Thursday, 2 December 2010


I've spent a large part of today researching the Memphis design group from the early 1980's today. On Monday I accompanied my mate and super stylist Alexis Knox around Soho picking up last minute items for the Clothes Show Live exhibition in Birmingham(for which Knoxy is the stylist/art director and I have made many pieces for - pictures to come!) One of our stops was Year Zero at 37 Beak Street. Whilst decisions were being made re the amazing outfits being pulled together, I stood in delight/awe looking at the Memphis pieces they have as part of the mind blowing display. The pictures below are of the same pieces they have, though as I've lost my camera, not the actual ones. Noticing my (unusually hushed) excitment, Alexis admitted to knowing very little about the movement. And I was frustrated that I didn't actually know the names of the pieces or indeed exactly by whom they were designed!
Tahiti lamp by Ettore Sottsass
Casablanca cabinet by Ettorre Sottsass
Hence my research today.....I found this amazingly helpful flicker site by Dennis Zanone, who's been collecting Memphis items for 20 years. In my eyes his home is breathtaking!!! More pictures to come....

Hot Sneakers!!

OK so these are years old, but I only just stumbled across them while fulfilling my daily dose of footwear fantasy....Nike sneakers inspired by Piet Mondrian's Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow series of work in the mid 1920's. Fave colours! WANT!

John Waters Advent Calendar....

In order to stay sane through all this x-mas onslaught you should consider the John Waters Advent Calendar. Read through thorough now, as it takes some planning.....

Day 1... Buy eggs and name them.

Day 2... Put on a folk-hat and learn about another culture.

Day 3... Convict someone of assholism.

Day 4... Pound on your abdomen and scream that you don't want the baby - refer to it as "a cancer."

Day 5... Eat a pretzel, for Christ's sake.

Day 6... Wear a "P" on your shirt and when anyone asks you why, tell them that you are, "permanently punished."

Day 7... Rent the movie "Annie," and sing along (loudly) with the song "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow." Don't rewind the tape.

Day 8...Leave a dildo in someone's wishing well.

Day 9... Tell someone that when you're high you ARE Odetta.

Day 10... Call a hotel and ask if Pat Nixon ever got fucked in their presidential suite.

Day 11... Go to an "alcoholics meeting."

Day 12... Wear your clothes backwards and walk backwards - if anyone gives you an odd look tell them, "this backwards day is a lot of shit."

Day 13...Teabag someone.

Day 14... Fuck a chicken... or at least eat one.

Day 15... Throughout the day chant "Hare Krishna" as loudly as possible.

Day 16... Go "shopping for others."

Day 17... Go to see a family film... jump up spontaneously and tell your fellow movie-goers, "You don't have to like this movie! You're a victim of Advertising."

Day 18... Dye your clothes at a laundromat. If anyone gives you a hassle tell them that you "don't have any fall colors."

Day 19... Have "funch."

Day 20... Steal two rolls of someone's toilet paper.

Day 21... Phone someone and ask them if this is "the cocksucker residence."

Day 22... At a store try on designer clothes that are too small for you. As they rip mutter, "damn these designers!"

Day 23... Give (or receive) a rosary job.

Day 24... Throw a fit while opening Christmas gifts and knock the tree over... preferably on your mother. Hysterically sob that you hate Christmas as you make a hasty exit.

Found this on one of my favourite blogs.