Happy New Year!
I apologise for the big gap in my blogs, life really does get in the way sometimes! I have started writing again and hopefully this year you will see much more enthusiasm!
With regard to Fetish Rocks I posted this on the Facebook group last March and it occurred to me when updating the site that I had not posted anything on here. Rest assured I will be refocusing my attentions on this matter in the coming weeks but for those in the dark....
We have had a few enquiries into when the next Fetish Rocks event will be. As it stands presently we are having to make some decisions about the future of Fetish Rocks at The Old Courts. It has been brought to our attention that there are a few issues with regards to the current venue. We would like feedback from our fans on ways to move forward to make all concerned happy.
One of the issues is the venue are not comfortable about us having the dungeon area for play due to the nature of the community aspect of The Old Courts.
It is also looking unlikely that we would be able to run Fetish Rocks at The Old Courts to the frequency in which fans have been asking for without incurring additional costs. If we stay at The Old Courts there would be an increase in financial outlay which would effect the door entry price. Ideally at this point we feel running Fetish Rocks quarterly or every other month is the best option - the quality of the show could be impaired if run every month as has been suggested.
Our main problem now is deciding whether it will be better to look for another venue or whether to stay and make changes to the event. As you can all imagine this is breaking my heart as we love The Old Courts and felt like we had finally found a home for Fetish Rocks but we obviously need to make changes which could influence what we can offer at our events.
One idea we have is to become a private members club - this would mean charging an annual fee (this fee would be minimal to cover administrative costs) and getting people to sign an agreement on entering the club. Members would be charged a fixed rate on the door. This would mean taking the event to a new venue which would mean that for the interim Fetish Rocks goes on hiatus until we have found somewhere suitable.
We feel we have worked hard to create a space and a community where people can meet and enjoy an alternative night with like-minded others. What we would like to know is what is it about Fetish Rocks that people love? If we have to make changes, what would people like to see done differently and/or keep?
All comments and ideas are welcome!
Since hearing about the verdict of the Rolf Harris sex scandals I read an article today on how since the verdict of his trial his work has dropped in value!
This got me thinking about the Ian Watkins trial and the work of Lost Prophets. In some ways Rolf Harris work produced came from one source.... himself! Lost prophets were a band, their work a collective produced from a team of people. I always felt an overwhelming sense of sympathy for the band. Everything that Watkin produced in some respects is completely discredited, I mean who is going to play any Lost Prophet albums again and ever listen to it in the same way?
With regards to Rolf I was never a huge fan of him or his work but the fact that he has been found guilty of molesting young children has now impacted greatly on his place within the media and his work produced. I for one was deeply effected by the Watkins trial and my reflection on how I felt seeing them live as a band in 2009 after the verdict of his trial was heavy.
Only the other night I was having a discussion with friends about successful artists in the music industry and the fact they were violent towards women. I am completely opposed to violence of any kind but had this stopped me from listening to the music from these artists?
Can people ever really distance themselves from the attachment of an artist and the work created by that artist? Can the work still stand alone as a piece credible in its own merit for being a skilled piece of work without the stigma that is now attached to that work due to the hand which produced it? And at what level do we have a cut off point? What is considered to be that line in which all work is discredited?
Last month I opened a new exhibition of my portfolio at The Red Lion in Wisnford, Cheshire. When collecting the canvas prints from the printers Lj's Wall Art (6 whopping A0) I was excited to see them and pleasantly surprised! I had seen the portfolio so many times through posting on social media pages such as Facebook, in digital slide shows at events and of course in the process of editing them after the shoot! But nothing could take away the fact that seeing the images in physical print presented me with a whole new level of appreciation!
So many people in this modern age take images on digital cameras and upload and share to their friends and the masses. This got me wondering have the images themselves just like the music we listen to on our ipods and through YouTube become somewhat disposable, throw away and less valued? Looking at the prints in front of me made me realise the whole reason we take photographs.... to have them printed!
I remember loving watching slide shows of transparencies on a projector with my grandparents when we were kids. We loved seeing everything in its entirety including the out-takes which were printed regardless as there was no such thing as a delete button. Photograph albums were something as a family we enjoyed flicking through together. In fact it was only the other night I was going through my grandma's albums whilst learning more about my dads side of the family as far back as my great, great grandparents.
When I first started using a camera I used 35mm film and remember the excitement of waiting to get the film back from the developers to see the results! I always loved Polaroid cameras for their instant image (just like digital) but you got to keep the print! Buying vinyl had the same feeling too. When a new album was released by your favourite artist nothing beat the smell of the packaging, the artwork (and lyrics if you were lucky!) all this before you even put the needle on the record!
The first time I saw Van Gogh's Starry night was in the Musée d'Orsay, during a college art trip to Paris. I was wandering around looking for the Degas Ballerinas and by accident bumped into Starry night and as I turned round it literally took my breath away! I had seen it so many times in print in books at college but to see it in real life, the colours and textures brought a whole new level of love for art!
Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that images and music can be viewed, listened to and stored on social media sites and on our laptops but wonder if that feeling you got of looking through actual prints or holding a new piece of vinyl can ever be replaced?
Found this draft which I never got round to posting....
Its been awhile since I last posted a blog!
So much has been happening its hard to keep up!
Fetish Rocks has been going from strength to strength with new members in the team and with guests attending the shows! The last show 'Help for Heroes Charity Fashion show and Auction' was amazing raising £231.88 for Help for Heroes! A massive thank you to Seven Sin for their stunning Latex designs featured in the show and Auction! Work with the amazing Collette Von Tora to shoot the amazing latex line will be uploaded soon for everyone to see!
The year anniversary of Fetish Rocks at De Bee's Music Bar is almost upon us and with it new team members and in-house band Jokers Hour who played at our last event 'an Evening of Steampunk'.A massive sucess in terms of atmosphere and vibe!
I am also working on various other projects with some conceptual album work which I am hoping to reveal soon! Have shot some Jewellry for a friend Debbie Finch, alongside continuing my conceptual work for the slideshows for Fetish Rocks and of course my trip to Berlin in May with Frances Chase Thorton to shoot Seven Sins Latex designs in addition to Cathouse Clothing! So 2012 has been pretty productive and enjoyable from a creative point of view with some great opportunities to explore many different areas of work!
As you will be ableto see a lot of my hopes for 2012 were realised and will soon be posting a new blog with all the reflection from 2013 and hopes
Our third show at De Bee's in Cheshire, on Sunday 14th April themed 'a Mad Hattters Tea Party' saw the return of familiar faces alongside new ones...an encouraging sign that we are doing things right. Our fire breather had cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances but this didn't effect the night and there was still plenty for the guests to enjoy. Guests made a real effort with costumes and complimented the effort we had made with the tables and the themed photobooth.
Numbers were pretty much the same as the last event and the atmosphere was also reflected....A lovely mixture of people who enjoyed a good and varied mixture of music from our resident Dj Hayden and amazing talent of Lauren Astles live pole routines. Our guests performers Em Daniels and Will Garner opened the evening with an acoustic set and our lively as ever set from Kalashnikov (who have been with us from the start of our adventures in De Bees) ensured everyone had a real variety of styles audibly.Our Hostess team handed out cupcakes and posed with guests for photographs!
Feedback from guests has indicated something I had already been aware of.... promoting the event! As I had mentioned to guests we will be making an appearance at 'Distort' a metal night ran by DJ Hayden in De Bee's, on May 31st with latex lovelies, visuals and Fetish Rocks Photo booth to promote the next event. We will also be present at the 'On The Fringe' festival at the beginning of June, in Winsford. Plans are also under way for the latex lovelies to make appearances in areas such as Nantwich and Chester which are surrounding areas to where we are based to create awareness of the night. We will also be introducing drinks offers at our next event another point raised in the feedback!
The next event holds promising and very exciting elements all in aid of Help the Heroes, including a dress theme of 'Uniforms', think military, nurses, fireman, police and so on and so on.... new latex designs and a fashion show, with all the designs up for auction donating 100% of the profit being donated to the cause! A themed digital slide show featuring the new latex modelled! In addition to all this the regular FR team and special themed Photo booth! Shadow Play have also agreed to do an acoustic set (we're not having a full band set up due to needing the stage for the Fashion show). Date TBC so watch this space for more details or visit our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/Fet.Rocks to become a fan and keep up to date with all info!
I have created a page on my site which holds all the information on the event, including a brief biography, introduction to the team and testimonials from guests visit the Fetish Rocks page!
Portfolio production has started with clothing designer Wyte Phantom. I did my first outdoor location shoot of the year on Thursday with a model I have worked with in the past Michelle Etherington and a new male model Hariison Wild. The theme came from 'Interview with a Vampire' and I noticed whilst editing that there are other influnces coming through from my hero Jan Saudek in terms of the colouring in the finished edits! To have a look at the new images visit the Alternative Fashion page.
The second show of Fetish Rocks at De Bees music bar in Winsford, Cheshire last night was a big step in the right direction in terms of acts, guests and vibe! Feedback from guest had me really touched...stating they felt at ease with the other guests and loved the attention to detail, music and general atmosphere. Was awesome to discover people had come from out of the area to attend the event and said they would definitely return! I was overwhelmed by the effort that guests made with their outifts. Jess Brown won the photoshoot first prize with her post apocolyptic inspired outfit, with Annette gaining second place with a gothic/burlesque ensemble and Fer gaining third prize with his steampunk/gothic feel attire.
Lauren Astles dedication to Fetish Rocks does not go unnoticed and as always is a pleasure to watch. Her new burleque inspired routine last night was enjoyed by men and women alike!
Our new edition to the team and compere, Atalia Versace, was a lovely welcome to the event and narrated the evening with a little humour and plenty of style! Lisa Loki's creations for face and body art went down a treat generating much interest from the guests. We also had Jess handing out treats to guests! Big thank you to all the bands Kalashnikov, Will Garner and Deadbeat Echoes, that played. Everyone worked really hard to make the night work.
I love the fact that the team I am working with are also very creative bringing new and fresh ideas to the table for outifts, routines and props. The next event which the date is TBC in April will have a 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' theme and we already have plenty of ideas for the decor, dresscode and acts. To view all the images from the event visit - www.facebook.com/Fet.Rocks
Testimonial from last night's event left on Facebook -
'Fantastic night, well organised, with such attention to detail, the music was amazing through the night with,wonderful performances, and inspiring images on screen and pictures taken on the night by helena eloise were amazing. Plus clothes by the fabulous whyte phantom and make up by the talented lisa loki. A friendly atmosphere and met a lot of amazing people.
A night well worth traveling for and can't wait for the next one xx' - Lady Lush Lisa
If you did attend the event please feel free to leave your comments here!
Well I bought the Canon 600D in the new year and I have to say I don't know how I ever manged with my other Canon powershot! As much I enjoyed using the other I am really enjoying the results of my new toy!
I have posted some new images to my Conceptual page and Portfolio production page from a few commissions I have had using my portable studio including a shoot with a new model - Nadia Giugliano.
I have also been busy preparing edits from a shoot in Blackpool at Saints & Sinners, which will be previewed for the first time at Fetish Rocks - an event I run in Cheshire, combining live music, visuals and pole routines with themed dress code, to provide a different night out from your average event! The next event details are on the news page. There is also a selection of promotional shots of Lauren Astles - resident dancer for Fetish Rocks on the Events and Promotional page!
So I have been really busy and it doesnt stop here! There are exciting plans to work with a clothing designer local to myself - Wyte Phantom! Together we have plans to produce a whole set of conceptual images starting on 23rd March with a new male model also!!! so keep tuned in to hear more about our plans!
I also attended Dr Sketchy's Anti Art School on behalf of Alt Fashion to take photo's and review so will have more published work soon also :)
This is my first time I have ever 'blogged' Hopefully I can use this to interact with my fans and share with everyone my new ideas/projects and get feedback!
I will also be able to let everyone know when new work has been uploaded on here and details of events and/or exhibition details I am involved in!
I look forward to hearing from you all soon :) h x