In DIY Doc’s, we take a look at how illustrators, artists and designers put their stamp on Dr. Martens shoes. Painting, tattooing or de-constructing – we’re giving them the creative freedom to express themselves off of the canvas.
Meet our next DIY Doc’s artists, DIY Punk band Nova Twins who have customised our Church boot and our Vintage Kamin boot. Read on to find out more about their music, DIY aesthetic and more, ahead of their DM’s Boot Room gig on Wednesday 3rd August.
Amy: I’m one half of Nova Twins! I sing (shout)/play guitar and that’s all I do. We also design our stage clothes and have started our own custom range clothing.
Georgia: I play bass in Nova Twin. Apart from living the Nova life of touring and recording with my partner in crime, I make custom clothes which is also fun.
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
Georgia: Things I see or how I’m feeling that day will probably determine how punchy, fizzy, energetic or slow and slinky a riff I write will be…
Amy: It can be anything, personal experiences, movies, things that effect our day to day lives… I don’t like the idea of having to write about one concept that defines your band, the possibilities are endless.
When did you guys begin customising your clothes? Tell us more about your jackets and plans to start selling your creations?
Amy: We generally have always customised most of our clothing, but we turned it up one Halloween some time ago and never looked back, ha! Clothes can be so expensive, so we thought, f*ck it, let’s make them ourselves and the more outfits we made the better we got. People kept asking us where we got our clothes and jackets from, they would suggest that we should sell them… so we did. We’ve started small with a few custom-made jackets, and will be adding more to the collection later this year. You can find us on Instagram which will lead you to our Etsy page.
Georgia: Yeah after that Halloween we never went back! We started wearing the “costume” we made out on the regs and it became the norm, everything else felt weird haha. We always customised our clothes before, but that Halloween sparked new quirky ideas.
Talk us through your customised Dr. Martens, was it a challenge working on a pair of boots?
Georgia: I added bumble bee fur on the tongue to complement the yellow stitches on the shoe. I also put paper clips around the ankles and added a gold shiny shoe lace. I made this bumble bee fur jacket once and thought it would be fun to have funky bumble bee shoes too. I didn’t wanna spray mine because I love black shoes and the old-school Monkey Boot style is sick, so I didn’t wanna distract from that too much…
Amy: It was hard as we didn’t want to mess up the shiny new shoes, which is always the case, but the finished result looks cool. I wanted to keep it simple and had this in mind for one of my stage outfits. I painted the whole boot with a glossy silver and added some yellow checkered laces… they’re my new moon boots.
Do you listen to music whilst you work? Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of:
Amy: Sometimes or we just put a movie on in the background.
If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
Amy: I just want to go to Hogwarts.
If you could customise for anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Georgia: Oooh I don’t know… However, we did just make our drummer’s new baby a Nova jacket which looked super-cute in miniature size.
Amy: David Byrne, I would make a jade green furry version of the oversized suits he use to wear, with a few safety pins and trinkets to finish it off, although I don’t think he would approve… or maybe he would, who knows.
Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
Amy: I kind of live out of my suitcase. I’m from Essex but I’m always in South East London as that’s where Georgia was brought up, we base ourselves here. We love London for its music, art, culture and diversity but there’s also so much outside of it which we’re starting to learn about, which is an amazing experience for us.
Georgia: London is great as it has all different types of people and cultures. The music scene is huge so there’s always something going on and theres some pretty epic views (like when you go on the cable cars in Greenwich, I could sit on those all day.)
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
Georgia: I think my first Dr. Martens shoes was these sick red velvet boots that I still wear now. I got them a size too big because there were the only ones in the shop so my feet looked huge when I was little but now I’ve grown into them perfectly.
Amy: We’ve always worn them, we have a lot between us. I usually go for the big boot and G goes for the quirky shoe. They’re comfortable to perform in and to use on our pedal boards. My first pair were red, I got them when I was 15. I tried to customise them and it went horribly wrong. I still have them somewhere, maybe I should get them out and try to customise them again now I actually know what I’m doing.
You’re just about to play at our new DM’s Boot Room Camden venue, how do you feel about this?
Georgia: We’re so excited about this, we live and gig in our Dr. Martens all the time so it fits so well! Like two peas in a big shoe pod.
Amy: It’s always fun playing a gig in a different type of space! It will be our first time setting up our gear in a shoe shop!
You recently played The Great Escape, Zakifo Festival and Afropunk, what were your standout moments of 2017 so far, and of course what is next for Nova Twins?
Georgia: A great stand out moment was playing Afropunk London. We got added to the bill 2 days before we played it so we were buzzing and felt so lucky as we’d just played Afropunk Paris and loved it. It was a sick night and the crowd was amazing. We did a very rare Acoustic set for Dr. Martens there too, good fun!
Amy: Afropunk was such a cool experience, we got to support Willow Smith, her set was really powerful. Our Zakifo and Sakifo trip was also an incredible experience as it was our first time gigging out of Europe, we were completely blown away.
And finally, what do you stand for?
Embracing uniqueness and your individuality, don’t look for acceptance, accept yourself and the rest will fall in to place.
Read our interview with Nova Twins HERE