Meet the Artists: Voices of East London

Arts & Culture Collaboration

From Shoreditch to Bicester Village, discover the new pop-up concept store in collaboration with an array of vibrant artists from East London..

 

Bicester Village

Once Upon a time, Maryam Eisler wrote a book, Voices East London, and then the characters all came to life at Bicester Village!

 

The Voices of East London concept store will open its doors for a two-week period on 23 April until 6 May 2019. Part gallery, part boutique, this pop-up will feature a limited edition selection of creations from a wide range of East End designers and artists across art, design and fashion. There will be a major emphasis on ‘wearable art’ and 'sustainable fashion' especially commissioned for Bicester Village and carefully curated by chief connector extraordinaire, fashion designer Mei Hui Liu, including unique pieces of jewellery, accessories and homeware you can purchase.

 

Highlighting economic uncertainty, gentrification, cultural evolution and political mayhem, the artists are part of a new generation of thinking, rising from an extraordinary community in London to collectively champion a powerful new voice for the city's creativity.

 

The innovative offering will be accompanied by a program of talks and workshops led by the artists themselves where you can enjoy crafting your very own pieces, enabling a memorable culturally enhanced shopping experience for each and every guest!

 

Read about the artists below..

Daniel Lismore

Daniel is an artist, designer, creative consultant, celebrity stylist, writer and campaigner who started his career as a photographer, before moving in front of the lens as a model. He has worked with some of the world's leading photographers including Mert & Marcus, Steven Klein, David LaChapelle and Ellen von Unwerth. Inspired by art in all its forms, his elaborate and extravagant ensembles brilliantly combine haute couture with vintage fabrics, found objects, chainmail, ethnic jewellery, millinery and more.

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Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Mei Hui Liu

Taiwanese-born Mei Hui Liu launched her collection of one-offs in 2000, armed with a second-hand sewing machine and an addiction to vintage fabrics. With raw stitching and haphazard hems, her reconstructed pieces are an ode to romance and reveal a passion for sustainability. Meanwhile her Brick Lane store Victim is a treasure chest of fanciful frocks, bric-a-brac, antique decor and upcycled furniture. 

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Upcycling and sustainability are the way to go!

Sue Kreitzman

A former food writer, Sue Kreitzman is now renowned for drawing, painting and building assemblages instead. With little training, her work is intensely personal and focuses on colour, food, freedom and the female landscape – all painted on paper or found wood using acrylics and nail varnish. Many of her works on wood are embellished with buttons, broken jewellery, toys and other bits of junk.  

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Don't wear beige, it might kill you!

Anne-Sophie Cochevelou

A French fashion, costume and jewellery designer and performance maker, Anne-Sophie Cochevelou explores the concept of wearable art and the performative aspect of costume through social interaction and upcycled materials. Having been exhibited at the likes of the Barbican and Battersea Art Centre, her bespoke designs are created in materials that are not fabric and she believes any object can become a fashion accessory. 

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Make art, wear art, be art!

Pandemonia

Pandemonia is a character created as conceptual art by an anonymous London-based artist that’s been prominent in the art and fashion world since 2009. Clad in a latex full-head mask, Pandemonia is a critical reflection of celebrity and femininity, and a pointed manifestation of how these ideas intersect with mass media, social media and the marketability of desire.

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Things shift around us, and it is important to see how people react to these shifts.

Charlotte Colbert

Language, psychoanalysis and socio-political constructions of gender and identity are at the heart of Charlotte Colbert’s practice – a moving image and multimedia artist who has been described as a surrealist maker of ‘breathing sculptures’. Her anthropomorphic, moving-image creations comprise multiple television screens built into steel apparatus, examining the relationship between technology and the human body and questioning narrative structure and storytelling.

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The East End has an amazing tradition of story tellers.

Arlette Ess

With a degree in graphics from Camberwell College of Arts, Arlette Ess creates prints from her own ink drawings, intricately capturing textures and patterns from nature. Her prints and accessories are crafted from the finest materials, and the designs often reference elements of our collective cultural identity, reflecting on ideas of who we are and where we come from. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, London and Tokyo. 

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Buy less, buy better.

Frankie

Launched in 2015 by French designer-maker Elodie, Frankie. gives vintage materials a second life to create pieces that are original and timeless. Based in London, the brand puts love and care into each and every one of its handmade creations – focusing on unique style to offer one-of-a-kind designs. In fact there are no two identical items from Frankie.  

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Unique up-cycled creations

Ginny Litscher

Artist and illustrator turned designer, Ginny Litscher graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009 before launching her printed scarf collection in 2011. Her intricate designs – which from afar can seem either childlike or classical but in fact display explicit and coquettish prints – take months to draw before they’re turned into chic, timeless scarves that make the ultimate accessory.

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Timeless scarves that make the ultimate accessory

Linnie Mclarty

Award-winning designer and artist-jeweller Linnie Mclarty works with 100% recycled silver and gold, and uses responsibly sourced gemstones with a transparent and traceable supply chain – something that qualified her as certified fairtrade. Her sculptural jewellery won her the John Paul Dejoria Award For Excellence in 2011 and Best Independent Accessories Designer in the FW Awards.

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Made with 100% recycled silver and gold

Mckingley & Paget

Co-founders Daniel McKinley and Jake Paget were struggling to find a plant-based scented candle with sustainability credentials that looked good as good as it smelt, when they decided to make their own. Using sustainably sourced coconut wax from the Philippines and scents from plant-sourced essential oils, the candles are made in recyclable British steel tins.

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Plant-based scented candle - that look as good as good as they smell

Michelle Lowe-Holder

Michelle Lowe-Holder is an artist and creator who uses the body as a canvas to create unique and artisanal pieces. With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Distinction in Design from the Pratt Institute and a Master’s in Knitwear from Central Saint Martins, her designs use modern and heritage techniques, with mixed materials and a sustainable approach, and have been featured internationally in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Financial Times, i-D magazine and more.

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Featured internationally in Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Financial Times, i-D magazine

Natacha Marro

With more than 20 years’ experience designing and making shoes Natacha Marro has garnered an enviable client list including David Bowie, Björk, Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, Grace Jones, Gwen Stefani, Scarlett Johansson, Goldfrapp, Noel Fielding, Grayson Perry, Girls Aloud, Erasure, The Stereophonics and many more. Shoes have always been Natacha’s passion and she believes “good, bespoke shoes should last forever”.

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Good, bespoke shoes should last forever!

Lamar Scarves

Founded in London, Lamar is a collaboration between Ana Sánchez and Daniel Vazquez and the brand – so named after the Spanish for ‘sea’ – reflects the duo’s shared passions and their childhood in Cadíz, a city surrounded by the sea. Their creative, contemporary silk scarves are based on Daniel’s evocative photographs, combined with Ana’s fashion expertise and masterful eye for print.

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Photography, combined with fashion expertise and masterful eye for print

Piers Atkinson

Influenced by fashion, theatre, sculpture and the wild, energetic excesses of the London club scene, Piers Atkinson’s luxury, handmade headpieces are all crafted using couture skills, from leatherwork, embroidery and traditional hat-blocking to gold leafing, prop-making and hand-beading. His designs are available worldwide and he has collaborated with the likes of Ashish, Zandra Rhodes, Charlotte Olympia and Bobby Abley.

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Influenced by fashion, theatre, sculpture and the wild

Tatty Devine

Well known for its original and fun statement jewellery, Tatty Devine was founded by Harriet and Rosie straight out of art school and has since achieved a cult following. The duo have collaborated with artists, designers, charitable institutions and cultural spaces, and every piece of their laser-cut jewellery boasts the quality and a unique stamp that's become synonymous with the label.

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Every piece of jewellery boasts quality and a unique stamp

Natascha Madeiski

After graduating as an architect in Innsbruck in Austria, Natascha has shared her wisdom with other students while pursuing her own cross-disciplinary design practice. While her work incorporates architecture, lighting and furniture, as well as collaborative public art, she recently branched out into ceramics and is always looking for innovation through experimentation with materials and the processes involved.

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Always looking for innovation through experimentation with materials

Silken Favours

The hand-drawn prints by Silken Favours take the kitsch and turn them into modern pieces of silk artwork, including scarves, cushions, ready to wear, wallpaper and fabrics. Created by Vicki Murdoch, the brand takes inspiration from the natural world and uses traditional intricate pen and ink techniques, evoking pretty yet trippy imagery that is both otherworldly yet reassuringly familiar.

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Inspiration is taken from the natural world and uses traditional intricate pen and ink techniques

Peter Ibruegger

With a love of timeless ancient symbols and contemporary design, Peter Ibruegger works across an array of media that includes drawing, embroidery and printmaking. He’s also committed to long-established crafts, contributing to the British pottery industry with limited-edition tiles, plates, prints and drawings – all exhibited at the Barbican Art gallery, La Triennale museum in Milan and many more.

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A love of timeless ancient symbols and contemporary design

Sadie Clayton

Fascinated by design and innovation, Sadie Clayton explores the creative boundaries between art, technology and fashion with her copper wearable art. She showcased the art of working with copper as a part of the ‘Nick Waplington and Alexander McQueen: Working Process’ exhibition at the Tate Britain, and debuted her creations at Art Basel Miami at the Red Dot Gallery, the Museum of Art and Design as part of Singapore design week and at Shanghai Fashion week.

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Explores the creative boundaries between art, technology and fashion

Franca Berr

A jewellery designer and maker, Franca Berr is known for her edgy, humorous aesthetic, which draws inspiration from costume jewellery and popular icons. With quirky forms and vivid colours, her made-to-order pieces are intended to be worn by bold, fun-loving spirits. Berr has worked with the likes of John Richmond, Dai Rees, Markus Lupfer and Michael van der Ham, as well as Liberty and Topman.

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Intended to be worn by bold, fun-loving spirits

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