Jo Peel

Jo Peel’s ‘Pipe Dreams’ is the largest mural completed by an individual artist.

Urban decay and construction are the main subjects of London artist Jo Peel’s drawing and animation. Her vibrant and creatively dynamic canvases suggest an attunement between the individual and the cityscape; despite the decay of the environment, her art makes it clear that it is very much the place where the heart is situated.

There is no denying the “inviting warmth” and “nostalgic feel” attributed to her work but in taking in the broad vistas she illustrates, what becomes most visible is the presence of a strong socio-cultural critique. Her site profile states that Jo “creates a dialogue by accurately recording the urban landscape in front her”. She does so “by leaving in the elements of construction and decay”; a stylistic gesture which embeds a “rawness and reality that pin-points a moment in time”. This dialogue is also the tension between the creative vibrancy of the artist and the dullness of the city.

Jo is a significant force in the urban contemporary art scene and a member of the internationally Scrawl Collective. Her most recent work is the animated short ‘Pipe Dreams’, a visual record of the process of decay as represented by a simple scrap of paper. Painted on a five-story building, ‘Pipe Dreams’ is the largest mural completed by an individual artist. It was created over the course of three months and uses a shipping container and a decommissioned double-decker bus as part of its mixed media.

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Mila K

“I’d rather not sound cliché, but I feel that drawing is a means of escape. I can create things that don’t exist, I can portray how I feel at a particular time, or give a creative spin on events happening around me and the effect they’ve had.” Mila K, [Now Then]

Mila K is a longtime horror film fanatic; an understanding of his taste for the monochromatic and the unearthly is necessary in order to appreciate his vogue graphic and street art. The Sheffield based artist started out tracing and imitating the designs on horror film cases. Since then he has developed his own signature style, most notably in the form of his signature female character.

A full time illustrator, Mila has recently completely work for Michael Glawogger’s documentary film ‘Whore’s Glory’. His artwork captures the sinister artificiality of the underground world of prostitution.

The Knife and Folk gallery also recently played host to Mila’s first solo exhibition. The show was an interactive retrospective charting the development of his signature character and the diverse forms Mila has worked with.

With his masterful skill set Mila has made an impact in the worlds of street art, photgraphy, digtal art, photgraphy and, most recently fashion. Mila has designed t-shirts for local metal band Dead Harts, DEAD REIT Clothing, images for the startup watch brand LEAD and record labels.

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Georgina Bolton

Georgina Bolton graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with BA Fine Art specializing in Sculpture. She was awarded the John Kinross Travel Scolarship to Florence and received the Barns-Graham Trust Dissertation Research Grant.

Her inspiration lies in the geometries of the urban surroundings. She transforms two-dimensional geometry into spacial forms, creating a sense of energy and motion in still imagery.  Color contrasts and effective use of black against bright neon colors make her works look very vibrant and fresh.

Her drawings and prints remind me of an abstract map. I see this as an endeavor to translate the everyday experiences into abstract forms. Surface visuals of surrounding objects are simplified and transformed into indefinite shapes, where their value is replaced by the motion and dynamics of the urban experiences. An illusion that confuses the viewer and reveals a new aspect of successful geometrical manipulation.

Working in photography, print and sculptural installation, she also experiments in variety of mediums  including  jewellery designs and bookbinding.

Georgina’s portfolio is a journey between mediums and dimensions. She combines different techniques, blurs boundaries between art disciplines and transforms traditional mediums into highly contemporary artworks.

To see more of her work check out this website http://www.georginabolton.com/ and visit the RSA: New Contemporaries 2013 exhibition in Edinburgh.

Rag and Bone Collective: Art not as you know it.

The Rag and Bone Collective are a new breed of creatives from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Run by two friends, Lucas Jubb and Damon Stead, Rag and Bone has taken the town by storm in it’s short lifetime. Constantly exploring and creating, Rag and Bone has become a base for street art, live events, fashion, music, film, and the list goes on. What don’t they do? Well so far their creativity seems to know no bounds. I was eager to chat to the lads and find out what’s next for Rag and Bone, and here’s how I got on…

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and your work? 

-We are Rag and Bone Collective

 

You’ve pushed yourselves with a number of challenging projects in the past, what project/artwork has been the most challenging and why?

– The hardest thing for us at the moment is always funding and finances for the ideas we have. We also don’t have transport so it can be hard 6ft by 8ft drawing boards from place to place for projects. We don’t seem to struggle coming up with ideas, it’s just making them happen that’s hardest.

How do you find time to balance working for the Rag and Bone Collective, with finishing your degree? 

– We are currently on a gap year so all of our of time is currently spent working on Rag and Bone. However, whilst we were at uni we spent all of our spare time away from the course working on it.

You’ve collaborated with other creatives/stores in the past. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

– Dead – Keith Haring. He was way ahead of this time, and still very successful with that he did. Alive –

Gola’s campaign is called ‘Born in Britain’. Who or what in British culture today, inspires you in your creative work?

– There are a lot of independent clothing companies we’d like to work with. We like people who put hard work in and be original. It’s very easier for independent clothing companies to copycat some of the big American labels now, so would good to work with a British company who stick to their heritage.

You’ve experimented with many different disciplines throughout your time at Rag and Bone what creative field would you most hope to work in, in the future?

– We plan on having a recognizable series of live art event that we could possibly take around the country. We also plan on launching a clothing label.

Is there any advice you could give for other creative students looking to start their own collectives or businesses?

– Just spend as much time on it as you can. Be creative as often as possible.

What future projects has Rag and Bone got up its sleeve for our readers to keep an eye out for?

– We are about to launch a clothing range and also our own monthly live art night.

Finally, anything else you’d like to say to our readers? 

– Tuna is well over priced. Even when it’s half price it’s still like £1 a can. However to be fair in like three years time they do say that the Bluefin tuna will be extinct. So in all fairness you should probably try eating some form of different fish.

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Like what you’re reading? Then head over to the Rag and Bone Facebook page or their Website where you can be the first to know of any news, releases and upcoming projects. With a clothing range ready to launch, and other projects in the pipeline, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys.

Well I hope you enjoyed that, I certainly did. If you’ve got any questions for Lucas and Damon then you can reach them here or via the Rag and Bone Facebook page.

Speak to you soon!

Katie