MEET SMALLDITCH - OUR LATEST ARTIST COLLABORATOR WHO'S IMAGINING OUR NEW SEASON COLLECTION THROUGH A PLAYFUL, SURREALIST LENS
A naughty pair of legs, the Queen playing bingo – enter the playful world of Martha Haversham AKA @Smallditch, our latest artist collaborator who explores everyday surrealism and ‘found fashion’ (“trashion”) through her work. Lulu approached her to look at our Autumn 21 collection and transport the bags to a new dimension. We took some time to chat to Martha about this collaboration and what inspires her work and life.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND WORK AS AN ARTIST?
I'm a Londoner who grew up in a creative household - my father was a photographer and mother a ballet dancer. My work mixes both worlds. I have a dance degree that I find incredibly useful. I would also be taken around skips as a child, in search of props for my father's studio shoots. He taught me about lighting, my mother about movement in space. Our home was a liveable set; natural items beautifully arranged and lit, full of picture books that I devoured. I now live in North Essex, near a salt marsh, wood and close to sandy beaches. I find objects around the house or just popping to the shops so every day I am busy and full of gratitude. Smallditch is a wonderful place to be - a visually engaged state of mind, but a rather messy one!
"It's wonderful to bring a playfullness into everyday life... and a great bag needs celebrating."