Mrs Jones interview and photoshoot
Fiona Doran, otherwise known as Fee and the designer and stylist behind the Mrs Jones label, is buzzing from her latest shoot. She just photographed the Tatty Devine for Mrs Jones collection on a tribe of kids including her son George (he's a superstar of the future - definitely one to watch!): Four special pieces from this collection are available to buy, and the extended collection of stunning one-off statement pieces are showcased at Mrs Jones, available by appointment. We talked to Fee about the shoot and her collaboration with Tatty Devine. Who shot these pictures? We shot it with no make up artist, just us, a photographer and the kids! The photographer was Stephanie Smith, a.k.a. Feathersmith, and although we didn't have a make up artist Steph's friend Jibet came along and saved the day with her glitter! What was the inspiration for the shoot? The original inspiration for the jewellery came from tribal, so this is all about modern tribalness. Imagine something awful happens and only the kids survive (drastic I know! Sorry!). They have to live on London rooftops because it's too dangerous down below. They become tribal like in Lord of the Flies. They wear what they want and put on what they find. You started out on Portabello market, just like Tatty Devine! What appealed to you about working with us? I've known of Tatty Devine's jewellery since way back, they always did cool little bits. I like the fact it's affordable too. Whenever I thought of Tatty Devine I thought of the guitar plectrums they did. I saw them hanging around many an artist's neck... I've been dying to do some solid jewellery for a long time - I make stuff but it's usually from leather or fabric. I was checking the Tatty Devine website, looking for jewellery for a shoot that I was doing, when I saw they had so much wicked stuff, and fell in love with things like the Zip Necklace. What inspired the pieces you've made with Tatty Devine? Being a Second Hand Lil, I tend to buy stuff and store it, get it out and stroke it now and again, then it gets put away till the time is right. Well, this is what happened in this case. I had a book I bought at least ten years ago and, yes, I judged it on its cover, but the cover was so wonderful it didn't matter. Anyway the content didn't let me down inside either. I'm just so glad that the time was right. So the inspiration came from my heart, from a book I have been saving for over ten years. Can you tell us a bit more about the book? It's about the Mapuche tribe, right? All I know is they are a tribe who make wicked stuff. I'm not hot on detail as I'm very dyslexic, I'm so into imagery that I make up my own story to go along with it. Plus I'm drawn to anything tribal. Guess it's my Amazonian roots! Where did the inspiration come from for this piece, the 'Lizzie Redbone' Necklace? Well, Lizzie is my assistant. We have worked together a long long time and over the years we have turned each other on to things as you do. I introduced Lizzie to the Redbone album which has inspired me no end... Plus she deserves a dedication: she's amazing, she's definitely one to watch. Why is the Crazy Girl necklace so right for Crazy Girl? OK, all I can say is she has to be checked out. If you haven't seen her work then you are missing out... Seriously she is sick! In a nice sick way of course. So when you do look at her work, remember that she does it all from the animation to the music. Both blow me away. Check out 'The Rebel' first, then you will see why she's called Crazy Girl. Go to www.crazygirl.info. You've just turned your studio into an experience destination and boutique shop, an Emporium and a Drama Parlour! What else can people find there? What are you working on at the moment? I'm working on trying to survive the summer holidays and working on some very exciting opportunities on which I can't say more cos I might jinx it! But it will be a little bit like the Oxfam Shop Project I did, where I go in and sort it out. We get new stuff in at the studio all the time. Seeing is believing! The Mrs Jones Emporium is by appointment only on in London EC1. Call 020 7251 8448 to make an appointment.