Mister Phil grew up in Portsmouth and currently resides in Brighton, where he has lived since attending Brighton University and gaining a degree in Illustration.
He uses cartoon illustration and a compelling blend of block colour to create eye catching and unique images whose psychedelic nature demands attention, giving one the feeling that there is a story to be told behind each one of them. “There’s a sense of surrealism in the work which mainly comes from not thinking too much about what I’m trying to achieve” he says, “allowing the work to create itself based on what comes before. I react to what I’ve put down on the paper, try not to stop too long and think about it, but act in an intuitive way.”
Mister Phil’s main platform and focus at the moment online, he explains “as long as something goes up every day then it’s OK. I enjoy the immediate feedback from twitter and internet – it keeps the momentum going… I’m on a mission with this daily doodle project, looking forward to seeing where it takes me as ideas evolve very quickly when you force yourself to work under a strict deadline.”
Describing himself as an all round “creative person”, Mister Phil works with photography and web design alongside his illustration and animation work. “If I make something I really like when I see it again, then I’m content.” He says, when asked what his own work means to him. “I like the idea that within the space of a couple of hours you can create something that didn’t exist before, that hopefully no-one else would have created.”
Design and craft has vigorously changed and adapted to the attitudes of the now and for this reason it has seen a current resurgence. Xenia Moseley is a designer/maker trained at Brighton University, who uses British skills and material as a cornerstone of her artistry. Her current project is entitled “Journey Women”, citing its inspiration from the word “Journeyman”. Which literally means an apprentice who moves from one town to another, gaining an experience of different workshops. Considered an original way to learn a trade whilst developing character, experiencing community, life and travelling. Xenia has done just that, travelling down the River Ouse, East Sussex, in search of the traditions that are still being practised today.
It’s all very good embarking on a journey like this a few hundred years, but to start it now, explore and export it through the ways of today, is something else. It is not only poetic to yearn for the handmade but it was once essential.
Xenia’s trip was fruitful, she visited and studied the skills of a wool spinner, cobbler, boat builder, basket weaver and upholster. Thus Xenia was able to create a boat that celebrated the crafts she had learnt and symbolises an on-going journey. Its a manifestation of the materials and craft methods encountered, transformed into a useful object that’s also a metaphor of collaboration and learning that is alternate to our entrenched, modern systems.
Xenia’s trip raises questions about our attachment to the objects that populate our habitats. The manner of buying attractive objects in comparison to making them with our bare hands or knowing who did, makes life today a fountain of choices. Xenia’s work projects a yearning for a milder way of life and a merit on making it yourself.
You can check out Xenia’a Links
Based at the heart of the sunny city, Iossie Ng le is a young and promising graphic designer. Studying at the University of Brighton, she is surrounded by a buzz of creativity and culture. As a visual communicator, Iossie has a pivotal role to play in the world of graphic design, a market where art meets functionality. Iossie not only has flair for editorial design and branding but an affection for illustration and painting. Her dedication to her craft takes her from a foundation at the UCA to an exchange in America this September. This goes some way to achieving her goal of reading reality, being able to represent and actually complete it.
Iossie’s catalogue of work is full of sleek designs and beautiful fonts. Elevating what you might consider informative graphics into clean and imaginative visuals. They are clever as they are witty, with a take on minimalism that has a lot to say for itself. Slick and hardy Iossie’s images radiate the vogue of today’s media. She exploits the language of the public service and information for the purposes of irony. The combination of random dolls and animals create a part fantasy feel, which is diluted by matter-of-fact information. It is this overlapping, building up of images that leads to a slightly off center destination. Keeping a strong emphasis on hierarchy of text, cool layouts, and use of her own tailored imagery. The act of analyzing a daily subject and making it a focus of her study is something that fascinates this young graphic designer. Iossie relies on a subject’s history, texture and symbolism to compose and process new ways of reasoning.
For Iossie’s Links – http://ingleiwork.tumblr.com/
Hailing from Brighton and signed to Faux Discx Records; it’s Teardrop Factory, ladies and gentlemen. The trio compose messy, distorted indie pop for all your listening pleasure. They are killer at creating little pop ditties, and their Topshop EP is four tracks of just that. Though they have a pop edge, they are still leaning towards the well-known slacker feel of the Pixies and Pavement, with lazily strummed fuzzy guitars, and persistent drums in the background. Sung over this, on closing song Topshop, It’s the weekend/and I try to divert your attention feels fairly apt accompanied by sunny boozing and cruising. A yearning and slight hint of teenage angst maintains a nice flow through the EP, and makes it ripe for living it up and worrying less. Its arrival is well timed, as it sits as a soundtrack for summers filled with fun, mistakes, lazy days, and good friends. If I imagine what the lovechild of Pixies and Sonic Youth would sound like (and what a beauty it would be), it’s not far off from Teardrop Factory. Not afraid of creating slightly alternative pop songs, they have a knack for making sure they get stuck in your head. There’s a track I can’t seem to get off my brain, which is my personal favourite, Vanity Unfair. A nostalgia-laced riffy guitar track with sweet ah-ah-ah’s sung over the distorted guitar, ready for you to close your bedroom door and play at full volume (teenage years throwback).
The Topshop EP is out on the 27th of May and available to order from their bandcamp (there’s a 7” record being made as well). It’s perfect for road trips, or just lying on your bedroom floor, when you wish you could escape just a little bit. If you’re unsure of buying the whole she-bang at first go, they’ve given out a free download of the song Vanity Unfair on their soundcloud.
To say I like IYES would be a massive understatement. Both their demos ‘Glow’ and ‘Lighthouse’ can frequently be heard blaring out of my bedroom.
I say demos… If you check out their soundcloud, these demos have notched up over 70,000 plays.
The duo, currently residing in Brighton, are often compared to Purity Ring and The XX. The dreamy vocals are layered on top of synths and percussion creating an electro pop sound which is addictively good.
Melis is originally from Prague but travelled to England two years ago. She met Josh at a party shortly after arriving and they then formed IYES.
If you want to find out more about IYES find them on twitter or check out their facebook.
Whatever you do, make sure you listen to their demos. I for one hope an album will be in the pipeline soon.