Just taking a break from a Sunday afternoon filled with cut-out fabric triangles to read a new post and whip out some piccies of previous stuff I've worked on....
Last year I was privileged to meet Eska Mtungwazi through a friend of mine. A hugely talented singer looking out to make a new visual statement to accompany her most recent work with The Matthew Herbert Big Band. You know those moments in life where the stars seen to aline and everything falls into the right place? Well that's how it was meeting Eska. Right from the the word go I caught vibe of her project and she seemed interested in my work. Now this woman is not only an immensely talented soul singer but also one of the most genuine, warm people you could ever hope to meet. Its hard not to pick her enthusiasm or find joy in her infectious laugh!!! The current Matthew Herbert Big Band album deals with many political statements close to my own heart so the project just felt right.
I initially made a bracelet and necklace in metal from various found objects, old chains, buttons, safety pins, keychains, charms and beads. These pieces toured with the band around eastern Europe. Then as a bigger project specifically for the finally tour date in the UK, made a elaborate shoulder/neck piece from broken records and jersey strips (this piece is in the pics). This pieces was also used from the tour of Australia. I was so happy this this shoulder piece I've repeat the theme since.
The hoop skirt was made by Sabrina Samsoodin and the whole sha-bang was styled by the marvellous Rowdy Superstar!