Neurotica & Rachel Freire

...sharing a love for Courntey Love

For Spring/Summer 2011 Rachel Freire got together with Victoria McGrane from Neurotica and over much vodka/coffee and mutual Courtney Love appreciation, they devised a way of combining Victoria's delicately sinister drawings and Rachel's unique concept imagery, resulting in a surreal Toile Du Jouy signature print, adding a new ilustrative element to Rachel's fantastical wearable art. In return, Rachel kindly fashioned hundreds of bluebells by hand and painstakingly braided and formed two unique sculptural showpieces for the Neurotica High Summer 2011 collection, which perfectly complement the mood, themes and colours of the range, with a twist of theatricality.

Nothing inspires us like…
Rachel Freire: Responding objectionably to a situation. Science has made its most profound discoveries by flipping theories on their heads. That's also our job as designers.
Victoria McGrane / Neurotica: Staring at the sky. The tone of the sky, the shapes of the clouds, an interesting sunset, a looming ominous thunderstorm… I can sit and daydream over a good view for hours.

I hope…
RF: I get my way in the end. It will be fun! Watch this space.
VM: That all of the hard work will all be worth it one day!

Cultural influences…
RF: James Cameron is my god. He has pushed so many boundaries in a more multi-faceted way than any designer. He creates worlds. I could go on about why for ages. But I won't. Music is also a huge factor.
VM: I am very nostalgic, and constantly reference the films, music and imagery I grew up with in the '80s. Everything seemed much shinier then.

I got where I am...
RF: By being bloody minded. A high school teacher once condescendingly told me I had ideas above my station. Sometimes things backfire beautifully; it’s all about your perspective.
VM: By having a single-minded purpose of vision and focusing every aspect of my life towards my goal. But I feel that there is still a long, long way to go…

Fashion can sometimes...
RF: Bore the shit out of me. Which is a good motivation to create.
VM: Be very very unglamourous, especially when you are in a freezing cold studio, and your fingers are so numb with cold you can barely sew or draw!

Money makes…
RF: Me distracted from the point. But I need it to make the pretty things, so we have called a truce.
VM: Me feel sad as it seems to slip in and out of my hands like an elusive concept and wonder how anyone in fashion ever manages to hold on to it!

Creativity comes from…
RF: Somewhere magical. Best not to analyse it too much, the world needs more magic.
VM: The most intangible sources. If only there was a way to predict it, but it seems to spring at the most inopportune times.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan are…
RF: A clusterfuck. I like a challenge.
VM: Circus.

I live East…
RF: Because Hackney Wick reminds me of Greenpoint. But it's about to have its own personal 2012 apocalypse, so it’s time to move on. I like things with a lifespan, they sparkle in your memory and inspire you and provoke seeking out new things. It's too easy to get comfortable.
VM: Because as soon as I get further west than Liverpool Street Station, I start to feel weird. Don't even want to talk about further south than Bermondsey.

Studios make me…
RF: Nest.
VM: Happy and secure, it's my real home.

My goal…
RF: Is to acquire a decommissioned UN Chinook. They're white already, as I think the paint job would be horrendous. I'll need it to get to my aircraft carrier… islands are so 20th Century.
VM: Is to live in a remote place where mine is the only house I can see in any direction.

The earliest memory...
RF: I have is of being scared of the tulips in the garden. I still don't like flowers… I'm making roses this season. I like things that creep me out. And seeing if they're different to what creeps you out.
VM: Is of losing my favourite My Little Pony in a multi story carpark.

My mum...
RF: Spent a long time thinking I was crazy, but now she gets it.
VM: Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for having to endure my adolescence.

I tried to live...
RF: On a motor torpedo boat, in the crypt of a church, and the science lab of an old school, but now I live on my own in a cave. It's a good cave. Is that progress?
VM: Out of a suitcase, for two years, with no fixed address. Best thing I ever did. Having stuff sucks.

I like making...
RF: Things that don't make sense until they are right in front of you.
VM: Infinite repeats where you can't find the join or pattern. Very satisfying.

I love getting older...
RF: Because I look younger than my age. So I can be sneaky and look cleverer...
VM: Because the older I get, the less obliged I feel to do what other people want me to do...