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.
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
Toyboy by Samantha Brennen. An exciting glimpse into the revolutionary feminin lifestyle
Struggles of a Medocre Songwriter by Anthony Thornley. Encouraging those around him
to persue talents even if you donâ€™t feel you have a realistic chance.
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.
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.
Kevin Braddock by Anthony Thornley
Yuka Maeno by Anthony Thornley
Toby Wilson: Adventure please by Anthony Thornley. An inspiring account of travel
and adventure, as well as some mellow life advice.
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
but found younger men had
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
Author of ‘The Toyboy
Diaries’ Wendy Salisbury explains
Phillip Hodson from the British
Association for Counselling and
the fastest growing trend in
Psychotherapy says “by the time
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
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
holds 15,500 members scattered
many others have followed suit,
throughout the country, with
an average of 33,000 hits per
toyboy.com and urbancougar.
month. Macmillian, a 47-year
old painter, has dated men
thousands of members.
Toyboywarehouse toyboyfever.com, of
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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
own age tend to have a raft
motivating factor for toyboy
of unattractive traits, including
relationships being, “A woman
weight problems, a plummeting
sex drive and a darker, more
forties are slowing down.” As a
around her mid 30’s when she
gains confidence to be herself,
these new couples look good
a relationship with a younger
man suits her well as he has
Salisbury, a member of Toyboy
the energy to keep up with
her, whereas men in their mid
book how her sex life was
Model EMMA FITZGERALD Photography Chloé Miles
better between her 40’s to 50’s
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
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
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
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
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married Mariah Carey is 10
approached by the younger
successful and gorgeous are
years older than husband Nick
the main traits for the toyboy-
Cannon, Halle Berry’s husband
which currently have more male
Gariel Aubrey is 9 years Halle’s
members than female with a
emotionally strong and knows
60/40 ratio. Shepherd believes
what she wants. Women in
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
their younger prey. According
as cougar role models: they
people in toyboy relationships
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,
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
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-
embracing the charms of the
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?’
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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
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
‘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
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
refreshed and updated version
sofa in his dressing gown, your
noughties, it’s now part of our
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
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
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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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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.”
band looks cool, right? But there Road on hisstudios. stomach“It (I find seems out later more he with It is his thelegs fourth crossed weekon of the recording sofa, is something instinctively quirky Abbey feels like Road, shit after thanthrowing Abbey Road up the fiddling for Babeshadow, with an allan and key the fourth that about them that I can’t quite put itself night does!” beforeHe when talksDave of it cooked fondly he studio finds in they’ve his pocket. been “I in.fixed “I’m my finger on. It could be Tom’s and himshows tea. Dave me the insists roomit upstairs was not my so neighbours bored of hearing motorbike the same the “Paris” t-shirt complete with a where his cooking.) all the drums They and are on amps the other songs,” day,” says he explains. Dave, and He has sure picture of the Eiffel Tower with are hunt kept, for “Its lunch, likeand my dream!” the first shop, aenough motorbike, they and areTom mixing did too the fireworks, or Dave’s unashamedly We offering sit down pastries, on thedoesn’t worn sofa satisfy in once sameupon trackathe time, whole butfour hadhours to bright orange shirt. Perhaps it’s the Dave. attic,“Iand need discuss sometheir MEAT!” shoes he sell I am it tothere. pay rent. It is“Iahad small to price sell myto both. Regardless, together they while emphasises. the sandwiches They finddisappear. particularly favourite pay though, guitaras toDave pay rent says, once “This are Babeshadow, the hidden Tom tasty-looking finishes a salami beer and and goes roast actually,” studio has heworked says, “You out best should for gem supporting Florence and downstairs pepper sandwiches to sit with the from producer the next write us yet, thateverything down, it sounds is just stripped quite the Machine on tour in May, and Liam shop Watson, and Tom pops who into produced a corner romantic down to the really! basics Some andSwedish because the band that’s getting all the the shop album nearby “Elephant” for beer. Dave in 2002 says guy its bought all analogue, it off Ebay you for have £400.to industry folk in London dizzy with for “oh the yeah!” Whiteand Stripes, bounces to mix in after the I’d play buy it well it back the first for time. £700 Itnow, makes I excitement.
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
“enhancing the body” in both a
physical and technical manner.
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
EXTENSION “Working on the theory that the body is obsolete, Stelarc’s work focuses heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body”
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?
The fact that my work
generates more questions than answers.
from my performances more confused then when they went in – it enables them to learn more each time.
anything that you dislike about your career?
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?
Stelarc has been extending his
There are no successes. tentative
you always been interested in
performances have included
enhancing the body?
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.
What are the
most challenging aspects of your career?
had inserted into your arm…can you describe the third ear?
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?
It’s more about augmentation
STEL: It took 10 years
to find surgical assistance and the funding to do it.
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.
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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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’.
How many people read Manzine?
Around 1000 in print
Where did you study?
success and carry on my career as a writer and editor.
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
Sunday and various others.
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.
you have any advice for people starting out in the design industry?
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.
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.
WIP: So...What next? kev: To make Manzine and 28 WORK IN PROGRESS MAGAZINE
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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.
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
‘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
WIP: Who has been your greatest YUKA: I don’t know to be honest!
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
how have you, or how are
you changing the world in which we live?
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.
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. 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.”
Any quotes you hang onto?
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
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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What scares you?
in austria, music festivals in europe (uk also),
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.
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.
have a moto
is a nice moto to run by.
career but because of all the crazy shit youv'e
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