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WO R K IN P ROG R ES S M A G A Z I NE

A thought provoking and enlightening insight into the lives and adventures of those on the fringes of exellance.

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Model Emma Fitzgerald Photography Chloé Miles

DOGGING / ADVENTURE / BABESHADOW / BRADDOCK / STELARC / FEMINISM / SPONTANIETY / MAENO / HAPPINESS

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E D I TOR S LETTER

So here we are, issue one. Built to inspire and to motivate, ‘Work in Progress’ magazine has been created to influence a generation of young adults to persue their passions in life, and not let the world pass them by. To often these days, I am hearing the word ‘No’, and quite reguarly for no other reason apart from putting a bit of effort in. I am not a saint, and I am not sent from up above to cast demons upon you all, and inform you unless you change your ways you will die un-happy and un-fulfilled. What I have done though, is created a magazine full of people that have inspired me, and it is these men and women who are, or who have been, shaping the world in which we live. Doesn’t it excite you that you could be changing our world for the better? ‘WIP’mag is not a self help book, neither is it a list of do’s and dont’s, but it is a tool for our motivation. A good read when times are tough, and when things are going well. It’s a deep look into how those who have gone before handled the trials and tests of their professions, and also an insight into the journeys so far of those on the fringes of excellence or fame. I hope that you will feel equipped, inspired and motivated after reading this magazine, and if anything it should encourage you to get up, persure your talents, engage a generation and change a world that is falling into shame. All the very best in all your endevours, adventures and trials. Have a happy life. You’ll be hearing from me again in the Winter. Cheers

Anthony Thornley Creator and Editor.

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Photography ANTHONY THORNLEY


C ON TEN TS

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Editors Letter

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Contents

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Contributors

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Toyboy by Samantha Brennen. An exciting glimpse into the revolutionary feminin lifestyle

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Struggles of a Medocre Songwriter by Anthony Thornley. Encouraging those around him

to persue talents even if you don’t feel you have a realistic chance.

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Babeshadow by Alexandra Macleod. A band on the very brink of fame. MacLeod

spends the day with the band and tells all. Sex, drugs, and bagels.

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Ernest Hemingway

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Andre Gide

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Stelarc: Body Extension by Kelby McNally. This mad performer tells WIP why he has had

an ear put on his arm, and why he does what he does.

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Kevin Braddock by Anthony Thornley

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Yuka Maeno by Anthony Thornley

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Toby Wilson: Adventure please by Anthony Thornley. An inspiring account of travel

and adventure, as well as some mellow life advice.

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The Achemist

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When I grow up by Anthony Thornley. What are doing now, have a look at the most

likely things Kids dreamed of being.

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C O NTR I B UTOR S

Thank you to all the lovely beautiful people who made this magazine possible.

KELBY McNALLY Contributor Kelby is about to graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, in Epsom. Despite her youthful age, she has a wealth of experience, working with companies such as GQ and Tatler magazine.

ALI MACLEOD Contributor Ali is from Aberdeen, and since moving to London has made it her business to get involved in the music and fashion scene, writing well thought out profile pieces she has graced this magazine not only with her words, but with her body, she features as a model in the ‘down and out’ article.

CHLOE MILES Contributing Photographer Chloé is a creative photographer who takes everday environments and turns them into thought provoking photographs, avoiding clinical photography shot in studios, Chloé enjoys a fast paced shoot, and has excellent post production skills.

KEVIN BRADDOCK Interviewed Kevin Braddock, is a giant within the media Industry, his experience includes working with; GQ, Daily Telegraph, NME, Vogue and The Face and as if this wasn’t enough he is currently enjoying life as the Editor of an up and coming male culture magazine ‘Manzine’, and is also a Triathalon althlete on his days off...phew. Thank you for being a part of this magazine Kevin.

YUKO MAENO Interviewed Graduate Fashion week winner for her journalism, is now making huge steps towards becoming one of the best in her field. Despite only graduating in 2008, she has since, been head hunted by various companies, and eventually took one as an assistant to the Editor, and one year later, she is now the Editor of ‘GB Company’, a Japanese publisher based in the London.

TOBY WILSON Contributor Toby is an adventurer at heart, “everyday is an opportunity” kind of man, so the perfect person to shed a little light on his travels around the world and how you can make your dreams a reality, masically ‘Don’t think, Just do.’ Toby is a good friend and a real inspiration. SAM SEAGER Contributing Photographer Sam is a well known figure around the music scene, and has taken a large collection of meaningful photographs of bands around London. He has kindly provdided me with a couple of the photos from the Babeshadow article. WORK IN PROGRESS MAGAZINE 5


“Be fun, flirty and fabulous. Have your legs in the air and your feet on the ground”

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YOU’RE ONLY AS YOUNG AS THE MAN YOU FEEL BY SAMANTHA BRENNAN

Joan Collins, a self-confessed man eater, always dripping in diamonds, fur and the latest must have accessory – a toyboy. Forget this seasons Chloe tote, a firm, younger, muscle-bound-man is the hottest thing to be hanging off your arm this season. Forget the days of the ‘Sugar Daddy’ these days it’s all about the ‘Cougar’ and she’s definitely making her mark by pouncing on her younger prey. Instead of the school-run and dishing up bangers and mash, these 30-40 something women are attending Yoga

Model ALEXANDRA MACLEOD Photography Chloé Miles

classes or sipping champagne in Soho House.

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Kim Catrall is topping the top

both ends of the age spectrum

cougars

Demi

but found younger men had

Kutcher

more energy to keep up with

seem stronger than ever and

her, as women in their forties

top-rated-cougar Courtney Cox

really come into their own and

Arquette has signed up to star in

is sexually at their peak whereas

new US comedy sitcom ‘Cougar

men in their forties are starting

Town’.

to

Moore

for and

2008

list,

Ashton

Author of ‘The Toyboy

slow

down.

Psychologist

Diaries’ Wendy Salisbury explains

Phillip Hodson from the British

how

‘is

Association for Counselling and

the fastest growing trend in

Psychotherapy says “by the time

noughties

it

we reach middle age, it’s not

seems she right with over 10,000

men but women who complain

women per year marrying men

they don’t have enough sex,

nearly a decade their junior,

with a toyboy in tow things can

according to the National Office

balance out very nicely”.

for Statistics, and this trend is

She created the site specifically

set to continue to flourish. Julia

for toyboy relationships as there

Macmillian,

the

was none of the sort which

instant hit ToyboyWarehouse.

also provided social events,

com, has only been up and

interacting forums and a virtual

running for 2 years but currently

bar.

holds 15,500 members scattered

many others have followed suit,

throughout the country, with

including:

an average of 33,000 hits per

toyboy.com and urbancougar.

month. Macmillian, a 47-year

com.

old painter, has dated men

thousands of members.

toyboy

relationships

society’,

founder

and

of

Since

All

Toyboywarehouse toyboyfever.com, of

which

boast

INDePEnDeNT

WOMEN Macmillan

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man’s sexual drive slows down around their forties, this is when women are at their peak, not to mention physical appearance. Hodson explains “women are grateful

because

men

their

the

own age tend to have a raft

motivating factor for toyboy

of unattractive traits, including

relationships being, “A woman

weight problems, a plummeting

really

sex drive and a darker, more

comes

explains

forties are slowing down.” As a

into

her

own

around her mid 30’s when she

introspective

gains confidence to be herself,

these new couples look good

a relationship with a younger

together”.

man suits her well as he has

Salisbury, a member of Toyboy

the energy to keep up with

Warehouse

her, whereas men in their mid

book how her sex life was

personality,

explains

in

her


Model EMMA FITZGERALD Photography Chloé Miles

better between her 40’s to 50’s

commit.

Shepherd,

these relationships are either the

rather than her 20’s to 30’s and

currently dating a man 14 years

‘get married cougar’ or the ‘fun

explains it is the “ladyness – our

her junior says “Don’t expect a

lover cougar’. The ‘get married’

sophistication, life and sexual

long term relationship. Don’t

is the one looking for love and

experiences

nurturing

get heavy about where this is

relationship with a younger man

warmth” that are the main

going, or it will be gone! Younger

who feels the same. The ‘fun

causes of attraction for the

men have less hang ups about

lover’ is the older women who

younger man to an older woman.

relationships as they are not

has already been married with

On the flip side, older women

looking to get married and

a same-age or older partner

are attracted to younger men

settle down.” Sailsbury agrees

and has kids, these are the ones

for their “fit bodies, boundless

“she

who just want some fun

energy, flattery, humour and

about it not necessarily lasting

good sex as they hit their peak.

positive outlook” not to mention

and should be prepared to

Salisbury is launching the sequel

that they are “ever-ready without

love him enough to let him go.

to ‘The Toyboy Diaries’ called

batteries”.

Enjoy it for what it is without too

‘The Daily Male’ early in the New

for Toyboy relationships is that

deep a commitment.

Year which is filled with more

younger men don’t want to

get too attached.” Women in

and

A

disadvantage

Jeanette

should

be

pragmatic

Don’t

and

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YOU’RE ONLY AS YOUNG AS THE MEN YOU FEEL

Independent,

powerful,

married Mariah Carey is 10

approached by the younger

successful and gorgeous are

years older than husband Nick

man

the main traits for the toyboy-

Cannon, Halle Berry’s husband

which currently have more male

desired

Gariel Aubrey is 9 years Halle’s

members than female with a

emotionally strong and knows

junior

of

60/40 ratio. Shepherd believes

what she wants. Women in

Madonna

Ritchie,

younger men are easier to find

these toyboy relationships are

who was 10 years younger than

as “they are more sociable

given this ‘cougar’ term as it

Madonna, has recently ended.

compared to older men”.

represents them pouncing on

All these women can be seen

According

their younger prey. According

as cougar role models: they

people in toyboy relationships

to

are

independent,

are now sometimes referred to

a cougar is “a sophisticated

successful and famous without

as ‘The ageless generation’ you

species of female who seeks

the help of a man. According

can look at these couples and

the pleasure of younger males,

to

the

rarely notice the age difference.

who avoids the entanglements

top Cougars of 2008 include

Women in their forties come

of a relationship in favour of the

Courtney Cox, Demi Moore and

into their own and take pride in

freedom of the hunt”, and has

Ivana Trump.

their appearance, just like her

“overcome the taboos related

Speaking to women who date

younger partner. However this

to her sexual identity”. The list

younger men, most of whom

issue of age must cause extra

of celebrity cougars who are

have ditched their pipe-and-

insecurities

embracing the charms of the

slippers

younger

Shepherd fears that as she

younger man is growing. Demi

updated version, find that it is the

continues to age her partner

Moore is ten years older than

men who are attracted to them

may look elsewhere or that

husband Ashton Kutcher, newly

first. Salisbury is always being

people think ‘is that his mum?’

cougar.

She’s

www.urbancougar.com

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is

-

and

the and

powerful,

marriage Guy

urbancougar.com

men

for

a

on

Toyboy

to

for

warehouse,

Philip

the

Hodson,

female?


YOU’RE ONLY AS YOUNG AS THE MEN YOU FEEL

when they’re out on dates. Kate

Cougar in Oceans Thirteen and

with one in four marriages are

Winslet’s post Nazi character in

Stiffler’s ‘MILF’ mom in American

between

her new film ‘The Reader’ was

Pie became the new fantasy for

younger men. Salisbury finds the

often referred to as her younger

the teenage boy. The comical

main cause of this social shift is

lovers

obviously

‘Young Man’ in Harry Enfield

that celebrities are doing it which

played on Demi Moore’s mind

and Chums was a hit in the

is portrayed as ok, people who

as

£250,000

nineties and the 2007 release of

disapprove ‘are women who

worth of surgery before hooking

‘Cougar Club’ seemed to flop

couldn’t get a toyboy anyway’.

up with Kutcher.

however it popularised the term.

So ladies, whether you’re a ‘get

Over the last 15 years societies

Samantha in Sex and The City is

married’ cougar or a ‘fun lover’

views on women have changed;

still going strong from the recent

cougar just think in ten years time

Girl Power in the nineties and

movie and now we’re seeing a

when your ex is slumped on the

Independent

refreshed and updated version

sofa in his dressing gown, your

noughties, it’s now part of our

of

revolutionary

younger man will have a little

culture and an attractive trait

women: Gabrielle in Desperate

more energy for some romance.

for women. As well as increased

Housewives, Wilhelmina in Ugly

Salisbury’s tip is ‘Be fun, flirty

divorce rates and the refusal to

Betty and Catherine Mason in

and fabulous - have your legs

grow old gracefully, the media

Gossip Girl. All of which influence

in the air but keep your feet on

of course has played a factor. In

our views: casual sex, toyboy

the ground.’ Take a sip from the

the sixties we saw Mrs. Robinson

relationships and independent

fountain of youth and see if you

in The Graduate, a femme fatale

women are all ok. Through

become intoxicated.

who seduced a younger man

positive, negative and comical

to keep up with her energetic

portrayals in the media it has

pace. Matt Damon seduced the

generated an acceptable view

mum.

she

This

underwent

women

in

the

these

new

older

women

and

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“I will probabley never change the world, but I will spend my life trying”

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THE STRUGGLES OF A MEDOCRE SONGWRITER BY ANTHONY THORNLEY

So, this is me, singer songwriter who has spent most of his time with a guitar in front of faithful

friends and absurdly drunk adults. I worked hard through my teens, with various bands to try and produce a sound or a song, that was going to change the world, I wanted to write the next ‘Yesterday’

Model ANTHONY THORNLEY Photography Chloé Miles

or ‘Wonderwall’, I fell in love with my guitar within about three days.

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Model ANTHONY THORNLEY Photography Chloé Miles

THE STRUGGLES OF A MEDOCRE SONGWRITER

Me and my brother were given guitars around the

with his band in London, devoting almost every

same time, I was thirteen years old, my brother

waking hour, to his passion in life. Because of that

just eleven, and it turns out, my brother David

I know he will be the best he can be, and is going

is the one with real talent. Musically, I spent my

straight for the top. I however took a different route

musical life to date, in his shadow, David became

in life; although I wrote songs, that’s all they were,

obsessed, and methodical, and he is now,

songs, only special to me, and not really changing

quite frankly, fantastic. Not only is David great

anyone, apart from those lucky occasions when

technically, but he truly has a gift for writing music

people had heard my songs enough, to mouth

too…bastard. I am very proud of him, and what

along to them in the crowd.

he has accomplished; he is about to tour with

How did I get into it? I got into music the same

‘Florence and the Machine’ and is currently living

way everyone else did, by listening and watching

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Model ANTHONY THORNLEY Photography Chloé Miles

THE STRUGGLES OF A MEDOCRE SONGWRITER

rock Gods like Zeppelin, Guns n Roses, Hendrix, The

hoped that by firstly shedding light on my story, it

Beatles, Dylan, and basically wanting a slice. It is

would encourage you to try even though it doesn’t

only once you have picked up a guitar, that you

always pay off, maybe I didn’t want enough, I

really understand the romance of writing music.

just think I believed in something else more, great

I write music because I love the thrill of putting

design. I chose not to pursue music as far as my

music to your thoughts, and the idea that you can

brother has gone with it, because simply I found

change someone’s mood, by creating a killer riff

something else I am better at and enjoy more,

or plentiful lyrics, I will probably never change the

simple. This is the direction my life is going in.

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AN INSPIRING AND UPLIFTING EXTRACT FROM

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“It’s all about the music”

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a day in the life of a band on the brink of fame. BY ALEXANDRA MACLEOD

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I meet Tom Cawte and David Thornley for the first time as they step out of Toe Rag studios to grab some lunch. They are an odd-looking duo. Tom is a foot taller than Dave with curly hair that adds at least an extra two inches to his height. He wears biker boots with his black skinny jeans, and necklaces that jangle in time with his giant strides. Dave is ruggedly unshaven and darkhaired, and wears worn leather pointed shoes with his black skinny jeans that have blatantly never seen polish in their lives. They both wear leather jackets. And they look cool. Everyone in a 20 WORK IN PROGRESS MAGAZINE

NEARLY THERE “London’s Babe Shadow is this sort of beast, a band that leaves just the tunes and nothing more.”


Photography 'POCKETFUL'

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songs him. they It would recorded appear that beer week. and loved you a it!”better musician.” Toe rag

They stride towards me and Dave Dave meatis are quiet necessary and softly sustenance spoken, He studios pulls are his iPhone completely out of freehisof greets me with a shy smile. Tom and for talks an afternoon in short bursts of good of feeling mixing jacket; digitalhis equipment, older brother and is calling. use old walks ahead, clearly with his mind that in the catch studio. you unawares. He sits

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STELARC: BODY EXTENSION

Here Stelarc talks about life as a

around the theme that the

performance artist and some of

human body is obsolete, he

his most recognised work.

revolves around the idea of

Stelarc

“enhancing the body” in both a

is

an

performance

Australian has

physical and technical manner.

most

When he speaks of an “obsolete

celebrated artists in the world

body” he means that the body

working with technology, visual

needs to overcome the prejudice

arts and the body.

surrounding it and allow it to be

He has studied both Arts and

enhanced with technology that

Crafts and Art and Technology in

is more accurate and powerful.

Australia. Until 2007 he held the

In his words “the body lacks

position of Principal Research

modular design…the body is

become

artists.

one

of

He the

BODY

EXTENSION “Working on the theory that the body is obsolete, Stelarc’s work focuses heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body”

biologically inadequate.”

WIP:

Could you tell me about

your performance career? STEL: Well primarily it’s been about probing the body, augmenting the body and cownstructing it as an extended operational system. WIP: What do you enjoy most about being an Artist?

STEL:

The fact that my work

generates more questions than answers.

People

come

out

from my performances more confused then when they went in – it enables them to learn more each time.

WIP:

Is there

anything that you dislike about your career?

STEL:

I haven’t

made it easy on myself and I don’t have adequate finances

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Fellow in the Performance Arts

to fund my projects. My projects

Digital Research Unit at Nottingham

can be extremely painful and

Trent University in Nottingham, and

tiring but I feel this is necessary as

is currently a visiting Professor in the

a performer and artist. WIP: What

School of Arts at Brunel University,

has been your greatest success?

West London.

STEL:

Stelarc has been extending his

Only

body

through

and experiments.

since

the

late

performances 1960’s.

His

There are no successes. tentative

explorations

WIP:

Have

you always been interested in

STEL:

performances have included

enhancing the body?

It’s

attaching a “third hand” to his

not so much about enhancing

body, inserting a cell-cultivated

the body. Rather the concern

ear into his arm and extending

is with alternate anatomical

himself into a virtual space with

architectures. People have said

a “virtual hand”.

that maybe I do this because

Stelarc’s artistic strategy works

I feel I have an inadequate


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STELARC: BODY EXTENSION

One of many devices Stelarc created to mimic human action.

Stelarcs famous ear. It took ten years for him to find a surgeon that would do the operation.

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STELARC: BODY EXTENSION

Stelarcs ‘exoskeleton’ uses human nerve ending s to control the six legged machine.

Phase two of the exoskeleton build was to explore the possibilities for art and dance.

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STELARC: BODY EXTENSION

body! But it’s more to do with the fact that the

become public figures but what they don’t realise

body isn’t just a biological entity, it is always

is with performances like the suspension events

being augmented by technology to increase

that I did were often performed to no audience

its power. So there is always a feeling that the

at all and these were the acts that people see

body needs to be augmented and needs to

as the most spectacular. WIP: Whenever I mention

have technology attached to it to extend

Stelarc, people seem to think of the ear that you

and enhance its operations.

WIP:

What are the

most challenging aspects of your career?

stel:

had inserted into your arm…can you describe the third ear?

STEL:

The Ear On Arm project is

Translating ephemeral ideas into physical actions

both surgically constructed and cell grown. Your

and installations. WIP: Is your body something that

description is misleading. We are living in an age

you will always work with? Do you feel you are

of excess and indifference. An age of Organs

artwork as well as an artist? stel: I’ve always been

without bodies. Organs awaiting bodies. Organs

a performance artist. And this body is both the

are extracted and exchanged. Blood flowing in

mode of expression and experience. I’ve never

my body today could be circulating in your body

really felt that I am the artwork. The reasoning that

tomorrow, limbs can be reattached or amputated

my performances are focused on this particular

from a dead body and attached to a living body

body is that it is difficult for me to convince other

and so on. This project was about replicating a

bodies to undergo rather awkward, difficult and

bodily structure, re-locating it and now re-wiring

sometimes painful experiences. For me the body

it for alternate functions. I have always been

is an impersonal, objective structure. We need

intrigued about engineering a soft prosthesis

to take a more fundamental approach and

using my own skin, as a permanent modification.

consider that only through radical designing

WIP: WIP: I hear it was quite hard to find a surgeon that

What is the reasoning behind trying to enhance

would do the procedure for you, how did you

the body, what do you mean by the body being

finally manage to find one?

obselete?

stel:

It’s more about augmentation

STEL: It took 10 years

to find surgical assistance and the funding to do it.

WIP:

and experimenting and experiencing the body

Three surgeons participated in the surgeries.

as an extended operational system. We have

What is in store for Stelarc in the next couple of

had centuries of prodding and poking to human

years? STEL: 1. Completing the Ear on Arm project.

body to no avail, the body is not an efficient

It’s still only a relief of an ear. I am aiming to have

structural system. It malfunctions, its performance

a microphone inserted into the ear so that people

is determined by age, it can form diseases, it leads

have the opportunity to listen to what my ear is

a very short life. It has a lack of modular design.

hearing.

WIP: Do you see yourself as an exhibitionist? stel:

2. Constructing a micro-robot that is robust enough

No. It could be argued that performance artists

to climb up my tongue into my mouth.

are, we perform in front of an audience so in turn

3. Completing the robotic Articulated Head project.

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BRADDOCK: Q&A

Kevin braddock:Q and A BY ANTHONY THORNLEY

“NOMINATED FOR PPA WRITER OF THE YEAR IN 2007” S OM E IN S P I R I NG C HAT F R O M WRITE R, E DITO R AND TRIATH ELETE.

BRADDOCK is now an established and influential part of the media. Having written for huge magazines such as NME, Vogue, GQ and the Mail on Sunday, he has now turned his efforts to his own working magazine title, ‘Manzine’. His ‘Just do it’ attitude, has got him where he is today, and he has bold advice for anyone who wants something, ’go get it’.

WIP:

How many people read Manzine?

Around 1000 in print

kev:

WIP:

kev:

Where did you study?

success and carry on my career as a writer and editor.

WIP:

Who did you aspire to, in the very

Goldsmiths College, London, European

early stages of your career? kev : I didn’t aspire to

WIP: Where have you worked kev: The Face, NME, Vogue, GQ,

be anyone, but there are lots of writers I admired

Marmalade, Arena, Daily Telegraph, Mail on

Berger, John Gray, Bill Drummond, George Orwell

Languages previously?

Sunday and various others.

WIP:

Is ‘Manzine’

your first project…if not what else have you been involved in?

kev: No. I have been a journalist for

and still do: Geoff Dyer, Richard Benson, John and Charlie LeDuff are a few of them.

WIP:

Do

you have any advice for people starting out in the design industry?

kev:

Only the same as for

15 years working mainly in youth, style and music

people starting in the media industry: if you have

WIP: What has the defining moment of your career been so far? kev : Writing a piece

an idea, it’s up to you to make it happen. Don’t

for GQ on the riots in Paris three years ago when

a moment of inspiration and the rest if hard work,

my formal education on French history suddenly

luck and opportunity. Decide what you want to

made sense in respect of what was happening in

achive and work out how to get there. Take the

the suburbs of the French capital. I am happy with

opportunities that come your way and don’t give

a lot of the work I have done for the titles above.

up at the first knockback.

magazines.

wait to be given permission. Everything starts with

Manzine is a recent project that has proved

WIP: What do you love to do when you’re out of the office? kev : I don’t

popular so far. The aim is to create something new

work in an office, but I like socialising, walking,

and original in the men’s magazine category.

reading, cycling and running.

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BRADDOCK: Q&A

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MAENO: Q&A

Yuka Maeno on winning BY ANTHONY THORNLEY

A W IN N E R O F T HE 2 0 0 9 G RADU ATE FAS H IO N WE E K AWAR D S

A very modist MAENO not long ago was sat in the same university I am currently about to graduate. Upon her graduation however, Maeno did something quite extraordinary, and won a top award at last 2009s ‘Graduate Fashion Week’. After this she was head hunted to work with many fascinating magazines, and a year and a half later, working her way up from assistant, is now the Editor of an British pubished, japenese magazine. Wow, what a story...here it is.

YUKA:

I was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan,

magazines to reviewing potential English materials

but I’ve always been educated in English, so

to be published in Japan. I recently got a fashion

I’m bilingual. I came to the UK when I was 18,

article published in a Japanese magazine for the

initially to study art and design. I wanted to pursue

first time. WIP: How has winning the gradute fashion

fashion design, but I then realised I didn’t have

week award effected you as a professional and

much talent in that field. Still, I really loved fashion,

also as a person.

and since I always enjoyed writing I decided to

was scouted by GB Company. I had been writing

study fashion journalism. What I loved most about

freelance for them, and when I told them I had

the course was that I could write about almost

won the award they asked if I wanted to work

everything (not just fashion), so anything I found

part time as an editorial assistant. Eight months

interesting, I got to write. One of the things I wrote

later, I am now working full time for them as an

about happened to be a rather peculiar trend -

editor, so the award has obviously helped me a lot

washable, eco-friendly sanitary towels in Japan.

professionally. As a person, I suppose it has given

And that article won me the First Word Journalism

me more confidence in my writing. Because my

Award at Graduate Fashion Week! I am now an

winning article was about a Japanese trend, it also

editor at GB Company which is Japanese publisher

gave me the determination to write more about

based in London. My role includes everything

topics related to Japan.

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yuka: After winning the award, I

WIP: What do you put your success down too? YUKA: I don’t know if I’m


MAENO: Q&A

‘successful’ just yet, but if you mean success as in

don’t think anyone can confirm what they want to

winning the award, I would have to say my tutors,

do unless they actually experience it. So I think it’s

and lots of luck!

really important that you get that experience at an

inspiration?

WIP: Who has been your greatest YUKA: I don’t know to be honest!

early stage.

But I really admire people who are confident

do you have any wise words for our readers? YUKA:

about what they do and don’t care about what

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane” - Akira

others think.

WIP:

how have you, or how are

you changing the world in which we live?

Kurosawa

WIP:

WIP:

What is your favourite quote, or

what motivates you to succeed?

YUKA: YUKA My motivation comes from really wanting to

I can’t say whether I have, or am changing the

do what I love, and always thinking about what

world. But I think that in London, more people are

I want to do next. I get slightly obsessive when it

wanting to know more about Japan, especially in

comes to ‘planning’ my life. But having a goal

the creative industry. So I hope that as a bilingual

has always helped me move forward.

writer, I can answer these demands and if I could

would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

dispel some of the myths about Japan, maybe I

YUKA: That’s a hard one...I think I would jump of a

could change the world a little bit.

WIP:

Do you

WIP:

What

building and attempt to fly!

have any advice for people starting out where you were a few years ago.? YUKA: Get lots of work experience, and know what you want to do. I WORK IN PROGRESS MAGAZINE 31


ADVENTURE PLEASE

Adventure please. BY ANTHONY THORNLEY

“EVERYDAY COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE” A W OR D W I T H A G O O D F RIE ND WH O LIV ES E ACH DAY

A life of adventure and exploration guides many people in their younger years, and it is this inquisitive nature that brings great experience and understanding of the world, and understanding that those involved in it would claim you can not get from a life at work. Toby Wilson is a good friend of mine, and I have always admired his way of life, he is spontaneos and keen to explore our world, ast what ever cost and whatever time. He has shared with us his view on a how to live a life of happiness and freedom. “I view the world through the outlook of an explorer. I like to look at things, interact, see what there is to them, visit places, talk to people, embrace the culture. We are put on this planet with a blank canvas so we should do everything we can when we get the opportunity. Travel, listen, love, laugh, and do let the world have a huge impact on you but more importantly have a huge impact on the world. I am a student about to graduate but I don’t feel it is necessary to get into that education, work, work, work routine. I see this as an open door to go do more things, see more people, see more everything. I believe were here for ‘x’ amount of years so do everything, never say no. We should act sporadically and spontaneously because I don’t want to get old and look at my life and wish I had done this or that, so I have the view that I should do ‘this and that’ NOW.”

WIP:

Any quotes you hang onto?

TOBY:"Never

celebrating life (sounds cheesy).

where you first came becomes another place

WIP: Why do you live your life the way you do? TOBY: Were here once and like the above quote

to explore." "Expect nothing and win everything."

reads, i want to look back at my life and go, 'yes,

I have a poster in my room that i look at all

i lived every second i could' - i don't want to look

the time and it merely says "have as much fun

back and go why didn't i do that and have no

as possible." (I see in life, you can have fun in

reason.

anything and everything so why not do that.)

Where have you been, where are you going, and

"Life is a like a book, separated by chapters of

where will will you never go? TOBY: I have been all

the stages of our life, some people's books are

over america from vegas, chicago, grand canyon,

boring to read, others are ok, make yours a book

new york, loads of other places, canada, all over

WIP: What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? TOBY:

europe from horseriding in sweden, snowboarding

To get every person in the world together to have

all over australia from skydiving, scuba diving,

an international party, everyone out of there

bunjee jumping, white water rafting, all over new

houses in the streets, chatting to each other,

zealand doing all sorts. I work in a childrens camp

playing music, making food, drinking, joking -

in america and this will be my 3rd summer at my

cease from exploration until the place from

you never want to put down."

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WIP:

What scares you?

TOBY:

Death

WIP:

in austria, music festivals in europe (uk also),


ADVENTURE PLEASE

camp in new york. I plan to do volunteer in africa

better here. I embrace life, have fun in everything

or south america (those continents hold a lot of

you do, don't take life to serious.

mystery to me as i don't know much about then

WIP: Finally, what are your goals in life? TOBY: My

as there quite under travelled.) I am planning to

goals in life are to be happy and live, love, laugh

do a ski season in europe soon as i have a passion

and share them with the people around me,

for snowboarding and that with the excitement

make people laugh, i think life is about smiling

that travelling brings, meeting people, new

and laughing and i live to do that and hopefully

experiences, places, oppurtunities.

WIP:

Do you

create that. Make your life a story worth telling,

TOBY: I have wanted 'carpe omnia'

create amazing stories to share, pictures to show,

tattoed on my body for a while - i don't believe

people you have met, things you have done,

in 'carpe diem' (sieze the day.) As sometimes we

aquire knowledge, tastes, smells, be brave, laugh,

can't. Carpe omnia means 'sieze life' which i think

places you have been, so at the end of your life

WIP: If you could sum yourself up in three words... TOBY: This is difficult, as

you are truly knackered not from your 40 year

i don't want it to be cheesy or sound like a dating

done. Now stop reading this and go out and do

agency statement but whatever i would say.

something!

have a moto

is a nice moto to run by.

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