New beautiful winter coats coming soon…
A shout out to our former swan muse Flo Morrissey who launched her debut album ‘Tomorrow will be beautiful’. Very proud! xxx
Presenting Linnea Persson’s Q&A with Sian Ahern – singer and co founder of the music group Eaux and Swanfield’s latest muse. Sian shares with us her journey discovering music, from a Strawberry Switchblade song to transporting her “somewhere else” through deep electronic beats.
When performing you have a very beautiful, effortless voice. When did you discover that you could sing?
Aww thanks! I had a huge love of singing along to the record player as a kid- I remember a Strawberry Switchblade song being a favourite aged 3 or 4. I was too shy to sing in public during teenage hood and it took me until my early twenties to have a go at it professionally. I’ve never had a singing lesson though.
You were a part of another music project – Sian Alice group. How is Eaux different musically? Have you discovered any new exciting elements?
It’s different for sure. We are a small unit now compared to our sprawling, sometimes 7 piece, previous outfit. We use drum machines now and much more midi. We’re excited by the possibilities of synthesisers…
Eaux has very deep, dreamy electronic beats – do you find you enter another “world” when performing with Eaux?
For sure. It’s why I make music. Singing is transcendental. I don’t know what I’d do instead if I didn’t have something so transportive in my life.
You’re about to go and perform at the ATP Festival in Iceland. It’s located in a former Nato base just outside Reykjavik, which sounds amazing! Can you name any other unique/favourite places where you have performed?
Actually, recently we played a festival called Best Kept Secret in Tilburg in the Netherlands which was pretty unique- it was in a safari park with a huge lake. The ground was all sand and it was very picturesque! We played another festival in Tilburg too the previous year called Incubate, the line up was half alternative bands and half Metal bands. It was good vibes!
Which pieces from your wardrobe are a must when packing for a tour?
Well, we never have much room for clothes when travelling so I have to be very concise! I wear the same outfits, perhaps alternating a couple of favourite get-ups. I’m a mini dress girl – one piece, takes up little room in a case!
What makes you lose sense of time and the outside world?
I think we only really lose our sense of time when we’re truly having fun. Fun is not caring about time!
What inspirational tools do you normally use when working creatively?
I guess we just play off of each other really, try to find something interesting by blending 3 different perspectives. We try not to listen to too much of other people’s music whilst in the studio, in case it inspires too much ; )
Big congrats on your new released album! Could you give us a sneak peak of what’s next?
Thanks! Next on the schedule is just travelling as much as we can really. It’s a great perk of the job!
Keep in touch with what Sian’s band EAUX here and watch their darkly euphoric video for single entitled ’Head’ via Dazed Digital. Swanfield Muse images shot by Alice Whitby, Live image of Sian on stage shot by Nick Sayers.
Whilst dodging the undulating ocean tide and surrounded by the beautiful coast line of Kent, photographer Alice Whitby captured beautifully our latest muse, Sian Ahern. She is the front woman of electronic music group Eaux, where she performs with a unique and exquisite voice. During the shoot it is easy to be inspired by Sian’s presence, just like her vocals, she has a mesmerising effect.
As an intention to celebrate and promote our sustainable swans, Sian was styled in samples exclusively from designers with an ethical ethos.
Photography by Alice Whitby
Styling by Linnea Persson of Modecut
Pierre Soulages, Composition, 1988
Loafers with blue tassels paired with blue thistle by Portamento
DEBUT collection by KATHERINE PONT
The poetry ring by ELKE
Our muse Mel Draisey from Le Volume Courbe in the navy vintage kimono dress
Bowerbird for the blues VI… the deepspace scarf by Jour Blanc in movement
Open the music box that is ‘Le Volume Courbe’ and you will be privy to the other-worldy recordings of french born singer-songwriter Charlotte Marionneau coupled with co-conspirator and multi-instramentalist Melanie Draisey. For our latest muse project, we paired these two best friends with the phenomenal photographer Tara Darby whose meandering eye has fallen upon subject matter as varied as icebergs in the Arctic to still life of stacked drawings in the studio of Jenny Saville. To the forest they disappeared for the day and here is the shoot that emerged. Meet the talented ladies from The Volume Curves…
Shop the swan muse’s look HERE.
Photography by the lovely Jessica Barnes. Check her blog called ‘Growing Up in Public’
Inspired by a Victorian recipe, Butlers Gin is produced locally in Hackney Wick, each bottle signed by it’s creator, Ross Butler. For our launch of Swanfield at The Hackney Shop, Ross will be jumping ship with a glass demijohn full of iced G&T. Watch the horizon on opening night for a bike trailer full of charm & wit!
And check out this fine fellow’s brew distilled with lemongrass and caradmon here X
An invitation to attend the launch of our pop up initiative housed at The Hackney Shop next week. On display will be a selection of our womenswear and accessory designers as seen on our webstore Swanfield, and an exhibition of our latest Muse campaign. Come down for a cold G&T and a browse on Tuesday eve the 16th of July! Very best, the swans xxx
A natural swan collaboration, two of our featured artists from the MUSES archive played a gig together this week at the Tabernacle in West London… Alela Diane from Portland USA touring her new album ‘About Farewell’… and local lass, Flo AKA ’9 Mary’. We introduced Alela to Flo many moons ago back in 2009, so it’s nice to see when things come full circle. Big love to them both xxx
And to any keen eyes…