William Forbes Hamilton used to demonstrate magic tricks in the Toy Department at Selfridges in the 1950s before turning into a horror movie villain in such films as ‘Doctor Blood’s Coffin’. Now he’s a painter and back at Selfridges – at least back in a profile from their new publication, Bright Old Things, which celebrates the discovery of creative outlets later in life.
William is one of fourteen Bright Old Things featured in the classic tabloid newspaper printed by Selfridges earlier this year (there’s also an architect turned topiarist and product designer turned sci fi blogger).
Since 2011 Selfridges’ Bright Young Things has championed young creative talent, but this year the tables turned.
Bright Old Things is Selfridges’ celebration of the retirement renaissance. Those inspirational individuals who have created a new vocation for themselves in later life. The men and women who show that creativity is ageless.
To support this store-wide scheme, and to tell the stories of the older creatives featured in Selfridges’ world-famous windows, the team chose to work with us to create a Bright Old Things newspaper featuring amazing photography by renowned photographer, author and illustrator Todd Selby alongside insightful interviews with each of the 14 Bright Old Things.
From ‘70s fashion editor-turned-artist Molly Parkin to legendary punk hero Bruno Wizard, each interview gives an inspirational insight into the wide possibilities that are open to us in our later years.