We caught up with Alex Noble, the designer known for his outlandish creations for Lady Gaga and Florence Welch, about his colour explosive exhibition at Londonewcastles Project Space.
Where do you work in London and why?
‘I live and work in my studio in Hackney, East London. I love Hackney because it’s so diverse. Cultures, classes and subcultures all in a big soup together.’
What inspires you?
‘My inspirations are quite vast, currently it’s really reacting to our society, almost in an obvious pun-like way. I always return to my early inspirations of music, science fiction and fantasy and artists like Allen Jones, Roger Dean and Gustav Klimt – bodies, objects and structures!’
How do your fashion collaborations influence your art works?
‘All my work seems to reflect and connect with itself, the fashion collaborations often stem from music, which is always massively important in developing ideas for all work – everything has a soundtrack.’
What is the strangest commission you’ve had?
‘The tennis ball dress for Bethanie Mattek Sands, a strange commission resulted in a strange dress, she is brilliant and it was a really fun project.’
If you could paint one of your murals anywhere, where would it be?
‘I’d love to do large aeroplane and then it could travel everywhere and be up in the clouds. Or even a rocket…..’
The exhibition features your latest film ‘Colour Therapy’ that you collaborated on with Joost Vandeburg. Why did you want to work with film and what can we expect?‘It really excites me. Film feels very natural for me; it’s holistic and encompassing all of my practice. I am able to realise and build my concepts and worlds through set design, fashion and art direction and work with a talented people like Joost. Visitors will experience dark, subversive surrealism and warped psychedelia as we’ve created a whole room installation of moving image and sound.
Alex Noble’s ‘Creatures from the Kaleidoscope’ is at Londonewcastles Project Space from 31 August – 10 September. Entry is free.