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Interview Heathery Doune Lennox

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Creator and founder of the London Fetish Fair, Heathery Doune Lennox was born in 1970 and brought up in the small town of Wilmington, Massachusetts. She spent her formative years as a teenager living near Glasgow, Scotland then moving to the outer suburbs of London in her adolescence. Heavily influenced by surrealist art and impressionism, and after many years of running clubs, dealing in antiques, selling and making clothes, jewellery & working in the fetish scene Heather decided to retain all of the outlandishly beautiful imagery of the world as she sees it. Taught privately by a figurative painter Heather’s recent run of artwork utilizes bold colors interspersed with elements of abstraction contained within a figurative piece.
Heather has appeared on television and in the media many times. As yet, not discussing art but the progression of modern sexuality via her connections with the Fetish Scene in London. When Heather isn’t out and about in the London Fetish Scene you can catch her on Twitter: @HeatheryDoune

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SM: What is the London Fetish Fair?
HeatheryDoune: London Fetish Fair is a very unique entity that works as a fetish clothing shopping experience but with an added real ale bar, Sunday lunch, kinky workshops, raffle prizes & free additional dungeon / fetish cabaret party in the evening. We have made it an event that anyone could come and try but then find themselves totally spoiled when they go to other places that don’t have as much going on or the same quality and volume of cutting edge of london designers. It’s very open and friendly. That’s how we roll. We are more exclusive than mass market any day, but globally minded as we know those kinksters love to travel!

SM: What is a day like in your life planning the LFF?
HeatheryDoune: Crazy! It’s like napalm going off in different parts of my brain making physical, mental & emotional demands all day long. Lol. In short, you need to be more than a little bit proficient at a number of skills.

SM: How did you become involved with the LFF?
HeatheryDoune: I decided London Fetish Fair was a good name & 3 weeks later opened the first one in King’s Cross! June 6th 1997. I had been on eurotrash the day beforehand, and missed my flight. So we had to drive back all night from Paris to make it to the first event. I was still covered in zebra makeup that day. lol.

SM: How long have you been involved in the Fetish/BDSM scene?
HeatheryDoune: Ah involvement in the fetish scene or fetishist? I started developing a whip collection at about 13. I even made a few of my own. I bought some rubber stockings at 17 from Zeitgeist in soho on a visit down from Scotland. They suggested Cafe Ensemble to me which was run by Rubber Ron. I moved to London in 94. Within about a month I was working at Club Whiplash doing their door, club domming or databasing, whatever was needed we all just clubbed in and did. @NichUK was always very helpful and supportive at the time. He’s a good egg.

SM: Are you Naughty or nice?
HeatheryDoune: Everything’s black and white with me. I think I am capable of great good or great evil. Mwhahahaahah!

SM: What’s your fav thing to do on a relaxing evening?
HeatheryDoune: I’m not quite a personality that’s entirely conducive to relaxation. I can be more like a kid that would run around all day outside in the garden, pass out from over-tiredness, then get up and start running around again.

SM: In your opinion how has the BDSM/Fetish world changed since the 90’s?
HeatheryDoune: Overall the internet has helped change the fetish world by making it more available that it was in the mid 90’s. That’s good. But I think the BDSM mindset is as old as De Sade himself. I see elements of the kinky mindset and desire for fetish fashion very prevalent in a lot of the vintage BDSM mags I have. People will always love shiny catsuits, leather, gloves, girls smoking, boots, etc.. Kinky people are part of the very fabric of human evolution. Part savage, part refinement. God love em. How boring would the world be without fetishism and S&m

SM: Favorite clubs to go to?
HeatheryDoune: I love the Gate BDSM club with @Mistressdemonic @MasterKeithGate. It’s very heavy S&M fetish etiquette friendly. I feel very at home there and people are friendly. I love also Club Rub. Kim’s take on fetish is always fresh, fun, lavish and squeaky. These people are highly decent back stage as well as front of house and that’s very good. Went to antichrist for a few hours last month, that was fun! Nice dancefloor, interesting crowd. Also going to Club Pedestal in a few days. I enjoyed the Skin Two Ball last year. It was a lush venue. I liked that a lot.

SM: For people coming to the LFF can you recommend any other places to
visit Fetish and and non Fetish in the UK?
HeatheryDoune: I think everyone should drop by Cyberdog. It’s so much fun on a weekend. (It’s a shop) But if any nieces or nephews visit the UK I always take them there and get them something cybernetic. They love it. Rubber designers: House of Harlot, Atsuko Kudo & Libidex are great too. Very unique. Illamasqua cosmetics is the ultimate stop for fetish make up. They are at the bottom of Carnaby street. A bit spendy but the best quality & they seriously keep their colour schemes right, right up to date. Monmouth coffee stores sell coffee on site that makes you giggle and smile in an irresponsible way. I think they are the best.

SM: In your opinion has the LFF changed over time and in what way?
HeatheryDoune: London Fetish Fair has evolved to include dungeons and workshops and very outrageous cabarets, but the friendly vibe and dedication to sourcing the best fetish designers and talent has never faltered from the get go.

SM: Can you give us any tips on how to Promote events?:
HeatheryDoune: Find something you believe in and give it everything you’ve got!

SM: What specifically makes the LFF so popular?
HeatheryDoune: I think the fact that the focus is on the talent and diversity within the fetish community rather than the big “I am” makes a big difference. The fetish scene is full of hundreds of stars and glamorous people. People go there because they know their individuality and uniqueness will be recognised by us.

SM: You are an artist, what can you tell us about your art?
HeatheryDoune: Well I had my first exhibition last march. I have tried a few different types of media. But I am an oil painter at heart. My current work is all based around the fetish scene and life through the eyes of London Fetish Fair. I will be exhibiting it over summer at London Fetish Fair in the boardroom. I love colour decadence, rich colours, maximalism. I should have lived in Venice in the 17th century where parties lasted 3 months long. My paintings kind of reflect that. They are not the paintings a follower would buy, they are definitely the choice of someone who doesn’t need an art critics approval.

 SM: What type of music do you like?
HeatheryDoune: Music is a life long passion. I trained as a vocalist as a child. Always the beat of a drum resonates through me, making me want to put a bone through my nose and run off into the jungle. I love industrial, classic rock, indie, dance, dub step, early rap, classical. britpop, goth, rockabilly, electro, David Bowie, The Who & Morrissey.. I could eat them all up like jam.

SM: Do you spend much time on the Internet, how long and what do you do?
HeatheryDoune: I love the Internet very much, I also love shopping outside real time. I like to see what people are really wearing, what’s out there, what’s interesting, what’s a disappointment. I collect antiques and antiquated books on occultism. So you have to get out there if you want to score the interesting things. The net won’t do it all the time.

SM: Words of advice, inspiration or favorite quotes?
HeatheryDoune: Don’t wait to be validated or accepted by anyone if you have a dream or idea you want to follow, and don’t waste time! It’s your future too.

SM: Read any good books lately?
HeatheryDoune: Corsets: a Modern Guide by Velda Lauder.
I was interviewed for 30 pages of this book about my life as pro Domina, I still like it.
It’s funny. Written by Roy Turner from Domina Magazine, now sadly passed away.

SM: Is your real first name Heather?
HeatheryDoune: Yes, my parents are Scottish, so my name is heather doune. But they all call me heathery up there in Scotland.

SM: Besides the LFF your fav place to go in the non Fetish BDSM?
HeatheryDoune: I love Lalibela. It’s an Ethiopian restaurant in Archway. Killer coffee Brilliant Injera.
I love going to see Jerry Sadowitz perform. You can only see him live. He is an extremely cruel comedian. He’s Scottish & Jewish. That’s a harsh combination. He usually plays Leicester Square theatre. He’s like an exorcist for the subconscious. He’s one of Britains undiscovered Dominatrixes. He makes me laugh so much I can’t breath.

SM: Fav artist
HeatheryDoune: Passiones Martyrum @passionesmartyr I think his style is really sexy and classy. I want one! That style trickles through my body and makes me feel like melted chocolate.

SM: Fav musician
HeatheryDoune: David Bowie.

SM: We hear a lot about the London Fetish Scene, what about the rest of The UK? Is there any other city that has a similar crowd?
HeatheryDoune: I love Edinburgh’s ‘Banshee Labyrinth’. Just to get out and stay out all night and have a wild time and party. There’s a punk room, a vampire cinema, a pole dancing amateur room. A wee smokey goth dancefloor. It’s miniature but they sure do try hard. Praise the wild abandon that is banshee labyrinth!

SM: In the fifteen years being active have you discovered new fetishes since the 90’s?
HeatheryDoune: Yes as you get older you just want the best of everything. People, fashion, sex, shoes, jewellery, bizarre psychological scenarios, bondage .. whatever it is, you keep needing it to evolve to stay interesting. I don’t regret getting out there to keep finding out what they all are. It definitely grew my brain stem out in ways I may otherwise have never appreciated! Good times!

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