Author Archive: Rebecca Fulleylove

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Rebecca joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Norwich University College of the Arts. She originally wrote for the site between March and June 2012 and returned in May 2015 as an editorial assistant.

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    For the past 30 years, Michael James O’Brien has photographed drag queens from around the world. His latest exhibition Girlfriend, on show at Liverpool’s international photography festival now, displays wonderfully glamorous images that encapsulate the freedom, majesty and spirit of drag culture.

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    One glance at Instagram or any interiors blog circa 2015 and it feels like marble, or at least cheap mimicries, are decorating homes everywhere. But there’s none of the ubiquitous “funky” accessory holders or dinnerware in Tomas Alonso’s marble-based project, Lines & Waves. Exploring pattern and stackability, Tomas’ interlocking tables are a thing of true beauty. Machine-milled grooves have been cut into the top and bottom of marble blocks creating objects that look like crinkled salami and giant McCoy’s crisps.

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    I’m all for a bargain but when I hear about people queuing up at 4:30am for the big Next sale every year I can’t help but sigh. Surely sleeping is more preferable to numb lips chapping in the wind as you stand next to other haggard shoppers? Even bigger than Next’s sale is Japanese department store Laforet HARAJUKU’s annual “Grand Bazar,” which has taken sale shopping to a new level.

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    Kate Prior’s bright, tongue-in-cheek and colourful illustrations have secured her commissions for The New Yorker , ASOS, Adidas and Pitchfork among others. Kate is currently working as an in-house illustrator for Urban Outfitters in Europe and the USA, but she still remembers drawing in more humble surroundings at her parents house, “as a way to keep me quiet.”

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    Bigger is always better they say, but when you live in a flat or anywhere that’s not a barn this is impossible, as far as furniture’s concerned. Days spent walking around furniture shops, friends’ houses and skips armed with a tape measure and a recurring sense of disappointment can become disheartening even for the most optimistic shopper. You’re left with a choice; either learn carpentry or buy a table that will give you bruised shins every time you squeeze past. But fear not, for product design company Be-elastic has created SNAP to end all your table-top woes.

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    Step aside anyone who’s ever made a tutorial video before because THIS is how you really do it. This slick guide MINI has created with Paris-based Ill-Studio to introduce augmented reality (AR) to the masses turns tutorials into an artform. Another Reality shrewdly satirises popular science shows of yesteryear, mimicking the aesthetic seamlessly to introduce a concept many of us have heard about but don’t properly understand.

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    People-watching is a pastime of mine – the hellos and the goodbyes after two people have just met are my favourite moments, with clunky air-kisses and unnecessary waving being tell-tale signs of an awkward first meeting. If you’ve never got into staring at people going about their day-to-day business (why not?), Adrian Samson’s series Heatwave is a great place to start.

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    Ballsy, bizarre and a little bit racy, these Mexican pulp fiction book covers are fantastic fun and epitomise our need for a bit of weird naughtiness. The kitsch-factor is overwhelming as scantily clad women run away in terror, a man in purple spandex is surrounded by adoring cats and giant robots menacingly pick up shiny red cars.

    As part of an exhibition at New York gallery Ricco Maresca held earlier this year, the collection is a celebration of pulp paperbacks released in Mexico during the 60s and 70s. Many of the artists remain unidentified which is a shame as some of these are absolute gems. Without book titles, there’s no context for the artwork and we’re left with the ordinary and extraordinary crashing into each other in glorious fashion. According to Ricco Maresca, there’s a key difference between Mexican pulp art and the American pulp art coming out at the same time. As well as the drama and sauciness, much of Mexican pulp art prominently featured violence, sci-fi, psychedelia, and crime, making it all the more outrageous.

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    The buzz post-Olympics usually centres on the athletes, their achievements and the tirade of endorsement campaigns that inevitably follow. But what about the structures that house these magnificent quadrennial events? Often the stadiums and swimming pools have been purpose-built, but post-event many remain unused, abandoned or unimaginatively repurposed.

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    There’s a beautiful vividness to Gigi Rose Gray’s illustrations – reds are crimsons, blues are ceruleans and yellows have seeped into deep ochres. Gigi crops into the small moments and hones in on a handful of people or the facade of a building.

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    Danish studio Homework does luxury very well, so much so it’s like they’ve subtly crowned each project with a sprinkling of truffle shavings to make each one look even fancier. The monograph they’ve created for art pop provocateurs Fischerspooner is no exception with striking images bleeding into pristine white pages to create something truly handsome.

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    Shoes are functional. They keep our feet dry and safe from the elements but we have an ingrained desire to take the humble shoe beyond this purpose. We like to make them into objects we can admire, play around with and explore. For Spanish footwear brand Camper, this sense of fun is at the heart of what they do and we’re given a glimpse of this creativity in a new exhibition at the Design Museum. Life on Foot marks the 40 year anniversary of Camper and takes us on the journey from collection conception all the way to the shop floor.

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    There’s a bittersweet note to Therese Ottem’s identity for the New York City Opera. While the Swedish designer was working on the project, the company (which launched in 1943) unfortunately filed for bankruptcy and now no longer exists. But, chins up everyone and let’s appreciate the wonderful work Therese created for it anyway. Modern and fresh, the colour palette dances within the soft waves used throughout the identity. Therese manages to balance the elegance and high culture expected at the opera with the innovative and contemporary work the company was known for perfectly. The bold initials are striking and I love how they trip gracefully off the edges of gift bags and banners.

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    With beautiful composition and a real elegance to his work, Paris-based Tom Haugomat’s portfolio is like taking a sophisticated stroll in your Sunday best. While his style feels familiar, Tom’s ability to execute his images to such a smart finish separates him from the others so it’s no surprise his work has appeared in numerous magazines. Having started his career as an animator, Tom’s love for illustration soon took over, enabling him to develop his own style. A wonderful graininess and pared-back colour palette is used in each of his illustrations, and the way Tom plays with space and the figures within the image creates an atmospheric and compelling story.

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    Coming up with new ways of doing things is pretty hard, especially in our culture of instant gratification where we’re bored within 30 seconds if it doesn’t make us gasp in amazement. So when I saw Stark Films’ video for FontFont, I was bowled over by the imagination used to inject some fun and flair into their launch of new online typefaces.

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    Originally from Barcelona and now working in Finland, Magoz’s portfolio is a colourful jaunt through his editorial illustrations, which have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and adverts around the world.

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    The confined chaos within Astrid Korntheuer’s images hits you instantly, as though the vibrant disorder is actively trying to push its way through the edges of the photograph. The series titled Natures Morte (Still Life), was conceived by photographing 25 square metre installations the German photographer made herself using various materials to create a man-made forest of jumble.

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    Mark Lazenby is the go-to guy for collage that just works. We last featured the artist two years ago and since then his portfolio of pieced together artworks has exploded with even more impressive works and a real exploration of materials and collage techniques.

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    I’m known for my sweet tooth and ability to consume an obscene amount of cakes, sweets and biscuits in one sitting, so it’ll come as no surprise that I was instantly drawn to Will Cotton’s sugary scenes of candy-laced lands.

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    Featured back in January, Barcelona-based studio Querida has had a busy few months churning out more of its stylishly colourful and well-considered design work. One of its latest projects is this catalogue for Spanish opticians, Optiques Prats which takes the form of an incredibly stylish magazine catering for the optically challenged.

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    Identity is a hot topic these days especially with social media adding to the frenzy and completely blurring the lines between who you are and how you want to be seen. So Ricardo Ferrol and Johannes Bauer’s book created for their bachelor’s thesis while studying at Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany and is a refreshing take on what identity means.

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    There’s a wonderful, undulating beauty to Alain Delorme’s series that initially tricks the viewer into thinking they’re seeing flocks of starlings choreographing themselves against iridescent skies. On closer inspection though, rather than capturing mass avian movements the Parisian photographer has replaced them with a myriad of plastic bags.

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    These photographs in the latest issue of the ultra-slick men’s fashion mag, Arena Homme+, are so incredibly perfect, never have I felt so giddy at the combination of slouched, neutral knitwear and ambiguous, colourful props.

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    With a portfolio bursting with fashion, editorial and portrait photography, it’s no surprise Tung Walsh’s client list is constantly growing having shot for big-wigs including A.P.C, Dolce and Gabbana, BON and W magazine among others. Capturing a mixture of models and famous folk, his style is cool, edgy and setting the standard in achieving that originality and freshness many photographers can only imitate.

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    Statues are an eternal recognition of a person or event’s impact on society – once erected they become a symbol and a part of the community forever. What interests photographer Fabrice Fouillet is when these effigies are on a monumental scale and take over towns, becoming just as exceptional at the political or religious power they’re representing.

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    Brimming with sophistication and an understanding of what makes great design, Atelier Tout va bien’s portfolio is a glorious way to scroll away the day. The studio is made up of French design duo Anna Chevance and Mathias Reynoird, and it’s the pair’s editorial, poster and book design that really stands out.

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    These painted scenes from Paige Jiyoung Moon are so wonderfully intricate, a new detail pops out each time you see them. Capturing domestic scenes like people drinking coffee, friends watching a film or a family eating lunch together, it’s the mundanity of what Paige paints that makes her miniature worlds so inviting as the viewer tries to pick out some sort of irregularity.

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    It’s been a whole two years since we last posted about the marvellous work of Lynnie Zulu and we’re happy to have the illustrator’s vibrant world colouring our dull Monday once again. Her latest body of work is on show now at No Walls Gallery in Brighton and is a fantastically lively exploration of the female in all her glorious forms.

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    When darkness falls, the beach is usually reserved for inebriated frolics and skinnydipping, but photographer Marco Andres Arguello gives our twilight coastlines a new context with his series, Tungsten Beach. Marco focuses on the lifeguard stands and other structures that litter the sandy shores of South Beach in Miami, Florida but timed his photographs to coincide with Urban Beach Week, a hip­hop event notorious for wild parties and mischief. As a precaution, local police have started to set up tungsten floodlights around these structures for security during the event.

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    These painted shapes from Berlin-based Frau Grau are just wonderful with their rich, vivid tones and excellent composition. I really like the organic and uneven shapes, with each one refusing to tesselate neatly with its neighbour. The formation and assembly works fantastically, laid out like a detailed study of jewel-like pebbles and rocks found on an imagined coastline. It’s this ambiguity about what the artist is actually depicting that interests me so much.

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    There’s something incredibly surreal and sterile about Mária Švarbová’s photography but it’s this clinical landscape that makes her work so mesmerising. Based in Slovakia, Mária’s most recent projects, Alone, The Dining Room and The Doctor all have this unnerving stillness running through them with an almost filmic quality. It’s the group shots where blank faces perform simple functions such as eating or waiting that are most powerful because of the ambiguous relationships between the characters and the inescapably dark undertones lurking beneath vacant eyes.

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    Finnish studio Tsto have been tantalising us with great work for years and yet again I can’t help but be drawn to their new identity for Taidehalli, an art and design museum based in Helsinki.

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    Scrolling through design agency AKU’s portfolio is a joy. The standard of their work is great, but what draws me in even more is their clever image selection signposting each project. It’s only now, seeing it done so well, I’ve realised how important this step is – it’s key in getting people excited enough about your work to click through.

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    It’s been well over a year since we last featured Aron Vellekoop León’s work, and boy has the Spanish graphic designer and illustrator been busy since. Still using his traditional printed aesthetic, his new work is full of lovely grainy textures and dusky tones that use shapes and layering in a great way.

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    As it’s Halloween, it’s a good time to remember the true masters of horror. One that immediately springs to mind is of course scarer extraordinare Stephen King, with his hair-raising ability to reduce many of us to quivering wrecks through menacing characters and devilish plot twists.

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    Andrea Grützner’s images from her series, Tanztee are bold and brilliant, capturing the interactions of a rural Eastern German community in a beautifully eye-catching way.

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    The internet is a weird and fantastical thing when you really think about it – fuelling so much more than our social lives and procrastination, it’s a constantly growing, unpredictable entity. Celebrating the wonders of the world wide web are animation studio Buck, based in Los Angeles and New York.

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    Ester Grass Vergara has been on the site before with her wonderful monochrome plants but her portraits of beautiful human beings are just as enticing. Her style is all about the crisp lines and fresh faces with wonderful tones and shadows glancing off sculpted cheekbones and glistening hair.

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    Moving pictures and music are a simple, universal pleasure, which is probably why I’m so drawn to Drew Tyndall’s series of animations, Loops.

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    Head down to Southwark Street just south of the River Thames, and you’ll find Alex Chinneck’s large-scale project, A pound of flesh for 50p. Starting as a life-size two-storey house made out of 8,000 wax bricks, the sculpture will eventually be a mess of rooftop and melted wax come mid-November.