Double-edged sword

'You're about to cut someone's f***ing balls off!'


I had the interesting experience of being photographed for a fashion shoot yesterday, and the director was leaping around in a splendid pair of shoes, shouting directions and inspiration.

I was wielding around a shotgun and an antique sword, dressed in outlandish Victorian-inspired garb, my face daubed in white paint.

Maybe this isn't a good thing – but I can tell you, there is definitely something empowering that comes with brandishing large weapons!

It's made me think about accoutrements of power and the illicit thrill that they can bring.

Perhaps sometimes they are weapons, other times maybe a dog or a mean-looking car, a pair of lethally spiked shoes, a flick of eyeliner...

I was reminded of an old sketch I drew while listening to a track called Swords by Leftfield.

I managed to find it and have posted it below.


In and out of the real world

I am going to be doing a little modelling job tomorrow.


Basically, this means I haven't been able to eat anything for about two weeks. But I went to a fitting the other day and all the clothes fit - phew! 


The place where the shoot is happening is very magical. You wouldn't even know it's there.


You turn off the main street, and head down a tiny brick alley. 


Eventually, you come across an innocuous little door set into a Grafitti-smothered wall.


On the other side of this door is a gorgeous little courtyard and a beautiful house that's full of streaming sunlight, amazing Victorian oddities and endless boxes of fabulous clothes. 


Fashion people are very different to theatre people - it's a different kind of creativity, which is interesting to observe. I think it might come down to the fact that fashion people are creating magic that's got to go out into the real world, whereas theatre people are creating magic that's got to pull people in from the real world.


I'll let you know how it goes!