An Event x
December 26 2014 marks the ten year anniversary since the horror of the Boxing Day tsunami in which my cousin Sam Archer-Fayet and her baby daughter Ruby Rose tragically lost their lives.
As a way of marking this anniversary and celebrating Sam’s life, her sister Nathalie is holding a very special exhibition in their memory: She’s conjured up a whole cornucopia of artist’s and musicians to produce work to capture and treasure Sam’s spirit: On the night and just for one night, they’ll be an intimate short film shown, shot by Sam herself in the late nineties when she was working in the thick of the fashion world, showing a glimpse of life behind the scenes at some of the most glamorous catwalk shows including her friends and icons such as Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Esther de Jong, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer and John Galliano. Freeze-frame images will also be exhibited as part of the on-going exhibition. My youngest sister, Harriet will be performing with her group Kosmos, as well as performances by Lisa Billson and Nina Walsh, Somethin’ else and Martin Beck. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ll be an auction including a signed print from Charming Baker, dinner for 4 donated by Anthony Usher at the renowed Clutch restaurant, a signed photo by famous photographer Richard Young and a lot more besides…all proceeds from the exhibition will go to raise funds for the SMart Network giving them much needed funds to support homeless and socially excluded people through creative arts.
So if you’re in London or can get to London on Wednesday 12 November the event is being held at the Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden at 42 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LA – just email your name to email@example.com to confirm your attendance…
Nathalie also asked if I would paint a picture of Sam for the exhibition…mainly because of the kids, it’s been a long time since I’ve painted anything and I will confess, it has been one of the hardest paintings I’ve ever done, not only because it’s Sam, but I wanted it to truly represent her as well.
The background to the picture is a collage made up of both photos of Sam and quotes or words that I felt resonated her vibrant character. The idea was that from a distance it’s Sam..up close it’s what made her who she was..and each time you look, you should see something different.
I’m at the stage where it’s almost finished..but I can’t stop tinkering..it’s even changed from this photo..but time is starting to run out…
Laters, Kate x
Gorgeous picture, that one you painted. And a beautiful idea to celebrate the life of the gone ones.
it’s changed quite a lot..still going through loops of success..and not. Still needs a bit more! Arggghhhhh! xxx
Lovely painting Kate, how has it been 10 years already? The event on the 12th sounds great, how beautiful to celebrate a lost loved one in such a way xx
I know – a whole decade..hardly seems possible.. xxx
xxx for you xxx
I am sorry for your loss! Beautiful painting
Thank you..still trying to finish it..I have an idea in my head and it’s not there yet! xxx
Beautiful painting & a great tribute. Sorry for your loss.
Thank you – Naths is the powerforce, she’s worked tirelessly to celebrate her sister’s spirit. She’s incredible xxx
I saw your work when I visited your beautiful home. Must visit the exhibition! xxx
It would be SO lovely to see you there! Been far too long!! Fabulous idea! xxx
I can be free between 11:00 – 16:30ish. Let me know if it works for you too XXX
Love the painting. The celebration sounds fabulous and such a great idea!
Thank you..it will be a great night.. xxx
Wonderful tribute Kate. Hope the evening is a huge success. Xx
Just cross your fingers I can hit that deadline! xxx
Oh, Kate. My heart breaks with yours. Your art is overflowing with love and healing. May all who love and miss Sam and sweet Ruby Rose be comforted. Thanks for sharing ❤
Thank you. I think having so many artists showing their own representations of one person really gives you an idea of that person as a whole. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.. xxx
What an amazing tribute. My husband was a first responder to the 2004 tsunami. Our family holds all who are affected by this disaster, close to our hearts. Including yours, Kate ❤
Beautiful. She sounds like a very special person.
She was very dynamic and vivacious.. xxx
So sad but beautiful xxx
It was a huge shock that some members of the family have never gotten over..but Nathalie has managed to channel her grief into something very special..she is very special xxx
Great work Kate! Will be there in spirit xxx
Thank you Lia xxxxx
And just checked out Kosmos! And your sister! Well, what can I say… it runs in the family! 🙂 xxx
Hehe – she’s the one married to a Greek! xxx
That is very sad, but, a lovely occasion to celebrate life – Happy painting, Kxx
Thank you..now if I could just find some quiet..argghhh! cross your fingers for me! xxx
A job well done, I’d say XO