LOULOU RELOULOU has a fine ambition, to bring people together, and a novel way of achieving it, pullovers.
In an art gallery in Dalston she sits passionately sewing jumpers that are big enough for two people. You don’t have much choice but to, uhm, come together, when Miss Reloulou throws one of her concoctions over you.
She creates new clothes from old garments and now she wants Londoners to donate unwanted clothes. She will make her latest collection out of them and then throw a party.
She says: “This is a chance for you to put your old clothes to good use and share my new creations with a special one – an old friend or perhaps a new love?”
As if to emphasise the love aspect, Miss Reloulou’s creations tend to be adorned with two sets of sewn-on breasts, redolent of Jean-Paul Gaultier’s cones for Madonna in the 1990s. Today she unveiled her latest idea to Loving Dalston: the threesome pullover.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Miss R is French. She got her sewing skills at a six-month extra-mural course in Paris and popped up in Shoreditch early this year. Advised that Dalston might suit a proto-hipster on a budget, she nipped up to E8 and found a home for her sewing machine at the newly opened Invisible Line Gallery in Dalston Lane just south of Ridley Road.
Loving Dalston donated a badly torn check shirt that was already being sized up for a scarecrow. The party will probably be in June. See you there.
* The Invisible Line, 87 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 2NG, is also hosting an exhibition of framed collages by Robin Monies, Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm, until Sun 8 April 2012.