"I first went to Tokyo in 1992 on a story for the Face magazine and was instantly fascinated by the contrast between tradition, modernity, superstition and technology. It triggered something in me. I felt a deep connection to the people, their rituals and conventions, the art, the architecture... the food. In the mid 90’s I signed with an agent there, which allowed me to go back frequently, also discovering more of the country itself. That also became the foundation for an array of friendships and collaborations - which endure to this day."
Norbert Schoerner - Photographer + Director
"I think it’s wonderful that Jean Paul Gaultier is able to honour his muses and their creativity which has inspired his own. I think we’ve all been influenced by Jean Paul Gaultier’s ideas, from his celebration of the unusual to his subverting of the familiar. The strong social message in his work is very inspiring to create works that reflect society and celebrate different types of beauty, without following the fixed standards of beauty presented by the fashion industry - all genders, body sizes, skin colours, religions and ages are included in his world.”
Annie Kevans - Artist
"I'm a fine artist working with an interdisciplinary practise that includes: painting, sculpture, performance, drawing and installation. The breadth of my working methods is a means to discover and explore new territories for artistic comment."
Thomas Langley - Artist
"By the early 1970’s I found myself sharing a flat with founder of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett - the home/studio I’ve occupied on my own ever since. A 1960’s conversion of an Edwardian Mansion flat, there are piles of paintings stacked as well as displayed on walls. Through the years here I’ve walked miles to wash a paintbrush, the sink being in the kitchen at the furthest point away from my studio... It’s a space that reflects taste and time. I can’t think of any reason I’d want to leave."
Duggie Felds - Artist
“In the 1960s we designed and made a style of boot which became arguably our most famous shoe - for our most famous customers - the Fab Four. The 'Beatle Boot' created queues of Mods outside the Drury Lane shop, and has been in popular demand ever since.”
Anello & Davide - Shoe Designers
Watch: The Beatle Boot (in action)
"Stanley Kubrick commissioned me to draw on set two or three days a week to prepare a portfolio on the making of '2001 a Space Odyssey'. I also worked, from information gained, to produce larger pieces back at my studio in Soho. The piece chosen is acrylic on canvas four feet wide. It features Kubrick (in blue jacket) with his camera crew. The balding man is cameraman Geoff Unsworth who directed a number of Stanley’s films. The actor in the rotating camera tube is Kier Dulea..."
Brian Sanders - Illustrator
Blog: The Art Of Brian Sanders
Watch: 2001 A Space Odyssey (Trailer)
"There's not much of a story behind Mina's drawing, she gave it to me for my birthday when she was 5 and I was 55. Despite all those years at art school I'm so sadly lacking in visual sensibility that having a 5 year old responsible for the front of my website seems appropriate."
David Cunningham - Musician
Listen to: The Flying Lizards - Sex Machine