Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

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I have recently written the introduction for Vanilla Beer’s exhibition catalogue, after spending time with her at her French studio at the beginning of the year. The show is currently on in the South of France and should be coming to London in September.

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I’ve just returned from the new art fair on the block, Art 13. It was a really impressive event, with a great mix of international galleries from countries such as China, Africa, India and Australia. This is the first year that Art 13 has taken place and the organisers had also arranged a diverse programme of events and talks around the fair, which was held at the Olympia Grand Hall in West London. I found the work of the Chinese artist Liu Bolin, and the French painter Mouna Rebeiz (who I have interviewed for Luxe Immo magazine) particularly interesting. The fair has been set up by Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus, who were also the pair responsible for Art HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair.http://artfairslondon.com/
Here’s a few shots from my visit…

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Despite the blizzard of snow that hit London during London Art Fair, there was still a great turn out and some really interesting emerging galleries and artists to be found. I interviewed Jack Bell, owner of the Jack Bell Gallery for my review for Luxe Immo magazine (March issue). He specialises in contemporary African artists, which he argued is a good place to invest at the moment: http://www.jackbellgallery.com/

I also chaired a talk for Luxe Immo magazine on the ‘New Frontiers in Contemporary Art’. Thanks to the artists Matt Golden, Tom Leamon, Adeline de Monseignat and the arts manager Sally Smith from Jack Inc for being involved.

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I will be chairing a talk at the London Art Fair on Jan 18th (5-6 pm) on ‘The new frontiers of contemporary art’. For further information and to book tickets please click through to the London Art Fair website: http://www.londonartfair.co.uk/page.cfm/link=148

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The Design Museum have just unveiled their Christmas tree which has been designed by the rising star of British fashion, Mary Katrantzou. The tree incorporates patterns from her Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, which was inspired by everyday objects.

Measuring 3m in height the tree will combine Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle, to create this inventive take on a Christmas tree. The designer says that ‘the print was inspired by formal gardens and artful box parterres, these were layered and overlaid to create an intricate maze-like print reminiscent of a hand embroidered lace motif.’

Mary Katrantzou is being heralded as one of the fashion designers to watch internationally. Her clothes are sold in over 250 stores across the world and her recent collection for Topshop sold out in the first few days of its release. The tree will be up until the 9th January 2013.

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The ‘Queen of Knitwear’, Sonia Rykiel has just launched a new collection of interior products which includes cushions, rugs and textiles. Inspired by French literature, the collection uses feminine prints and bold motifs to create a chic feel for the home. Available for Fall/Winter 2012.

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Please click below for web version:
http://www.vantageshanghai.com/made/2012/09/london-design-festival-2012/

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I have just been to the launch of Mulberry’s ‘Brilliant Britain’ website and book at Harrods. The English luxury goods company has produced a guide to the undiscovered places, people and events that make Britain such an interesting island, from the traditional British picnic to the beautiful architecture of places such as Somerset House. The guide has been created by the Wallpaper magazine editor Henrietta Thompson, who gave a lovely speech this morning on her experience of working on the project. In contrast to the usual British sense of self-depreciation, it was refreshing to be reminded of all the things that make Britain Great. Visitors to the website can add to the debate and upload their own opinions on what is unique about Britian at: www.brilliantbritainguide.com

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http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/chelsea/2012/07/03/chelsea-features-in-luxury-chinese-publication-noblesse-magazine/

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