Little Paper Slipper Chapter II Launch Party: introducing the artists part 2 (ft. Molly Parkin, Vanja Karas and Fiona Dealey)


Born in Glamorgan, Wales, Molly Parkin’s career has excelled in more areas than most people can even dream to achieved in one – be it painting, poetry, journalism, writing erotic novels, designing or editing, she’s done it all.

Described by Clive Martin as a “great British eccentric”, Parkin has become famous not only for her success within her work, but also her flamboyant style and exciting lifestyle. In 2012 Parkin received a Civil List Pension from the Queen for service to the arts.After gaining a scholarship for Fine Art at Goldsmith’s, Parkin’s impressive career includes designing hats and bags for Biba, editing the Sunday Times fashion section – for which she won Fashion Editor of the Year in 1971, and publishing 10 comic-erotic novel, before focusing her time on painting


Molly Parkin ‘Summer on the Estate’

Vanja Karas is a Belgrade-born, London based Artist, Curator, Designer and Creative Director. She began her creative career in theatre directing, and from there moved on to work in a range of other visual arts media including film, video, multimedia, graphic design and print. In recent years her work has been focused mainly on photography, site-specific installations, conceptual art and most recently textile design.

She has exhibited her work world-wide, including at the 56th Venice Biennale, Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House, The Photographers’ Gallery, Royal College of Art, New Orleans Photo Alliance, China House, Malaysia, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu and New Moment, Belgrade. Her work has been published in books and magazines and commissioned for a number of private, public, museum and corporate collections including: Swiss Re (the Gherkin), St Mary’s Hospital, Hotel du Vin, Malmaison Hotels and a number of De Vere Venues including 1 Westferry Circus.

Karas is also the Founder and Creative Director of Magenta Grove Design Studio and the Founder and Curator of Photography Open Salon, which since its inception in 2011 exhibited over 200 photographers on two continents and published in three award winning books.


Vanja Karas © 56 Venice Biennale


Fiona Dealey studied Fashion at St. Martin’s School of Art, before running her own fashion company designing for various celebrities, such as the singer Sade, and selling to boutiques including Harvey Nichols and Matches. This lead to her career working as a Costume Designer in television where she worked with Jonathan Ross, before entering the world of advertising to design costumes for commercials. Her work has varied from designing period costumes to futuristic outfits, making hats for budgerigars, creating the letter costumes for Comedy Central and transforming the comedian Peter Kay into the glamorous diva Geraldine for ‘Britain’s got the Pop Factor’.

On the Little Paper Slipper Chapter II launch, Dealey commented “I was delighted to be invited by Marie-Louise Jones to decorate one of her charming paper slippers for her inspiring charity. My decorated shoe is intended to reflect that if you can finally find the courage and necessary support to break free from the insidious binding ties of an abusive, controlling relationship then you will indeed flourish and blossom”.

Picture ‘Eastenders Peggy’s Wedding’, BBC trailer featuring Peggy’s wedding dress (designed by Fiona Dealey) being transformed by robotic arms from  glamorous lace gown to a much frumpier dress, representing Archie’s evil control over her.

To find out more about the Little Paper Slipper Chapter II launch and how you can see the artists specially commissioned shoes, visit our events page here. 

Post by Lizzie Scourfield.


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