Woody Woody…

Woody Woody…


>> This has been knocking around for a bit and I keep forgetting that I need to get myself over to the Kemistry Gallery to check out illustrator/artist Damien Poulain's cute totems.  'Cute' is I guess a bit of a derogatory term I guess for Poulain's efforts to capture moments of 20th-21st century history in wooden 'totems'. A totem is apparently

"any supposed entity that watches over or assists a group of people, such as a family, clan, or tribe"

In Damien's world events like Britney shaving her head, the fall of the Berlin Wal and the TV test card all deserve to be made into totems, carved out of reclaimed wood and hand-painted.  He also has added a few designers that for him are significant fashion 'events' of he past…

Gareth Pugh


Comme des Garcons


Viktor & Rolf


If I was skilled enough to carve anything into wood (never ever worked with wood in D.T…), I'd have a different set of fashion events/figures to carve, entirely personal to me and not in any way significant in the grand scheme of things probably…

… Alaia's contribution to fashion in general…
…Boudicca's V&A Fashion in Motion show which I accidentally walked into…
…Discovering vintage for the first time in Rokit when I was 13…
…The Face (old, not the supposedly new digital version which someone is trying to unleash…)…
…Katy England…
…A pair of old Miu Miu platform shoes that were officially my first pair of proper serious heels…


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  1. Fannah

    2009-06-29 at 8:13 PM

    Adorable! 🙂

  2. sarah

    2009-06-29 at 8:35 PM

    haha those are great!

  3. dust

    2009-06-29 at 10:45 PM

    From now on, my greatest ambition is to be featured by Damien.

  4. KD

    2009-06-29 at 11:16 PM


  5. Lilly

    2009-06-30 at 1:13 AM

    Eeeek I want the Pikachu one!!

  6. Faith

    2009-06-30 at 2:58 AM

    Oooo, these are super!

  7. Sara McC

    2009-06-30 at 3:00 AM

    crazy amaaazing!

  8. liz

    2009-06-30 at 6:16 AM

    Is it immature of me that i giggled when i saw the print of those tights, and then the title of this post?

  9. Isabel

    2009-06-30 at 3:16 PM

    I really like this totem idea – it’s meaningful without being too heavy, y’know?

  10. larn more

    2014-09-16 at 11:03 AM

    Sometimes feel like i’m lost. What should i wear too make me more confident. Thank’s buddy, now i have some.

  11. JamesS

    2015-05-06 at 8:07 PM

    My fave is the black & white spotty rabbit (I think thats what it is!). Bit crazy but cool all the same.

  12. Bennie

    2016-01-07 at 7:47 AM

    All are very cut, How can I do the same as you, can you provide tips about it.

  13. Samantha

    2016-09-13 at 8:10 PM

    This looks absolutely beautiful.

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