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THE VISIONARY ISSUE

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Filtered inspiration for young creatives. ABSORB your surroundings.

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mission statement ABSORB is an inspiration magazine is for the creative minded, which features art culture, trend forecasting, high street fashion and industry interviews. ABSORB is available in a printed and digital version viewable across desktop, phone and tablet platforms. We are a relatable magazine as the clothes featured are affordable from the high street and the interviews are from creatives within the fashion and creative industry. Each quarterly edition will showcase different topics; this first edition titled The Visionary Issue covers photomontage within the arts & culture section.

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ABSORB would like to thank everyone who helped towards the process of this publication coming to print.

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CR EDITS

EDITOR IN CHIEF Katy McConville ART DIRECTOR Katy McConville PHOTOGRAPHY E l l i s Wy v i l l e STYLIST Katy McConville F E AT U R E W R I T E R Katy McConville

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CO N TE N T S

lifestyle-decor/interior; p.189 industrial living p.191 urban bohemia p.199 change up our digs p.208

contributes p.9 editors letter p.12 layar interactivity app p.15 ABSORB readers p.16 ABSORB digital p.17 ABSORB social media p.18

lifestyle-social; p.216 secret bars in london p.218 hidden escapes p.223 underground places p.232

arts & culture; p.21 photomontage ‘10 layers’ p.23 fashion film p.46 top 6 artist picks p.50 free exhibitions p.104 V&A - what’s on p.111 mental health photography p . 1 1 5 mural art p.125

lifestyle-travel; p.237 interrailing p.239 the hype around thailand p.259 festival hot list p.271 introducing; p.281 ed shrewsbury p.283 felicity marshall p.287 mark small p.293 valeria simantob p.298

trend forecasting; p.135 simplexity p.136 maximalism p.152 sport luxe p.168

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CONT R IB U TO R S

PHOTOGRAPHER ELLIS WYVILLE @elliswyville

MAKE-UP & HAIR ARTIST

EMILY GUYON @emily_guyon

MODEL CATT FRYER @cattfryer

MODEL ELOISA GUERRERO @eloisadguerrero_

MODEL ZOË SMEDBERG @zoesmedberg

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A NOTE FROM THE editor

MAY 2016

hello New artists, new culture, new trends and new ideas. If, like me, you find inspiration on a restaurant napkin or in a shop window then you know you are creatively inclined! Inspiration is everywhere, whether you are creative minded or not! Here at ABSORB we collate creative inspiration and filter it for you our readers! In this launch edition of ABSORB we cover the disciplinary that is ‘photomontage’ featured within the arts & culture section, highlighting mixed media artists and showcasing a project responding to the theme ‘10 layers’. The collage has moved on since just cut and paste! This feature also extends onto our digital platform ABSORB digital where we delve into the moving image! New to the city? We have your weekends sorted! From free art exhibitions to attend to undiscovered parks to escape the hustle and bustle that is the rat race! This is a personal collation of some of my very favourite places in the Capital - and so please only take your favourite friend - these places can not become the new tourist spots of 2016!

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Elsewhere in this visionary issue, we explore into all the details that is trend forecasting! We wanted to keep ABSORB relatable to it’s readers and so only high street brands are featured - making that decision to buy ‘just another black dress’ more justified! I have carefully selected the latest trends and how you can transition from summer to winter with only the slightest of changes! London creative Ed Shrewsbury welcomes us into his journey of becoming Topshop’s art director and I also get to chat with Mark Small finding out what life was like straight after graduating. The world needs new ideas so let’s get out there and do something new! From having your own unique photography style or visiting that exhibition nobody else wants to go to - do it anyway and inspire the uninspired! ABSORB your surroundings. #absorbmag

KATY MCCONVILLE EDITOR, ABSORB absorb-magazine.co.uk

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e d i t o r ’s i n s p o This moodboard is one our editor has put together showcasing her latest inspirations.

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WHO READS ABSORB? We attract the creative individuals who know what they want! From art students to industry starters - our readers can trust ABSORB for inspiration when they hit that creative streak (we all get it from time to time!). Into fashion, the arts, travel and decor? Then you’ve just described the ABSORB reader! Where have you been?!

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ABSORB digital is available on various platforms such as tablet, desktop and phone.

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ARTS & CULTURE photomontage The process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more p h o t o g r a p h s i n t o a n ew i m a g e.

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This section shows insight into what is A r t s & C u l t u r e. I n e a ch q u a r t e r l y e d i t i o n there will be a different feature topic. In t h i s v i s i o n a r y i s s u e, we a r e s h ow c a s i n g photo-montage; the first series of images is a response to the theme ‘10 layers’ using m i x e d m e d i u m s . Fo l l o w i n g o n f r o m t h i s w e have hand selected the top 6 photo-montage artists with varying techniques and styles. To e n d t h e A r t s & C u l t u r e s e c t i o n , w e have scoured the latest free - yes FREE exhibitions in London, photographers who cover the dark issue that is mental health and the best mural art around - to keep you busy on those lazy sunday afternoons!

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These series of collages are in response to the theme ‘10 layers’ each image has had 10 different layers of manipulation. This could be digital, tactile or in most cases a combination of them both.

Art Director: Katy McConville P h o t o g r a p h e r : E l l i s Wy v i l l e M o d e l : Eloisa Guerrero

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Art Director: Katy McConville P h o t o g r a p h e r : E l l i s Wy v i l l e M o d e l : Eloisa Guerrero


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Art Director: Katy McConville P h o t o g r a p h e r : E l l i s Wy v i l l e M o d e l : Eloisa Guerrero

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We followed Ellis - ABSORB’S photographer around on a shoot to see what they really get up to! With direction in sight, the model and the photographer usually have the outfits on site, and then travel about looking for the perfect locations - as we say at ABSORB; inspiration is all around you. These photographs went towards the ‘10 layers’ photomontage project. A huge thank you to Eloisa for being a fab model as well! Join us on social media for daily updates of behind the scenes here at ABSORB.

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introducing...ABSORB video! ABSORB are always looking at new media’s and new materials to create inspiration for you, our readers! Here is a short stop motion film corresponding to the artwork produced representing ‘10 layers’. Our new online video was inspired by the artist Quentin Jones who we have of course featured in our top 6 photomontage artists pages. Visit ABSORB-MAGAZINE.CO.UK to see the full video.

P h o t o g r a p h e r : E l l i s Wy v i l l e M o d e l : Zoe Smedberg & Catt Fryer Art Director: Katy Mcconville

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ARTS & CULTURE artists B o r i s Pe i a n o v, E r n s e t o A r t i l l o , G u s & S t e l l a , J e s s e D r a x l e r, Louise Mertens and Quentin Jones.

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A considered selection of the top 6 mixed media artists ranging from digital media to hand tactile methods.

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Boris Peianov

Borris was born and raised between Romania and Serbia, brought up in an artsy environment, and went on to study Architecture and Conceptual Art. Currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He states: ‘I tend to be minimal, but I drift from that very often, my work often ends up being eclectic, spontaneous, raw even. Honest. I tend to produce relatable work, which is why I favour the use of typography.’ All images and content used are collected from the artist’s personal website.

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This artist uses a combination of digitial manipulation of imagery alongside typography with a very surreal feel. We have showcased his best work - feel free to rip out these pages (it makes great wall decoration).

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Artillo and Peianov have similar working styles however, we feel Artillo is more experimental and explores different media. The artist has really pushed the boundaries with digital editing. View the next few pages to see the work we personally chose - we hope we inspire you! All images and content used are collected from the artist’s personal website.

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Gus & Stella You may have stumbled upon this creative duo in 2013 when Topshop’s creative director Kate Phelan commissioned them to take over the art direction, photography and film of the autumn/winter In-Store magazine titles ‘maison stella’. We’ve dedicated the next three pages entirely on what they are doing now. From their Topshop success, they have gone on to collaborate with rather a few top publications such as Teen Vogue US, Elle France, Glamour Germany and brands like Chanel & Libery to name a few. All images used are sources from the artists’ personal websites.

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Born and bred in Belgium and spending most of their time collaborating in The School of Arts in Ghent they became a duo in life and work. Upon graduation in 2010 they decided to move to London and work as freelance photographic assistants whilst continuing to work on their own projects. Gus & Stella’s approach to photography and film is rooted in the playful observation of everyday life. These authentic moments reoccur in their commercial work.

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From a very young age Stella has always made collages on several projects she has merged their photography & film with collage. They both share a deep interest in a hand on approach to the feel of an image which is part of their interdisciplinary style. www.gusandstella.tumblr.com/about

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The pair are currently working on a new book and upcoming exhibition whilst snapping photographs in New York and London . If these two are not the creative power-couple of 2016 I don’t know who is! Follow their Instagram account for daily collage inspo; @gus_and_stella

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Draxler is now based in Minneapolis and started collaging seven years ago. His impressive portfolio is made by hand and are all weirdly sexual, visually challenging and teeter between aesthetically pleasing and disturbing. All images used are sources from the artist’s personal website.

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We featured Draxler because we loved his use of free hand painting over fashion photography. This abstract feel creates mood and curiosity. We love his cut up portraits - and also the fact he works in black and white!

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Louise Mertens

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LOUISE MERTENS Louise has been making collages since she was young, making it such a trademark of herself. She admires the sophisticated quality of Japanese art. She has always been inspired by the female body, the mysterious and the incomprehensible. There is a simplicity in the contours, in the minimalism of the lines, in its eye for detail. “The subtle but important details force you to look with more patience,” She says. “and patience is really important in my work.” She likes to step into dialogue with fashion images through hiding and altering parts of her characters. Manipulation in his purest form.

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With just a few simple art supplies, these pieces of artwork are born. Louise creates her collages in between interning and now working in Louise Mertens Studio. Keep up-to-date with her day to day travels on her website or her Instagram.

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Quentin JONES We have featured Jones on ABSORB digital as well because she designs the most amazing moving images as well as print. Head over to the online feature for her GIF and film work.

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Quentin Jones, 32, is an illustrator, model and film-maker. She’s also a Cambridge philosophy graduate. The image above was published in Adult Magazine titled Adult Series in 2014, using acrylic, ink and collage. Since then she has gone on to design covers of magazines such as i-D, AnOther, Flair, Hanatsubaki, S Moda, Twin, Hunger, Gladd & Nylon Japan to name a few! Who inspires Quentin: For films, Michel Gondry, Todd Solondz, Jan Svankmajer and Stephanie Di Giusto. For illustrations: David Shrigley, Saul Steinberg and Quentin Blake

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ARTS & CULTURE free exhibitions The arts represent an outlet of expression, that is usually influenced by culture and w h i ch i n t u r n h e l p s t o ch a n g e c u l t u r e. A s such, the arts are a physical manifestation o f t h e i n t e r n a l c r e a t i ve i m p u l s e.

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C u l t u r e i s n ’t j u s t a b o u t s c r o l l i n g t h r o u g h the news apps or occasionally watching a documentary - culture and inspiration is all around us catch the latest in this arts & culture section.

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free exhibitionsLONDON Conceptual Art Once it was healthier to drink gin rather than the water in London. Thankfully – or not – those days are long gone, but the act, or should that be the art of drinking, remains a constant source of creative inspiration. This BP spotlight display curated by David Blayney Brown, who curated last year’s phenomenal Late Turner show, charts Britain’s relationship with alcohol from George Cruikshank’s temperance-themed ‘Worship of Bacchus’ to Gilbert & George’s ‘Drinking Sculpture’. Timeout London

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Ignore the somewhat dry title of this survey of British art. Taking in the period of Harold Wilson’s Labour government and the election of Margaret Thatcher, there’s plenty of switched-on politically-motivated (and often angry) work on offer by artists who, thinking beyond the limits of conventional art, used text and photography to pose questions about the world around them. The show features undersung and highly influential figures including Art & Language, Victor Burgin, Bruce McLean and Stephen Willats, all of whose work strikes a chord with that of socially-minded recent Turner Prize winners Assemble. You’ll also see early experiments in feminist art in the work of Mary Kelly and land art in Richard Long’s outdoor experiments. Keith Arnatt, meanwhile, brings a dose of knockabout British humour in works such as his self-explanatory ‘Self-Burial (Television Interference Project)’ (1969). Timeout London

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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

Goodness: It’s a quality you probably appreciate in your mum. But in an artist? We’re taught from an early age to admire art’s bad boys and girls, from Caravaggio via Picasso to Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. They have the coolest lives and make the best copy. But the photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976) was, unerringly, a good man. And his images, of New York City streets, remote rural communities, even crocuses in his back yard, are inseparable from his humanity. Timeout London

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You’ll recognise it immediately. Revolving in a room of its own, Mark Wallinger’s ‘Superego’ is a dead ringer for the New Scotland Yard sign. Wallinger has stripped the triangular form of words and mirrored it so that, spinning above your head, it reflects fragments of the gallery in an endless cubist dance. It’s mesmerising but also a little terrifying – too high to allow you to catch a glimpse of yourself, it feels aloof, imposing and alienating. Timeout London Like the Met itself, you might say, or glitzy contemporary art. Timeout London 109


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STATES OF MIND: tracing the edges of consciousness This exhibition follows on from the first instalment of States of Mind which saw artist Ann Veronica Janssens fill a room with beautiful multicoloured mist which visitors queued for hours to get enveloped in. Enlisting the help of artists, philosophers, neuroscientists and psychologists, the second part of the programme, Tracing the Edges of Consciousness unpicks the awareness of one’s existence through a series of changing installations exploring synaesthesia, disorders of memory, somnambulism and what happens when conscious experience is interrupted. Timeout London

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Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. When : Wed 9 February 2016 - Wed 31 August 2016 Where : Gallery 104 Free, drop-in To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards in April 2016, Curtain Up showcases material from multiaward-winning productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line and Wolf Hall and highlights outstanding theatre practitioners. Through this theatrical experience by acclaimed stage designer Tom Piper, Curtain Up invites you to glimpse behind the scenes and immerse yourself into the world of artistic collaboration to discover how all aspects of a production come together in great theatre. Victoria & Albert

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1 THE BEST OF LONDON’S MUSICAL THEATRE COSTUMES. 2 A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY. 3 ALISON BRITTON: CONTENT AND FORM.

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Jem Southam, ‘Cove Café

Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, ‘Protest House

Thomas Ruff, ‘Blue Eyes M.V./B.E; Blue Eyes M.B./B.E.; Blue Eyes L.C./B.E.; Blue Eyes C.F./B.E.’

Don McCullin, ‘Shell-shocked Soldier’

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Alison Britton is one of the leading ceramic artists of her generation. She rose to prominence in the 1970s as part of a loosely affiliated group of women potters who had trained at the Royal College of Art, and whose work challenged established traditions. Britton�s ceramics took function and ornamentation as subjects to explore rather than qualities to necessarily directly exhibit, an approach to making that shifted the agenda for craft practice. Timeout London

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ARTS & CULTURE mental health photography A photographer suffering from depression captures his mental illness in haunting series of self-portraits to raise awareness f o r t h e d i s o r d e r.

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E d w a r d H o n a k e r, 2 1 , f r o m C a l i f o r n i a , w a s diagnosed with depression and anxiety two y e a r s a g o. After his diagnosis, he turned to his camera to document his personal experience with a series of black and white images.

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MENTAL HEALTH PHOTOGRAPHY EDWARD HONAKER PICTURE SERIES ‘IT’S KIND OF HARD TO FEEL ANY KIND OF EMOTION WHEN YOU’RE DEPRESSED, AND I THINK GOOD ART CAN DEFINITELY MOVE PEOPLE,’

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A young photographer battling depression has captured his torment in a powerful series of self-portraits as a way to share his internal suffering and raise awareness for those with similar struggles. Daily Mail

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Edward Honaker, 21, from California, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety two years ago, but up until that point he was confused by his crippling emotions. After learning the cause of his persistent melancholy, he turned to his camera to document his personal experience. Daily Mail

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Mental torment: Edward Honaker turned to photography after he was diagnosed with depression and anxiety to document his personal experience with depressive disorders in a series of self-portraits Daily Mail

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Looking for help: Edward blurred his face in this powerful photograph, which is entitled Any Exit / Anxiety Daily Mail

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Deepest fears: The 21-year-old from California photographed himself holding a balloon while standing in waist deep water for the image titled Idling Life Cause / Feeling Suicidal Daily Mail

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Edward’s face is blurred or covered in all of the haunting black and white photos, which are meant to portray the helplessness felt by someone who is battling a depressive disorder. ‘All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn’t know why,’ Edward recalled of the time before his diagnosis. ‘Your mind is who you are, and when it doesn’t work properly, it’s scary,’ he noted. Daily Mail

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ARTS & CULTURE mural art A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other l a r g e p e r m a n e n t s u r f a c e. - untappe cities

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A s o u r m i s s i o n s t a t e m e n t i s ‘A B S O R B your surroundings’ this topic of mural art is perfect to prove that you really can be unexpectedly inspired just by walking a r o u n d a c o r n e r.

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T H E B E S T M U R A L A R T A R O U N D. . .

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M u r a l a r t i s a f a s c i n a t i n g w a y t o f i n d i n s p i r a t i o n u n e x p e c t e d l y. S o m e s a y i t ’s glorified graffiti but we feel at ABSORB these are more than just graffiti a r t i s t s - t h e s e a r e i n n o v a t o r s.

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T h i s y e a r, t h e t w o f e m a l e a r t i s t s o n c e a g a i n u s e We l l i n g C o u r t a s a p l a t f o r m t o e x p r e s s t h e i r f r u s t r a t i o n o v e r t h e a b u s e o f w o m e n i n f o r e i g n c o u n t r i e s. T h i s p i e c e, i n c o l l a b o r a t i o n w i t h 2 e s a e o f U R N Y, i s a d i r e c t r e s p o n s e t o t h e t r e a t m e n t o f Ya z i d i w o m e n i n I r a q . T h e s e w o m e n a r e v i c t i m s o f g a n g r a p e s, f a l s e i m p r i s o n m e n t a n d t o r t u r e b y t h e I s l a m i c s t a t e i n t h e i r hy p o c r i t i c a l w a r a g a i n s t f e l l o w M u s l i m s. Untapped Cities

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B r o o k l y n - b a s e d a r t i s t C e r n ( f e a t u r e d i n o u r Ja n u a r y r o u n d u p ) d i d t h i s p i e c e i n Wi l l i a m s b u r g a s p a r t o f A r t B a t t l e s t h i s y e a r. H i s m i x t u r e o f b o t h h i s graffiti roots and his street art style come together to make this a piece that is perfect for the spring and summer season. His ability to input nature into a c i t y f i l l e d w i t h t e c h n o l o g y a n d c o m m e r c i a l i s m i s s t r i k i n g, d i s t r a c t i n g u s f r o m t h e b e a u t y t h a t n a t u r e p r o v i d e s f o r f r e e, m u c h l i k e t h i s m u r a l . Untapped Cities

This collaborative piece at Bushwick Collective between M a t a R u d a , L N Y, D o n R i m x a n d Ricardo Cabret was done in the early stages of what was a very cold winter and was our f a v o r i t e m u r a l o f Ja n u a r y. I t ’s quite amazing how artists brave the elements to provide us with work that makes our commute or just our weekend afternoons t h a t m u c h m o r e e n j o y a b l e. Untapped Cities

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W h a t ’s i n c r e d i b l e h e r e i s y o u c a n ’t t e l l t h a t t h i s p i e c e i s made up of different pieces b e i n g s e t u p, w i t h t h e p u z z l e only being revealed through spray paint. The two brothers from Iran know how it feels to stand out in a different p l a c e, e v e n o n e a s d i v e r s e a s N e w Yo r k C i t y. T h e c i t y s t i l l towers of them, but their work c o n t i n u e s t o g r o w, h o p e f u l l y one day surpassing what they f e e l i s w r o n g w i t h We s t e r n s o c i e t y. Untapped Cities

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T h i s p i e c e, a c r i t i q u e o f American capitalism, has a man standing either behind t h e E m p i r e S t a t e B u i l d i n g, o r actually being consumed by it. He stands tall over this very d e t a i l e d s t e n c i l o f N e w Yo r k C i t y, w i t h t h e m a n h o l d i n g a small American flag on one hand, and a Starbucks coffee c u p i n t h e o t h e r.

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S p e a k i n g o f c o l o u r. D a s i c Fe r n a n d e z n e w e s t p i e c e a t T h e B u s h w i c k C o l l e c t i v e s c r e a m s n o t o n l y c o l o u r, b u t a l s o s u m m e r i t s e l f. I t ’s a t e s t a m e n t t o D a s i c ’s s k i l l t h a t e v e r y s p l a s h o f c o l o u r t h a t f i l l s t h e b o d y o f t h i s w o m a n s t i l l f e e l s w e t . We g e t t h e c o l o u r v i b e s d u e t o h e r p o s i t i o n ; s h e l o o k s l i k e a s u n b a t h e r. W h i l e t h e s u n m a y s h i n e o n t h i s b u i l d i n g t h r o u g h o u t t h e s u m m e r, w e d o u b t t h a t s u m m e r i s w h a t t h e a r t i s t h a d i n m i n d f o r t h i s p i e c e. T h a n k s t o t h e s t a r s t h a t a r e s p r i n k l e d o n t h e p i e c e d a r k s p a c e, i t c o u l d b e i n t e r p r e t e d t h a t t h i s w o m a n i s l e a v i n g b e h i n d h e r b o d y t o b e c o m e o n e w i t h t h e u n i v e r s e. I t m a y s o u n d p r e p o s t e r o u s, b u t t h e n a g a i n , t h e f u n h e r e i s t r y i n g t o s o l v e w h a t e v e r p u z z l e D a s i c h a s p u t h e r e. Untapped Cities

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T h i s m o n s t r o u s, d e t a i l e d a n d w o n d e r f u l l y c r a f t e d p i e c e b y g r a f f i t i a r t i s t Z e s O n e i n E a s t Wi l l i a m s b u r g. A n y p i c t u r e o f t h i s m u r a l d o e s l i t t l e j u s t i c e t o i t . T h e s h e e r s i z e a n d d e t a i l h a s t o b e s e e n p e r s o n a l l y. Untapped Cities

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This piece in Bushwick b y M r. D i s S a t i s f i e d , Starfighter A and EaseOne is one of those pieces you have to see from a distance to truly take in how remarkable i t i s, m i x i n g t y p o g r a p hy, s t i l l - l i f e, a n i m a l s, h u m a n f i g u r e s a n d c h a r a c t e r s. It is a moody piece with the pair of faces in ice b l u e, t h e f i s h g e t t i n g hooked on the left, the sad owl on the right. The message is pretty bleak h o n e s t l y. Untapped Cities

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T h i s b e a u t i f u l l y d e t a i l e d p i e c e s t i l l a m a z e s u s w h e n e v e r w e j o u r n e y t o G o w a n u s. I t i s h a r d n o t t o j u s t l o s e y o u r s e l f i n t h e i n c r e d i b l e d e t a i l t h a t We r c p u t i n t o t h i s. The symmetry of the mural is incredibly difficult to perform with a spray can, but We r c d o e s i t a l m o s t e f f o r t l e s s l y. T h e a r t i s t h a s b e e n m a k i n g t h e r o u n d s a r o u n d B r o o k l y n l a t e l y, b u t t h i s i s s o f a r, h i s c r o w n i n g a c h i e v e m e n t . Untapped Cities

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TREND FORECASTING fashion trends Fa s h i o n f o r e c a s t i n g i s a g l o b a l c a r e e r t h a t f o c u s e s o n upcoming trends. A fashion forecaster predicts the colours, fabrics, textures, materials, prints, graphics, beauty/ g r o o m i n g , a c c e s s o r i e s , f o o t w e a r, s t r e e t s t y l e , a n d o t h e r s t y l e s that will be presented on the runway and in the stores for the upcoming seasons.

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SIMPLEXITY A soft angular approach to the season evolves with both simple a n d c o m p l e x c o n s t r u c t i o n s . Tr u e t a i l o r i n g a n d p a t t e r n i n g r e n d e r s proportions that accentuate form, creating dynamic interest through innovative shapes. - WGSN

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A minimal palette of both neutral and warm tones emerges as a directional take for this spare yet complex trend. Colour is worn in head-to-toe ensembles for a dramatic effect, or in diverse opposing hues in structured silhouettes creating a sharp and modern edge. These unusual tones add a sophisticated vibe to the summer season. 137 Image reference from WGSN and Pinterest.


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ABSORB are huge fashion lovers and so we have researched into 2016 spring/summer future trends so our readers can have that must have look straight off the catwalk. We also felt it was important to create looks you can transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter with the smallest of changes - to save your bank account.

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Simple constructions provide minimalist details for this modernist trend. Fine-edged pleating and loose ties appear to provide extra dimension or movement to silhouettes while new closure details, such as oversized metallic buttons, provide added interest. - WGSN

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Pattern evolves for this trend in a graphic way, with mismatched stripes and diagonally opposed print. Asymmetric windowpane checks are used for simple constructions, while stylised leaf prints are oversized and monochromatic.

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As we know catwalk collections are out of stretch for most of our pockets and so we thought we would put together a high street collection that represents the forthcoming trend for spring/summer 2016 that is Simplexity. To be even more shopping savvy - we have created looks you can transition easily from spring/summer to autumn/winter with the smallest of changes and of course - still be on trend!

Zara have seen this trend and used it to the best of their ability! It really outlines their style as a brand. Add a tied bomber for that edgy feel.

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This dress is perfect for spring and relates to the trend with its drop down structure, monochromatic stripes and has Issey Mayaki accents.

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Folds, structure and form are all accents that make up the trend that is Simplexity. This Zara dress is perfect for a summer day at work, evening drinks or a sunday exploring. Versatility is key to savvy shopping so pick garments that work for different looks. Opposite are Zara’s loose white pants - a necessity we feel for British summers! Relating to Gabriele Colangelo catalk looks, pair with an oversized white jacket for the Simplexity look.

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This is where people fall down and we don’t know why. All you need to do to keep on trend but converse with the weather is either extend the limbs i.e long sleeves, or trousers. Or add a statement outerwear garment. We have covered the high street’s a must-have for the autumn/winter transition.

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MAXIMALISM The more-is-more direction offers up overtly embellished pieces that evoke the excess of the 1980s. Bold silhouettes are adorned with intricate embroideries while materials are alive with rich vivacious colour and high-shine metallics. Square shouldered jackets and coats emphasise this powerful trend. - W G S N

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A palette of saturated brights highlighted with the luxury of silver and gold metallics emphasises the more-is-more theme, an eccentric Maximalism. Bold colours are used in juxtaposing combinations for bold and creative looks while these hothouse hues are also worn in head-to-toe layers, bringing added vibrancy to silhouettes. Image reference from WGSN and Pinterest.

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Welcome to MAXIMALISM

print & pattern

The revival of Maximalism sees designers employ elaborate patterns over sumptuous jacquards and intricate surfaces. Engineered placements in enlarged proportions are doused in vibrant colour. Extravagant metallics radiate simple stripes.

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HIGH STREET TOP PICKS

Maximalism trend is hard to pull off but with confidence and style, it’s an amazing look for this year’s spring/summer. We scoured Zara’s new collection and they really have put their own stamp on things. Read this feature for affordable looks.

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Embellishment and florals have collided and the high street stores have us covered! Zara, H&M and Topshop have produced some inspiring looks that really meet this trend.

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We found Topshop have brought to us a metallic bombshell with this silver tracksuit co-ord. Or if your not that fashion brave, pair your outfit with these Nordstrom silver autumn boots - we already have ours ordered!

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H&M We have found some really key pieces to achieve the maximalism look transitioning into winter. River Island have recently released these fab printed trousers! They really do capture the colour and print palette - and paired with plain blazer or jumper you won’t freeze! H&M have some versatile pieces such as this long sleeve kimono - great for evening drinks or day walks. Instead of the summer sleeveless style of gilets, kimono’s or blazers are perfect.

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SPORT LUXE A sporty direction sees a revival for S/S 16: modern silhouettes cut i n c l e a n l i n e s c r e a t e a l u x u r i o u s, c o n t e m p o r a r y u n d e r t o n e, w i t h a focus on comfort, colour and innovative materials. Leathers, silks and technical blends elevate these looks to luxury status, while mesh constructions lend a street-cool appeal. - WGSN

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A wide and varied range of colours contribute to this sporting theme, with a focus on primary pops as well as basic tones combining to tell a story. Dynamic clashes of tomato red, sunshine yellow and cobalt blue create an energetic appeal, while midnight blacks and chalky whites in sumptuous materials touch on a luxurious mood.

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SPORT LUXE inspiration

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KEY LOOKS modern silhouettes street-cool appeal comfort

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When a new trend appears on the catwalk, the styles filter down to the high street. If you follow our guides you know what key looks to k e e p y o u r e y e o u t f o r.

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Style any midi-skirt or pair of culottes with a bomber jacket or loose blazer for the complete sport luxe trend.

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Welcome to SPORT LUXE print & pattern

VICTORIA BECKHHAM SPORTMAX

Sporty print and patterns lend vibrancy to athletic silhouettes, with vivid stripes, disconnecting patterns and sporting motifs dominating the story in a vivid palette of tomato red, olympic blue and hot, summer orange.

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HIGH STREET TOP PICKS

Sport luxe is a big trend for this spring/summer and it is very easy to transition to autumn/winter. You are stuck for choice with sport luxe on the high street but it is hard to not look too much like you’ve dressed for the gym. Queen B (Beyonce) has recently brought out a stunning athletic line which we have featured - just because it’s Bey! We are sure our ABSORB readers can style this up in their own way.

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To achieve the sport luxe style, the bomber jacket is the easiest garment to et your hands on. Topshop have a whole collection with a colour palette suiting this trend.

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These high street brands have exact styles of either the catwalk prints or styles. All items teamed with a bomber or a waterproof throw over and you will achieve the sport luxe trend.

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There isn’t too much to transition for this trend because it is all about layering. In summer, if you wear trousers, you pair it with a vest top. If your wearing this look in autumn/winter you add a long sleeve tee with a oversized jacket coat and floor length skirt.


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IVY PARK

Our ABSORB stylist has picked out the two best garments from the IVY PARK collection that is most suited to the sport luxe trend which doesn’t look too athletic for everyday wear. Beyonce has really out done herself with this collection - but would we be expecting anything less?

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

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LIFESTYLE decor / interior The furnishing and decoration of a room.

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Design and art is not just a canvas on a wall or a sculpture in an exhibition - art can be the interior of a room or a table decoration. This section of ABSORB is about your literal surroundings and what is trending now regarding interior design. We h a v e n a r r o w e d i n o n s o m e q u i r k y s t y l e s w e f e e l s u i t o u r r e a d e r s t a s t e . Fr o m modern bohemia to changing up your small studio apartment.

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You’re allergic to big-box furniture stores and your favourite shop is the salvage yard? Then the industrial interior home is right for you! Think exposed metals, expressive artwork and minimal detail. It’s about adding a raw, unfinished look to the most thoughtfully designed homes and about selecting pieces that are as much about function as style. 191


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Rough textures and distressed finishes are surging in popularity right now, with many of us shrugging off the polished look in favour of something a little more rough and urban. So instead of kitting out your kitchen afresh, why not pare it back to its raw ingredients, then add vintage chairs in beaten-up metal, retro lighting and reclaimed wooden furniture to give it a twist of grungy cool.

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If a more monochromatic way of living is for you, plain walls and white sheets is your inspiration. Play around with grey textures and artwork. To keep furniture on the low, stack those un-read magazine together for the perfect bedside table!

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Make your flat individual and unique with this quirky interior design. Think 90’s house share with mezzanine bed’s and open space living rooms. The best thing about this style is the cost - it really doesn’t have to break your bank, head down to local salvage yards and grab a second hand bargain!

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READ CEREAL

Why not let the creative side of you rule the design and create a chandelier out of disco balls why not?

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Haven’t got a book shelf? Then think again before buying one. Lay out all your old sketchbooks and vintage novels and create an organised chaotic space. Stacks of books make great stands for photos or vases.

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Relaxed prints with a heavy influences from the outdoors. urban bohemia is a toned down vibe of the original boho full of cultural inspiration, mixed prints and clashing fabrics. The urban side brings a more neutral element - much more of a monochrome base with accents of bohemia - mixed cushions or a shelf full of plants. 201


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This travel/vintage style works well in a studio flat or small town house. Elements of the outdoors create the illusion that the space around you is bigger.

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As white walls as a base, decorate the floors or the walls with an oversized tapestry - anything from ornamental prints to a blown up travel photograph. Whatever best suits your personality.

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MICHITECTURE

DIY furniture works great within the urban bohemia style. Think coffee tables and desks to wall decoration and lighting. Read the online feature on absorb digital to find all the great stores who stock this DIY look (as we know we don’t all have a spare hammer and nails lying around).

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PLANTS. PLANTS. PLANTS.

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Less is definitely not more in this instance. Any sort of green plant brings oxygen and freshness to any room - so we say cram any shelf and any corner!

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Just moved into student accommodation? Or found the cheapest ‘apartment’ (more like a broom cupboard) in London and want to make it more of your own? Follow this feature for inspiration to change up your digs and make your space your own! Like we say, inspiration is all around you and your bedroom is a reflection on you!

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You don’t have to cram with furniture or clutter with objects. Just carefully select the most relevant items that reflect your individual style - or that have the most memories...as these are what help makes up your personality - through experiences. So show them off! Stick with neutral bedding if you have more ‘things’ if not, express your tastes through fabric and texture.

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Magazine cuttings are your best decoration It’s cheap and you can completely personalise any photo frame or wall with hand picked imagery. From quirky layouts to an iconic image of Kate Moss - tear outs are perfect!

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Just like magazine tear’s - go through photography books, your own photos and even adverts! These are the best forms of cheap wall decoration. But stick to a theme - you don’t want it looking like a time line of every fashion trend you’ve experimented with all on one wall!

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FLIPBOARD

We’ve looked into what DIY could be made to fit this trend - and you have to check if your land lord are cool with it - usually they are if your upfront with them.

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Lack space? Use the ceiling to suspend shelves, seating area or even plants for added decoration.

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LIFESTYLE social I f yo u a r e s o c i a l , yo u l i ke t o b e a r o u n d p e o p l e, a n d i s f r i e n d l y w i t h eve r yo n e, T h e wo r d s o c i a l c o m e s f r o m t h e L a t i n s o c i u s m e a n i n g “ f r i e n d .” W h e n y o u ’r e b e i n g s o c i a l , y o u ’r e e v e r y o n e ’s f r i e n d .

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Fr o m u n d e r g r o u n d c i n e m a ’ s t o b l i n d restaurants - this feature covers the q u i r k y a n d t h e u n h e a r d o f i n L o n d o n ’s a c t i v i t i e s ! We k n o w a s c r e a t i v e s w e d o n ’ t like the conventional and therefore our s o c i a l l i f e s h ow s fo r t h i s - we d o n ’t s e t t l e f o r a c a n d l e l i t d i n n e r, w e p r e f e r t o b e taken places that are a little different.

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You are about to embark on an unbelievable trip: eating and drinking in pitch darkness. This idea might seem a little strange at first, but by suppressing the dominant sense of sight, you will enter a whole new world in which one is uncertain of their surroundings. Do not worry! Our blind guides will lead you through our gastronomic and pedagogical journey. Our food, mostly fresh, natural and/or organic, is based on the finest quality ingredients, making this experience as interesting and tasty as possible. Just choose one of our 4 surprise menus. Timeout London And don’t worry...there is a lit bar with a selection of wine’s available before and after the meal (just incase you do meet the man of your dream like Rachel McAdams did in About Time).

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AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT...

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Who isn’t up for Jazz at 1am? AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT...

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Yet it’s the risqué singer’s 78 of ‘The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But…’ that’s been given pride of place facing a cabin-like bar counter where pints of Adnams Bitter and Broadside, as well as Bitburger, Murphy’s and Mad Goose Purity are dispensed and duly taken back to a saloon-style back room accommodating the seating. That’s where the live music takes place most nights of the week, performed by tail-shakers happy to have a residency and equal acclaim from tourists and local enthusiasts. The staircase down to the toilets is decorated with caricatures of great names in blues and wider genres (the one of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is a work of art). Overall, a likeable student-bohemian vibe sets this place apart from the trendier spots along bar-lined Kingly Street. Timeout London

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FIRST AID BOX

A great fit for the area’s relaxed, thirtysomething inhabitants, First Aid Box’s white tiled walls, shelves of pseudo-pharmacological gear and menu with a medicinal theme suggest the snap of a latex glove, but it’s a concept of charming staff, upbeat music and flattering, flickering candlelight. But the most inspired thing about this place is that when the morning after the night before arrives, you can head straight back for a shot in the arm in the form of coffees, pastries, sangas and well-executed, modish small plates. This time it’ll be in the company of local mums-with-babes, groups preparing to take a spin around Brockwell Park and hungover friends self-administering hair of the dog. So open wide and say Aah! This is exactly what the doctor ordered. Timeout London

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LIFESTYLE hidden parks

D o n ’ t w a n t t o w a n d e r a r o u n d H y d e Pa r k f u l l o f tourists - check out these hidden parks dotted around London you never even knew were there!

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Highgate Cemetery is a place of burial in north London, England. It is designated Grade I on the H i s t o r i c E n g l a n d R e g i s t e r o f Pa r k s and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It is divided into t w o p a r t s, n a m e d t h e E a s t a n d We s t c e m e t e r y. Who new these tranquil burial grounds were right here in London! Fr o m t h e i m a g e w e w o u l d h a v e guessed it was lost somewhere in the heart of Cambodia popularised from a s c e n e o f To m b R a i d e r !


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Vi s i t t h e s e c o n d b i g g e s t C o n s e r v a t o r y in London and explore the hidden t r o p i c a l o a s i s i n t h e h e a r t o f t h e c i t y.

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secret garden

Isabella Plantation is a woodland garden in R i c h m o n d Pa r k i n s o u t h w e s t L o n d o n . I t i s m a n a g e d b y T h e R o y a l Pa r k s. The Isabella Plantation is a 40 acre w o o d l a n d g a r d e n s e t w i t h i n a Vi c t o r i a n w o o d l a n d p l a n t a t i o n p l a n t e d i n t h e 1 8 3 0 ’s. Fi r s t o p e n e d t o t h e p u b l i c i n 1 9 5 3 , i t i s b e s t k n o w n f o r i t s e v e r g r e e n a z a l e a s, w h i c h l i n e the ponds and streams and at their peak of f l o w e r i n l a t e A p r i l a n d e a r l y M a y. R o y a l Pa r k s

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O v e r t h e p a s t f e w y e a r s, I s a b e l l a P l a n t a t i o n has received significant investment from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds to i m p r o v e b i o d i v e r s i t y a n d i n c r e a s e a c c e s s. R o y a l Pa r k s

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plant life Pa r t o f t h e p a r k l a n d s c o n s e r v a t i o n d e s i g n a t i o n a s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the site is managed very much with nature in mind and the gardens are run o n o r g a n i c p r i n c i p l e s. N a t i v e p l a n t s c o m m o n l y g r o w a l o n g s i d e e x o t i c s t h r o u g h o u t t h e P l a n t a t i o n . Pe r i m e t e r and shelterbelt areas are planted with native nectar and berry bearing trees and shrubs to provide food and s h e l t e r f o r b i r d s, b a t s a n d i n s e c t s. T h e P l a n t a t i o n ’s ponds and stream provide additional habitat for i n v e r t e b r a t e s a n d a m p h i b i a n s. R o y a l Pa r k s

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KYOTO POND HOLLAND PARK H o l l a n d Pa r k i s a d i s t r i c t a n d a p u b l i c p a r k i n t h e R o y a l B o r o u g h o f Ke n s i n g t o n a n d C h e l s e a , i n w e s t L o n d o n . Pa r k s a n d G a r d e n s

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ABSORB have discovered this amazing hidden escape but we ask our readers to only take your favourite f r i e n d s - w e d o n ’t w a n t t h i s s p e c i a l p l a c e b e c o m i n g another overcrowed tourist spot.

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LIFESTYLE underground places D o n ’t j u s t t h i n k . . . t h e t u b e ! T h e s e q u i r ky p l a c e s a r e t h e u n d i s c o v e r e d L o n d o n ! Ta k e i t t o t h e t u n n e l s a n d s t a r t e x p l o r i n g w h a t ’ s d o w n b e l o w.

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Take a trip into this uber cool basement in the heart of buzzing Shoreditch, home of hushed shenanigans and party tricks and discover a world of fluorescent lighting, intimate booth seats and teetering bar stools. 5cc operates on a need-to-know basis, so we’re helping you get in the know to uncover the antics of this hidden place to drink London. Timeout London

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Blitz-era tube-themed bar Cahoots hosts live music every Friday, with electro-swing and ‘chap rap’ acts performing alongside more traditional gypsy jazz and lindyhop bands. Timeout London

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Tube geeks and fans of dark tunnels, rejoice! The London Transport Museum is making your subterranean dreams come true by putting on another round of behind-the-scenes tours at some of London’s disused tube stations. As well as the wellestablished Aldwych station tour, you can also explore the depths of Charing Cross station and for the first time, they’re offering tours of Down Street station so you can see where Prime Minister Winston Churchill held cabinet war meetings and took refuge during the Blitz. Timeout London

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LIFESTYLE travel / interrailing M a k e a j o u r n e y, t y p i c a l l y o f s o m e l e n g t h . T h e a c t i o n o f travelling.

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Caught the travel bug like us? Then Absorb can be your travel notebook! As we talk about taking inspiration from your surroundings - why not take these abroad? Different cultures are the most inspiring and so we have captivated our favourite type of trips. Have you got your passport up-to-date? Because we are about to send you running to the travel agent!

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We h a v e p i c k e d o u t t h e b e s t l o c a t i o n s while you are interrailing to save you t h o s e p o i n t l e s s s t o p o f f s . Tr a v e l a n d explore these amazing cities with our trusted judgement. W i t h o n e I n t e r r a i l G l o b a l Pa s s y o u can discover destinations from across E u r o p e. E n j oy u n fo r g e t t a b l e r a i l t r i p s a n d p l a n y o u r n e x t s t o p a s y o u g o. S e e 30 countries with 1 rail pass and make memories and friends for life!

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With your Interrail pass, you can discover the refreshing city of Vienna, take the ‘Sound of Music’ tour in Salzburg and explore the snow-capped mountains in Innsbruck. D u r i n g y o u r j o u r n e y, a d m i r e the stunning natural beauty and spectacular scenery from the train w i n d o w. Interrail

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Spend half a day browsing around the Hohensalzburg Castle – the crown and jewel of M o z a r t ’s b i r t h c i t y S a l z b u r g. B u i l t i n 1 0 7 7 t h i s w e l l - p r e s e r v e d c a s t l e h a s a m e d i e v a l r o y a l r o o m , a p a l a c e, a ch u r ch a n d a n u m b e r o f t owe r s t o ke e p yo u e a g l e - eye d . Interrail

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“if you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.”

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Yo u ’ l l f i n d m a n y g r e a t p l a c e s t o v i s i t i n R o m e , b u t d o n ’t fo r g e t t o t a ke s o m e t i m e o u t w i t h a n e s p r e s s o and indulge in some people watching. Step out of t h e c i t y i n t o t h e w o r l d ’s R o m a n C a t h o l i c h u b a n d r e s i d e n c e o f t h e Po p e – t h e Va t i c a n C i t y – a n d m a r v e l at some of the most breathtaking art and architecture k n o w n t o m a n . T h e n e a r b y Va t i c a n M u s e u m s a n d Sistine Chapel are a must-see – get discounted entry w i t h a n I n t e r r a i l I t a l y Pa s s . R o m e i s a h i g h l i g h t o f a n y trip through Italy – be assured you’ll want to return! Interrail

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Lose yourself in Ve n i c e ( Ve n e z i a ) a n d its enchanting maze of canals. As one of the most romantic places on the planet, it promises to charm even the most hardened s o u l . I t ’s a p o p u l a r tourist destination, so dodge peak times to avoid feeling like an olive stuffed in a j a r. I f i n t r i c a t e a n d inspiring art is your b a g, F l o r e n c e ( Fi r e n z e ) – birthplace of the Renaissance – is bound to hit the spot. The whole city is lavishly adorned with palaces, museums, galleries and other artistic gems, sending your imagination on a stroll t h r o u g h M e d i e v a l I t a l y. Interrail

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VENICE ON A BUDGET As we know, while your interrailing you will need to save as much money as you can. ABSORB writers have researched into what you need to do to travel on a budget. Falling into the tourists traps is quite easy, especially close to the main attractions like the Grand Canal. Here are a few bullet points to get you through your visit: - Visit in the off season - Choose a family run B&B or rent a short-term apartment (Air B&B). - Explore the real Venice‌ by foot. - Gondolas are a once-in-a-liftime experience‌ but be careful! - For great meals, step away from the popular piazzas Look for Local Souvenirs Walks of Italy To save booking an extra nights accommodation download the rail planner app to book night trains getting you to your next destination. Interrail

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Gondolas are synonymous with Venice. Some might say that no trip is complete without a ride in the ubiquitous boats. However, as a photographer, I’d much rather photograph them from a distance. Gondoliers wear their distinctive and traditional hats and shirts and know they are the constant subject of photographers. This fellow hung about for some time, very conscious of the constant clicking and enjoyed the attention. Gondoliers have their website that explains their official rates. Find rates at : GondolaVenezia.it It’s not cheap, by any means. Prices are approximately 80 Euros for a 40 minute ride for up to 6 persons. And that’s during the daytime. At night, rates rise to 100 Euros for a 40 minute ride. If you have your heart set on a romantic ride for two, that’s the rate you’ll pay. But if you hang about the popular spots where rides commence, you’ll find fellow travellers looking for others to share the cost of the ride. Don’t be surprised if Gondoliers ask for more than these noted rates. So, settle on the price and length of the ride at the outset. Also, check the time of the start of your ride. Why? Gondoliers’ watches can run suspiciously fast! Pa n T h e O n P h o t o s

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Viennese people enjoy the rich history, wonderful architecture and numerous cultural activities. City of Vienna offers you a variety of architectural highlights. From very old architecture to modern. Located in the first district the Graben is one of the most famous street in city centre of Vienna. All the buildings at the Graben have been newly renovated and many international luxury brand labels like Hermes, Chanel, Dior and so on have their Flagship stores located here. If you are in Vienna do not miss the opportunity to visit this famous Viennese Street and enjoy the elegant flair. Pa n T h e O n P h o t o s

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LIFESTYLE travel - thailand Our editor has had the lucky chance to visit this amazing country and so we covered a whole feature on if the hype is true and really worth a visit.

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ABSORB’s editor has recently had the trip of a lifetime and visited the country of Thailand. We hear this country on some many people’s wish lists and travel plans but we want to know if the hype is real. I have just had the amazing opportunity to travel and experience Thailand. We flew into Bangkok and then had a small coach ride to the city of Pattaya. Whilst here we visited temples, The Sanctuary of Truth, experienced the night life and took a boat trip visiting local islands. This was a fantastic week which temperatures reaching 35 degrees - not weather for laying around sunbathing. In the picture opposite, we went for sunset drinks at the Hilton Hotel on the beach front in Pattaya. The cocktails were out of this world and the views - well you can judge them for yourself. It felt like luxury! It was so nice we went back twice! I definitely recommend visiting here - the drinks prices in comparison to British Stirling is crazy! 360 Thai Baht for a cocktail is the equivalent to £7. If this was in London you wouldn’t be getting change from a £20 note! After spending a week here, we took an internal flight south - to the city of Krabi. I must say, upon arrival this was more of what I expected Thailand to look like. Sheer cliff ’s and farm land. Here we spent another week in the Vogue Resort Hotel & Spa. My favourite part was another boat trip where you can get the chance to snorkel and see all different types of coral and fish. Don’t forget to invest in a GoPro - this was my must have of the entire holiday!

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Travelling in a long boat has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t believe the white beaches and clear waters. Railey beach was the closest beach to travel to by long boat from the main beach in Krabi. They were very cheap and very often. Once arrived on Railey beach you could participate in activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding, and even rock climbing if your feeling brave! There is a ‘walking street’ where you can shop for souvenirs or food. I recommend the fruit smoothers! In that heat you need all the beverages! I definitely would refer a friend to visit here and the people are right about the hype - it truly is an amazing country!

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TRAV EL Where to stay? This is the big question. If you are travelling, the hostels really can not be faulted. Besides the lack of air con - for what you pay and the service it’s outstanding! Book with a trusted airline, and travel by coach to nearby places. Book a week in advance to your next location and you can change the amount of days your staying if they have room for you! I love taking holiday photos, and so before I travel - I always have a good haul on Pinterest and travel blogs for photography inspiration. You don’t know what your missing out on! I collected some fab photo’s whilst mid-flight and upon landing. Head over to my personal Instagram account for my updates. @katybm94

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In Krabi we had the amazing opportunity to experience Thai New Year named Songkran. This is a water festival where the streets are crammed with pick up trucks filled water tanks and super soaker’s! We joined a local hostel party at The Slumber Party Hostel where they provided a hose pipe so we could fill up our water guns! The atmosphere was incredible and not a person in sight was dry! The locals would jump off their trucks and paint your faces with a talcum power mix and power die. I would say a necessity for this event would be a water proof bag/phone pouch - as you really do get drenched! Imagine a tub of ice water literally thrown over your head! NO IPHONE IS SAFE!

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If you wanted more of a crazy party then head into Bangkok for Songkran. This goes on for a week and the streets are completely shut down and crammed with locals and tourists - I need to repeat this is not for the faint hearted, it, is, crazy! If you are staying in Bankgkok I would say to take a small boat on the canal and book a route taking you down the small water streets. This was a very eye opening experience seeing houses on stilts just centimetres off the water. Whilst on the canal we saw water snakes and lizards - very cool to see in the wild! We also saw people feeding fish from the temples - there were thousands! Thousands! It was interesting to see the high rise buildings sat right next to such run down housing! This is the true Bangkok, it is very mixed together!


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LIFESTYLE travel - festival hot list A festival a year is a must do! So we have collated the most c r e a t i ve a n d m e m o r a b l e.

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Music aside, what many don’t consider about Coachella is just how beautiful the festival is. Over 17 years, the organizers have honed their craft at throwing a singular party, and everywhere you look while bouncing from stage to stage is a stunning piece of art or the area’s natural landscape. At night, the palm trees light up in reds, blues, and greens while illuminated balloons fly into the sky. Coachella, for a couple weekends each year, manages to develop its own universe, and while many other festivals attempt such a feat, the amount that actually achieve such a spectacle is a rarity. - Consequence of Sound

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Glastonbury 2017 will take place f r o m 2 1 s t - 2 5 t h Ju n e, 2 0 1 7 .

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Unlike other festivals, where there might be four or five arenas and a handful of must-see artists, Glastonbury is a world unto itself, a city of tents, stalls and stages of seemingly infinite cultural, social and political offering. Your weekend might be music-focussed, but it could just as easily revolve around poetry, theatre, comedy or holistic healing.

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I N T R O D U C I N G. . . How to achieve your dream job in Art Direction Art director is the title for a variety o f s i m i l a r j o b f u n c t i o n s i n t h e a t r e, advertising, marketing, publishing, fashion, film and television, the Internet, and video games.

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ABSORB introduces ‘how to achieve your d r e a m j o b ’ . We h a v e d o n e o u r r e s e a r c h a n d talked with industry leading experts in the field that is the fashion industry specialising i n a r t d i r e c t i o n . We f e e l t h i s i s a n a r e a t h a t ’s t a l k e d a b o u t b e h i n d c l o s e d d o o r s a n d that fashion design or marketing is the only discussed area of fashion - read the feature to show insight into those unanswered questions around interning!

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To p s h o p ’ s v e r y own Art Director from London. Ed l e t ’s u s i n o n h i s creative journey s o f a r. . .

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HE ’ S IN FASHION Ever wondered how an Art Director actually got their j o b ? ? We f e e l g r a p h i c d e s i g n j o b s i n t h e f a s h i o n industry are hidden behind closed doors and untalked about. Here at Absorb we have done the hard work f o r y o u a n d h a v e c h a t t e d t o To p s h o p ’ s v e r y o w n A r t D i r e c t o r E d S h r e w s b u r y ! H e l e t ’s u s i n o n h i s c r e a t i v e journey so far and we find out how those dreaded internships really work!

We c h a t w i t h E d Where it all began - did you study at University? What is your brief journey to how you got to where you are now, landing you your career? (state job title): I studied Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art so very relevant to what I am doing now. In my third year I got an internship at Esquire which I had to do in London whilst doing uni work alongside it. The day after my last hand in I moved to London and start-

ed an internship as a Digital Designer for Conde Nast. which then lead onto a Design internship at British Vogue, I was there for roughly two months and then I was offered a full time job as a Digital Designer for Topshop which I took and am working as now. How did you find funding the internships? I funded my internships by working part time, saving up money and just crashing on friends sofas in London rather than paying full rent.

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Most internships won’t pay you anything so when your in London you need to be extremely financially planned and organised. If you could go back to any stage during your life, would you do anything differently? Yeah, I studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry A levels but if I could I back in time I would do an Art and Design BTEC. I wouldn’t change a thing from my Art Foundation or degree though.


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Do you have an online portfolio? And do you think this is essential for a job interview? An online portfolio/website is very important yes, it really separates you from student to professional. Mine is www.edshrew.co.uk

The dreaded interview - any horror stories you feel we should be prepared for? I think everyone prepares for nervous situations in different ways. Whenever I try and plan a speech out I stumble and get nervous but if I go in relaxed and have confidence in my ability to improvise on the spot then I am okay.

“Just Be Yourself”

I would recommend going through your portfolio how you want to show it an interview (make sure you start with a good project and end with a good project) and take notes on points, concepts and your working thought process on them as that is what the interviewer will want to here. Whoever is interviewing you already knows you’re a good designer as they’ve seen your work and invited you in, what they want to know through the interview is can they spend 8 hours a day with you. Are you going to get on with them? And are you enthusiastic for the job and bring ideas to the table? There things to think about before an interview but there is no need to get yourself worked up and nervous because they always end up being a lot more relaxed than you think (just be yourself).

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H ave you ever ‘enha n ce d you r ski l l s’ to accommoda te th e j ob appl i cati on? If yes h a s th i s backfi r ed dur i ng th e j ob r ol e ? I have def init ely exag g e rat e d wit h my t echnical skills o n my C V- wh o doesn’t ? Selling you rs e lf is a h ard t hing t o do. W hat ’s imp ort an t is t o just know t he bas ics. Wh e n eve r you st art a new job (wh at eve r leve l) t here will be a massive amou n t of learning new skil ls /t ools / equipment and whoeve r is h irin g you knows t hat . I we n t t o of u n i t hinking I was a whiz at P h ot os h op / Illust rat or/InD esign b u t wh e n I st art ed my job it f elt like I le arn t it all over again. H avin g t e ch n ical skills like t his isn’t wh at will g ain you a job so don’t worry ab ou t t hat , communicat ing con ce p t s an d having an underst and in g of t h e indust ry and work f low of p roje ct s will land you a job.

Who is your favourite creative? Whether it be a graphic designer/ illustrator/filmographer? I really like Esquires new redesign, the creative director Nick is an aesthetic genius and I learnt a lot from him interning there. My favourite studios are Wednesday, Jonny Lu and Li inc, they all produce work that blows my mind. Is there any other creative areas you feel you would like to expand to? I would like to explore video direction, it’s never something I ever experimented with at uni because not knowing the software at the time really intimidated me. What work / position are you most proud of? Personal projects wise, I hate looking back on my own stuff as I am my worst critique so I couldn’t say.

Head over to ABSORB digital to see our personal favourites from Ed’s portfolio.

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SHE’S IN FASHION We g e t t o c h a t w i t h t h e c o o l e s t p r i n t d e s i g n e r a r o u n d - Fe l i c i t y M a r s h a l l . To p m a n & A S O S ’ s v e r y o w n p r i n t g e n i u s . Fo l l o w t h i s f e a t u r e t o h e a r a b o u t F l i c k ’ s s t o r y. We ’ v e d e d i c a t e d 3 p a g e s e n t i r e l y t o F l i c k ’ s a m a z i n g a r t wo r k - we c o u l d n ’t ch o o s e b e t we e n t h e p r i n t s !

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stage during your life, would you do anything differently?  I would have liked to have travelled more when I was younger. Have you done any work experience/interning? If so, where at and how did you manage to achieve these internships? (sourcing contacts).  I interned at Alexander McQueen on the womenswear print team. It was a great experience but it was very hard work and really long hours. it did give me invaluable insight into the industry though and I did learn

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a lot. If you said yes to the previous question, how did you find funding the internships?  Very difficult. I still had some of my student loan left and I also worked in a pub to pay my way a bit. It was exhausting! Do you have an online portfolio? And do you think this is essential for a job interview?  I do have a website for my work, yes. I do feel that this is essential for job interviews and even applying for jobs. It looks more..


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professional and proves that you’re serious about what you do. The dreaded interview - any horror stories you feel we should be prepared for?  Ha! Interviews are always a strange social situation. I am lucky enough not to have any horror stories! My advice would be to include work in your folio that you like and like talking about. Also, try your best to get your personality across. So many times I have hired or seen people be hired that weren’t necessarily the most talented candidate for the job but had amazing personalities. Have you ever ‘enhanced your skills’ to accommodate the job application? If yes has this backfired during the job role?  Not really.  Who is your favourite creative? Whether it be a graphic designer/ illustrator/filmographer? Ah, thats a totally unanswerable question! There are too many people that I find inspiring to mention!

Is there any other creative areas you feel you would like to expand to?  I would like to do more photography. What work / position are you most proud of? Every position I’ve had has had its worth in a way and I’ve learnt something from each of them. I’m proud of my position at Topman because I get to work on the Topman Design Catwalk shows, which are really fun. In terms of work I’m proud of, that changes all the time! I’ve just made some printed bags that I really like and hope to make more in the future.

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A small insight into Felicity’s print work for ASOS.

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“I’m proud of my position at Topman because I get to work on the Topman Design Catwalk shows, which are really fun.”

What work / position are you most proud of? Every position I’ve had has had its worth in a way and I’ve learnt something from each of them. I’m proud of my position at Topman because I get to work on the Topman Design Catwalk shows, which are really fun. In terms of work I’m proud of, that changes all the time! I’ve just made some printed bags that I really like and hope to make more in the future.

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From New York to Berlin, we catch up with Mark Small who is the retoucher at ASOS.

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HE ’ S IN FASHION Fr o m g r a d u a t i n g t o b e i n g f l o w n a c r o s s t h e w o r l d - M a r k S m a l l ’s j o u r n e y i n t h e c r e a t i v e i n d u s t r y i s a n y t h i n g b u t d u l l ! H e ’s h a d f i r s t h a n d i n s i g h t i n t o t h e c r a z y w o r l d t h a t i s Fa s h i o n S h o w s ! A b s o r b c h a t ’ s w i t h Mark getting to know how he has landed his dream job at ASOS!

We c h a t w i t h M a r k Where it all began - did you study at University? What is your brief journey to how you got to where you are now, landing you your career? (state job title): After college I knew I wanted to do an arts based course but I was unsure of my direction. In the last couple of months of college my art took on an underlying fashion theme throughout, and when applying to University I looked for a place where i could develop this.  I then turned to Southampton Solent where I

found Fashion Graphics - a course which seemed to mix everything I loved together.  I didn’t just want to be a photographer or just a graphic designer, I wanted to do it all and this course allowed me to do it. After graduating a friend who used to work for a fashion photographer suggested me as a good candidate for the new role available and soon I was travelling to New York, Paris, Milan and of course London to work during the fashion seasons.  It was one huge

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roller coaster and it was extremely demanding during the season.  I made a conscious decision to work for 2 years there as that’s a great time to spend somewhere.  After that time was up I saw an ad on LinkedIn for a retoucher at ASOS and applied!  I took the only position they could offer at the time which was a freelance retoucher, which soon turned into a 6 month contract, then 3 months into that a full time position as junior, and now I’m what we call a ‘middleweight’ retoucher.


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If you could go back to any stage during your life, would you do anything differently? I always think it’s important to look back on your life and reflect on the things that made you into the person you are today, but never have regrets about anything you do.  I wouldn’t want to change anything because every decision I have ever made, however little or how small, have put me onto this path, and so far I’m loving the scenery, I mean, how many people can say they’ve watched a Chanel or Alexander McQueen show!

Have you done any work experience/interning? If so, where at and how did you manage to achieve these internships? (sourcing contacts).  I did do one internship and I found this when the editor came into university to give a lecture.  It was an... interesting experience, lets say that, and I was spending money left right and center.  Was it worth it? Who knows, maybe that helped me get the job I have today.  It was valuable in the fact I learnt how casual the fashion industry is.  My ideas of magazine offices in large white massive buildings was soon destroyed, I wasn’t totally clueless, but when I dropped off a Stella McCartney dress at a certain leading fashion magazine, well lets just say 5 people in a tiny room was not what I had expected! If you said yes to the previous question, how did you find funding the internships?  I funded this internship with money I had saved from part time jobs that I had throughout my life.  Some of the money was probably giving to me from relatives for birthdays and other occasions.  I’ve never been the sort of person to spend money as soon as I get it, and to this day I never understand people who do.  I have a figure in my head, and if I ever go below that I know I need to re-asses my spendings. 

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Do you have an online portfolio? And do you think this is essential for a job interview? I did have an online portfolio.  I still wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to take so I included a real mixture.  It was on my personal blog which I actually set up during university for one of the projects we had to do!  Was it needed? I’ll never know, who knows if they did actually look at it when I submitted my application.  I did however download all these images and include them on my iPad which I used during my interview at ASOS.  The dreaded interview - any horror stories you feel we should be prepared for? My internship interview made me feel like I had no idea what I was doing.  Names were being thrown around and because I hadn’t heard of them I felt like they were looking down at me the whole time.  When I had my interview to work during fashion season my CV wasn’t even looked at!  I casually explained what was on it - that interview was more grasping what I was like as a person - which is essential because at the end of the day many skills can be taught, but people skills not so much. 


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“I was living in a bubble in Sussex, boys just didn’t do textiles, that was for girls, and so was dance, another thing I would have loved to have studied.”

“Yes I am a Drag Queen on the side.  It’s important to have your own creative projects going on while working anywhere...”

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“How many people can say they’ve watched a Chanel show?!”

Have you ever ‘enhanced your skills’ to accommodate the job application? If yes has this backfired during the job role? I’ve never felt the need to lie on CV, who knows, maybe I should have!  I live my life by using the assets I have and I apply this to my CV.  Every bit of experience is great.  I once had an image published of me (a self portrait that I shot with a makeup look) in a national newspaper  - a small article, but it also technically means I’ve been published in there!  It’s not wise to lie on a CV, but I don’t have anything against cutting out some information from facts! Who is your favourite creative? Whether it be a graphic designer/illustrator/filmographer? Aesthetically my love for the arts started with fashion designers, Gareth Pugh, McQueen, Chanel, the attention to detail and themes that they conveyed through the fashion and their runway was so inspiring, and still is to me.  A graphic designer I love is Neville Brody and I love his work because it’s similar to my own style and he really plays around with text in a fun way.  My mind and favourites flicker so quickly that there isn’t just one person who is my all time favourite.  I admire hard work, vision and passion, so really I have many favourites, just not one in particular.

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Is there any other creative areas you feel you would like to expand to?  When I had my interview for University the lecturer initially said I would be better suited for fashion design, and who knows maybe I was! I would have loved to learn more about design and sewing, I was the best in my class in secondary school but I never took it up for GCSE because well, I guess you could call it peer pressure.  I was living in a bubble in Sussex, boys just didn’t do textiles, that was for girls, and so was dance, another thing I would have loved to have studied. What work / position are you most proud of? I had the opportunity to photograph the front row at a Chanel show so being less than a meter quite literally from Keira Knightly and Rhianna to name a few was a very out of my body moment.  I’m most proudest of where my journey is going.  For example I started a blog for a project at University called ‘Vanity Nightmare’ and I started creating makeup looks for it.  I then continued to make random looks every so often - which I even used as examples in my portfolio for my job at ASOS.  The blog then turned into a fashion diary when I was travelling around the world, and now it’s taking a side bench, and I’ve used the name for Drag! - Yes I am a Drag Queen on the side.  It’s important to have your own creative projects going on while working anywhere and you never know where the next project may lead or who’s watching.


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T h e Wo r l d n e e d s to be Heard, Understood & Loved. I ’ m a Fa s h i o n Stylist & Art Director in the f a s h i o n i n d u s t r y.

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SHE’S IN FASHION W i t h o v e r 1 0 y e a r s e x p e r i e n c e w i t h i n t h e i n d u s t r y, Va l e r i a Simantob has worked serious hard to achieve her ambition. Without social media (yes, there was a time before tweets a n d i n s t a - p o s t s ! ) Va l s t r u g g l e d t o m a k e c o n t a c t s , b u t w i t h persistence and networking, she has followed a dream in Art Direction and Styling. Read the feature to find how she has made the move to London.

We c h a t w i t h Va l Where it all began - did you study at University? What is your brief journey to how you got to where you are now, landing you your career? (state job title): I studied to become a Fashion Designer at Palermo University (Buenos Aires, Argentina). I’ve also studied Fashion Styling as a short course because it wasn’t available as a full university degree. That was 10 years ago, back then there were jobs related to my career but, it was really difficult to find people to work

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people in the Industry, such as photographers, directors, etc. It was there where I started working in Art Direction and Styling. Two years ago I’ve moved to London to take my profession to another level, and also opened up my experimental Fashion Photography Studio in East London. If you could go back to any stage during your life, would you do anything differently ? Everything that happened to me is a reflection of how I lived my life. I would have probably loved to be...


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WHO IS VALERIA SIMANTOB “Your portfolio speaks about you and how you are” more direct with some people or to resolve some things in a different way, but I always followed my instincts, my inner voice and try to do everything I thought was best. Have you done any work experience/interning? If so, where at and how did you manage to achieve these internships? (sourcing contacts). No, I never made any internships. In Argentina, back in the day it wasn’t really common to make internships in Styling or Art Direction. But at the same time when I first started I was living alone, and was quite difficult to the pay bills if you didn’t have a good job so everything was down to hard work, networking and doing some side jobs while working to earn more money. Do you have an online portfolio? And do you think this is essential for a job interview? Yes I have, it is www.valesimantob.com and my company web, www.bkcn.co.uk. I think that your online portfolio is more important than your CV, I’m not saying that the CV is not important but, we are in an industry that everything is visual, and companies are interesting to see how is your visual final result than reading it. Your portfolio speaks about you and how you are. Not only because of your work, how it’s organised and how you convey the message. Presentation skills are very important and essential for a job interview, as well as recommendations.

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The dreaded interview - any horror stories you feel we should be prepared for? Definitely. When I arrived in London I sent my CV to a Great Fashion Designer, (Won’t mention any names so we don’t have any problems in the future, haha). So they called me in and I was really happy to have the interview. I stayed days and nights studying and preparing everything for the big  day. I had just finished my online portfolio to show it to them on my laptop, but when I got there my computer wouldn’t turn on. So after several tries I began showing my portfolio on my mobile phone which was not very professional. The manager interviewing me was angry and had left the room, leaving me alone with the HR girl. The HR girl was embarrassed and felt sorry for me and that in the future I could re-apply for the job. So my advice to everybody is, even though we live in a Digital era and your online portfolios are be beautiful ...analogue is the way. You will never fail with print. So if you can, make a print version because you never know what is going to happen. Have you ever ‘enhanced your skills’ to accommodate the job application? If yes has this backfired during the job role? Always, it’s never enough to learn a new skill, it’s never enough to learn, because that new skill can take you to another job, person or company. I never had any problem doing this, if you are willing to learn, it’s very difficult for something to go wrong. Focus on that and put the energy to learn!!! Who is your favourite creative? Whether it be a graphic designer/illustrator/filmographer? I’m not the type of person who has favouritism, I am not fond of fanaticism over a brand or particular designer. Sometimes is not a matter who it is, is more what they do in that moment. Is there any other creative areas you feel you would like to expand to? I would like to venture into film in the near future and further down the line create my own fashion collection.

What work / position are you most proud of? Every work that I’ve done has something different, all of them gave me a new experience, a new knowledge. Now I’m concentrated making my first book and I can tell you, I’m really proud with the results so far.

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