Packin' zines, drawing feathers, and now adding vintage photographs? Sure why not.
When I first opened the icefloe store I wanted it to be a reflection of this blog. A mix of my own photographs and some nice old photograph things, maybe some pieces sold on behalf of friends whose work I am in love with. I started collecting a few carefully selected vintage photographs in their original, beautiful and impossibly well preserved card sleeves from different eras. I love everything about them and they along with my oft overlooked Olympus Trip 35 camera are now looking for new homes >> in the shop <<
In the late 1920s, the photographer John Dixon-Scott became concerned at the way the rural and urban environment of Britain was changing. He drove around the country with his camera intending to preserve through his pictures what he saw as a vanishing landscape, in a photographic project that took him years. Taken from the National Archives UK Flickr on the commons.
Tell me a bit about your business, how long has your business been running, and how did it start?
One night involving a lot of drinking, three Scandinavian beauties and a piece of Grasso D'Alpe cheese we made a lifelong pact – O Toma O Morte – its about three years later and its going well
O Toma O Morte - what does it mean! Cheese or death (Toma is a traditional type of Piedmont cheese)
Are there any other foodie markets people can visit you at in London if they can’t make it to Harringay?
Thu Berwick St Soho, Fri Lower Marsh Waterloo, Saturday North London Artisan Market Sunday Chatsworth Road & Harringay plus Shepherd markets bimonthly Weds in One New Change St Pauls & 55 Baker Street.
I love that you guys source your cheese from smaller, independent producers. Where are most of these based, tell me a bit about some of them! We'd like to mention here our friend the maverick cheese maker John Bourne at HS Bourne, whose Cheshire cheeses we stock date back to 1750. He's a true cheenius & his products are mindblowing.
Any other favourite markets anywhere else IN THE WORLD?
Thieves market in Lisbon and la Boqueria in Barcelona. And this insane antiques place made entirely of wood in Moscow (can't remember the name).
Do you have any favourite small businesses you want to sing about from the rooftops? Judy Wu is our work-neighbour, a young fashion designer is one of the nicest people we've met. Neil at Clean Bean in brick lane makes some of the best tofu in the world. JP at the Franconian Sausage company in Bermondsey & Luca of Pico salame represent London's new wave of gourmet charcuteries. Our soho neighbours Pizza Pilgrims are a nice bunch of chaps.
AND FINALLY - lay out your ideal cheese plate for me. What is on there, when would you serve it, and what would you drink with it.
Aha. Well, it depends on your needs, palate, guests, all that stuff. BUT generally we'd have an evening spent with some White Cheshire, Michael and Mary Davenport's Cote Hill blue, seasonal caprini from Piedmont, our special Gorgonzola dolce & some aged pecorino should do the job with a few bottles of Cotes du Rhone or Nebbiolo, a record player, some bits of paper to do origami in between mouthfuls and a selection of interesting degenerate nitwits for good conversation.
I'm a really big fan of the Kelvingrove, and make a point of stopping in whenever I'm in Glasgow. Its been a while since my last visit though and when I went back earlier this year, I was a little bit sad by how tired it i looking. A lot of the displays where closed, tiles broken on the floor, almost all of the fun interactive electronic bits were broken or just not switched on. Its such a beautiful space and its such a shame to see it fall into a bit of a state of disrepair.
It was interesting to photograph though, even if these did all come out a bit yellow. Halfway round I remembered why I had stopped using my Canon so much. Getting these back from the lab made me hug my Yashica.
Each zine is a collection of images from her travels carefully compiled and copied onto a sheet which is then skillfully folded to make a little book. They're up now for £2 each or you can grab the whole bundle of 3 + 1 extra for £5.
A burnt down house, a tree growing cider cans, a plastic sheet in a window. These are some of the sights on the Harringay Ladder.
I've been shooting more on my Canon EOS5000, the camera my parents bought me to use in high school. I'm a fan of how easy it is to use and carry, but I'm not sure I like how sharp the images are coming out.
I've been spending a lot of time drawing feathers again. This is something I've always done, for some odd reason I find it good for processing things and I sometimes do it without even noticing. Another thing I've not been noticing is how expensive photography and painting are as hobbies, and after a few people expressing an interest in my feather drawings on instagram recently, I thought I could combine these two things I haven't been noticing and benefit everyone.
So I've made a little listing in my etsy store where you can make a small donation of £3 and in exchange, I will send you a feather drawing. This might be one I've already done, this might be one I have yet to do, this might be one I draw especially for you. But by making this small donation you will be helping me to buy and process film, and in exchange you will get a lucky feather to frame, to give away, to use as a bookmark, or just to brighten your day.
You can see the listing and buy yourself a little feather HERE.
Thank you to everyone who reads, comments and shares this little blog. A blog is a strange thing. I process photographs, I put them here, sometimes people tell me they like them and sometimes they do not, but I know people look at them and they break up the boredom in some peoples lives, and I know my work here is done. x
I guess I instagram the shit out of the weekends so thought I might bring back the weekendergram posts.
Made cold brew, enjoyed my last alonetime Saturday morning before the boyfriend starts being around to ruin this forever. Headed out for Pancakes and Hunterian Museum and George Bellows @ RA times with Haueis, enjoyed French treats and bought painting supplies. On Sunday I went out to Richmond with lady friends for a jolly old time at Ham House.
I kind of fell in love with the New York Public Library, as you can see. The second image down is an indication of why I'm not a fashion blogger - I believe having a boyfriend who can focus a lens correctly is a requirement.
Finally, evidence that I was in actual New York City! I had just accepted that this roll of film was lost to me forever when I was packing for my holiday to NZ (exactly a year to the day after I left to go to New York) and there it was, sitting innocently in a pocket of my suitcase I am 94% sure I had already checked. Such is life.
These are just a few snaps from around where we were staying in Midtown AKA that part of New York that the Avengers totally destroyed. Nice one guys.
soluckless: First single from our debut album, due out March 2012. Recorded and mixed by Jordan Stone at Roundhead Studios, mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux Mastering Ltd. GOD DAMNED AMAZING
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