Week 16 | Style Counselling: 26.04.10

April 27, 2010

“aberrant are always keen to impress a visiting supermodel…”

The Model Workshop

Preparations are well underway for our ‘Design for Life’ workshop next week, during which our school-age participants will be asked to supercharge a typical residential suburb to cater for the needs of a growing population of home-workers. The big news is that the international fashion model, Erin O’Conner, will be sharing the stage with us, as she has volunteered to present the awards to the winning exhibitors.


aberrant are always keen to impress a visiting supermodel and we are proud to say that no one goes away from an aberrant workshop empty handed. With that in mind, we went on a shopping spree to Poundland, filling up a rusty trolley with obscure materials and end-of-the-line objects for our workshop participants to use.

Unfashionably Late

Our London Met students returned from the Easter break full of beans, fortunately enough for them, because they needed all the energy to get through the first crits of the new term. The presentations lasted all day and we didn’t finish until 9pm at night. The guys from House of Jonn were in attendance – we thought the outside input would give our students an alternative view of their work – but it also meant that the evening got later and later and we were too fashionably late for our LMU colleague Florian Beigel’s 6pm lecture at the university. Oh well.

Malaysia’s Next Top Modeller

With the deadline for the Royal Academy fast approaching, we’re pleased to add an additional member to the aberrant team. Everyone, please welcome our new intern Lyn into the studio…


We won’t ask her to stand at the front of the room and tell the team something interesting about herself, that would be far too embarrassing, but Lyn is from Malaysia and she will be with us for two weeks.

Besides helping us on various projects like the Design for Life workshop, the RA submission and our ‘Elephant & Castle’ design, Lyn has already brought a welcome maternal element to the studio: she is regularly telling us off for eating too fast over lunch and not chewing our food; next it will be elbows on the table, using a knife and fork in the correct hand, and not dripping ketchup on the keyboard, and before we know it, she we will have us walking around the studio with books on our head and talking in complete sentences…which should make for an interesting spectacle at the next open day.

Euro Trashed

We’ve all got volcano stories and aberrant is no different. For us, it was a cancelled trip to Dusseldorf – the somewhat surprising fashion capital of Germany. The clear sky in London on Saturday afternoon made a mockery of the catastrophic ash cloud, but in a sign of our changing fortunes, we interrupted Chicken Licken and Henny Penny on their way to tell the Civil Aviation Authority that the sky was falling in, and that evening we grilled the meddlesome pair on the barbeque. As we would have said in Germany, ‘Prost!’

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