothes, and Lion In A Coma.

AC

Campfire Songs is as far removed from the sound of MPP or Strawberry Jam as it is possible to get. It almost sounds like a completely different band, except for Noah’s plaintive vocals. There are no drums, no synths, and certainly no big sounds. It’s just acoustic guitars being gently strummed while Noah breathily sing/chants over the top .

The album was recorded outside, on a porch, on mini-disc which allows the sounds of nature to be heard and adds a layer to the idea of making music from the elements. It’s an interesting experiment and certainly shows that Animal Collective have never been afraid to experiment. It also shows the bands development from their more noisy/acoustic sound to the electronic juggernauts that they have become.

It’s an album that I would certainly have on in the background while I was doing something else but I don’t think I’d want to sit down and actively listen to it. It seems that even amongst their fans, of which I consider myself a fairly big one, they can still be a divisive band. Something which I think is important as they aren’t trying to please anyone but themselves with their sonic experimentation.
DSC_1206Imagery throughout courtesy of Natalia Kneen

Artist Alan Kane’s series of photographs exhibited within the hallowed walls of LCF display a collection of embroidered patches more traditionally seen sewn on to leather jackets, recipe rucksacks and denim.

DSC_1195Describing these patches as “stitched tokens of defiance”, Kane explores how the patches represent a sense of rebellion and “non-conformity”. Kane exhibits the latest in his ‘quasi-anthropologic’ practice by sharing his interest in “what the wild things wear”. The traditionally rebellious aesthetic Kane favours is portrayed through his collection of patches, picture skulls, roses and military imagery. This aesthetic has arguably now become mainstream within fashion, media and music. Interestingly the aesthetic contrasts with the softer, stitched and tactile material composition. Each patch was photographed at a magnified size of 668% (the number being significant as ‘the neighbour of the beast’, yes, even more rebellion). The depth of texture displayed at this magnification gave the patches a beauty that is unable to be appreciated at their traditional size. The occasional loose thread or stitched imperfection became beautiful.

DSC_1191The exhibition’s title ‘Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas :)’ translates to “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). The title along with the addition of the typographical sign for a smile injects us with a sense of the artists humour.
The exhibition concludes Kane’s one-year residency at London College of Fashion and will be open until January 29th.
Fashion Space Gallery
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
W1G 0BJ
Open Monday-Friday 12-6pm

Categories ,Alan Cane, ,Ecclesiastes 1:2, ,Ester Kneen, ,Fashion Space Gallery, ,London College of Fashion, ,Natalia Kneen

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I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, sale and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, drug and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, more about nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, website and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, page nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, medications and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, viagra buy nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, more about and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, pharmacy nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, for sale and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, health nowt, page nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, ambulance and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, visit this site and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, order nowt, help nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, viagra dosage and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, dosage nowt, viagra buy nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, pills and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, web nowt, more about nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, viagra dosage and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, visit nowt, sales nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-valentine

I was sent this amazing lipstick awhile ago, pills and only rediscovered it lurking at the bottom of a box when I was *trying* to have a tidy up. (don’t ask me how that went okay) When I turfed it out I have to admit that I was thoroughly confused by what I found. Buried in a large box there was a case that looked more like a bullet than a lipstick holder. Inside, ed nowt, nada, empty… but a further rootle around unearthed a separate lipstick and a long string of metal beads or ‘silver pearls’.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick

Further investigation (the press release long since lost) revealed that these components were destined to be united, the ruby red lipstick slotting neatly into the casing, and the beads strung through the rung to create a necklace effect, though the lipstick can also be attached to your keyring or purse. The bullet container can be refilled with several lush shades of lipstick, or a concealer.

Now normally I would think something like this a completely unnecessary addition to my life (if highly covetable), but there’s something almost, dare I say it, sensible, about making a lipstick case that can be refilled. Or at least it would make sense if I never bought another lipstick in my entire life. The casing is designed to offer maximum protection, promising never to come apart in the bottom of your bag (oh yes, I know that one alright) and protecting the lipstick nestled within from floods, storms and earthquakes. Okay, I made that bit up, but the ‘aerospace grade alloy’ casing does claim to stop the lipstick from melting, which would otherwise surely be a danger nestled so close to one’s warm bosom. I must confess that I haven’t tried the Titan out yet cos it just looks so pretty all shiny and new, but I shall report back once I’ve plucked up the courage to once again rock that bright red lip vibe that I loved so much as a teenager.

Mojo Cosmetics-Titan-lipstick-necklace

When I revisited the Mojo Cosmetics website today I also discovered that they have recently added a few more items to what was an incredibly slim range. Of one lipstick. They now offer some stackable metal tins containing creamy eye powders and luxury nail varnish to match the lipstick range and which claims to make your nails stronger. I like the sound of that – my nails are incredibly weak and much as I like to wear nail varnish, if I use a cheap variety it will inevitably wreak havoc. (My new year’s resolution last year was to make more effort to wear some of the lovely nail varnishes I’ve collected over the years, but I had to give up after a month or so when my nails started to yellow and drop off. Like an old witch. Well maybe not that bad, but nearly.)

If you can get past the overeager use of flash on the Mojo Cosmetics website, you can enjoy the bold military styled ad campaign – an inspired move in this era of austerity chic. The lipstick is already a favourite of American bloggers but it is possible to pick up one in the UK and I’d say that a blood red Titan lipstick might make the ideal imaginative Valentine’s present. I’m sure quite a few girls would agree.
tarsands2

Illustration by Anieszka Banks

This month sees the launch of a national campaign against BP’s funding of the highly controversial Tar Sands project in Canada.  We’ve written about Tar Sands previously at Amelia’s, prescription but here’s a brief summary with links at the bottom to far more in-depth information.

Investment into Tar Sands, also known as Oil Sands, have been called the “the biggest environmental crime in history”.  Tar Sands are petroleum-rich sands and soils found under the forests of Northern Canada.  The methods used to extract this oil are extremely polluting and energy consuming.   They include strip-mining, which destroys huge areas of land, and steam-drainage, which are both extremely energy-intensive.  The area to be mined will be bigger than the UK, causing the removal and displacement of hundreds of indigenous families.  The extraction of Tar Sands is a recent venture.  Extraction of Tar Sands, despite the ridiculous amount of energy used and the high costs involved, is now seen as more profitable due to the increasing cost of ever scarcer conventional oil. 

First Nations and Canadians have seen Tar Sands mining poisoning their water and land, and raising cancer rates of the local population.  During the Copenhagen talks in December representatives from First Nations organisation, environmental groups and NGOs along with journalists like Naomi Klein, gathered outside the Canadian Embassy to make their message in no uncertain terms.  There is a brilliant video on Democracy Now.

Saturday the 13th is the date of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Canada.  To highlight Canada’s hypocritical stance on environmental issues, campaigners will be gathering in Trafalgar Square for a day of ‘Oil-ympics’ themed activities.  See our listings page for the all the information.  The event will aim to increase awareness about the investment of BP, Shell, RBS and the Canadian Government into this environmental crime.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8232522.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/18/shell-shareholders-fury-tar-sands

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=agncUeKHmHJo

http://www.fairpensions.org.uk/

http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/tour/

http://peopleandplanet.org/tarsands
tarsands2

Illustration by Anieszka Banks

This month sees the launch of a national campaign against BP’s funding of the highly controversial Tar Sands project in Canada.  We’ve written about Tar Sands previously at Amelia’s, price but here’s a brief summary with links at the bottom to far more in-depth information.

Investment into Tar Sands, also known as Oil Sands, have been called the “biggest environmental crime in history”.  Tar Sands are petroleum-rich sands and soils found under the forests of Northern Canada.  The methods used to extract this oil are extremely energy intensive and polluting.   They include strip-mining, which will destroy areas of land bigger than the UK, and steam-drainage, which is ridiculously energy-intensive.   Hundreds of First Nations families will have to be removed to make way for the mining.  Extraction of Tar Sands, despite the ridiculous amount of energy used and the high costs involved, is now seen as economically profitable enough due to the increasing cost of ever scarcer conventional oil.

First Nations and Canadians have seen Tar Sands mining poisoning their water and land, and raising cancer rates of the local population.  During the Copenhagen talks in December representatives from First Nations organisations, environmental groups and NGOs, along with journalists like Naomi Klein, gathered outside the Canadian Embassy to make their message in no uncertain terms.  There is a brilliant video on Democracy Now.

Saturday the 13th is the date of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Canada.  To highlight Canada’s hypocritical stance on environmental issues, campaigners will be gathering in Trafalgar Square for a day of ‘Oil-ympics’ themed activities.  See our listings page for the all the details.  The event will aim to increase awareness about the investment of BP, Shell, RBS and the Canadian Government into Tar Sands.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8232522.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/18/shell-shareholders-fury-tar-sands

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=agncUeKHmHJo

http://www.fairpensions.org.uk/

http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/tour/

http://peopleandplanet.org/tarsands
tarsands2

Illustration by Anieszka Banks

This month sees the launch of a national campaign against BP’s funding of the highly controversial Tar Sands project in Canada.  We’ve written about Tar Sands previously at Amelia’s, buy information pills but here’s a brief summary with links at the bottom to far more in-depth information.

Investment into Tar Sands, also known as Oil Sands, have been called the “biggest environmental crime in history”.  Tar Sands are petroleum-rich sands and soils found under the forests of Northern Canada.  The methods used to extract this oil are extremely energy intensive and polluting.   They include strip-mining, which will destroy areas of land bigger than the UK, and steam-drainage, which is ridiculously energy-intensive.   Hundreds of First Nations families will have to be removed to make way for the mining.  Extraction of Tar Sands, despite the ridiculous amount of energy used and the high costs involved, is now seen as economically profitable enough due to the increasing cost of ever scarcer conventional oil.

First Nations and Canadians have seen Tar Sands mining poisoning their water and land, and raising cancer rates of the local population.  During the Copenhagen talks in December representatives from First Nations organisations, environmental groups and NGOs, along with journalists like Naomi Klein, gathered outside the Canadian Embassy to make their message in no uncertain terms.  There is a brilliant video on Democracy Now.

Saturday the 13th is the date of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Canada.  To highlight Canada’s hypocritical stance on environmental issues, campaigners will be gathering in Trafalgar Square for a day of ‘Oil-ympics’ themed activities.  See our listings page for the all the details.  The event will aim to increase awareness about the investment of BP, Shell, RBS and the Canadian Government into Tar Sands.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8232522.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/18/shell-shareholders-fury-tar-sands

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=agncUeKHmHJo

http://www.fairpensions.org.uk/

http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/tour/

http://peopleandplanet.org/tarsands
Held in one of Dalston’s creative hubs, diagnosis ‘The Shopping Village’ studios, a group of designers, fashionistas and vintage clothing aficionados got together for a crafty event. It was a day filled with chocolaty treats, cups of tea and of course, creation.

magsImagery throughout courtesy of Ester Kneen. Image depicting back issues of SuperSweet Magazine.

The aim of the event was to create sculptural pieces made from old SuperSweet magazine issues and discarded vintage clothing, to exhibit in an exhibition to be held in Beyond Retro’s huge Cheshire Street store in March. I had my piece planned out beforehand and had decided I would attempt to make a sixteenth century style neck ruff, from layer upon layer of concertina-folded pages of SuperSweet and pieces of fabric taken from vintage finds.

ruff1Image depicting Ester’s ruff collar halfway through.

An adventurous idea perhaps, with the time I had to produce it! Nevertheless, in between playing dress up and munching on cookies I cracked on with my making. By the end of the day I had produced 8 layers, a good effort but not quite thick enough! Luckily I was able to take my unfinished creation home to finish later.

ruff2Image depicting Ester’s ruff collar at the end of the workshop.

You too can take part by collecting some issues of ‘SuperSweet’ (maximum of 7) from Beyond Retro and making a piece at home. Perhaps you could hold your own event, complete with cookies and chocolaty treats?

vickyImage depicting one of the organisers, Vicky in her stellar creation.

Deadline for entries is March 13th 2010.
More workshops will be run, so contact tiffany@supersweet.org for further details of upcoming events. Check out the website to see some of the entries and for more info.

Categories ,Beyond Retro, ,Ester Kneen, ,Project Recycle, ,SuperSweet Magazine, ,The Shopping Village studios

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Amelia’s Magazine | The ACOFI Book Tour: the first night at Tatty Devine, Covent Garden

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

On Tuesday evening The ACOFI Book Tour got off to a flying start at the Tatty Devine store in Covent Garden. As people started to arrive Rosie, for sale Sonja and I laid out fragrant pots of Lahloo Tea to be drunk from beautiful retro china mugs and placed the gorgeous Cute as a Cupcake miniature cupcakes on a Tatty Devine laser cut doily: adorable in pink with butterflies on top.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Lahloo Tea
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Lahloo Tea
Sonja serves up some delicious Lahloo Tea.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
Cute as a Cupcake. Indeed.

One of the first to arrive was Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration contributor Gemma Milly, visit who was unable to come to my first launch party because she swanned off to Canada for several months, site so it was really wonderful to finally meet her. She wasted no time in grabbing a pen and settling in to some wonderful window painting.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Gemma Milly
Gemma Milly gets down to some serious window painting.

Soon she was joined by ACOFI illustrators Jo Cheung and June Chanpoomidole, also known as June Sees. Both of whom studied at Westminster and are known for their very different but equally colourful illustrations.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-June Chanpoomidole
June Chanpoomidole with cupcake.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jo Cheung
Jo Cheung painting one of her inimitable feathered friends. Here’s her round up.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jo Cheung, June and Gemma Milly
ACOFI illustrators – Jo Cheung, June and Gemma Milly.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Ester Kneen
I finally got the chance to meet Esther Kneen, who has been a long term contributor to Amelia’s Magazine. Just check out that stunning sewing machine tattoo! So marvellous. And she’s also written a nice little blog about the event.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Maria Papadimitriou Juiceology
Maria Papadimitriou wearing some of her Plastic Seconds.

Also present was Maria Papadimitriou, who – as well as creating illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine – makes stunning and unusual jewellery from upcycled objects under the name Plastic Seconds, available in the ICA shop. I particularly like her deodorant lid necklace which was hanging from her neck like a giant brightly coloured egg. I’m going to start saving my lids so she can make me something! She’s currently planning a wall for Supermarket Sarah: expect big things from this talented girl.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Juiceology
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden 2011-Juiceology
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden 2011-Juiceology
I found it most entertaining that so many people were brightly dressed to match the wonderful Juiceology drinks.

Juiceology have kindly offered to donate juice for every single one of my book tour events, so please do come down and take the opportunity to try one of their stunningly flavoured natural juices, Apple, Lime & Mint, Lychee, Berry & Basil or Mandarin, Citrus & Cardamom. Each juice has been created according to the fine art of mixology, most often used to conjure up cocktails: it should therefore come as no surprise that Juiceology juices are so very special. I particularly love the Mojito-like kick of Apple, Lime and Mint, but it’s hard to choose a favourite out of the three. The Lychee, Berry and Basil is a stunning purple colour which in my mind can only mean good things, and all the juices contain a nice dose of very healthy Milk Thistle extract, renowned as a liver detoxicant.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden michalis christodoulou
Also present was new fashion illustration contributor Michalis Christodoulou

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Ursula Gregory
My mother became most enamoured of a wonderful Tatty Devine fireworks necklace, so we persuaded her to buy it, isn’t it amazeballs?

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Emma Crosby Sara Darling Imogen Belfield
Emma Crosby, Sara Darling and Imogen Belfield.

PR and Tribaspace representative Emma Crosby came along with jewellery designer extraordinaire Imogen Belfield and fashion stylist Sara Darling (who I’ve known for over ten years! She was on reception at The Face when I was an intern.)

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Veronica Crespi
It was also a delight to see Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe, London’s first slow wear consultancy, who I introduced to some new eco fashion friends.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Amelia Rosie
Myself with Rosie of Tatty Devine.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Gemma Milly
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Gemma Milly June sees
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

At about 7pm everyone gathered in the store and sat down to listen to the talk, which was a bit strange for me to do in such a relaxed setting as this: I am more used to lecturing at universities. But I tried to keep it as informal as possible and encouraged everyone to ask questions. I talked a little bit about the history of Amelia’s Magazine, how I put together my two books, eco fashion and the importance of social networking for creatives.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
Windows painted!

Afterwards everyone carried on networking and chatting and at the end of the night the atmosphere was so relaxed that no one really wanted to leave. I take this as a good sign! Especially without alcohol! Everyone commented on how nice it was to have a booze free event: a mild sugar high being the only consequence of so much cupcake consumption.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Dr.Hauschka
Dr.Hauschka once again donated some lovely freebie skincare samples for attendees to take away with them. Some of the boys were particularly intrigued to try out the Firming and Rejuvenating Masks, so I look forward to some photos of hairy faces sporting creamy masks very soon.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jeremy Scott sunglasses, Love them
Jeremy Scott sunglasses available at Tatty Devine, love them. My necklace is also Tatty Devine.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Emma Crosby
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

In the meantime if you would like to join The ACOFI Book Tour please do make sure you check in with the various places I will be visiting, and book where necessary so we can anticipate numbers. Read all about my future destinations here. I will be back at Tatty Devine in Brick Lane on the last date of my tour on Tuesday 7th June. I look forward to seeing you very soon!

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Sara Darling

Our paintings will remain on the window of the Tatty Devine Covent Garden store at 44 Monmouth Street for the next few weeks, and you can buy ACOFI online here. Read Tatty Devine’s blog about the event and Maria Papadimitriou’s lovely blog from the night. Jo Cheung even wrote a synopsis of what I spoke about!

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
Oh go on then, just one more Cute as a Cupcake

Categories ,ACOFI, ,ACOFI Book Tour, ,Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, ,Apple, ,Apple Lime & Mint, ,cupcakes, ,Cute as a Cupcake, ,Dr.Hauschka, ,Eco fashion, ,Emma Crosby, ,Ester Kneen, ,Gemma Milly, ,ica, ,Imogen Belfield, ,Jeremy Scott, ,jewellery, ,Jo Cheung, ,Juiceology, ,June Chanpoomidole, ,June Sees, ,Lahloo, ,Lahloo Tea, ,Lychee, ,Lychee Berry & Basil, ,Mandarin Citrus & Cardamom, ,Maria Papadimitriou, ,Michalis Christodoulou, ,Milk Thistle, ,Mojito, ,Plastic Seconds, ,Rewardrobe, ,Sara Darling, ,Slowly the Eggs, ,Sunglasses, ,Tatty Devine, ,Tribaspace, ,Veronica Crespi, ,Westminster

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Amelia’s Magazine | The ACOFI Book Tour: the first night at Tatty Devine, Covent Garden

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

On Tuesday evening The ACOFI Book Tour got off to a flying start at the Tatty Devine store in Covent Garden. As people started to arrive Rosie, Sonja and I laid out fragrant pots of Lahloo Tea to be drunk from beautiful retro china mugs and placed the gorgeous Cute as a Cupcake miniature cupcakes on a Tatty Devine laser cut doily: adorable in pink with butterflies on top.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Lahloo Tea
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Lahloo Tea
Sonja serves up some delicious Lahloo Tea.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
Cute as a Cupcake. Indeed.

One of the first to arrive was Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration contributor Gemma Milly, who was unable to come to my first launch party because she swanned off to Canada for several months, so it was really wonderful to finally meet her. She wasted no time in grabbing a pen and settling in to some wonderful window painting.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Gemma Milly
Gemma Milly gets down to some serious window painting.

Soon she was joined by ACOFI illustrators Jo Cheung and June Chanpoomidole, also known as June Sees. Both of whom studied at Westminster and are known for their very different but equally colourful illustrations.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-June Chanpoomidole
June Chanpoomidole with cupcake.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jo Cheung
Jo Cheung painting one of her inimitable feathered friends. Here’s her round up.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jo Cheung, June and Gemma Milly
ACOFI illustrators – Jo Cheung, June and Gemma Milly.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Ester Kneen
I finally got the chance to meet Esther Kneen, who has been a long term contributor to Amelia’s Magazine. Just check out that stunning sewing machine tattoo! So marvellous. And she’s also written a nice little blog about the event.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Maria Papadimitriou Juiceology
Maria Papadimitriou wearing some of her Plastic Seconds.

Also present was Maria Papadimitriou, who – as well as creating illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine – makes stunning and unusual jewellery from upcycled objects under the name Plastic Seconds, available in the ICA shop. I particularly like her deodorant lid necklace which was hanging from her neck like a giant brightly coloured egg. I’m going to start saving my lids so she can make me something! She’s currently planning a wall for Supermarket Sarah: expect big things from this talented girl.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Juiceology
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden 2011-Juiceology
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden 2011-Juiceology
I found it most entertaining that so many people were brightly dressed to match the wonderful Juiceology drinks.

Juiceology have kindly offered to donate juice for every single one of my book tour events, so please do come down and take the opportunity to try one of their stunningly flavoured natural juices, Apple, Lime & Mint, Lychee, Berry & Basil or Mandarin, Citrus & Cardamom. Each juice has been created according to the fine art of mixology, most often used to conjure up cocktails: it should therefore come as no surprise that Juiceology juices are so very special. I particularly love the Mojito-like kick of Apple, Lime and Mint, but it’s hard to choose a favourite out of the three. The Lychee, Berry and Basil is a stunning purple colour which in my mind can only mean good things, and all the juices contain a nice dose of very healthy Milk Thistle extract, renowned as a liver detoxicant.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden michalis christodoulou
Also present was new fashion illustration contributor Michalis Christodoulou

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Ursula Gregory
My mother became most enamoured of a wonderful Tatty Devine fireworks necklace, so we persuaded her to buy it, isn’t it amazeballs?

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Emma Crosby Sara Darling Imogen Belfield
Emma Crosby, Sara Darling and Imogen Belfield.

PR and Tribaspace representative Emma Crosby came along with jewellery designer extraordinaire Imogen Belfield and fashion stylist Sara Darling (who I’ve known for over ten years! She was on reception at The Face when I was an intern.)

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Veronica Crespi
It was also a delight to see Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe, London’s first slow wear consultancy, who I introduced to some new eco fashion friends.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Amelia Rosie
Myself with Rosie of Tatty Devine.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Gemma Milly
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Gemma Milly June sees
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

At about 7pm everyone gathered in the store and sat down to listen to the talk, which was a bit strange for me to do in such a relaxed setting as this: I am more used to lecturing at universities. But I tried to keep it as informal as possible and encouraged everyone to ask questions. I talked a little bit about the history of Amelia’s Magazine, how I put together my two books, eco fashion and the importance of social networking for creatives.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-window painting
Windows painted!

Afterwards everyone carried on networking and chatting and at the end of the night the atmosphere was so relaxed that no one really wanted to leave. I take this as a good sign! Especially without alcohol! Everyone commented on how nice it was to have a booze free event: a mild sugar high being the only consequence of so much cupcake consumption.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Dr.Hauschka
Dr.Hauschka once again donated some lovely freebie skincare samples for attendees to take away with them. Some of the boys were particularly intrigued to try out the Firming and Rejuvenating Masks, so I look forward to some photos of hairy faces sporting creamy masks very soon.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Jeremy Scott sunglasses, Love them
Jeremy Scott sunglasses available at Tatty Devine, love them. My necklace is also Tatty Devine.

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden-Emma Crosby
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden

In the meantime if you would like to join The ACOFI Book Tour please do make sure you check in with the various places I will be visiting, and book where necessary so we can anticipate numbers. Read all about my future destinations here. I will be back at Tatty Devine in Brick Lane on the last date of my tour on Tuesday 7th June. I look forward to seeing you very soon!

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden
ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Sara Darling

Our paintings will remain on the window of the Tatty Devine Covent Garden store at 44 Monmouth Street for the next few weeks, and you can buy ACOFI online here. Read Tatty Devine’s blog about the event and Maria Papadimitriou’s lovely blog from the night. Jo Cheung even wrote a synopsis of what I spoke about!

ACOFI Book Tour Tatty Devine Covent Garden Cute as a Cupcake
Oh go on then, just one more Cute as a Cupcake

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