The Sundowners shortlisted for the GIT awards

Article by Amy Jackson

Photography and film by Kelly Irvine

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The GIT award, founded by Liverpool music blog ‘GetIntoThis’, was created as a way to celebrate the best of new Merseyside based music. Each year, 12 artists are selected that best represent the success of the growing music scene in Liverpool.

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This year, the GIT awards are to be held at the Kazimier on Saturday 4th April.

Among this years nominee’s includes The Sundowners, a band with whom we’ve worked closely with on a number of projects. Read about our work with The Sundowners here and here.

Click here to take a look at the video shot and edited by Kelly at Kooky Studios of the Sundowners at their album launch gig.

The Sundowners recently spoke to GetIntoThis about their nomination, and the journey that led them to where they are now.

We were at practice just last night going over old tunes which were great at the time. But we were laughing about them, they just seemed so naive, and if that was out there on a record you wouldn’t be able to take that back. I’m glad we’ve evolved and got to where we are now, and the stuff that we’re putting out is the first record and is what we’ll be known for forever,”- Fiona Skelly on the bands growth.

There’s so many good bands. What I like about Liverpool bands is that no one gives up, they just keep going. There’s a strong scene and a strong connection between all the bands.” – Niamh on the passion of the Merseyside music scene.

You can read the full interview here.

Doors open at 7.00 at the Kazimier on Saturday, so don’t miss out on a chance to celebrate the talent that Merseyside has to offer!

 

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One of a kind..

Article by Amy Jackson

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Kooky Studios has been working closely with the Merseyside based band the Sundowners. We recently did a shoot with the Sundowners in collaboration with the national hairdressing brand, Electric Hair (read about the shoot and our fashion film here and here). Some of the accessories included in the shoot are from Niamh Rowe’s etsy page, IntoTheLightVintage. IntoTheLightVintage opened at the start of this year, and is made up of beautiful handmade jewellery such as feathered earrings and necklaces, with a distinctly bohemian feel. The store also stocks selected vintage garments; at the moment there’s a pair of vintage flared levi jeans, perfectly fitting with the 70’s trend we’ve been seeing lately! Jewellery ranges from £7.50 to £25.00, a bargain for such one of a kind pieces.

Along with Niamh, Fiona Skelly , another member of the Sundowners also has her own etsy shop, named ShikobaSpirit, supplying more bohemian handmade accessories. One of the most impressive items stocked is a 6ft handmade dream-catcher made with sari silk, crystals, beads and feathers.

Shop ShikobaSpirit here

Shop IntoTheLightVintage here

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Ku by Spendlove SS15

Article by Amy Jackson

Photography by Kelly Irvine

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One of our latest projects here at Kooky Studios was a collaboration with the Liverpool based dressmaking brand; Ku by Spendlove. Founded by designer Mary Spendlove, the brand is a scouse favourite, specialising in unique eveningwear and fabulously designed made to measure garments. Ku by Spendlove’s clothing is loved by Liverpool celebrities such as Amanda Harrington, who the brand has worked closely with for years. This season, prepare for an array of stylish designs in monochrome shades, as well as some colourful printed pieces perfect for summer. Ku by Spendlove’s designs were recently showcased at the Hilton Hotel this past mothers day, hosted by Chic Networking. You can follow Chic Networking on twitter and instagram to find out about what happened at the event here, or check out their website here.

 

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Ku by Spendlove is located at 139A Kensington, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 2RE.

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Women In Business 2015

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On the 6th March, Kooky Studios were delighted to be invited to the Women in Business Awards 2015 in the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. We attended as a nominee for the Best Newcomer award, in an event which celebrated the hard work, determination and progress of women in business in Liverpool City Region.

The event was the third of its kind in Liverpool, designed by the Chief Executive of Downtown in Business, Frank McKenna, in order to commend the contribution women make in the business world, and to promote female entrepreneurs and female led businesses. Encouraging women to strive for higher positions in business is the key, in a society where women in the UK are still being paid around 10% less than men. We were honoured to represent the ambition and enterprise of women in our city, and were truly inspired by the fellow businesswomen and nominees we spoke to.

We may not have won, but being nominated alongside such influential women made us so proud to act as a role model for other female entrepreneurs, and to be a pioneer for women in business. We would like to congratulate Hana Awwad from Chocolate Envelope Designs, an innovative greetings card company, who walked away with the award for Best Newcomer 2015, and all of the winners and nominees. Together we are changing the dynamics of the business world, and inspiring other women to pursue their dreams.


To find out more visit the Downtown In Business website here

Electric Hair fashion film

Article by Amy Jackson

Film by Kelly Irvine

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Having worked exclusively as a photographic studios for years, Kooky Studios is happy to announce their transition into fashion film! Kooky Studios previously filmed the collaboration video for The Sundowners (read about our work with The Sundowners here) and since then we’ve been working on some exciting new stuff. The photographer Nick Knight serves as a big inspiration for Kooky Studios work, favouring his artistic style and amazing fashion films. This inspired Kooky Studios to begin creating fashion films, as a way of expanding the company and experimenting with a new creative medium.

Our fashion film features clips of The Sundowners from their collaboration with nationwide hairdressing brand Electric Hair, in promotion of the brand. You can read all about Electric Hair and The Sundowners, and view some images from the shoot on our previous blog post here.

For the film, we focused on using interesting lighting techniques, such as fluorescent lighting to add a rock and roll edge. As well as aspects of the recent photoshoot, the film includes clips filmed at The Sundowners recent gig at the Kazimier music venue. Working on this project required Kooky Studios to work closely within the music industry, which has heavily influenced the outcome of the fashion film. Featuring The Sundowners track – Medicine, the film features a strong grunge element, which is heightened by the location of the nightclub the Magnet.

We hope you enjoy the fashion film, and make sure to keep up to date with our exciting new work to come!

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If you like the work of Nick Knight, make sure to keep updated with the blog for our latest blog post on the exhibition Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty, to see the work of a designer involved closely with the photographer.

Iceberg Vodka launch at Playground

Article by Amy Jackson

Photography by Kelly Irvine

Kooky Studios has been busy collaborating with new vodka brand Iceberg Vodka, photographing their launch night at Playground Liverpool. Originally produced by the Canadian Iceberg Vodka corporation, the vodka is created using water from icebergs and blended with neutral grain alcohol, for the purest taste you can get. Iceberg Vodka UK launched to introduce their drink to a wider audience, and it certainly went down well with the Liverpool crowd. The vodka launched on mothers day at the Hilton hotel at the Chic Networking fashion show event, and the party carried on till the evening, at Playground nightclub. The event was created in collaboration with the fantastic PR company PKPR, with offices nationwide. You can follow PKPR here, or take a look at their website for more info here.

The event was a great success, with celebrities such as Amanda Harrington and Bollywood star Amy Jackson coming to sample the vodka, as well as Big Brother’s Mark Byron. After taking Liverpool by storm, Iceberg Vodka UK will be heading to Cheshire and London for more glamorous launch nights.

To keep up to date with Iceberg Vodka, you can follow them on twitter and instagram and check out their website here.

Make sure to take a stop at the Hilton hotel/Playground on your next night out to sample your new favourite vodka!

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