F.U.R.S

F.U.R.S is a London trio which features a brother and sister partnership within it. The small unit emblematises a lot of what the band stands for as, according to lead guitarist Liam Wade, the three-piece loves “short, sharp, direct music that you can sink your teeth into”. A short spell working in California with the local bands like Allah Las ingrained this ethos into the band and saw them embed the chilled sensibilities of the West coast into their music.

Added to this is a strong, female-centered theme in the band. While citing Blondie as one of F.U.R.S’ influences, Liam has described in interviews composing the bands current tracks whilst reading literature by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Novels like ‘Venus in Furs’, from which the band derives its name, feature strong and liberated female characters.

Fresh of a tour supporting Johnny Marr I expect the band is working on a solid release to back up the strong image and thought behind F.U.R.S.

Check out the video for lead single STRIPTEASE and head to sound cloud for more!

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Sabrina Collares

Sabrina Collares is a contemporary illustrator originally from Brazil, based in London. Despite being a self-taught illustrator, there is no denying the talent and artistic vigour of Sabrina. Having participated previously at a workshop Central Saint Martins, as well as other illustration activities, she is very pro-active, and engaged in her subject area.

The work is proof of this. Despite using a limited number of tools (mainly pencil, pens and markers) Sabrina manages to create incredibly striking pieces of art.  In ‘O Gigante Novatel’ (Main Image), Sabrina uses incredible attention to detail to visualise her imaginations. A fantastic floral smorgasbord grows from a natural figure, perhaps symbolising desires for a more greener world. Despite stylistic undertones of 1960s psychedelia, a cutting black & white beam adds that contemporary edge, somehow bringing it into 2013.

I was lucky enough to ask Collares a few questions regarding her inspiration. She will be the first to admit her methodology is unorthodox, having been self taught as mentioned earlier. Sabrina informed me that a lot of her work stems from her dream world, allowing her creations to be ‘instinctive’ pieces of work that don’t develop from sketches, they just simply materialize.

“When I sit down to draw I am not even sure what is going to come up, after finished I look up the symbolism behind the colors, thematic, geometric shapes, whatever is on it. My drawing is done very meticulously and it can be quite a stressful and slow process”.

Having been exhibited by Saatchi and Emerge Gallery, Sabrina is boldly venturing up the creative ladder. For more of Sabrina’s work, visit here.