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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Alternative Fashion Week and Record Day Highlights

Alternative Fashion Week & Record Day

Saturday 21st April 2012

East London was buzzing this weekend with key events Alternative Fashion Week and Record day adding to the bustling atmospheric Shoreditch area. Alternative Fashion week-Spitalfields Trader’s Market is were we started our afternoon, arriving slightly later than planned meant we had to position strategically to get a good view of the catwalk.

Their were 15 designers showing from across the UK including Market designers who regularly trade in Spitalfields graced the catwalk. Designers included Honey Malaolu, Pamela Kikumu Rebecca Mears, Angela Gbemisola, Janet Law, Kharise Francis, Ros Hathorn and Nina Davies, to name a few. The pieces on show varied from sheer latex evening wear, Crocheted neck pieces, historically inspired clothing,1920s styled hats to intriguing knitwear.

Admitted I was eager to see Market designer and regular Friday trader Angela Gbemisola’s Str(angela)nd collection when God was a women Inspired by pre-history,Angela and I first met last November before her Spitalfields trading days, and familiar with the French designers one size fit’s all concept but keen to see it actualised on the Catwalk. The extraordinary thing is that it worked, two models walked alongside one another wore a size 8 and size 16, her unique design, detail and clever draping which translated through the sizes.
 It was a great event, lovely atmosphere and to not not all to my taste but some key pieces. I must say I will schedule in next year with friends, hopefully the event is warmer to enjoy the complementary Haagen-Dazs.

Record Day was well received!! Record Day at the
Idea Generation Gallery.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

East London: Secret 7” Exhibition

18th-22nd April 2012
Idea Generaton Gallery
You may remember at the beginning of the year we hosted Secret 7” a unique and exciting challenge for creative’s to design original artworked 7” Vinyl sleeves for one of seven bands and recording artists, inspired by the following tracks The Cure‘s Friday I‘m in Love, Florence and the Machine‘s Only For A Night, Bombay Bicycle Club‘s Lights Out, Words gone (Special Dub mix) Ben Howard‘s Black Flies, CSS‘s City Grrrl, Noah and the Whale’s Old Joy and DJ Shadow‘s Come On Riding (Through the Cosmos).

This innovative design challenge was set in 2011 by a team from Universal Music UK, Design Agency Music and Teenage Cancer Trust in association with Record Store Day which revived excitement for vinyl sleeve art in the digital era by aspiring artists and designers. Creative’s from around the world submitted through hosts such as ourselves directly to Talenthouse earlier this year.  Renowned artists working today such as Andy Vella, Toby Mott and Michael Spencer Jones to name a few, Including teenagers who receive support from the Teenage Cancer Trust have also designed 7" sleeves.

Each of the seven musicians who provided the tracks handpicked their 45 favourite Talenthouse Sleeves to be exhibited. All the artworks are available to view at the Idea Generation Gallery for a limited time 18th -22nd April. The 21st April marks Record Store Day, on this day through to the close of the exhibition, each 7” single will be available to purchase, all monies raised  from the sale of these exclusive vinyl records will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

We were able to make the launch night, and must say the art work is gripping you will be tempted to purchase a 7” single. The exhibition has an air of mystery In that no-one knows who designed each sleeve, or which of the seven tracks are housed inside. All is revealed when you have purchased your sleeve. Below is a sneek preview, the exhibition will not disappoint!

Exhibition Details

For Secret 7" the gallery is open:
Wednesday 10 - 6pm
Thursday 10 - 6pm
Friday 10 - 6pm
Saturday (Record Store Day) 10 - 6pm
Free Entry
Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
E2 7JB


16 – 21 APRIL
Spitalfields Traders Market
Free Admission
Fashion shows are open to the public from 1.15pm

Alternative Arts presents East London’s major fashion event – Alternative Fashion Week. From April 16 to 21. Spitalfields will play host to the most original and creative collections by a fresh crop of new designers with truly innovative ideas. Over 80 designers have been selected to show their work with 14 different designers showcasing their work each day, this show will set the path for emerging talent from the UK and from around the world.

Spitalfields Traders Market
Crispin Place, Brushfield St, London E1 6AA
(Liverpool St Station)

The Book Club
8pm - 1am
£6 in advance

"Get a whiff of that. Nothing more irresistible than the smell of a mature woman's macaroon." Bo Beaumont (Acorn Antiques) Amy Grimehouse is an alternative from the traditional cinema experience. They screen films for the lovers of filth, gore, camp and transgressive, cult films. Taking inspiration from the movie theatres of the 1920's and combining feature films with a stage show, Amy Grimehouse have decided to add their own blend of miscreant performance, dress-up, as well as photo booths, a great bar and rousing music to entertain London’s grime seekers. Keen to screen the sorts of films that allow for some audience participation, the Grimehouse team are never short of a few props to add to the enjoyment of the cult classics featured.
100-106 Leonard Street

London EC2A 4RH0
20 7684 8618Nearest tube: Old Street/Liverpool Street

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Creative Invite: Dave White 'Natural Selection' animation competition with TalentHouse, in association with The Hospital Club and artrepublic

Talent house are looking for talented animators to work with one of the UK's foremost painters on an animation project that will be showcased at the Private View of Natural Selection exhibition on Thursday 21st June. The submission deadline is pretty tight, with all submissions needing to be in by the 24th April, details below. GOOD LUCK!