Friday, 31 October 2008

SteamPunk and Edward Saperia

This is Ed who dresses from a subgenre called Steampunk. You can find the Wiki explainer here, but in essence it harks back to the steam power or industrial era. You can see an article from a Guardian journalist about one of Ed's superb dinner parties I went to here. Ed is multi talented, he makes SteamPunk Jewelery, is in a SteamPunk band and lives everything...well, errr....SteamPunk.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Musa Okwonga

I met Musa in 2006 when I was checking out the spoken word scene. Musa was one of the poets pushing the scene forward at that point so much so he won Poetry Idol (beating Scroobius Pip). He is far by one of the most talented people I know and a good friend. A spoken word artist he written a book (pictured) short listed for the 2008 William Hill Sports book of the year, and is in one of the most vibrant bands of the moment Benin City with other talent and poet Joshua Idehen.

Gigi Morley

Gigi Morley is founder of the amazing Rocks, Frocks and Cocktails you can find her blog site here
She knows how to Rock, Frock and Cocktail the place anything and plans to have a book, website and TV show out in the not too distant future. She is the fab looking one in pink!

Lazy Gramophone

This is the biography of Lazy Gramophone.

Established in 2003 by myself and Daniel Chidgey with the aim of helping young, independent, up-and-coming artists, writers and musicians to gain exposure and showcase their work. We now have about 30 we support., designed and is now being redesigned by Ben Chidgey (who is an important part of the LG family), is the platform from which the artists can display their various works of art, music, poetry, illustration, photography and more.

In 2006 Lazy Gramophone Press was established and published Adam Green's debut novel, 'Satsuma Sun-mover' on May 1st. It was long listed for The 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize which is £60,000 prize designed not only to richly reward the best young writer in the world but also to serve as a focus for and incentive to all young writers throughout the English-speaking world.
Since then we have published Sam Rawling's poetry collection 'Circle Time' and his short horror story 'Echoes of Dawn' (illustrated by Matt Black), as well as a series of handmade illustrated poetry booklets featuring collaborations between Lazy Gramophone artists and writers. Guy J Jackson's spoken word albums and Simon Gibson's music albums also became available for sale via the website.

Since 2006 there have been regular live 'Lazy Gramophone Presents' events at The Macbeth, The Miller and The Luminaire (all central London) as well as a number of small day-long festivals info. These events include music, spoken word, theatre, art displays, fashion shows and comedy. Throughout all these activities, we are constantly dedicated to supporting and developing artists and groups from the UK and London.

We instigated a charity event called 'Pip vs PIP' in aid of Cancer Research UK with links to the Hackney 'Write to Ignite' festival in September 2007 for a whole night of spoken word with the finest poetry acts in London.

Our new site will have the aim of becoming one of the most prominent creative platforms in the UK, enabling our artists to consistently update and showcase their most current work.

Since the beginning of 2008 we have been coordinating and collaborating with artists in the curation of The Macbeth Gallery, that displays both up-and-coming and more established artists' work on a two-week rotation.

Recently, we have been fortunate enough to gain support from The Hospital Club, with three of our artists' works being exhibited and available for sale at the club. The artists featured are Tom Harris, Garry Milne and Dan Prescott, whose piece 'Quentin Armstrong' was featured on the front cover of the latest member's magazine.

You can contact me at theboss (at)

Head Pictures

Head designs and Kat Sinclair

London born Philip started using his head as a canvas for creativity back in 2006 when he began to go bald. He did not want to conform to shaving his head like everyone else so started using it as an art form to express. Philip’s head designs are now becoming iconic within London’s fashion and art scenes where people strive to be original. As a tastemaker he is now gaining recognition abroad including Japan and China, and is leading the way to becoming one of the most original expressions of creativity in the 21st century.

Philip teams up with professional body painter Kat Sinclair, continuously creating a wealth of designs that have ranged from his 1000-Swarovski crystal head piece to homages of such artists as Roy Lichtenstein and Hokusai painted on his head. Philip caught the attention of Mehron, the largest body paint suppliers in America and is now sponsored by them.

Philip is cultural entrepreneur, co-founding the collective Lazy Gramophone, a couture arts and design label that supports developing artists by running a publishing label, gallery and events. He is also a partner in Art Below, an organisation that strives to create opportunities for emerging and established artists and designers to showcase their work in public spaces, both at home and abroad.