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5 things we love this week: LONDON ST ART CLUB, Ovaries. Talk About Them, and so much more

15 April 2021

Each week the Fashion Quarterly team rounds up what to read, buy, see, shop, drink and eat.

WORDS BY Hemma Vara

1. LONDON ST ART CLUB May Workshop Series

London St Art Club

This one’s for FQ’s aspiring creatives — LONDON ST ART CLUB is back for a four-week workshop series in May.

The series — led by artist Holly Schroder — will have you tackling many art-making techniques to find your groove, all within a relaxing haven at Parnell’s Textile Lofts.

From messy textural painting to charcoal sketching, discover new depths beyond the blank white canvas. And whether you’re a newcomer to art or in need of a nudge to pick up the paintbrushes again, all are welcome. 

Book your place at londonstartclub.com

2. CAMILLA AND MARC'S "Ovaries. Talk About Them" campaign

Fighting the deadly disease of ovarian cancer is a deeply personal cause to the brother and sister duo behind Aussie fashion brand CAMILLA AND MARC, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman. 

Losing their mother to ovarian cancer 27 years ago came with great sadness and anger: there is still no test for the cancer’s detection or a cure. We don’t talk about ovaries enough, and more awareness is needed to help save millions of lives. 

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This is why Freeman-Topper and Freeman have kick-started bold conversation through their “Ovaries. Talk About Them’ campaign”. The campaign is backed by notable figures, including Nicole Warne Shadbolt and Rose Byrne.

CAMILLA AND MARC has recently launched a limited collection of a unisex t-shirt and hoodie. 100 per cent of the collection’s proceeds will go to research undertaken by the UNSW Ovarian Cancer Research Group to develop a much-needed early detection test. 

Support this important cause by purchasing a t-shirt or hoodie at camillaandmarc.com, and raise awareness on social media with the hashtags #ovariestalkaboutthem, #powerandsolidarity, and #CAMILLAANDMARC.

3. New Zealand team 'Heartfelt' named a finalist of the global Lexus Design Award 2021

A global mood of loneliness inspired young New Zealanders Jessica Vea and Gayle Lee to devise a highly relevant and empathetic design concept that comforts those missing their loved ones.

The final prototype, Heartfelt, is a small heart-shaped device with two parts, each designed to be kept by two individuals. Each piece warms up when both are being held, acting as a virtual hug.  

At a time when physical human connection is at an all-time low, Heartfelt is a reminder that design is a beautiful thing when used for good.

Andrew Davis, General Manager of Lexus New Zealand, says that a New Zealand team nominated as a finalist in the global Lexus Design Award competition is a huge feat and a testament to the high levels of innovation and design talent that exists amongst Kiwi youth.

4. Van Gogh Alive

If, like us, you’re overcome with wonder by The Starry Night or Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, you’ll revel in the experience of Van Gogh Alive at Spark Arena. 

A refreshing update on the traditional art gallery experience, van Gogh’s masterpieces are brought to life through colour, scent and light, accompanied by an evocative classical score. 

Van Gogh Alive has already captivated over 6 million visitors across 50 cities. Indulge in it yourself by booking a ticket here

5. Deadly Ponies x BMW M capsule collection

The sleek simplicity of the recently revealed BMW M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupé has inspired a new range of arm candy.

Showcasing premium Italian embossed leather bags and accessories, the Deadly Ponies x BMW M capsule collection explores the duo’s shared synergy between design and luxury. Featuring electrifying BMW colourways of ‘Isle of Man’ green and ‘Sao Paulo’ yellow, these pieces are a welcome pop of colour this autumn.

The capsule collection marks the beginning of an innovative, long-term relationship between Deadly Ponies x BMW, and we’re already looking forward to future drops which will explore other shared values like resource circularity and sustainability. 

Receive exclusive pre-order access to the Deadly Ponies x BMW M capsule collection here

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