Introducing emerging artists: Pablo Antolí




Pablo Antolí is a London-based Mexican photographer and filmmaker interested in the creative tensions between the documentary and constructed image. Working across different formats, his work explores the themes of history, memory, and identity. He obtained a Master in Photography from the London College of Communication and since then he has been working on personal and commissioned projects in Europe and Mexico. Alongside to his image-maker practice, Pablo Antolí has also lectured and delivered workshops on photography and moving image.

Introducing emerging artists: Pablo Antolí


His Bachelors Degree dissertation, The Multimedia Photographic Documentary: An Investigation into How the Application of Semiotics and Design for New Media Can Repurpose a Photographic Documentary, has been published by Verlag Dr. Müller and he is contributor and photography editor at Los Hijos de la Malinche


Pablo Antolí is now working  in a series of photographs that explore the interstitial urban space where Our Lady of Guadalupe shrines inhabit. The Urban Guadalupe project proposes the creation of an artist’s book consisting of a collection of photographs of Our Lady of Guadalupe in an Mexican urban context. Guadalupanas images in various forms inhabit interstitial spaces between public and private. The documentation of these virgins is motivated by the symbolic and historic importance of the Our Lady of Guadalupe as an image.



Introducing emerging artists: Simone Padelli




Born in 1986, Simone Padelli, is an Italian photographer and artist. After his graduation from “Libera Accademia delle Belle Arti” of Florence in 2010, he became close to fashion photography working at Gucci in Florence. One year later, he decided to moved to London where he took a Master’s Degree at the London College of Communication in December. Now he works as a freelance photographer mainly fashion, architecture and design fields. He is collaborating with “LineaShow” photographic studio in Prato and he is about to create a CoWorking space in Florence together with other young professionals, photographers, designers and photo retouchers.


Beside his professional experiences, Simone’s work has been published in Harpes Bazaar magazine, and displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in UK and Italy. He developed different series of photographs  around the concept of “Sublime” in contemporary visual art, and the role of the “aesthetic experience  “.


In his pieces Simone researches the understanding of Art in the world.

Art is in the world. It is the skill to give shape to a concept. It is the puzzling experience that can transform reality into a metaphor.
It is a mixture of intuition and research of the artist, which facilitates the viewer to look  beyond the first glance.
Is a manifestation of beauty? Is art a manifestation of truth?
Surely, throughout history, art has been capable of creating a pleasurable experience even if it is revealing the terrible side of human nature; which is not a manifestation of beauty, but is dimly a representation of the sublime


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Sylvia Moritz

Sylvia Moritz has never strayed from artistic disciplines, having studied Graphic Communication from an early age at Die Graphische in Vienna. Encouraged by her college tutors to cross borders, the multi-media artist and designer flew the nest at 19 en route to America. Here she discovered a lot about herself and her discipline, studying Illustration in Boston, and partaking in a six-month printmaking course in San Francisco.

On the back of a range of practical and industrial skills acquired from her travels, Sylvia enrolled at the University of the Arts London. In 2012, she found herself back in America on an erasmus exchange programme, this time showing The Big Apple what she was made of, in a six-month intensive at The Parsons New School for Design. She made the most of state of the art facilities, gaining advanced knowledge in branding and packaging design from peers such as Lance Wyman (Mexico ’68) as well as honing her illustrative expertise, mentored by reportage fanatic Veronica Lawlor.

The Austrian is an advocate of both the use of traditional and digital techniques that work hand-in-hand with one another, and such an ideal is conveyed in a lot of her work. Observations of Moritz’s surroundings play a vital role in shaping the direction of her practice. Usually with underlying environmentalist attitudes, her stunning mark-making qualities display a meticulous attention to detail and an enviable dedication to the creative arts. She continues to develop her style and relentlessly pushes herself to improve with every project she participates in. And the hard work has paid off, recently winning a Best of Year award with the D&AD for a project with the V&A.

Sylvia must be congratulated on her immaculate level of craft, her delicately balanced tone and liberating colour combinations. In the main image we capture an insight into her exotic amalgamation of geometric elements that satisfy the eye hypnotically – a feat of technical excellence comparable to that of the late and respected Escher. One can only hope that Sylvia continues to lead us on inspiring journeys through her labyrinthian creations. I have full confidence that she will.




Creative Graduates from Edinburgh Napier University

Last sunny weekend I visited Edinburgh Napier’s University Creative Degree Show 2013. I hadn’t been before but as the underdog of creative university’s in Edinburgh there was a certain number of graduates that caught my eye. Main image – Product Designer Aimi Robertson, Bottom Images – Graphic Designer Sam Dexter.

Aimi Roberston is a graduate in Product Design with a love for furniture design and restoration. Lucky enough to have been on exchange in China for 5 months last year she has great experience and has a fun approach to her work as a designer. Her degree project shows a love for Scottish Industry using Harris Tweed in an interior context. It’s quirky use of Harris Tweed shows the traditional fabric in a new light.

Originally from Inverness Aimi has shown her Scottish roots by using the iconic Scottish Harris Tweed jacket in a bespoke piece of furniture taking direct influence from the jacket with the 2 pocket detailing on the sofa with a modern twist. The bespoke piece has a strong historic narrative showcasing Harris Tweed’s history yet comments on Harris Tweed’s recent resurgence. The sofa uses high class materials yet is designed to be extremely flexible and I can see it fitting nicely within people’s homes. It is a great take on the traditional and ties in nicely with the current handmade market with consumers seeking out hand made, quality items rather than mass made. Aimi’s branded her idea really well even down to the traditional bottle of whisky in the sofa’s pocket!

Sam Dexter’s ‘Red Letter Day Project’ motion graphic piece informs the public about a particular event that is important to the history of Edinburgh. With an interest in philosophy and ethics, Sam chose the birth of the philosopher David Hume and his theory called the ‘Induction Fallacy’. As Sam explained to me ‘Induction Fallacy’ theory implies that nothing in our world can be predicted. In the stop frame animation she communicates this theory-which would usually be quite hard to understand- in a humorous way using dominoes, similarly tumbling but with one rogue domino breaking the rules in an extraordinary way! As her first stop-frame animation and using 112 dominoes Sam’s made this animation with perfect detail and you can watch it here. Sam said that what she likes about graphic design is that ‘you can communicate with the audience on so many different levels and make a subject like The Induction Fallacy something quite light hearted and easy to grasp. I like to think my work is light hearted and uplifting. Since this project a lot of my work has been motion graphic based, I really enjoy film and projects that involve interaction and involvement with the public…’. Her attention to detail is incredible! Make sure you have a look at her ‘Red Herring Route’ intervention project which made people in Edinburgh look, and see, the city differently from usual.

Good luck to both Aimi and Sam!


Introducing emerging artists: Sonja Trabandt




Introducing emerging artists: Sonja Trabandt

Sonja Trabandt is german artist based in Berlin Germany. She was an honors student in Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany. Trabandt honed her skills working in documentary, portraiture, and fine art photography in Berlin, Cape Town, New York, and London. With the help of a scholarship from the DAAD, she attended the University of the Arts in London, graduating in 2012 with a Masters Degree in Photography



Her photographs have been exhibited in Berlin, Potsdam, Cape Town, New York and London. She was accepted for the very renomated scholarschip from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and currently published her book Unverbunden with works from 2005-2012 with einer-books in London. Her work was also published in Das Magazin, Monopol, Prestel/Randomhouse and Tokion Magazine New York.


Through her work, she examines the strengths and weaknesses of human nature. By looking beyond a person’s up-bringing, beyond his or her cultural and social influences, she is able to depict the deeper motivations that make individuals who and what they are. In Sweet Rebellion she explores the joy of violence in contemporary capitalist democracies. What Trabandt wants to understand is the strange fascination with sweet rebellion.


 Sonja Trabandt has just published an artist editon of her book Unverbunden with einer-books

Sonja is also exhibiting this weekend (15th June) at ARTCONNECT
48 Stunden Neukölln
Boddinstraße 62
12053 Berlin


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Metro Land Exhibition

Ximena Escobar – Silk Scarves

Ximena Escobar grew up in the valley city of Medellin, Colombia. An almost magical part of the country surrounded by mountains and mist, as well as a rich tropical biodiversity, all of which having a large influence on her vibrant colour palette and style. “Nature to me, means life, the living, the wild, the organic and fertile. It gives me joy, inspires my curiosity and nurtures my femininity and self discovery.”

Drawn to colours and shapes at an early age, she fell in love with London, and Escobar began her professional creative life surprisingly as a graphic designer. Escobar gradually realised a way to apply her designs to different textiles, to help enhance her expressive illustrative style. “I am interested in challenging illustration with different materials and applying narratives to the repeat pattern.” She arrived at CSM to help realise these ambitions.

Ximena’s main inspiration is the relationship between women and nature. She worked on numerous illustrative projects for over six years, before returning for a masters at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts, London, in illustration – to “add story” to her designs.

She has a cross-over of ideals. Her main passions are coupled together under the word – Ecofeminism. Which is the combination of two themes, women, and nature. With an great grandmother who was a passionate orchid collector, the influences are crystal clear in her work. Ximena Escobar is constantly working with new materials, currently creating designs for t-shirts. She will like to soon work on a bigger scale, collaborate with others, and also has solo exhibitions planned in July & November.

“A perfect day here would be to wake up and have breakfast on the balcony with my boyfriend and the cats, then go to the studio and work for while, have coffee or a drink with friends- colleagues and then go out to my favourite bar”. 



Introducing emerging artists: Raul Rosillo




Raul Rosillo is an Andalusian visual Artist & Creative, working in the medium of Film & Photography. Having originally studied Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Seville, he went on to attain a master’s degree in Creative Direction in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Raul specialised in Art Direction at Central Saint Martin’s in London.Raul currently freelances as an Art & Creative Director and Photographer & Filmmaker for fashion and advertising alongside his personal projects. Currently based in London, Raul has also worked in Buenos Aires, Madrid and New York.


Rosillo makes fashion films and photographies for fashion brands, which ranges from creation to production, controlling all the elements to create pristine results. Raul directs, photograph and edit his productions.
He has presented and exhibited at the Gallery of Madrid Magda Bellotti “LUZ” last september. LUZ is a fashion film with the design of Leandro Cano which was filmed in Granada. Its is based on his personal view of the mixture between Andalusia and fashion. Raul collaborates with Circulo Creativo London which is a information, co-working and contact platform for spanish creative in London. He has worked as a photographer for fashion week of New York, London and Madrid.
Now he is preparing an exhibition in London and in the south of Spain which would be an itinerant exhibition. The next month he will present some of his fashion films in South Cadiz, a spanish Summer Fashion Festival.


His latest work have been “Veneration” a fashion film for Dresslab Magazine and “Quimera” inspired on a designer who makes typical flamenco dresses with a modern touch .
He is also doing portraits pictures where he relates people with different pieces that he creates for this specific project. A project where he manufactures the fashion pieces based on the personality of the model he is going to photograph.
He is preparing his next fashion film which would be something more cinematographic. It is going to involve young british designers and artists from different art fields.



Introducing emerging artists: Federica Landi




Federica Landi is a young Italian artist working mainly in photography. In 2009 she graduated at the Academy of Fine Art of Florence and she recently finished a Master in fine art photography at London College of Communication.
Federica’s approach to photography ranges from experimental methods such as polaroid transfer, silver emulsion on wood, physical intervention on negatives, to digital photography. Her recent works investigate the ambiguous and sensuous relationship between spirituality and natural human decay.


Besides participating in several group shows in Europe, USA and Uk, her work has been published by the online PhotoVogue Italy, and on-line magazines such as F-STOP and DUST. She is currently working as freelance curator and organizer of fine art exhibitions for the photographic agency Millennium Images.
Federica is also part of the art collective The Imaginary Beings, where she regularly collaborate and exhibit around Europe.


In the project Res Extensa she explores the connections between the body and the space through traces of rituals, weather they are religious or simple and intimate daily actions. According to the philosopher Merleau-Ponty, both the surface of our body and the textures of the objects that surround us are part of a same ‘extended flesh’, where all the elements intertwine and remind each other.

The focus is here on the physical and cultural correspondences between body and space. The bodily quality of the religious space, as place constantly marked by bodies that perform and repeat rituals over and over again echoes the spatial quality of our skin, a surface that ‘records’ the signs of our daily rituals such waking up, making love, undressing, praying, etc…

Rituality’ within Res Extensa is understood as a specific sign and quality of time; a circular time which manifests itself through repetitive actions and concerns itself with the perishable fragmentary natures which connect the body and space.
The photo camera freezes and magnifies these ephemeral marks, showing how both the body and the space work as the others canvas.

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Frances Szweda

“Clicking play on a screen does the job but there’s nothing like the anticipation of owning, opening and listening to music…” Who can argue with that? Milton Keynes’ Frances Szweda has conveyed her advocacy for the ‘survival of vinyl’ by creating this series of creative sleeves. Focusing on the Mercury Prize 2012 Nominess as a case study for the project, the London College of Communication Illustration student highlights the shift towards digital purchasing of audio, that relentlessly steers away from the traditional forms of tangible music packaging that arguably helped define the musics intentions in a visual format.

The beauty of album art can be lost in the blurry rush of increased download speeds and the general digitised lust for more music in ever-expanding quantities. Szweda strikes a more serious tone in an otherwise fruitful and humorous portfolio by challenging the vinyl format. Misconceived as archaic or lacking contemporary, her project, entitled ‘A Case For Vinyl’ aimed to utilize the Mercury prize’s popularity as an anchor to convey the “lost appeal of owning a physical object.”

In-keeping with the uplifting attitudes of institutions such as Rough Trade Records, Frances’ work reaffirms our shared attitudes towards keeping the colourful world of music spinning, and highlighting the desire for vinyl to continue with spinning with it.




James Bruce Textile Designer

Over 6 ft 8 tall, size 15 feet and always happy. James – ‘the friendly giant’ (don’t worry he is a close friend of mine) is a recent textile design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where he gained a 1st class degree last year. His degree collection ‘Holocene Extinction’ is a definite reflection of James’s character. It is a vibrant wardrobe commenting on the evolution of man and the destruction of natural habitats in clashing colours contrasting patterns with hand drawn intricate imagery. He juxtaposed harsh structural forms of factories and urban buildings with delicately drawn animals exploring their pattern, texture and skeletal forms.He devoted hours to not only screenprinting his collection but also producing digital prints alongside spending hours embellishing the prints with stitching and beading (albeit while watching a good film!) His fur embroidered sample is definitely one that has to be seen and it went down a storm at New Designers! His degree collection is a massive fresh take on menswear and was nominated for the David Band award at Graduate Fashion Week.

 As other screenprinters will know it can be hard, manual graft but James’s height and strength make it look like a breeze (annoyingly!) as he produces prints in minutes and carts screens around the printroom as if they are as light as a feather! With strong drawing skills and a experimental approach James find inspiration in the bizarrest things(!) from the TV screen when it has no signal to graffiti and geometric patterns found on the street. With past work experience at Timorous Beasties and at George at Asda, for which he was the runner up in their Graduate Fashion Week National Competition 2011 for his childrenswear collection (some of his designs went into production and were beautiful girls dresses!), he seems to be working in his way into the textile field with ease.

In the past year James has worked on his own range of hand screenprinted scarves and t-shirts while broadening his portfolio with some interior design. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art and is always there to help lend a hand or give his unique view.

Check out James’ creations on his tumblr


Introducing emerging artists: Anai Tirado




Anaí Tirado Miranda is a Mexican artist who graduated last year with an  MA Photography from  the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2010 she finished a BA Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her practice includes photography, wood engraving and drawing. In her work she interacts with her surroundings and subjects to understand the traces of reality and the stories that allow the viewer to observe and interpret; she also investigates the boundaries of human interaction and the power of the Artist’s role.

Introducing emerging artists: Anai Tirado


Besides from participating in several group exhibitions in Mexico and in her graduation show in November, A Forming State; she took part in the  Metroland exhibition, featured in the Inside Out Festival in London. In March this year, her series Untitled lifts was published by the online magazine #Photography. She is currently starting a collective in Mexico with other visual artists which impulses an artistic vision with contemporary concepts into a more commercial platform.


The series After Sleeping works as an excuse for her to approach her neighbours and invade their personal space and private lives. In this project, Anaí takes the role of a voyeur and transforms these images into her personal trophy. Through the series she questions the power of the camera as a motor to invade the intimacy of the photographed subjects.

She is currently living in Mexico City and working on a new project that approaches the subject of the family. An artistic, cultural, sociological and physiological study of the Mexican family: the links between its members and how these present themselves on the photographic image


Victoria Horkan

Victoria Horkan is a fine artist based in Leeds. Studying an MA in textiles at Huddersfield University allowed her to explore the usage of different mediums. Her creations combine a staggering attention to detail with vibrant and passionate colouring, producing eye-catching work that is impossible not to notice.

‘Victoria’s work offers a bold, vibrant and expressive milieu of forms and colours that falls somewhere between the realms of impressionism, abstraction and expressionism. Taking inspiration from the natural world, her paintings make reference to creatures from the sky and sea.’ – Victoria’s Statement.

There is a great deal of life and freedom to the work, with a somehow calming effect, without the restraint of artistic intensity. A youthful energy encourages to viewer to move, to engage with the enchanting visual story being told and discover more.

In ‘Fragments’ (Image 1) we see hundreds of shards of photographs, freely yet intricately layered over oil paints, creating a mesmerising assortment of visuals that stay in the mind. ‘Masterpiece’ is no doubt a word that is often used to describe artworks that perhaps do not reach the criteria, but in this case, Victoria Horkan’s work is an exemplary example of a masterpiece. It would be hard to argue with the impeccable level of talent that this artist has.

Exhibited in London, Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh and with clients in America, Italy, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Victoria Horkan, like a butterfly, is fluttering to the top of the fine art world.