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Steve McPherson: My London

Designer and art lecturer Steve McPherson regularly travels around the world picking up inspirations for his unique designs. We sat down for a chat about his favourite places in London

Marina Nelson,

Steve McPherson recently partnered with Crew Clothing Company Co and Plastic Oceans to raise awareness of the increase of plastic waste in the environment. To support the campaign, he designed a pair of men’s swimming trunks using marine plastic collected from coastlines.

Where were you born?
I was born in Margate, and it has picked up dramatically in recent years since the slow decline of holidaymakers in the 70s and 80s. Nevertheless it was still a fun and lively place to be as a child and teen.

If money were no object, where would you live?
Give me an island, warm weather, clear seas and I’m happy! I’m creative when by the coast as it’s a constant source of inspiration and materials for the marine plastic artwork I create. 

What is your favourite shopping destination?
On the occasions I’ve visited New York I’ve always enjoyed browsing in the stores, as there’s an abundance of alternative shops that stock unusual and interesting art objects.

Where do you like to shop in London?
I’ll happily spend my days visiting galleries and art bookshops. I recommend the Tate Modern bookshop, Koenig Books and, of course, Bookart Bookshop just off Old Street.

Are there any restaurants you’d recommend?
Kulu Kulu behind Piccadilly Circus is great for sushi; Wahaca Southbank does the best Mexican cuisine outside Mexico; Black Vanilla in Greenwich does excellent coffee and also amazing gelato; and the V&A Café does a great cream tea with a scone the size of your fist.

Where do you take friends who are visiting London?
As a lecturer in art at Canterbury, every now and again I take my students to visit somewhere new to them in London. The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons is a good place as it’s a humbling yet fascinating experience.

Do you have a favourite walk in the city?
I always enjoy walking along Southbank, ending up at Tate Modern for a stop at the gallery bookshop, coffee and a look at the view from the top.

What can’t you live without?
The beach and the sea – it’s my place for thought, inspiration and contemplation.

For more of Steve's artwork: http://www.stevemcpherson.co.uk

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