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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AU.RA

AU.RA, a London via Sydney two-piece, play sun-drenched psychedelic-rock tunes with a not too dissimilar vibe to their counterparts Tame Impala. Tom Crandles and Tim Jenkins got togethe rby  chance after  meeting in Sydney, after a few bedroom jams in London with a couple of guitars, drum machine and a mic they soon ‘discovered songs amongst the noise’

Standout single ‘Sun’ isn’t complacent about its affiliation to summer with it’s washed-out vocals and bright guitars. The song’s music video is swathed in primary colours and slowed down to capture that summer heat.

AU.RA has had a few features here and there, most notably on the site The Line of Best Fit, but generally most have slept on this band.

Rumour has it that the two-piece are looking to expand and are on the lookout for a drummer and bassist in and around the London area. There’s no time like summer for AU.RA to head to the studio and release something while these rays last!

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Introducing emerging artists: Robert Hitzeman

ROBERT HITZEMAN

WHO

Robert Hitzeman was born in Pheonix Arizona and spent most of his early life in Southern California.  In 2010 Robert graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in California, USA.  During and after this time he worked as a fabricator and foundry technician for Stoller Studio and for the Artist David Middlebrook for several years. In 2012 he graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design’s MA Fine arts program.  He currently lives and produces work in London, UK and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in The United States and Europe.

 

WHY

During His Course at Chelsea College in 2012 Robert was commissioned to build Tetchen Bolt, a large outdoor Sculpture for The National Sculpture Prize competition, in Barnstaple, North Devon.  He recently co-curated Open Work, alongside the artist Mohammad Namazi and curator Emily Purser at The Albert, An Arts and community space re-imagined by WHAT IF: Projects.  Robert’s work has been included in several Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe such as the Synethesia, Curated by Gabrielle Cooper as well as Hot One Hundred co-curated by Ismail Erbil & Patrick Michalopoulos, currently on display at the Schwartz gallery in Hackney Wick.

WHAT 

Roberts practice looks to issues of decay and excess through the interpretation of sculptural materials as a form of time based medium, in a state between becoming and undoing, examining the conditions the warrant these designations.  Looking to sculpture as a blurring of materials with the actions taken out on them, his work looks to the making/ unmaking process often through the use of materials associated with DIY culture, questioning the social associations of these materials.  Projects usually stem from a study of biological cycles and anatomical functions which affect the building of works conceptually and physically.  Often delineating from this mode of thinking the work ends up in a realm of fantasy retaining only fragments of the source narrative. There is a focus on materials and process in the work but it is informed by an understanding of systems and structures changing over time and how these sometimes counter Ideas about permanence and preservation.

WHEN AND WHERE 

Schwartz Gallery Hot 100

Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN

Exhibition dates: 17/07/13 – 03/08/13

Summer Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm

First Thursdays late opening: Thursday 1st August

 

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Susan Campbell. Print Designer.

Central Saint Martins is known for churning out it’s one-of-a-kinds, geniuses and go-getters. Take a quick peek at the alumni and you find the likes of Luella Bartley, Peter Blake and M.I.A to name a few. Well, this little lady is no exception.

Meet Susan Campbell, a Textile Design graduate and print designing enthusiast. The Congleton-born, bob-flaunting individual quite frankly has the patience of a saint with her intricate, neoprene print design but boy, does it pay off.

Susan’s heroic creative process involves drawing her initial designs onto Adobe Illustrator as vector lines, then printing out these designs and deciphering where she will place her colours followed by breaking the design up into various pieces, again on Illustrator. After this, she laser cuts the designs onto coloured neoprene, leaving her with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces. From here on she pieces those neoprene nuggets back together on a glue coated lycra base and voila! To see the agonising journey itself from drawing to dream, head over to her tumblr.

Currently working at Ted Baker taking on the role of Womenswear Print Assistant and spending her London days like any young print designer should; picnicking, partying and printing. I caught up with the Campbell herself and asked her the all important question of which One Direction member she would kidnap and keep..

 

One Direction then.. who would be the member of choice?

– Zayn, without a doubt.

So then, onto print I suppose. What tickles your fancy in the way of inspiration for your prints?

– I love going to exhibitions, looking at blogs and magazines and genuinely, just walking a lot gives me inspiration from the things I see along the way.

Who is the ‘Susan Campbell’ consumer you have in mind when designing your prints?

– Someone who is playful yet sophisticated. Someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

If you could pluck out a celeb of choice to be donning your designs, who would it be?

– Robyn. 

How would you describe your own personal style?

– Colourful and sporty with lots of leopard print.

Fashion icons?

Eva Fontanelli and The Queen. 

New York, Paris, London or Milan?

– London.

What do you love about where you live right now?

– Everything you could ever want is on Bethnal Green Road. Literally, anything from David Beckham pencil cases to giant bubble machines! I also love that you can never become bored because there is always something fun going on.

Share a charming anecdote (no pressure.)

– I broke my collarbone aged 10 whilst dressed as a prostitute. I had to go straight to hospital unchanged..

And what does the future hold for Miss Campbell?

– Good question! A lot of enjoyment hopefully. I’m also working to push my ideas and concepts in a way I’m really excited about.

You heard it here first ladies and gents! Want even more from Miss C? Well, isn’t that what good ol’ social media is all about? Have a peep at her wonderfully artistic Bethnal Green life via her instragram or maybe even pop over to her official website.

 

Dornik

Dornik is a brand-spanking-new electronic musician/ singer-songwriter/ producer from London. Dornik is the new kid on the block, but his sound will take you musically back to the 1980s, to a time when MJ was in his peak.

In June Dornik released himself onto the music scene with the release of his debut single ‘Something About You’, from his forthcoming album with PMR Records. Dornik undoubtedly has got himself singed to a fantastically cool record company, who are home to Jessie Ware (who Dornik used to drum for), Julio Bashmore, Javeon McCarthy, and Disclosure among few. Disclosure publicly announced their love for their PMR brother’s sound, commenting on Twitter “Future/Michael Jackson/r’n b/soul/step? Think that covers it”.

In my opinion Dornik is a British version of Frank Ocean, Drake and the Weekend, with the modern soul and R&B feel. Arguably British R&B has not been concurred as well as the American have done, until now – so if you love R&B, then you’ll love Dornik. Dornik’s debut single has already caused a large stir of online attention. The Guardian have already named ‘Something About You’ as their New Band of the Day, also commenting that Dornik’s sound is Michael Jackson mixed with Disclosure- which is a perfect description of Dornik’s music. Carrie Battan has name ‘Something About You’ as the Best New Track, believing that the tune is a nod “toward West Coast luxury– gold watches, pools, neon lights, Boogie Nights, Sunset Boulevard, come to mind– without seeming tacky or kitschy. That’s mostly thanks to Dornik’s weightless-but-rich vocal arrangement, seemingly sprung from the ashes of the Jackson 5. This is how you make an entrance.”

For someone who is a newborn to the heavy populated music world, Dornik’s entrance hints for a promising future. I’m so excited to see this new British artist flourish.

 

Go and check out Dornik’s great new sound and single. Head to;

Dornik’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dornik

Dornik’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dornikmusic

Eliza and the Bear

Eliza and the Bear consist of no lady called Eliza, and sadly no bear. But it does consist of five very talented young men from London. Eliza and the Bear are a folk pop group who bring something new to indie pop world, with their catchy and upbeat tunes and stage presents. What makes this band stand out is the close friendship these boys genuinely have. Paul Lester wrote in his Guardian feature of the band, that this band is “boisterous, cacophonous indie made by enthusiastic young men who want to communicate their excitement at being alive”.

Their popular song ‘Upon the North’ is one of my favourite songs, and it will no doubt put you in a happy summer dancing mood. Sounding similar to The Lumineers and their hit song Ho Hey, Eliza and the Bear share the similar husky folk vocals, great guitar and happy overall melody. They also share a similar sound to Dry the River, which is unsurprising as they have worked with the acclaimed music producer Peter Miles, who has worked with the likes of Dry the River, The King Blues, The Skints, We Are the Ocean and so many more. Eliza and the bears have just released their new song ‘Friends’, adding yet another great song to their musical repertoire. ‘Friends’ stays true to the music Eliza and the Bear create, being upbeat and jubilant. Yet again these boys have created another great summery happy tune, which will accompany your swaying body and your beating foot perfectly in the garden with a nice cold cider in your hand.

Make sure you catch this rising band at their September tour! For more info, head to:

http://elizaandthebear.com/

https://soundcloud.com/elizaandthebear

https://www.facebook.com/elizaandthebear

Now you have no excuse not to see these boys live.

Nereus London Clothing

Nereus London is an independent East London based fashion line, which produce some amazing 90s influenced clothing and prints. Run by two sisters, who pride their collection on versatility, their clothing has caught the attention of the monumental online clothing store ASOS. This is a brand that truly understands what every girl wants; clothing that is adaptable and can be worn in numerous ways. Nereus has solved the Saturday night dilemma of what to wear when you are going out, but you don’t know whether to go casual or smart, sexy or modest, hipster or grunge, funky or conservative – it truly is an awful situation to be in. Nereus London has finally solved fashion dilemmas, and is the ideal fashion collection for every woman.

I got to ask these two sisters a few questions about their fab prints and boutique.

How did you two sisters get into the fashion industry?

We’re a two part design team over here at Nereus London, and starting our own fashion brand was something that we always knew we were going to do. After leaving education and holding down other jobs for a few years, we were finally in a place where we were able to start up our own brand. We first began by setting up a stall over at Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch, East London, which is pretty much our second home! We grew up visiting the market every Sunday back when it was just an antiques market and nowhere near as fancy as it is now! We traded there for the summer and then moved onto selling online through Asos Marketplace where we have, thankfully, been well received. We’re now starting to branch out onto various other online platforms and will be back in good old east trading again this summer!

How would you describe your style to someone who has never seen your collection?

Bohemian street style with a whole bunch of vintage influences! We’re affordable clothing and easy to wear, branching from versatile pieces to statement numbers. We like to make clothing that is comfortable for girls of all body types, and like to draw inspiration particularly from the 90s, It was the best era after all! We’re big lovers of street style, and feel as though that’s what we happily fall into! Our tag line ‘Let’s Get Spiritual’ embodies us perfectly as we like to use a lot of spiritual symbolism in our more graphic pieces ranging from Astrology to Ancient Egypt. We find the empowering, relatable and personal connotations pushed through such symbols are very appealing (and always nostalgic!) for both us and our customers!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

We’re hugely inspired by the 90’s and LA street style, both of which are something we naturally emulate throughout our design process. We’re OBSESSED with anything bohemian and find ourselves drawn to it as we feel it’s the epitome of femininity – without the pink and frills! So, to round it up, we’d say the 90s, LA and modern bohemia!

What would your advice be for someone who is looking to breaking into the fashion world of design?

When we were growing up we were always told the only way to get into the fashion industry was to work your way up, through finding an internship, working for years under a designer, learning the ropes and then branching off. Thankfully, we are now in the times where, thanks to the internet, everything and anything is possible. Our advice would be to do it the way we did; save up some money, get yourself some stock, and jump online. With so many places to start you have no excuses! No matter what online platform you choose, the important thing is just to get it going. The biggest thing we’ve learnt is don’t stress out so much about the next step, don’t start and then drive yourself into a frenzy about how you are going to be as big as that other brand, take everything step by step and everything else will fall into place. Don’t worry so much about every little move you have to make to progress, a lot of the time opportunities will find you rather than you finding them. Take note of what sells, understand why and then branch from it. Advertise as much as you can and get creative! Know what makes you stand out and push it. Most importantly, under no circumstances neglect social media! Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc. are godsends for small businesses and are by far the most important tool any small business must utilise. With all of this at your fingertips, it’s nowhere near as difficult as it used to be, have a little faith in yourself and just go for it!

 

To buy some of Nereus London’s awesome clothes, go to https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/nereus-london, and follow their news and collection on twitter: @NereusLondon.

Fashion Graduate Finds ‘The Fix’

Its always the women’s lifestyle and fashion magazines that dominate the bookshelves in shops, while men’s fashion magazines are either hidden at the bottom, or in Britain’s case, nearly non-existant. The world has been waiting for a welcoming way for men to dress well – without having to try to afford a 5-digit look from GQ.

India Gladstone has found The Fix for Men, an iPad and iPhone app that carefully selects and pieces together affordable and wearable men’s clothing for certain occasions.

With a simple layout and no-nonsense approach, the app is straightforward enough for any male to navigate and select a specific occasion he may want to dress for, or possibly find a few staple pieces, how they are put together, and prices before he heads out to the high street.

“I’ve always been interested in menswear and personal style,” says Scotland-born UK native and recent London College of Fashion graduate India Gladstone. Gladstone is one of six siblings, two of those being brothers, who are keen on always feeling comfortable and aware of the clothing they put on. “I have always been surrounded by men who are interested in what they wear, in the sense that great clothing gives you character. But men don’t always need to be completely fashion-conscious like women do. I was never fully aware of the lack of simple style guides for men until I attended fashion school.”

It was this realisation that led Gladstone to devise an idea for an app that would interview insiders in a casual manner for those who aren’t always clinging on to each and every trend. The app is clean, minimal, and laid out simply, with tabs for occasion, journal, or an edited selection of buys for everyday clothing that would suit any man who does not necessarily have all the time in the world to file through the clothing racks.

“I understand that men these days prefer to online shop, but then again they aren’t completely aware of what is available to them, or what to wear for certain occasions if they aren’t given some sort of direction by a friend or a website. It is unlikely a man is going to pick up a fashion magazine the way girls do,” India explains.

The Fix contains an editors section, a style guide based on occasion, Instagram favourites, and a selection of street style.

“I find menswear much more interesting, its very personal and particular to a man’s personality if he is wearing a certain style or brand,” says Gladstone, “I just hope that men realise it is simple and shouldn’t be stressful or expensive to try to dress well. With this app, men won’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt to a business casual cocktail party.”

The Fix is set to launch later this year, look out for it for your iPads, Androids or Smartphones.

Stubborn Heart

“Electronic soul from the heart”; so goes the self-penned description of Stubborn Heart, an electronic duo who’ve drawn comparisons to James Blake, Mount Kimbie and The XX.

Accepting that the duo does indeed follow in this ‘future-garage/dubstep’ lineage is an apt way of trying to understand the band, but the points at which differ from their contemporaries draw the most interest.

The vocals, which sound liker a cleaner and sharper Anthony Hegarty, add to the atmospherics where the music, at times, fails in innovation. There is a greater emphasis on lyricism with incantatory repetitions of key lines for emphasis. Recent single ‘Need Someone’ opens with a sparse beat which ushers in a contemplative vocal line which settles broodingly on the thought “I need someone to love”.

The almost minimalist instrumentation on tracks like album opener ‘Penetrate’ draw attention to the “soul” rather than the “electronics”; this is a band who favours heart-ache over the head-nod.

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Jing Jing Cao

Jing Jing Cao is a London based jeweller, who caught my attention with her BA collection. Jing Jing attended the famous arts and design college Central Saint Martins, and this artistic background and degree has clearly served her well. In every collection and piece of Jing Jing’s jewellery you can clearly see the artist craftsmanship and talent that has gone into every piece. Jing Jing’s romantic jewellery is delicately designed, and the balance of light and shadows highlights the beautiful detailing.

Jing Jing’s BA collection draws inspiration from death, burial plots and monuments that we build to commemorate loved ones lost. Although her inspiration is a little bit morbid, Jing Jing’s collection has elements of spectacle, modernity and deathliness, which creates a unique and regal jewellery line. The statement pieces are reminiscent of something that you would imagine Anne Boleyn wearing, with the extravagant and feminine headpieces and gems.

Jing Jing’s jewellery caught critical attention in 2009 with the release of her collection, MiCHELE. The MiCHELE collection won the Harold Hobbs Memorial Process Award and in 2010 the Cultural Activities Committee of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) chose the collection for their exhibition, “The Real and the Virtual”. I caught up with Jing Jing to ask her about her jewellery and what its like to be an independent jewellery designer working in the creative industry.

 

How would you describe your style to someone who has never seen your jewellery collection before?

For my overall style I would say its coquettish jewellery that contains esoteric concepts, and carries out romantic prowess. For my BA collection, I would say it is a sculptural jewellery with an obsession with Victoriana, which steer well clear of any vintage aesthetic.

Where do you get your inspiration? 

I am inspired by the huge collection of Victorian masterpieces in the V&A, and how Victorian art bring in the effect of light and shadow. I have created my BA jewellery collection to interpret Memento Mori in a different way through reflecting the interdependent relation between life and death. As the life and the death reunite, the two main pieces of the collection can be worn together as one piece.

 Do you think your artistic background has helped you career?

All the artistic experiences and knowledge gained from my past has all contributed to my current fashion and jewellery career, especially during my days in Central Saint Martins. At Central Saint Martins I got to understood different directions and backgrounds of Jewellery and Accessories through research, and I got to establish my individual style and the ability to visualise images three-dimensionally.

 What would your advice be for someone who is looking to break into the fashion world? 

Be prepared to develop and explore new methods of production and to create fashion that challenges and pushes boundaries in fashion and lifestyle products. And also try to open up the mind of design into a new level to the fullest, and to attain as many zestful experiences as possible.

For more information about Jing Jing’s collections visit www.jingjing.co.uk or contact michelle_caojingjing@hotmail.com.

Lisan Ly

“It could be autumn leaves in a park, reflections in a lake or walking past a skyscraper. I believe beauty can exist anywhere, when you look.” The unmissable Lisan Ly and her global explorations are the foundation for similarly global ambitions. Flying the flag – or should I say flying her scarf designs – proudly in the air for all to see. One would perhaps need an atlas to explain the sources of inspiration behind the beauteous creations of the British born designer. Malaysia and Thailand are a few of the many pins in her map.

Lisan painted a picture for me, describing how ‘temple tiles, vibrant florals and beautiful insects’ played a role in shaping her explosive colour pallete. Chinese and Vietnamese heritage are another ingredient confidently stitched into the surfaces designs of the London College of Communication graduate, who makes reference to England’s Kew Gardens and Japanese kimonos as research points for the delicately balanced designs of her impressive debut October 2012 collection. “I absolutely love travelling and try to see as much of the world as I can. It’s an amazing source of creative inspiration.”

Lisan’s work displays a considerable level of technical excellence, perhaps stemming from previous studies at Kingston University; not in design, but computing. To this day innovative techniques and quality craftsmanship such as (deep breath) hand illustration, computer aided design, screen printing, pattern cutting, laser cutting and embroidery, all contribute to the elegance. Much labour and attention to detail has been woven into the fibres of this ‘wearable art.’ There is certainly much more than meets the eye.

Making reference to two of my favorite words – ‘organized chaos’, Lisan explains how her creations “aim to reflect beauty in the world and embody the simple pleasures in life” and I think she is successful in her intentions. Her luxurious but playful designs breath a level of sophistication that would make a perfect gift for the perfect woman. Lisan has great admiration for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yohji yamamoto, Elie Saab and the prints of Basso & Brooke, Erdem and Peter Pilotto – but keep your eye on the catwalks, and listen out for the alliterate brand name – ‘Lisan Ly’ that will hopefully one day stand alongside the work of such well-known designers.

Introducing emerging artists: Pablo Antolí

 

PABLO ANTOLÍ

WHO

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

WHY

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

WHAT

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.

 

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