DUCKIE workshop for Christmas market @ the Barbican!

Recently I was asked to go to a workshop organised by DUCKIE - 'they create wonderful audience interactive performance shows that blur the boundaries between theatre, nightclubs and new mode pop and arty show business' - to discuss about ideas as this Christmas are producing The Duckie Christmas Market at the Barbican. 'Running for three weeks in December 2011 in the foyers and walkaways of the Barbican Centre, and accompanying the Duckie Christmas show in the theatre, this DIY market will provide a fresh alternative to the high street. It will be an indoor indie gift market showcasing cult craftsmakers, underground artisans, DIY designers, thrifty retro hawkers and community arts curios.' So I took some photos to share with you from the day! There is a couple more workshops/discussions in relation to the market in September, more info here. At the moment Duckie are doing a really fun show at the Barbican until 24 July called 'Lullaby': you go, they send you to sleep with a lovely show, then you sleep over at the Barbican with lots of othe people and then in the morning they serve you breakfast and send you home!
most of the materials provided were reclaimed from scrapyards etc

to make us get going the task was to decorate/make a box

I really liked this one that used post-it notes

a lady covered a box with pages from an old book

this was my creation from a record cover!

a wonderful kitsch item they brought to show us

a shoulder brooch I bought soon available on Loserville TV!

Gabby Young's 'Song for Japan'

Earlier this year through joining twitter and following a trail of things and people that interested me I became aware of the lovely band 'Gabby Young and Other Animals' who not only make great music, but also the songstress Gabby Young displays a fabulous extravagant style - her stylist is Katie Antoniou! -
Image from Catrin Arwel Photography

and has an interest in all things crafty and extraordinary, which she curates and showcases under the umbrella of 'Gabberdashery' - see her style blog for various pop up shops/events and more info. 'Gabberdashery' have also created a Gabberdashery Wall for Supermarket Sarah like I have a Plastic Seconds Wall!
Earlier this year Gabby Young visited Japan on her world tour, where she fell in love with both the country and the its people who greeted her with great warmth and hospitality. A few weeks later on the same tour she was performimg at SXSW in America when she heard the dreadful news of the earthquake and tsunami. Feeling a need to help, she immediately started organising the recording of a 'Song for Japan' encouraging her friends and family from all over the world, both professional singers and amateurs, to record their own contributions. Culminating in a recording session once she returned to the UK, the final song, a reworking of the title track from Gabby's album 'We're all in this together', has now been finished, featuring the talents of Gabby Young, Stephen Ellis of Revere, Tallulah Rendall, Kate Sikora and Kai Altair.
The track is available now on itunes here.
You can watch the video trailer on youtube here
Gabby Young's next London date is KOKO, Camden - 13 Octeber 2011, tickets available here.
Artwork by New York artist Katelan Van Foisy

Three more Blog Appearances for Plastic Seconds :-)

After I created a wall for Supermarket Sarah - see my post below! - it was so kind and lovely that Amelia Gregory from Amelia's Magazine wanted to write about it, so here is a little interview she did with me!

Also around the same time the New York online magazine Slow Fashioned , which tries to empower readers to slow down and make more educated shopping and lifestyle decisions instead of being wrapped up in consumerism, featured an interview on Plastic Seconds which you can read here...

...and finally, most recently, Plastic Seconds was featured on the Fashion News Live Blog - where you can see a sneak peak of a new shoot that will appear on my upcoming ASOS Marketplace Boutique! You can read the Fashion News Live post here.


My Supermarket Sarah Wall is Up!

It has been such a pleasure and honor to create a wall for Supermarket Sarah - and also a pleasure to deal both with Sarah and her assistant Annette during the process - which is a website with a very fresh way of displaying and selling gorgeous objects and design. Sarah Bagner started by selling on her website various designer items which she beautifully installed on a wall herself and now, though still doing her own walls from time to time, she invites designers to make a wall collage/installation from which the visitros of the website can directly pick and buy. It is a fun, different shopping experience and a great idea!
I discovered Supermarket Sarah roughly three years ago and instantly fell in love with it not only for the unique setup of the site, but also because of the opportunity it gave the designers to sell items that were extraordinary and often very clever and funny. Now Supermarket Sarah has opened a stand-alone concession at Selfridges where she hand picks a selection of items and you can find her on the ground floor at Selfridges in Oxford Street. Below is the wall I made and - which you can visit by clicking here - and some of the items available on it!

Jingle Bells Glove © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Cable Ties Glove © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Headpiece © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Lids Headpiece © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

British Lids Pendant © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

 Hand Headpiece © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Pen Lids Necklace © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Ring Pulls Necklace © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou

Juggling Balls Necklace © 2011 Plastic Seconds by Maria Papadimitriou