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The Apotheosis of the Ordinary at Rottingdean Bazaar

The duos pot pourri of found objects had joyful, surprising, funny and desirable effect.
James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks - Rottingdean | Source: InDigital.tv
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  • Tim Blanks

LONDON, United Kingdom — Rottingdean Bazaar, the coming together of Central St Martin's grads James Theseus Buck (print) and Luke Brooks (knitwear) is a project devoted to the apotheosis of the ordinary. The duo sealed a pot pourri of found objects — everything from balloons and fruit-flavoured condoms to flower petals and human hair — onto items of clothing to joyful, surprising, funny and desirable effect. And not remotely hi-falutin'. "Can we make things that are really amazing that can compete with the high street?" Buck wondered.

A sweatshirt embossed with hotel slippers, another with a bra artfully crocheted and needlepunched across its chest said YES! And the flower petal pieces betrayed a commitment to craft that helps mark Rottingdean Bazaar as this season's new sensation. (That unappetising moniker is, by the way, the name of the seaside village where the boys live.)

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