Saturday, July 11, 2015

Glastonbury...You rocked my Crooked world!

We really pulled it outta the bag this year! 6 weeks ago I was convinced I was barking mad to take on the festival season whilst preparing to launch a new label...but wet flipping did it and we did it well! 
This year the Get Crooked stall was twice the size and had all new canvas covers made especially. With twice the space we had had twice the amount of stock to prepare (insert bulging eye emoji here)
I also had some awesome new clothes rail made from reclaimed bikes which were much admired by festival goers big and small.
Footfall was excellent and couldn't have asked for a better pitch location. We were right in the thick of it in the Circus Field just next to the Big Top.

It was wonderfully surprising to feel so well prepared despite so many obstacles and couldn't have done it without such terrific help. Together we made over 250 pieces for the Get Crooked range in the few weeks leading up to take off. Foil Lycra bike shorts and bralettes, lace palazzo trousers, one-off leather bumbags and co-ord sets galore just to name a few.

Some customer favourites were the fairisle lace up halter top (left) and the neon floral dungarees
and skater dress (above) 
I was even interviewed my the Guardian for a feature on Glastonbury 2015 #exciting 
 I love the sense of freedom I feel at festivals. Everyone expresses joy, its wonderful to be immersed with so many smiling faces. Its as if the outside world doesn't exist. Every outfit can be a costume, the brighter the better!
 On more than one occasion I felt like a technicoloured Wonder Woman with enough outfit changes to battle Beyonce!

 Just last night I was recalling some of Glasto's highlights with a dear friend of mine. Aside from the incredible atmosphere my top moment was the Florence and the Machine performance on Friday night. We all closed together, grabbed some booze and raced off to the Pyramid stage to see our girl Flo. I've always been a fan but since seeing her perform live I have a new level of respect for the sensational, ethereal songstress. We all felt quite emotional after to say the least! Then we headed over to the Big Top a watched a terrific burlesque show. It was perfect end to a perfect evening!

As if my festival experience couldn't be any more special... 
On Sunday more I had the honour and privilege of singing 'Happy Birthday' to his holiness, the Dalai Lama, and hearing him speak at the Stone Circle. 

“Brothers and sisters,” His Holiness began, “I can see you’re enjoying this Festival, on my way here, I noticed that everyone seems to be full of joy. I’m happy to have been invited to this Festival of people. As I always say, the purpose of life is to be happy. Who knows what tomorrow may bring, but we live in hope. Without hope our lives have no direction. The 7 billion human beings like us alive today all have a right to be happy. And it’s sad to note that while you are here enjoying yourselves, in other parts of the world like Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, people are killing each other. Therefore, we need to promote a greater awareness that we are all human brothers and sisters, that we belong to one human family.”

A beautiful message from a leader of peace. 
After I had a massage in the Healing Field and was so relaxed I practically walked back to the stall horizontal. 
 Everything fell into place this year and couldn't be more grateful!
I can't help but wish life were a little more like it is on the field.
And so I wish each and everyone of us a little more serenity and laughter in our lives.Be BRIGHT!