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Debbie and Geri

by Rosemary Cronin and Tom Moore

When I met Rose I was overjoyed to that she had a more encyclopaedic knowledge of old movies than I did. The art we were producing shared an interest in gender and celebrity, which is far from unusual. What was unusual was that in Rose’s work there was the sparkly eyed passion of a fan, not jaded by critique. We got on like a house on fire. We’ve worked on education projects together. I modelled for her fashion project with The Wallace Collection. She contributed James Bond poetry to the second issue of my zine Sympathy.

This project for the HAUNTED issue, we each made posters. Pin-ups as ghosts haunting the bedrooms of the devoted. We sent our designs to one another online and had them printed. The posters were then photographed in our bedrooms. My Debbie Juvenile poster in her room and her Geri Halliwell poster in my room.

From Tom:

Debbie Juvenile.
Teenage sex worker.
Member of the Bromley Contingent.
Early Vivienne Westwood Seditionaries Model.
Arrested on the Sex Pistols jubilee boat trip.
Assaulting a police officer.
Charges Dropped.
From Westwood model to “Men Only” model.
Drops out of punk scene.
Rumours of “back on the game”.
Rumours of elocution lessons and escape.

“My role model at the moment. Debbie Juvenile (nee. Wilson). She was a part of the Bromley Contingent and the UK punk movement back in the 70’s. She was fearless, and always up to wearing things others wouldn’t. She had her own sense of style, and she did what she wanted with her life. Most of all she wasn’t afraid of being different, she actually loved being called weird and different. Sincerely Sissy Stone”

From Rose:

Iconic Watford Girl
Post Rave Culture Kid
Wannabe Bond Girl
Marilyn meets Mrs Lovett

First hand Watford sources said that when you were younger you were always the outsider, running around in vintage gear with tons of energy.

Then when I was 8 on my way to school every day, I would pass your converted monastery mansion with your name on the side in fairy lights.

One day I’ll do the same babe. X

Tom Moore works with Lost History & Found Flowers, Low Spectacle & High Fashion, New Monsters & Old Hollywood, True Crime & False Lashes, Fresh Guts & Worn Clichés, Breaking Hearts & Accelerating BPM. Drawing is séance. Film is spell casting.

They have exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London and the ICA. Their films have been screened at the London Independent Film Festival and Donau Festival. They teach drawing in Berlin.

Rosemary Jane Cronin is an artist, writer and lecturer with a research-based practice focusing on gender, psychoanalysis, subcultures and subversion; currently researching girl gangs. The work is realised through performance, print and sculpture. Cronin has exhibited at South London Gallery, ICA London, National Portrait Gallery and The Wallace Collection.


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