The Only Way is Ironbbratz! Episode 5: In which we finally get to meet Dr. Dele

The Only Way is Ironbbratz! Episode 5: In which we finally get to meet Dr. Dele

As mentioned in my previous blog post last week saw TOWI-IB come against its first technical glitches. Mostly we’re attributing this to the demons brought into being through the moving of the kitchen table and its subsequent influence on our chi!

We haven’t moved the table as of yet – we’re giving it some time to settle in and hope that the chi will try it’s very hardest to re-negotiate its way of moving through our own very special world at the heart of Merchant City.

By way of apologising for the lateness of last week’s post, we’re going to post a very special introductory episode of the previously much talked about Dr. Dele.

That’s right, Dr. (unofficial) Dele Adeyemo one third of the beautiful Pidgin Perfect team will be offering all his wondrous problem solving opinions in his new capacity as Ironbbratz very own agony uncle. We were going to call him Uncle Dele but this instantly makes me want to sit on his lap – and I think to a certain extent we have to keep some professional boundaries.

In last week’s unseen episode we kicked off with a problem offered by an anonymous donor, by the name of ‘Viv’. ‘Viv’ had recently been experiencing some relationship problems with her very good friend ‘Bet’. Their disagreement had been going on for a while and had eventually manifested itself into an all too familiar (although not at Ironbbratz!) friendship deadlock. Neither friend was addressing the situation and it looked as if the years-long friendship was going to end on the rocks. Dr. Dele suggested a simple remedy of ‘Viv’ being the bigger person and offering an olive branch to ‘Bet’ even though ‘Viv’ had originally not felt that it was her place to do the apologising. In happy news ‘Viv’ went on to follow this advice and now all is well between both parties and they are able to continue their beautiful friendship. A big hand to Dr. Dele, proving once again that sometimes a small and blunt approach is the best way to nip a problem in the bud.

This week we’ll be addressing a new dilemma sent in by a TOWI-IB fan we’re calling ‘Simon’ and in the second half of the advice session we will be addressing some of my own problems involving searching out potential romantic partners. I wouldn’t want to brand Dr. Dele as a complete expert in this field, but let’s just say he has some previous practical experience of the matter. As a charming friend of mine he has offered to introduce me over the forthcoming weeks to some of his insider knowledge.

This week we’ll cover what Dr. Dele likes to call ‘The Secret Pact’ – a game of catching your chosen target’s eye, by pretending to look at something in their general direction for around ten seconds. During this ten second window you should ideally try to directly catch their eye for around one or two seconds. Apparently any more will make you look like a killer. I think this is where I’ve been going wrong all these years long. Following the initial ten seconds you stop paying attention and just neurotically make sure you look like you’re having a WILD time with your huge group of surrounding friends. After a while you play the ten second rule/ ‘The Secret Pact’ out again – a few more times even, just to build up the ‘tension’.

But what happens post this? We’ll find out next week when Dr. Dele inaugurates me into the world of ‘Close Contact’.

So this week’s post is dedicated purely to Dr. Dele and his wonderful advice – or at least potentially wonderful advice. I’ll keep you updated on how well it works for me! In advance I have to make a small apology that the chi issue does seem to have slightly effected the camera quality this week – although let’s blame this slightly on Alan Campbell also, who lent me the camera and otherwise wouldn’t get a mention this week!

In additional Ironbbratz news Emily Shepherd got a gorgeous new curtain for her space (and a gorgeous new coat) and everyone was extremely sad that Cake Thursday was skipped this week – everyone was just too busy to construct a confectionary! BUT to make up for it we all crept across as a group for a beautiful pizza party/binge to Max’s – which does such a beautiful pizza deal and is super conveniently placed just over the road. Just another reason to get yourself a studio here – and to discover more about why THE ONLY WAY IS IRONBBRATZ!!!

For information on available studios or the BROOD programme version 2 totally click the hyperlinks. (Although BROOD 2 may already be fully booked, but it’s worth ch-ch-checking out!)


About Oliver Braid

Oliver Braid is an artist based in Glasgow selected as one of Scotland’s most promising new visual arts practitioners as part of Collective Gallery’s 2011 New Work Scotland Programme and currently based at Ironbbratz Studios. He studied Fine Art at University College Falmouth and Glasgow School of Art, where he completed the Master of Fine Art programme in 2010. Over the past twelve months he has presented solo exhibitions of his work at The Royal Standard, Liverpool; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; The Mutual, Glasgow and BBC Scotland, Glasgow. Throughout 2012 he is co-hosting a weekly pop-philosophy radio show with the artist Ellie Harrison, The Ellie & Oliver Show, through Culture Lab Radio, Newcastle and is involved with the artist’s therapy group Artist Anonymous.
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