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It Was a Night Not To Be Missy’d…

July 26, 2010

Last Friday night I threw open the doors to celebrate the opening of my new studio, and with guests including a creative mix of artists, designers, actors, dancers, models and musicians, along with an impressive handful of corporate movers and shakers, I’d be surprised if there was a more glamorous time to be had Leamington that night.

Though it was tempting, I left the camera at home for the night, but my trusty stand-ins Ewan and Dennis were there to capture the evening and, along with Lynda, produced so many great images that I have cobbled together this little movie:


To be honest I was overwhelmed by the turnout and incredibly touched by the folk who had traveled far and wide to have a look-see at my work and wish me well. I think that’s why they came anyway, though I suspect that the performance by the lovely Missy Malone contributed a little bit to the popularity of the evening.

Invited guests await burlesque performance

An expectant crowd awaits the arrival of the star guest

Burlesque performer Missy Malone live on-stage

Getting the party started Missy Malone-style

Congratulations are due to our prize winners on the night (well, actually the draw was made with much National Lottery-style ceremony the following morning) so ‘well done’ to Peter Jordan, who is now the proud owner of the print of Missy in the beautiful frame by Regent Framing; Gary Warren, who wins two guest passes to Darkteaser’s Garter Lounge burlesque night at The Assembly in September and Kate Jones, who will be receiving a complimentary personal training session with sports and fitness guru Nick Richardson.

Hair and make-up team

Team Rouge: Me ol' fella with hair and make-up vixens Jeni and Vanessa

It has been hard work, but the studio has come together brilliantly since getting the keys three weeks ago. In between all the painting, moving and picture hanging, it has already been put to use shooting the Ochre and Ocre Christmas gift ranges and will be playing host to its first boudoir session this week. One of the great things about having people over for the evening was the chance for me to show of all the different sides to my work and now the cake crumbs are hoovered and beer mopped up I’m looking forward to really getting the best out of the space.

Rachel Spivey Photographer at the launch of her Leamington Spa studio

Me and Missy and a quick flash of the tat

Now, on paper I am a ‘sole trader’ but things like this are impossible to pull off on your own. I had half a mind to acknowledge the individual contributions of everyone on the night, but when you have a lady in the wings readying to shed her clothes, I figured my blog was a better place for my Oscar-style full list of thank yous. So I’d just like to thank…

Jeremy Eaton for the business advice and heads up on the potential pitfalls of renting commercial properties, Nancy Spivey for backing me up, Traci Squire for the elbow grease and dead fly removal, Paul Crook and Sue Henderson for the painting, tittivation and trips to the trip, Vivienne Bailey for the press release and media training (more of that in my next blog entry), Rob Wilson for html-ing up my invite, Graeme Longstaff for the vinyls, Tess Hesslop at Ochre and Ocre for the decorating, ironing and provision of table cloths, Jo Bevan for being organised and laying the cushion floor in the bathroom, Robert Orr and Neville Hutchinson and Loxley Colour for my fantastic giant prints and the equally big service that came with them, Nick Richardson for helping get stuff up on the walls and supplying an extra prize on the night, Malcolm Moore for making the slide show work on the night, Leigh Dunks (Via Simon from Go Go Gorilla) thank you for the music, Matt Chambers at V2 for knocking me up a lovely portfolio stand, Jenny Hudson from Sweet As for supplying her fantastic confections, Carole Sleight from Let Them Eat Cake for the loan of vintage crockery and cake stands, Tom Daplyn at Vital and Justin Way from Marston’s for the bottles of Hobgoblin, Richard Heath from Regent Framing for doing such a brilliant job on making a pretty thing look even more gorgeous, Jeni Aldridge at The Spa for squeezing me in, Ewan Rayment and Dennis O’Neill letting me have the night off, the lovely Lynda Tucker for keeping her head when all around her had lost theirs, Missy Malone for being such a sweetie and the absolute star of the show, Vanessa Reece for all of her positivity and the kiddy-wrangling, my baby brother John for his moving and shifting, my mum Janet Cooper for the childcare, Ted, Wilf and Dan for their patience and my husband Craig for pretty much everything else.

Cheers all.

RS x

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  1. July 29, 2010 10:45 pm

    What a night, what a launch, what a great atmosphere, what a lot of people, what a photographic treat, what tempting mini cupcakes, what a show from Missy Malone, what a fabulous tattoo you have……what a talented lady you are Rachel.

    Carolex

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