Sunday, 16 August 2015


Whilst in Scotland vising family , I went to see an exhibition of the Helensburgh Art Club's work and I photographed some of my favourite pieces.
And the stained glass windows provided a beautiful warm yellow light in the gallery.

I really liked these paintings by Chris Warren , to me they were some of the most interesting.

 These are some of the other works that caught my eye.

On a completely unrelated note , FIDLAR released the official music video for their (relatively) new song , 'Drone' this week...
And it's fantastic.

*It almost seems ridiculous to have FIDLAR even mentioned in this quiet and gentle post about a small art exhibition- but whatever*

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

X-men , Nu-rave and The Gruffalo : An interview with the Typical Freaks

Typical Freaks is an exciting new conceptual street wear brand made up of Central Saint Martin's Graduate , Seun Ade-Onojob and London College of Fashion Graduate , Sonia Xiao : together they aim to cater to those who long to stand out in bold and colourful , hand-crafted garments made with love and integrity .
I love everything about this brand  - the loud prints , adorable a-line skirts, the transparent tunic dresses  and the way the seem to bring a subtle feeling of  nostalgia to their pieces.
I decided to get in touch with these innovative designers and ask them a few questions about what its like to be the Typical Freaks.
Seun and Sonia talk X-men , The Gruffalo and Nu-Rave ( as well as other things that hold relevance)

I read that some your garments derive from 'the nostalgia of children’s books' - if Typical Freaks lived in a children's book , which one would it be?
The Gruffalo.

I also read that both of you were prominent designers in the 'Nu-rave scene during the mid-2000s' , could you explain what exactly Nu-Rave is and what was it like?
Nu-Rave was about being bright and exuberant and incorporating as many disjointed DIY and outlandish elements. It was about revitalising and re-interpreting 90s Rave culture into a new way that forced you to be fearless and confident.

Model: Edyta WillimMUA: Maria GomezSpecial thanks to: Aston

What do you like the most(and the least) about working in fashion?
Most - 
The process of developing a collection from research to design and then looking back at then end and realising how far you've come. 
Worst -
 The pressures of trying to sell, make something commercially viable and networking.

Who would your dream model/spokes person be?
Kelis/ Roisin Murphy

What do you see the future of 'Typical Freaks' being?
Hopefully continuing to improve and getting more stockists.

Model: Edyta WillimMUA: Maria GomezSepcial thanks Aston

Model: Edyta WillimMUA: Maria GomezSpecial thanks to: Aston

If you two were designing clothes for a movie , what would the movie be about?
It would be about X-Men and would be directed by Edgar Wright. It would be really silly and colourful. 

Model: Edyta WillimMUA: Maria GomezSpecial thanks to: Aston

Could you briefly sum up your AW15 collection?
It's about conservative values and hobbies like politics and dog shows combined with punk, bright colours and streaking.

 Model: Edyta WillimMUA: Maria GomezSpecial thanks to: Aston

And how can we get hold of your beautiful clothes??
Our mainline AW15 collection is sold in a few boutiques in China, but will hopefully on our own website within the next couple of months. Our diffusion label, 'White Label' is on Depop.

I found this really great shoot for After Nyne  with Ted Rogers wearing some of their clothes on their Instagram - you should definitely check it out. 

Thanks so much to the Typical Freaks for allowing me to ask them a few questions to get a better feel for the brand and their ideologies , if you want to find out more visit here.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015


I visited the Liverpool Bluecoat the other day to see their current group exhibition on display:"RESOURCE" , with work from Clay Arlington, Jack Brindley, Ben Cain, Maurice Carlin, Daniel Eatock, Sean Edwards, Anne Harild with Blue Room, Jonzo, Laurence Payot, The Piracy Project, The Serving Library and Ian Whittlesea.
I took some pictures:

Some of the pieces were quite interesting , and required a close look. The volunteers there were really friendly and helpful , one even explained each piece in one of the larger rooms to me.' RESOURCE ' is a free exhibition   at The Bluecoat until 27th September .

 In other news, I got my ears pierced recently , something that I had been meaning to do since the age of around 12 . I went to a  lovely piercing , tattoo and beauty studio called The Painted Ladies. The studio itself was immaculately decorated and all the staff made me feel very welcome and most of all at ease (considering the impending destruction of my earlobe).
 I wish I had taken pictures to show you how pretty the place was , I was surrounded by vintage record players , kitsch couches and dainty tea cups.To top it all off they gave me an after care package which was so adorable. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering getting a piercing in the near future.