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Thank you for your fantastic submissions yet again! We are happy to present issue 4 consisting of work representing individual interpretations of the “Identity�. Fabric-a is constantly looking for new, creative work and is always open to collaborate with new creative individuals.

Enjoy. Edyta, Kasia & Iza editor-in-chief Edyta Michalska editor@fabricamagazine.com art director Kasia Piechota artdirector@fabricamagazine.com submissions Izzy Woszek submissions@fabricamagazine.com marketing marketing@fabricamagazine.com

www.fabricamagazine.com on the cover: Savita Shukla photographer: Susan Hinman Re-toucher: Shami Photography


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Project ANNA an artistic collaboration between Paulina Palian & Ewa Bathelier choreography Zuza Tehanu photo: Belle Studio Dancers in order of appearance: Katarzyna Kaszowska, Ola Krawczyk, Charlie Norman, Zuza Tehanu, Pia Rauhalinna, Kat Beier, Kate Oravec, Jole PJ Pasquale, Jayne Bennett and Miriam Make up concept: Lara Himpelmann Make-up Artist Make up and Hair Crew: Frances Kenyon Alexzandra Cleal Lucy Macdonald


is an artistic collaboration between Ewa Bathelier and Paulina Palian. It is a series of 10 dresses which symbolise evolution that ANNA undertakes from the moment she puts on the white wedding dress. Journey starts from the dress which almost unable her to move to the ultra mini black dress. All the dresses in between are a diary of the transformation. Each creation is shorter and braver; the white is gradually taken over the black. Yet just because dresses are lighter and smaller doesn’t mean ANNA has more freedom in them. Gradually the weight of the fabric taken from her body is added to the weight on her head. ANNA won’t ever become free.

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The head pieces become the bizarre negative of rejected parts of the dresses. Symbolise the weight which every woman carries trough her life: no matter if it’s her wedding day and she is fresh, naive, youngsymbolised by white colour, or is it mature and confident, short and sexy mini dress- symbolise by black. Women and especially married women always carry life’s weight. The ANNA project, depending on the circumstances, is a mix of the exhibition installation and photography and/or a “more-thanfashion show”. The Choreography was prepared by Zuza Tehanu the funder of Dark Soul Dance Theatre.


A painter and stage designer born in Warsaw, Poland. The loneliness is the main element of her painting. The artist uses her own emotions to a subliminal transliteration often perceived as absence-presence: the body, light and naked, lies symbolically on deserts and gardens background and the clothes leave the imprint of the absent body. EWA BATHELIER is exhibited in many galleries and public places in France and abroad. Her works are displayed in many collections around the world, she designed sets and costumes for Samuel Beckett’s and Robert Pinget’s plays. Under their literary influence, she has perfected a minimalist style imbued with strong emotions. Dresses series is his obsession for years. All dream-like. Together they orchestrate a subtle serenade, pervaded with sensual wishes, energetic and unsentimental. The ability of the medium to create a message about interiority –which is a far cry from the stolid display of the dress. Fascinated by the grace, subtlety and variety of a single silhouette clad in many attires with marvelous textures, patterns and script-signs enmeshed in a literally physical atmosphere. The puzzling question arises: can you guess what’s inside those dresses, what desires, what palpitating heart inhabits them, and what keenness of the mind-eye continuum propels into life these fabric shells? It all seems to be about a blissful Venetian contemplative experience...


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ia a fashion designer, dress maker and stylist based in London, author of various collections from first HOP SA SA in 2008 to most recent artistic collaboration with contemporary painter Artur Przebindowski in 2012 called “U IN R U IN”. She has also participated in many editorial projects and fashion events both in UK and UE. Co-founder of “Babski Londyn” (uk: BAB’s London) organisation supporting Creative Women. Fashion Promoter and co-organiser of Freak Art Show Collective (June 2010 to Nov 2011) organising cultural events in east London and founder of graphic collective KAKAPO design. Favourite style is modern flirt with Polish Folk- pure femininity with lots of positive self-esteem. Uses all range of colourful fabrics- from recycled and second hand to organic cotton and silk- but it’s not about the fabric! Not even about the product as such- it’s about feeling - when you wear it…

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is a choreographer, dancer, photographer, musician and model. Born in Gdynia, Poland. She was studying photography on the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, also in Gdańsk she took her first dance steps at the classes of Dada von Bzdulow Theatre. After moving to London, she started working as a fashion photographer and in 2010 she founded Dark Soul Dance Theatre. She usually works interdisciplinarily, combining dance, theatre, improvisation, visual arts, live music, fashion, photography, film and much more. Interested in sharing ideas and in an exchange of a creative energy, she often invites artists from different backgrounds to work together to develop an idea and generate many different “art-products” in the same project. With her theatre she made 12 productions so far and is performing in London and around England. She is also hosting Dark Soul events at the Vibe gallery, which falls under the idea of interdisciplinary collaboration and creating whole new art dimension.


Japanese Sake: Food and drink can also be very closely linked to identity. Sake is an alcoholic drink from Japan that is often consumed during Shinto rituals. This photo was taken in a Sake shop in Tokyo.

Japanese Sake Food and drink can also be very closely linked to identity. Sake is an alcoholic drink from Japan that is often consumed during Shinto rituals. This photo was taken in a Sake shop in Tokyo.


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here are you from?’ A question so basic to many is one of the most difficult for me to answer. A challenge I have dealt with throughout my life pertains to identity. My mother is Indian and my father Canadian, yet I have lived in neither India or Canada. I have lived in three countries for a few years at a time, often changing schools. Although I did feel familiar with a few different cultures, I was often confused as to which one I was a part of especially during my adolescent years in France where cultural differences were most striking. However, as I got older, I realized how this background can be beneficial. It gives me an understanding of different cultures and helps me readily form relationships with people from other backgrounds. As I went to international schools, I realized how I could more easily understand and help with cultural differences between students. I have a first-hand exposure to the diversity in human behaviour and am keen to further expand my knowledge. I now understand that my identity consists of diversity

and multiculturalism and can take me a step closer to understanding the complexity of culture and society. Being bilingual, multicultural and having traveled to nearly 30 countries at the age of 17, travel photography is of great interest to me as each piece provides an insight into different cultures around the world. The visuals in each piece also end up being very unique as many were not even taken on the same continent. Many of my photos are in black and white as this eliminates the distraction of colour, allowing one to focus more on the shapes, expressions, feeling or a t m o s p h e r e conveyed by each piece. All of my pieces were taken spontaneously, whilst on a bus, boat, plane. Spontaneous photography captures and isolates a fleeting moment of beauty that truly existed. This is why photography is a passion: it captures beauty that can be easy to miss in everyday life.

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Gaucho Argentina This is one of my favourite pieces as it inspired me to work with shadows, lighting and contrast. It was taken in Argentina. The sharpness of the shadows make it unique and alludes to André Kertéz’s groundbreaking piece, ‘La Fourchette’ (1928). Some people use visual, external devices to make their identity clear: in this case, the Argentine gaucho used his clothing and hat.


Hadzabe Smoking Tanzania In Tanzania, I met the Hadzabe tribe who have a tradition of living outside and hunting for food. Although this tribe is decreasing in population, life expectancy and health, they refuse attempts from the Tanzanian Government to move into homes or to adopt farming. This made me realize that, in spite of danger, there is still a strong desire to hold onto to culture and tradition. This human need for culture in certain areas caused me to modify a previously held belief that tradition and culture were constantly being altered with changing times and that there are people looking for change in every society. This is apparent in some areas as traditions deemed harmful were eventually modified, for example unjust social structures were broken down during the French Revolution. I realized that the Hadzabe have a different way of perceiving the world; they accept what they have before looking for change. My beliefs were questioned after experiencing their satisfaction with their lifestyle in the face of a diminishing population. This experience opened my eyes to the significance of culture and tradition, and the lengths to which many are willing to go to hold on to this piece of identity.


Womens Shadows This photo was taken in Tanzania. A prominent aspect of this piece is the shadows of the tribal women. The elongated shadows really stand out due to the photos being in black and white. It makes the tribal women look empowered and larger than life, almost as if they are on a pedestal. This was a stunning moment to capture under the bright Tanzanian sun. Their identity is projected by their clothing, jewellery and unique way of life.


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Jerusalem Israel This photo was captured by the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel as some Hasidic Jews restlessly moved towards the sacred site

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profiles


Fabric-a talked with stylist Elizabeth Ajomale How did you become a stylist? What were your original plans? Did you have any? ‘My love for

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a lot. After I started my

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Designs, my original plans was to design and

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styling several

for shoots and shows but from

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myself, I started to

style some for the brand if there was no stylist available’.


How do you spend your time when you are not styling? I am usually blogging and creating new designs for the next season. How would you describe your own style? My style is pretty contemporary, yet dated and daring.

What relaxes you the most? Music, movies and magazines. What are you up to at the moment? I am currently working on my new style blog www.elizabethajomale. com and about to release my brand’s latest winter collection at www.1302designs.com


Do you have any artistic goals or dreams? For my brand 1302 to be highly recognized. Do you have any spear time? I hardly have any spear time to do anything besides fashion stuff. If you were able to collaborate with anyone, who would it be? Michael Jackson, he is neither a designer nor stylist but he is a legend and his music and style will always be remembered. What are your plans for the nearest future? Can you visualize your next moves? Working on establishing my brand 1302 Designs to greater heights, style more projects, and a lot of crazy fashion stuff. What do you love the most, and what do you hate? I know this may sound predictable but I heart fashion and my love for it has taken me places beyond my wildest imagination, though the industry is tough but I am constantly aware and I won’t say I hate anything in particular but most definitely dislike dishonest people.

PhoTograPher: MaTTheW John MoDel: VIVIenne Zhang MakeuP arTIsT: louIse John sTylIsT: elIZabeTh aJoMale CloThIng: 1302 DesIgns

What is your submission about, and how did you make it? To share the brand 1302 latest editorial with you.


www.elizabethajomale.com www.1302designs.com twitter.com/eajomale www.facebook.com/eajomale clothing brand www.1302designs.com twitter.com/1302designs www.facebook.com/love1302 PhotograPher: matthew john model: vivienne zhang makeuP artist: louise john stylist: elizabeth ajomale clothing: 1302 designs

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PHOTOGRAPHY: PHilliP PARnell MODel: MATilDA De BATi

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Fabric-a has talked with Matilda De Bati. Designer/actress/martial artist

W h at d o es fash io n m e a n t o y o u?

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think fashion in general plays a big role in people's life. Daily we might think- what do I wear? Fashion it is not just clothes, it is also lifestyle, transformation, art, mood therapy, beauty, enigma, design, expressiveness and so on. For me, fashion means- 1- clothes, 2- transformation. If I wear a red dress for example, I feel different than when I am in a white dress. If I see fashion which could be described as "my cup of tea", so my first word is- f... you! :-) When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer? From when I was a teenager. I was

always interested in different fabrics, colours and designs and I did a lot of hand made items, sometimes using patterns, or not. To be honest I do not always like patterns, if I created any design, so its a case of: draw, cut , sew. If I am struggling with a design, I might create patterns. Your collection is called: Pin up collection. Why Pin up? Pin up it is beauty, glamour, vintage, art and I love it, it also very “to express feminity� What is special about your designs: All my designs are hand made and crafted and made without patterns. They available in one or


just a few sizes. You can use it as lingerie, swimsuit or nightwear. How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? Usually not long, particulariy if I am passionate about some design. A few hours to few days. Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing. Draw, cut, sew. Where can readers buy your clothes? Always available through my website: www.matilda debaticlothing.uphero. com Principle is: Like it- Price it- Buy it! Why you came up with such pricing idea? Well, I am not good at pricing, but it is always good if people are appreciative of the

‘Inspiration is in the air! Inspiration can be in everything ...’

work. My Designs are all limited editions and available only in a few sizes. Some of my favorite peaces of lingerie I just adore and have price already, but they are all negotiable. Where do you buy your fabrics and other sewing materials? I love fabric in general, maybe I will make one day my own fabric. I use different fabrics, which I like, sometimes I work with “naughty” fabric, which takes ages for me to create something, also I love to use vintage fabric or old fabric. I buy through different shops,

suppliers or markets. What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers? Just do it. How would you define your personal style? Bonkers (joking) elegant, classy, love variety. Where do you get your inspiration? Inspiration is in the air! Inspiration can be in every thing, depends on how you are feeling. If you see something beautiful it might work as inspiration, talent, something very funny, what makes you laugh out loud, in history, in photography, in research of vintage, old stuff, different cultures, folk, traditions., or for example just looking at old pictures as: vaudeville, circus etc., silent film.


PHOTOGRAPHY: FARHAn KHAn MODEL: MATiLDA DE BATi


PHOTOGRAPHY: FARHAn KHAn MODEL: MATILDA DE BATI

What are your favorite colors to work with and why? I love all colours! Where can readers find out more about you and your work? I am also a martial artist/actress/ magician. You can see more about me and my career at my website: www.matildadebati. herobo.com Currently I am busy with my magic show named “O-La-La “

Right now a lot of my time goes into designing props, magic tricks, directing, staging etc. Where we can see the magic show? You need show your interest and place the order via my website.


www.matildadebati.herobo.com www.matildadebaticlothing.uphero.com

photographY: phillip parnell model: matilda de bati

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am Sandra Strazdaite. I was born in 1989, in Lithuania. Since my childhood I was attracted to visual arts, painting mostly. I had a dream to become fashion costume designer when I grow up. When I aged 14 things changed. I didn’t lose my passion to painting, but camera dad gave me drew me into photography. Since then I started taking self-portrait and gained some photography experience. Later I started reading books about photography and wasn’t taking any pictures for the time being. When i was 18 I bought my first digital camera and started taking pictures of nature became addicted to macrophotography, as camera revealed worlds unseen by a naked eye. When I graduated from school I studied, Technology of

photography at Vilnius University of Applied Engineering Sciences, and gained Photo Journalist bachelor degree. In photography my most beloved avenues are portrait and dance photography, especially ballet. Ballet for me is something above reality, something spiritual, fantastic. In photos I try to show ballet, the way I see and feel it. I try to create pictures which remind fairy tales or dreams, which look out of this world. I am mainly inspired by myths, cinema, theatre and many artists, photographers.


Sandra Strandaite photographer

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am Alex Cudby, a photographer from South London, England. After picking up a camera studying Art & Design at Ravensbourne in 2004 I travelled around the world, worked in South East Asia, Australia and Dubai and began photographing the places and people I saw and met on the way. In 2008 I returned home to England and started studying photography on a Bachelors degree course. After completion I then undertook a Masters degree course in photography and have almost finished. In 2011 I exhibited my work called, Ben at the National Gallery and more recently I have completed projects in Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis and Bangkok. I am based in London but continue to travel around the world and work on independent, collaborative and personal projects.

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y Cityscape work stems from a desire to create one image that represents the atmosphere and environment of a City.

I like to show the beauty of a city as well as the less glamorous aspects so I can show the truth of a city and make it unique to its aesthetic. I travel to each city and

explore the landscapes whilst meeting the people and photographing elements that I find of interest. I search for city scenes, unique architecture, characters


of each city from road sweeper to judges and I look fordetails that make the city its own. The images attached are from my portfolio of Cityscape photography

montage. They began in 2008 with Bangkok, London and Lisbon and have continued with new editions of these cities and also new work on Dubai 2011, Rio

de Janeiro and Angkor, Cambodia 2012. My latest work is of Amsterdam 2013.


Photographer: Judith Omoregie Model: Cristiana Giachetti MUA: Ekaterina Novinskaya Hair: Shamirah Sairally Retoucher: Ioana Zamfir Wardrobe Stylist: Aya Tsuchii Designers: Kelly Gilbert F-troupe Holly Fulton

Top by Topshop Skirt by Zara Shoes by F-Troupe


kaleidoscopic vision How did you become a model, Crissy? It all started when I was scouted for a beauty pageant when I was 16, where I experienced my first photo shoots. I enjoyed myself more than I had expected, and surprisingly found myself confident in front of the camera. I then entered Top Model Uk 2013 where I was a finalist, which enhanced my interest in modeling. I eventually began to make contacts and started freelancing to build my portfolio and am now currently with a casting agency. How do you spend your time when you are not modeling? I have taken a gap year from studying, so I have a lot of free time to explore the things I love to do. I love to dance and have always done so

Fabric-a taked with model Crissy Giachetti & with photographer Judith Omoregie

Do you have any artistic goals or dreams? My ultimate dream would be to pursue a career in modeling as I love the many aspects to it which include the since I was little. I’m travelling, the many amazing and creative part of a dance group who perform a different people I meet, and generally the great routine every month experiences I gain. at various events, If not modeling in which keeps me busy particular, I would during the week. On the weekends, I work in love to have a career in another area of the Gilly Hicks, a fashion shop, which I enjoy due fashion industry such as styling or something to my fashion passion! similar. In artistic I have also recently terms of goals, I want been volunteering to ensure I keep up my to work backstage fashion shows, modeling dancing, and perhaps start playing music competitions etc., as again as my flute is I have began to build on top of my cupboard an interest in that collecting dust! area of the fashion I find music and dance industry. If I’m not important things modeling, working and have always been or dancing, I will skills that have most definitely be out come in handy when and about somewhere least expected. Most discovering new places in this beautiful City! importantly however,

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I want to travel and see the world more than anything else! If you were able to collaborate with anyone, who would it be? If I have to answer this question honestly, I would say that there is nobody in particular that I can think of who I’d like to collaborate with above anybody else. I have learnt that everybody from photographers, makeup artists, designers etc. each have their unique styles of work, who offer something different to me each time, which I subsequently learn from. I like to keep my portfolio versatile, and this is gained through collaborations with people from different backgrounds and diverse styles. As long as they have a professional and creative approach, then I’d love to collaborate with them. What is your submission for Fabric-a issue4 about, and how did you make it? My submission for this issue is a shoot with the theme of Kaleidoscope. I worked

Dress by Kelly Gilbert Collar (stylists own)

with a very young but very talented photographer named Judith Omoregie, my favourite makeup artist Ekaterina Novinskaya, creative stylist Aya Tsuchii and stunning

model Victoria Emslie. It was all about playing with colours and shapes, where we all shared our ideas in a beautiful park and was overall a fun and chilled shoot!


Judith Omoregie, photographer How long have you been a photographer? And why did you become one? I’m 17 now and I’ve been photographing for four years now. It all started in year 9 with a basic fuji film S5800 in my art class. I’d always admired the glossy photos printed in Vogue, but never thought I’d be published in magazines. Fashion is a passion of mine and I felt like if there is something I’m considerably good at, why drop it completely?

Model: Victoria Emslie MUA: Ekaterina Novinskaya Hair: Shamirah Sairally Retoucher: Ioana Zamfir Wardrobe Stylist: Aya Tsuchii Designers: Kelly Gilbert, Holly Fulton CrissyF-troupe, Giachett,

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What’s been your favourite part in your career? I think my favourite part in my career has to be my first publication in August 2013. It was my ‘Imperatix’ project styled by [the amazing] Cherrelle Douglas in Coco Magazine and it came as such a shock as I didn’t think a huge US magazine would give me an 6 page spread! Do you have any other passions? My other passion would have to be [apart from clothes] music.


Take away the clothes, the photography but I couldn’t cope without music. What inspires you? An ultimate motivation of mine is to make my family proud. My parents inspire me to be anybody I want to be, but most of all to not forget where I came from and how I got so far in life. If you were able to collaborate with anyone you can think of, who would it be? It would have to be Cara Delevingne. She is so stunning. What do you consider to be yours the greatest challenge so far? The greatest challenge for me is balancing my education and my passion of photography. It is not the best two things to balance as they both require total

Fashion is a passion of mine and I felt like if there is something I’m considerably good at, why drop it completely? “

another creative in the industry and I are planning to set up HAUS Collective for September 2014. A collection of creatives in the Is there anything you industry collaborating would like to do but still haven’t done yet? to get published worldwide and Travel around the eventually become world. I hope to a magazine. do that before I turn 30 :) Tell us a bit more about your submission What are you working for Fabric-a issue4…. on right now? And how did you make it? most exciting plan I sent of the for 2013? And 2014? ‘Kaleidescape’ project I have a Great Gatsby to Fabric-a and soon Editorial in the got a reply that process next month so it’ll be featured in keep on the lookout issue 4 and now it for that. Also the is so I’m ecstatic!! big one for 2014: focus for anything productive to come out if them. However, I think I’m handling it!


Photographer: Judith Omoregie Model: Victoria Emslie & Cristiana Giachetti MUA: Ekaterina Novinskaya Hair: Shamirah Sairally Retoucher: Ioana Zamfir Wardrobe Stylist: Aya Tsuchii Designers: Kelly Gilbert,F-troupe,Holly Fulton

Dress by Zara Necklace by Holly Fulton


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These pictures was taken behind the scenes by Tina Miguel for the poem fashion film “The search of Identity� written and produced by Annette Bette Kellow, shot and directed by Duncan Telford. The film has been shown at Portobello film festival and at an Illamasqua event.

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Still photography by Tina Miguel FROM THE FILM http://vimeo.com/67135483 Written and produced by Annette Bette Kellow Filmed and directed by Duncan Telford


Identity


The Search for Identity, Blows promising through trickles of air Languid and tasteless, It begs for you to take it The price you must pay if you have to deface it The Search for Identity With trust it does bludgeon through forest so thick, The wonder of where to be in future times Derives not from the outside but inside so fine So the search is so behold and release with your crime, The Search for identity to call mine,mine, mine.

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UNDER THE MASK

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photography/Edyta Michalska words/model Sonja Wirwohl


UNDERtheMASK

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with Sonja Wirwhol

Hello , very excited to be featuring you in Fabric-a ‘identity’ issue ! I have worked with you once and loved your ideas and creativity. You bought a ‘tube’ – black dress in charity shop, remember? so you must have been preparing for our shoot very well, and as a result we took a few great photos, thanks for that! Please tell me a little bit more about you, who you are and what you do… How long have you been a model? When I was a student in Brighton in my early twenties, I worked as a part time model for a company that published books on health and well-being. So, most photo-shoots entailed looking blissed out on a massage couch, balancing crystals on my chakras, or transforming washing up time into a holistic ritual. You can imagine what the studio looked like! Then I dedicated myself to the ‘real world’ for a while, as a tutor at colleges and finally at University. In 2011, though, I did some training at the Actors Centre London, and the creative bug bit me badly. I have continued training, and have started getting into films as well as creative and commercial photography projects.

What’s been your favourite part in your modeling career? Being painted gold for the shoot with Edyta was pretty spectacular! And I loved playing a bitchy Chanel assistant at the London College of Fashion last year, all dressed in 1920s garb. But generally speaking, the best bit for me is meeting the people on the project, and merging a writer/director/ photographer’s vision with my own creative interpretation. That’s really quite magical. What’s more, you have been in several different films, and you ‘have covered a quite wide range of characters’, what kind of films do you really prefer to be in? You’re right, I’ve played a radiologist, a lesbian serial monogamist, a Christian single mum, etc., I suppose that’s what you mean by ‘range’ of characters… I think it’s interesting to act out a part of your personality that you don’t feel entirely comfortable with, or a character trait that you either don’t have at all, or don’t want to admit you have. For the Chanel show, for example, my

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character was horribly snooty and condescending and got pleasure out of making other people feel insignificant. As that’s not me at all, it was all the more fun to get into that kind of frame of mind and let the imagination shape the character. Do you have any other passions? As I see you as a fabulous m u l t i t a l e n t e d person Oh, thank you! The fact is, I’m a restless spirit. I’ve always had c r e a t i v e p r o j e c t s running on the side, even when I was working full time in my sensible day job. There’s so much out there to learn and experiment with, it would be a shame to just stick with one thing. But, to answer your question, two things I’ve always loved are dance and classical music. I had to sell my darling digital piano when I moved house last year, so one of my goals for the next year is to buy another one and finally make some progress.

What inspires you? Silliness. Allowing myself to be surprised, and to surprise myself. Being a kid at heart. But seriously, I admire and am inspired by people who are able to keep their positive outlook and sense of humour in difficult situations, and who make the world just that little bit brighter. What do you consider to be your greatest challenge so far? Well, there have been plenty of small ones! A few years ago, for example, I played a newsreader and had to deliver a monologue in front of a green screen in one continuous take. A fly started buzzing around, waiting until the very last moments of the perfect take to then noisily cross the set straight in front of the camera, it was so frustrating! One of the crew members eventually threatened to spray the fly green. Filming a car commercial dressed in a vest and running shorts, doing stretches on Wimbledon Common in


5 degrees Celsius and pretending it was spring was also what I’d call a challenge. Is there anything you would like to do but still haven’t done yet??? As I’ve only started out, there’s so much to learn and so much to do. In terms of acting, I’d love to do more improvisation, it’s terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I would also like to get involved in some projects in Germany, where I’m originally from. What are you working on right now? And most exciting plan for 2013? And 2014 ???!!! I had a meeting with a large agency in Munich a few days ago, so we shall see. I’m going to Argentina for work in November, which I’m very excited about. I’m hoping to pick up some tango moves while I’m there. 2014, well… When can we see you on the big screen? In 2014, fingers crossed! I had the chance to work with a young creative team on the feature film ‘Brief Intermission’, which is set in an Orwellian dystopia behind the scenes of a propaganda musical. The film’s in post-production right now, and should be out early next year. I wonder if that cheeky fly made it into the final cut. Thank you! And the best wishes for the nearest future!


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editorials

The Lightness OfColours Photographer: Model: Make up & Hair: Clothing Designer: First photographic assistant: 2nd photographic assistant & digital operator: Studio:

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Michael Green Caitlin Rose supplied by NEVS model management Silvia Saccinto MUA Sarmite Ostanevica (Autumn Collection) Karolina Huber Luke Weller The Worx LTD


The Power of White Photographer Denys Trofimchuk BROOKLYN MUA/Hair Gemma Sole Vila Model Christina Manikhova Designer Fiona Fung

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Laura Miucci is an emerging Italian photographer and post-producer. She has a passion for photography since childhood. Laura began to experiment in 2012 working on photo shoots which she entirely designes, as well as doing post production retouch for beauty and fashion. Someone once said that hes photographs are explosions of colors. She also collaborates with home decor and lifestyle magazines, loves to travel and experience new photographic techniques with the dream in mind - working with international fashion magazines...

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MODEL: Alessandra M. Barbieri make up/hair: Michela Riva


Model/make and hair : Ilaria Rabbia


Model : Alice Pasti Make up/hair : Serena Feliciano


Model : Alice Pasti Make up /hair : Serena Feliciano


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A live music And portrAit/fAshion photogrApher currently studying for my BA At Kingston university. event photogrApher for the vintAge scriBBler.

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street Model - Stella Lado MUA - Cassi Brookes Hair Stylist - David Kamada Photographer - Rob Gardner

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PREC IOUS Photographer: Roberto De Micheli Model: Emi Make Up & Hair: Gregory Kara Styling: Giulia Peduzzi Digital Retoucher: Aaron Ford

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Viktor & Rolf Dress Bracelets and Earrings Vintage Bang Bang


All Saints Dress


Peplum Top Miss Selfridges Harness by Giulia Peduzzi Underwear Intimissimi Stockings Filodoro


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Subconscious by

Eugene Lee


‘Subconscious’, Painting, Acrylic Paint and Charcoal


‘T i g e r ’ , I l l u s t r a t i o n , Pe n d r a w n


‘Leopard’, Illustration, Pen Drawn


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WORDS/illustrations MARTIN LOWES

What You Are

They’re just two eyes; round ones Greyish blue, with black spots; Pinhole cameras cramming light Nutshelling the world into two small dots. And it’s just a mouth, this time – blood red; Curled or shrunk, depending on its mood A trapdoor between that mind and mine, mined For sugary lumps of thought for food. And this is just a hand, turned up, These thin little girls standing to attention, Bowing to my twitching palm, soothing With an itching balm of cordial condescension. And what are strands of hair but dead, strung out fragile cell bars; Hanging on for dear crying life, dying without Even the nerve to leave scars. What are you but a gross collection of Odds and ends, cobbled and stuck Together held forever by a sick combination Of silly string, theory and luck? I’ll tell you what you are, right now; Beating meaning in a heart laid, wasted, Dicing hope into unstomachable pieces, Too grand to swallow, just licked and tasted. From the sum comes the whole; Seen only from a distance, standing Far enough to know how close I am to never really understanding; you.

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blind girl at table


woman in feather coat

indian woman’s face


woman in hat


Ten tiny fingers, ten small toes, What dainty digits rock the mighty hand That holds on to a love that grows. And time conspires to compose Its lively song that sits, as yet unplanned, For tiny fingers, ten small toes; Which at his father’s loving woes Will waiver to his roaring reprimand, To hold on to a love that grows. And wearing, as his shield, the blows Which cannot yield a movement near as grand As tiny fingers, ten small toes. His mother, who undaunted shows Her fortitude that wraps in equal strands And holds on to a love that grows. The newborn lies asleep and glows, And clutching tightly like their wedding bands; Ten tiny fingers, ten small toes, That hold on to a love that grows.

Martin Lowes


PHOtOgraPHy by KasIa PIeCHOta

painter or builder? father or son? brother of friend? How identity can be described by one it is an individual and unquestionable matter. Can an artist distance himself from an object which he identify familiarities with?

familiar faces Kasia Piechota by photographing her father with her brother has tried to capture the particular relationship between them individually but also between them as a photographed object and herself as a photographer.

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Has she revealed their true identity? Or has she disguised it? If anyone can identify with the photographed object they can answer themselves.


Model, styling, make up & pecial effects Adriano Coelho using Giorgio Armani Photography & photo manipulation Edyta Michalska is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children save their lives by outwitting her. The tale has been adapted to various media, here is our version of a witch :)

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Valerio Loi photographer

This short series of self portraits briefly explores the concept of multiple personalities disorders and the difficulty of their co-existence into a single body. This especially relates to DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) which is nowadays one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders.

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“Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively

enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person’s behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness�.


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ello Fabric-a, I’m Sophia Abella, 31 years old Transgender model from Manila, Philippines. I am here to spread true substance of a woman, with power and charisma. I want to spread wisdom and help in any possible way in LGBT Asia and across the globe. I have a‘revolutionary’ heart of a woman, sincere advocacy to women rights, equality and a sex dating coach as passion. My supporters, friends, sex predators and critics are my fuel to live fearlessly and indulge a world wide experience.

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Capturing Tomasz Photographer Will Brealey Model Tomasz Wisniewski

A few months ago I placed a casting for a model to help me progress my portrait photography and location flash work. The first firm response was from a Polish guy from Nottingham called Tomasz Wisniewski. Tomasz was a very likeable and positive

adding quirky and camp elements such as

a basic grasp of English around five years

braces, expressing his goofy personality

guy. Since arriving in Britain with only ago, he has become a sort of local celebrity with

his

wild

haircuts

and

numerous

reality TV appearance. Despite myself, I found something strangely admirable about

Tomasz’s drive and single mindedness in the pursuit of his dream.

bow ties, day-glo coloured sunglasses, and and love of colour.

I was a bit bemused at first, but it

certainly added a bit of fun, and I was relieved to have a bit of time to fiddle

around with my flashes and light modifiers while he rummaged around in his costume bag for accessories. Then he suggested doing

We agreed to do the shoot in a derelict

some poses while smoking a cigarette. I

discovered the day before he contacted

up for the shot in another oufit. As he

factory

which,

fortunately,

I

had

me. He wanted fitness and physique style shots for a

modelling agency he was

hoping to be accepted by.

During the shoot, Tomasz couldn’t resist

gave him a Marlborough and he set himself

blew smoke he unfolded a photograph he had brought with him, and stared at it intensely. I noticed the young-looking

middle aged woman in the picture bore a clear resemblance to Tomasz.


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Tomasz’s mother had passed away two years ago from cancer.

The large

tattoo

on

his back impressively depicts a single-

breasted angel, in remembrance of her struggle.

We both had fun on the first shoot, so I was pleased he wanted to arrange another session the following week – he wanted to

try a ‘paint spatter’ style shoot. This sounded pretty cool, and we had a location

where we could create a lot of mess without getting in trouble. I ordered some nonstaining, washable powder paints, because

as well as playing with wet paint, I wanted to try throwing dry powder paint and capturing the explosions of colour.

Tomasz wasn’t convinced that the paint I had bought

would

be sufficient,

and

arrived with three large tins of household emulsion. He set up the scene by painting

some graffiti on the wall – the words

‘Fame Kills’. Interesting choice of words considering his obsession with celebrity,

I thought. So as well as some dry powder paint throwing shots, we did some photos with him covered – literally covered, head to toe – in thick glossy emulsion

in front of his graffiti wall. He also

took some fashion magazines and covered a table with torn up images of models,

as another setting for some oustanding shots.

There was something about these shot set ups, and the way Tomasz posed, which made

me wonder if he was trying to express

something about the dark side of fame addiction. It certainly went way beyond

the ‘lets muck about throwing paint and see what happens’ sort of thing I was expecting.

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The subsequent

shoot

we did was very

I think the images and Tomasz’s poses

check’ in some Derbyshire woods, but it

It was a great pleasure to work with a

different. It started out as a ‘location

soon transpired that we weren’t going anywhere without taking some pictures.

I had been interested in ‘photographs that

featured the human figure as an element

within the natural landscape, and it had

have an attractive stillness.

model who brought such a lot of creativity

and vision to our shoots. Working with

Tomasz took my photography in directions I wouldn’t have really considered exploring,

and it was hard work keeping up with his different concepts (and perhaps, slightly

occurred to me that since Tomasz was pretty

reining in some of the crazier ones) but

and trust between us, he’d be an obvious

sort of crash course in capturing a model

fearless, and we already had a rapport candidate to try this out. I showed him some pictures in the style I was thinking

of, and he said he had a similar idea as well, so we decided to go for it.

Without any props or crazy clothes, and in a totally natural setting, a completely

different aspect of Tomasz surfaced – vulnerable, but somehow peaceful.

I am grateful for the experience – a expressing

different

aspects

of

their

identity. And above all, it was terrific fun.

Will Brealey


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