While this writer’s career, admittedly, hasn’t been elevated by such conversation (yet) Felt Mistress aka Louise Evans’ idle chitchat about Mark E Smith’s seminal band landed her a gig designing the store window for Brix Smith – TV presenter, buyer, former member of The Fall and Mark’s ex-wife, who runs the Start London boutique.
This led to a Selfridge’s Christmas campaign and window, and has seen Felt Mistress’ fuzzy critters multiply and go forth into a much larger arena.
Navigating a career path that has taken in wedding dressmaking and a number of other creative pursuits, Evans trained in fashion design and millinery and now devotes her time to creating one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards.
Having collaborated with such big names as Jon Burgerman, Pete Fowler, Ben Newman, and Jon Knox, it’s a surprise that this forthcoming show at No Brow, entitled “Hey! Who’s This Guy?”, is the first dedicated entirely to her work.
Edwards says, ‘”Hey! Who’s This Guy?” had become a bit of a catchphrase for us. We’d spot someone in the street with a distinctive look that we could use for a character or, particularly when we were in Japan, we’d see some bizarre mascot.
‘When we were looking for a title for the show it just seemed the obvious choice. It fits in nicely with the fact that all our characters have back-stories and bios too. One day we intend to construct a huge family tree to see how all our characters connect up.’
The show will be exhibiting entirely new work, aiming to display character pieces as ‘visitors’ rather than exhibits, that can peruse the viewer as the viewer peruses them.
Many of the framed pieces are new addictions to the FM Beetle Boutique range – cute brightly coloured bugs that all stand at about 1m tall. There will also be a selection of bespectacled critters sporting Kirk Originals eyewear.
“Hey! Who’s This Guy?” runs from 18 May – 23 June at No Brow, 62 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A