What do you like collecting? Images, erasers, shoes, beanie babies or kitchen gadgets? I like looking for things I collect. The mirror wall project in the book addresses shopping in a clever way. Multiple anything can look good so just choose and dedicate a whole wall to your collection.
One of my favourite bits of film I made was the hyperlapse where I tried to make the supermarket jeans look good by trying in different tops. This was really hard to recreate in the book and although we tried I’m not sure it works. It’s been raining non stop today, so to celebrate here’s a pic of me in a rain poncho from the book in the remade jeans looking happy. If you’re not familiar with the project, it was about trying to make £5 supermarket jeans look great! #goldenponcho
I imagined what magic paint might look like if a tub of it spilled down my stairs. I think I got this idea from an ad for Kit Kat when I was a kid that featured red and white paint in the same tin or Aquafresh toothpaste. Anyhow. I built this staircase which lead to a small room with not much foot traffic and I decided to use my (extensive) tape collection. I imagined the tapes behaved like liquids.
Making a cushion cover from a sweater has no doubt been done before. What is new is the fact that we can now buy cheap cashmere sweaters at the supermarket. The problem is that often they are very thin and holes appear easily. Cashmere cushion covers however are not cheap. If holes appear, and you can no longer wear your jumper, my easy to follow tutorial will guide you through the step by steps in no time.
There are many pieces of pallet wood furniture you can make. What I was interested in was making a replica of my mid-century modern armchair by Robert Heritage (furniture designer who lives/lived in Jays Mews SW7). This particular chair is very comfortable and has beautiful structure and proportions. I replicated it in pallet wood as close as I could then used the leather hide I bought in Tokyo a few years back to contrast and add a touch of luxury. The book features full size angles so that you can lay out your own wood on the book so that you get the perfect angles. Here’s a detail.
Sometimes we end up with comfy, ugly stuff we need. Like an armchair that we didn’t choose for it’s floral and brown pattern 😦
As Emily Campbell writes in the foreword to the book, sometimes hating something is a powerful force for change. I needed an armchair. I hated how this one looked. I changed it. Sorry Marks and Spencer.
This is also one of my favourite photos in the book. Taken by Mark Vessey
Teenage boys seem to get really upset by these “gay” shoes. I agree with them, they are possibly the gayest shoes ever. Not intentionally. They started off as a repair and the attitude is not in their gayness but in the “What happens if I continue adding after what needs repairing is repaired?” I like the juxtaposition of technical training shoe and decorative butterfly patch. The world needs more gay shoes like these!
“If something looks awkward cut it in half then it will look half as awkward!” This project is about chopping stuff in half and seeing the potential of overlooked things. Chopping anything in half makes you look at that thing in a new way and reconsider the use. Here an ugly table is cut in half to make consoles and trestles. Awesome reflection of the Pavillon wallpaper by Osborne and Little on the glass table top.
Here’s a close up detail of the chandelier made from Sellotape (or other clear adhesive tape) Don’t use the one with the golden tint. The clear one works better. You can use 50mm or 25mm to wrap.
I’m excited to be extending this project next month in Hong Kong in a project called Open Light where participants will make 100 moulds and then wrap 100 chandeliers for the exhibition. More on that soon. Meantime here’s the detail.