I’ve always had too much energy, I was running at 8 months old and I haven’t stopped since.
When one has such energies it can be difficult to channel them in the right way and by the right way I mean staying true to oneself and one’s beliefs. I tried it all, the studying, the part time job, the family business, my own business, the career, the relationship, the family, the mortgage, the break up, the ‘if this is what everyone else is doing then i’ll do it too’.
I was still this relentless ball of hyped up energy that was never pleased, never settled and always wanting or needing more. After a clean break and a fresh start, back in my home town of Dundee. I willingly trudged through self help book after self help book. Investing my thoughts into daily teachings or rubbing a thank you stone to grudgingly make myself grateful for what I had become. I even visited a councillor to shed light on my current situation. Don’t get me wrong I was never unhappy, I have a beautiful daughter, a pretty god damn fantastic family and the best of friends. I am extremely grateful for each one of them.
I wasn’t complete, I was still searching for the sanctuary, where my energies can be utilised and I can find inner peace.
I would often refer back to ‘The Secret Language of Birthdays’ by Gary Goldschneider. Combining astrology, numerology, and pure psychic intuition, The Secret Language of Birthdays is a unique guide that reveals one’s strengths, weaknesses and major issues while providing practical advice and spiritual guidance.
I believed everything in this book and I still do. This book changed everything for me when I first picked it up around four years ago. This same book plays a part in a night that changed my thoughts, feelings and energy forever.
Boudoir was the meeting point. Vodka, soda and fresh lime was the drink of choice and Face of Freedom charity event was the topic of conversation. Two hours previous while Titi was midway through her shift in Boudoir bar and coffeehouse, where she pulled pints in between entertaining punters with songs and chants of modern feminism, stand up comedy and her infamous ‘penis poem’, Kathryn and I were amongst an utterly amazing group of people who had personally been affected by cancer and were giving their free time to rehearse for ‘The Face of Freedom’ catwalk show, a charity fashion show organised by family, friends and staff of hairstylist Irving Miskell-Reid. Kathryn was taking behind-the-scenes photos whilst I was generating interest through social media.
Titi finished her shift as we finished our drinks and we all noisily marched across the Westport to purchase copious amounts of vodka amongst other paraphernalia for the night ahead. A taxi ride later, we arrived at my flat. It’s difficult to differentiate the start, middle and ending of The Velvet Elvis Foundation meetings so the next few sentences could have happened in any order.
Home made hair salons, shadow fringes, screeching musical theatre in the closey, shooting vodka from espresso cups, jumping on the bed whilst dressing up for photoshoot after photoshoot.
Chrissie Hynde playing in the background. Titi was dressed in a black vintage Dior babydoll, Kathryn in an original floor length Hayley Scanlan gown, whilst I wore Oscar de la Renta and my trusty Dr Marten boots. Reiki, crystal healing and deep discussions carried us late into the night. The initial contact was made and a real connection was stimulated, once we in turn read each other’s characteristics through the medium of the birthday book it felt as though there was a shift in alignment and it all started to make sense. A unity was ignited and the spiritual energies of three women were connected from this point forward. The Velvet Elvis Foundation was born and we were completely convinced that this union could push us all in the direction we had hoped for through creativity and exciting ideas.
We expanded on our small group inviting other members including Hayley Scanlan, Raudhan Scanlan and Ruby Coyne. Eagerly throwing inspiring ideas at each other and creating a stampede of exciting ventures we can all be involved in. A collective combination of Fashion Designers, Artists, Photographer and Hair Stylist, The VEF can offer it all.
‘We have the intellect and the enlightenment of thousands of years under our belt, we have the talent and the innovation, we have the culture and increasingly easy access to cultures out with our own and, of course, we have the people. What’s missing is the Zeitgeist. Do we want TOWIE and Little Mix to define our decade? Do we want to fall into a cultural ‘grey’? The more we bond ourselves to the media and to technology, the more we become no longer individuals, but a nation, and in fact a world that is stuck in a rut.
‘The VEF endeavours to challenge the mind and encourage inner self. It’s time to be rad AND intelligent, it’s time to question our society and transform pop culture. It’s time to revolt.’ – Titi Finlay on The VEF.
A collaboration of individuals with ideals so acutely similar to my own. Understanding, support and most of all acceptance are the initial foundation of The VEF girls. Each bringing a great amount of talent and a huge amount of eagerness. A positive approach to generate a creative spirit and movement. An opportunity to focus my energy into something I enjoy and believe in. I envisage exiting times ahead for The Velvet Elvis Foundation.
Watch this space.
‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.’ – Freda Kahlo
Long Live The VEF and Jackson Craigie’s a Queen!