Why Margate? Margate is an incredible place: I’ve seen it go from a bustling town where I’d always go shopping to an empty shell & now to its current inspirational status. Margate is now synonymous for me with everything that Brink stands for & for that I really love it. There is still a long way to go to make it a perfect place but to be honest I find perfection boring; Margate is rough & I love it!
How do you define style? Style is all about feeling good- you can tell a lot about a person by their style, whether they feel good being who they are really does create a stylish person & it really can be seen… style is confidence I think. Aside from that style can be defined as doing what you want, how you want & being confident in your aesthetic judgment.
If you were an animal what would you be? Haha, I think about questions like this quite a lot actually! A squirrel would be pretty cool, they seem to always have something to do, they never stop working & are really friendly- I can relate to them quite a lot!
Object of desire for your room? Probably something sensible like restoring the floor to the original boards…but if it came to it I’d really love a 19th century chandelier, lights can be an obsession.
What is Brink? Brink is anything you can think of, anything we want to turn our hands to really! The idea behind it stems from giving creativity freedom & an outlet for small projects & productions of media, fashion & interest; Brink has to be interesting & changeable or I’d get bored, you can’t define as one thing but elements of an idea.
If you could get anyone past or present to collaborate on an issue of Brink who would it be and why? Hunter S Thompson. We both know how to have a good time & how to work hard so the issue would have a great vibe! I think he’d like what Brink stands for.
What things do you need to have around you when starting to write? Coffee, my computer & some paint. I usually do a painting before starting to write to give an impression of how I would like things to turn out.
If you could change one thing about your space in which you live and work, what would it be and why? I’d make it double the size! I love large rooms that are crammed with things so I’d double the size & then cover it in books, plants & comfy seats!
You have lots of books – what is your favorite and why? My favourite novel would be Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, it has a lot of special memories for me as well being beautifully written. My favorite book other than that would be Anish Kapoor, Shooting Into The Corner, its visually incredible & again, very personal.
What building would you like to be locked in overnight? Obsolete Antiques, Venice, California– their interiors are exactly how I would arrange a room & I’d wander around the whole night!
What couldn’t you live without? Sleep & work. I’d be bored without those & when I’m bored I can’t sleep so I’d get grumpy.
If you were exiled to the Maunsell Sea Forts what three things would you take with you? Paper, a pen & a bottle of something- I’d write something interesting I’m sure!
What inspires you? Decadence. Creativity. Empty Space.
In 10 years time where will you be? Hopefully still working on projects that capsulate my current ethics of work & creativity but on a much larger scale!
Favourite item purchased in Margate? Either my taxidermy 19th century yellow bird from my friends at Fontaine or my chesterfield sofa.
Best advice you’ve been given? ‘Don’t be afraid to make a profit.’ And ‘Think for yourself.’
What are your goals for the following year? My goals would be to release a few more issues whilst developing my clothing line, keep meeting great people & having a good time!
ROUND-UP: This week we are looking into just one room. A room that one person has grown up in. A room that has no doubt changed over the years & now is a room that Alex lives & works in. Books, photographic memories & collections of curios & paraphernalia litter the room, objects of interest & inspiration are now key. Alex has started to add furniture & furnishings, which encapsulate his life & interests today as well as aid his writing. This is a small room with a lot to say.
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