Womack is Back!

Bobby Womack I thought, I know that name, but who…?

A quick google search taught me of his chart topping hits, covering R&B, Rock and Roll, Doo Wop, Country and Gospel genres; various recording sessions spanning 40 years with probably as many famous names.

Behind the glitz Bobby ‘Robert’ Womack was the lead singer of his 60s family soul and gospel band The Valentinos; proteges of Sam Cooke, who Womack later joined as guitarist; as well as musical stints with Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Sly Stone.  Sources tell me that he “created the body work of classic soul”, and is often referred to as the most under-appreciated giant of Seventies Soul. Well by now I’m pretty impressed and feeling a little silly that as a mid-twenties Londoner with an awareness for many music genres and artists, I wasn’t instantly aware of this soul legend. In 2009 Bobby was rightly inducted to the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame.

This is all lovely stuff, but what does it have to do with Bellerby Globemakers you ask?

At 68 years old, Womack has not finished his business with the music industry just yet – 2012 sees the release of his highly anticated album “The Bravest Man in the Universe” (to be released in June on XL)  It features collaborations with Damon Albarn, Lana Del Ray and  XL Recordings’ Richard Russell.  Bobby is back.  He came to our North London studios a month ago where he shot some fantastic photos for his album artwork. (Spot our globes in the background!)

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After hearing the very recent news surrounding Womack’s health, our thoughts and prayers are with him at this hard time.  We wish you a speedy recovery Bobby, it was wonderful to meet you. Here’s a few photos from the shoot, where let’s admit it, he’s looking pretty cool.

Art Direction by Sam and Arthur.   Photographs by Jamie-James Medina.

His first single from the album “Please forgive my heart” is just beautiful, and it’s available for free on XL Recordings website here. 

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Pinterest, Shminterest?

So we gave in, yes another social networking site.  Well, we didn’t want to feel left out, and in principle Pinterest sounds pretty tempting.

The genius concept encourages you pin images to online ‘mood boards’ to share with active worldwide users. I love mood boards as much as the next female, mid twenties, hopeful London artist; but something is telling me I’ll be planning my wedding board (I am not engaged) into the early hours if I’m not careful.  It’s a novel idea, that might put an end to countless bookmarks on your toolbar, and in theory keep all your ideas for that ‘project you’ve been meaning to start’ in one place.  Here are some beautiful images, from fine art, to maps and illustration that I’ve pinned on our new Globe Inspiration Board

 Oops is it 2 o’clock already?

You can find us at Bellerby Globemakers on Pinterest 

The Big Egg Hunt in London

Our friends over at The Big Egg Hunt  really are doing themselves proud.  There are the most fantastic eggs on display around London. Ours is tucked into the most apt location and being lovingly cared for, until it goes to auction for the fantastic charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

 

 

Of the 200 beautiful pieces here’s a selection of our favourites… It really is hard to narrow it down!

The Egg Letter box

by Benjamin Shine

The Przewalski Horse Egg

by Mark Adlington for Marival & Company

Egg

by Sir Peter Blake

Egglantine

by Yuki Aruga

On/Oeuf

by Oliver Clegg

The Birth of a Legend

by Theo Fennell

Enjoy!