Tuesday, 8 December 2009
I discovered the gem that is Cecil Sharpe house about five years ago but it was only when I revisited it with a friend last summer that I really appreciated what it is they do there.
The building has housed The English Folk Dance and Song Society for over a hundred years and worked to record, develop and promote the folk music, dance, song and traditions of this country.
Being an Irish lady and growing up with Irish dance, folk song and tradition finding a place like this in the centre of Camden has been a revelation for me. As well as the relatively obscure folk bands that regularly play gigs in this venue they also have a wide range of traditional classes and workshops. They offer classes in Clog and Slovak dancing plus the opportunity to learn the Irish fiddle, banjo or accordion. The major jewel in its crown however is the library. It contains the most important concentration of material on traditional song, dance, and music in the country.
On October 31st 2009, Matthew Cowan, the current artist in residence at Cecil Sharp organised a procession on Primrose Hill. A twilight procession of disguised performers and musicians in traditional folkloric garb made it’s way from the top of Primrose Hill back down to Cecil Sharp House.
I filmed the event and I'm currently making a short film about it for the society.
Some stills above.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I am about to start work on the 2010 installment of the Birds Eye View Film Festival- Fashion Loves Film strand. As well as the established industry names I am really keen to showcase some new talent. I need to have all films by the 6th December.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
This is a short fashion film I shot way back in June while Lady Gaga was rehearsing for Glastonbury. The film was commissioned by Dazed Digital and it has finally gone live on their site.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The Business of Fashion published an article yesterday called 'Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season' and my film for Richard Nicoll/ Test has ranked number four! Yippee! The article is viewable at the following link.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
I am currently finishing a short film for the fashion designer Richard Nicoll. The film will be screened as an intro to his catwalk show this Sunday 20th September at London Fashion Week.
The film features Richard's muse model Daul Kim and incredible masks and headpieces by amazing milliner Nasir Mahzar. It was commissioned and produced by curator and Art Director of British Vogue Jaime Perlman and will feature on her new online magazine TEST.
TEST magazine will be launched on Monday evening.
Above is a few pictures of the set designed by the super talented Anna Burns. We had fun on the day with exploding smoke bombs and a ten foot indoor paddling pool.
Stills to follow...
Monday, 7 September 2009
Just had exciting news that the short fashion film I co-directed with Lung for menswear label Theatre de la Mode and it's going to have it's first screening at the BFI this Wednesday and Sunday.
It's being presented by Dazed & Confused magazine. The music for the film was a collaboration between composer Jon Hopkins and Mike Lindsay from Tunng.
Line up for Sunday
solve sundsbo: perroquet / 2007 / 05:40
jamie isaia: interval / 2009 / 03:26
ruth hogben: gareth pugh a/w 09 / 2009 / 08:00
toyin: raphi / 2003 / 03:19
pierre debusschere: romain kremer / 2009 / 02:13
niall o’brien: tim / 2009 / 01:02
saam farahmand: ghost / alexander mcqueen for puma / 2009
camilla robinson: this being you must create / 2009
matt Irwin: lara stone / 2009 / 06:00
samuel benchetrit: ysl s/s 10 menswear / 2009
fumi nagasaka: paul boche / 2009 / 01:51
tim richardson: procession / 2009 / 01:21
ellen rogers: switch / 2009 / 03:38
moonspoon saloon: white crane / 2009 / 03:25
kathryn ferguson & lung: theatre de la mode s/s 10 / 2009
chris cunningham: flora by gucci / 2009 / 01:00
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
I have been working with the lovely Chris Kelly of menswear label Theatre De La Mode for the past few months. We have been working on a film presentation for the upcoming London Fashion Week. Yesterday we shot the film. I co-directed this film with my friend Lung, who in my eyes is one the freshest video artist's around.
More stills to follow.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
My pal Phil Smiley's illustrative installation 'Freakscape' was unveiled at the B Store on Saville Row last night. He'd been working on it live in the store for over a week.
The installation draws inspiration from Phil's rural upbringing in Virginia and he explores the curiosity and carelessness of youth set in a mysterious environment of surreal wilderness.
Incorporating a variety of media including illustration, sculpture and found objects, Philip aims to convey the feeling of ever encroaching nature over what appears to be an innocent, and perhaps naive, scene.
During the opening, a live performance by musician **K created psychedelic soundscapes as soundtrack for the installation.
More of Phil's work and **K's music.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
A still from the shoot at Men - an - tol, Land's End.
After my brief but inspiring meeting with Kenneth Anger last week I am over the moon to find out that my film 'Le Bete' will be screened this Saturday alongside his 1954 film 'Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome'. The screening will take place at a one day festival in London called Occulture and the film will be screened on the BFI stage,once in the afternoon and once in the evening. The festival looks fascinating. http://occulture-festivals.com.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
I am still on cloud nine after getting the chance to meet and have a chat with a huge hero of mine, experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Anger is one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 20th Century. As an octogenarian, Anger continues to make subversive and controversial films with recent films including a tribute to the suicide of his friend Elliot Smith 'Elliot's Suicide'(2007) and a film using archival footage of The Third Reich's Hitler Youth 'Ich Will'(2008).
Last night he was showing a more obscure film of his from 1950 called 'Rabbit's Moon'at the BFI. The film itself was only 17 minutes long. I enjoyed it but maybe not as much as his more occult based films from the 1960's and 70's. Either way it was amazing to see a film of his on the big screen.
The screening was followed by an insightful Q&A session with the director lead by writer and one time Blondie member Gary 'Valentine' Lachman. Anger is still incredibly astute and hilarious. I managed to track him down after the screening and was lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with him. I gave him my showreel with my film 'Le Bete' on it. I am hoping he might find it interesting as it was shot in Land's End at Men-an-tol, an ancient holed stone monument and one of Aleister Crowley' favourite ritualistic stomping grounds.
Monday, 11 May 2009
'Tingel Tangel' was my first film that I made way back in 2005. I had built the wooden dance machine for a fashion shoot and decided to make a moving image piece out of it. Paloma and Beatrice choreographed the movement. The dance machine was meant to parody the Busby Berkeley style chorus lines of the 1920's. The still pictures are by Daniel Jackson. To view the film click - www.kathrynferguson.co.uk/films/tingel_tangel/
Monday, 27 April 2009
A few week's ago I art-directed a still life story for a relatively new Brooklyn based magazine
called 'FutureClaw'. The pics were taken by photographer Cat Stevens. It was a fairly hilarious
day spent mostly with me rolling around on the grass trying to create refraction out of mirri- boards and fading sunshine.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Still from 'Le Bete'
I have just found out my film 'Le Bete' will be shown alongside Alejandro Jodorowsky's
'The Holy Mountain' and Maya Deren's 'Divine Horsemen'. I'm delighted as both directors are massive heroes of mine. www.kathrynferguson.co.uk/films/le_bete/
Friday, 10 April 2009
SHOWstudio have launched a new project this week based on The Bird's Eye View fashion film screening at the ICA. The project consists of a half hour snippet from the post-screening panel discussion and four of the films including BILLOW!
To view the project please follow the link below.