Friday, 30 April 2010

Gabby Young & Platform 2 at the pop-up shop

On Sunday 18th April at the Sketchbook Pop-Up Shop, we were joined by Platform 2 for a creative session and poetry reading and Gabby Young for an acoustic set. 

Here's a snippet of the day's actions filmed and edited by talented photographer/filmographer Sarolta Marton.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Live Issue & Sketchbook Magazine Live at The Future Gallery

In collaboration with The Live Issue, Sketchbook will be live blogging at The Future Gallery (formerly The Photographer’s Gallery) on Wednesday 5th May as part as a live magazine installation. 

The Live Issue takes the conventional pages of a magazine and brings them to life in 3D. Uniting fashion, film, music and art to create an experience that allows you to step inside the issue and explore the pages room by room".

Myself and Wafa (Sketchbook editor) will be hosting a stand along with some of the Sketchbook writers, who will be busy tapping away at their laptops and interviewing key guests such as Pam Hogg. We will also have our on-sight illustrator Gabriela Mot sketching the guests on the spot.  

An intimate interview with Pam Hogg will be screened alongside key pieces from her collection and other short films and imagery. Designer Rachel Freire who presented at On/Off this LFW, will be there with Izzy Electric collaborating on a sound installation. The night will also hold an exclusive screening of Gabriel Gettman’s fashion film in collaboration with and live art from illustrator Nikki Farquharson and print designer Marie Hill. The Live Issue illustration competition, in collaboration with Don’t Panic Magazine, offered budding illustrators the chance to design a print to be used on the goody bags and displayed in the Don't Panic exhibition room. Other things to look forward to are the interactive advertising room, featuring Commes Des Garcons ads and a Live DJ set from i-D magazine’s music editor, Princess Julia.

The Event is at The Future Gallery on Wednesday May 5th from 7-11pm and is invitation only. If you'd like to attend please contact to be added to the guestlist.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not is a forthcoming exhibition, based on nostalgia and memories and curated by Anna Mould, a third year Fashion Promotion & Imaging student at University for the Creative Arts.

The exhibition includes an installation of a deserted bedroom filled with abandoned objects and furniture. A short film tells the tale of the previous life of these items and the owner who left them behind. All around are aged echoes of sadness and a time that has passed. 

The exhibition aims to make us, the visitors, consider what happens to these objects when we are gone. It poses the question: Will they be stored in a museum for future generations or left alone to go rotten and hysterical?

The abandoned items (including old furniture, mirrors and photographs) will be auctioned following the exhibition, allowing us to 'rescue' these objects from their abandonment.

The Private View will take place at the Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, on Monday 10th May from 6-9pm. The exhibition continues until Wednesday 13th May.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

4 images to sum up my university career

We've been asked to submit 3 images for the Graduate Fashion Week year book, of which the tutors will pick just 1. How on earth do I sum up 3 years of uni in 1 image?! Obviously it's got to be something I'm proud of and therefore an image from the pop-up shop...

I decided to cheat and produce a couple of moodboards with a number of images on them. Even then I couldn't narrow it down so I ended up choosing 4 - the tutors will just have to deal with it because it's too hard! 

So here is my university career edited down to 4 images...

Illustration by Susan Keys, Poster by Jade Cummings and Photography (mostly) by Sarolta Marton. Oh yes and John-Paul Thurlow for his Covers invitation!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Alternative Fashion Week 2010

I was invited down to day 2 of Alternative Fashion Week at Spitalfields Traders Market to view a range of collections by new and emerging designers, who have each fought for a place in the final 60. Alternative Fashion Week 2010 is presented by Alternative Arts, with daily catwalk shows at 1.15pm all this week.

Tuesday’s line up included 4.2morrow, Charlie Chambers, CoolTan Arts, Dorota Damian, Hackney Community College, Hanna Kille, Prilly Lewis, Pavel Merxuz, Georgia Nash, Stacey Richards, Tanya Smith, Kimberley Startup, Hayley Trezise and West Thames College.

I was there to support contemporary designer TANYA SMITH. Tanya graduated from Leeds College of Art last summer and has been interning at high street fashion houses and working on her own collection since. The Natural Look AW 10/11 was inspired by shapes, contours and colours found at Kew Gardens.

Designer Tanya Smith with Amelia Gregory of Amelia's Magazine

Key pieces included an oversized coral jacket with large lapels and an ankle length dress with dolman sleeves, high-waist structured bottle green jeans with top-stitched pleating detail and retro floral printed (by textile designer Anna Maria Horner) side pockets. Jumpsuits were also heavily featured in the collection, shown both on their own or teamed with interesting jackets.

Another collection that caught the eye, though not for the same reasons, was Come On Now Kimi, Grow Up by KIMBERLEY STARTUP, a nostalgic collection including wooden toys and colourful accessories, which sent the photographers crazy.

The final designer GEORGIA NASH showcased her collection The Nut Was Too Strong to Crack, with each model representing a different character from The Nutcracker production. The velvet, satin and silk fabrics beautifully complemented the shapes and layers of the outfits, each teamed with interesting accessories including clutch bags and oversized bows with little wooden nutcracker dolls glued to the models’ heels.

Here's a clip of what went on behind the scenes:

Images & film clip by SAROLTA MARTON

To view Tanya's look book visit

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Spread the word - Street Style London shoots American Apparel

After Jill from Street Style London: Pics by Polka Dot emailed me telling me all about her latest project, I decided to spread the word...

American Apparel asked her to shoot their latest ad, which she did with a street style twist. She found a girl - Emily - on Oxford St and asked her to model. Luckily she said yes and together they produced a gorgeous bunch of images (I've only seen a few but I'm sure there are lots more).

The point is to show American Apparel the power of blogs - if we each tag and comment the blog, the test is to see how far it goes. Personally, I'd love to see Jill do a whole series of ads - she brings out the fun side of advertising by using (in her own words) natural style icons - people we can relate to but who still make the clothing look great.

Check out the rest of the images by visiting:

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Monday, 19 April 2010

John-Paul Thurlow Private View at Sketchbook Pop-up shop

We were lucky enough to twist John-Paul Thurlow's arm enough for him to let us exhibit his some of his artwork from his Covers series at the Sketchbook pop-up shop. The private view was last Sunday with Pocket Satellite playing 2 live sets. 

Here's a little preview of what went on...


Film clip by Sarolta Marton

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Sketchbook hosts solo exhibition of cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow

I am delighted to announce that we will be showcasing John-Paul Thurlow's solo exhibition at the Sketchbook pop-up shop from Sunday 11th April. The private view will be held from 3-6pm on Sunday and will include live music from Pocket Satellite as well as complimentary drinks and cakes. Hope to see you there...


John Paul Thurlow: 11 April, 2010

Leading fashion illustration magazine Sketchbook collaborates with renowned cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow in his first ever exhibition.

Celebrating 50 years of fashion and music in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby

Sunday 11th April, 2010    3:00- 6:00pm   10 NEWBURGH STREET, CARNABY W1

7th April, 2010 / London, UK: In their continuous mission to support the art of illustration, fashion illustration magazine Sketchbook is collaborating with famed cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow, to showcase and celebrate his works so far. John-Paul Thurlow will be showcasing his famed illustrated covers that pay homage to every magazine he has ever owned for the very first time, and more.

Created using fine pencil lines with astounding delicacy, these magazine covers show incredible technical skill. Rather than simply reproducing old covers, though, he adds punkish scribbles and leaves parts incomplete, alluding to the artist’s struggles and frustrations with perfection. Our exhibition shows the working process by exposing the different layers of progression until the piece is finished.

London-based graphic designer John-Paul Thurlow, who currently works as part of a creative agency with high profile clients like Gucci, launched his projects Covers, which is now being turned into a limited edition book (print run of 100) featuring his first 100 covers. Recently featured on this month's Elle as an Elle Preview and with Spike Jonze already asking to buy one, Sketchbook couldn't be more excited to be hosting a special exhibition for the famed illustrator at the pop-up shop. 

The Sketchbook pop-up shop has already seen an influx of high profile art and fashion industry experts, including Yvan Rodic of fashion blog The Facehunter, Charlotte Smith from leading online fashion marketing agency Glam Media and also host of her own blog Stylecartel, Laetitia Wajnapel of Mademoiselle Robot, Disney Roller Girl, and over 50 others in attendance.

Fashion designers Maria Francesca Pepe and Yan To also provided an insightful look on what it takes to become a fashion designer.

Marian Kihogo, blogger of and also a celebrity fashion stylist, described it as “walking through a live version of an issue of Sketchbook.” Whilst first issue cover girl Susie Bubble said “Sketchbook had enlisted an incredible roster of illustrators for the pop-up shop.”

Nestled in the East Quarter of Carnaby, central London, the Newburgh Quarter is a treasure trove of unique projects and inspiring people. The area is packed with independent boutiques showcasing unique fashion, art and design. It is here at 10 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, W1 that Sketchbook has been holding its hugely-anticipated Pop-Up Shop, in celebration of Carnaby’s 50 years of fashion and music, with live bands playing every Sunday.

Some of the upcoming events and lectures include the Blogs and Brands panel discussion on Thurs, April 8 with Leon Bailey-Green, Dwain Lucktung, Ollie Olanipekun and Style Salvage Steve to name a few, also, a live interview with Lee Lapthorne, creative director of On|Off and not forgetting live music by the upcoming band POCKET SATELLITE.

Join us at the private viewing to get a first glance at these amazing works. There will be drinks and cupcakes provided by ENIOLA’S OhSF Treats and entertainment by upcoming band Pocket Satellite. Based in Sheffield, Pocket Satellite’s sound is a blend of acoustic, folk and alternative sounds that incorporate a wide variety of instruments.


10 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, London W1F 7RN.

Private view: Sunday 11th April 2010

Exhibition open from Sunday 11th April – Monday 19th April 2010

Monday to Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sundays: 12noon-6pm


To RSVP to the private view or request more information please contact:

Sketchbook Shop

The Sketchbook shop has been thriving the past few days with sales of T-shirts by Lucia Emanuela Curzi, Personal Space Invaders merchandise, limited edition prints by Ollie Stone and Craft kits by Craftivist Collective to name a few...

Make sure you pop by to have a look in the 'cupboard of curiosity' and 'Lucia's Boutique' to see if anything catches your eye.

Here's a new images of the shop area shot by photographer Nathan Pask...

A lot of the stock is exclusive to the Sketchbook shop and all the money goes straight to the artists themselves. Please come by to support them and of course to see us too!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Pop-Up Shop Launch Party Video

Sarolta Marton's 2nd video clip shows the madness behind setting up the launch party, as well as the party in full swing!