ARTMUSO CREATIVE ARTS & SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
ARTMUSO Autumn 2014 CONTRIBUTORS Sam Borrett Mellisa Harrison Phil Robinson Jamie Brannon Sander van der Wel Robin Hulme Anna Rohwer Cara Sturgess Amanda Dennison Nik Burns Ruth Conway Rico Chen William Perry Matt Russell Dan Wilton Cover Image: Nik Burns Prop Tail Anglerfish Lamp. Made from a combination of found materials with purpose made components. 2
CONTENTS Nik Burns: artmuso explores the
Jon McClure Exclusive:
Amanda Denison: Jewellery
Social Conscience: With 2.5
wonderful sculptural work of the Shropshire artist.
The Reverend speaks out on music, politics, and his band’s resurgence. designer shares her creative journey and her love of the ugly and unexpected. billion people not able to access proper sanitation we look at the important water issues.
Micro Craft: The continued rise of microbreweries makes for a good excuse to try some of them out.
Honest Crust: A healthy slice of
A Closer look in your closet:
Cara Sturgess: A unique take on
Ruth Conway - African inspired
NOISE Festival 2014 -
Catfish and the Bottlemen:
What’s On: A selection of
Depression: A debilitating and
good food in our interview with the Honest Crust pizza company.
What’s in your wardrobe and do you know where your clothes come from? Celtic jewellery.
patterns, colour and layering.
Curator choice profiles and a look at this years events. A review of the much anticipated debut album from one of the UK’s hottest new bands.
happenings and events in London, Manchester and New York carefully chosen for you. potentially lethal hidden illness. We look at the signs and symptoms.
THE BALCONY THE DEBUT ALBULM FROM CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
NIK BURNS artmuso stumbled across the enchanting sculptural work of Nik Burns at New Designers ‘One year on’ earlier this year… Mellisa Harrison catches up with the Shropshire artist artmuso
Has art always been on your agenda?
What inspires your work?
Art has been a big part of my life since a very early age; as a child I was either sketching or making models of things. Art was a fascination that developed throughout school where I achieved high grades in both art and wood-working, I went to sixth-form college and chose to study three subjects; Fine art; Graphic Design; and Photography. I left education at 18 and started out as a freelance photographer specializing in portraiture and would continue in this field for 8 years until 2010 when I enrolled as a mature student at Hereford College of Arts where I studied Contemporary Applied Arts and achieved a first class grade.
Throughout my life I have loved exploring our recent history especially the things that we make - the objects; these things have a life story and it is that which makes them exciting. The industrial revolution, and then the Victorian-era time periods that most inspire me were a time of invention and discovery of contraptions and thingamabobs. My practice is also inspired greatly by fantasy and science-fiction writing, the work of Joules Verne and H.G Wells in particular; this influence can be clearly seen in the sculpture entitled â€˜TriPodâ€™ (below).
Insects and sea-life are the main subjects of my practice. I like taking these creatures and give them a mechanical or industrial twist. The outcomes are sometimes humorous which is a big positive as I like my work to make people smile.
â€œThe industrial revolution, and then the
Victorian-era time periods that most inspire me were a time of invention and discovery of contraptions and thingamabobsâ€?
Do you have a formula when you are How long does it take you to complete a creating or does each project evolve sculpture from concept to completion? naturally?
The sculptures vary dramatically from about 30-40 The design process often starts with an idea followed hours to over 400 hours. by a series of sketches. With the insect pieces I would start with the legs, as that is the most complicated part The dragonfly was nearly the top end. I am working on and work from there. On occasion I start with a found a new angler fish lamp which has been loads of fun so object and use this as a base for the project, adding to it far, I have spent about 50 hours so far and I am about and incorporating it in the design. Even though when I halfway. start out with a sketch, as the piece develops, I often go What are you working on at the in unexpected directions and more often than not the moment? finished piece has little or no resemblance to the original rendering. Patina and an aged appearance play a major Currently I am working on several commissioned role in the success of my pieces. I deliberately want pieces; a wearable spider and a whippet dog are the pieces to look old and worn like the antique objects that first to be done. Alongside this I am creating an angler I am fascinated by. I sometimes use chemical processes fish lamp using mostly reclaimed materials. The next to enhance this look of age. big project is a two-metre long scorpion. 8
Dragonfly is a hybrid with influences taken from both dragonflies and damselflies. The 806 holes in the wings are hand cut and then carved to create veining. The abdomen section is turned from purple heart the mechanical parts are all turned from brass.
Where can we see your work? This year I have exhibited at the Mall Galleries, where I was awarded joint winner of the Designer Craftsman of the year prize awarded by the Society of Designer Craftsmen. The Ferrers Gallery, The Ludlow Assembly rooms, The Big Art Show Shrewsbury, The RHS spring show in Malvern and at New Designers â€˜One Year Onâ€™. Unfortunately I will not be exhibiting again this year as I am working on several larger projects. I will be at the Malvern Spring Show again in May 2015. For more information on Nik Burns go to www. nikburns.com or follow him on Facebook www.facebook.com/Nikburnsart
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS Wanting a top feature for the first issue of artmuso I knew there was only one call to make. Someone with the musical talent, the outspoken views, and who is one of the nicest and most genuine guys in the music industry. Sadly Simon Cowell wasn’t available so we had to settle for Jon McClure, lead singer and inimitable front man of Reverend and the Makers.
The band has stood the test of time and gone from strength to strength with their fourth album ‘ThirtyTwo’, released earlier this year, the band’s most successful record since their 2007 debut ‘The State of Things’.
A lot has happened since we last met, how are you enjoying life at the moment?
We were in a bit of a pit when I last seen you, the second album come out, I were off me nut a lot, trying to be political, people weren’t really having it, and it were We met up with the Reverend at the intimate almost at an end. Blackthorn festival before the band took to the stage to deliver a typically energetic set that has become That second album went 19, the one after went 16, last synonymous with a Reverend and the Makers gig. Jon one’s just gone 13, tickets for tours gone same way so is a big guy with a big personality who engages you we’ve kind of been able to develop this whole other new with an educated view on life and music over a strong side of us career so things are amazing, things are going Yorkshire accent. When he talks, it’s impossible not to really well. listen. 12
You’ve almost gone full circle since that time, are you happier with the music now? It’s just a live thing more than owt, we’re just dead good live. We’ve supported everyone and played loads of festivals and we’ve developed this fan-base that will always come and watch us live, and there’s thousands of them all over. We do a tour and Ritz will sell out, Liverpool O2 will sell out, Sheffield, Rock City we sold out this time, good venues man, people know we do a good gig. It’s been 10 years, so in October we’re doing first two albums one night, second two albums second night in O2 and it’s sold out and it’s gonna be wonderful. And after that I’m gonna change it up again. I’ve got something else up my sleeve that’s radically different but unbelievably good. That’s why I’m confident coz I know I’ve got something coming that’s going to fuck everyone up.
The other thing what’s happened is, such as radio, music press, for a long time just pretended we didn’t exist and now they’re at a point where they’re like ‘I might not like you but I’ve got to acknowledge you exist, coz you’re doing alright.’ They can’t deny us existence anymore; it’s a critical mass, that’s exactly what it is.
Do you think that politics and music don’t mix? Not as well as I’d like them to, but… Silence is Talking is most political tune I’ve got and that’s us last song ont set and everyone goes absolutely nuts and probably don’t think about what lyrics we use…maybe some of them do. But I’ve been proved right politically, I don’t need to bang on about it. Made Mongrel album talking about Gaza and Palestine and everyone was like ‘I don’t wanna know, I don’t wanna know. What are you on about Jon?’ We were right and they were wrong.
“My politics aren’t ever gonna change and everybody knows what I think, but you say it time and time again and you become Billy Bragg and I don’t want to be Billy Bragg, I like footy and wanking too much to be Billy Bragg.” Give us a teaser, is it a new line up, new style…? No it’s not a new line up, it’s a new album but it’s not like anything we’ve ever done before, it’s totally different. Normally I’d send it over to the record label, Cooking Vinyl, or to me manager Dave, and they’re always like ‘well it’s good, but maybe you don’t want to do that track, that track’s good and I like that but I don’t like that’, but I sent them this and they were like ‘just go in the studio and record it please, record it now.’ So we’re gonna do it in Sheffield then we’re going to Jamaica to finish it, it’s gonna come out next year and we’re looking at doing us own gig like a big fuck off one – like Courteeners done them Castlefield Bowl things. Summat special somewhere coz we’ve got a decent fanbase now and I reckon we could pull it off. I wanna do it outdoors, somewhere mad out the way and just do one gig, promote fuck out of it but just do one gig all year, like we’re just doing this one show and we’re gonna play this new album what’s gonna come out and we have a film that accompanies the whole album like…it’s exciting man, I’m just glad to still be at it you know what I mean?
I’m not gonna name publications or radio stations but them people in the press that said I chatted shit and no-one wants to hear my ‘bedroom politics’ alright, bedroom politics are they? Everybody’s agreeing with me now aren’t they, about Gaza, everybody’s on Palestine side now all of a sudden aren’t they? Slowly people start to get it and I’m just like ‘well I don’t need to keep telling you coz I’ve told you once.’ My politics aren’t ever gonna change and everybody knows what I think, but you say it time and time again and you become Billy Bragg and I don’t want to be Billy Bragg, I like footy and wanking too much to be Billy Bragg.
Do you feel like you have a responsibility to discuss your political views or is it just that because it’s an interest you enjoy doing it? You have a responsibility to be honest, that’s all. You can disagree if you want but that’s what I think. For a while I thought I had to change everyone’s fucking minds but I don’t. It’s not on me to change everyone’s minds, it’s on me to put out there what I think and if they want to agree they will. artmuso
Bear in mind a song called People Shapers on me second album right; it’s a song about Rupert Murdoch, two years later phone hacking scandal goes on. [The song] says ‘What kind of democracy’s this where people shapers bend and they twist…if they control all the news channels, then all the views travels faster than we can combat’. That’s two years before phone hacking scandal, now everyone’s like ‘ah, they’re fucking terrible aren’t they’. Well I told you what I think, time’s proved me correct man, that’s why I’m not worried about owt.
When I first met you I wanted to fucking prove myself, I wanted to prove to Radio 1 that I’m reyt good – why? I don’t need Nick Grimshaw’s fucking seal of approval; I’d rather not have it really, fucking hell, you know what I mean?
People think I’m a one hit wonder. I’ve had 4 top twenty albums, albums, not singles, albums – 4 of em. I’ve got a nice house and a nice missus, I don’t need to worry about owt.
Do you think there’s still a place for pop music that doesn’t mean much; that kind of bubblegum pop?
So I’m at a stage where I’m supremely confident in my own ability, in me own fucking band, in me own music. I’m 33 this year, I’m not begging it off anyone do you know what I mean? Radio 1 wanna say ‘ah there’s only older people into your band’ – are there really? Coz I got banned from NME coz I said they didn’t put there’s thousands of fucking kids love my band, they enough black people on the cover, so they banned me. come and watch me and all go nuts and they’re about 15. I aint got a problem with NME, the point I’m making is that I’m honest and I’ve always been honest, but I’m So I don’t need to fucking prove it, proofs int pudding. the one that’s still turning up to festivals and playing to I take a photo of the crowd when I play at fezzies and thousands of people every week. I love my life man, I that and stick it on twitter. I don’t need to do that [prove it] to anyone anymore. don’t feel under any pressure.
People can do bubblegum pop. I think me being more militant a few years back would’ve disagreed with that statement but yea, maybe they can.
My problem is this: If you don’t know about politics, if you’re literally some airhead that makes shit music like, I don’t know, Ollie Murs – sound; don’t talk about Gaza then. If you’re intelligent and you know and you don’t [talk about Gaza], not in your music but if someone asks your opinion, to then go (shrugs) ‘I don’t know, I don’t know’ - that’s weak that. So not everyone has to be John Lennon or Chuck D or fucking Fugazi, I just think that I’m glad I’ve been able to combine making a decent amount of money, not too much, but enough to live comfortably with me missus, and do what I enjoy doing and I’ve been able to report what I see as right. You can only be responsible for yourself ultimately and I’ve had to learn that the hard way. You can’t expect people to agree or disagree with you, it’s like, I think there’s a certain set of facts out there and if you’re an intelligent person and you observe these said facts, if you don’t agree with what I think then, on certain issues, you’re either dumb or you don’t give a fuck.
“You can only be responsible for yourself ultimately and I’ve had to learn that the hard way.”
“I’m a romanticist, I want to fucking roll around in a field and look at nice colours and shit like that. I want to listen to music and smell things. I don’t wanna watch it all through some device But there’s a place for bubblegum pop. Worse than bubblegum pop is artists that claim to masquerade as the alternative but don’t write their own material. It’s almost better to be Harry Styles – at least you’re honest. You’re just some kid singing shit songs and all girls love you and nice one. You’re not pretending to be Bob Dylan are ya? You’re not stood on that stage pretending to be Bob Dylan when geezer down road is writing all your songs for you mate. That’s worse, coz that’s a fucking subterfuge; you’re taking the piss.
Man ont street agrees with me now. I’m in the same place; it’s them that’s fucking moved. Politicians taking piss, press, newspapers taking piss, people are sick of it, fucking sick of it. I don’t need to say owt; my records are out there.
My favourite track on the new album is Time, is that one you wrote about social media?
Yea, I saw this article recently that said people experience things now as an anticipated memory, you Or Calvin Harris who’s standing there like, nice one, understand what I mean? Let’s say you’re watching a you’re just pressing fucking play on a CD player. People gig, watching it through your phone coz you want to work hard don’t they, it cost them sixty to a hundred put it on Twitter or Facebook to say you were at the quid to go to a festival, just don’t take piss is what I’m gig. Watch the fucking gig! It’s anticipated memory, so there’s a problem in the way people experience things saying. and that’s what I’m saying in that song, you know what How many top 20, or even top 10 albums have you got I mean? Get yersen outside and experience some shit.
I can go on forever me. I’m ten years into it. From my era bands, who’s still doing same kind of business we do? No-one really. Kaiser chiefs, but he’s had to go on the Voice to do that, Ricky, hasn’t he? So who else is around? Arctic Monkeys, they’re a phenomenon you can’t include them in it, so who else from my era bands are still doing it? Hardly anyone really, so yea, I fuckin’ fancy it, I fancy keeping on.
I’m a romanticist, I want to fucking roll around in a field and look at nice colours and shit like that. I want to listen to music and smell things. I don’t wanna watch it all through some device.
So you want an analogue life not a digital life?
No, coz Twitter’s what’s enabled me to have this fucking resurgence. I’m not anti-technology in any way, shape or form, but there’s a time and a place. I’m out now, I don’t have my phone with me. People are just Have you found a winning formula then? corralled like sheep into thinking ‘well we’re all doing Yea, 100% that’s exactly what it is, especially live. I can this now’ and when people do let it go for a minute and do what I want on records now, literally I can do what do actually fucking feel things; it’s wonderful. People I want, coz live I’ve got this thing that works. Even me are scared, everyone’s scared to fucking bust loose a bit new thing what’s mad different to this thing will still – just bust it loose, come on! work if I mix it up. Beautiful. I’m not saying everyone should get off their nut all the Does the seeming mainstream apathy of the UK ever time, but wouldn’t you like for a weekend if there were wear you down, when you see things happening – issues no alcohol but there were only ecstasy and weed and that you care about, and you get people that wouldn’t MDMA? I’ll tell you what, you wouldn’t be paying even know what Gaza was? for as many fucking coppers, there’d be no fighting, no No, coz I tell you what’s different. Man int street is deaths man, it would all be nice; everyone would get starting to realise man, they fucking are. My Mum’s on. There’d be a few more babies made, do you know local pub where my brother works – I would’ve walked what I mean (laughs). in there five years ago talking about Gaza, they’d have told me to shut the fuck up, like that Fosters advert where the geezer’s talking too political so they’re like ‘shut up mate’.
Have you heard Sleaford Mods? Two blokes from Nottingham, one’s 43 one’s 42, one of them makes the riffs and beats on his laptop, stands there in a tracksuit smoking an e-cigarette, while his mate, who’s a mod, shouts over it. Mate, they’re gonna be massive. Everyone’s obsessed with ‘em. artmuso
I can’t speak on behalf of this band but Miles Kane tweeted them and he went ‘this music’s made as a protest against the likes of you, don’t tweet me again or I’ll have to block you’. He slags everyone off this geezer, he’s wonderful. He’s alright with me and I’d like to think he’s alright with me largely due to the fact I’m one of the only fuckers who’ve had ever had owt to say last few years. But regardless, I think they’re fucking wonderful and they’re able to articulate that fuckedoffness that everyone feels. In a different way that’s why people come to our gigs and jump up and down and go nuts coz it’s like a release.
made out on the news then.. you know what I mean? ‘Listen to this girl, she’s the best new thing’. No she’s not, her record label just paid you to say that. The truth will out man coz you’ve got the Internet and that’s what technology is dead good for, it’s not good for watching your life through.
Do you ever think the Internet will one day become completely governed? Yea, maybe. I think offline might be the new punk one day. Kids might do things deliberately offline, I could see that happening in 20 years.
Do you think that the undercurrent of people beginning Start printing magazines again… to take an interest in things that are happening, there’s this sense that’s building that will get to a point where Yea, like ‘I’m gonna start doing fanzines and fucking we get a revolution? CDs, we don’t have MP3s’. They’ll make a chip soon No, it’s more like a fragmentation. You understand what I mean? ‘We don’t trust you no more news channel, we don’t trust you coz you obviously talk shit. We don’t want to watch you no more, we’re not going to listen to your radio station no more coz you just pump out corporate bullshit. We’re not going to read your magazine coz you’re as bad.’ It’s that. People are turning away, it’s like a decentralization of culture, they’re looking up to other people like ‘you’re alright mate, I’m gonna follow you on Twitter, what you say is alright’.
that means you can’t turn a song into an MP3, it’ll come – watch. You understand what I mean? So you have a CD and you can’t make it an MP3 no matter what.
Regardless, the point I’m making is, the Internet will become passé. It’s like the hot new shit, still is, Twitter it’s been around years, it’s evolving, moving, and kids will get fed up of that; ‘fuck it, I’m offline, having nowt to do with it.’ I’ll give you an example: young people don’t really do Facebook that much anymore, it’s for me mum, me mum loves Facebook. Flower of the day, in her garden. Flower of the day? Mother, really!
So you’ll get more of those things that rise up…
It’s the politics of rejection, people rejecting the Not in a conscious aggressive, fight the power kind of traditional outlets. Your mate tells you a band are dead way, more just like ‘you’re sound you, I’ll follow you, you good – you’ll have a listen won’t ya? Nick Grimshaw make me laugh and things you say are right and your tells you they’re good and you probably think ‘I don’t tunes are alright’ you understand what I mean? It’s not want to listen to them coz they’re gonna be shit’. See like some resistance thing, that’s an outdated concept, a how you’ve made a protest? It’s not an explicit one, 60s 80s concept that doesn’t exist anymore. People are but nevertheless you’ve made a protest. You’ve made a decision not to trust the gatekeepers, newsmen, DJs, more likely to sign an e-petition aren’t they? whoever the fuck they are. We don’t trust you to tell us what the fuck to do anymore. Because it’s easier? It’s easier to protest in their own little way like ‘I’m not going to listen to your bullshit anymore, I’m gonna listen to them coz I like them and even though your magazine said this band is shit, I like them. And I’m gonna support this football team because they don’t spend like 300 zillion pounds on fucking players, they’ve got a bit of ethics so I’m gonna support them’. Just quietly, people just seeking enjoyment, pleasure and knowledge from alternative sources. It’s not like storm the fucking gates of Winter Palace. Back in the day 50s, you had fucking Pathé news and BBC and everyone were just like ‘uh ok, yea’, but it int like that no more. You can’t suppress the truth man, so if a band’s good or there’s some shit going on the other side of the world that doesn’t quite seem to be how it’s 18
Isn’t it inevitable though that the people who monetize those platforms now, will find a way to monetize those new channels that spring up? Isn’t that what the music industry’s about now? It’s not a creative, expressive, beautiful thing, it’s about some corporate men making lots of money. That’s exactly what it’s about
So when they see other things rise up they’ll look to… …jump on it and monetize it? Yea maybe… It’s why things like Sleaford Mods exist. They exist as a protest against that. There’s little things, little festivals… I don’t want to go to Reading and Leeds festival and pay five pounds for a pint of piss and watch shit metal bands, no thanks mate. I’d rather pay fifty quid and come have
“Shit don’t get worse, it gets better – I believe in progress” a nice time with friends on a farm and see a couple of bands I like and get stoned. See what I’m saying? They can’t control it. They might try and buy one thing, they might buy Myspace, and it’s gone, redundant, don’t exist, it’s a fucking fallacy man, it’s nothing. It’s like Bitcoin and that – fucking bullshit man, I’m not having it! What I’ve realised is things don’t happen in big revolutionary fucking statements man – they don’t. They happen in piecemeal, bit by bit. In thirty years we’ll look back on Obama and Cameron being nice about Israel and we’ll think, ‘well you’re just like them fuckers in 70s who were pals with apartheid South Africa.’ There won’t be some big revolution, just quietly they’ll come to some agreement and it’ll just be sorted out one day – coz it ain’t right.
Shit takes a long time to change – we might not even be alive to see it, but I’m cool with that, I’m alright. I’m gonna live my life, it’s all good. Like I said before, I’ll go back to my original point: represent what you’re about and let people make their own minds up. Obviously you wanna force your opinion down every fucker’s throat when you’re 20-odd year-old – I’ve been doing it today, ranting – but then you calm down. I’m not too doomed out about it, I feel like shit’s working its sen out. There’s awful troubles to be suffered by people along the way, Gaza, wherever, but people come to the right conclusion eventually. Shit don’t get worse, it gets better – I believe in progress. www.reverendmakers.com www.facebook.com/ReverendAndTheMakers
Like how we’re finding out more and more about how twitter.com/Reverend_Makers bad Thatcher was – if you didn’t already know. Exactly. It’s not like they’re all gonna round them up and fucking shoot everybody who were in her cabinet, it int like that. It’s just people are gradually gonna realise, ‘that were pretty fucked that weren’t it.’ artmuso
From marketing and project management to shiatsu and oriental medicine, jewellery designer Amanda Denison had certainly got quite a few skills under her belt. But after years of working for the design industry and the NHS she returned to her love of creating; and artmuso is so pleased that she did… “I haven’t always devoted my time to being an artist. After school I went to Winchester School of Art and did a Fine Art degree. I always needed a ‘process’ on which to hang my creativity so I did a lot of etching and lino printing but in the end I concentrated on film and video.” After completing her degree Amanda worked in marketing and project management for graphic design consultancies. Later on her career took a complete turn after a trip to Thailand, and a chance encounter led her to train in shiatsu and oriental medicine and work as a shiatsu practitioner. Personal injury and now having a young child on board necessitated a change of career for Amanda, so she decided to work closer to home for the NHS. Over the years Amanda had missed being able to express her creative flair so she enrolled on an evening class in jewellery making where she became hooked. “I considered doing a Masters in Jewellery Making but I wanted to concentrate on developing practical making skills with maximum workshop time, so I opted to study at Kensington and Chelsea College. I ended up doing a Level 3 BTEC in Jewellery Making, followed by their Professional Practice course. The teaching at KCC is very good” explains Amanda. 20
Amanda supplemented what she had learned at Kensington and Chelsea College with short masterclasses at West Dean College to learn special skills. It was here that she discovered her love of working with enamels. “It was Elizabeth’s Turrell’s course ‘Experimental Enamels’ that really opened my eyes to the potential of working with enamels in a freer, more ‘fine art’ way. I loved it and what I did there is the foundation of the work I’m doing at the moment”. Amanda lives in West London and works from a studio near the Thames in Chiswick. Influenced by the environment around her, she takes inspiration from urban decay and dilapidation. “Ghost buildings fascinate me – those buildings left standing when the connecting building has been demolished leaving remnants of rooms imprinted on the party walls. I like the marks left behind by staircases and the chequered patterns of wallpapered and painted walls. The power station at Lots Road by the Thames in London - almost opposite Battersea Power Station - was pulled down and redeveloped a couple of years ago and I spent some time there photographing and drawing and this formed the inspiration for a series of brooches.”
â€œLayers of peeling paint, the rust on railings and corrugated iron sheds are all
sources of inspiration. I am drawn to the patinas of time â€“ the green of the church spire, the marks left by lichen on rock, the weathered wooden fence. Eroded and changing forms, whether through the forces of man or nature, leave behind fragments of what once existed. I find beauty in these unplanned marks, in the ugly and unexpected and I am drawn to grids and grills and repeated elements that distort and transform.â€?
â€œThe back of my brooches are as important as the front and each piece reveals hidden details known only to the wearer.â€?
Her fascination with pattern and surface textures translates into her beautiful jewellery. Working in mixed metals and enamels, Amanda uses chasing and repoussé techniques to create textured surfaces which are then enamelled or etched. Her brooches are carefully constructed in layers riveted together with glimpses of the layers above or below. Amanda explains: “The back of my brooches are as important as the front and each piece reveals hidden details known only to the wearer.”
techniques. To compensate for the lack of colour I folded and forged and manipulated the copper to provide an interesting backdrop for the enamel. I soon discovered that white enamel turns green, purple and gold when overheated and the copper oxidises so the colour palette expanded. I liked the unpredictability of it all and how, although the process could be repeated, no two results were ever the same.”
If you would like to see more of Amanda work she will be will be at the Intrigue Emporium Autumn Show at Shoreditch Town Hall, London on 28th September and ‘Shop within the Show’, at the Designer Crafts 2015 exhibition, in January at the Mall Galleries, London. Amanda has also been invited to exhibit and New “It’s ironic that I have ended up working with enamels Designers ‘One Year On’ 2015, so look out for her there as I’ve always hated the traditional enamelling aesthetic too. and the precision the process required. At college I discovered a small pot of hard white enamel and, in www.amandadenison.com the absence of a kiln, developed my own torch firing Facebook - Amanda Denison Jewellery Her necklaces are statement pieces, big and bold. They are made of large textured beads, either silver or enamelled copper, strung together on coloured thread or silver chain.
WATER Water. Turn the tap, instant hydration. Flush the loo, run a bath, water the plants, jump in the shower. All things we might take for granted or that we might think are ways we can improve our water consumption by cutting back on, but why? What exactly is the problem?
What would happen if we turned the taps and nothing came out? We can survive for up to eight weeks without food, but without water we won’t make it past 5 days at a push. We’re made up of about 60% water and the planet’s surface is over 70% water with considerably more locked up in vapour, moisture, and our bodies. To determine if a faraway planet sustains life forms we first determine whether it contains water. It can be incredibly destructive (the 2005 Tsunami being the most obvious case in point) at the same time as being the fundamental basis of all existence.
Why is there a problem, why is water an issue? While 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, only 1% of that is available for consumption, as 97% is saltwater or not drinkable and 2% is locked away, frozen in glaciers and ice caps. In many parts of the world we are now pumping water out of aquifers – underground reserves of water, often ancient supplies created over millions of years – and this is not a replenishing supply, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Where surface water is scarce or inaccessible, groundwater is used for drinking and agriculture, drawn up from deep wells, and accounting for more than 50 billion gallons per day according to United States Geological Survey. Water scarcity is not confined to the deserts and arid lands of Africa and Asia, but is a very real and present problem in the most developed nations on Earth. California has seen persistent droughts over the last few years and there is a rising backlash against the recent social media led ‘ice bucket challenge’ for fear of wasting precious water resources. Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, a charity set up to address the issue of sanitation and water access, took the ice bucket challenge using water collected from toilets in his house to highlight the point that toilet water is cleaner than that which hundreds of millions of people drink everyday across the world. Photograph :WaterAid/ Anna Kari artmuso
Water sanitation and access is a major issue for developing countries with more than 2.5 billion people without access to proper toilets. The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a target of halving the number of people worldwide without access to clean water and sanitation by the year 2015. Although the targets for providing clean water were reached in 2010, the targets for sanitation are going to be missed by some distance.
From MDG to SDG The UN meets in New York during September as part of the 69th General Assembly in which they will discuss sustainable development among other issues. This is among the most important debates globally as the decisions made during September will shape the focus of all UN development activity over the coming years.
is to ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. The importance placed on water access is as a result of the fact it is fundamental for the health, education, and livelihoods of everyone, and lack of access to such a basic resource is harming the development and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people. Wateraid say that “The water and sanitation crisis is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide.” They are also involved in promoting World Toilet Day which is held on 19th November each year to highlight the lack of proper sanitation that a third of the world’s population face on a daily basis.
The UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Sanjay Wijesekera, highlighted the need to reduce gaps in access to water explaining: “When we fail to provide equal access to improved water sources and sanitation we are failing the poorest and the most With the time frame for the Millennium Development vulnerable children and their families. If we hope to see Goals coming to an end in 2015 the UN has created children healthier and better educated, there must be Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved more equitable and fairer access to improved water and over the next 15 years. Point 6 on the proposed SDG list sanitation.”
“The water and sanitation crisis is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide.”
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To find out more about the charities and organisations dedicated to solving the world’s water crisis both at home and abroad click the links below: Waterwise A not-for-profit organisation funded by the water industry and who campaigns for water efficiency. They have a vision that ‘water will be used wisely, every day, everywhere’. www.waterwise.org.uk Wateraid This charity works with local partners to help communities access safe water and sanitation, using their experience and research to influence decisionmakers to do more to provide these vital services. www.wateraid.org charity: water This New York based non-profit organisation ensures 100% of donations go to fieldwork and their current campaign is to raise $1m during September for projects in developing countries. www.charitywater.org 28
UNICEF The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) focuses on a wider brief including child protection, health, and education. They also work in over 100 countries around the world improving water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities. www.unicef.org Water.org Co-founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon, Water.org is a non-profit organisation with a vision to have ‘safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all, in our lifetime’. They have transformed hundreds of communities in developing countries by providing access to safe water and sanitation. www.water.org
LIFE STRAW LifeStraw® water filters convert contaminated water into safe drinking water. The easy-to-use filters are a vital tool for some of the 780 million people who don’t have ready access to safe drinking water.
following natural disasters. Today, LifeStraw is used in water filtration products globally. All LifeStraw products are made of durable plastic, are easy to use, and require no electricity or batteries. Each product is designed for a specific situation where safe water is This leaves them at risk for diarrheal disease, which needed but not readily available. kills more than 1.5 million people every year. Safe drinking water is especially important for vulnerable The award-winning personal filter has been used in groups, such as children under five, pregnant women nearly every major international humanitarian disaster and people living with HIV. LifeStraw water filters relief effort since 2005 and in broad public health also prevent cryptosporidiosis, a major cause of campaigns for people without access to safe drinking diarrheal illness in people living with HIV and water. In 2008, a family sized version of LifeStraw children under five. was introduced for public health uses. Both products are sold to governments, donors and NGOs, who The award-winning LifeStraw technology was deliver them for free to end users who can’t afford the originally introduced in 2005 as an emergency products themselves. response tool to filter water often contaminated 30
LifeStraw® is manufatured by Vestergaard, a Swissbased global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw® water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses. Vestergaard’s ZeroFly® products produce advanced reduced residue defense against insect pests for livestock and crop protection. Additional company initiatives focus on HIV testing and climate mitigation. The LifeStraw® personal water filter has received many awards since it was introduced in 2005. Time magazine named LifeStraw® the “Best Invention of 2005.” In 2008, it won the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”. Esquire called LifeStraw® the “Innovation of the Year,” Forbes stated that LifeStraw® is “one of the ten things that will change the way we live” and, in 2014, LifeStraw® Go won a prestigious ISPO award for exceptional sporting goods. Vestergaard operates according to a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model, whereby doing good is good business. Following this model, the company devotes its innovative platform to producing breakthrough products and solutions for disadvantaged people. In this regard, they are guided by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. They are launching a new on-going initiative called Follow the Liters whereby, for any LifeStraw product purchased by a consumer in the developed world, one school child in a developing community will be provided with safe drinking water for an entire school year. Find out more at www.buylifestraw.com
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What is it about craft ales that seem to have caught the imagination recently? A passing trend or part of a movement to support independent and local business, or a realisation that craft ales trump the mass produced offerings that supermarkets and off-licences are awash with?
It actually seems there has been something of a craft beer revolution brewing (sorry) for several years based on the microbreweries and bars we spoke to for this article with the UK heavily influenced by the scene across the Atlantic. The Brooklyn Brewery made it big in the early 2000s, Sixpoint opened in 2004 and Pacific Standard opened in 2007 to name three of hundreds in New York.
It must be said that Brewdog did a lot of the groundwork for other microbreweries in terms of ‘trendifying’ craft beer having made a foray into the scene back in 2007 and now boast over 200 employees and a couple dozen bars from Tokyo to Shoreditch, Sao Paolo to Liverpool (opening October 2014).
The craft sector is growing at 79% according to food and drink analysts GCA Strategies while Tony I managed to get my hands on a selection of beers from Naylor, Journalist for The Guardian, recently quoted Sixpoint breweries at my local Wetherspoons of all the Society of Independent Brewers in their annual places. To be fair, Wetherspoons has been making an report identifying there was “a new breed of British effort to incorporate more craft and world beers lately microbrewer adopting the entire persona and modus and they’ve even upped their game on the food options. operandi of the American ‘craft brewer’”. Now for the décor and a change of typical evening In August more than 200 amateur brewers entered the patron and we’d be all set. Great British Homebrew Challenge with the winner, We caught on a little later over here as the late 90s 39 year-old Graham Nelson securing distribution in Fosters and Carling show diminished, pubs started Waitrose for his 5.9% IPA. The homebrew market closing left right and centre and well, beer just got a is growing at 30% per year and is now worth around bit more trendy. CRATE brewery in London opened £25m. just before the Olympics in 2012 with an industrial looking restaurant and seats made from, er, crates as We’ve caught up with a small selection of breweries it happens. Redemption in North London had brews from London and New York but let’s be clear, there available in early 2010 while The Kernel Brewery set are far too many to include here so it’s worth doing your own research too! up back in 2009. artmuso
We caught up with a select group of brewers and pubs who rose to the challenge of answering some beer-related questions to give you an insight into the craft beer movement, tips for home-brewers, and what food you should be co-ordinating with your drinking session. The Kernel Brewery, Redemption and CRATE are all based in London, while Sixpoint and Pacific Standard call Brooklyn home.
CRATE, London, Photograph by Matt Russell
What do you think is behind the recent rise of drinkers to be more adventurous and the quality of microbreweries and is it here to stay or just a trend? beer being produced by microbreweries has improved
immeasurably over the past decade. Breweries like Thornbridge, Darkstar and Brewdog have also been KERNEL: It is here to stay. And will grow. instrumental in leading the way and exposing people SIXPOINT: People have simply realized that there’s to great beer with good modern branding helping to more to beer than “fizzy yellow water”, and they’ve attract people who otherwise may not have thought been active (and inspired) participants in the craft beer about drinking beers produced by microbreweries. movement. PACIFIC: Craft beer is definitely not a trend. It’s The craft beer world will continue to evolve as it always an example of a larger movement towards better has; tastes will continue to change, new formulations and more socially responsible food and drink. Local, will be embraced, and the finest liquids will prevail. sustainable, and small-scale agriculture, including beer, is something that people are going to be continually REDEMPTION: I think a lot of it is about localism interested in because it simply tastes better and has the and consumers wanting independent products where added benefit of helping the environment as well as they feel more of a connection with the producers. environmentally conscious producers. I think there has also been a willingness for beer 34
CRATE: The catalyst for the rise of microbreweries can be attributed to people rediscovering that beer can be hearty and flavourful, and that it comes in so many differing varieties. The variety of beers offered by microbreweries offsets the stock standard bulk brewing of the larger breweries. Now that people have sampled craft beer, I believe a lot of them would struggle to return to the larger, blander, labels.
REDEMPTION: Cleaning and attention to detail. If you get the basics right you can produce good beer. The science will get you a long way to a drinkable pint but the art of brewing will be developed through experience and have a good palate so you can refine your beers and really bring out the flavours and aromas you are after. Tips to home brewers - clean well have patience. CRATE: For us, the key to brewing good beer is a
What’s the key to brewing a good beer and combination of using nothing but the best ingredients, what tips can you give to keen home brewers? and putting a lot of love, care, and passion into it. For the home brewing crowd, I think the best tip is to do SIXPOINT: The first step is to learn to understand what they want to do, and experiment. what you like to drink, develop your palate and be KERNEL: I can’t say that I’ve identified any constants adventurous. across the good beers that I have drunk, apart from the For home brewers, time on task (our founder had obvious ones of attention to detail, and carrying the compiled 1000+ homebrew recipes before starting right attitude towards what you do. Sixpoint) and attention to every part of the process and of course the outcome - is absolutely crucial. It is, after all, Mad Science.
“It is here to stay. And will grow.”
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How do you decide what to call your beers? REDEMPTION: Depends on the style of beer and our mood whilst brewing them!
KERNEL: They are named after their style. And the hops involved, if appropriate; nothing more. SIXPOINT: We find ideas along many parts of the formulation process; everything from the flavor to the appearance to the moment the idea was conceived. We’ve named beers while on clandestine photo shoots, in deep caverns of ancient breweries, and even during video game battles. Inspiration strikes at unlikely times! CRATE: The style across our business is to not over complicate things. This can be seen in our hand built bar, on our labels, and in the names of our beers. We like to keep things simple and obvious, while also creative.
What’s the best food to accompany a beer session? PACIFIC: In my opinion, there’s nothing better than savory Indian food to offset the bitterness of a hoppy beer. But if you want something for a snack at our bar, I’d recommend either our handmade San Luis Obispo beef jerky, which puts East Coast “liquid smoke” jerkies to shame, or our San Francisco “It’s-It” ice cream sandwiches, which go very well with darker beers. SIXPOINT: Unless you eat the same meal every day, your beer / food pairing should probably be a constant conversation. That said, a good curry with an IPA has always struck our fancy. REDEMPTION: The obvious one is an IPA with a curry, but I’m a big fan of fish and chips and a good ‘sessionable’ pale ale. CRATE: CRATE is not only a brewery, we’re also a pizzeria. Pizza is a perfect complement to beer. A sage and truffle pizza is the perfect companion to our IPA.
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CRATE CRATE Brewery came into being when Tom and Jess, local restaurateurs with the Counter Café, combined forces with Neil, a specialist brewer, and was opened in July, 2012, just before the Olympics kicked off. In keeping with the artistic and creative ethos of Hackney Wick, the largest community of independent artists and art studios in Europe, CRATE Brewery’s converted industrial interior is one of a kind and has been crafted by local designers who reused reclaimed materials from around the Wick. To accompany its range of drinks, CRATE serves up seven different delicious types of stone baked pizzas, including Sage & Truffle Potato, Middle Eastern Lamb, Sweet Potato, Gorgonzola & Walnut and Lemon Chicken Tajine They are online at www.cratebrewery.com or Twitter @cratebrewery
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SIXPOINT Sixpoint was established in 2004 when the Brew Crew resurrected the Sixpoint Brewers’ Star, as they set up a patchwork of brewing equipment in an 800 square foot garage in a then-dilapidated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC called Red Hook. It’s a grassroots upstart brewery founded by a dedicated home brewer. Sixpoint secured a distribution deal throughout Wetherspoons pubs in the UK this year and have three canned varieties available, The Crisp, Sweet Action, and Bengali Tigerand all three pack quite a punch. Find out more at www.sixpoint.com or on Twitter @sixpoint and they also have a beer finder app that you can download from www. sixpoint.com/app
THE KERNEL BREWERY Set up in 2009 The Kernel Brewery in London was established with, according to Evin O’Riordain; ‘hard work, lots of love, and belief that it was worth doing with lots of help from friends.’ They say their beer ‘forces you to confront and consider what you are drinking’ and you can try it for yourself from the brewery in London every Saturday between 9am and 2pm or they’ll be at the Independent Manchester Beer Convention www. indymanbeercon.co.uk in October 2014. Look the brewery up at www.thekernelbrewery.com
REDEMPTION PACIFIC STANDARD Opening for business on 5th September 2007, Pacific Standard was a ‘West Coast transplant’ to New York. The owners, Jon Stan and John Rauschenberg, wanted to replicate the feel of a Northern California bar in New York City, complete with West Coast microbrews, West Coast sports, a library, and other touches to make it feel like a laid-back graduate student bar. It was something that, at that time, they say was sorely lacking in the New York City bar scene. Located on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn the microbrew pub opens until 4am every night with a range of events and even a frequent drinker program! Have a look at www.pacificstandardbrooklyn.com or follow on Twitter @pacificstandard
Redemption was started in September 2009 and the first brew was ready in January 2010. The brewery was started by Director Andy Moffat at a time when there were very few breweries still left in London. Andy wanted a brewery in North London as there had not been any brewing in North London since Pitfield had moved out many years previous. With a ‘green’ approach to business, their water comes from the local reservoirs in North London’s Lea Valley, an area of natural beauty and tranquillity, and the brewery’s spent grain and hops are donated to local allotments to be used as compost and horse feed You can find the award winning beers in dozens of pubs across London and the South East or buy online at www.redemptionbrewing.co.uk Twitter: @redemptionbrew artmuso
EARNING AN HONEST CRUST
“Attention to detail, the quality of the flour, the length of time it takes that dough to ferment as well is really important.” According to Richard Caver chef and bread enthusiast, and co-founder of Honest Crust; home of what is quite simply the best pizza in Manchester. “The angle we’ve come at it is that the dough, the crust has to be spot on before you add anything else. Once you’ve got the crust as you want it then you start adding top quality ingredients from wherever you can get your hands on them.”
“They are the best of the best, generations of oven builders, all the bricks and cement comes from a particular region near Naples; volcanic ash and all that.”
Honest Crust are moving into a permanent new home in Altrincham Market after an invite from Nick Johnson Honest Crust leave no stone unturned in their quest for who took over the running of the market in 2013 and the ultimate pizza ingredients. “We’re looking for the has already established a very chilled vibe there with best we can find.” Richard explains. “So the mozzarella independent food producers, crafts and vintage goods comes from a dairy down in Somerset made fresh for us backed by live music with an open mic stand. every week while the award-winning charcuterie comes Open every day except Monday and from 12 noon until from Trealy Farm in Monmouthshire.” 10pm, later on weekends, Honest Crust will serve Having sampled the crusty goodness of their pizzas pizza and panuzzo – wood fired Italian sandwiches, on several occasions, they come with an artmuso plus plates of antipasti with their characteristic quality recommendation. Richard’s pizza obsession began ingredients. around 2010 with a trip to San Francisco where he encountered the kind of quality pizza that just did not Apart from a permanent base in Altrincham, their mobile pizza oven means they are available for catering exist in Manchester at the time. at parties, events and pretty much anywhere in the The unique wood burning oven used to lovingly bake North West. Make mine a pepperoni! the food in little more than 2 or 3 minutes has been built to a bespoke specification by Stefano Ferrara and www.honestcrustpizza.co.uk imported from Naples. 40
A CLOSER LOOK IN YOUR CLOSET If I asked you to describe your closet, what adjectives would you use? Messy? Colourful? Large? What about your fashion habits? Do you save up for expensive purchases like Italian leather bags and hand-stitched dresses, or do you visit fashion chains like Primark and H&M on a regular basis, always on the hunt for a bargain? If you’re like most Western consumers, your wardrobe is extensive but does not contain many high-quality, expensive products. You have lots of pieces that you wear two or three times before getting rid of them either because they go out of style within just a few weeks or fall apart after you wash them twice. Sound familiar? If so, you’re part of the fast fashion culture that dominates the global apparel industry.
Fast fashion practices put extra demands on workers, as tight timelines and cost pressures result in production practices that are detrimental to workers. Thousands of garment workers have lost their lives in factory fires and collapses over the past decade, tragedies which often go unreported by the media. In the fast fashion industry where “you get what you pay for,” it’s the workers who end up paying the ultimate price.
Fast fashion is exactly what it sounds like: a rapid model of garment production and distribution that results in new trends and products being introduced in retail stores as often as fortnightly. This is a significant departure from fifty years ago, when fashion changes coincided with the four seasons, and people saved their money to buy quality products that would last them for years. Most fashion is no longer made to last, and consumers are prepared to make purchases more regularly.
Here’s where you come in. Start to educate yourself on where the clothes in your closet are coming from and who is making them. Sources like Free2Work www.free2work.org/trends/apparel, The Good Shopping Guide www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/ ethical-clothing-directory, and Ethical Consumer www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/clothing/ clothesshops.aspx provide information on how to determine which fashion companies are “ethical.” Consider making a switch if necessary. Tell your favourite brands that you care about the conditions under which the clothes you wear are made, and that you’re willing to pay a couple extra bucks if they can guarantee workers in their supply chains are being paid fair wages. And maybe reconsider your shopping habits. Sometimes less is more. You, as a consumer, have a voice, and perhaps the meaningful way it can be expressed is through your wallet.
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Just as consumption habits have changed significantly, the nature of production has shifted. Most products are no longer made and sold in the same location. Now, fashion brands participate in global production systems in which suppliers in developing countries produce goods that are sold in retail stores in developed countries. Garment workers are paid meagre wages and often can’t afford to buy the clothes they make. They experience other challenges too, such as unsafe working conditions, long hours, wage and gender discrimination, and lack of benefits or employment rights.
CARA STURGESS Recent jewellery and metal work graduate, Cara Sturgess, designs beautiful wearable sculptures and jewellery. Working in silver, copper and nickel steel Cara creates delicate and intricate detailing by electro etching onto curved geometric forms. After collaborating with Irish jewellery company Solvar, Cara was inspired to combine her love of Celtic folklore with her passion for beautiful jewellery to create her most recent collection which explores narrative and delves into the tale The Salmon of Knowledge and The Nine Hazels of Wisdom. Using a combination of new technology - 3D printing hollow skeleton forms in nylon and traditional techniques of wax casting - Cara brings a fresh and innovative aesthetic to Celtic jewellery. If you would like to see Caraâ€™s work she will be exhibiting at the Intrigue Emporium in Shoreditch, London later this year, or you can follow her on Facebook: Cara Sturgess Ciall Designs.
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â€œCeltic jewellery has become, in my opinion, so pared back, diluted and simple, that it has lost the essence from which it originally derived from and there is an opportunity for a modernisation and transfiguration of this Celtic jewelleryâ€?.
RUTH CONWAY RECENT DESIGN GRADUATE RUTH CONWAY TELLS US ABOUT HER LATEST COLLECTION, INSPIRED BY PATTERNS, COLOUR AND LAYERING FOUND IN EAST AFRICAN TEXTILES.
My work is inspired by my love for repetition and pattern. Through my historical, contextual and visual research, I identified a number of qualities that are found in East African textiles, developed during my time spent in Tanzania over a number of trips. Each pattern I develop starts from an image that I have gathered that I think has interesting shapes and forms in which I then set about manipulating and transforming in to my own repeatable pattern. The colour pallets I then apply to these are inspired by different colour schemes I find, and my aim is to inject colour, pattern and vibrancy in to everyday life, in the same way I experienced during my time in Tanzania. The form of my pieces also use pattern. Through a process of experimentation with the shapes I use, I begin to explore the different forms that they can create when repeated. My models are the starting point of this side of my work and are what guide me to the final structures of my pieces. For the creation of ‘Threads’ I developed a set formula that I would follow to create my pieces and this worked very well for me. Each project is different though, so I think in order to create new and fresh pieces there will have to be an element of change in the formula I use. This change can help to push and challenge me to try new things and explore new possibilities. I think I have identified though, that repetition is something that works very well for me and that I am always drawn to, so I think there will always be an element of repetition in my work. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
At the moment I’m working on experimenting with creating new structures and forms using the components I developed for my graduate collection. I think these components have a lot of potential for further development and I hope to push and advance them even further developing new possibilities, for the wearability and also the scale. I’m also working on a number of different projects at the moment with Continued, which is the collective I’m in. I will be developing a new body of work for one of these projects for a touring exhibition next year. WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK?
I’m exhibiting in a number of different places over the next few months, including Diana Porter gallery in Bristol and RBSA gallery in Birmingham. I’m also going to be at Lustre from the 14th-16th November in Nottingham. www.ruthconway.co.uk artmuso
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NOISE FESTIVAL 2014
NOISE Festival 2014 celebrates the creative stars of tomorrow handpicked by the Festivalâ€™s curators. Over 5,000 worldwide submissions from the most promising talent have been selected to feature in the NOISE Festival by icons including Brian Eno, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the Royal Academyâ€™s Tim Marlow, leading UK Fashion Designer Giles Deacon, influential illustrator / cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, award winning photographer Elaine Constantine, i-D Magazine co-founder Tricia Jones and Games industry pioneer Ian Livingstone.
Produced by the award-winning NOISE Charity, the Festival gives undiscovered creatives a career package that includes potential press exposure and key, professional backing to further their creative industry careers. The showcase also gives the public, industry and art lovers alike the chance to discover the future luminaries of the creative industries.
You can discover the selected artists online and see how to get to showcase events at www. Not only do these role models give NOISEfestival.com/Festival/2014 career endorsement and tailored feedback, the NOISE Curators Established in 2004, the NOISE offer paid placements / mentorship charity now runs its fourth biennial where possible to the best emerging Festival. The NOISEfestival.com e-portfolio website helps an online talent. 46
creative community of over 18,000. NOISE has placed hundreds of upcoming artists in work at some of the best creative companies worldwide (MTV Brazil, Hemingway Design, Blueprint Magazine), and engages thousands at a grassroots level in creative projects and the arts every year. The NOISE Charity is committed to giving those with creative aspirations real opportunities to succeed in the creative industries, solely based on talent; not on their educational or socio-economic background, location or family connections.
Katie Shaw Curator Choice - Photography Katie from Hyde, Greater Manchester is a ‘Fashion style and Image Making graduate’ from Salford University. “It was an incredibly enjoyable process. The tutors were crazy, and incredibly accessible and supportive.” Currently working part-time in Greggs, she’d love to work in fashion photography or styling. Her selected photography pieces “Brothers” and “Superman” capture candid moments, with a lo-fi feeling of yesteryear. Through her photographs, Katie takes us back to the special times, childhood memories “the bored, in the moment poses that you either laugh or cringe at”, the ultimate secret gems of the camera films prints, “that are designed for hours of reminiscing.” Inspired by her family friends and also by fellow North West boy culture photographer Michael Mayren, Katie describes her work as fun and grounded in selfexpression, “I think it’s incredibly important to find yourself within your work,” she adds.
Suk Ninmyo Curator Choice - Fine Art Derby-born Darren Adcock aka “Suk Ninmyo” is passionate illustrator who lives and works in Manchester. His beautifully detailed drawings encapsulate interactive elements including UV ink, paper mechanics and audio electronics, tied together with a cryptic narrative, deduced from viewing these different parts in combination. Using this multifaceted approach Darren creates alternative ways for individuals to dictate how the wider audience views the piece. For example in one of his pieces, Darren uses a ribbon of ultraviolet pigment to reveal an algorithm that decodes a hidden message. His piece ‘September 2013’ (see right) is a modular section of a huge A0 0.05 fine line black ink drawing, featuring hidden ink, electronics and mechanisms. Darren adds “I’m addicted to a methodology that centres around repetition: repetition of lines, tones and motifs”. artmuso
NOISE FESTIVAL EVENTS… THE BEST NEW CREATIVES OF NOISE FESTIVAL 2014 OUTDOOR EXHIBITION Sumner Street, Better Bankside, London 9th September – 5th October 2014 Visit the exhibition, situated adjacent to Tate Modern to discover the creative stars of tomorrow, exclusively endorsed by some of the biggest names from the art world.
THE BEST NEW ARTISTS OF NOISE FESTIVAL 2014 The Old Granada Studios, Manchester, 26th – 28th September 2014, as part of Buy Art Fair The award-winning NOISEfestival.com charity presents a 3-day exhibition of the brightest new visual art talent; curated by iconic music producer Brian Eno, Tim Marlow, Art Historian, broadcaster and Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy, and Elaine Constantine, award winning photographer, soon to release her much anticipated “Northern Soul” feature film.
Southbank, 7th October – 7th November 2014
Visit this unique showcase at the Old Granada Studios, one of the most iconic venues in Manchester’s NOISE Festival moves its outdoor exhibition to the rich cultural history, to discover the art world’s stars More London estate overlooking Tower Bridge. of the future, exclusively endorsed by internationally The exhibition is open to the general public 24 hours a acclaimed art professionals. day and is free to attend. This NOISE exhibition is part of the annual Buy Art
NOISE FESTIVAL 2014 AT THE V&A: FUTURE DESIGN STARS Victoria and Albert Museum, Seminar Room 1, Tuesday 16th September, 1.30pm – 5.30pm as part of the London Design Festival Discover the Design Industry’s future stars, handpicked by NOISE Festival 2014 Curators Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Ian Livingstone CBE (Life President, Eidos), Andy Bird (Executive Creative Director, Publicis), & Jude Biddulph (SUCK UK). Join two seminars hosted by Blueprint Magazine’s Contributing Editor, Herbert Wright, to demystify the paths to a successful career in the Design industry and find out what the best in the business are looking for in the portfolios of the designers of the future.
Fair, the place to buy original art in the North for 8,000 people every year. It’s free to enter and open to the general public.
NOISE FESTIVAL 2014 AT THE TETLEY The Tetley, Leeds, 3rd – 5th October 2014 As part of Leeds Light Night 2014, discover the next generation of artistic superstars at the visual arts exhibition; curated by Brian Eno, Tim Marlow, Elaine Constantine, Andy Bird, Gerald Scarfe and Giles Deacon, the inspirational panel of NOISE Festival 2014 Curators.
Join them from 3-8pm on Friday 3rd October to meet the exhibitors, watch special film screenings, attend Q & A’s and take part in music / art workshops with a 1.Future Architecture, Interiors & Product Design fantastic selection of local art organisations. Between Stars” with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and SUCK UK. 11am and 3pm on the Saturday there will also be 2. Future Graphics & Advertising, Games & Digital exhibition linked workshops open to all. Design Stars” with Publicis and Dr Jo Twist, CEO of The exhibition runs from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th Ukie. October, is open to the public and free to enter. Both seminars will be followed by a Q&A session. Seminar times TBC. To reserve a free place at either seminar go to Skiddle www.NOISEfestival.com or follow links at the end of this listing. NOISEfestival.com/Festival/2014/events 48
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN …… Rock music originating from Wales has been in something of a dormant period in recent years. Memories of the late 1990s when the commercial zenith of the Manic Street Preachers ushered in a wave of bands from the principality such as Catatonia, Stereophonics and the Super Furry Animals. This was then followed by the emergence of Kerrang endorsed rock groups like Lost Prophets and Funeral for a Friend. With Lost Prophets finished (you might know why!) there’s need for new bands to emerge and reignite the Welsh rock scene to supplement now veteran bands like Manic Street Preachers. One particular band who are making an imprint are Catfish and the Bottlemen, with their garage-rock, soulful collection of anthems. Comprising of vocalist Van McCann, who is originally from Australia, lead guitarist Bill Bibby, bassist Benji Blakeway, and drummer Bob Hall, they have been active for four years, gently developing a fearsome live reputation and garnering a significant amount of positive feedback online. A new tour is forthcoming and their debut album, ‘The Balcony’, is set for release on Monday, September 15th. The album though varied in musical intent and lyrical wizardry, there’s a pattern in a number of songs for punchy choruses, delicate intros and high-energy crescendos. Harking back to the early 2000s garagerock boom, Catfish and the Bottlemen recall the moody swagger of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the nonchalant coolness of New York trendsetters The Strokes, while McCann’s Aussie twang provides a delicious edge to the ballsy riffing.
The lyrics take on a colloquial, conversational style, allowing listeners an opportunity to associate their everyday lives. Heartache, homesickness, creative tension and sexual guidance are just a taste of themes explored by this intriguing quartet. Starting with ‘Homesick’, which features an impassioned McCann vocal, you get a sense of the energy that characterises their live shows, and a feeling that’s there a mystique around them right now, something which implores the listener to want to find out more. The pace continues with ‘Kathleen’, a highly-charged ode that builds into a triumphalist swagger. Track four, ‘Fallout, is an album highlight, encompassing a dash of Jake Bugg, the danger of The Libertines and climaxing in a joyous maelstrom of noise. The video for this song is stuffed with working-class sensibilities. For the record, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s videos are distinctive, characterful and thought-provoking, especially the peculiarly animated ‘Rango’. Following ‘Rango’ on record is the aggressive ‘Sidewinder’ that will make anyone question their affectation for Mumford and Sons. A buzz is definitely generating around their live shows, and this is now filtering into the media, with Zane Lowe and MTV both extolling their virtues. We are constantly being asked about the death of rock’n’roll and the concept of the album. Well Catfish and the Bottlemen have conjured up an album that will help keep the rock’n’roll coffin lid ajar a little longer. Words: Jamie Brannon, Photograph: Dan Wilton artmuso
What’s on LDN ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
With rooftop films being screened all summer, there is still time to catch a show throughout September in Shoreditch, Stratford, and Peckham. Films include cult classics such as Trainspotting, True Romance, and The Breakfast Club as well as chick flicks including Top Gun, Grease, and Casablanca (treat your missus). Films are shown five nights a week and your viewing is enhanced with comfy seats, wireless headphones, and
big screen plus a range of snacks and drinks to keep you nice and refreshed. If you’ve not made it to one of the summer screenings, or simply want to recreate the magic one more time before the light evenings slip away, now is your chance to catch the last act for this year’s ultimate cinema experience on a rooftop near you. www.rooftopfilmclub.com
MERGE FESTIVAL The annual arts festival takes place around Bankside between 18th September and 19th October and the free programme of events features interactive exhibitions, live performance, and secret gigs. This year the theme is Arts and Science and includes artist Alex Chinneck’s life size construction of a house made from wax bricks that will gradually melt, leaving just the roof on the floor at the end of the festival. While British visual artist Peter William Holden combines art and music with science via robotic engineering. Curated by Illuminate Productions and supported by Tate Modern, MERGE Festival draws upon the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside as major names and emerging artistic talent from the UK and the international art world, stage exhibitions, installations and musical performances. www.mergefestival.co.uk 50
Alex Chinneck: A pound of flesh for 50p
ROXY BAR AND SCREEN Not technically an event, but generally a top place to go and watch a film (or the footy), the screen area in this bar has seating for 100 with a massive 4-metre screen and 5:1 surround sound. Get to the bar via Borough on the Northern Line and once there, order the pulled pork bap (that’s a barm to Northerners and a cob to those in the Midlands, or a simple sandwich to our NYC friends). Screenings are Sunday to Wednesday only, Friday and Saturday the bar is open until 2am and 3am respectively. www.roxybarandscreen.co.uk
MASTERCHEF POP UP Your chance to sample food from a selection of MasterChef finalists and winners throughout September up to 5th October at a pop up restaurant in the Blue Fin Building in Southwark overlooking the River Thames. The restaurant will be open Tuesday to Sunday. Each day a three-course lunch, three-course supper and five-course tasting menu is available to book; at weekends, there will be a special MasterChef brunch. www.masterchefpopup.com Image: Quentin Blake
REAL FOOD MARKET
QUENTIN BLAKE: INSIDE STORIES House of Illustration set up home in Kings Cross in summer 2014 and supports emerging talent as well as established artists from around the world. Initially established back in 2002 by Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark, the charity runs a range of events including a Quickdraw Live and a Book Illustration Competition. Their first ever exhibition runs until 2nd November and provides an insight to the origins of Quentin Blake’s renowned illustration style including storyboards and never before seen images. The venue is open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday in Kings Cross, N1C 4BH.
The Real Food Market is held weekly, FridaySunday, on Southbank Centre Square, behind the Royal Festival Hall, bringing you an amazing range of great produce and the rising stars of London’s street food scene. http://www.realfoodfestival. co.uk/markets
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL Held at the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum between 13th and 21st September the London Design Festival is regarded as an essential part of the year’s cultural events and has helped to establish London as the design capital of the world. www.londondesignfestival.com/
What’s on MCR CASTLEFIELD ARTISAN MARKET Set in the most picturesque area of the city in a Victorian Market Hall Castlefield Artisan Market, with lots of amazing stalls is Manchester’s biggest Fine Food, Craft & Vintage Market. This is a monthly market running every 1st Sunday of the month. A collection of Christmas gift stalls featuring everything ‘Off The High Street’- all hand-made and created by local artists and craftspeople - the best place in the city centre to get that extra special gift for someone you love. Featuring also the best of Manchester street food stalls, craft beers, mulled wine with soundtrack. Every Weekend starting- Friday 28th November, Saturday 29th November & Sunday 30th November Upper Campfield Market Hall Liverpool Rd, Deansgate, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FN www.castlefieldmarket.org.uk www.uppercampfield.co.uk
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MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) began trading in 2006 and was built on the legacy of its successful predecessor, Manchester Poetry Festival. MLF provides unique and imaginative opportunities for audiences to experience high quality live literature via an annual festival format and associated project activities. This year’s Manchester Literature Festival, starting on 6th October, offers a bigger and more eclectic programme than ever before, with 80 events to choose from. Will Self and Howard Jacobson will give an insight into their masterful stories while actor Sheila Hancock discusses her generation-spanning debut novel. Ben Watt talks about his excellent new memoir and Peter Blake, Godfather of Pop Art, pays homage to Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk @mcrlitfest
MANCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
GREAT NORTHERN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR
Manchester Food and Drink Festival is an urban food and drink extravaganza; there is no single location, rather, the Festival takes over as much of the City Centre and surrounding districts of Greater Manchester as possible, with a huge programme of events taking place, both indoor and outdoor.
The GNCCF is recognised as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors annually. It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, wood, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more.
The Festival Hub returns to Albert Square for 2014 - with more food, drink, live music, tasting sessions, world and local craft beers, chocolate, cheese and street food. To add a totally new dimension to the Hub, there’s a brand new Malaysian food and drink experience to enjoy as well.
The event is held at the old Granada Studios between 9th and 12th October. www.greatnorthernevents.co.uk
The festival starts on 18th September and culminates on 29th September with a Gala Dinner and Awards at the Town Hall where the region’s highest profile and best regarded food and drink awards are announced. www.foodanddrinkfestival.com Twitter: @mfdf14
Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2014 Event Guide 18 Sep – 29 Sep foodanddrinkfestival.com
BUY ART FAIR / THE MANCHESTER CONTEMPORARY Over £1m worth of art ranging from £50 to £5,000+ and including original prints, sculptures and paintings from established and emerging artists adorn the walls of Old Granada Studios on Quay Street, Manchester. Entry is free. www.buyartfair.co.uk
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SHOW NORTH
From 24th to 26th October visitors to the Ski and Snowboard Show at Manchester’s Event City will be able to enjoy après ski style bars, alpine food, resorts from around the world and over 100 stands showcasing the best in winter sports.
What’s on NYC The DUMBO Arts Festival is a FREE public event. Each year it seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breath-taking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. The DUMBO Arts Festival attracts 200,000 visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 400 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners. This year, the Festival will take place on Friday, September 26th, Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th. The official Festival hours are Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday noon to 9pm, Sunday noon to 6pm. Art revellers can enjoy: outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital art and projections, visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street, dancers, poets as well as performers throughout the neighbourhood, on street corners, and in the park. www.dumboartsfestival.com @dumboartsfest
Reflection, Tom Fruin
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR On November 15th and 16th the Renegade Craft Fair NYC Market will pop-up at the Metropolitan Pavilion for a festive weekend of indie craft spectacle. Market hours are 11 am – 6 pm on both days and entry is free. Renegade Craft Fair is the world’s premier network of events serving the DIY craft community and showcases the best and brightest in indie craft and design. Products range from cutting-edge fashion and jewellery design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen-printed art, paper goods, and more. There is also local artisanal food and drink, original art installations created just for the fair by handselected artists, interactive workshops, great music, good vibes and more. www.renegadecraft.com @renegadecraft 54
NYC WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is offering a variety of hands-on culinary experiences and educational seminars to complement this year’s program, which includes more than 100 events that take place between 16th and 19th October throughout New York City. Featuring some of the world’s greatest artisanal producers, trade professionals and wine, spirits and culinary personalities, the Festival offers vast opportunities for those passionate gourmands looking for an immersive culinary experience. Attendees looking to accent their weekend of Festival tastings with a more hands-on experience can choose from master classes like: The Art of Canning & Preserving hosted by Martha Stewart, Bread Making with Jim Lahey, Sausage Making 101, Candy Making hosted by Jacques Torres, Levain Bakery Bread and Pastry hosted by Pam Weekes & Connie McDonald, Ample Hills Ice Cream Making hosted by Brian Smith & Jackie Cuscuna, and more. After a successful sixth anniversary celebration, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is gearing up to once again pay homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while fighting to end hunger! It is the only Festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs. The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City. Having raised over $7 million to date, 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to these community-based organizations.
THE 4TH ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE BROOKLYN POUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, The Village Voice is proud to present our fourth annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event. The event will take place at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Over 1,000 craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area. September 27th 3pm to 6pm. Twitter: @BKpour
DEF JAM CONCERT
This show on October 16th at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn promises to be huge for Hip-Hop and R&B fans with artists including DMX, Fabolous, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G and Foxy Brown.
WILLIAMSBURG FLEA MARKET Held every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm in Williamsburg this artist, designer and vintage market brings together emerging artists, indie designers, vintage collectors & enthusiasts and anyone seeking a place to show and sell in a relaxed alternative retail environment. www.artistsandfleas.com @artistsandfleas
SMORGASBURG Smorgasburg happens in two locations every weekend: Saturdays at East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront; and Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Both locations are open from 11am to 6pm, and feature packaged and prepared foods, beverages, and more from purveyors from New York City and across the region. www.smorgasburg.com Josh Capon’s Winning Burger
DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE
Following the tragic loss of Robin Williams no one could have predicted the responses (both good and bad) over the fact he suffered with depression which contributed to his suicide. But if there was ever a silver lining, it would be that his death will continue to raise awareness of this often misunderstood disorder. The mental health foundation statistics show that one in four people will experience mental health difficulties in the course of a year. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common disorder in Britain with self-harm statistics among the highest rates in Europe.
What is depression? Do you have lack of energy? A lack of self-worth? Feelings of hopelessness and extreme sadness? Then you may be suffering with any form of mild to clinical depression. The difficulty lies in establishing the point when a person slips from feeling low to being in the throes of depression. Without any obvious external symptoms it is easy to dismiss someone as being a bit ‘down in the dumps’. I am sure plenty of us have uttered “I feel so depressed today” each and every Monday morning, but that doesn’t convey the gravity of what actual depression can really be like. At its worst severe depression can lead you down a spiral of dark self-loathing, despair, and even suicide, before anyone notices that there is a problem. 56
The indiscriminate killer “What did he have to be depressed about? He was rich and famous.” Just one of many saddening posts on social media websites regarding Robin Williams’ death and clearly underscores the lack of understanding on how depression can affect anyone regardless of age, race, sex, or status. In 2011 Catherine Zeta Jones revealed she suffers with bipolar 2 disorder. The harsh truth is that anyone, including the rich and famous, can still wrestle with their own demons and no amount of money or fame can diminish the heavy cloak of mental illness.
Am I my disorder? The debate still rages as to whether some of us are neurologically hardwired for mental illness or carry a depression gene. But anyone with the right ‘trigger’ can also go down that dark spiral. Triggers can be as varied and complex as the disorders themselves. Some of the most commonly accepted ones are, the death of a loved one, the birth of a child (leading to something like postnatal depression), a troubled upbringing, prolonged isolation, or if there is an underlying medical condition. Former NFL player Andre Waters took his own life in 2006 after suffering depression from brain damage he sustained during football matches.
“We’re so saddened by the tragic loss of Robin Williams to suicide. Depression doesn’t discriminate against how and why it hits, the consequences can be devastating. Depression, can strike anyone at any time.” - Emer O’Neill, Chief Executive for the Depression Alliance.
Sometimes it is best to look at the individual in a broader sense to understand what the cause may be: Everyone is unique, and many different factors must be taken into account.
A sign of the times? Are there emerging social changes that are adversely affecting us? The recent surge of social media and technology are radically changing the way we behave, and in turn breeding new mental illnesses. ‘Social media depression’ is a newly-coined term for people suffering as a result of living in an online universe where there is a false sense of activity and connectivity to other human beings. The reality is in fact that were are isolating ourselves and not being physically active - it is not surprising that physical exertion is a natural way of fighting depression.
Don’t suffer in silence If you feel as though you may be suffering from depression, you can follow the link to an NHS website which includes a full list of symptoms. You can also take a quiz to help determine if you need to speak to your GP about your mental health. www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Depression/Pages/ Symptoms.aspx
If you are living in isolation and feel like you cannot reach out to anyone around you, don’t despair, there are still many options available in finding a support network. Local charities such as the Depression Alliance and Mind can help give information on coping mechanisms for yourself or if you think a loved one may be suffering:
Useful contacts www.depressionalliance.org/information www.mind.org.uk The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 Papyrus (prevention of young suicide up to the age of 35) UK 0800 068 41 41 Monday - Friday 10am – 5pm & 7pm – 10pm, Weekends 2pm – 5pm. Or text: 07786 209697 Email: email@example.com
Words by Phillip Robinson Photograph by Sander van der Wel artmuso
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