Rags and Ben had a little chat about the artwork around the album.
end of the day photos by The Rev. Malcolm, pictured below
We worked on another story for Wylde Magazine, with our mad muse Daphne Guinness. This is one in a long line of evolving Fashtons experiments with Daphne and her partner in crime, (and our dear friend) Malcolm Doherty. We shot this in the cavernous hall at Hornsey Arts Centre, a fantastic artist-run centre in a 1935 art deco town hall building.
This is one of our favourite images of Maya Jane. We love having her round the Mews studio and just experimenting.
Ben painting on set, below.
We have collaborated with Maya Jane and her Weird and The Wonderful family for a long time now. This was a more ambitious build, involving a forced perspective room designed with translucent walls onto which we projected distorted images of both Maya Jane and her collaborator on this track, Chelou. It also involved the strangest and most impractical chair, built in forced perspective. The chair is in our garden now.
We worked with tactile inkiness to further create a little world, and a sense of impermanence and unease.
Here are a couple of install shots and light tests - for this shoot we were installed at our home from home, Dalston Pier.
We worked with our long-time collaborator Stars Redmond on this project - in true Fashtons style, the end product looks like photoshop but is very much tangible with little to no post-production.
Below, Fiona tries out the kaleidoscope in the Mews studio.
In addition to the concept, design, build and photography, we delivered the layout and design of all formats of the album.
Wylde was doing a feature on Ben's work, so we made these images together, to accompany the story.
Some process shots from our design and build of the album artwork for Peace 'Happy People'. The problem that needed solving was how to have the band reflected in a mirror without seeing the photographer as well. Ben designed a mirror made up of angled sections, designed to selectively reflect certain areas of the set.
Another very Fashtons example of doing something tactile that could have been done much simpler in post, but where's the fun in that?