Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday 30th August: BLOG TAKEOVER Ciara and Nicci @ PATTERNITY X YrStore.

Yesterday evening we headed over to YrStore at Boxpark in Shoreditch for the Patternity take over. An innovative collaboration between pattern pioneers Patternity and Yr, a concept from interactive digital specialists Luma.

The installation at Boxpark includes some mega high tech touch pods which allow you to create your own t-shirts and totes. Patternity have hijacked the system with their award winning patterns and signture mono designs. Visitors are encouraged to play around with the Patternity graphics and rework them into bespoke products created by you.

A perfect meeting between technology and design. We really enjoyed how fun and interactive the idea was. The Yr Store is a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in design to get involved in the process and see 'Yr' creation materialise 'hot off the press' in a matter of minutes.

Patternity will be hitting up the Yr Store until this weekend so be sure to head over to Boxpark to get your print on before its too late.

This has been a blog takeover from Ciara and Nicci from Fred Butler HQ.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Thurs 29th Aug: Notting Hill Carnival - Red Bull Music Academy Soundsystem

.............. and here are a few snaps from Notting Hill Carnival at the Red Bull Music Academy Soundsystem which is set up under the fly-over at Portabello Road.  Top to bottom:  Stephanie Sian Smith & Tess Reidy,  Anita Blay & friend, Me & Aaron Frew, Aaron with Ella Dror & Zebra Katz, Rodigan MBE on stage, the crowd, and my ShyFX soundstyem t-shirt designed by Margot Bowman. .......... 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tues 27th Aug: Carnival Headdress for Red Bull Music Academy Soundsystem

And here is what I conjured up for Carnival - a macaw inspired headdress for my fave Red Bull Music Academy soundstystem.  We hand dyed feathers like a spectrum to layer up into a rainbow and I stitched sequins to look like the parrots black and white eyes.  It was so much fun to make and ended up in the VIP area for the guests to wear, including Jourdan Dunn ........... giffs here.
Read my interview about the process here and find my Carnival playlist here.
And see more studio pics in an interview with TheWProject here.


It's my absolute favourite time of year - Carnival.  Its what gets me thru the winter.  Every morning cycling to work in the cold and wet, I'm dreaming of Carnival.  And here it is!!!  I can't believe the magic weekend is finally here.  
To kick-start the celebrations, Sharmadean Reid opened a pop-up restaurant serving classic Jamaican dishes for one week only during Notting Hill Carnival - named "Windells" after her grand father.  

"Windell Stanford Reid arrived in Britain in 1956 travelling by boat from Jamaica. He later sent for his wife Odelyn Victoria Reid and together they had 12 children and over 60 grandchildren, including Sharma. Like many Jamaican men, Windell did most of the cooking in the household, creating soul warming dishes for his large family. Cooked in dutch pots in the morning and left on the stove for his busy family to help themselves from throughout the day, the menu would range from delicious curry goat and brown stew chicken to harder-to-stomach tripe and cowfoot. Fridays were dedicated to cooking, and the large meal would often be supplemented by saltfish fritters which Windell would portion, bag up and drive as a gift to the home of each one of his now adult daughters. His granddaughter would always come along for the ride."

I went down to the opening night with Jamaican girl Marsha Smith who is a connoisseur critic when it comes to Caribbean fair.  We ordered Jerk Chicken served in a dumpling, the saltfish fritters, roasted breadfruit, coleslaw, plantain ......... all served with this tri-colour scotch bonnet chili jam and washed down with daiquiris and cane juice.  Apparently the jerk sauce was absolutely on point, having been slow cooked using an authentic grilling process.  As you can see, Sharma was actually on the tools herself!  Incredible!  Lots of people talk about their pipe dreams, but Sharma is a girl who you never hear bigging-up plans prior to their happening.   You just get blown away by the ventures when they suddenly appear.  From her WAH! fanzine, to her WAH! nails empire, to her NIKE position, to becoming a mother ............ now taking on a casual spot of restauranteering.  Is there anything she's not cracking or conjuring up?!  Many fingers in many pies........ literally in this case.  Its the final night tomorrow, so scoot down to The Dead Dolls Club to wrap up a winner of a weekend!!

22ND - 28TH AUGUST 2013