Easle is the freelance creative platform challenging “how creative talent is being found and hired.” Their aim is to improve the creative hiring process. Easle’s roster of over 400 accomplished illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, animators, filmmakers and product designers is handpicked by a team of expert ambassadors including Matthew ‘Mills’ Miller, co-founder of ustwo, filmaker Fred Scott who has directed music videos for the likes of Laura Marling and the Maccabees, and Rebecca McClelland, a D&AD Next Photographer judge. Creative talent can be sourced by location, availability and price, and then favourited or shortlisted for current or future projects or jobs. Plus, when you’re working to a tight deadline or a particularly challenging brief, the company’s sourcing service called Easle Concierge can help you find the right creative fit.
Giya Makonde-Wills is a British-South African documentary photographer committed to changing the ways European photography represents Africa. Her dual origin, lends her a new and fresh gaze on issues surrounding race and identity, which challenges the established prejudices of photographic conventions. One of last year’s It’s Nice That Graduates, Giya’s work consists of intriguing portraits and colourful landscape shots that often function as symbols and metaphors of individual stories.
Giya’s project, They Came Frome The Water While The World Watched, explores the relationship between indigenous South African beliefs, Christianity and the colonisation of South Africa. The series was a huge success and was exhibited both in Johannesburg and in London. Giya is still at the beginning of her career, but has nonetheless already achieved distinction, winning the IAFOR Documentary Photography Competition in 2017.
Sophy Hollington is a Brighton-based artist who has carved out a stellar career for herself as an illustrator and printmaker over the past seven years whose name will be familiar to our regular readers: last year we collaborated with Sophy on a partnership for cultural institution The Barbican. Her compelling textures and detailed patterns explore anything from human relationships to cosmic folklore using clear, sharp lines and bold figures. One of her most revered pieces of work is the popular My Mind Hides a Friendly Crater, a set of magical tales about space, planets and asteroids accompanied by mesmerising monochrome imagery that is punctuated by intense colour.
Confident in a range of materials, from paper drawings to lino-cuts, Sophy’s work has managed to acquire a global reputation. In a fiercely competitive international scene, Sophy has already featured in world-class platforms. Her past clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire Magazine, Aiga, The Poetry Society, It’s Nice That and the V&A. It’s hard to tell what will come next.
Steph Roden is a graphic designer who has accumulated an inspirational portfolio. Her projects bring together clear visuals with simple but compelling commentary on current affairs. In this way, Steph urges her readers to treat her art as an aesthetic artefact as well as a tool for critical thinking. Whether a magazine or an app, Steph uses news texts and political messages to invite interactive engagements between the art and viewer.
One example, is her project, Adder Stone, which is a bi-annual magazine that contains snippets of facts and arguments about Scotland, prompting readers reflect on the future of Scottish politics. Steph also created Spin.doc app, a touch-screen interface made up of various news stories about the killing of an African-American man in Ferguson. Her project exposes the prejudices and biases of news journalism. Steph’s strength is in her ability to produce intelligent, beautiful and original pieces of art that invite new and original connections to the word of politics.
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