Daniel Speight, artist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life.
This summer we worked with A.P.C. to create custom quilts for our rooms in London — designer Jessica Ogden and founder Jean Touitou created a patchwork masterpiece out of fabrics from past A.P.C. collections.
Now that the quilts are in our rooms, on our beds, and quickly capturing the hearts of our travel-weary and comfort-seeking visitors, we asked Jessica to share her thoughts on the process, and some of the things inspiring her work right now.
"As a child my mum made my brother and I quilts for our bed, she was the one who taught me how to sew, so the process is in her spirit.
It was amazing to then have Jean propose this idea to work on A.P.C. Quilts as it is also through his mum he has the love for this work.
We have our Mums to be thankful for to learn this beautiful craft.”
Antique quilt reference with beautiful flowers and color.
My Auntie Rosie, a beautiful lady, and a letter from her, my drawings of my cat and the sun reminding me of Jamaica where I was born.
Sonia Delaunay, my all-time favorite textile artist.
A page from my scrapbook: A Jessica Ogden dress
next to a piece of Odette Touitou, Jean’s mum, patchwork.
A page from The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. This is one of my favorite books, all homemade quilts made from what was on hand. The pieces made from work clothes are some of the highlights for me, as the clothes already have wear and tear, aged and patched, and then to be made into an object that also has age is beautiful to me. It’s history is visual and you feel they are made with love.
Exhibition I saw in London on my last trip: Madge Gill, Outsider Artist.
My family “Love” wall at home in Paris.
Fabrics we used for the Ace x A.P.C. quilt.
The simple lace curtain.
The UK’s signature window trimming — in its very existence, highlighting everything we love about this corner of the world — pairs form and function perfectly, obstructing the voyeuristic eyeballs of neighbors while letting in those all-too-precious rays of English sunlight. And because we couldn’t go one more day without our very own signature window trimming, friends at MYB Textiles in Scotland were kind enough to craft a collection of special lace curtains for Bulldog Edition, Ace London’s window-front lobby café.
The only manufacturer in the world still using the Nottingham Lace Looms, MYB has paired their beautifully antiquated machines with CAD software for a fresh design influence. Bulldog Edition’s exclusive lace design was inspired by Grid Index, the comprehensive grid research project of contemporary artist Carsten Nicolai.