Saturday, 15 August 2009
Despite not being a member of A Small World, I managed to blag an invite to their summer party at 40 Winks on Thursday night. As usual I was somewhat intimidated by the number of incredibly beautiful, brainy and generally talented people there. I took along some of my own talent too- when I say my own I actually mean other people's, but with Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton at my side, I at least felt that I belonged if only by association. Here's a pic of Tinsel and Twinkle with Naomi from Vintage Secret and Jonathan who works with David Carter at 40 Winks.
Here I am in one of the gorgeous rooms at 40 Winks, snapped by actress and writer Irra K.
See some beautiful photographs of singer Tallulah Rendall in the same room here.
The dress code was pink and white, and turns out, I don't really own anything pink and wouldn't be sen dead in anything as unflattering as white, so had to resort to my newly purchased pink wig. Although I joined the millions of women longing for a pink wig after that scene in Lost in Translation, I've only just splashed out (99p on ebay) on one with my forthcoming trip to Burning Man in mind. For those of you who don't know, Burning Man is,hang on a sec..is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.Yep, I totally just copied and pasted that, but if you go to the main Burning Man site, you'll see that they too find it hard to define- claiming that 'trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.' Having said that, I've never been, but have a pretty good idea of what to expect as I've seen 5 years worth of my boyfriend's photographs, and have been to lots of the London Burner's events. Anyway, said wig was bought in preparation for both the cold nights, and the fact that hair washing will have to be rationed in a desert where the only water you have is what you bring with you.It is because of this festival that our living room currently looks like this:
My boyfriend is making the front 'wall' of our camp, which is meant to look like an old English pub. Other ongoing projects in our flat include the construction of a pop-up cardboard fireplace- turns out all those maths lessons at primary school where you get taught how to draw some squares with some tabs and stuff and then you can make a cube DO come in handy.Who'd have thought?
The Burning Man community doesn't trade in cash- the only thing you can buy in the desert is ice which is brought in daily.Instead self-reliance is the name of the game, combined with swapping and gift-giving which people take very seriously.I 'm currently making a stash of gifts out of a load of vintage Liberty print fabric I had been turning into bunting. Here are the bows I've made so far, soon to be stuck onto hairclips, badges etc:
Anyone make the Liberty print Flash Mob on Thursday?Vintage Secret owner Naomi was snapped by cult blogger Susie Lau from Style Bubble (also my editor at Dazed Digital)- see her in her post, bottom left.