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Ruptured Mind

Lauren Housego, a 3rd Year Illustration Student, has submitted another stop motion animation.

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An experimental stop-motion based loosely on quotes from Psychosis 4:48 by Sarah Kane and inspired by experiences in my own life. I used the quotes to inspire the characters and setting, and tried to create an animation that depicted the mental state of the author in the play.

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Her previous submission can be seen here: ‘Nobody’s Perfect’

Want to see more of Lauren’s work? Check out:

www.laurenhousego.com

www.instagram.com/laurenhousego

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HAPTIC Magazine

Lauren Noble a 3rd Year Fashion Student creates an interactive fashion HAPTIC Magazine for young creatives.

We all know the feeling of having a dream that nobody believes in more than ourselves. For myself, that dream was to be a fashion designer. Growing up just out of London, my weekends would be entertained by visiting exhibitions and shows in the city, witnessing the lifestyle that I so desperately wanted for my future. When university started, I went with the full intentions of pursuing my focused career choice as a fashion designer, but little did I know that my talents and industry preferences would lie in communications within fashion. With the lifestyle aspirations still embedded in me from my childhood, I spent my three years of university exploring the different aspects that lured me into the creative world. This lead me to the most important work of my creative career so far, and in the journey into realising my dreams, HAPTIC was born.Porter Logo PurpleI found myself endlessly searching for answers as to how to make it in the industry. I wanted to know how people grafted their way in, the secrets and the tips into getting your name out there. HAPTIC was created to answer exactly this. HAPTIC features and collaborates with many emerging creatives and exciting new names, celebrating their journey as well as success.LH_1

HAPTIC is an interactive fashion magazine aimed at engaging and navigating young creatives who wish to pursue a career in the creative industries. Featuring work by emerging artists and exciting new names, I want to allow you the insight into the arrays of talents over a variety of different creative specialisms. HAPTIC believes traditional hard copy print is just as important as the social world, so delve into our pages to unlock the way they navigated their success.

 

ProFuturesJDay_485editIn my current issue, I have interview and featured singer/songwriter Wølffe, singer/songwriter and producer Henry Green, fashion designer Ella Mcmillan, fashion designer Francie Payne, model Ethan Richards, No Substance editor Becca Deakins and the girls from the brand Keep Off The Lawn.

Although this is a project for my final major, my dream is to launch the magazine and to have it stocked worldwide

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For more about HAPTIC Magazine follow Lauren on Instagram @haptic_mag


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Friday Feature – Johnny Fonseca – ‘Grace’

This is our third Friday Feature, where we give one AUB student a feature article, and we interview them to find out a little more about them and their work.

This week’s Friday Feature is with 2nd Year BA (Hons) Commercial Photography Johnny Fonseca.

His latest project ‘Grace’ is about going against a ‘monster’ persona and choosing to be graceful but the downside to that is when you act with grace people will take you for a mug anyway, so you end up having to fight for the most basic of human privileges. In this project he produced stills and a short video (which you can watch above) to tell that narrative.

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How did you go about sourcing a team for your project?

“Well Initially I was only going to shoot a fashion editorial for GRACE however when my good friend Jacob Banks heard about my idea for the shoot he explained how he felt it would work perfectly in a music video context and that if I was interested in doing something together. Directing has always been a goal that I wanted to venture into and being at University I felt there was nothing holding me back. I then set out to form an AUB team to create this production. I already had a few people on board for my fashion editorial being the MUAH Lizzie Checkley and Graphic Design Izzi Hays so I just expanded. I then began sourcing people who I have worked with previously so I contacted Kostadin Stoimenov to work on the camera and cinematography alongside Han Phan, Noah Aldhous was also brought in by Han. With the set design I also previously worked with Lania Karim on my photoshoots and I knew how fast and efficient she could create these set designs in her mind and then get them down in real life with a little to no budget, she brought Amanda Achungo so ease the workload and together they formed the set. Mark Harris has been recommended to me by multiple students about his astounding work on Sound, after explaining the project he was more than happy to join the team. We had a little illustration cameo of a certain aesthetic which Lania and Amanda were after, Raman Aso’s work was exactly in line of the vision we had. Lastly Rebekah Igor heard about the project when it was still in the fashion editorial stages so she was even more persuaded to join in after I explained we were shooting a fashion editorial as well as a music video.”

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Was this film created for university or was it a personal project?

“Both, Initially I was only shooting a fashion editorial however the opportunity presented itself so I had to work fast in terms of if I wanted to grab it or just leave it. I had round about two weeks to form a team, plan, and shoot a music video and fashion editorial. Saying that I knew the opportunity was exactly what I needed to void into the directing angle so I had to take it and find a way to bring it in to the work.”

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How do you balance both Work and University?

“Bringing it in to my university practise, even if it’s sketchbook work a shoot is a shoot and something I am doing to practise. When I was doing my sketchbook I had test shoots from models I had worked with which didn’t necessary link to the project itself but it does to the practise. However, I recently did have a commission during my final 2nd year hand in and that was stressful, I rarely try and drop a good opportunity and I will do as much as I can to do it (It meant I couldn’t go out for a bit and sit in my room and listen to my house pre-drink.) However, in the end after I handed in a few days early and finishing the commission I felt such a relieve as I not only did my hand-in but also completed a commission as well as forming more connections in the industry. But going back to the question I guess I make the time, if it means staying up a bit later or going to uni for a bit longer I will do it. I am also a big fan of to do lists – even putting stuff like ‘Do Laundry’ and crossing that off is the best feeling, try it.”

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Do you think collaboration is an important part of creativity if so why?

“100% I have formed some of the best connections in AUB who I continue to work alongside whether it’s test shoots with agencies or even commissions that I am able to get people involved. I haven’t had a project where I haven’t collaborated with at least one person. I have noticed the more time I am at AUB the more I broaden my collaborations across other courses and not just the conventional Make-Up and Fashion. In general collaborating is the pinnacle of Arts University in my point and AUB is the best place to do it.”

What was the hardest & easiest part of this collaboration?

“Sometimes selling your ideas can be hard as you have this huge vision in your head but it’s hard to channel it to a team – this will improve the more you collaborate. I do sometimes find that the hardest part of collaborating is that sometimes you might not get on and that’s ok, personalities and styles can clash and it might never be more than a one-time thing but It will be a learning curve.”

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The team for making ‘Grace’:

Starring: Jacob Banks & Aimee Charlesworth
Director: Johnny Fonseca
Director of Photography: Koko Stoimenov
Camera Assistant: Han Phan
Production Design: Lania Karim & Amanda Achungo
Sound Design: Mark Harris
Gaffer: Noah Aldhous
Make-Up & Hair: Lizzie Checkley
Styling: Rebekha Igor
Illustrations: Raman Aso
Graphics: Izzi Hays

More of Johnny’s work check out:
https://twitter.com/johnnyfonseca_
https://www.instagram.com/johnnyfonseca_/
https://www.facebook.com/johnnyfonsecaphotography
http://johnnyfonseca.tumblr.com/
https://vimeo.com/johnnyfonseca


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Pretty In Pink

Rebecca Ready a 3rd Year Interior Architecture and Design Student illustrating the exploration of colours and textures in nature.

My main aim for this project was to explore the variation of colours and textures that we see naturally occurring – In this instance a flamingo. I wanted to produce work that was visually appealing like a flamingo in real life. But to create this idea I had to digitally draw the animal.

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Hallowzine

Meg James, a final year of BA (Hons) Illustration student, produced a book/zine for her final major project.

For my penultimate BA Illustration project, I created a series of illustrations under the theme “Halloween”. I’ve always been interested in the macabre and the weird, so the holiday gave me the perfect reason to sit and draw severed heads and pumpkins for a couple of months. Working in pencil and then adding colour digitally, I aimed to develop my visual language through character design and mini narratives.

 

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Throughout the project I created a range of merchandise, including hand bound sketchbooks and packs of stickers. I was keen to explore a more mainstream side to my work in order to find out what sectors I may want to work in post graduation. Although obviously seasonal, this project informed me of how to produce original yet commercially successful illustrations and I am keen to continue creating illustrations for different holidays.

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These final images were hand bound in a self published book titled “Hallowzine”. However you can flick through the digital version here: https://issuu.com/megjamesillustrations/docs/hallowzine

 

Want to see more of Meg’s work check out:

Instagrram: @megjamesillustration

Tumblr: www.megjamesillustrations.tumblr.com


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The Modellers

Hugo Mills studying his final year in BA (Hons) Photography. The Modellers series is an ongoing project, where he travelled across the South of England to find interesting life stories.

The series is a documentary piece exploring the idea of miniaturization. People who devote many hours of their lives to constructing and using models, often the people featured are too old to continue the real sport as a hobby and use this as a way to keep doing what they love.

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In the making of this project I have travelled all round the south of England seeking new and exciting locations to create this series of work. I have met many extremely interesting people many of whom have led very interesting lives. For example I have photographed a retired watchman for Winston Churchill, a retired blacksmith and a retired environmental scientist. By interacting with my subjects to find out this information I create a bond which I try and reflect in to my work, representing them in a truthful yet alluring way.

Want to see more of Hugo’s work check out:
Website – http://www.hugomillsphotography.co.uk
Instagram – @hugomillsphotography


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Carlie Barlow a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design & an ABC award in Interior Design student.

A series of unique and innovative patterns in different forms of media which have been developed from various imagery of urban architecture and rural landscapes. Abstract drawings and collages were produced primary, completed small scale in pen and ink or coated in wax as well. These small drawings are fragmented consisting of markings, shapes, lines and textures overlapping in a composition experimenting with the adaptation of perspectives combining geometry and line of the urban influences combined with fragments of rural influences. Secondly these small abstracts were photographed and digitally manipulated and transformed into repeat patterns. Some were also produced into screen prints. All produced for my own collection of 50 patterns and a contribution to a collaborative project; Bespoke Interiors Collective, a group of 4 other artists and designs promoting their own collections also. Each collection having different influences and development/production stages making us all unique. We collaborated to rent out a shop in the middle of Bath town for a pop-up shop/exhibition to promote our collections.

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My ideas for these prints are to be used as wallpaper prints and fabrics for interior spaces. Some of which I produced sample swatches for Bespoke Interiors Collective. Some have been produced into large canvases with the pattern printed digitally onto cotton and stretched over my hand made canvas frames. I also have visions for these prints being used for dramatic exterior surfaces of architecture or as tiles and large panel screens for interiors. I wish for my patterns to be used as decoration and act as art for the everyday, to transform a space and add character to interior architecture as opposed to the common decorations you see everyday. I see pattern making as a infinite project and plan to produce more, experimenting with different possibilities in the development stage and finalising in various finishes of materials.

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I have taken influence from artists and designers such as: Timorous Beasties, Julie Mehretu, Yayoi Kusama, Heather Barnett and Ptolemy Mann.

 

To see more of Carlie’s work check it out here:

http://carliebarlow.tumblr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Carlie-Barlow-Artist-158735420907438/?fref=ts


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Tyler Prior a Foundation in Art and Design student explores into the dynamics of Bergen.

Bergen, Norway is a place of such beauty that it’s hard to do it injustice. I wanted to make a short (film) showcasing the ratio of Bergen’s city to nature. I also intended to show what it was like to live in such a place, so we follow my partner from morning through to evening as she flows through Bergen’s dynamics.

We set ourselves up in a flat and did what we would normally do, just in a much more beautiful scenery accompanied with, dare I say, unrivalled coffee.

 

For more of Tyler’s work check out:

https://www.instagram.com/gokottadesign/

https://twitter.com/gokottadesign


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Youtopia

Izzi Hays and Lauren Platts Year 2 BA (Hons) Graphic Design Students creates tools for teaching and learning in schools called Youtopia.

 

Dystopia is an increasingly regarded concept in popular cultures, but the idea of utopia seems to have been forgotten. Youtopia is the solution to the obstacles standing between today’s world and a better future. Youtopia is a teaching and learning tool used in schools all around the world to educate young people about different cultures and societies. The prototype we created would be for use in countries such as the UK for example, variables for be different for different locations. Distributed to classrooms around the globe, we are encouraging the next generation to think about addressing today’s problems and aspiring to create a better tomorrow. Through an integrated app and updated pen pal system, classrooms around the world are linked and encouraged to open a dialogue and talk about their visions for a better future. Based on the ideas of traditional children’s toys the colour palette and style of the project are strongly visually representative of the concept that changing the world should be child’s play and in the hands of the next generation.

 

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To see more of Izzy and Lauren’s work check out:

Website: izzihays.com & laurenplatts.co.uk

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Instagram: @izzihays  & @laurenplatts


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Tropical Fretwork

Final year Textiles student Mae Littleton based her designs on trapping natural forms within man made & geometrical patterns.

dsc_0031Tropical Fretwork is based on trapping natural forms within man-made structures and geometric patterns. Taking particular inspiration from patterns within nature found at Kew Gardens, as well as the idea of man made structures such as vast greenhouses and conservatories restricting and interlacing with tropical samplings including; brightly coloured birds, exotic flowers and insects, this project fuses two opposing aesthetics of botanical and architectural into one story in order to create a theme of duality within my collection. With vibrant and bold colours used this collection of women’s fashion fabrics and silk scarves is a bold S/S statement.

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textiles-morning-session-hanging-24-020047For this project I’ve explored a diverse range of materials in a variety of textures and finishes, including denims, jersey, silks and neoprenes, alongside print processes such as; digital, screen print, and also contemporary approaches like laser machine for embellishments and 3D hand crafted fashion fabrics. Through this collection I have reinterpreted the textures I documented on my visits to Kew Gardens with marble effects and shiny foils to capture the textures I saw on leaves, large petals and glass roofing. Texture is created on my fabrics through glossy foiled surfaces, small luminous embellishments, and spiky tropical flowers are re-imagined in hand manipulated leather.textiles-morning-session-hanging-24-020080mg_8790Large silk satin scarves are the key focus for this collection, featuring grey scale illustrations as well as bold colour blocking and intricate infills of vibrant colour, textures and motifs are captured within one another and repeated to create complex compositions that reveal themselves in interesting ways when draped around the neck. Tropical Fretwork features bold geometric shapes as well as intricate illustrations which are drawn by hand with graphite pencil, capturing the beauty within nature on paper, which are then transferred onto screen for print design. Combining my passion for illustration with more playful and bright textural collages for this project, I have been able to create a contemporary and vivid collection that has an elegant edge.mg_8843

Find more of Mae’s Work here –

Instagram: maelittletontextiles