Sunday, 27 September 2009

Images From The Launch

All images: Anastasia Afonina

For those of you who weren't able to make it to the launch on the 17th, here are some images from the event!

I think the event went really well, and I have a whole slew of people to thank for that. Over the course of the night, friends kept on asking if my calm and collected exterior was covering up a more crazed and anxious interior, but the truth of the matter was, that the crew of people who volunteered to help in the build up to the launch, and during the launch were so amazing, I really wasn't stressed at all!

So here it is, a quick little thank you to some incredibly kind and generous people who really made the RP/Encore Vermin Collection Launch such a success:

Christopher and Thomas: From lifting 2ton plinths down three floors, to finding us an incredible showroom, and dragging 50 odd goody-bags down to fashion street--- re-connecting with these two has been one of the biggest gifts of the past month.

Alex Shaw: Alex has literally sustained physical injuries for the RP/Encore cause... for those of you who received the beautiful bound and sealed paper invitations to the event, Alex was my partner in both sealing and hand delivering these beauties all around London in the pouring rain!

Anastasia Afonina: Anastasia was a saving grace---she came through and helped with all of the last minute design execution and press pack organization. She also took all of the images shown above!

Amber Oxley: There is no way the exhibit would have come out half spectacular as it did without her help. She has a fantastic way with material (no surprise as she is such a fabulous fashion designer) and her help leading up to the show was absloutely invaluable.

Mr. Chips: Deserves his very own post (to follow). WWMCD?

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Big Thanks

Now that the launch/showroom for the Vermin Collection has finally finished off, I've had a bit of time to troll the Internet and do some ego googling...

I've been really lucky thus far with the live CNN interview, and an interview with the lovely Simon Creasey for Juxtapoz Magazine (Coming out next month I believe!!! My first interview in print! AK!).

But I have to say, some of the press that has possibly excited me most has been this article I found on

The moral and ethical "dilemmas" in using/producing taxidermy have been a constant point of interest with many, and a reason for blind uneducated rage amongst many others. It was so encouraging to read such an articulate and supportive article--- especially from an eco/ethical website such as Greenwala. Much thanks to Elizah Leigh --- that really made my day!


Here's a live interview I did with CNN last Friday---

Of course I wasn't able to say everything I meant to/wanted to say initially, but I think it went pretty well anyways.

Isn't it creepy seeing/hearing yourself speak?!?! (Or is that just me?)

Saturday, 19 September 2009


I couldn't believe this flattened little friend I found at the end of Fashion Street---

Look at it in comparrison to my foot!!! It was/is HUGE!!!

Panasonic Better step up her game...

Fashion Street Showroom

Until Tuesday the 22nd, the full Vermin Collection will be on view at:
33 Fashion Street
London E1 0PX

There are quite a few new pieces on show that aren't on the website---

Come on down and check it out!

I'll be there from 11am until 4:30 pm until Tuesday.

I am also available for viewings at other times.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Saturday 8am Homerton London

Thanks to Sofie and Hela.


For those of you coming to the private launch of the Vermin Collection, please be informed that the venue has changed from No. 1 Sclater Street to the downstairs lounge of Shoreditch's Beach Blanket Babylon.

Beach Blanket Babylon East
19-23 Bethnal Green Rd
E1 6LA

It's right across the street from our initial venue, and we'll have a sign out pointing to BBB in case you get confused!

Monday, 14 September 2009


Here's an image of a little present I gave to a good friend of mine.

A beautifully preserved rat's tongue! Pickled and preserved forever in this beautiful little glass jar, with the RP/ENCORE official seal on it's lid, I was sad to see it leave my work bench.

Rat tongues are beautiful (if slightly alarming and phallic looking) little things...

Wednesday, 9 September 2009