I first discovered illustrator Clifford Richards when I fell in love - instantly and on first sight - with his two-part ‘Mad Tea Party’ illustration, featuring Great British icons, on the wall of the V&A shop.
I cajoled someone into buying me this one (see above) - Part II as it turns out - where the featured guests include Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Jonny Ive, Zaha Hadid, Steve McQueen, PJ Harvey, Thomas Heatherwick, Zandra Rhodes, Andrew Logan and, hiding in the corner, Banksy as a rat. I understand the Mini, the Aladdin Sane album and the chair (might be a Jasper Morrison?) in the context of the all-Brit framework, but the significance of the Dachshund, china dog and bear escape me.
Sadly, Mad Tea Party Part I is now sold out, so I'll never be able to join the image up with the other half of the table (see below), where the guests are Grayson Perry, Peter Blake, Stephen Jones, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Heston Blumenthal and Terence Conran, all overseen by the smoking spirit of David Hockney.
I ordered his small ‘Ephemera’ monograph and was blown away by his set designs for a production of Alice in Wonderland that was never to be. Star Wars met BIBA in it and it was wonderfully arch, stylish and menacing. Someone with a vision really needs to discover it and stage it....