lundi 29 janvier 2018

Colourful winter

Days are short, weather is damp, but winter doesn't have to be dull in gloomy, there is always a way to brighten it up with warm colours and sparkly accessories! 

by Anthony Lycett 
 For Christmas cards, I couldn’t resist to create an assorted Christmas coat to my beloved Bonnie 😻 where I stitched some white pompons and glittery fake fruits on a piece of red sequins.  
My costume is an assorted red headpiece & cape hand-stitched vintage christmas 🎄 decorations, fake apples 🍎 cherries 🍒 and red fruits 🍇 found in a charity shop.  
❤️for all PETA members, my precious kitty got rewarded by a lot of raw chicken 🍗 for all her hard work after the shoot, I think she like a bit of glitters! 

With this very festive costume, I did christmas market for 2 week end at Winterville in Wasted chic tent with  Clara Chérie  who came from Paris to sell her handmade creation.
Even if Chritmas market is not the best place to dress up, as it is cold and you want to be comfy to stand all day I always make a point of wearing my design to fit my image of the brand.

In Wasted chic  tent with  Clara Chérie  

For this Christmas costume, I didn't wanted to use red and green colour code. I wanted to express the bling side of Christmas, gold, fabulous, luxurious. 

The idea started from finding some glittery gold reindeer decorations in Poundland, I knew it would work if I got a lot of them to create a kind of glittery pack. As always, the sale assistant that had to come help me at the self check out as all the decoration got tangles and I left the till full of golden glitters! As always, sales  assistant are really surprise when I raid the shop, making the christmas decoration out of stock

by Anthony Lycett 

For the structure, the idea was to create a wave of gold.  I used metallic garden wire from B&Q sprayed gold, covered with gold net fabric.  The structure was pretty simple but pretty efficient! It is quite funny because this costume has been a massive hit on instagram and only took me a day to build, whereas sometimes some outfit take me months but don't reach the same level of "likes" on social media.  Many people couldn't figure out what material I used and how it hold together.  It looks actually better in pictures than in reality,  mini means, maxi effect.

By Den Grayson 
December was also the time of the celebration of the release of "Voices of East London" by the brilliant Maryam Eisler I had the opportunity and the honour to be featuring wearing my sparky duck dress along side Florent Bidois thanks to Sue Kreitzman iconic iconoclast figure of the East End for many years who has the main portrait.  

The pictures was taken a morning of July in one of this new built swanky Hotel of Shoreditch, symbol of gentrification, not the kind of place I hang out, but nice background for a picture! 

"Voices East London connects the dots around the creative perspectives that make the area unique while providing colourful glimpses into its past by means of dynamic interviews with eighty of the area’s leading movers and shakers." 

calling from my Shell phone By Den Grayson 

To celebrate the book, I had the chance to take part in a wonderful event! 
"Across eighty stalls focusing on art, fashion, lifestyle, food, music, publishing and charity fundraising, the Voices East London Market Festival will pair the characters and ideas shared in Maryam Eisler’s new publication Voices: East London. Co-curated by Mei-Hui Liu, founder of Secret Rendez-Vous, the event brings together the now famous creatives who began their careers at Old Spitalfields Market in the late 1990s. Part exhibition, part retail pop-up, part performance, this is a chance for established as well as upcoming East London personalities – all of whom have been involved in the area’s eclectic creative history – to come together and celebrate at the iconic Old Spitalfields Market."

By Monika Schaible

It was an extremely cold on the day. The challenge was to stay stylish but warm, because if you don't feel comfortable, you won't feel like selling but also if you don't look like your brand, you don't feel like selling either! 
So I found the perfect outfit: vintage 70s style ski suit with big pink fluffy scarf & flamingo headpiece, efficient & colourful! 

December also came with its batch of Self.Styled portrait:

pink hair barbie fluffy neckpiece 💝💕 modelled by the amazing @an0mie shoot by @anthonylycettphotography for@self.styled 
💕💛 pink & yellow hair are the best combo 💛💕

The psychedelic beauty@an0mie 💖🌸🌼🎀💛modelling my miniature object neckpiece on pink faux fur 💞 ✨shoot for @self.styled by@anthonylycettphotography
by Anthony Lycett

Mermaids are very important mythical creature in Sue Kreitzman personal mythology.  For her, it is the symbol of freedom of female in control of their own sexuality.  

I created a special haute couture outfit for all of them, with ruffles, iridescent fabrics and sequins 
headpiece detail by Anthony Lycett

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close up details by Anthony Lycett

I found this purple sequins ice skater style dress with a lot of frills at the Roman road market. People who knows me knows my obsession for sequins dresses. Even if I already have a dozens on my rail (which always impress guests as my clothing rail is on the corridor), I can't stop myself to get more as my magpie eye is irresistibly attracted by shiny material. 
It is a bit like an irrational addiction as you can't wear them everyday (well I can) , especially because  sequins is not the most comfy things. 

I am wearing the dress with a jane Bowler headpiece for a retro-futuristic look.  picture  by Anthony Lycett 

Sometimes I feel you just have to work on the continuity of the design and use their existing asperities, significant anomaly (here the sequins frills).  I had theses ballerina dolls for a long time (distributed as gifts in happy meals) , but never find the right use for them. I found the colours combination and the fact they are dancing will match perfectly with the structure of the dress, creating some dancing dolls fringe, flapping with the movements of the frills. 

 At January Colour Walk with Emily Zhao who came all the way from Australia (not especially for the colour walk but still!) We followed each other on instagram, the magic of social media that connects creative mind across the world! 
by Richard Kaby 

sketch by Sue Harding 

With Sue Kreitzman by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

Kitten likes to catch everything that moves. And when you get dangly rings they want to play with your jewels rather than their fluffy toys! 
by Anthony Lycett 

New interview about my work on Mess Magazine…/ perfect for the little miss messy I am 

samedi 13 janvier 2018

the Art of Sewing

« The Sewing Circle Rethread »  gathered 23 Artists exploring the beauty of needlework in the arts and crafts at the Saint Pancras gallery in Camdem.  
It is a very nice collective show to be part off, as a lot of artists are also friends, and it is like a family exhbition where the atmosphere is warm and kind.  

At the opening, I choose a red black & white look mixing  cow & zebras for an hybrid animal style. 
picture by Richard Kaby 

Look at me in the eyes by Michele Martinoli 
On a orange fury fabric base,  hand stitched  vintage dolls eyes adorned with beads & pearls  the best part is that the open and close, winking at you! 

By Anthony Lycett 
I realised this statement & uncanny neckpiece during many night shoot of extra work on set in order not to waste my time.  It is funny to see the other Supporting Artists reacting to work, even the costume team intrigued, asking me what I am doing. Someone even though I was making a mat for my toilet because of the semi-circular shape! Sewing work is often depreciated as it is associated with woman's craft or household task.  A laddish guy thinking he was making a fun joke  told me "when you finish with this, can  you sew back the button of my shirt?"  as if it would make me happy, comparing my practice to mundane  uncreative task. as if you see a painter and you come to ask him "could you come to paint my kitchen?".  

collection of jewellery by Richard Kaby 
I find very interesting that an exhbition focus on sewing work at it is often considered as minor art.  
First, it is the best technique to use to create wearable art the the use of thread & needle in the strongest  technique to keep element together compared to glue.  It takes more time but the effect is just better & stronger.  

Toy matriarchy headpiece by Richard Kaby 
Textiles and embroidery, traditionally dominated by women, have long been perceived as inferior to other art forms due to the privileging of masculine spaces.
the words “textile” and “text,” coming  from the Latin word textus, means “fabric,” “connection,” and “interwoven.” Our culture evolved in such a way that it was mostly men who interwove words to create texts, as words and language became carriers of power and law. The interweaving of threads was reduced to “women’s” work, an unexceptional craft compared with the intellectual “weaving of words.” Its function – to decorate and to provide warmth and comfort – was synonymous with the role assigned to women in traditional cultures. Despite the technical complexity and visual richness of some textile and embroidery techniques, because of the word “feminine” these works were not considered on par with painting. The dominant “masculinity” of painting is evidenced, in particular, by the use of the words “writing” and “reading” with regard to paintings.

"The devil is in the details " all handstitched one by one by Richard Kaby 

Embroidery and textile are becoming increasing popular mediums in contemporary world art. But in conservative societies, embroidery and textile are still perceived as having decorative functions and are presented as women’s hobbies in which ready patterns are merely copied, thus having a somewhat discriminatory connotation.

✨the dolls goddess & and her sphinx ✨ introducing my new partner in crime 😻Bonnie😻 wearing dolls head adorned with gold rhinestones neckshrine made for @suekreitzman
picture By Anthony Lycett 

November was marked by a new addition to the family, our Birman cat Bonnie who have been the new victim of our photographic experiments. I like the combination on the picture the dolls hair and cat fur hat give a feral dimension to the piece.   
Hand-stitched glamourous shrinking heads on golden beads oriental style base. 

by Richard Kaby 
Later during the month a "meet the artists gathering" was an opportunity to view and buy artworks as well as meet and chat within a gathering of vibrant colours in fabric and fashions. 
I was wearing a female clown costume as an everyday life dress. I love he idea of wearing a costume theatre as an daily basis dress in order to blur the line between life and performance! 

presenting to Sue Kreitzman my golden barbie head neckshrine worshiping her as a colourful goddess by Richard Kaby 
details of hours of endless golden beads hand-stitching By Anthony Lycett 

 Each dolls had been adorned by golden Swarovski crystals on the face and beads and sequins hand-stitched around their pony tail.  
golden dolls head worshiping their arty goddess by Richard Kaby 

Clown dress accessorised with a pink hair mermaid headpiece & "tour de France" bicycle necklace.  picture by Richard Kaby 

A friend tagged me on a Facebook status of someone offering a full bin mag of mermaid toys given to her local charity shop. They couldn't sell it in the charity as toy as they didn't have the CE label. I jumped on the opportunity and on my bike to collect the precious non conforming goods which was gold for me.  I didn't anticipated it will be so many so after walking few hundreds meter with the 3 full bins bags alongside my bike, I had to resolve myself to call my boyfriend to pick me up in the car.  

outfit details by Richard Kaby 

with Florent Bidois by Richard Kaby 

by Richard Kaby 

Meeting the amazing  Louise Joelle at November colour walk
pink & yellow is my favourite colours combinations like in Jacques Demy Demoiselles de Rochefort.
picture  by Richard Kaby 

traditionnal duo picture with Sue Kreitzman by Richard Kaby 

by Richard Kaby 

I created this kitsch colourful mermaid looks by stitching some dolls on a pink feather boa, headpieces and using the tails as earrings.

with dolls head headpiece, have some multiples heads coming out of your headBy Anthony Lycett 

Each month bring its batch of in unique Self.styled portraits stolen from the original project., this time it was to Reckless to play the game. 

psychedelic ikea furniture necklace By Anthony Lycett 

I love the contrast between the  tough gangsta attitude and super fluffy outrageously pink & girly my little pony necklace, the art of redefining masculinity

even badass rapper 🎤🎧 can rock a cute kawaii my little pony  necklace ✨available on my online shop 👉🏻 among my new Christmas 🎄 collection ✨ the great @recklezzisprimo shoot for @self.styled

alternative fashion shoot for Toksick Magazine styled by Ane Kruse where kids wear my designs like dinosaur jackets & necklace, little car necklace & flamingo outfit.  find the all shoot HERE 

I lend some of my pieces to the stylist and Kruse who I collaborated before and she combined it with some high fashion street wear Fields of pony clothing and Vivienne Westwood pieces.
She used her kids as model (never to young to start working!) and I like the idea to children to wear adult size clothes for a cheeky,  falsely  lay back urban style result.  

wearing little car necklace & dino jacket 

Photographer: Nicola Favaron @nicolafavaron | Talent: Mathilda and Gabriel | Make-up and hair: Rosie McGinn @rosieeemua | Stylist: Ane Kruse @anekru

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