So, that annoying thing I do when we are walking somewhere together, I pull out my phone when you are in the middle of saying something to me and I dash across the street whilst you’re in mid sentence and photograph an old shop. I’m not being rude, and I was listening but I have to add to my collection. Whitewashed windows on shops are my photographic collecting passion. More on that when my second book ‘Whitewashed British Retail’ comes out (featuring 1000 photographs of whitewashed windows). I applied some white gloss paint to a Louis Vuitton leather handbag and it felt great! Painting something that costs 1000′s of pounds feels thrilling I have to be honest. This new project balances the unwanted, overlooked but liberated with the most desired, noticeable but precious.
I noticed today that my favourite website ebay has changed its logo and made itself very very bland. I ‘updated’ a few more brands’ logos in 10 minutes just now. Hey big brands please feel free to save yourself millions of pounds or dollars by using my ‘bland new’ logos for yourselves. You know what…they are free!
So I have 2 new sketchbooks. The first a Moleskin cost £14.99 at London Graphics in Covent Garden the other I bought for £2 at Tiger (a Danish chain) which has just opened a branch in Kingston. Moleskin make beautiful books to sketch in. But let's face it, the real quality of a sketchbook is less about the paper quality and more about the ideas therein.
The secret location I mentioned on Twitter earlier in the week was the fantastic new building at University of the Arts in King’s Cross. I showed the Balance chairs in the atrium there. The lighting is superb and gave me a great opportunity to photograph the exhibition. I am sorry if you missed the show, you have to be quick these days! The original video is here