Friday, 29 April 2011
Saturday, 23 April 2011
"When I first moved to London I met Derek and for me he was always… that was a kind of college, because what Derek didn’t know about music or literature or visuals wasn’t worth knowing, so for me, Derek really opened up my eyes to all sorts of different forms of culture.
We all used to be in his little Super-8s… Derek would ring up and be like, ‘I’ve found this derelict church, can you come and, you know, hang from the altar for me, we need to make some Super-8.’ – ‘Yeah fine Derek, see you then.’
And also he kind of knew such a mad selection of people. I met so many interesting people through him. He was a great… I’d say he was a teacher really, a lot of young people… through Derek… I mean most of us were all young gay people, there was that, but it was more than that… I mean he introduced me to people who really helped me out… I wasn’t really doing jewellery when I first met Derek and then I started doing it and he was one of the people who said, ‘You’ve got to keep doing it, I love it.’
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
Have a peep at House of Hackney's kapow wallpapers and honey bee fabrics. Bidding to shake up the staid world of British interior design, the ex-Topshop buyer Frieda Gormley and her boyfriend Javvy M Royle have turned their house (... in Hackney...) into a showroom for the latest East End take on classic English style. Nicky Haslam is coming to visit next week and Selfridges have given them a sizable space in which to re-create their wonky vision of china, chintz and overstuffed velveteen loveseats.
House of Hackney is quality kitsch. They have camped up Victoriana and executed it with the help of old school manufacturers - some that produce bed linens for Ralph Lauren and others that have provided fine china for high tea tables for generations. They got as far as a research trip to India before it dawned on them that local production is where it's at.
Frieda enlisted the help of pal Celestine Cooney to style the spooky cat-girl shots.