About Rebecca Roslyn

Hi my name is Rebecca, I'm currently studying Advertising Design at the university of Huddersfield. I love generating ideas and putting them into action! I feel excited to a part of the Born in Britain ambassador team!

Alistair Macdonald

I was lucky enough to speak to the new and upcoming film maker Alistair Macdonald and ask him some questions on what inspires his unique films. His films not only stand out from the conventional “artistry” films but take your senses on a journey and creates you to pay attention to every enjoyable detail.

What inspired you become a film maker?

For twelve years I was a lawyer but I didn’t really like my job and I felt trapped by it.  I spent a long time thinking about what else I could do. I wanted to do something creative. I write music and I wanted to carry on doing that but in the context of something bigger.

I decided to become a film maker when I was staying in a log cabin in Norway, in winter a year ago. Once the idea came to me, I realised it was obvious because I love film, all sorts of film. I decided there and then I was going to do it. I didn’t really know how, though, so when I got home, I made a couple of really short films using a simple stills camera, some tangerines, a table top and iMovie. They made people laugh and then I knew I could do it.

For me, freedom is important and that is one reason I was unhappy as a lawyer. Film making, at the moment anyway, enables me to do pretty much what I want, when I want and how I want. It’s great to just let my imagination go and then follow it. It’s important, though, that what I do entertains other people – I don’t just want to make films for my own sake.

Do you have anyone or anything that inspires your films?

There’s no one answer to this. Before I was a lawyer I studied European philosophy for seven years. That has been a massive influence on how I think about things and is behind everything I do, even if it’s not obvious in the final result.

In film, sound is just as important as image and so certain types of music have been important inspirations, especially music that makes me smile by subverting rules, like Neu or Can, or stuff by the Beta Band.

I have been directly inspired by specific filmmakers though, and in some cases their influence is probably more or less obvious. Visually, the obvious ones would be Jan Svankmajer, Andrew Kötting, Chris Marker, Ben Rivers, Patrick Keiller and Gideon Koppel.

The biggest inspiration, though, has been the French director, Eric Rohmer. He started making films, seriously, in his forties. He worked on a shoestring and yet made the most wonderful films that nobody else has managed to match.

How did it feel to have your work shown at Holmfirth Film Festival?

It was great. I was really lucky because it got shown twice. Some friends of mine run the Ginger Bread House film and food nights in Marsden and they showed it before their main feature. I hid at the back. People laughed in all the right places and I got some lovely feedback afterwards. It’s impossible to look at something you’ve made objectively or afresh so seeing how a film is received is vital if you want to know whether it has succeeded.

How long did it take you to make “Island Going?”

Not long at all. I spent four days filming in the Western Isles and Outer Hebrides but had to learn how to use the camera whilst I was doing it. I worked on the script in my head as I drove back to Yorkshire then wrote it in a week. The guy I asked to do the voiceover for me is an academic in Nuremberg and he recorded it in his brother’s studio in two days. It took another couple of weeks to edit and produce a final version. I had to teach myself a lot during that month!

What inspired “Island Going”?

Well, the film is a response to the landscape of the Outer Hebrides. I went out there to research another film with a friend and spent a few days driving around filming whatever I could with the idea of making a quite different film. The islands are remarkable and barren and you’re surrounded by the ruins from the Bronze age right through to the 21st Century. In some places it looked like there’d been a civil war and once I got that idea it wormed away at me and became the basis for the film.

We went to the Outer Hebrides because of a book called “Island Going” by the naturalist Robert Atkinson but the only point of contact with the book is the title of the film. There are no real similarities. I wanted to use the title because the book had been important in getting me there. More of an influence was Louis MacNeice’s book, “I Crossed the Minch”, about his travels around the Hebrides. We deliberately walked a few of the routes that MacNeice had taken.

When we were in the Hebrides we kept bumping into this German tourist who’d hired a camper van and was just traveling round aimlessly, in winter. He’s the direct inspiration for the narrator of the film.

I was also influenced by something Guy Debord wrote about a friend who deliberately used a map of London to navigate around part of Germany. That kind of displacement really appealed to me and clearly pops up in Island Going.

Do you have a current project on the go? and can you give us any clues as to what its about? 🙂

Right now I’m finishing a short film about a kid who keeps trying to watch TV but isn’t allowed. He goes to greater and greater lengths to get away with it. It’s deliberately completely different to Island Going and has enabled me to learn a lot more.

When that’s done I want to start work on a film that will be a lot more like Island Going. I want to go back to the same kind of landscape shots that I used there but the story will be very different. It’s based around a spoof philosophy article I wrote a long time ago and is about a man who has an intense phobia of waiting so who spends his life trying to overcome it. Think about how many hours are taken up with waiting for things in your life. I bet it’s a lot, but nobody really thinks very much about waiting. That’s what I do in my next film, but in a way that hopefully will also make people laugh.

 

For a further look at Alistairs’ inspiring work on his facebook page and youtube channel.

Chantelle Bowker Photography

Chantelle Bowker can capture a moment perfectly with her camera. Whether its a striking fashion pose to a fun outdoors fashion shoot the energy and atmosphere is captured perfectly. Her models seem so relaxed and composed and this isn’t just because of their personality, Chantelle has to makes the model feel comfortable, happy and energetic to capture that real smile.Now a days anyone with a smart phone  and instagram thinks their a photographer, but to capture life and even nature in a way that needs no words is a hard skill to learn.

Chantelle’s photography speaks for itself, she’s not just a girl with a camera, she’s the girl with eye for perfection.

I wish I could upload more of her photographs for you  to see, so you definitely need to check out her Facebook page and Website!

 

What started your passion for photography?
I got the chance to study it at college. I had always enjoyed drawing and being creative but never thought about doing photography until then and I got to express myself through pictures and through other people within my pictures.

Whats your favourite thing to shoot?
People. They are so interesting and I love being able to capture their personalities by making them feel comfortable about themselves, even in the fashion side of my work; documentary photography really influences my style.

What/Who would you love to shoot?
I dont know anyone who doesn’t want to work with Cara Delevingne right now, she’s amazing!
I am also fascinated by travel photography and the amazing places in the world, so I would also love to shoot and travel the world.

Whats your camera of choice?
Im working with a Canon 50d at the moment. I love it and I mostly use my 50mm lens with it, especially when shooting fashion.

 

 

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Lucy Hutchinson Art – “For Home and Country”

 At a glance, Lucys current project looks like oriental wallpaper, but when you look closer at the intricate drawings and details you realise her artwork takes you on a journey of social class, trade, democracy, and current issues. Art isn’t just a pretty painting, its a moral, its a message and its a meaning.

Who/what inspires your work?

My work is mainly based on the idea of bi-cultural interactions and how these have become apparent in a globalised world. Inspired largely by my family, who are based in both the UK and China I explore happenings that occur in everyday life which distinguish and bring together both cultures. As well as including personal events I am also interested in the generalisation of both cultures. I am intrigued by confusions of identity which these circumstances have created as well as ideas of class and how these affect identity and lifestyle. I am interested in artists such as Grayson Perry and Kara Walker who subvert the harsh realities of their topic by their use of materials. In Grayson Perry’s case the low status and decorative nature of pots and tapestries lull the viewer into a false sense of security as does Kara Walker with her use of victorian silhouettes. This aspect is something which I wish to portray in my own work.

what materials do you prefer to use?

I use materials such as wallpaper, fabric, painting and photography. The wallpaper and fabric are vital in subverting the negative images which are displayed on them as they are materials which would usually be placed in the home or around the body. The materials are all methods of protection, and create a sense of class. For example the facekini protects the persons face from the sun and keeps their skin white which exerts them as a higher class, but also diminishes that persons identity. As well as this they are all cultural goods which have been created through trade between China and the UK. The wallpaper and fabrics are all hand screen printed, which allows me to create a large and consistent amount of work. It is also a traditional technique which was previously used to create similar cultural goods.

what do you think your next project might be?

I intend on continuing my existing line of study in the future, as I feel it is such a rich topic the possiblities and varations are those which I need to continue to discover. After my degree I would like to go on to do an MA eventually, whilst in the meantime I am interested in continuing my own practices whilst looking into visual merchandising.

Check out more work at Lucys Art Blog 

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‘Designed by Stephanie Jayne’

If you’re after some thing beautifuly designed and quirky then check out Stephanie’s designs. Her business is fairly new but shows great potential,from mirrors to phone cases her illustrations are sure to make you smile.

“I’m currently just starting up my business ‘Designed by Stephanie Jayne’ with the help of the University of Huddersfield’s Enterprise Team. They help me with the ‘tricky bits, the maths, tax and everything else that comes along with starting your own business, and alongside all of that I get to do the fun bits and the exciting parts… Designing, creating products, selling designs, marketing! Alot of work for one person but its great to do a job your passionate about, even better to start a business that your passionate about. Alongside creating my own products, I Freelance for Tigerprint Studios. Its very exciting and fulfilling to work with a great team of creative people.”

What is currently happening with Designed by Stephanie Jayne ?

“Well its hectic at the moment! But being busy is a good thing, it’s a bit like Santas Workshop in my bedroom! I’m preparing for my official Launch at Thought Bubble Convention in Leeds next weekend the 17th & 18th of November; I’m a featured designerexhibited in the New Dock Hall ( was Saville Hall). So I’m super busy preparing all my products, packaging etc for then. n November, I also have 3 more main venues in which I will be selling; Tuesday 20th Nov – University of Huddersfields Global Enterprise Event. Saturday 24th November Queensgate Market (I will be having a one day pop up shop!) Monday 26th November University of Huddersfields Central Services Building”

Hopefully, I will then be opening an online shop & have a website up and running! But as I’m doing all this by myself, I wish I had several little Steph’s to help me; its all very rewarding though.

What inspires your illustrations?

My taste in design is so varied and I love adapting my style to suit the needs of the client and the project. I love the freedom in design, and the most rewarding thing is to design something and for other people to appreciate it. A lot of my characters were just 3 minute doodle sketches but once colour and type is added they can become a whole lot more. I love to produce handwritten typography I believe it creates a personal touch to my work. I also like to have a flexible approach, so I take my inspiration from everywhere. From fabrics, to architecture, history, movies… the list can go on. PINTEREST is my favourite app on my phone ( its very addictive). I believe that everyone should have it, it could make anyone be more creative; and creativity is exciting. But it is very handy to have my inspiration on the go.

I’m one of those people that gets Eureka ideas in the middle of the street, or when I’m in a shop queue waiting to pay… so I always need to carry some form of paper to record them… else I’m very good at forgetting them.

Whats your favourite peice of work so far?

Is it ok to say everything? I’m like a kid in a toyshop! It’s so exciting to be designing for products and seeing the products and final pieces all coming together and building together collections. I do love my Beary Nice Phone Case though, he’s a little cutie! It’s nice to have my work handy to showcase and show people! These are available from my Society6 Store ( please ‘bear’ with me, more designs are going to be published there soon).

What are we to see from Stephanie Jayne Designs in the future?

A LOT!!! This is just the start, so expect more!!!

Follow Stephanie on Twitter to keep up to date with my developments & designs @designedby_SJ
If you would like to contact Steph then just click these links! 🙂

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Paul Richardson’s Very tall umbrellas…

Paul Richardson’s illustrations are so beautifully simple and so inspiring at the same time. It saddens me I cannot upload more! From personal illustrations to animation characters Paul’s’ work is utterly magical.

Introduce yourself/tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Paul Richardson, I am 22 years of age, and I currently live and study in Glasgow, Scotland. I have always been creative, by way of drawing mostly; since being at school, I’ve always learned best my seeing things, which is probably why I started drawing, instead of reading and writing, like many of my friends. My use of words isn’t very strong, so I think art helped me out of that struggle. Please forgive my conversational tone, I write as I think. I’m no wordsmith.

What and who inspires your work?

It’s difficult to say what inspires me. I’d say anything and everything. I am constantly observing, and if I see something that strikes me, it may lead me to create my own interpretation of it. It can be something as commonplace as a shadow on the wall. In addition, I like finding something beautiful in something that other people may overlook. I like that maybe my work can remind people that there is beauty in everything; you just have to look a bit harder.

Also, I find music a great stimulant for creative work. I usually listen to soundscapes or music relevant to the work I am doing- it gives me an extra bit of “umph”.

I love Tim Burton and Edward Gorey as illustrators, I always have done, as they give such wonderful atmosphere to their images and are not afraid to be different. I don’t really consider myself as very different, but I admire those who pioneer. Victorian Neo-Victorian and steampunk are my vices. I am a big fan of film noir and animated films, I find their dynamic angles, camera movement and use of light very useful.

What process do you use for drawing? 

My process is horrifically straightforward. I’m afraid there are no real magic tricks and illusions with me.

Usually I draw an image by hand on paper and then scan these images into the computer, where I will digitally render them. I like that in most of my images you can still see my construction lines. I prefer my pictures not to be pristine, because my mind isn’t pristine. I don’t like to draw without a very clear idea of what I am going to do. Many of the drawings I do are (day) dreams I’ve had therefore cannot use references. I prefer working from my head; it feels a bit more like work that way. I like having to think about how exactly, for example, the light would fall on that part of the face or just how the arm bends. It may take a few tries, but I like the “problem solving” approach. “A drawing is an enquiry,” as my old art teacher Norman used to tell my class constantly. “Are you enquiring enough?” And since then, I prefer seeing a drawing or illustration as just that. I am posing a question. The answer might not be crystal clear, and might be a little rough around the edges, but I prefer to interpret it my way.

Tell us a little about your gay themed images?

Well, all of my work is very personal. I don’t really create my pictures for other people, they are just my way of externalising what is inside of me. This might be considered selfish, but I use my drawings much like other people keep a diary, where their innermost thoughts and feelings are externalised and then hidden away. I just draw my diary instead and I don’t really mind people looking at it. More often than not, my work is not literal, so I’m not really being too exposed. Being a gay man, naturally, there are some gay themes running through my work. I feel we are still at a point where things of a homosexual nature are still considered a bit, taboo? Is that the right word? Like a fart in a lift, it’s there but no one wants to talk about it. Or seedy, or secretive. I like to show the innocence and simple beauty being gay can involve. I very much doubt we’ll see a gay love story being the main plot of a Disney animation in the immediate future, so I might as well create some images involving that theme. For me. I did initially want to create images for gay greetings cards, for marriages, civil partnerships, or just for someone special etc. Perhaps that’s something that I will look into in the future though I think I’d want to do a line of cards that include gay themed cards also, although not just specifically those.

What’s your favourite thing to draw?

I love drawing people; people in environments, or just them alone, depending on what style of image I am going for. Recently I have started doing a few digital paintings though I use reference for these. Yes, I am a bundle of hypocrisy. I find a different challenge with these, as they do have to look like the person being studied. The reason I started doing this is that I find I constantly lose the ability to draw. I have some very good days, where work just flies out of me, and some days where I can be sat trying to draw, but it’s like squeezing blood from a stone. Nothing comes out, apart from the odd expletive. As you can see, I digress; I lose the topic so easily. I like to draw people and figures. A lot of my work features people whose faces aren’t clear. I have found that many people can relate a bit more to a picture if the figures aren’t given a solid identity. It could be someone you know in that picture. It could be you. It’s reflection. Shouldn’t I want you to feel connected to a piece? I feel that it’s a bonus, for sure.

What’s your favourite piece of artwork you have done and why?

My favourite is probably the picture of my granddad, probably because it’s the most personal. Its no masterpiece, there is no technique in it to be honest, nothing is done for the sake of it, it is a complete memory, so I had to just try and get the memory on paper as quickly as possible. It was about three o’clock in the morning, and I just really missed him for some reason, I have no idea what brought it on. It’d been five years since he had died, so I wasn’t particularly grieving. However, I just had to draw him. Whenever I’d stayed at my grandparents house as a child, I’d always come down the stairs in the morning and my granddad would always be already sat at the kitchen table by the window, sporting huge black-rimmed reading spectacles, flat cap hung on the back, with his cup of coffee and the newspaper he’d just been out to get. It is the strongest memory I’d had of him, so I had to record it. It’s called “Good Morning Fred,” and in doing that picture it helped me, so I gave it to my Grandma as a present. I find I get all I need out of my work by simply doing them, and the process. After that, it’s up to anyone else.

You seem to draw a lot of Disney characters, is this something you would like to pursue one day? Ah yes, the Disney characters. Well, I find that seeing as they are very well known, it sometimes it helps to show people you can draw if they see a picture of a character they recognise and see it done well. Or perhaps in a way they’ve not seen before. I did a picture recently of Belle, the main character Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and I drew her in a semi-realistic way, that people might not have seen, and the general feedback was very positive. People then give your own original artwork a chance because they’ve seen something they recognise.

When I was little, after my dreams of being a meteorologist (I was six at the time,) went down the drain, because I realised chasing tornadoes meant I had to move toAmerica, I decided that I’d love to work for Disney. In later years, I still love animation, and film making in general, especially the lighting, sound, and storyboarding processes, and I find I do not quite know where I want to go from here. Case and point, I am currently studying a Musical Theatre degree. I am a through and through creative. Who says I can’t have my thumbs in that many pies. In this climate, I’d say I need more thumbs.

See more of Pauls work on his Facebook page “Very Tall Umbrellas

Me Vs Hero

Formed in the summer of 2007, Me Vs Hero are a five-piece  pop-punk band from Blackpool, who are guaranteed to keep you listening.

With an ever growing fan base and love for all things music these guys will keep your foot tapping for hours and their songs firmly stuck in your head for days!

Sam Thompson– Vocals

Mike Booth– Bass Guitar

Simon Smith– Drums

Robert Pook– Rytham Guitar

Grant Berry– Lead Guitar

Who writes the songs and what would you say influences your music the most?

“We have an input and a say as to what we like and dislike when writing. Our technique is bring a guitar riff to a practise and work on that as a 3 piece usually then add bass and vocals on top”

Whats currently happening with Me Vs Hero, is there anything exciting we should look out for? 

‘We’re bringing an awesome american band over in December to support us in the UK called ‘With The Punches’, we met them when we were out in Japan earlier this year. We’re currently finishing off tracking for our 2nd full length album that we hope to drop later in the year as well”

What’s the best gig you’ve played?

“We had a really good show last time when we headlined London, the headline shows can be more special because people have come out and stuck around especially to see you. I can’t remember hearing my own voice that night, the crowd sang all the words for me”

Check out their facebook  and youtube channel!

The Adventures of Luke Carr

Luke Carr studied Graphic Design at the University of Huddersfield, but the itch to draw and create characters was constantly in the back of his mind, from drawing superheroes to weird and wonderful characters his current project combines his drawing skills with his creative mind to develop a fantastic interactive book for children.

I asked Luke a few questions:

What is your current project?

My current project is something very new to me. I have created my own children’s book under the name of “Tips 4 Tots . It’s the first book in what I hope to be a series of books to teach young children little life lessons. From brushing your teeth to using your manners the lessons are all nice and simple and easy to take in’

‘The key feature of the books is that none of the main characters are coloured in. The idea behind this is that the children get there crayons and colour in the character any way they want. Spots, dots, stripes or anything they want. I believe that the lessons in the books will be remembered better due to the interaction the children will have with the book.”

What inspired you and your illustrations?

“I was inspired to make the books just because I had always wanted to create a book. Since I was a young lad I always loved looking at all the books lines up in book shops. I guess I just wanted to create something that I could proud of creating. In my opinion there’s nothing better than creating something that helps people’

‘Another big inspiration is my Tips 4 Tots tea mug I use when I’m pulling late night working sessions. It’s always full of tea and helps keep me fueled up.”

What’s your favorite artist/graphic designer?

“Hands down my favorite artist is a gentleman called Humberto Ramos. He is a comic book artist who has worked on some of my favourite comic characters. Whenever I’m in need of inspiration I just grab one of his many books I have and have a flip through. His artwork has a particular style that just oozes style. Massive respect to that man for helping me get motivated and staying creative!”

So what are we to expect from Tips 4 Tots?

“Tips 4 Tots is still in it’s infant stages but is slowly growing. I am constantly in my studio/bedroom working of the next books and characters. I am in talks at the moment with nurseries and primary schools to get the books in. I have been approached to see if I would be interested in turning the books into interactive tablet apps. It’s a long way off but it’s something I have penned into my diary to come back to. So the future looks bright for Tips 4 Tots and it is a massive learning curve for me personally. As long as I put in the hard work and keep pushing I believe I can get my books out there and help little tots everywhere learn some little valuable lessons.”

Where did the idea come from?

The idea was nestled in the back of my head since I was little. Then one day I just kinda though ‘I’m gonna put pencil to paper and get this thing going’

If you would like more information in “Tips 4 Tots” then check out the website!
www.tips4tots.co.uk

Next Stop Atlanta!

Next Stop Atlanta formed in early 2010 and so far the Preston band have managed to maintain a successful spot on the local music scene.With a huge fan base and an exciting future ahead.

I was lucky enough to get them to answer some questions for Born in Britain…

What inspired you to come together?

We wanted to start a new band with fresh ideas and songs that we were proud of. What inspired us was seeing how far we could take the band.

When did the band form?

Just over two and a half years ago. Nik (guitar), Ant (drums) and Blake (bass) started writing together and asked Georgia (vocals) to audition. We were all good friends before the band started and now we are even closer.

Where did the name come from?

Its a reference to Georgia’s name. Atlanta… Georgia.

Who would you say influences your music the most?

Bands like The Buzzcocks, Jimmy Eat World and Pink Floyd. A bit of a variation never hurt anyone!

Whats the most inspiring and best gig youve played?

When we supported Status Quo in front of 8,000 people! It was surreal, but such a good experience.

Do you write all your own songs?

We most certainly do. Nik comes up with the main idea/riff/hook and then we all collaborate to make the song as creatively layered as possible.

From supporting Status Quo to creating amazingly catchy songs they’re sure to be the next big thing!

Check out their youtube channel and facebook.

Thanks for reading, Rebecca Roslyn 

Sam Moore can draw

Sam Moore can draw….literally!

His illustrations are full of colour and vibrancy. His friends and music inspire his eye-catching drawings. The attention to detail shows how much enjoyment has gone into his work. I asked Sam a few questions and here is his response:

“I’d say my biggest inspiration is music and my friends. I love to draw to music and I like finding a rhythm within my work. A lot of my stuff is based around ideas and jokes I find myself having with my friends. As far as commercial work is concerned, I just try to create vibrant illustrations with a few random details for people to play with in their heads.

I think my favourite piece I have done is actually one of my latest. The Neil Armstrong illustration, the reasons being because it was created so organically. I heard of him passing away at my computer, and started drawing immediately with no plan. Then it all just came together over one session. Also because it just feels like my most well put together pieces, I’ve been illustrating for years but lately have began to felt I’m finding my own style and growing into my practice

I’d say my style changes depending on the project. However, my method and process are always the same, Draw, draw and draw until something falls into place, it’s a hard feeling to describe, but I just sketch, draw and tweak until something in my head clicks into place and I find myself smiling in accomplishment”

See more of Sams work here and here!

Thank you for reading

Rebecca Roslyn

David Sinnott

The gift of being able to create stunning 3D art with every day objects doesn’t come round often, David Sinnott is a student at the university of Leeds who has that gift, from bold quirky statements to the beautiful his work portrays charm and elegance that will keep you coming back for more.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am currently a Fine Art student at Leeds Metropolitan University, just entering my third and final year. Although I live in Leeds during term time, I’m originally from a small village called Goosnargh in Lancashire. One thing most people know me for is that I have a pet parrot called Stephen, who only has one wing, but I still love him nonetheless.

Do you prefer painting or creating 3D art?

Originally I started off as a painter, usually figurative and quite analytical in style. But when I became more independent and started creating a practice for myself I realized painting wasn’t for me. Over the last two years I made the transition from 2D to 3D, creating more sculptural based pieces.

What materials do you like to work with?

Well, being a student I rarely have money, certainly not enough money to buy enough art supplies or materials. So I started asking people I knew to give me anything they were throwing out and in turn I would create art out of these ‘donated’ materials. I was once given a bag of about forty Beanie Babies (popular stuffed animals of the 90’s) and turned them into taxidermy and mounted their heads on small wooden plaques. I’m always been given a range of different objects such as clothing, fabric, utensils and toys. Because of the vast differences in objects I’m given, each sculpture is different. I’ve made a hare out of a chord jacket, and a humming bird created entirely out of a leather handbag.

Who inspires your work?

I think it’s more a question of ‘what’ inspires my work. Animals have always featured in my art, I’m not entirely sure why I just seem to be drawn to them and I think people have a certain connection with animals when they are viewed as art. A common theme is for me to fashion an animal form out of fabric and old pieces of clothing, so sometimes it’s the material I use that inspires me to create a certain piece. Sculptor Sally Matthews has always inspired me as her life sized animal figures are breathtaking and she is undeniably one of the reasons why animals play a heavy part in my own work. In particular is American artist Tara Donovan, who creates visually stunning installation pieces and sculptures out of everyday objects such as paper plates and pencils. I can really relate to her practice of making the mundane into the imaginative. Another American artist is Mark Jenkins, known for his street installations made out of sellotape, again playing with that idea of using ordinary objects and materials to create art.

Whats your favourite peice of art you’ve created and why?

In my first year of university I got the opportunity to take part in an exhibition held at Leeds Broadcasting Place. I created a sculpture of a larger than life peacock fashioned from individual strips of blue velvet fabric. The fabric was wrapped and pleated in a way to suggest that the structure of the peacock was folded into shape. I sooner adopted this style with my latter sculptures and became a common motif of my work. The peacock was meant to stand on a plinth but it wasn’t made in time so it ended up standing on an upside down recycling bin. This wouldn’t have been my first choice but it really worked and the bin became a permanent feature. The tail of my peacock was overly exaggerated in length, spanning ten meters of blue velvet, which trailed down to the floor and circled the room. The peacock was a real turning point for me, and that’s way it’s my favorite. I see this sculpture as a signature piece that has shaped my practice, and without it I don’t think I would have done half the work I’ve made since.

Whats next for you?

I would love to be a practicing artist but realistically I probably won’t be able to support myself doing this. I’ve always wanted a career in the creative industries and to work for an art department or designer on film and television sets, or even theatre productions. But art will always be a huge part of my life and I will continue with it alongside any job I do in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Rebecca Roslyn

 

Tom Horton

Nowadays anyone with a smart phone thinks their a photographer, but what does it really take to be a real photographer, with a passion and sixth sense for that perfect shot?

Upcoming Photographer Tom Horton answers some questions:

What first sparked your interest in photography?
 
I have always been intrigued by photos and nice places, and while at college one of my friends had a DSLR, and after playing around with it myself I was hooked and saved up for my first camera.
 
Most of the photos I shot when I first started out were urbex, or urban exploration. Basically scouting out derelict buildings & places and taking both documentary & artistic photographs of them. My favourite place when I started out was an old RAF Base in Croft, just north of Warrington where I am from, so I guess the RAF Base was one of the first places I remember shooting at.
 
What is your preferred subject to shoot?
 
At the moment my favourite photography to shoot is street photography. Although I still do enjoy finding derelict places and exploring when I get chance to.
 
Street photography is the main thing I shoot at the moment mainly because of time. I find that I don’t have as much time as I used to for going out on photography trips, so picking up a camera and going out shooting street photography is just something than can be done whenever I fancy.
 
Next on the list would probably be landscapes, I love going for a drive or cycle out to somewhere with a camera and shooting some nice landscapes, the only problem with this would be the time! Finding time when the weather is nice is quite hard due to other commitments in life, so this is quite a luxury at the moment.
 
Another thing I love to shoot is events. I work for a charity when I am home, and do the photography at most of their major events. Taking candids at events is the best part about it, capturing the feel of the event and the atmosphere of the day in photos is great.
 
Do you have find different cameras give different effects? whats your favourite camera to use and why?
 
Well its mostly really full frame, cropped sensor and then film that are the three major different effects. Digital full frame & cropped sensors are both normally very clean, with full frame being cleaner than cropped sensors because of the size of the sensor, causing less noise on photos.
 
Film is a whole other world of photography, and is personally my favourite to shoot. Each type of film will have a different look to it, but I feel all of them have so much more character than digital. My favourite camera to shoot with is my Nikon FE. It’s so easy to use, well built and has everything you need at hand and no stupid unnecessary frills – just as it should be.
 
Who would you say is your favourite photographer?
 
This is a hard one. I would have to say either Rankin or Don McCullin.
 
Rankin’s portrait work is just unreal. They all have great character and expression, and all tell a story – which to me, is the main thing to achieve in portrait photography. Being an advertising design student as well, the work he does is very relevant to my area of work.
 
Don McCullin is an inspiration, and war photography is a big interest of mine, linking the front line to people back at home so they can see what really goes down.
 
How would you describe your photography style?
 
My photography style varies so much, although mostly it’s me staying unnoticed and getting candid shots, whether at events or in the streets. I seem to be good at it so I guess that seems to be what most of my photography is, and what I guess you could say my “style” was.
 
Do you work along side anyone? 
 
The one guy I work alongside most of the time is my housemate, Nick, who is also my business partner. We go out on photography trips a lot and are currently in the process of launching West Yorkshire Cameras at wycameras.com – dealing new & used camera equipment, and eventually going into repairs down the line. The website is going to be fully running soon so watch this space!
 
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
 
I would probably say the strap I have… It’s an Optech strap which clips off, making a small strap which I wrap around my wrist – as I don’t like carrying my camera around my neck or over my shoulder, it makes taking photos so much smoother for me.
 
 If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
 
Definitely a 50mm f/1.8. Standard prime lens which can essentially be used for anything! (to an extent of course) The image quality is great from it, it’s fast, sharp, lightweight, compact, easy to manually focus with… Just a great lens really.
 
Do you ever enhance or edit your photography with software? if so what software ?
 
I do, I try to keep editing to a minimum but obviously shots straight from a camera are for the most part not 100% right, and could do with a small tweak to levels or colour balance. I use Lightroom for pretty much all my editing, its very easy to use and makes editing and sifting through photos real quick and easy, and setting export options to mass export for different platforms is a very useful tool.
 
Last but not least, if you could shoot anyone, or anything/anywhere what would you do?
I’d love to shoot Justin Bieber.
 
But with a camera, I’d love to travel the world and shoot across loads of different countries, Canada, New Zealand, India, China, Tokyo, various African countries… The list is never-ending.

From looking at Tom’s work, I’ve noticed he doesn’t just capture aesthetically pleasing pieces to look at, he captures the everyday thing we may miss.

Check out more of Toms work on his personal website !

Thanks for reading!

By Rebecca Roslyn