If you’re involved in the scene in the UK, you’ll know that The Tea Party Club was the longest running organisation for Japanese street fashion – and I’ve also been doing video for them every year for about five years. It was a really big part of my life, and I’m immensely sad that they’ve decided to disband. But, all good things must come to an end.
In honour of a great final event, I put together a playlist of all the video I took at the event. About 4 of the videos were taken live at the event, and 2 were edited up from proper footage later. You can see it all in a playlist, or check out any individual videos below the cut.
Kawaii Data no Monogatari
How much is Cats Tea Party worth? Why is it so expensive? This question has plagued people in kawaii fashion circles for many years. By which I mean, since approximately 2014. So three years.
It’s bothered me for a while too, so I decided to finally, definitively find out using the only tools I had available to me; crowdsourced data, some spreadsheets and a recently acquired knack for data visualisation.
The result is this.
Sales values of Angelic Pretty Cats Tea Party since 2012 (separated by colour)
A few weeks ago I went to see an exhibition of feminist embroidery at the Portico library in Manchester. Since it was am exhibition, I decided to wear an art themed, rococo inspired coord. Well, never have I seen myself so accurately depicted in the medium of embroidery, check it out.
During my Paris holiday I was really lucky to be able to take a tour of The Museum of Fairground Arts. The museum only offers guided tours a couple of times a week, and there was only one opportunity to go during my holiday. Though the museum was very dark, I took plenty of photos, so please enjoy. Continue reading
About a week ago I smashed out a blog post about the closure of the Gothic Lolita Bible. I say ‘smashed out’ because I sat at my computer as soon as I got home and furiously typed that post, knowing how rare of a moment it was that my two great passions – Japanese street fashion and content production – would cross over in such a way that I would be able to analyse and make comment. As Laganja Estranja might say; THIS WAS MY MOMENT.
In the post I provided suggestions for how the GLB might move forward, and since I said it all, I should probably do something about it rather than sitting on my soapbox and telling everyone else what to do. Doing nothing makes me part of the problem, and I’m not really about that life. So, as a follow up I’d like to try and engage people in a community project to bring the GLB into a community run digital project. If it fails, then it fails, but I thought I should at the very least make an attempt. Continue reading
Remember when I went to Den Bosch and Amsterdam? I took lots of photos with a theme of red and, not saying that red is my favourite colour or anything but I’ve done it again in Tokyo. I just got back from an amazing two week holiday and I noticed I’d done the same thing and taken some red photos at a local temple. Not that its hard to find red in Japan.
Somehow my trip to Den Bosch and Amsterdam ended up being very quiet and peaceful. Looking back at my photos I notice a lovely thread of red going through them. I would even go as far as to call it a photo story. Continue reading
Odd thing to say, but I really appreciate how well signposted the attractions are in Leeds. I really had no problem finding my way around. While following the signs and enjoying a walk by the river, I spotted the one above. I assume it’s some kind of art piece, but I laughed and it caught me by surprise so I had to take a picture. Continue reading
Now that I’ve transferred all my posts over I can start giving you all fresh content again! At some point, I’m going to have to do the boring job of fixing all the pictures, but it’s been too long since we had an update so let’s have one.
The past couple of months have been exceptionally busy; I’ve been traveling a lot with work, everyone I know has had loads of drama, I’ve had 10,000 things to do in general so not much posting has been happening. I’m really sorry about that. This blog is usually something I do to chill out but I haven’t had the energy at all lately. Anyway.