INSPIRATION - Anthony Stoker
Experiences, elements … moments.

For the first collection
I turned toward elements that have resonance in my life for inspiration

A meeting at The Photographers’ Gallery; turning the pages of a book,
and finding a quote about blossom representing new beginnings.
Producing something for the love of it and creating your own path.
Taking photographs of the blossom trees near my home,
reflected those feelings.

A Vladimir Kush print bought on impulse in 2001.
Found in a gallery on Maui, by the sea.
His Metaphorical Realism resonated 
like Dali’s Surrealism fascinated.

Thumbing through my vinyl collection and appreciating the cover artwork;
an indelible part of the experience, before enjoying what’s inside.

Reading from a book I’d bought after visiting an exhibition of Peter Saville’’s work.
The inspiration behind the ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ artwork struck a chord;
a postcard of ‘A Basket of Roses’ by Henri Fantin-Latour.
I sought a similar link to traditional technique.

A chance encounter with artist Yuliya Lennon,
while she was recreating a Velazquez in the National Gallery.

With the photographs of the blossom as inspiration,
she produced such a gracefully elegant painting,
applying the authentic techniques of the masters.
Applied to the hand-made packaging, with the dimensions of an album cover,
complete with provenance. Because it matters.
The product slides out, simulating the experience from the world of music.

Wrapped in a hand-rolled silk scarf,
akin to the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki –
aspiring to give my customer a unique experience.

Elegant footwear crafted entirely in Italy,
within a family run factory whom I feel at home with.

Inspired by the worlds of art & music,
influenced by symbols of love, respect and appreciation;
with reverence and longevity in heart and mind.


Anthony Stoker