Friday, 6 December 2013
Monday, 29 July 2013
(Photos by Fred Silver)
As much as I enjoy donning a bit of sun tan lotion and having a luridly coloured lolly to lick, I struggle sartorially during the summer months as it means having to lose many of my beloved layers of clothing! Much of my aesthetic depends on being an almost human 'mille feuille' of clashing colours, patterns and textures, and it's a bit trickier to do this in simple shorts and T-shirt! Nonetheless I still endeavour to be bring a trillion rainbow-hued elements together even in the sweltering heat and this is just one such example. It would be much simpler to put on a casual tea dress or pair of denim cut offs, but you just can't beat a bit of ribbon, tie-dye, Aztec print, frills, leopard print and pom-poms - especially when they are all having a party on your body all at once!
Anyway I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and making the most of getting your knees out in true British fashion?
Monday, 22 July 2013
I did a shoot a wee while ago with photographer Matilda Temperley as part of some promotional material for Ugly Models. As well as it being great to be involved with the project, it was really lush to be able to meet some fellow models and characters that make their living from having an unorthadox aesthetic!
This isn't the final image to be used but I'm well happy with it nonetheless. We shot it over a mirrored table, so the effect you get is 2 'Hollys' for the price of 1, which can only be a good thing eh? ;-)
Here is some more of Matilda's beautiful work for you to have a gander at too. I think she takes an almost anthropological slant in terms of her portraiture and certainly bring out the beauty in the most unusual of faces.
(Photos courtesy of Matilda Temperley)
At present I am busy creating an online portfolio to show off my modeling and acting work; one that's a bit more grown up than this place that is! After all, I turn 30 next month and unfortunately I'm not sure how much this blog screams "Cast me! I really am trustworthy and professional" !? Anyway, all will be revealed on completion.
Until then fine fellows, thanks for reading and I bid you farewell x
Friday, 12 July 2013
I must first apologies profusely for the recent 'Holly-shaped' void in the interweb. No real excuses to be honest - a mixture of busyness, tiredness, the lovely London weather and a pinch of laziness is just not really conducive to regular and quality blog posts! However, I am ultra excited to say that my absence has been filled with rather exciting happenings in Hollyville that I am more than pleased to share with you now with great a huge toothy grin.
Firstly, here are some shots from a recent shoot that I did with LCF graduate Boo Pala. I am always keen to promote and champion new designers, and if I get to cover my pink bits in their gorgeous sartorial creations then all the better! ( even if I manage to step in dog poo-poo whilst wearing said designers' gorgeous limited edition printed shoes...oops.) As you can see the garments couldn't be more up my street, with their heady juxtaposition of colour, pattern and texture. I was more than tempted to roll up one of the silk jackets and inconspicuously stick it in my bag before legging it to the tube, but apparently that's not the kind of behaviour expected from a working model.....
The last couple of weeks have also been filled to the rafters with projects. Firstly, at 4am on a chilly Tuesday morning in June I was awoken by my alarm clock in order to head to the studio to shoot....drum roll..... the latest Jessie J video! I'm more of a 1970's folk kind of girl too be honest so I wasn't too up on Jessie's back catalogue but she was certainly a very pleasant lady in person! I can't say too much about the vid until it's released later this month, but let's just say that you need to keep your eyes peeled for my little blue head nonchalantly bobbing up and down to a poptastic tune from the bald-headed songstress soon!
And finally, I am super proud to announce that I will be making my professional stage debut this Autumn in a national tour of 'Alice in Wonderland' with the renowned Volcano Theatre Company. I absolutely love Lewis Caroll's original surrealist text so it's a bit of a fantastical dream job to be honest.
Described as "...a 21st-century asylum, filled with Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision" the piece is certainly not going to follow the same road as Disney's twee adaptation with it's saccerine blonde Alice; instead "in Volcano's version the strangeness of the world Alice encounters is not removed from everyday reality but deeply rooted in the insanities of our culture and society." Don't think we're going to be seeing any singing daffodils thank god...
I start rehearsals in September and tour through October and November. I am just thrilled. I hope some of you can come and see me going down a rabbit hole, running a caucaus race, smoking with a caterpillar or whatever else I might be doing.
So that's my news in it's entirety! Any of you been up to anything life-changingly fantastic? Let me know the latest goss kids!
Anyway, I will endeavour to be a more consistent blogger in the near future and not take any more month long vacations. Thanks for coming back!
A warm embrace and a tap on the arse for each of you!
Monday, 13 May 2013
Last year I shot a scene for 'The Chaos', a new online comedy from mobile network Giff Gaff. It stars comedian Jeff Leach and 'Shooting Stars' star Dan Skinner and follows a dodgy Camden based prog-rock group over 5 parts. It incorporates all the usual hipster cliches of sex, drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, but also throws in the perhaps lesser used plot point of 'Death by Kindle'.
Here is my 1 line in my 1 scene (blink and you'll miss me mind you) where I'm playing one of Leach's gothy fellow musicians in band 'Perineum'. Yes, that's perineum as in "...the portion of the body in the pelvis occupied by urogenital passages and the rectum". It's hardly the RSC but it's a start!
I'm really hoping to do more acting work in the future, so if you're a casting director who thinks I have a face for the screen (not a face for radio) then get in touch innit?
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Bum Bag: Irregular Choice
I love living in the middle of this city. Apart from the black-bogey inducing traffic, the beige-suites office workers and the perpetually failing tube lines, I adore being in the thick of it all.
But when I want to shun the hustle and bustle for a while, my girlfriend and I love a nice stroll along Regents Canal. It attracts a real melting pot of different people: hipsters on their Boris bikes, the occasional rough sleepers pitching up tents, skin 'eads walking back from Camden Town and on a sunny day boat owners sit atop their amazingly adorned floating houses with a beer as I ooze jealousy from every pore. One day I shall acquire my own water home and be the baddest-assed pirate North of the river!
There is also some really quirky graffiti to be found on route and the Mrs and I turn into right goofballs as we interact with the artwork such as theses giant shrooms in order to bring them to 'life'! It's such a shame that some fuckers in suits are in the middle of gentrifying the area, with their clinical shiny buildings, posh piazzas and chain coffee shops springing up at every turn. Stick your redevelopment plans up your slimy, corporate bum-holes and leave our canal as we like it please! Here are some piccies from our most recent outing:
What are your favourite hidden gems for when you want to get away from the city? Let me know some good suggestions!
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Amidst the millions of softly-spoken-plinky-plonky-acoustic-guitar-yielding- singer-songwriters that are two a penny these days, there are luckily still a few women performers that aren't afraid to get their cocks out in public and give it some large ting on stage! And last night the wife and I headed over to The Sundance Film Festival at the IndigO2 to see one such tour de force: the uber-amazingly-talented-hugely-inspirational-piss-your-pants-good Peaches. I will try and eloquently describe how frickin talented this woman is without resorting to expletives that would make even your dad cry, but I can't guarantee it.
Doing part DJ set, part live performance, Peaches owned the stage as usual, rocking a multitude of kick-ass outfits including multi-breasted-nipple-adorned shoulder piece, inflatable sumo costume, werewolf mask and hairy tribal skull ensemble. Joining her for our viewing pleasure were two of her incredibly talented lady friends who aided in the entertainment through donning various subversive guises - picture randy, bum licking unicorns, dildo sporting ponies, a bible burning bishops and some slutty, Victorian prostitutes. Fuck yes.
I always think of Peaches as being a performance artist, but last night we discovered how much of an incredibly good singer she actually is too; her cover of Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer' was spine-tinglingly brilliant. Support came from the incredible Feral is Kinky who blew my mind with her mix of lickle ragamuffin rhymes and political poetry. Can't wait to hear more from her. Charlie le Mindu and DJ Matrona also did sets to please the ear holes.
Charlie Le Mindu
Feral is Kinky
All together a fucking brilliant night. We caught the tube back awash with inspiration and Peaches' dirty lyrics still on our tongues. £1.60 for a portion of dirty cheesy chips on the way home was the perfect way to end a classy evening.
Trousers: Ed Chickentits
Jacket: Red Mutha
Shoes: Hand Customised
Bag: Lazy Oaf
Badge: Hand Made
Pics by: Fred Silver
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Jacket: Red Mutha @The Happy Shack
Trousers: Gift (thank you friend of Angela!)
Cap: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Dr Martens
Bag: Lazy Oaf
Badges: Paperchase and HandmadeI somehow manage to look more and more like a retro kids TV presenter every day. I grew up singing along to the Wacaday theme tune, desperate to be bonked on the head by a bespeckled, middle aged man yielding a soft pink mallet. A 'Bleugh' from Mr. Mallet was enough to brighten any breakfast! Yes, the 80's was the golden era for kids telly hands down!