Photographed by Keiron O’Connor and styled by lovely Stevie Westgarth, our cropped jumper worn #insideout for Fashion Revolution Day.
Join us on 24/4/14 to remember the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and to ask Who Made Your Clothes?

Photographed by Keiron O’Connor and styled by lovely Stevie Westgarth, our cropped jumper worn #insideout for Fashion Revolution Day.
Join us on 24/4/14 to remember the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and to ask Who Made Your Clothes?

— 3 months ago with 1 note
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19 Meeting House Lane SE15. Our new studio. We will be open by appointment from January 2014. #upcycle #showroom #peckham

— 4 months ago with 1 note
GIRLFRIENDS - SUNNA WATHEN
Artist Sunna Wathen was born in Athens, Greece to an Icelandic artist mother and English poet, bagpipe player and mountain climber father.
FS - Who are you and where are you from?
SW - I am Sunna Wathen and I was born in Athens, in a house on the hill just under the Acropolis. My Mother is Icelandic and my Father English and as a child I lived in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and then Mallorca, Spain where my father built a house.
I love who I am because I came from two great parents and I loved my grandmothers. My family and friends are incredibly important to me.
FS - What is your first fashion memory?
SW - My father wearing an embarrassing beret perched on the side of his head. It was hand crotched with a bobble on top and I crossed the street so I wouldn’t be seen with him.
I later became very fond of the beret and when he died it was pictured in the Guardian obituary alongside a photograph of him playing the silver flute.
FS - What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?
SW - The best piece of advice I was ever given was from my father. In fact it was almost the last thing he ever said to me…Sunna, don’t be so honest…. Advice I have never actually heeded. I am who I am.
He also showed me that.
FS - What item of clothing have you been most faithful to over the years?
SW - The piece of clothing I have been most faithful to over the years is a jacket I made 30 years ago. It has a huge wooden button and I almost cut off my fingers whilst I was making it! 
FS - Who or what inspires you?
SW - Energy inspires me
FS - If you could have been born in another period of history, when would that be and why?
SW - Maybe the Icelandic countryside in the 1900’s. Because it was brutish, harsh and full of interesting stories.
FS - If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, what would you be and why?
SW - I would be a scarf because a scarf is snug and liberating at the same time.
FS - What is your go-to comfort food?
SW - Bread, cheese, mayonnaise and banana. Perfection!
FS - What is your favorite place on earth?
SW – My favourite place on earth is the island of Mallorca followed swiftly by my primordial mythical Iceland full of swirling ancestral beings
FS - If you had one wish, what would you ask for?
SW – Whenever I cracked the wishing bone of the chicken I used to wish I was to be able to fly. Then I parachuted for the first time so that was taken care of! Since then it is always that all my loved ones are happy and well.
FS – What are you currently working on?
SW - I am currently working on five drawings for an illustration exhibition for the Bolognafiere and 12 small pieces for a show in Palma in December.

GIRLFRIENDS - SUNNA WATHEN

Artist Sunna Wathen was born in Athens, Greece to an Icelandic artist mother and English poet, bagpipe player and mountain climber father.

FS - Who are you and where are you from?

SW - I am Sunna Wathen and I was born in Athens, in a house on the hill just under the Acropolis. My Mother is Icelandic and my Father English and as a child I lived in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and then Mallorca, Spain where my father built a house.

I love who I am because I came from two great parents and I loved my grandmothers. My family and friends are incredibly important to me.

FS - What is your first fashion memory?

SW - My father wearing an embarrassing beret perched on the side of his head. It was hand crotched with a bobble on top and I crossed the street so I wouldn’t be seen with him.

I later became very fond of the beret and when he died it was pictured in the Guardian obituary alongside a photograph of him playing the silver flute.

FS - What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?

SW - The best piece of advice I was ever given was from my father. In fact it was almost the last thing he ever said to me…Sunna, don’t be so honest…. Advice I have never actually heeded. I am who I am.

He also showed me that.

FS - What item of clothing have you been most faithful to over the years?

SW - The piece of clothing I have been most faithful to over the years is a jacket I made 30 years ago. It has a huge wooden button and I almost cut off my fingers whilst I was making it!

FS - Who or what inspires you?

SW - Energy inspires me

FS - If you could have been born in another period of history, when would that be and why?

SW - Maybe the Icelandic countryside in the 1900’s. Because it was brutish, harsh and full of interesting stories.

FS - If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, what would you be and why?

SW - I would be a scarf because a scarf is snug and liberating at the same time.

FS - What is your go-to comfort food?

SW - Bread, cheese, mayonnaise and banana. Perfection!

FS - What is your favorite place on earth?

SW – My favourite place on earth is the island of Mallorca followed swiftly by my primordial mythical Iceland full of swirling ancestral beings

FS - If you had one wish, what would you ask for?

SW – Whenever I cracked the wishing bone of the chicken I used to wish I was to be able to fly. Then I parachuted for the first time so that was taken care of! Since then it is always that all my loved ones are happy and well.

FS – What are you currently working on?

SW - I am currently working on five drawings for an illustration exhibition for the Bolognafiere and 12 small pieces for a show in Palma in December.

— 4 months ago with 1 note

GIRLFRIENDS - ANNA MC DOWELL

Artist Anna McDowell is co-curator of ‘In The Balance’, an exhibition opening on the 7th November at From Somewhere’s new studio space in Peckham. 


FS - Who are you and where are you from?

AMD - I’m Anna, I’m an artist working and living in Brixton.

FS - What is your first fashion memory?

AMD - My Great Grandmother Irene’s endless supply of clip on earrings.

FS - What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?

AMD - That you can’t change people.

FS - What item of clothing have you been most faithful to over the years?

AMD - I really think it honestly is my dark grey, cashmere From Somewhere jumper. The whole surface sort of looks like a pretty brain, with a gathered type stitch, so it stretches really big and shrinks really small. And it’s so warm.

FS - Who or what inspires you?

AMD - My cat Sexford inspires me both spiritually and philosophically.

FS - If you could have been born in another period of history, when would that be and why?

AMD - The Triassic period. I like the idea of experiencing a completely different version of the world, and seeing a time that precedes human history.  

FS - If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, what would you be and why?

AMD - A small, square, black velvet handbag that had a capacity one hundred times its size, but is always incredibly light and had the option of floating beside you when you are too tired to carry it. That’s what I would want to be. But a piece of clothing or accessory that honestly fits most closely with my personality… probably an orange fleece.

FS - What is your go-to comfort food?

AMD - Crisps.

FS - What is your favorite place on earth?

AMD - My bed.

FS - If you had one wish, what would you ask for?

AMD - To worry less. 

FS - What inspired you in the making of your most recent body of work?

AMD - Many things. Through experiences of my own and reading a lot of psychoanalytical texts, I became interested in the connection between anxiety and loss. The materials I use and combine are an exploration of this dialogue. The materials themselves are a huge inspiration, and how the meaning of any given material can be shifted and questioned. For example in ‘Spilling!’ I have taken a mug, a mundane everyday object, and wrapped it entirely in pink cotton thread. The object is suddenly alien. It has been suffocated but is also alluring and comforting. A length of chain, also wrapped partially in thread, protrudes from the base of the mug, and feathers spill out of its mouth. That which is soft and safe, is placed with something hard and threatening. Nothing is quite as it seems. 

FS - What has been the biggest challenge in arranging and curating the group exhibition In the Balance at From Somewhere’s new studio space?

AMD - I think I can speak for both myself and Georgia Keeling (co-curator of the show) when I say that the biggest challenge with this kind of project is fear of judgement! Georgia and I are also showing our work in the show so not only are we thinking about how people will perceive that, but also how people will receive the show as a whole. But whilst I’m feeling that pressure, the whole process has been amazing. Bringing works and concepts that matter to us together to create a show is very special indeed.

Anna can be reached here.

— 5 months ago

GIRLFRIENDS - MAK GILCHRIST

Mak Gilchrist is a Model, guerilla gardener and co-founder of The Edible Bus Stop, an innovative project that aims to transform neglected sites across London’s transport network into valuable community growing spaces.

FS - Who are you and where are you from?

MG - My name is Mak Gilchrist. I have been a fashion model for 30 years. I am also a community activist that engages in urban interventions with edible foodscapes. I am a born and bred Londoner. And proud of it.

FS - What is your first fashion memory?

MG - Chubby Knees. I grew up in Chelsea just off the King’s Road and remember being eye height to all these chubby knees in mini skirts. Not everyone was Twiggy!

FS - What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?

MG - Don’t breath underwater / You’ll live to regret more what you didn’t do, than what you did do / Wear the highest factor sunblock you can lay your hands on

FS - What item of clothing have you been most faithful to over the years?

MG - Jeans! Different shapes and labels. Right now I’m loving my skinny drainpipes and slim fit APC’s. I also always have at least one tight fitting black polo neck in my cupboard. 

FS - Who or what inspires you?

MG - I am inspired by people who are willing to stick their neck out to make a change. Small changes often have the most remarkable and sustainable effect on communities. Anyone who dares think out of the box, look at life and ask questions. People who roll their sleeves up and get on with it. As for fashion inspiration, then Tilda Swinton gets it right for me time and time again. 

FS - If you could have been born in another period of history, when would that be and why?

MG - During the Abolitionist period in the 1800’s working with William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. 

FS - If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, what would you be and why?

MG - A zip. It pulls things together and keeps them apart when needed. Is quick and easy to use. Wish I had one of those for people.

FS - What is your go-to comfort food?

MG - I don’t have just one. Depends on my mood. But I do find that when in doubt or a crisis BAKE! It really helps me find a sense of order in chaos. Baking is a meditation for me.

FS - What is your favourite place on earth?

MG - If I am with someone I really trust and love and feel secure in their company, that can be anywhere and is my favourite place.

FS - If you had one wish, what would you ask for?

MG - To be able to heal myself of some annoying physical nuisances

FS - The Edible Bus Stop is a fantastic idea, what inspired it?

MG - The Edible Bus Stop (TM) project started life in early 2011 as guerrilla community garden in Stockwell adjacent to a bus stop. Having seen an outline planning notice that would have meant us loosing the one piece of open ground we had in the neighbourhood, I set about researching how to oppose the planning permission and forming the idea to take the land over to garden upon. After lobbying a group neighbors, we fly posted the neighbourhood and in March 2011, 40 people got together and started digging to grow edibles on the rather sad and abandoned public space. 

FS – What is the Edible Bus Stop’s mission?

MG - Our mission is to enable the transformation of forgotten and neglected sites across London’s transport network into valuable community growing spaces. Our aims are to create design led edible public growing spaces, which will re-connect communities with growing their own, eating seasonal foods and create urban village greens. By creating local landmarks, we can help to galvanize communities providing opportunities for barriers to be broken down. What makes our gardens different to regular community gardens is that ours are out in the open, and are therefore, theoretically fully inclusive.

Our pop up installation designs are playful, often taking everyday objects, or something that is considered ‘bad news’, and reworking it to create ‘good news’ with a mischievous interpretation. If it doesn’t raise a smile, or a quizzical eyebrow, we haven’t hit the mark.

If you’d like to join our mailing list, please write to info@TheEdibleBusStop.org asking to be kept up to date.

You can follow us on Twitter: @EdibleBusStop and ‘Like’ our Facebook page. 

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GIRLFRIENDS – POLLY BROWN

Central St Martins graduate Polly Brown is a London based artist and photographer who counts the ICA, Diesel and Wonderland amongst her clients.

FS - Who are you and where are you from?

PB - I am Polly and I live in London.

FS - What is your first fashion memory?

PB - Oshkosh B’gosh

FS - What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?

PB - Go and have an adventure. 

FS - What item of clothing have you been most faithful to over the years? 

PB - My well-travelled and well-worn Uniqlo cashmere jumper named Comfy Black. It has been everywhere with me for nearly 3 years

FS - Who or what inspires you?

PB - Friends and Airports.

FS - If you could have been born in another period of history, when would that be and why?

PB - I’d quite like to have been a 1920’s explorer with a cream suit, sunglasses and a mint julep. 

FS - If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, what would you be and why?

PB - I’d be a Bric suitcase.

FS - What is your go-to comfort food?

PB - Ice-cream all day

FS - What is your favorite place on earth?

PB - Any house on a hill.

FS - If you had one wish, what would you ask for?

PB - For the super power of being able to control the weather

We love the Plant Project!

FS - What inspired you to start photographing office plants?

PB - Whilst modeling I often found myself within the offices of some of the world largest global brands. I became increasingly fascinated by the behind the scenes workings of such companies. It is funny to think of a brand whose visual identity is so tightly marketed and then see the swizzle chairs and rows of computers behind the veneer. What actually makes up a company. 

I often found myself drawn to the various plants I saw whilst on these trips. They seemed to embody an alternative identity for the brands. A natural one within a very much man made world. 

FS - Which office/plant combo were you most surprised by?

PB - Vivienne Westwood. Not because it wasn’t what I expected from her office but that she had an on-sight gardener. I thought this was pretty great.

To contact Polly or see more of her work, visit Polly Brown.

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
We will be soon introducing a new thing…
lookwhatwedidtoday
Mini Flash Sales of very one off pieces that we just make up as we go along. Thing is…..even though these pieces are completely unique, super special and unbelievably amazing, given the nature of our work, they will actually be cheaper (yes, much cheaper) than our main collection. Why? Because sometimes, upcycling away, continuity is harder than spontaneity.
Be part of our Flash Sale mob.

We will be soon introducing a new thing…
lookwhatwedidtoday
Mini Flash Sales of very one off pieces that we just make up as we go along. Thing is…..even though these pieces are completely unique, super special and unbelievably amazing, given the nature of our work, they will actually be cheaper (yes, much cheaper) than our main collection. Why? Because sometimes, upcycling away, continuity is harder than spontaneity.
Be part of our Flash Sale mob.

— 6 months ago with 6 notes
#wearefromsomewhere  #lookwhatwedidtoday  #unique  #mineonly 
The finest knits, super soft blends, a run of unused cashmere backs, boxes of merino wool sleeves (the wrong shade? the wrong thickness?), ends, off-cuts and unexpected remnants, all impeccably from somewhere, from cutting room floors, from luxury designer dustbins…..welcome to our knitwear !!

The finest knits, super soft blends, a run of unused cashmere backs, boxes of merino wool sleeves (the wrong shade? the wrong thickness?), ends, off-cuts and unexpected remnants, all impeccably from somewhere, from cutting room floors, from luxury designer dustbins…..welcome to our knitwear !!

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
Tweeds, tweeds, tweeds, in autumnal browns or greyish blues. Tweeds that come from the finest mill where yarns are spun, then weaved, and beautiful fabrics are made…..and some are discarded.
“Crossings”, the textile mills own proofs and sampling, are produced in large quantities, and then ‘downcycled’ into less beautiful things.
Unless we come along to save them.

Tweeds, tweeds, tweeds, in autumnal browns or greyish blues. Tweeds that come from the finest mill where yarns are spun, then weaved, and beautiful fabrics are made…..and some are discarded.
“Crossings”, the textile mills own proofs and sampling, are produced in large quantities, and then ‘downcycled’ into less beautiful things.
Unless we come along to save them.

— 6 months ago

Left: Bottega Veneta dress. Right: detail From Somewhere dress.
The upcycled aestethic is permeating the mainstream.

— 6 months ago with 4 notes
#upcyle  #thefuture  #wearefromsomewhere