W+K do this really gr8 thing they do called Forever Curious. It's run by the mega organised and triple talented James McHoull at W+K and Jodie Cariss.
It culminates in a workshop called My Creative Spark, which is a half day busting with glorious glitter and glue, and is W+K’s attempt to give a lil back to three local schools that have had their arts budgets cut wayyy back. Like wayyyy back. Like NO GLUE STICKS back.
We teamed 90 kraaaaazy kids with 90 bad ass W+K buddies, added heaps and heaps and heaps of glitter, pom poms and felt, and crammed it all into one big room.
With a lot of help from their imaginations we took these little guys on a wicked wild trip to CREATOPIA. Yes, Creatopia. A world of workshops where you can go to be...you guessed it. Creative.
Firstly, the kiddiewinks and buddies hopped into their spaceship (or whatever method of transport they have in their Creatopia) and thunked up their very own planet. Inspired by their **creative spark**. There were worlds of imagination islands, worlds of sunbathing mermaids and worlds that were totally divided except for three days a year when one set of people could visit the other set and have a party. But, I hear you cry/quietly query. “How can you identify a fellow Creatopian?” Great question, and exactly what the secret greetings and innovative S/S 2017 creatopia catwalk sessions were for. Helloo bonding, helloo building, hello next level thought leadership. Then, led by our in-house W+K Flagtrepreneurs, we made bright and breezy flags to wave around patriotically and proudly and planetly.
We got some pretty swell feedback from the kiddos. They made our ovaries scream with lovely remarks like;
'Coming here is like actual sunshine inside.'
'I think coming here is better than watching Manchester United and that's my number 1 thing'
'I like it that no one is looking at their phones. At home that happens all the time.' (cry)
'I feel important today, like I did that time I was star of the week'
It all wrapped up with a snazzy exhibition where everyone was reunited with their creative soul mate. There was an excellent a healthy snack and juice box reception, followed by some up and coming next generation art, and a high chance of leaving with a pipe cleaner stuck to your shoe.
We did this with Alice Gardiner, Olivia Charlesworth, James n Jodie. AND all the other WK bods who volunteered on the day.
Hello friend. Let me welcome you to Creatopia with this krazykewl handshake I just made up with my bezzie/buddy.
Get Globey With It
Who wouldn't want to live on a planet where the floor is glitter and the trees are blue feathers?
We got the lil cuties, and the kids, to draw what their creative spark is.
We super styled each other only using paper plates, then hit that catwalk like we were actual cats, actually walking.
<3 <3 <3 Such bonding. Many awkward dances. So socially responsible <3 <3 <3
The whole globe making workshop was circle themed (lol jk) it's not even a funny joke.
Please, only one satsuma each.
It was like being in the Tate but better.
THE WINDOW DISPLAY
And the lovely folk at W+K made our window dreams came true with this magical mystical mobile space display. Big thanks to Olivia, Peigh, Rachel, Aran and Alice G.
Because we are women who give a shit we made a place for people to say #metoo without having to say anything at all.
It’s not cool that you have to bare your soul for people to sit up and listen and realise that those ‘1 in 7’ facts might be called FACTS for a reason. It’s not cool that perpetrators of sexual violence get to live anonymously and survivors who want to push for change, don’t.
We made a button so people could take part in the movement, without having to say who they are or what happened to them.
Some people clicked it. A lot of people were grateful.
(Probably the best thing about was that we did it really quick because the exceptionally talented Mr Peter Browse helped us. And we were brave enough to send our first all agency email after we made it.)
Chloe and I thought it would be nice/forward thinking to try and turn the Dark Web into a nice inhabitable place for everybody. After all, it's not all porn, class A drugs, and hitmen. It's an untapped art medium, obv.
So, along with our pals Peter Browse and Olivia Charlesworth we made L.U.V (Luved Up Vibez) the newest bestest romanciest 21st century drug. We cut together 15 of the most potent aphrodisiacs known to man, including avocado, strawberry, oyster, chocolate, coffee, honey, artichoke, pomegranate, cherry, pumpkin, whipped cream, watermelon, chai tea, pine nuts, and chilli.
We packed them in the dead of night into true-love busting drug pellets just in time for Valentine’s Day. Not only were they super tasty, they were also 99% guaranteed to make people fancy you 100% more, and make your love 114% more potent. The dark web isn’t all bad, eh.
We sold them on Alpha Bay, accessible only through Tor, the darknet browser. We then put our druggy hands up, sat back and watched the clicks roll in*.
Top Technological Fact We were going to list the pills as priceless, as you can’t put a figure on true love, but they were quite costly to put together, and after tax, VAT, and bitcoin exchange rates, they come in at roughly 0.03 bitcoin (that’s almost a heart shape <3). Which is about £25 including international p&p.
Top Economical Fact The pills come in 2’s (vanilla), 3’s (menage a trois), or 5’s (extra hot). We delivered right to the safety of the doorstep in a suitably sinister teddy bear or old rom com DVD case.
*It got absolutely no press and we did it very last minute. But we had fun. Swings and roundabouts eh?
THE ROBIN COLLECTIVE
I did a whoooole bunch of years working at ExpERIenTial FoOdie pop Up QuIRky ARt ColLECtiVe The Robin Collective.
We invented and hosted mad events and also I styled and Art Directed all these pics for them. Shot by Abi Green.
House of Toast They really like toast. So so much. So so much that they run toast parties where allllll types of bread fans gather with toothpicks and butter to create sculptures and get really really drunk. Once upon a time we made a Toast Mahal for some pics and our dear photography buddy Abi Green donated it to the mice of Peckham. Someone saw it and we hit da news in the Metro, Standard, Indian Times & NZ Times.
Extreme Garnishing Workshops Sometimes The Robin Collective do things that aren't to do with weird food. Sometimes they don't. This is one of those times. This is a weird gifs for their Extreme Garnishing workshops. You should go. They explode a turkey and make fireworks out of food.
Ice Cream Disco
One day we bought a van and for the next year we painted it a lot. Here's phase one of the life of The Robin Collectives lovely truck.
Then we took it around and dj’d in it in pink jumpsuits and dished up marshmallows and ice-creams. There were headphones and everything. Sometimes we had to promote said van, and for that, we use silly things like this. It is made of paper and candy floss. Candy floss doesn't too great in hot light.
Robin and Brandy needed a new website so we made these pics. You can't see but there is a paper prawn badge which is just the best.
Pepsi Max Cherry Rooms
With the rest of the gang at The Robin Collective we made this The Pepsi Max Cherry Rooms Sensory Experience in Bethnal Green. There was an edible tree. A smoke cannon pepsi can. A fake sweet shop. Raining pepsi and a pop up river. And headphones. And liquid nitrogeon of course. We did loads and it was hella great fun and exhausting in equal measure.
Voted 'Best Pop Up' in London by Grazia and TimeOut
***more pics to come***
Chloe Cordon and I made an instagram for things that make us go lol when it comes to be a #womeninawarghhhhmansworld. Follow us to encourage us to add to it because we do really like doing it but we also have jobs and lives.
Once upon a time I was a freelance maker lady for editorials, music videos, film and tv. I made anything and everything that fell into the arms of Art Department + Graphic Props and even spent three months living in Wales in an army base handwriting hundreds of love letters so that there would be enough duplicates when they alllllll got thrown in the water on purpose. That particular film was both a BAFTA nominee, and the proud owner of a 6.2 rating on Imdb AND was directed by the guy that directed Spice World, Kevin Allen. Life was weird then.
Here’s some of the things I made. I would like to make more things.
CVG Bags for Notion Magazine March ‘16 Cassandra Verity Green Accessories Photography by Abi Green
Sparkly Clean Photographer by Amy Currell
Building Blocks Photography by Abi Green
Be My Valentine (for Southbank Centre) Collaboration with Hannah Myatt
Sunglasses for Linda Farrow LookBook ‘16 Photography by Abi Green
Call Me Photography by Abi Green
And some music videos I art directed and some props I made and some other stuff by just lil old me
Will Joseph Cook - Girls Like Me
TWEAKS - Sisters
UNDER MILK WOOD UK Trailer
I made alll the graphic props. From stamps to pub signs to beer labels to posters to beer mats to basically ANYTHING with words on it in the whole film.
I'D BE NOTHING WITHOUT EU <3
Chloe n I made a dating website after some of our countrymen voted to leave the EU. For why? So that our EU mates could marry the liberal Remainers and stay here. Oh, and also cause there was a huge rise in hate crime and we wanted to make love crime instead.
Because we actually really care about this, we definitely took this joke too far and actually made a fully functioning dating website. (now officially hacked)
We got 3,510 members that weren’t just friends or family, which was both unexpected and exciting, and had lots of fun press in mad places like msn.com, Huffington Post, Le Parisien, Liberation.fr, Made In Shoreditch, The Lambeth Weekender, The Israel National News, Agence France Presse TV, The London Economist, Look Magazine and The Spectator. We did an actual radio interview.