Between Friends ♥ Steve Clark

23rd November 2012

Between Friends
Steve Clark

Steve Cheese is the owner and talented head designer at Design Lagoon, a digital agency with studios in the UK and Madrid.

His grungy style inspired the original SoulDive and Drool collections (here’s Si wearing SoulDive in Brasil) producing awesome screenprinted tees and hoodies. More recently he’s been concentrating on web and print design for Design Lagoon, rocking out work for the likes of MTV, Seas at Risk and O’Neill. Nice.

Keep up to date with his musings on Twitter and new work on Facebook.

Thanks dude!


Zimbabwe / Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence / 2

23rd November 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our friend Robin’s exhibition opening in Paris.

For the people who won’t be able to see it in person, he filmed an awesome video walk through so you can get an idea of the show.

Luckily The Seats Go Back

16th November 2012

Do you remember Between Friends with the lovely Miss Yael Fachler?

Well, after a couple of delays (including a massive, inconsiderate superstorm) her American road trip has officially begun!

I’ve been checking out luckily the seats go back almost hourly to see where they are, what they’re eating and where they’re staying … and I feel like I’m tagging along in the backseat. Yay! Miss you hunny!

Everything Is Going To Be OK

16th November 2012

I bought this sweet little book for my sweet best friend the other day and I kind of wish I’d got one for myself too.

Such a nice reminder, just in case you ever forgot.

Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence

8th November 2012

I’m so excited to write about my friend Robin’s exhibition finally opening in Paris this evening!

Robin won the über prestigious Carmignac Award last year and after a pretty tough 12 months, his exhibition Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence is finally opening.

I so wish we could be there.

If anyone is lucky enough to be in Paris at the moment or anytime over the next month, please stop by to check it out.

Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts
14, rue Bonaparte

Good luck dude! x

Between Friends ♥ Vanessa Brady

22nd October 2012

Between Friends
Vanessa Brady

Super stylish and extremely creative, Vanessa is my Aussie / (honorary) British artist friend.

This talented lady is an artist and an art curator – and when she’s not painting she’s organising exhibitions for various galleries all over London.

Her larger than life canvases (which I’ve written about before) are gorgeous, her Interiors work is seriously divine…and she loves Pugs which makes me love her even more!

To check out more of Vanessa’s work take a look at her site and if you fancy getting something beautiful commissioned you can get in touch with her here!

Between Friends ♥ Yael Fachler

28th September 2012

Between Friends
Yael Fachler

Miss Yael Fachler is one of the most talented people I know. She’s small, sweet and a bad-ass photographer.

The thing about Yael is that if she’s not working on a shoot, she’s planning the next one, or organising an exhibition with one of the hundreds of creative people she’s friends with. She’s quietly motivated and she’s never afraid to take risks with the subjects she shoots. Sexy girls, sexy boys, nudity, quirky fashion and music bits and bobs in between.

In a few weeks she’s off on a 2 month America road trip and I can’t wait to see what she comes back with. I know it’s gonna rock.

Check out Yael’s work on her portfolio site and her photography musings over on Tumblr.

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Between Friends ♥ Robin Hammond

21st September 2012

Between Friends
Robin Hammond

Today’s Between Friends belongs to probably the bravest guy I’ve ever met. Being inspired by risk takers is a bit of a giveaway, although the grapefruit juice is definitely a curveball.

As a photojournalist Robin has spent a large chunk of his life travelling to some of the world’s poorest places. War-torn countries divided by poverty and corrupt beyond belief. He finds people who have no one else to tell their stories to and with his beautiful photography helps to raise awareness of their suffering.

Last year he won the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award with his work on Zimbabwe, and the € 50,000 award meant he was able to travel there over a 5 month period (getting himself arrested twice and jailed for 3 weeks during the process) to take the photos he needed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding Zimbabwe today.

By supporting “a profession in the grip of a severe financing crisis, Carmignan Gestion hopes to give these key witnesses [ie photographers] of today’s world the means to go where others will not.”  

Your Wounds will be named Silence will be exhibited at L’Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris from 9th November until 9th December and published as a book to accompany the exhibition.

L’Ecole des Beaux-arts de Paris
Chapelle des Petits-Augustins
14, Rue Bonaparte
75600 Paris

To view more of Robin’s work check out his website here.

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Iain Howlett @ The Dock

21st September 2012

Hello London friends!

If you have some time this weekend head down to The Dock in West London to check out Luminosity – an exploration of artificial light in all it’s forms.

Part of the London Design Festival, the Tom Dixon design store will be showcasing Luminosity – featuring my talented friend Iain Howlett‘s gorgeous Crystallites collaboration – launching some new product ranges and having a chocolate exhibition. Mmmm.

I wish we could go!

Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove,
London, W10 5BU

Saturday 22 September:  10am-6pm
Sunday 23 September: 11am-5pm

Between Friends ♥ Jacky Heggli

6th September 2012

Between Friends
Jacky Heggli

Jacky is one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic designers I’ve ever met.

After finishing her Visual Communications degree in the UK, she moved back to her home city of Hong Kong to work at a Creative Media Agency.

Being based in the middle of Central could truly make or break a designer’s spirit (it’s hectic and the HK design world is pretty cutthroat) but having already worked with big name clients like Red Bull I know this passionate young designer will go far … and I can’t wait to see what she does in the future!

Thank you Jacky! x

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Joss McKinley

3rd September 2012

Gathering Wool is the latest photographic offering from Joss McKinley and a project he’s been working on since 2004.

It opened on Friday at the Foam Gallery in Amsterdam, and the exhibition is on until the 14th October. Check it out if you can.

Between Friends ♥ Marta Rodkina-Sexton

31st August 2012

Between Friends
Marta Rodkina-Sexton

With 2 little boys, it’s amazing Marti has time to do anything creative, let alone start a new career. I think being a mother of 2 is inspiring enough as it is!

Russian born, London based Marta was a model before deciding she’d rather be behind the camera, and signed up to study Fashion Photography at London School of Fashion.

Fast forward a few years and inspired by her gorgeous boys, Marta started her own children’s clothing company sourcing vintage clothes and designing quirky and sweet, one-off pieces for kids.

6 years on her youngest is starting school, and although she still makes her Plus Fours on request (which are super, super cute!), she’s now concentrating on her true passion for teaching. That’s love, dedication and inspiration for you.

Thank you Marti!

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Between Friends ♥ Justin Howes

24th August 2012

Between Friends
Justin Howes

Funny, creative and über-talented, Justin is one of those guys you can’t help but like.

In 2007 he set up Just Design Studio, working as it’s Creative Director for clients including Ogilvy, Channel 4Nespresso, Harley Davidson and Visa – yes, he’s that good!

The multi-discipline agency has been based in London for the past 5 years, and with plans for a Cape Town studio just around the corner he’ll be taking on the Mother City, making shit happen and available for after work beers very soon. Hooray!

Watch this space for more news to come…

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Hannah Joy

21st August 2012

In keeping with the gorgeous flower theme, these shots are by my clever little sister Hannah.

Beautiful. I especially love the Arum Lily.

Between Friends ♥ Lynn Cockburn

17th August 2012

Between Friends
Lynn Cockburn A.K.A. Lynnda Needles

Lynn is probably the most creative and unique person I know. Give her some yarn or a length of rope and she’ll turn it into a belt … or a jumper … or a dress … or a plant holder. Do you remember our crocheted Stag’s Head? Yep, well that was her.

She’s ridiculously motivated (I’m not sure she actually sleeps!), she researches like a woman possessed, and she also happens to be super, super cool.

Half of quirky London knitwear label a minute silence – when she’s not creating pieces for AMS, she designs and makes cool knotted accessories (think camera straps, bracelets and necklaces) for her store, O NÓ.

Oh, and that’s all in between her day job as a knitwear designer.

Lynn, we salute (and love!) you. Thank you for giving us the first Between Friends.

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Between Friends

15th August 2012

Between Friends is going to be a new section on Between the Neon that I’ll be adding over the next few weeks and I’m super excited!

I’ve asked all of my lovely creative friends to share with us what inspires them and gets their creative beats rocking. We’ve got jewellery designers, photographers, crafters, florists, graphic designers – all kinds of amazing people so I cannot wait!

Stay tuned…

Freedom Park :: Berlin

10th August 2012

My friend Chris just sent me this cool shot from Berlin’s nHow Freedom Park.

For the 50th anniversary of the building the Berlin Wall, the Dudes Factory and Lux Pop Art Group collaborated to present Freedom Park, a painting exhibition from a selection of the best contemporary artists in the world, onto original cement segments of the Berlin Wall.

The exhibition runs until the 09.11.14 – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, with every year seeing more artists join the exhibition.

You can watch more about it here.

Thanks Chris (hope you guys have an awesome weekend!)


1st August 2012

Ah! What a lovely surprise to find the gorgeous Alice Skewis wearing a Bundle MacLaren Olympic fascinator over on swissmiss! Yay!

A true English rose x

(via swissmiss)


Twenty6 Magazine {Issue F}

17th July 2012

My favourite online magazine Twenty6 has just launched Issue F.

From Femme Fatale to Feathers & Folklore, their latest offering doesn’t disappoint with quirky colours, gorgeous beauty, sexy fashion and beautiful design.

Check out the entire Issue F here.

Lynnda Needles

16th July 2012

I’m so excited to share the awesome new addition to our bedroom with you all this morning!

This amazing crocheted Stag’s Head was made by one of my coolest friends, Lynnda Needles and somehow I convinced her to ‘lend’ it to us when we were in London. Yay! She made it for an exhibition at the very cool Welcome Home store in Glasgow and now we have it hanging from our ceiling.

Lynn makes all kinds of amazing things. She’s a trained knitwear designer, she started up the quirky and gorgeous knitwear label AMS (a minute silence) with Danny Sangra (check him out, he’s also super cool); sells her knotted Japanese jewellery at O NO … and then makes crocheted awesomeness in her spare time. And she has a full time job. Amazing.

Check out more of her work over on her blog iamlynndaneedles.

We ♥ Lynnda Needles!

Robin Hammond

19th June 2012

I’m SO excited to be able to write about our friend Robin winning the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Hooray!

The award was established in 2009 and finances a photojournalism report lasting for several months on a proposed theme.

Robin’s work on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe was dangerous and extremely risky but I know he’ll have taken the most amazing photos in the months he spent there, and hopefully the awareness raised through his photography will make it all worthwhile.

There will be an exhibition of his work at the Chapelle de l’Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris from 9 November 2012 and a beautiful book to accompany the show.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris then, make sure you don’t miss it.


14th June 2012

1DAY6CITIES is a global photography project dreamt up by my old college friend Daniel Alexander. On 11-11-11 last year, a collection of photographers in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Auckland, San Francisco and São Paulo gathered in their respective cities to shoot a still image every 30 seconds for 24 hours.

The cities were chosen because they are roughly an equal time difference apart which means that when combined the films show the sun travelling around the earth through the course of the day.

Check out the full film here.

For anyone in Auckland, the first exhibition of 1DAY6CITIES has just opened at the North Art Gallery and is on until the 27th June. Keep an eye out on their blog for exhibitions still to come.

Vanessa Brady

11th June 2012

I thought it was about high time I did a post on my amazingly talented and sweet artist friend Vanessa.

These 3 paintings are my favourites from her series The Sacred Feminine. Her work focuses on light, reflection and strong contrasting, with photography playing an instrumental part in her creative process. I think the way she paints light is amazing.

Check out her website for more work.


7th June 2012

Leaving sunny Cape Town for London last weekend was difficult, but despite the rain (and gale force winds) there’s something about London itself that makes the weather (almost) bearable.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not feeling inclined to move back anytime soon, but every time we come I have a lot of fun.

Here’s a little round up of what’s been going down in London town:


The Jubilee

It’s the Diamond Jubilee and British patriotism is in full swing – there are flags everywhere. I’ve snapped a million photos of houses decorated with Union Jack flags, kids faces painted in red, white and blue, shop windows flying the colours and products everywhere (from couch covers at Ikea to gym clothes at Sweaty Betty) covered in the Union Jack.

My favourites so far are the Limited Edition Union Jack tea-towels I picked up from Ikea yesterday (look out for an Ikea post coming soon…) and the Union Jack Dr Martins I’ve seen people wearing – oh, and of course THE most adorable little Harry Street ♥ in his Union Jack jumper. Eek!



She’s an icon and she’s everywhere. I love her hats and I think she’s kind of cute – especially when she smiles. This piece by British art collective Prefab77 popped up in Dublin recently and although it’s intended as a bit of monarchy mockery, it’s still rather cool. Let it Reign, a collection of Elizabeth II screenprints is Prefab77’s Limited Edition Jubilee offering.


David Beckham

Gracing the cover of July Elle is *drumroll please* Mr David Beckham. It’s the first time in British Elle’s 27 year history a man has been on the cover – and actually, they gave him 3. Need I say more?


The Photographers Gallery

We went to check out the newly opened Photographers’ Gallery on Monday. I wasn’t that impressed by the layout of the new site, but the images on show were great, as always. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s exhibition Burtynsky: Oil is on until the 1st July.


The Tube

I don’t like the tube much, especially at 8:30 in the morning during rush hour. What is kind of cool though, is that the Central Line is now on Twitter. Keep track of updates and delays on the track @centralline – clever.


My Bookhou Bag (for you Sherm)

I wrote about my new bag that was waiting for me a couple of weeks ago. I finally got it yesterday and it’s everything I could have possibly asked for – and more, more, more! Hooray! Thank you bub and thank you Bookhou – I will be shopping with you again!

Art House Foundation

25th May 2012

This weekend our artist friend Ali, who’s part of the the Art House Foundation, has a temporary residency at the V22 Biscuit Factory in London.

If you want to pop by and check out some amazing installations they’re open all day Sunday.

V22 Biscuit Factory
F Block
100 Clements Rd
London, SE16 4DG