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Talking about You’re Gonna Wake Up

Jan 30th, 2012
Talking about the You're Gonna Wake Up t-shirt at Saint Martin's Jan 2012

Photo: Andrew Bunney.

Earlier this month I gave a talk to foundation year art and design students at Saint Martin’s as part of a brief to deliver work based on their personal opinions and beliefs.

The subject was the 1974 t-shirt You’re Gonna Wake Up One Of These Days And Know Which Side Of The Bed You’ve Been Lying On!.

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Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view

Jan 25th, 2012

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

We knew there was going to be a bit of a turn-out because the RSVPs ran way past the 100 mark on the day the invites were dispatched, but I don’t think any of us involved in Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter expected such a huge gathering for last night’s private view.

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Show soundtrack: Wigged out instros, cracked pop novelties, girl groups, soul, surf, punk, new wave + rock & roll classics

Jan 24th, 2012
Playlists for soundtrack to Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter

//Lloyd's lists.//

Popular music and the surrounding culture has been the primary inspiration for Lloyd Johnson’s work, so it’s important that The Modern Outfitter – which opens today at London gallery Chelsea Space – reflects the guiding relationship between sounds and vision with an especially selected soundtrack.

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Lloyd Johnson exhibition install Day 5: Record sleeves, magazines + photography

Jan 22nd, 2012

Lloyd Johnson exhibition install: Day 5

Album sleeves, photography, magazines and a variety of press cuttings and ephemera underline the widespread recognition for Lloyd Johnson’s designs over the decades. Lloyd paid particular attention to them in the assemblage of the contents of the table-top vitrines and a wall collage on the fifth day of the exhibition installation just before the weekend.

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Lloyd Johnson exhibition install Day 4: Iggy in a Bluebeat hat

Jan 20th, 2012

Lloyd Johnson exhibition install: Day 4

Included in the Lloyd Johnson show are photographs of performers wearing Johnson’s apparel – above is a 1979 shot of Iggy Pop in one of the label’s jackets paired with a Johnson’s Bluebeat hat (if memory serves, Glen Matlock, who was working with Pop at the time on his album New Values, told me that Iggy half-inched it from him).

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Derek Boshier at Chelsea College Of Art

Jan 19th, 2012

//Boshier (right) with Hockney at the Royal College of Art, early 60s.//

Here are some iPhone images from last night’s talk by Derek Boshier at Chelsea College Of Art & Design.

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Lloyd Johnson exhibition install day 3: Pop art prints

Jan 19th, 2012

Lloyd Johnson exhibition install: Day 3

Now the exhibition is getting to the nitty-gritty; yesterday Lloyd paid particular attention to the area dedicated to his businesses Cockell & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson, which produced peacock dandy and pop art fashion between 1968 and 1974 in KensingtonĀ  Market. Above are the print shirts which will be displayed, below some of the detail – on the left a stockinged leg print designed by Jane Wentworth (then Wealleans), who has contributed to my Tommy Roberts book.

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Lloyd Johnson exhibition install day 2: A visit from Eve and Mark

Jan 18th, 2012
Lloyd Johnson exhibition install: Day 2.

//Lloyd takes a break to chat to (from left): Chelsea Space director Donald Smith, Eve Ferrett + Mark Summerfield.//

Among friends dropping in at Chelsea Space to check out the Lloyd Johnson show installation yesterday were performer Eve Ferrett and her other half Mark Summerfield.

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Lloyd Johnson exhibition install day 1: Kensington Market shop frontage recreated

Jan 17th, 2012

Lloyd Johnson exhibition install: Day 1.

The installation of the the Lloyd Johnson exhibition got off to a flying start yesterday.

The key piece – a reconstruction of the 80s frontage of Johnson’s Kensington Market boutique – was made and put in place by the crack team headed by Rod Holt at Mojo Creative Productions.

“I had the three pieces of glass signage in storage,” says Johnson. “I gave those to Rod with a photograph from back in the day and he and his guys pulled off a major triumph by putting it together.”

Johnny "Mono" Graham, Johnson's Kensington Market, 80s.

Original fascia: Johnny "Mono" Graham outside Johnson's Kensington Market 1980s. Photographer unknown.

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Portrait for new Burro book

Jan 14th, 2012

Portrait for Burro book. Photo: Ivan Jones.

Photographer Ivan Jones dropped by this week to take my portrait for a forthcoming book about the design business Burro. Contributors have been asked to wear garments they bought from the company for Ivan’s portraits.

I was a regular customer of the Burro outlet in Covent Garden’s Floral Street (and wrote about the label here).

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