Archive

  1. Huck-list

    This year HUCK magazine have been on a bit of an adventure, hunting down the men and women of surf and skate who make their living with their own two hands; stitching, shaping, whittling and painting until they’ve got a final product that’s like nothing else out there. The project is titled The Working Artisans Club and currently consists of a handful of videos that go behind the scenes with a small selection of these talented folks.

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    Woo! Hanly Banks has put all her photos online! If you don’t know Hanly’s work, she’s the girl who managed to single-handedly track down mysterious dreamboat Bill Callahan and make a tour film about him, which subsequently got screened worldwide (as featured in our Printed Pages Spring issue). Her style is laidback, polite and slow, making for some emotional and thoughtful filmmaking. Her collection of snaps are no different. Taken casually with not even a tiny hint of pretension, this is a wonderful collection of images that records the travelling Hanly has done in the past few years, making films, driving and making friends with members of the general public all over America.

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    “The station’s got a new floor, and the motorway runs by the door…and you know just where you’re headin’, it’s equidistant between London and Reading.” Yep, that’s right, The Office’s David Brent is BACK and he’s giving us guitar lessons. The best thing about this series (apart from hanging out with David Brent again) is its simplicity. David sits against a black backdrop, plays guitar and chats to the audience about, well, his general arrogant bullshit. It just goes to show that you don’t need a million quid and 400 PR people to make a seriously successful series of short, internet-based videos.

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    How about we take your local peeping Tom, and raise you a peeping Jack Taylor? This freshly graduated Kingston student has made a beautiful book called Lost about the close proximity of urban dwellings. Reflecting thoughtfully and with his tongue firmly in his cheek on the window-gazing, neighbour-watching, semi-voyeuristic habits you can fall into without even realising when you live in a small flat in a big city (guilty), Jack’s cheeky risograph prints give a glimpse of what might be going on inside, leaving the viewer to construct their own narratives about what the characters might be up to. We can’t wait to see what Jack has coming up next.

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    Claiming the brief burst of sunshine that follows months of London’s torrential rain as her inspiration (ah, aren’t we all?) Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpelainen makes work that pulls vibrant patterns from otherwise drab urban landscapes, and abstracts them into images so tropical they look like you could wring a piña colada out of them. Her way with colours, juxtaposing thick brights with the intricate detail of a woven shopping bag, is a proper visual treat that only those longing for summer in a bipolar climate can properly understand. Stare at these for too long and before you know it you’ll have dived into the nearest American Apparel and emerged dripping in floral prints ready for a Caribbean street party. Just make sure you bring a brolly so your colours don’t run.

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    It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Jamie Hawkesworth, and it’s probably because he’s one of the only men on the planet who can make Preston Bus Station look genuinely appealing. For those of you who haven’t actually been to the iconic bus station, it’s worth a quick Google search. It’s huge, wave-like outer walls are now a little stained, but still reek of the hope for the aspiring area when it was built back in 1969. As with most ugly-but-eye-catching buildings in the UK, this bus station has become a national treasure yet it is sadly being demolished next year.

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    This very smart set of posters was created by the Aesop agency for an event in London last weekend which saw a corner of Soho turned into Little Italy for a couple of days. Sponsored by Birra Moretti, Italy Live included cooking demonstrations and even a live satellite link-up with the San Gimignano Piazza in Tuscany, and Aesop produced this striking set of visuals to help inform visitors and spread the brand message across the weekend. We like.

  8. Opinion-list

    This week assistant editor James Cartwright encourages social media users to be kinder to each other in the wake of a week of terrible Twitter harassment. Comments below are encouraged as ever…

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    The latest Nicer Tuesdays talk evening took place in east London last night and we were treated to an eclectic line-up of speakers giving us various insights into different parts of the erotica landscape.

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    This feisty little girl’s just started surfing the crimson wave of puberty at her summer camp. Luckily for her, she’s the first girl at camp to get her period, so she becomes something of a coach, nay dictator, among her naive peers as they all start their periods too. “For these campers, I was their Joan of Arc…I’m Joan, and their vaj is the Arc…”

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    It doesn’t take a keen eye to know that Emily Maye is seriously adept at capturing the pure thrill of cycling with her meticulous photographs, nor is it hard to believe that she keeps on improving with each new series she produces; whether it’s road racing or cyclocross Emily documents the atmosphere of the event majestically. What is hard to believe is that she’s only just shot her very first Tour De France – though it was the centenary of the event, so that’s a pretty special honour in itself.

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    Press images from events gone by tend to be pretty bland. Not only is the event over but the images documenting it can very rarely convey the level of excitement or fun a place had to offer. That was, until, Secret Cinema put on their spectacular Laura Marling event and actually got the job done properly. Not just properly, magnificently! The top-secret event was held in a beautiful old red brick school in London, decked from the insides out with ivy and old props transforming it into The Grand Eagle Hotel.

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    This month west London-based design studio Two Times Elliott turned five and naturally felt some kind of celebration was in order. To ensure that the event passed with an appropriate amount of revelry, they commissioned 22 design studios to produce prints based on the number two. Friends from far and wide, including Colophon, Hyperkit, Studio Makgill and Hort, all produced a unique screen print that was hand-pulled by Thomas Murphy and displayed last Thursday in a one-off show. If you couldn’t make it down for a slice of the action the prints are now for sale online with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. If only all fifth birthdays were so well-planned.

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    Isabel Greenberg already proved her admirable illustrative skill with Love in a Very Cold Climate, so it came as no real surprise that the sequel, graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is a beautiful and enchanting successor. Luring you into folkloric fantasy world that dances halfway between where the Aurora Borealis hangs over the Antarctic and the strange place between a deep sleep and being awoken, Isobel’s storytelling counters the icy cold of her chosen land, Britanitarka, with the persistent warmth of tales about bickering gods, ancient battles, mystical happenings and human sentiment.

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    Do you ever get that feeling when you go to the RCA that you can actually hear the collective humming of people’s brains? The fruits of that brain juice (if you will) is here; the lovechild publication of the 2013 graduating students of MA Critical Writing in Art & Design. After Butler’s Wharf is a fascinating collection of essays, photographs and extensive research and critical writing about a landmark London building near Tower Bridge.

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    If you check out Jiro’s London flat on this recent edition of The Selby, you’ll see kitsch objects, weird art, ethnic rugs and enviable clutter EVERYwhere. One look at this floor-to-ceiling mass of artistic and hilarious memorabilia was enough that we presumed a very meaty bookshelf. We weren’t wrong. Jiro’s selection is full of rare and exciting tomes that he’s picked up throughout his life. Aside from the way he’s photographed his books – which could be one of the best examples ever, perhaps save Jaimie Warren – what we love about Jiro’s selection is his insightful description for each one.

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    Not being either a super-rich investment banker (yet) or a footballer’s wife (yet) I don’’t really go to Mayfair that often – I find more prosaic ways of feeling poor and rejected like when my travel card gets rejected on the bus. But if anything was going to tempt me in to that weird otherworld of high end boutiques and art galleries that don’t seem to want anyone in them, it would be this beautiful work from Ico Design for new Mayfair development The Mellier.

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    I never really went in for drama lessons at school, but something tells me that if it had been Mkgk and Raw Color telling me to “imagine you’re a tree” instead of Mrs Hawkswell in a fusty room at the back of the drama department, my thespian career might have spanned a little longer.

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    They say good cameras don’t necessarily always get you good results, but in this case I think we can definitely say they do. Using only a very good macro lens and some vibrant ink, artist Ruslan Khasanov has created this terrifyingly hypnotic short film. With the magic combination of what looks like hundreds-and-thousands among jelly-ish blobs of rainbow liquid, he beckons your eyeballs in to his world, which is cleverly soundtracked by someone called Boris Blank. Boris’ rather tense, ominous music combined with Ruslan’s candy colours makes for a very strange couple of minutes indeed. Enjoy!

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    You’re probably already wondering how this post is going to pan out, what an article mentioning panty liners in the headline could possibly do for you. But we’ll level with you; we know you designers like a challenge, and that’s exactly what’s on offer here.

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    When he spoke at our Here conference earlier this summer, Rafaël Rozendaal gave us a fascinating insight into how his online artwork now spills over into physical spaces and the interesting dialogue that throws up. Not content with exploring his practice in the context of an exhibition, Rafael has now been documented in print form as well, as part of designer Philippe Karrer’s Spheres series. Each issue of Spheres is: “dedicated to a young artist and their work…exploring character, surroundings, everyday life, inspirations and ideas using unconventional innovative formats so as to create a different, more visual approach and understanding of the artist and his or her work.”

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    He’s a tad mysterious but Alex Sullivan’s bold graphic design suggests he’s a pretty fun man. Judging by the fact that most of his designs are for lo-fi films, underground music and record labels, we can almost guarantee that Alex is quite cool, which is pretty refreshing seeing as a lot of the time people who design stuff for labels and indie films can be a tad pretentious. None of that over here though; his pieces are a perfect blend of retro-inspired, well-informed graphic design that we loved the minute we saw it. His series for City Bass in particular is a very, very impressive.

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    Dutch designer Lex Pott has a product design practice that’s intuitive in its logic, making use of natural processes, historic traditions and happenstance to inform the conceptual backbone of his physical projects. He’s fashioned jewellery from coins, intentionally tarnished mirrors for aesthetic purposes and even, most impressively, created furniture that’s reliant upon the oxidisation of its component materials.

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    Stop, stare and enjoy folks, because this is about as close as you’re ever likely to get to a luxury yacht – unless you clean one for a living, pilot them on summer charters or you’re an oligarch; all of which seem unlikely. Master of crisp, technical imagery Benedict Redgrove has done all the negotiating, blagging and (naturally) polished camerawork to capture this beautiful aquatic beast in construction so that you – humble bicycle rider and potentially (if you’re lucky) future car owner – can gawp at a luxuriously-crafted plaything for the rich and famous without having to lift a finger.

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    There’s something about true craftsmanship that is completely timeless – even or perhaps especially in the midst of our digital age – and Tomáš Libertíny is an admirable pioneer or exactly this kind of practice. His 2007 sculpture The Paper Vase is an oldie but a goodie; by gluing together hundreds upon hundreds of sheets of paper, compressing them into a huge, solid block and then sculpting them, he fashions a lovely white vase out of what had previously been writing paper. Even better, he filmed himself doing it, creating an awe-inspiring, almost trance-inducing clip so that you can watch his process. I especially like the stray wisp of discarded paper which is stuck to Tomáš’ hat as he holds his vase up proudly at the end.

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    Before you laugh, this isn’t just some stupid internet-friendly cats Photoshopped on to rice, it’s much more than that. Neko-Sushi is “an extremely unusual life-form” the website tells us, “although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.”

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    Now it’s not what you think, nobody has thrown their hole-punch from their desk in a fit of stationery-centred pique; Kelly Kristin Jones’ circular collage studies are far more interesting than that. Her new project Skinned takes a look at the distribution and representation of various skin tones and colours in print media. By cutting a circle from each skin tone featured in both the adverts and content of popular women’s magazines – with the size of the circle to corresponding to the size of the body or body part featured – Kelly remaps the way the media views race and skin colour. The intriguing collages which result from this experiment offer a new perspective on the representation of who is included and what is beautiful in popular media, setting a match to the quietly smouldering debate about racial prejudice and inclusivity with a series of curiously beautiful images.

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    In an overwhelming ocean of fashion photography full of carefully polished pretty girls taking care not to dirty their clothes, French photographer Fanny Latour-Lambert’s work is like a little wooden fishing boat bobbing happily along doing its own thing. Her careful combination of models who look like actual people getting a bit grubby and trying to catch rain in their mouths, in places that are neither urban and gritty nor fairytale dreamworlds, explains exactly why the super young and very talented photographer has already been published in Vogue Italia, L’Officiel Hommes and i-D. She might well be treading a delicate line between styling, direction and seemingly improvised brilliance, but she is doing it it with aplomb.

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    Earlier this month It’s Nice That director Will Hudson went on a week-long coding course with our friends at Steer. Here’s how he got on…

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    Monday morning can be a tricky little blighter. Are you one of those people who springs out of bed ready to seize the week ahead and all it has to offer? Or do you stare disbelievingly at your treacherous alarm clock and wonder where the heck the weekend went? Either way, we’ve got your back by way of our brand new weekly feature A Week On Monday. We’re going to kick off each week by talking to a creative we admire about what their next seven days has in store, and we’re kicking off AWOM (as all the cool kids will soon be calling it) with photographer Nick Ballon.

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    For most creatives (whether they admit it publicly or not) there’s a frisson of pride and excitement at seeing their name on blogs, in print or in vinyl on a gallery’s window. But others genuinely seem to shun the limelight, such as the man or woman known simply as A Graphic Artist. There’s scant information on his/her website, and unsurprisingly a Google search bears little fruit. Anyway this enigma produces some really interesting work – not just vector illustrations and GIFs – but also an excellent new series of collages made from cut coloured paper and black crepe tape. In an email to me that wasted few words, the artist explained: “The artwork takes on a physical process, no longer a gestural mark; by applying cut paper the image becomes a constructive collage.” And if the form is unusual, the scenes themselves are intriguing too, with a certain film noir, Charles Bukowski vibe of snatched moments and quiet, sexy sadness.

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    Before we begin, let’s take a moment to briefly remind ourselves of how good the Pokemon opening credits were. Well, while we’re here we may as well watch the Sailor Moon ones as well. Ok, so we came across the work of Donguri Kyouwakoku on Haw-Lin recently and were blown away. His style is totally 1980s lunchboxes, Saturday morning cartoons and comic books. There’s even a touch of Betty and Veronica in there too. This may not be for everyone, but for me these kind of clean, youthful cartoons provide a certain level of aesthetic pleasure that no other illustration can quite match.

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    Life’s cool if you’re in Tyler’s gang. Riding round in cars wearing fancy dress, getting wasted, playing with cats and dogs, spending hours in sun-drenched skateparks. You’d think that if they were having this much fun they wouldn’t have time to blog but nope – they bloody do! The gang is from LA and call themselves OFWGKTA which stands for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Despite showing off their relatively give-no-shits leisure time, they’re actually all very hardworking boys with record labels, clothing labels and every other kind of label you can think of. Add some applaudable photography skills into the mix and you’ve got a very powerful bunch indeed.

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    The contribution of plastic bags to my emotional development has been limited at best. Oh, sure, I got a bit misty-eyed about that one blowing around the empty street in American Beauty (who didn’t?) but other than that they’ve been a largely pragmatic part of my life… until now. Back in 2005, creative agency Mother launched a range of Uncarriable Bags adorned with embarrassing motifs and they’ve just launched a second range “to make people think about plastic bags in 2013.”

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    I always found zoos a soberingly disappointing affair as a child. Not only did you see first hand that these animals were actually couped up in cupboard-sized pens, but also you could never get the view you wanted. Being less than six feet tall always made trying to see some monkey magic or spontaneous penguin cuteness an impossibility so my thanks go out to Kate Moross for creating this beauty for Washed Out and perfectly summing up THE zoo view I always wanted. Personal childhood angst over, now go and let those
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    This week two healthy and quite well-off young people gave birth to a baby boy – and the WHOLE WORLD lost their sh*t! Nah we’re not trying to be edgy good on them – producing a king is pretty cool. But quick thing Twitter, ALL the jokes have now been done. Yep that one. And that one. That one is days old now. That one doesn’t make sense. Oh wait because heir sounds a bit like hair? Yeah done. So at ease online wags, let’s all just look ahead to two glorious days of revelry…

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    “It’s the only tool that will stop time,” quips one of the photographers in this trailer, and I don’t think anything has made me want to pick up a camera more than that. The trailer itself is for documentary Everybody Street, which is made up of stills and interviews revealing the darkness and the joy seen through the lens of some of the world’s most famous street photographers.

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    Much of the cultural world’s attention will be focussed on Edinburgh and its famous festival over the coming weeks but it’s no secret that Glasgow is really where cutting-edge creativity shines in Scotland. Now Talenthouse and O2 are offering young artists, illustrators, designers and graffiti artists a cool opportunity to create an original piece of work to take pride of place at the city’s O2 Academy, one of Glasgow’s most popular live music venues which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its relaunch this year.

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    Hmm. That’s odd. I thought these were real people living inside my disgustingly large screen. Oh wait, these are PAINTINGS created by artist Kang, Kang-hoon. What I don’t get about this sort of thing (apart from why hasn’t Kang, Kang-hoon been awarded some sort of lifetime achievement award) is why haven’t camera manufacturers just given up? You can imagine the big dogs at Leica seeing this and doing that thing when you brush everything off a desk in one swoop and storming out yelling “That’s it!” in rage. Because Kang, Kang-hoon is obviously some sort of human camera and we should be afraid, very afraid.

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    We’re always interested to see what the fine folks over at viction:ary are up to and almost every new release tickles our fancy. Their latest title Just Kidding is themed around play and its creative potential, featuring 100 design and art projects in an A-Z format “infused with the essence of play.” With the likes of Jean Jullien, Damien Poulain and Torafu Architects included, the book’s charm lies relies not only on the kind of work showcased within but also on the sheer breadth on display. This gives readers a really eclectic sense of how this intrinsic and very powerful urge to play can be manifested across so many different projects, from lighting to footwear, architecture to home furnishings.