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Girls Day Out: The Paper Eater’s exhibition at Selfridges

The Girls take over the basement of Selfridges for art, film, paper and makeovers...

Written by Amica Lane

All images courtesy of The Paper Eaters

Nestled in the crypt of our large Cathedral of consumerism, more about Selfridges, stomach something different is afoot. Going down the escalator, and into the Uberlounge, where artists in resident Andrea Blood and Zoe Sinclair have hijacked the space until the 29th of April. If Alice in Wonderland was real, but someone set in the 80s circa Earth Girls are Easy, this is pretty much what the Uberlounge is currently like. There is so much to absorb that it takes a good hour or so to acclimatise to the new environment of neon colours, purple sky high chicken wire fences, inflatable couches, an onslaught of paper art and even a drive in style movie theatre. For anyone looking to get lost in a large dose of abstract reality, this is definitely the place to visit.

If wondering around, mouth agape is a little too gauche for you, there’s a wealth of activities to join in on, from origami, to 80s style makeovers to hat making workshops.
Upon meeting Zoe Sinclair and Andrea Blood, the flamboyant neon haired matriarchs of this operation, they suggested that I came again to participate in one of their ongoing photo stories, that are featured in the Paper Eaters magazine, which is currently on sale at Selfridges.

Without the handicap of being demure, it was an incredibly fun experience. From lying down in a bookshop surrounded by naff autobiographies, to tackling a hammock in the garden section and finally some jumping around at a bus stop, dressed in a miscellany of avant garde costumes, I’m looking forward (and slightly terrified) of seeing the result in Issue 3 of The Paper Eaters, which will be released on the 22nd April.

The story was of myself, a girl named Heather. The name came up from a brainstorm that pays homage to the 80s classic, and my ‘look’, which was deemed Winonaesque by the Girls, a compliment possibly strong enough to get me to participate in a snuff film, let alone a photo story. Anyhoo, Heather gets locked into Selfridges at night, and ends up gambling the night away with the ghosts of the Dolly Sisters, the flappery mistresses of Mr Selfridge back in the 30s.

But enough about me, the exhibition is still ongoing and I strongly urge you to pop in and have a look around, as it really is a magical little Oasis of whacky fun in the middle of London. For more infomation check out the listings


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6 Responses to “Girls Day Out: The Paper Eater’s exhibition at Selfridges”

  1. Jessica Jarvis says:

    Hey Amica,

    I am the girl who made the Cut Out Wardrobe that is featured in the last photo in this artical. Lovely photo by the way! Just to let you know i have an edited copy of this picture if you would like to change it, heres the link.

    Hope this is helpfull!
    Have a lovely day
    Jessica Jarvis

  2. Kristy Noble says:

    Hi Amica,

    Hope you had a fun day, more photos can be seen on The Girls flickr at and the above photos were shot by me just last week, hope you like the mag when it come shot off the paper eaters press, looking forward to seeing them all together in the box!

    take care,


  3. Amica, you are a fantastic photo-story actress! We are thrilled with the results! Our last day at Selfridges is THURSDAY 29 APRIL not August, fyi. x

  4. Amica says:

    August? Where did that come from? Oh dear. Sorted now. It was wonderful shooting with you and I can’t wait to see the results!

  5. that looks like so much fun!
    amazing ideas…
    and i want a room in my house exactly like the top picture!

  6. Cat says:

    Great coverage on the event! also got an interview with the Girls, and they told us about a competition they’re holding for their magazine!

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