It’s been three years since we last featured the lovely work of Japanese illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi, and his illustrations are just as strong now as they were back then. His work from this year alone is a delightful range of book covers, editorial illustrations and print adverts. Still evoking the same delicacy and whimsy as when we last featured his work, the prolific illustrator’s grainy textures and soft hues mesh wonderfully with the gentle Japanese script that accompanies them. His characters navigate domestic worlds like cafes, classrooms and apartment blocks, and the slight haziness cast over each image adds to their charm.
Looking at Mark Cawson’s sublime portraits of London squat culture in the 1980s, what’s striking is how little has really changed. Some people today squat out of necessity – forced outside the housing system by the complex knots of bureaucracy, or simply unable to afford the capital’s sky high rent. Others choose to squat; signing themselves up for an alternative way of living built on foundations of community and eco-values, or drugs, or a romantic idea that squatting removes them from the shackles of conformity.