Stephanie Webb

With a background in textile design but a flair for illustration and everything in between, Stephanie Webb (perhaps more easily found as her website name ‘Stephanie-Says’) epitomises the true ideal of a ‘designer’: everything she produces is touched with a clear personal style, no matter the medium.

Her work has a very ‘tea and cake’ kind of vibe; but the more geometric designs and more edgy patternwork definitely carry her portfolio on past simply that. Also she does do some really cool drawings of bears wearing jumpers, and if you say you don’t like drawings of bears wearing jumpers then I’m afraid I just don’t believe you.

Originally from Coventry, Stephanie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a BA in textiles, and she remains there working as a freelance designer and a window dresser for Anthropologie. If you happen to be a native there yourself then you can more often than not find her work being sold at places such at the Red Door Gallery on Victoria Street.

She was also generous enough to answer a couple of quickfire questions from me, which you can read for your delight below…

Your work ranges beautifully from papercuts to very illustrative pieces to textile prints- is there a particular form you enjoy working on the most?

I think I’ll always have a love of print and pattern for textiles, it’s what I studied at college so the screen printing process is something I’ll always go back to. The papercuts were initially a technique I used to create repeat patterns in ways other than drawing and painting, but these have since evolved to become individual commissions which I do really enjoy doing. They’re always so personal to the client and each one is different.

What piece of work, or event in your career so far, are you most proud of?

I’m proud of my wallpaper designs for Anthropologie, still! 

What does the immediate future hold for you and your work?

I’m hoping to expand on my collections of stationery and prints this year, and I continue to sell on Etsy and in craft markets where possible! I collaborated with a fashion designer, Antonia Lloyd, last year and provided her with a print for her Menswear collection. Going forward I’d love to be involved with more projects like this, it’s great to see your work in context and used often in a completely different way to what you’d expected! 

And lastly (apologies, a groaner of a question): what or who is the biggest influence on your life and work?

I’m quite lucky in that for the most part, the freelance work I do is self initiated, at first it is anyway. So I guess I get my inspiration from whatever’s around me.  Living in Edinburgh is pretty inspirational, it’s such a beautiful city. I wouldn’t say there’s one particular influence on my life and work, but I suppose music plays a big part. Ask me that question 10 years ago and I would have said Radiohead. No hesitation.

 

So make sure to go check out her work! She’s got both a lovely website, a blog, and an above mentioned etsy shop

 

You can also follow her on twitter, facebook and tumblr, so you pretty much don’t have an excuse not to check her out really.

 

Hannah Grace

I was first introduced to Hannah’s music just a few weeks ago, as I walked into a gig only to be met with the sound of a quite excellent voice. My friend turned to me and said, ‘she’s really good!’ – and she was right. Hannah was impressive, and stood out. I took it upon myself to have a look at her youtube as soon as I returned home, and was faced with some fantastic music.

At just 19 years old, Hannah Grace has recently taken part in her first ever UK tour supporting Gabrielle Aplin (who you might remember from this article last year!).After traveling through the country and performing excellently every night, she has come back with even more drive, ‘I loved singing every night…I know now that it’s DEFINITELY what I want to do for a living’.

Hannah’s voice has great control and is a delight to listen to.  As well as writing her own songs, she’s also studying Jazz, which probably contributes to her style and love of covering artists such as Etta James…and it is Etta James that has lead to her most successful Youtube video. With almost 20,000 views, her cover of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, is both soulful and enjoyably classy. She sings with a maturity far beyond her years and the depth of her voice is reminiscent of Eva Cassidy.

Hannah can remember loving music for as long as she can remember, knowing that the Postman Pat theme tune was the first song she ever sang at age two. Now, of course, she’s singing to a rather different tune. Her YouTube Channel has over a thousand subscribers and I suspect that number will be increasing rapidly over the coming months.

Over the course of this year Hannah is getting ready for the release of her first EP (a process that she describes as ‘writing writing writing and preparing.’). With the excitement of this on the horizon she’s already beginning to look into a future when she will be able to write and sing songs, whilst still feeling happy in herself.

So why not check out some exciting new music? Meanwhile we’ll be sat impatiently waiting the release of her EP!

 

Connect with Hannah Grace on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

MoonKo

One of my very good friends recently started working with a little company called MoonKo, founded by Debbie Moon who has decided to devote her time and effort to promoting the best of new British talent. So far she has managed to pool together a number of fantastic designers, all of who create beautiful and fresh looking artifacts and images.

Some of the designers featured on her website include Amy Lawrence, Butterscotch & Beesting, Danielle Callaghan, Laura Griffin, Faunagraphic, Death by Tea and many many more.

Debbie’s passion for supporting new graduates in the creative industries has come from her own experiences as a new graduate. She felt that there isn’t enough support for new designers out there and wanted to make a very friendly platform from which they could connect and build up a network, this is where MoonKo began to blossom.

MoonKo also develops projects and exhibitions, working with Urban Outfitters and the Ghost of Gone Birds.

It looks like there is plenty more in the works for MoonKo and I’m looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous things that come out of it. To see more of what MoonKo is all about, and of course to check out all the awesome designers they promote, please visit http://moonko.co.uk/ .

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Marika Hackman- ‘Bath is Black’

Marika Hackman is a young, Alternative Folk singer/songwriter/beauty from Brighton. After Marika’s song ‘Bath Is Black’ was premiered on Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’, Marika was caught in a storm of buzz around her music. The British beauty intrigued me with her atypical voice, with her move away from the chirpy nature that has come with recent folk music. Marika offered something new to my musical ears, through her dark folk voice, enhanced by her poetry lyrics. With already being compared to the likes of Laura Marling and Lucy Rose, Marika has already kicked off what is going to be an amazing music career.

Since I was a young girl, I have always been a huge folk fan. My parents gave me my musical love for folk, from when they would come home after work, go to their collection of CDs and play the likes of Leonard Cohen, The Waterboys, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel. When I first heard Marika’s song ‘Mountain Spines’ in March, I knew she was ‘one to watch’. Marika offered something new to a heavily populated industry of folk and female singers, with her unique dark folk and grungy acoustic moods. My ears were taken away from the dystopia of winter and my freezing student house, into a folk haven. Then one day, I was sitting in my living room listening to Radio Six when I heard Marika’s song ‘Bath is Black’ from her forthcoming debut album, come onto the radio. My ears pricked and I felt a rush of excitement like a proud mother, hearing her daughter being played on the radio. I rushed to tell my housemates “Hey guys, this is the singer I’ve been telling you all about”.

If you want to give your ears a well-deserved holiday, listen to the beautiful voice of Marika Hackman.

Go check out more of Marika’s songs at, https://soundcloud.com/marika-hackman. Head to http://www.marikahackman.com/, to go buy Marika’s album and your tickets to see Marika on tour!

Rachel Neath. Trend Forecaster.

When we think of ‘a career in fashion’ it’s probably likely our minds will drift to the stereotypes of a budding young Newgen designer, a chiselled, cheek boned model-to-be or perhaps the infamous socialite it-girl springs to mind. But nobody seems to land on the brains behind the whole operation, the humble trend forecaster. As it’s my new duty to stalk down the most emerging of British talent, particularly within fashion, I thought it most appropriate to start at the top of the ladder with the ideas people, the forecasters.

On behalf of Gola’s Born in Britain, let me introduce you to a bright star in this rather gloomy city sky, Rachel Neath. A Fashion Management and Marketing student and WGSN intern by day and a trend absorber by night and pretty much every minute she has free. As a fellow FMM student, I can be honest in saying Rachel is that girl who’s work pops up and slaps you in the face just when you thought you were doing quite well, however she’s too sugary sweet to pretend to hate or envy; the best concoction for this industry. Her work is modern, simplistic and eloquently put together, each little detail agonised over until perfection, whilst solid, game-changing trends take centre stage with a range of research to back them up and prove why they are so relevant.

With such a skill of trend forecasting it could be argued she’s quite the superhero to some but when asked what superpower she would most prefer she answered; ‘Omnilinguism, the ability to understand any form of language. How perfect – I could travel without any language barrier issues!’

Here’s a little interview I did with the lady herself..

Where do you gain inspiration for your trend forecasting?

– Everywhere, literally. I look into everything from new technology, science advances, art and design, architecture.. everything! I also follow a lot of blogs; I use my facebook account as an easy way of keeping up-to-date with everything ‘new’ by liking interesting blog pages so that my feed is constantly feeding me new information. Some of my favourites include thisiscollosal.com , gizmodo.co.uk and dezeen.com

Where do you find the inspiration for your modern and clean cut layouts?

– I am obsessed with layout! To the point where I will spend 3 hours looking for one perfect font. I gain inspiration for layout from looking at other publications. I tend to look at a lot of quirky magazines, websites, freebie mags from fashion stores and my university provides us with a yearbook which includes some snapshot images of previous student work which is a great source of inspiration. 

How has working at WGSN influenced you?

– Working with WGSN has given me a tremendous insight into how forecasting companies are ran and what makes a successful forecasting company. I work with the ‘What’s in Store’ team, which is WGSNs most widely used directory and is an invaluable industry resource covering the latest retail trends from store windows across the globe including product trends and visual merchandising. I’ve learnt how to analyse trends more effectively and write short and sharp reports. 

How long do you find it takes to pull together/establish a good trend?

– For the purpose of this particular project we had a couple of months at least however it would have been great to have had a couple more weeks of research. I think for me about a month per trend. So for a finished trend book I guess around 3 months.

What advice would you give to your past self?

– Stop worrying!    

Puppies or kittens?

– Argh that’s the most difficult question you’ve asked! They’re both so great. I pick both.

And most importantly,  Male pin-up? 

– Johnny Depp.  

If like us, you’ve been coaxed into a state of admiration towards the talented Miss Neath and you quite simply cannot get enough then don’t fret, why not send your peepers over to her issuu page for more trend forecasting deliciousness. Alternatively, you can attempt to employ her or at least stalk her a little before she gets snapped up for good by the likes of WGSN or Mudpie via her Linkedin.

 

Marie Hague

Marie Hague is a graphic artist with a bold typographic style, currently studying at Winchester School of Art, Southampton University. With so many young typographists and graphic designers out there today, I find her style refreshing and hard hitting. Her work gets back to the basics of typographic art, whilst still challenging the norms, and showing the world something different. Her work combines beautiful and flawless layouts with intriguing character, that almost seems to say what everyones thinking. It’s this expressive style that has seen Marie’s work featured in a number of university exhibitions, and it won’t be the last we see of her by any means. Marie takes a functional layout and turns into something so conceptual and graphic, combined with beautiful typography, that she has created an experimental range of work that is bold, fresh and so real. I’m sure you’ll like her as much as I do:

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How would you describe your work and your style?

My work is mostly typographic, as I have a keen interest in typography and what you can create with just words. A lot of my work also looks at layout, and how the experimentation of these two things can say different things about your work to different people. I think experimentation with layout and typography can create simple, but visually effective pieces. A lot of my inspiration comes from magazines, as I am very interested in editorial design. I like looking at the different page layouts and typographical solutions used. I also like how different paper stocks/ printing processes used in different magazines can also say something about the piece.

Your work seems very expressive. Do you feel you are able to express yourself with your designs?

I think that when you are given briefs that aren’t as strict as others, its hard not to express yourself and your opinion through your work. I feel I can express myself through my work, whether its an opinion I have or whether its a particular style that reflects me. Off course when you are set a brief that is has stricter guidelines, then your work becomes less expressive, as it is less about you and more about your client.

Where do you hope to be in the future?

I would like to go into editorial design/ work with layout when I graduate, as I feel this is not only my strength but a part of design that interests me a lot. In a few years time I hope to gain more knowledge and experience in design, as I am always keen to learn new things. I hope to see myself perhaps working for a publication and creating new and exciting layouts for them.

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To see more from marie then visit her website here.

All the best, Katie

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ohm We have a blog! Batteries not included.

So now to introduce ohm a new contemporary fashion label started by Aaron Davies and Liam Smith, little intro from Aaron to get you started.

 Ohm is a clothing label with substance, it’s a project I’ve wanted to start for a good few years now but I’ve just never had the chance until now; I study Communication design (advertising) at the University of Huddersfield and for my final project I was given the chance to write my own brief. Which made way for me finally being able to start creating the brand. As a full time project outside of University I realised that I needed help with this mammoth task and so got my good friend Liam involved. We went to college together and studied multimedia design together so we knew we could work together and come up with some interesting concepts. 

So a few images, find them also on their website  and Facebook pages. Now to grill them about their 5 year plan.

Describe ohm in a sentence. 

 Clothing with substance!

Do you see your style as distinctive and different? Something new in the clothing company pool.

Well as a brand our style will be constantly distinctive and different, as our inspiration will keep changing because we’ll be constantly taking influences from across an array of different creative disciplines which will be massively determined by people submitting their work, whether it be an illustration or a short poem. Combining this with the street/skate/outdoor clothing influences there should be a constant stream of fresh ideas coming to the table.

What is on offer so far? T-shirts? Tell us a bit more about it, and what you guys have planned.

At the moment there are just t-shirts, yeah. We’re a really new brand but we’re looking to grow at a quick rate. We’ve got two items that are really close to release but we’re keeping what they are quiet for now. The clothing is something we’ve planned quite far in advance with! The creative hub element is something that will be growing quickly over the next few weeks as well, we’ll have posts ranging through loads of different creative disciplines written by as many guest writers as possible. The “Ohm sessions” is also something that’s really exciting us at the minute. We have some really talented underground musicians ready to work with to create a series of ongoing videos.

Who’s the boss?? Do you guys like working together, does one of you have a bad habit? Do you have any tips for working with other creatives.

Erh, we’re not too bad actually! We kind of just split tasks between us and just ask for opinions as we go on. We’ve both got the terrible habit of just watching workaholics or listening to Joe Rogan instead of actually working. Well it’s always great to get all your ideas out the collectively instead of prematurely choosing an idea and cutting off the brainstorming early, just give ideas time to grow!

  On your blog site you talk about being a creative hub? How’s it going got any good chats going, have you exposed any underground talent yet? 

We’ve currently got in touch with quite a few really talented people and it’s getting to the point where things are coming together. Lots of content coming soon!

Are you targeting an audience in mind, or really just like minded creative people?

We’re really creatives at heart but we both love the skate/outdoor/street style of fashion, so mixing the two is great. There will be collaboration pieces too in the near future so they may be more targeted at a specific audience. Plus we’re basically designing clothes that we would want to buy, we’re our own target audience. The blog side of things is definitely more creative orientated, but all in all it’ll just be an interesting blog!

You have some nice logo work? Voice and spark bubbles? How important is the branding to you? Does it say what you want it to?

Thankyou! Well originally I (Aaron) started off by researching all kinds of different typography, I then started to practic with different styles such as graffiti writing. I mixed this inspiration with the idea of a continuous line logo and it just kind of expanded to eventually helping us define sections of the brand with some nice iconography throughout.

The branding is key for us, it’s kind sad how excitable we get when discussing new ideas for branding or new styles of packaging. The packaging and branding together for us are key as we want our customers to get the premium service. I think it does, it puts us across as creatives ourselves, as well as also showing we have our own style and this helps everything stand out to bring the brand together.

Last words, Whats your best source of inspiration, a place, a person and state of drunkeness??

Oh, there’s so many different sources of inspiration could list.  Although we tend to come up with quite a lot of ideas when just talking amongst ourselves or even with others. It just tends to happen that conversations bounce around and create some really interesting ideas.

Other than that though finding some really talented artists on some blog sites is a good way forward. This is the main reason we want to create a hub to house all of the creative inspiration.

Anything you want to add, new things coming soon? words to Gola or the fans.

Keep your eyes peel for new designs and a lot of underground talent collaborating with us on the blog and design wise.

So sounds like lots more to come from these boys, check out their website and if you have something worth sharing get in contact, get discovered.

Just Handshakes

What better way to begin this project, Born in Britain, than with a band that were explicit about just that? Just Handshakes formerly went by the moniker Just Handshakes (We’re British), and though they’ve dropped the parentheses (I couldn’t help myself but include a cheap joke of said punctuation), they still leave no doubt about their heritage, hailing more specifically from Leeds.

An indie-pop band garnering more and more attention in the internet world, they have released several singles through the years since 2008, though the only full-length release so far has been a limited edition tape with the self-aware title Tapes, featuring recordings done in their basement during Easter 2012.

Due to release their debut album ‘Say It’ on California-based Bleeding Gold Records on the 20th of May, they have just released their single, London Bound, accompanied by a video. A hazy, slightly mournful indie-pop ditty as front-woman Clara Patrick croons in a fragile voice, “All our friends are London bound/They leave without making a sound” at the end of the tune. Though the lyrics may give the impression of nostalgia, the whole thing remains perfectly bittersweet as you can’t help but shake a little to the jangly and riffy guitar driving the song forward. And the best part is, you can download the single for free via Bleeding Gold Records bandcamp here.

Some of their main influences are Television, the Smiths and David Bowie. Though these are big names that many a band are not only inspired by, but end up sounding not (at all) dissimilar to, thankfully Just Handshakes have very much their own sound, though the influences are understandable and natural.

Just Handshakes have opened for some indie-cred worthy artists like Still Corners and TEEN, so they’ve already received the musician’s musician stamp of approval. Get your fingers and ears into this band before they blow up, and look forward to be able to sing a long on their forthcoming tour after their impending release. For the time being, you can purchase their basement-recorded Tapes album via bandcamp for a mere £5 (skip a beer or two this Friday—it’s worth it) to tide you over. However, there are only a few copies left out of an edition of 150, so hurry!

For more information, tour dates, and listening: www.justhandshakeswerebritish.tumblr.com

David Litchfield

Coming a long way from drawing star wars and Indiana jones comics for his brother and sister (although arguably there is no improving on that really), Bedford based illustrator David Litchfield’s list of clients is impressively broad, from The Anorak Magazine to The Telegraph. He’s also a regular contributor to the Bedford Clanger and Creaturemag, a zine definitely suited to his tastes.

For as an illustrator his work possesses possibly the most envied aspect any artist searches for: a unique and exciting style. His textured sketches of bowlegged men and monsters suited up in tweed are fascinating in their originality, and just generally very cool. Subtle washes of watercolour and texture keep a sketchy varied feel to every piece, and his use of patternwork definitely deserves a mention for it’s intricacy.

Such techniques were really pushed in his A Drawing a Day project of July 1st 2010 to June 31st 2011; in which, as much as I’m sure you won’t see this coming, he drew a drawing a day for a year, posting each one on facebook for people to comment/criticise/critique. Shown in various exhibitions from Augst 2011 it’s a really insightful look into his experimentation with style. (Although warning: this will make any aspiring artist feel guilty for never being able to be even half as dedicated as managing to stick with anything so consistently).

When asked if anything in particular helped develop the way he works he replied: “In terms of illustrators I love people like Ryan Andrews and Andy Kehoe. But I’m inspired by loads of things really, such as Tim Burton and Stanely Kubric films and Tom Waits’ music which have as much impact on my drawing as artist and illustrators do. If not more”.

In terms of current projects the future looks busy to say the least- not only is David working on a graphic novel, two children’s books, a film, and furthering his animation work, but he also has a 10 month son to look after.

That’s why it’s pretty surprising to learn David is not yet a full-time illustrator, but works part time at his local art college as well. However in a rather “scary but exciting” move he told me, he is at last “thinking about taking that leap into being a full time illustrator”.  Despite the intense schedule he’s pretty self-deprecating, maintaining, “I try not to get too stressed about it, after all I’m working away at something I love, so I can’t really complain”.

In the short term he is currently finishing up designs for the new Rue Royale album: an Anglo-American duo with a lovely tranquil Fleetwood Mac-esque sound, who are deserving of their own article on here to be honest.

So if you’re interested in something a bit more interesting and a tad more exciting than just another pastel drawing of a cat, or a twee watercolour of a landscape go see his website, tumblr, or facebook.

His animations are also pretty awesome and carry on with his distinct approach to drawing, so here’s a fast-deadline advert about Galicia in Spain done for the Telegraph. And if you’re just plain sick of looking at drawings and links I’ll leave you with a Lucha Libre game designed for the School of Craft– you can change their boots and masks and make them fight! Groovy.

And lastly make sure to watch the documentary on Litchfield made by Will Meighan of ONE99TWO as embedded above- it shows his working progress much better than I could ever poorly explain it, and it’s a very lovely insight into a really genuine guy doing what he loves.

 

 

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INKA

Olivia Rafferty spent seven years playing the French Horn and singing classically. Though she stresses that this is not the kind of music she plays anymore, traditional music techniques are very much apparent in the melodious tones of this Edinburgh based singer songwriter. Originally from Aberdeen, she is now studying for a degree in English Literature at Edinburgh University, and since arriving here four years ago, INKA has been born out of the vibrant creative scene that the city has to offer.

Musically speaking, she cites the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and Billy Joel as inspiration. Though she might not sound much like all or any of them, it’s their bottle she admires. ‘Melodic, real, and unashamedly catchy’ are the qualities she has taken and mastered from this slew of greats, but the fact that they are all men is noteworthy: this genre of acoustic pop has often been dominated by males, and INKA tells me that the contemporary Edinburgh music scene is no different. That’s not to mention the ‘Scottish folk’ tradition that pervades most of the sounds of these acoustic singers, but this is exactly what makes INKA such an exciting talent. As a female pop acoustic artist, she finds her niche quite neatly.

I for one find that there is much in her songs to empathise with. My favourite song, ‘Innocence’ speaks to me quite clearly about relationships I have been in. I know this to be true of all my friends also, be they male or female, Scot or not, and is this not the most obvious sign of a successful artist? There is absolutely something very universal about her lyrics, which she says often come to her at the most inconvenient of times. But often this is the way: genius strikes when you least expect it.

Rafferty graduates at the end of this academic year, and from there she hopes to go to Toronto. She is in the process of cultivating her first EP, but as she builds her fan base, gigging takes priority, but ‘putting one foot in front of the other’ moreso. Her gumption and drive will undoubtedly see her through – and I for one sincerely hope she continues to write, for her talent is enormous and very exciting.

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www.inkamusic.co.uk

George Kinghorn Draws Costume.

George is the most detailed illustrator I have ever met, he spends longer on a drawing than I do sleeping in a day. Dedication to a technique is something I have always admired but never been able to sit still and concentrate long enough. A little background from the man himself to get you started.

My name is George Kinghorn and I’m from Halifax, West Yorkshire. I went to Brighouse High school and did my A levels at Huddersfield New College. I’d love to say I enjoyed both but I really thought college was lots better, having that freedom really shows. I’m now in my final year of BA(hons) Illustration and believe me when I tell you 3 years at university FLY by. Through my time at university I feel I developed a lot of skill in pencil drawing and really plunged into getting my drawings perfect. I also developed skills in photography which grew to become a major part of each of my projects.  

The images featured here are from George’s latest project for the Huddersfield University costume designers, for 4 bright stars that are being captured on camera and the images are going to be used in an art book to display their work, with a twist.

So George, what is your favourite way to work? Medium, scale, materials, subject, location to work?

Well at one time not long ago I would have demanded that pencil drawings were my favourite media by far however recently I have been using a range of fine liners and digital manipulation to achieve a ‘new’ style. I also have recently started mixing my photography with my illustration, it’s unusual but I’m really liking how it’s working!

Is there a set style then to your work? or are you open to trying to new techniques.

Well like I say, I have only recently started really accepting new ways of trying things, that might sound a little strange and late on in my 3rd year of University but I really think every illustrator is different and will explore different styles and techniques at different points in their studying and career. Some people will thrive on trying new things whereas others will enjoy purely perfecting one medium.

If you could illustrate for your dream publication or brand who would that be? and what would it be? Be as weird and wacky as you like.

That’s a tough one, I think my dream creative explosion would be somewhere in the fashion world. I really enjoy photography as well as illustration, and a combination of both. I think working with high fashion would be amazing- photo shoots and fine liners!

Where are you going after uni?

After university I’m taking a gap year from education to throw myself into creative apprenticeships. I’m going to try everything and anything! I will be returning to University in September of 2014 to study a PGCE to teach GCSE to As/A level students. Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do, as cringey as that sounds.  I love young people too, they fascinate me, they have so many creative ideas and being the person that helps them deliver them is amazing, don’t you think?

Have you got a god of inspiration, an artist or designer you admire a lot?

I have several artists I admire a lot! The first would have to be Abbey Watkins, She’s a young illustrator who I found on Behance. As for inspiration I tend to get quite a lot of mind blocks and really I’m still searching for the perfect way to clear them. So far I’ve found getting outside,  going for a walk seeing something real is the best cure!

What is your best tip for an illustrator standing out?

For standing out? I think it’s just a case of really delivering those ideas that nobody else would have thought of. Digging deep into your mind and transforming the most unusual and twisted thoughts into whatever you like to produce, be that photo shoots, fashion design or anything creative.

Weird one but what is your favourite item of clothing at the moment? can be jewellery or accessory if you like.

Oh this is interesting. I would say this little necklace I bought when I went to Australia last Christmas. It’s a little blue hand palm shaped bottle and I filled it up with Sand from the beach where I was staying. I’m really superstitious so if I want to make a wish or pray for something I tip a little bit of sand onto my hand and wish away. Good going so far might I add! 

Some lovely ideas from George and I really admire the dream of becoming a teacher. Find some more of his work and a contact on his behance page.

http://www.behance.net/youcanrunyoucanhide

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Beauty and Soul Brought to London: One to Watch: Kenzie May

Boston-born, yet Britain-bred, Kenzie May is one of London’s young talented musicians using her experiences in the city as both her backdrop and inspiration. With admirable amounts of experience under her belt, Kenzie’s beats are organic in that they flow freely,  consisting of tongue-in-cheek wordplay and fluid, honest lyrics.

With songs such as the raw, moving “Say Nothing” which is almost reminiscent of ballads of the early nineties, to the upcoming single “Hide & Seek”, her word play based on love, with the twist of childhood games, memories, and nursery rhymes are honest and right on point for the more literary, thinking crowd.

Moved by  art and creativity, the mesmerising Kenzie May is both beautiful and talented. Her writing style and composition are one of the most relevant pieces of work for someone so in touch with our generation. The rawness in her synthesized and digital sounds  break the mold from the forgettable radio releases we hear constantly.

Having collaborated with favourites and pros, such as Sub Focus in their tune “Falling Down” ad well as BeatauCue “Slow Down” and Bastille & F Stokes “Bad Blood”, Kenzie May is hard working and experimental with different techniques.

Writing in a flow which makes the surface of your skin chill, as well as your body to rock form side to side, is a rare talent which Kenzie May possesses, as each song is haunting in a way to lead to an afterthought and reflection – pop music for the thinking set, if you will.

 Kenzie’s single “Hide & Seek” produced by Jocke Åhlund of Teddybears, is set to have its video release by the end of the month, done by De La Muerte Films.

For some pop with honesty and edge, check out more on https://soundcloud.com/kenziemay or check out her most recent collaboration with FTSE, “Float” on Soundcloud.

http://soundcloud.com/ftse-1/float-ft-kenzie-may

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