Stephen Bradshaw

Now I actually heard Stephen before I meet him, literally, his voice carried across the studio to me quietly at work, he was knee deep in a long story of heart ache at House of Fraser and their in-store branding dilemmas. He always has something to say for himself, so thought I would start his post with a word straight from him, mind you this is the edited version due to the sheer amount of cheekiness in the first copy.

Stephen Bradshaw: Bio

Hi my name’s Stephen (Ste for short!) I’m a young graphic designer who specialises in branding. I don’t try to take myself too seriously, my main aim in life is to have a blast whilst earning a bit on the side at the same time. A typical student really, cheekiness is a common trait of mine. When I was little it often got me standing outside classrooms for being a bit gobby, but now at the age of 20 I have tried to make this work in my favour. I don’t hold my words if my opinion is needed. As a Graphic Designer I’m pretty well rounded skills wise, but branding is my forte. Since starting out as a freelancer I have branded 6 events, 2 clothing brands, an entire magazine, a number of creatives and Fresher’s for Huddersfield University (TBC). As you can see I like to have my fingers in as many pies as possible, (if you laughed you are filthy!) That’s what I’d call my little USP, I’m not afraid to give new things a go. If it doesn’t work out I put it down to life experience and try not to let it happen again. I haven’t got an online presence as of yet, html and coding might as well be latin to me! so for now I’ve been gaining clients through word of mouth or in person.

So now to the gritty stuff. The work.

 I had a really hard time choosing what work of Stephen’s to show here, as he had poster, clothing designs, shop models, digital art for every occasion. There are couple of images shown here. I decided to focus on this latest project which is for his university’s Freshers campaign for 2013.

So what where you trying to achieve with this new look for Huddersfield Freshers 2013?

My main aim for this project is to build a strong identity structure that would be able to remain a constant part of Hud Fest for years to come. It’s not easy because you have to make it as open as you can to keep things inclusive yet at the same time retain a level of control so it doesn’t run away with you!

Do you see your work as all your style or do you think you are very flexible and its all down to the client and the individual project?

I never try to fit one style to all my pieces of work, I think it doesn’t reflect well when you have more than one piece on show in the same place. Also I’d imagine that my clients wouldn’t want something that has a resemblance to something else so its best to start with a clean slate every time.

Do you have a favourite medium, or topic? A magic pen that secretly does the work for you? Or are you a typical tech mad student?

I really love Adobe illustrator, since getting to grips with it in my first year I’ve not put it down. I’ve ditched photoshop, it’s such a farce working with it! But yeah you could say that Im your typical apple nut, all I need is an iPhone and my set up will be complete!

If you could design something for any product, publications or brand of your dreams what would it be and for who? Be as wacky as you like. (Bit of a scary question for you).

It sounds a bit weird but I’d love to have a go at an Ikea advert, if you look up their ad campaign called “clean up” you can understand why they seem to rack up loads of banned adverts!

What’s your best source of inspiration a person, a place? Somewhere you get all your good ideas you want to share with us?

Well I sometimes get my best ideas after I’ve had a few but I’d say just rambling on with someone in the studio often works, some people give you the best ideas without saying anything!

So your still at university in your second year, what’s the plans for tackling the rest of university life. And I do mean the projects?

haha first of all I need to remember to complete the dreaded paperwork, it seems to hinder my grades so I want to nail it before I finish for summer. I’m also working on a new project with four of my mates for my placement year which hopefully will turn into a fully functioning business so fingers crossed it works!

Want to tell us about your shoes? Do go faster stripes really work.

Haha those green adidas trainers I have? Those relics can only do so much it’s all there for show haha! 

Cheers, Stephen!

You can find more images and work from Stephen on my website while he finished up his own website.

There is also going to be more to come from Stephen, not just his university progress or personal work but also building his second collaborative business a contemporary fashion company called Open Season. He will be joined by the rest of the boy band soon, while I poke their best bits of work out of them and get some exclusive new designs.

More from me soon.


Hannah and the Moon – BAFTA New Talent winner

Kate Charter is an Edinburgh College of Art Animation graduate who has just won the BAFTA New Talent award and Best New work award at the British Academy event held at Glasgow’s Oran Mor at the end of March. Her animation ‘Hannah and the Moon’ is a short film about a girl who leaves home to find her friend. The film is like an animated hand drawn picture book incorporating text instead of a traditional narrative.

Kate’s past work experience include working for a local agency in Leith, creating animations for a charity project called ‘Rock Opera’ and working on the visual effects and Foley sound recording on a film called ‘Seams in the Dark’, directed by Claire Lamond.With such huge success that Kate has had recently I’m sure amazing things are on the horizon…

I asked Kate a few questions about her brilliant talent, her university career and her aims for the future.

What was your inspiration behind ‘Hannah the Moon’?

“The idea came from a few different places. When I was a child I had a story called ‘The House and the Golden Windows’ which I fancied adapting but I also wanted to include a character with long bony fingers and I knew I wanted it to be set at night. Originally I thought I wanted to adapt an existing children’s book but after searching I decided to write my own. Incorporating text into the film came from listening to a Women’s hour show on Radio 4 on the future of Ebooks. The idea stuck in my head and I believed there was a new place for animation.”

Why did you choose to study at Edinburgh College of Art?

“I thought that Edinburgh was a really nice city. To be honest it was a shot in the dark and I didn’t know a lot about the actual animation course. Fortunately I fell on my feet!”

What has happened since graduation? And where do you see yourself in ten years time?

“Since graduating I’ve spent some time at home in Cambridge (I spent the Summer driving a tractor for my family’s farm! -I think it was a head in the sand moment) and now I’m back in Edinburgh finding my way into the quickly evolving and competitive digital media world. In the future I would love to be writing, illustrating, animating and designing apps for my children’s stories. I love Oliver Jeffers and I’d quite like to follow in his footsteps.”

Any advice for future animation students?

“Just do it! You have to bite the bullet with animation and get stuck in! Sometimes the best stuff can be made in a day and sometimes it takes months to get what you want. The best thing about studying animation for me was the people I was surrounded by and the camaraderie of being in a studio for so many hours! In fact my best advice is to be nice-as your classmates will become your family!”

Check out Kate’s website , her picture book complimenting the film and her blog showing her working methods



Gee & Tea

I love Gee & Tea for three reasons:

1) They’ve got a pun in their name.

2) That pun involves tea, which is not only my favourite drink, but my favourite thing in the world full stop.

3) They make truly awesome jewellery and crafts.

And though I could go on for days about the excellent properties of tea, it’s the third reason that I’d like to explain to you in a little more detail.

Gee & Tea is the craft collaboration of Gemma Bolton, Kathryn Broughton, Sarah Hunt & Aimi Liversidge. Based in Sheffield, these four ladies between them specialise in creating all kinds of wonderful things, including necklaces and other accessories, greeting cards, mittens, homewares, bags of all shapes and sizes and even gorgeous 50s-style lace knickers. Everything is unique and beautifully handcrafted, and all the products have a distinctive daintiness about them, incorporating beautiful fabrics and innovative designs. The range is expanding all the time too – for instance, budding photographers out there should know that there is camera bag in vintage colours being developed for you as I type.

If you live in Sheffield, you can find Gee & Tea at the Nichols Building craft and vintage centre, or out and about at craft fairs across the city. If you don’t live in Sheffield, pop over to their website and have a look at a selection of their lovely things on there. Wherever you are, you can follow them on Twitter @geeandtea or on Instagram too for your fix of handmade goodness.

– Georgie

Lizzie Kingdom

I came across Lizzie King’s dip dyed tassel earrings, while helping out a friend on a photo shoot, and instantly fell in love with her quirky designs. Her story began a year ago when she was commissioned to make a one off dip-dyed tassel for a photo shoot. She says “It was the first time I’d attempted to dye anything other than my hair but I became a tie dye enthusiast from that point on- since then I have sat through hours of tie dye tutorials”.

The Dalston based designer has now taken to using her dip-dyeing skills on to clothing, shoes and even running her own ‘Get Rich or Tye Dyeing’ workshops, which look ridiculously fun!

What I really love about Lizzie’s designs and talent is that they are so vibrant and fun and could add such uniqueness to your style. Lizzie recalls when her friend Jess wore the bright orange and yellow tassel earrings; a man on Ridley Road market gave her a free bunch of grapes as they made him so happy!

When I caught up with Lizzie she told me that “I love seeing people wearing them – especially as my customers so far range from 12 years old to 90.” Now with a broad customer market like that, I can only feel the Lizzie Kingdom brand will only be going from strength to strength.

To see more of the Lizzie Kingdom collection or even send her your old t-shirt to dip dye through her online service, visit her website:

Some of the dip-dyed tassel earrings are also stocked at Mint Vintage in London

71 – 73 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 8EL

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Tom Scott

I’ve gone and got myself a new favourite acoustic musician again – I know, I know, it keeps happening, doesn’t it? I promise you, though, it’s always completely justifiable, and this time especially.

Tom Scott is a singer song-writer hailing from Yorkshire and based in Sheffield.  Currently unsigned, he is already building a name for himself on the Sheffield live and acoustic circuit, gigging at numerous venues across the city and making his music free to download via his Soundcloud (on the proviso that you share it round, of course). He has also recently made his way into the final sixteen acts for Kerrang Radio’s Unsigned Lounge competition, and given that there were over two hundred applications, this is no little achievement.

Though Tom describes himself as “an acoustic musician still finding his feet”, the delicate chords that match perfectly with poetic lyrics and a soft, lilting vocal, means he stands with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow and Benjamin Francis Leftwich in his ability to leave the listener mellow, thoughtful and not a little goosepimply. With the positive recognition he is receiving, a growing fan-base and an undeniable talent, Tom is certainly and deservedly set for great things.

For more information about Tom’s music or where you can catch him live, check out his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @tomscottmusicuk.

Jack Emmons. Artist.

With an eye for detail and an impeccable illustrative style, Jack Emmons is a new talent in Great British design and illustration that is undiscovered, but surely not for long. His beautiful illustrations are both whimsical and intricate, creating stunning depth and line work. With a growing online following Jack designs are slowly becoming more popular, all while he polishes off his degree. There’s no doubt once he leaves Universitywe’ll be seeing much more of him, and his beautiful illustrations.

His infectious sense of humour and friendly demeanour translate well into his work, giving it a unique character. Jack’s skills translate through to a variety of media, but he’s best know for beautiful and detailed line art illustrations. I urge you to head over to Jack’s Facebook page and check out his work. Keep an eye out now because Jack often sells cards and prints, but editions are limited so to get your hands on one of his beautiful designs you’ll need look out for news and new updates.

To find out more and see what’s next from this talented illustrator, then follow his facebook page now, or even send him a message. I guarantee you’ll love him and his work.



Carving out a name for yourself in the local music scene is trying enough. Carving out your thumb while trying to force open a bottle of Corona with a knife seconds before you’re due to take to the stage however takes some serious doing.

Tom, bassist of DENS, did exactly this at the Sheffield-based band’s first headline gig in their home city late last year. This did not perturb him at all; before easing in their set the band was the picture of confidence.

To my right in the intimate upstairs room of Division Street’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ was a bar, to my left, a sea of sweating bodies. Directly in front we were faced with amps cranked so loud that I’m sure no one was spared tinnitus. DENS cut along through their set with a casual vigour despite the gravity of what was only their second gig.

The set-closer on the night ‘Creeper’ is one of the few tracks to have been treated to some recording time. Though it has been scaled back to give it its studio sheen on the night, as the crisp high-hats opened up towards the track’s crescendo, the audience got the sense that this room was all too small for this band.


Casual blood-letting is testimony to the band’s gritty sound which thuds along at a measured-pace in order to let the full-bodied sound have its desired impact. There is a fine degree of delicacy to the band too as they prefer the slow-build over the fast-pummel. The breezy chorus lead in ‘Creeper’ breaks into a punchy overdriven riff and from then on the layers then start to swell and dynamically reshape.

‘Cry Love’s lead riff, which plays like it’s been fed through Peter Hook’s amp in ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart,’ introduces the song’s choppy rhythm. It weaves into an Editors-esque chorus line which rests beneath the incantatory lyric ‘only love can make it’. All elements in their song craft pronounce a thoughtful band with a fine taste for sound.

Mentored by George Moran, rhythm guitarist in Miles Kane’s band, DENS can only go up. They’ve established themselves quickly spending time working on promo, a short stint recording, releasing a music video and gigging in Sheffield and the Nation of Shopkeepers in Leeds. Let’s see what’s next…

DENS Wesbite

DENS Facebook

Introducing emerging artists: Marian Alonso Perez



Spanish born Marian Alonso Pérez studied photography in Barcelona at Institut d’Estudis Fotografics de Catalunya (2001). In 2003, she moved to London where she now lives and woks. Her current fine art practice examines how corporate space is constructed, restricted and assimilated into daily routine. Her most recent work has been shortlisted for the Sproxton Photography Award in association with the London College of Communication, where she has just completed her master’s in fine art photography.


In 2006, Alonso won the ARCO Photography Award, which involved working on a collaborative project supported by the Spanish Arts & Culture Department. Her work has been shown in the UK and Europe in solo and group exhibitions at galleries like Campbell Works and Kowasa. She was also awarded a residency at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (2002) where she investigated new methods of mixing traditional photographic techniques with emerging digital technologies. Alonso has collaborated with artists such as Neville Gabie, Kata Halasz and documented Rosa Rodriguez’s two year-long multidisciplinary project supported by Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de Mexico.  She is also featured in Katie Kelly’s Pillow Book published by the Erotic Print Society, 2008.


Action 9, Axis  examines how corporate space is constructed, restricted and assimilated into daily routine – to order and potentially control its inhabitants. Through small acts of intervention it aims to bring into question a broader concern with the politics of space, consumption, observation and domination.


Video credits: Gary Cohen.

Anna Gibb

Anna Gibb is interested in cities and their development; she looks at walls, towers, cityscapes and skylines, exploring layout, structure and geometry of cities in detail. Her inspiration lays in history, old maps and city panoramas, creating complex artworks, she combines architectural experience and passion for hand drawing. She reconstructs past urban environments, as if they were never destroyed or altered over the course of time.

Anna is an architectural assistant and illustrator, based in Scotland. After graduating in 2009 from the Robert Gordon University, she was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to study in Florence for three month. Anna also spent seven month in Australia, undertook an artist – in- residency at the Wasps studios in Glasgow and this year she was chosen to take part in the Venice Takeaway project.

She transfers her travel and cultural experiences into architectural drawings, being enthusiastic about history and context, she creates her visions of the past, bringing old towns and cities back to life. Her portfolio of elaborately executed drawings shows vast selection of numerous cities, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moscow, Melbourne, Florence and Venice. The featured video represents the development of her drawing of Paris urban scenery from day 1 until finish.

To find out more about her works and to check out her latest artwork for “365 drawings” that stands for her personal challenge of making a drawing every day for a year, visit this website:

Thomas Petherick

Thomas Petherwick is the art director of his set design and prop making company. His skills see no boundaries from making exlcusive one off hats for cat walk shows to stage designs in clubs. Thomas unique creative talent can literally be applied to anywhere. His installation work has been seen in the V&A  to hats designed  for Charlie Le Mindu and worn by Lady Gaga.

Below are hats designed for Charlie Le Mindu for the Royal Ascot, 2012.

Thomas Petherick Hats

Thomas Petherick Hats

Jaguar heads created for Tupac Martir debut show “Nierka”. Both heads where covered with thousands of glass beads and completed to to the ultimate perfection.

Thomas Petherick Jaguar Head


Thomas Petherick Jaguar head

Hat designs for Charlie Le Mindu in 2011.

Thomas Petherick Hats

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One Mile Away: the road to freedom

Penny Woolcock’s latest film, One Mile Away, is rapidly garnering media attention. The documentary gains access to the very guarded world of Birmingham’s gang culture. There are two major gangs – the Burger Bar Boys and The Johnson Crew. What is shocking, and eye-opening, about this film is the extent of the violence perpetrated by these gangs upon one another, and at what level this is ignored by the police and by the media.

During the film a few members of the gangs on either side attempt to end the violence that has become intrinsic to their way of life. Dylan Duffus, who met Penny on the set of her 2009 film, 1 day, heads the movement from the Burger side. Shabba, who Penny also met during her research for 1 day, represents the Johnson side. However, their peace mission proves incredibly difficult to sustain, until the 2011 riots. Faced with institutional prejudice there is a temporary cease fire as the two inner-city gangs recognise a common enemy.

There is no neat conclusion to the film but the team involved in One Mile Away are continuing the good work through a campaign which aims to take the film to the youths that will benefit most from it. The film, which won Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, has been screened in several cities at select venues, often accompanied by a Q & A. See the website for future screenings.

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Stream the film for £4.99:

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Introducing emerging artists: Francesca Marcaccio



Francesca Marcaccio (1981) is an Italian visual artist based in London. She first studied History of Contemporary Art at the University of Florence, and then Photography at the Centre of Contemporary Photography Martino Marangoni in Florence too. In 2011 she obtained a Photo editing and Iconographic Research Degree from the CPF Bauer, Milan, Italy.  Francesca recently  graduated with an MA in Fine Art Photography from London College of Communication  (University of  The Arts London).


Besides taking part in several group shows, Francesca has exhibited her pieces in different solo shows across Italy and US. Her last group exhibition, Synesthesia,  took place at the  Darnley Gallery in London and was curated by Gabrielle Cooper.  In 2013, she also exhibited her series Floating Nest at a solo Show at the DA.Co Gallery,Italy. Her fine art photography has been featured in Ninja Art Magazine and in the on-line blog Design Catwalk amongst other publications.  

She is currently  web editor for DUST Magazine online, a platform showcasing collaborative work and displaying international emerging artists. She gained experience in the field working commercially as well as editing for La Nazione newspaper in Florence and as Photojournalist for MPD Click, a leading commercial online fashion trend forecasting service. 


Her project Floating Nest examines the correlation between nostalgia and transition through looking at the means by which individuals use objects to negotiate their interior space, their nesting ground, in an increasingly geographically fractured existence.