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  • Posted 08 November 2016

    Sick vs On Fleek


    Mammalian Diving Reflex

    What are you wearing? Where did you get it from? What is it made of? Where was it made? What are you eating ? Where  did it  come from ?  Do you care? Does it matter?


    Working with local artist Theo Omambala, the Tottenham UpLIFTers will present an intervention at local restaurant Chicken Town – taking the form of a performance battle.


    The UpLIFTers, a group of students from Northumberland Park Community School and The Vale, are currently working with fashion consultant and singer/songwriter Theo and Tottenham-based fashion designer, José Hendo to create this site-specific pop-up presentation. 


    Following a series of workshops with Theo and visits to José’s studio and Chicken Town where they have been learning about the ethical techniques being used to create both the clothes for the catwalk and the healthy fried chicken alternative, the UpLIFTers will present a short performance that encapsulates everything that they think is worth fighting for.

    There’s no need to book, just let us know you are coming on the Facebook event, turn up and get ready for a Saturday lunchtime with a difference…


    Theo has 25 years of experience of the international fashion industry. Following a degree in French and English, Theo embarked on a decade-long career as an international fashion model, walking catwalks for clients including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Oscar De la Renta; appearing in editorials for English Vogue, Marie Claire and French Elle; featuring in television campaigns for major brands such as Nivea and Nike. Theo established Model Development Agency (MDS) as an in house extension of model agency Take Two. As director of MDs, she established the use of tailor made structured teaching programmes for “New Faces” covering all aspects of the fashion industry and was invited to do workshops and makeovers, produce fashion shows and style for clients including Channel 4’s Model Behaviour, as a judge/coach and show producer, UK Style’s Who Do You Think You Are and ITV’s GMTV, as a fashion expert. Three years as creative/fashion director of Aspire magazine followed. In 2011, she co-founded the Ubuntu International Project, showcasing Pan-African designers to British Audiences.


    José is a Tottenham-based, multi-award winning designer whose label, known for its innovative bark cloth creations and sustainable approach, promotes the use of eco textiles such as organic and recycled materials, and supports ethical trading and awareness of environmental issues affected by the fashion industry. Jose says:

    Through my research, I learnt what happens through the life-cycle of a garment: from growing the crop, making the cloth, garment production to customer then to landfill and recycling’  

    Jose works closely with organisations that address ethical and environmental issues, using the cornerstones that she adheres to. She’s currently in the process of setting up projects to work more closely with the communities in Uganda.


    Chicken Town, which opened in November 2015, serves the whole community, from healthy family meal deals to an evening destination restaurant and bar serving craft beers and high-quality fast casual food. All of the profits from evening trade goes to support the £2 Junior Specials, helping local young people get a better daytime offer and after school meal.

    Over the first three years of operation the restaurant is expected to create over 40 new jobs for the area. Local young people have been recruited and trained to work in the restaurant, providing good working conditions, mentoring, career pathways and the opportunity to gain NVQ level qualifications through work placements with partnering restaurants and chefs across the city.

    Sick vs On Fleek is part of Live On The High Street, a LIFT Tottenham project presented by Mammalian Diving Reflex and the Tottenham UpLIFTers. An Imagine 2020 (2.0) project, supported  by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.