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  • ‘A Heroine’s Journey’

    ‘A Heroine’s Journey’

    Earlier this month we visited the Photobook Cafe to check out photographer Lola Li’s first solo exhibition ‘A Heroine’s Journey’. Curated by Jialin Hong and based on the Hollywood narrative ‘Hero’s Journey’, the exhibition re-framed this classic storytelling strategy from a feminine perspective while exploring themes of alternate selves and Chinese tradition.  Drawing from her…

  • Sanlé Sory

    Sanlé Sory

    Born in the Eersterust, Pretoria in 1940, photographer Ernest Cole gave the world an unprecedented look into the brutal reality of apartheid South Africa. Considered one of the greatest documentary photographers of his time, Cole captured the rarely seen truth of Black existence under the apartheid regime. His reportage would see him banned and exiled…

  • Ernest Cole

    Ernest Cole

    Born in the Eersterust, Pretoria in 1940, photographer Ernest Cole gave the world an unprecedented look into the brutal reality of apartheid South Africa. Considered one of the greatest documentary photographers of his time, Cole captured the rarely seen truth of Black existence under the apartheid regime. His reportage would see him banned and exiled…

  • Sapeurs

    Sapeurs

    An abbreviation which translates to ‘Society of Ambience-Makers and Elegant People’ La Sape is a subculture originating from Kinshasa (DRC) and Brazzaville (Republic of Congo). It’s followers or ‘Sapeurs’ are known for flamboyant clothing and ornamental accessories in a manner similar to their colonial predecessors the ‘dandies’. Once ostracised and campaigned against in the 80s,…

  • Cabelo Bedjo

    Cabelo Bedjo

    Conceptualised, directed and edited by Tatiana Mode, Cabelo Bedjo is an experimental film based on intimacy, self-acceptance, textured hair and the mimesis of communal safe spaces created by women of colour.⁠⁠Creative Direction + Editor – @tatianaamode⁠Producers – @joellerobinson @taimera.t_⁠Filming Assistace – @empty_martini @fioandfio

  • Schools Out

    Schools Out

    ‘School’s Out’ is inspired by teenage queer self-discovery and the search for community as a teenager in school.⁠Photographed and interviewed by @nessie.appleton at her old school, this series focuses on a group of current students, who generously shared their experiences of being queer in education, and the journey of finding themselves and their community.⁠⁠This photography series is…

  • Mitchell Bradshaw

    Mitchell Bradshaw

    From what started off as a twist on a monotonous school project, Mitchell Bradshaw Design has grown into a one man home production, all the while staying true to his roots in SE London.⁠ For his earliest project Mitchell came out with a collection of re-designed long rizlas, before dropping the ‘Never Pay’ project, which…

  • Post Imperial

    Post Imperial

    Founded by Nigerian-American designer Niyi Okuboyejo, Post-Imperial is a fusion of bright modernity and traditional techniques. “The Post-Imperial aesthetic is a colorful and vibrant ode to new forms of fashion. It carries a strong sense of optimism for the future,” combining traditional African artisanship with contemporary diasporic existence. Their latest collection, That Time I Wanted…

  • Nessie Appleton Smith

    Nessie Appleton Smith

    Nessie Appleton-Smith is a South London based creative who focuses on all things visual. After spending the last few years at university focusing on her videography, Nessie recently took a series of intimate portraits of the Okoli family…. I love personal portraits, up close, really detailed. I’m trying to capture a sense of the person,…

  • Azuma Makoto

    Azuma Makoto

    A Bonsai tree suspended at the boundary between earth and space, flowers piled high on an arctic ice shelf.. Azuma Makoto’s botanical sculptures have gained worldwide fame for their attention-grabbing arrangements and extreme locations. His latest work was the re-imaginging of a 19th century paludarium, used to create a ecosystem to preserve botanical life. Full…

  • Yang Yang

    Yang Yang

    Yang Yang is an illustrator who tells stories of shared cultural memory. Building on the technical foundation of her education in both China and the UK, her works use the space between observation and imagination, to evoke place, event and experience for the audience. To see more of Yang’s work, follow her on Instagram.

  • Angus Munk

    Angus Munk

    Angus is from London and currently lives in Dalston, while studying furniture design and making at the BCC. Having finished a design degree at Leeds Met he went from Russia to Japan both of which influenced his inspiration and thinking. Noguchi, Kandinsky, Hepworth and Nakashima are a few of his influences and icons. To see…

  • Boilingman

    Boilingman

    I am from Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China. I graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Communication Information Design. Constantly finding my own interests and self-development are the charms of this border-less learning. So I am an illustrator now. I’m crazy about strange things and have a distinctive style of mystery and…

  • Streetlight Dreams

    Streetlight Dreams

    When we have our cameras, both you and me and all of us, we wander and we are constantly searching for the perfect moments to capture. But what photography has taught me and what I love about it most of all is that what is actually the most perfect is in fact the little differences…

  • Sofia Melancia

    Sofia Melancia

    Sofia a Melancia is a Portuguese illustrator, whose work flows from her intuition, portraying themes of the ethereal/dreamscape, relationships and the human experience. She communicates these themes through colourful, vibrant pieces, allowing her to channel her ideas in a gorgeous visual manner. The aim of her work is to connect people to her inner world,…

  • Vivienne Shao

    Vivienne Shao

    Vivienne Shao is a Chinese illustrator, born in Guangzhou, China, who now mainly lives in London. Vivienne’s work explores common topics, and her perspectives on them derived from her personal experiences. She creates colourful and fun illustrations, often featuring herself as the protagonist, using highly saturated colours and a sense of humour, to provide a…

  • Fipsi Seilern

    Fipsi Seilern

    Born in the UK, Fipsi Seilern is a London based artist working across several mediums. She attended the Charles Cecil painting atelier in Florence, and has exhibited in London, Berlin, New York, Vienna, Stockholm and Murcia. Public interventions under the pseudonym PANG have shaped an ongoing dialogue between graffiti and classical painting. “My work harnesses…

  • Arclight.jpg

    Arclight.jpg

    Arclight.jpg (Abdulrahman Adesola Yusuf) born 1997 is a digital artist from Lagos, Nigeria. His works are digital collages he creates using photography and Photoshop. His works uses vibrant and contrasting colours to detail his anecdotes and thoughts that focuses on self awareness and growth. The visual expressive form of his works takes inspiration from highly…

  • TERK

    TERK

    Noah sat down with Amira, the ever-creative hands behind up-and-coming upcycling brand TERK. Aiming to tackle the fast-fashion industry using her self-taught sowing skills, Amira gave advice on how to shop consciously while still looking “fresh as fuck !!” N: Tell me about TERK A: TERK is an upcycling brand based on using old clothing…

  • Art / Roisin Francis

    Art / Roisin Francis

    “My work focuses on light and the ephemeral, observing the movement of sunlight …in order to construct images. This series, ‘Crossing the Water’, was created during a residency on …the Greek island of Rhodes, influenced by the blues of sea and sky covering the island.

  • Art / Tierra Arm­strong

    Art / Tierra Arm­strong

    Miami based artist Tierra Armstrong creates from a place of self-exploration. … Her work aims to explain the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us … through an array of human emotions

  • POC:STEM / Maia Forde

    POC:STEM / Maia Forde

    “…Our conversation with Maia ranged from entertaining insight into her hatred of maths …, to discussion of factors people of colour are forced to … consider when applying for roles in science …

  • Doccu­ment­ary / Spencer Mac­donald: Scarlet Medusa

    Doccu­ment­ary / Spencer Mac­donald:
    Scarlet Medusa

    At the edge of a coastal tourist town in Japan, an aging scientist works to unlock the biological … secret of immortality held in the life cycle of a tiny jellyfish …. Watch Spencer Macdonald’s short film “Scarlet Medusa” and read below to find out about his filmmaking process …

  • Art / Maya Fuji

    Art / Maya Fuji

    Born in Japan and raised in the Bay Area, Maya Fuji is inspired by both her cultural heritage… as well as the local microcosms of the SF Bay Area …. She is fascinated by themes of traditional Japanese mythology and folklore…

  • Art / Michael Navarro

    Art / Michael Navarro

    “A recurring motif has emerged in his paintings, of animal avatars… These often serve as a reflection of himself within these contexts …r as the ‘relatable’ figure within in a meme. Michael’s work is greatly inspired by his contemporaries…

  • Art / Max M-K

    Art / Max M-K

    Max is a painter and jeweller from South-East London whose work focuses on myth and … language building, creating a lexicon of symbols that form the … backbone of his practice. Repeating, fracturing and weaving these symbols throughout each piece creates a dialogue …

  • Art / Àrá­mìdé Gill­ett

    Art / Àrá­mìdé Gill­ett

    Born and raised in South London, Àrámìdé is a second-year textiles student … who makes striking, one-of-a-kind pieces from her home in Lambeth …. Her colourful knitwear has been featured in independent magazines such as Coeval, and in a new music video by Nilüfer Yanya …

  • Interview / Phoebe Lang­ley: From; Jordan

    Interview / Phoebe Lang­ley: From; Jordan

    We sat down with filmmaker Phoebe Langley Gussin on her latest … documentary ‘and Now What? – From, Jordan’. This short piece was commissioned by … Roundhouse Theatre and is a time capsule made for a friend, Jordan, a 21-year-old male from South London at the …

  • Art / Kemi  Olo­yede

    Art / Kemi  Olo­yede

    Kemi Oloyede is a scientist and freelance digital artist. Their work was initially … created during the first UK lockdown in the midst of the COVID pandemic to … uplift and emphasise visibility in the Black LGBTQ+ community, a project which was started off with a Twitter thread on notable Black queer people in …

  • Art / Jules Bleck­man

    Art / Jules Bleck­man

    “The older I get the more I feel lost and confused. As children we are told … we can be anything we want, and we all believe we will be success stories …. We create a narrative that comes to haunt us in our later lives, as most of us cannot hit the heights we…

  • Art / Elif Yil­maz­turk

    Art / Elif
    Yil­maz­turk

    Elif Yilmazturk is a British artist and illustrator of Irish and Turkish descent …. Since leaving University of the Creative Arts in 2015 … with an Art Foundation, she has gone on grow her portfolio with a fashion PR internship, all the while pursuing a successful modelling career. Her true love however …