Did you also grow up in Yorkshire? Then you’ll no doubt remember the superior taste of Seabrook crisps. ‘Once tasted, loved forever’ this delicious crisp brand was my childhood pack-up staple and I have never found a crisp with the same, perfectly cooked crinkle-cut and decisive bold flavours. Cooked in 100% sunflower oil and sprinkled with real sea-salt, each packet also contains above average crisp quantity, a welcome change after continual disappointment of Walkers filling their bags approximately 3% full.
BUT WHERE CAN YOU BUY THEM IN LONDON? Judging by Yahoo answers a lot of people have the same question. So I decided to find out. Seabrook do have a ‘stockist’ finder on their website, BUT BEWARE when I visited the Hackney Tesco, the nearest Seabrook stockist to me, they did not have Seabrook as promised.
So: Where can you buy Seabrook crisps in London?
The Answer: Asda Leyton Mills. They have all the flavours in multipacks, and they are on special offer right now! 12 bags for £2.50!
Was it worth crossing London for a packet of Prawn Cocktail Seabrook Crisps? ABSOLUTELY. 100%. UNDOUBTEDLY. And in fact, I bought 48 packets so I don’t run short anytime soon.
Fact: Seabrook are made from Saturna potatoes, which are a golden-yellow and, experts say, have the perfect sugar content for crisps. Seabrook was named after the founder, Mr C Brook. He chose the name when he found his own name misspelled on a photo as Mr Seabrook.
I am in the process of gathering together and evaluating my different projects from my time in Paris so thought I’d share a little of what I’m putting together….
The works below represent an on-going book project during my 4 month exchange with the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts. The ‘sculptures’ are a series of book-form objects which appropriate and dis-assemble the traditional book structure. After making them, I was pleased with the objects but felt the most interesting thing about them was the flexibility of the structures and the fact that they could be played with and arranged into many shapes and forms which seemed to mirror the ever-changing ways we transmit knowledge.
Over the next few months I plan to learn ways to create interactive installations. I would like to continue to play with the book form but perhaps integrate it into electronic environments, where the resulting works have participatory elements, and the audience somewhat control the outcomes of the forms and structures. These works form the beginning of an investigation into how society is defined by its surrounding technologies and I would like to start to combine old and new to explore how the demands of modern life fit into historic traditions and cultures.
Volume IV (Legal Tender)
Works available to purchase at: http://www.degreeart.com/users/alice-woods
Ask anyone in London where to get good vintage and they will most likely direct you to Brick Lane where you will indeed find a plethora of clothes, accessories and other ephemera during the market on Sunday and at some of the other shops that are open during the week.
However, if you want carefully selected, high quality pieces then head straight to Camden passage in Islington. Here you will be pleased to discover a refined selection of vintage stores, with clothes from all eras that have been hand selected for their condition and uniqueness.
One of my personal favourites is Fat Faced Cat, which can be found in the heart of the street at Numbers 22-24. It has a cult following which is unsurprising due to its knack for selecting clothing which defines fashion eras. Every piece is cleaned and restored meaning each item you buy will most likely last a lifetime. Sometimes pieces can be a little bit of an investment but this is counterbalanced by the beautiful quality. They are the kinds of clothes to be passed down through generations and treasured as pieces of art. Fat Faced Cat also offers an alterations service and a deposit scheme whereby you can pay a percentage of the full price and rest at a later date. The photo (below, left) are two of my pieces from Fat Faced Cat, a 50’s dress and a 60’s dress, which I have worn time and time again and will be wardrobe staples for years to come.
The photo above and on the right are another two pieces from shops on Camden Passage. The silk dress is from Annie’s Vintage found on the corner at Number 12. Everyone from John Galliano to Kate Moss loves this place for its selection of furs and abundance of lace trimmings. If brocading and embroidery are your thing then Annie’s Vintage will have something for you (and you might even find a bargain on the rail outside). From standout flapper dresses to Victorian bridal wear Annie’s Vintage has got it covered.
The last shop I will mention is Decadent Vintage at Number 26, where I purchased the 70’s lace jacket in the photo above, with 17 beautiful buttons down the middle. They have a wide selection of clothes from the 1920’s to the 80’s but what I adore about this place is the jewellery, which as the name suggests is overtly decadent. If you want to drip in shoulder-duster earrings and headpieces come and kit yourself out at Decadent.