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Blurring the boundaries: Bishi’s Albion Voice

Apr 30th, 2012

Ever one to blur the boundaries, Bishi Bhattacharya’s new song Albion Voice simultaneously embraces Jubilee year multicultural Britain and the time-honoured English folk tradition just as Matthew Hardem’s video captures this national treasure’s ability to shift between performance art and music performance.

It’s fab – visit Bishi’s site here.

And read about the day¬† I met her with one of Barney Bubbles’ collaborators here.

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“One of those unpindownable figures who fast-tracks vanguard ideas into the mainstream”

Apr 26th, 2012

Above is Diane Solway’s feature on Tommy Roberts in the current issue of W Magazine.

Read the text of the W article and view some of the images online here.

MR FREEDOM – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero is published in June; order your copy of the book here.

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MR FREEDOM in W magazine + Husk

Apr 26th, 2012

//Left: Living Legend: Modern English by Diane Solway, W magazine, May 2012. Right screen-grab of spread from Husk, Spring/Summer 2012.//

My new book MR FREEDOM – Tommy Roberts: British Design Genius is featured in the new editions of US fashion monthly W magazine and European quarterly Husk.

With a foreword by Paul Smith and contributions from the designers who created the work sold in Roberts’ shops as well as friends, family and design authorities, MR FREEDOM is published in June by Adelita and distributed in the US by DAP.

More on the W magazine feature here; Husk stockists here.

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Ace: “Purveyor of funky elegance”

Apr 23rd, 2012

Peter Golding has very kindly supplied this shot of the facade of his glam Chelsea shop Ace, which ran for a decade from 1975 (for the first couple of years from 185 King’s Road) as a “purveyor of funky elegance” to well-heeled celebrities and pop and rock stars.

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Remembering graphic artist David Band

Apr 23rd, 2012

The Scottish Sunday Herald’s Teddy Jamieson has sent me this piece about the late graphic artist David Band, who is probably best known for his work for such 80s groups as Spandau Ballet and Altered Images but established a strong reputation in Australia before succumbing to cancer at the age of 51 last year.

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The Emperor Of Wyoming, 404 King’s Road

Apr 20th, 2012

//Stetson, embroidered shirt and hand-tooled leather belt from The Emperor Of Wyoming. Photo: David Parkinson for Club International, February 1974.//

Billy Murphy’s boutique The Emperor Of Wyoming was an extremely important staging post not just in the story of British rock and roll fashion but also the development of the vintage scene in this country.

Opened by Murphy at 404 King’s Road in 1972, TEOW specialised in selected items of Westernwear and American clothing at a time when the pickings were slim for such garments in London.

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What’s going on here?

Apr 20th, 2012

Find out over at the Barney Bubbles Blog.

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British Posters: Advertising Art & Activism

Apr 19th, 2012

//Kiss Kiss, Go To Work On An Egg, Christopher Logue + Tom Salter, 1968.//

//Go To Work On An Egg, Mather & Crowther, 1964.//

“People do love huge pieces of paper”.

So runs the quote heading up a section in V&A curator Catherine Flood’s excellent overview British Posters: Advertising Art & Activism, published by the museum to coincide with its multifarious design celebrations this Olympic year.

And it’s true. We do.

Or we all did, when this vital form was simultaneously a mass-medium and a highly personal communications device, when huge promotional budgets and lack of urban controls resulted in the accretive papering of our street-scapes. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, we gave posters pride of place on the walls of our bedrooms, bedsits and sitting rooms.

//Top left: Your Britain, Fight For It Now, Abram Games, 1942. Right: Keep Death Off The Road, Carelessness Kills, William Little, 1949.//

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Feature in new issue of Blueprint

Apr 11th, 2012

I have a piece on the inclusion of Barney Bubbles in the V&A’s British Design 1948-2012 exhibition in the new issue of Blueprint magazine.

For the full page go here.

Read my summary of the exhibition catalogue here.

Visit Blueprint’s site here.

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Chaumont show selection continues

Apr 9th, 2012

//Holding foldout sleeve for the 1972 album Revelations: A Musical Anthology For The Glastonbury Fayre, designed by Barney Bubbles and released in 1972. Photo: Sophie Demay//

Artist/curator Sophie Demay and I are continuing to sort through potential materials for this summer’s exhibition White Noise, which Demay is creating with Etienne Hervy as part of this year’s International Poster & Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont, France.

See more images from the selection process on the Barney Bubbles blog.

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