In our new series M Project talks to creatives worldwide on what inspires them. We kick off with Helen Bullock, a London-based, fashion illustrator and print-based textile designer. She creates playful, colour-block creations, often at speed during fashion shows or as commissions for magazines. Her personal collection of prints and drawings now numbers hundreds and she lectures internationally. Work will soon be available through her online store, launching soon.
It’s about every day things…I went a different route home today, and was just so absorbed in a random wall. Open brick work, smearings of plaster, then a 60s feeling monochrome target motif. All just randomly appearing together. There were 3 similar compositions, and hours later I'm sat here thinking how I'd like to respond to that!
I'm a magpie for colour ,,, there are always unexpected palettes appearing, often in the form of plastics outside a pound shop.
I walk through Ridley Road market in East London most days, and it's Impossible not to feel inspired. The best most tangible thing to share though is the clear obvious differences between neighborhoods. I find it so refreshing knowing that just a few stops on the tube gives you an entirely different outlook.
There's not actually one…Which I'm trying to change a little.
I think when you're working for yourself it's really useful to have a slight routine, in the hope that things feel a little more real (as opposed to playing in this field).
I've just moved in to a new studio, and I'm making sure I'm there whenever possible. Once at the studio, I procrastinate over emails, and distract myself by reading horoscope(s), and then after all these rituals, I WORK! IF I don't have a specific project, I've got an enormous list of personal ones to dive into. I also like to spend an ample amount of time in coffee shops (for example - NOW). Sometimes with friends...pretending to 'do business'!
Mmmm. It almost sometimes seems a bit of an offensive word. I don't see it as an entity. This thing that dictates my life. There's so many elements that are associated with fashion that are just not fashion at all. But if you look at it in terms of a creative outlet... a form of expression, either work wise or personal, then yes... it’s very important.
Favorite designer from M Project would be Marques'Almeida. I studied with these guys, and am a loyal fan. I'm developing an unhealthy collection of their clothes!
In our anything-goes culture, bricolage designers have thrown out the rules and we are free to combine, style and wear as we dare. Stripe on stripe, fur with leather, floating femininity and harsh tailoring – the world is our wardrobe. Here are a few ideas to inspire your own clashing combinations using Mo & Co. as your go to brand.
For decades, designers have looked to the East for inspiration but now the opposite is happening. Chinese brand Mo & Co. make chic, street inspired garments which riff on high fashion looks from European capitals like Paris and London.
Baby pink is one of the season’s key shades and the Filles A Papa funnel-neck sweater is a great way to explore the colour. Juxtapose the soft mohair with Mo & Co’s quirky long line tailored leather shorts with pockets. Keep it girly with Bionda Castana’s black calf suede block-heel sandals with fake fur trim.
Contrast textures and shapes this season to add a fresh take on the trend. Mo & Co’s classic cotton demin jacket with striking tiger print can be worn with their pleated wet-look leather skirt for an eclectic mash-up. The box-shape of the mid-wash denim adds an urban edge to the relaxed formality of the mid-length skirt. Keeping with the boxy shape, Mo & Co’s smart striped short-sleeve jersey top introduces a forward twist to their cotton-blend wide leg culottes with kimono-style belted waist.