September 2013

  / October 2, 2013

This month I’ve very much enjoyed designing a scarf for the Rayne re-launch. This wonderful shoe brand has royal links, famously designing the shoes for The Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip. The Rayne’s have created a pop up shop in Selfridges, based on their Old Bond Street shop by Oliver Messell.

rayne scarf roses logos shoes beige

[Rayne Scarf – Roses]

RAYNE SHOES SCARF[Rayne Scarf with shoes]

RAYNE SCARF worn by FRANCESCA[Rayne Scarf worn by Francesca]

RAYNE SCARF with GOLD BAG and SHOE[Rayne Scarf with Gold bag and shoes]

RAYNE SCARF with BAG and BOOT[Rayne Scarf with bag and boot]

Rayne scarf in Black[Rayne Scarf in black]

RAYNE DESIGNER LAURANCE DACADE[Rayne designer Laurance Dacade]

The scarf complements the shoes and bags, particularly the floral range, and comes in black or beige.

NORFOLK TAXIDERMY DEER IN KITCHEN[Deer lost in our kitchen]

RED Magazine has been shooting for their Christmas edition in our house in Norfolk. It’s on the edge of a deer park and that is why we began to use antlers in some of our work. I can’t show any of the images of the shoot, however the team arrived laden down with wonderful props including this lovely taxidermy deer, which appeared one morning in our kitchen. The issue comes out November 6th.

NORFOLK OUR DEER SAFARI[Deer safari]

While working on the shoot we went on a deer safari with the lovely and very talented Australian photographer Sharyn Cairns. September is a brilliant time to go on safari as the deer have fully grown antlers, and are just beginning to practice fighting for the rutting season.

NEW YORK STREET LIFE 3[Neon trainers]

Colin and I went to New York for our annual visit to catch up with family and friends. In preparation for all that street pounding, I bought a pair of Neon trainers. They worked with the street writing.

NEW YORK STREET LIFE 1[Patriotic van – New York]

I love watching people walk past these patriotic vans.

NEW YORK FRONT DOOR[Front door  – New York]

And spotting random signs like this one saying RENT, on an Art Deco door.

NEW YORK STREET LIFE 4[New York Street life]

New York can be such a mucky city; everything has a patina of graffiti and stickers, but the multi-layered effect created is wonderful.

NEW YORK GRAFITTI 1[New York Graffiti]

NEW YORK GRAFITTI 2[New York Graffiti]

NEW YORK GRAFFITI 3[New York Graffiti]

There is also plenty of beautifully planned street art including this massive Gilbert and George piece in Chelsea, near the Highline.

NEW YORK STREET ART GILBERT AND GEORGE[Gilbert and George poster]

And this bucolic country scene in a disused petrol station, also in Chelsea…

NEW YORK STREET ART SHEEP STATION by FRANCOIS-XAVIER LALANNE by[New York Sheep station]

Our stay was one long visual & cultural binge, from art and photography shows to interior design and shopping there was always something exciting to see.

This wonderful glass installation in a restaurant caught our eye.

NEW YORK RESTAURANT at THE MONDRIAN[New York Restaurant Interior at The Mondrian]

We found three wonderful interior design shops – “De Vera” for antiques and jewellery, “ABC” for everything, particularly home wares, and “The Future Perfect” for furniture.

NEW YORK SHOPPING ABC CUSHIONS[ABC Cushions]

NEW YORK SHOPPING ABC VINTAGE LABORATORY GLASS[ABC Vintage Glass]

NEW YORK SHOPPING ABC[ABC umbrella]

NEW YORK SHOPPING DE VERA WINDOW[De Vera Window]

NEW YORK SHOPPING DE VERA[De Vera Cabinet]

NEW YORK SHOPPING THE FUTURE PERFECT[The Future Perfect shop]

Then there are shops, which are typical of the City like these ones selling vintage light bulbs, seasonal squashes and knickknacks in Chinatown.

 

NEW YORK SHOPPING-LIGHT BULBS PACKS[Vintage lightbulbs]

NEW YORK SHOPPING CHINATOWN[Chinatown –  New York]

NEW YORK SHOPPING-SQUASHES[Squashes – New York]

As usual, a plethora of great art shows caught our attention. Hopper featured in the moderns at the Moma and also in a Hopper Drawings at the Whitney, where the famous NightHawks were on show. The sense of loneliness and anomie, and the cinematographic lighting in his work, is reflected in the photographs of Philip-Lorca Dicorcia, in his current show entitled “Hustlers”.

NEW YORK ART - HUSTLERS PHOTOS[Hustlers – Philip-Lorca Dicorcia]

NEW YORK ART ART HUSTLERS show by PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA 2[Hustlers – Philip-Lorca Dicorcia]

A very different aesthetic in photography was on show at Aperture where there is a poetic and mystical series of burning fields by Rinko Kawauchi.

NEW YORK ART RINKO KAWAUCHI at APERTURE[Rinko Kawauchi’s Burning fields]

NEW YORK ART RINKO KAWAUCHI at APERTURE 2[Rinko Kawauchi’s Burning fields]

A third photographic show we enjoyed was Water by Edward Burtynsky. He traveled the globe to produce a series on the theme of water from people bringing their dead to the Ganges to these rice paddy fields in China.

NEW YORK ART EDWARD BURTYNSKY PHOTO[Edward Burtynsky’s Paddy fields]

In painting, the work of Taner Ceylan, a German of Turkish origin, caught our eye. His well-crafted photorealism has a dream like sense of dread, and cunning irony, as seen in the L.V. monogrammed tiles in this painting of a smoking ‘sheik’.

NEW YORK ART TANER CEYLON PAINTINGS 2[Taner Ceylan Painting]

NEW YORK ART TANER CEYLAN PAINTING[Taner Ceylan Painting]

In the Lower East Side galleries we found this watercolour by Alexis Rockman, as part of a dystopian series on paper and canvas.

NEW YORK ART WATERCOLOUR by ALEXIS ROCKMAN[Alexis Rockman watercolour]

And a series of small works on canvas, called “The Expatriate Parade” by Detriot based John Dunivant, were interesting.

NEW YORK ART THE EXPATRIATE PARADE by JOHN DUNIVANT[The Expatriate Parade]

Word play was the theme running through “to Wit”, the work of  Raymond Pettibon, and his playful way of sticking works on paper directly on the gallery walls, and writing above them, made it very enjoyable to experience.

NEW YORK ART TO WIT SHOW BY RAYMOND PETTIBON[to Wit – Raymond Pettibon]

NEW YORK ART TO WIT BY RAYMOND PETTIBON 1[to Wit – Raymond Pettibon]

As printmakers, we love to see good prints, and we found these Kara Walkers, which combined Litho and Silk Screen techniques, really great.

NEW YORK ART KARA WALKER PRINT[Kara Walker print]

NEW YORK ART KARA WALKER PRINT 2[Kara Walker print]

New York is always full of quiet celebrities, not the “it” girls you get in London, but real talented old-school types, so on our last night we were pleased to see sitting at the bar in the wonderful Japanese restaurant near us in Soho, the great Patti Smith. Naturally I didn’t do anything as uncool as photograph her, so you will just have to believe my description of her. Despite the I-don’t-give-a-damn-straggly grey hair and nondescript, masculine black clothing, she carries the old-soul wisdom and presence of a female “Sitting Bull’.