Well the last month has seriously reinvented the word 'busy' for us!!! Had an absolutely fabulous time tho, sourcing and designing a Kraken Autopsy Room for The Kraken Rum UK Edible Autopsy, aboard the X-Pilot Kraken hunting vessel.
The Edible Autopsy was performed by the wondrous Emily Evans, Senior Demonstrator of Anatomy at Cambridge, and maker of extraordinary anatomically inspired treasures.
These amazing cakes were brought together by the inimitable Miss Cakehead, from a variety of fantastic bakers many of which will be available to see and tuck into at the Eat Your Heart Out - Feed the Beast pop up shop off Brick Lane this week. We will also be there with a beetle & WILDE pop up within a pop up shop!! Try saying that 10 times fast!
As if this wasn't enough to tantalize the eye and the taste buds, we also sourced and designed the HQ of The Black Ink Society - a pop up bar for thirsty Kraken hunters to rest their weary bones back on dry land.
Filled with kraken hunting equipment and strange beasts the hunters had honed their skills on over the years, the HQ became a warm refuge from the rigors of the sea.
Here, the Kraken remains were feasted upon and marvelous fiery concoctions were imbibed, including, of course, the Kraken hunters staple - a spicy rum, as dark as the Kraken's Ink itself and a good deal more tasty!!
In addition, the wondrous tinctures and smokey brews of the The Kraken Rum cocktail competition winners were demonstrated and consumed with extreme enthusiasm and gusto by all present (especially me!).
The gorgeous and talented Sarah Harker, who is about to open a new site called Sohe Fusion Smokehouse in Newcastle, served her ‘Earl of Kraken’ cocktail with smokey aplomb and the equally lovely Manuel Correa, from Old Mary's Bar in London, served his 'Last orders at the Ville de Paris' cocktail with a fiery burst to the delight of all concerned!
So as expected with all that lovely rum flying around our intrepid Kraken hunters got totally wasted and got up to all sorts of shenanigans on the way home!! But I can't possibly tell you about any of that!
The Kraken Rum - http://www.krakenrum.com/
Miss Cakehead - http://misscakehead.wordpress.com
Eat Your heart Out - http://evilcakehead.com
Emily Evans - http://anatomy-uk.com
beetle & WILDE review -
Taxidermy Tabby by Amanda's Autopsies.
Fresh from the joys of a thousand crucified Ronald McDonalds in the recent Chapman Brothers exhibition, my obsession with small things got a boost this week with a tweet about the most awesome dolls houses I've seen in long while. Made by San Francisco based artist Jen Spectacular, the attention to detail and spooky narrative of her most recent project was influenced by Detroit's crumbling Victorian mansions - in short I not only want to own one, I'd quite like to live in one too!
Victorian gothic - dolls houses by Jen Spectacular.
Chapman Brothers ' the sum of all evil' White Cube Gallery, Hong Kong.
Spurred on by these miniature masterpieces I set about rummaging around at my local car boot to find the objects of my desire. Lo! and behold, I came across a nice little hoard including the smallest toothbrush in the whole world, a pistol and some very fetching spectacles (that a soon to be stuffed hamster will be sporting in the not too distant future). So, now to set about inventing some diabolical dioramas of my own - but as our name suggests, the occupants will have way more legs!
Some of my recent micro purchases.
To aid my cunning micro planning a cocktail or two was definitely in order. We decided to try Christopher's Martini Bar in Covent Garden. I opted for a shot of Junipero gin in my Vespa Martini and have to say it was one of the best I've ever had! However, the exorbitant price they charged means it'll be the gin I'll be revisiting not the bar!
OK so this is me starting to blog for real. The best piece of advice I've had so far is sell what you love and write what you know. I love dead things and design and I'm a science geek, so I guess the blog is gonna include a lot of that - interspersed with cool events, products to lust after and the best vodka Martinis in town. Oh and probably something about cakes, coz everyone loves a cake right?
So yesterday I signed up for the Halloween Special of 'Stuff & Nonsense' at Barts Pathology Museum with the lovely Amanda's Autopsies. I shall be badly stuffing a hamster to go with my badly stuffed bunny and mouse - hey, its harder than it looks! The real joy of these classes (apart from the obvious skinning and stuffing part), is the awesome surroundings of the museum with its mezzanines of human and animal pathology in jars - cool dismembered fun! So watch this space for photos of my car crash taxidermy in October. If you haven't already been to a class or event at the Museum its well worth booking onto something, especially when Bloody Marys are included in the price!
More info & bookings at:
Typical Society Club patron
My badly stuffed, machine-gun toting bunny in a dress.
On the theme of taxidermy, I am currently seriously considering buying this - I do love a little doggy and this one comes without the need for walking or constantly carrying surgical gloves and carrier bags.Too weird? Is there such a thing?
And talking of doggies (the live kind this time) I shall be sipping cocktails, checking the latest tomes and enjoying the company of some furry friends this evening at the Society Club Soho - there will also be dogs! http://thesocietyclubsoho.wordpress.com/
Black Ink Soceity
Congress Of Curious People
Eat Your Heart Out
Heckler & Koch
Home Made Modern
Pop Up Cake Shop
Stuff And Nonsense
The Plug & Stephanie Rollin