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Happy Shopper #34 - Carrie Reichardt The Renegade Potter

Fight for your right to be arty.

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: June, 2010
I have a lovely grenade necklace.

Reichardt aka The Baroness subverts kitsch commemorative crockery by altering the images and applying anarchist slogans. A Detournation that the artist refers to as "crafitivism". Outside of the Franklin Mint collector scene in John Waters Serial Mom, I doubt anybody has managed to poke fun at the idea of the collectable plate with as platemuch wit and skill. Reichardt's work is fun and thought provoking (the revolution will be ceramicized is another of her mottos). In addition to her radical crafting, Reichardt and associates have been enagaged in turning their West London house into a stunning outsider art environment by mosaicing the entire building. We are proud to introduce our latest Happy Shopper.

1) What was the last electrical appliance you bought?
A second hand Apple Mac Book Pro from Ebay.

2) How many shoes do you own?
I have about 4 pairs of shoes and about 5 pairs of platform boots. I usually just wear one pair of shoes/boots to death and then replace them with something very similar. All are second hand.

3) Thinking about only what you are wearing now and including your watch, jewellery and glasses if you wear them, how much would it cost me to get dressed up just like you? And where would I have to go to get the look?
I have a 'hell bunny' dress I brought from ebay for £15. Tights from the local market , 2 pairs for £5. Black platform stella suede boots from ebay for £20. A Mutoid Waste t-shirt that the artist Wreckage gave me. (Usually about £10 to buy, but hard to track down!!) I have a lovely grenade necklace, which is made by Britt Cromack and cost me £15 at the Mutate Britain exhibition last year under the Westway. And a bead bracelet made by my daughter Roxy that spells out mummy on it.

4) What are you going to be eating for dinner tonight?
I am off to a funeral parlour today to help my friend the artist Nick Reynolds make a death mask of his friend that sadly died last week. So depending on what time I finish, I might grab a bag of chips on the way home, or probably a bowl of pasta once I get home.

5) What is the most amount you have ever spent on a bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage and when and where was it?
£18 for two large glasses of mojito at the Art Car Boot Fair in Brick Lane last week.

6) What and where is your favourite shop?
Chiswick Car Boot and I hate to admit it but ebay!!

7) How do you get around town?
Public transport, and sometimes by car.

8) Where is your favourite place to holiday?
I havent had a proper holiday in years. But to have a break from it all I go to some woods my friends TouchWood Trees own in Kent. A group of us go there, take the kids and sit around a camp fire and chill out. Next week I am off to Glastonbury festival though for a week. I can't wait!!

The picture above shows the Elephant that Carrie decorated for the Elephant parade that happened around London this spring. A short film about the making of the elephant can be seen here. Visit the renegade potter at www.carriereichardt.com

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Lake
Editor, London

the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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