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What the hell are we doing? Manifesto " Art is life, it is part of everything we do. Try and think of one thing you enjoy or an experience you have had that doesn’t express human creativity, or that wouldn’t be made inescapably better if it was made more beautiful, or emotionally powerful. Whether we create art ourselves or enjoy the work of others we all benefit from art in our lives in ways that can’t always be explained on paper. Hence they say ‘’a picture’s worth a thousand words’’. Here at Kula, we spend our time enjoying artwork in all its glorious forms. Discovering new talent is deeply motivating for us. The ancient drive to create is uniquely human, with each generation discovering new ways to express themselves. Kula offers a place for artists, experimental, established and beginners to collect tips, discover new techniques and to gain inspiration. It will open up discussion around the arts and provide an ongoing discourse for artists in the local community and beyond. We believe in the importance of communication. We love hearing about artist’s stories, their motives and perspectives and what they have learnt through their artistic journey. There is nothing more rewarding than an individual exploring the contours of their passion. We will bring you artwork, real stories and in depth analysis of art in all forms. We will travel down the numerous artistic rabbit holes, learning, mapping and evolving together. Kula was founded by art enthusiasts, it is created by artists and is furthered by art lovers. Our team is made up of 3 passionate volunteers, Libby Wells is an artist, working from her unique workshop ‘Ephemeral Studio’ in the heart of Shoreham-by Sea. Scarlet Lawrence is our youngest Artist, recently completing her Sculpture degree with a first class honours no less! Finally we have Alice Munro, Founder of ‘The Paint Club’. This trio live their lives fuelled by art and are passionate at encouraging artistic exploration. They share the desire to keep art at the forefront whilst forging forward on their own art journeys. “Real liberation comes not from glossing over or repressing painful states of feeling, but only from experiencing them to the full.” C.G. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. As we know life is not all joy and pleasure. It is a myriad of experiences and emotions. We can only be whole if we fully immerse ourselves in all parts of the process, that includes the vulnerable sides of being human. Creating art allows us a dynamic outlet and discovering art can help provide us with meaning. This is our purpose here in life. This is what gives us meaning. We are here to begin your quest, to slay the proverbial dragon, map the unknown and become a new.
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Team Libby Wells Fine art | Bespoke tattooing | Semi Permanent Cosmetic Tattooing | Refined Decor Artist
Owner of Ephemeral Studio in Shorehamby-Sea Curator of KulaMag
Want to join our team? Internship position available...
We are looking for an intern to join our team who loves art and has got some get up and go spirit. Scarlett Lawrence Sculpture Degree 1st class Honors Fine Art Artist Marketing Manager & Content creation for KulaMag
Alice Munro Business owner, Creator and Mother Content creator & copywriter for KulaMag
Contact us.... firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contents Page 6 - Franceilei Franke Page 12 - Sarah the Carver Page 16 - Sharnie Pilar Page 24 - Find your Happy Page 26 - La Galleria Page 28 - Bugpin Creations Page 32 - Zorana Dawn Page 37 - Pretty Vanant Page 40 - Ephemeral Studio Page 44 - Boundaries Page 50 - Internship Position
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Angelic Hell London ''I found an amazing family at Angelic Hell Tattoo, and I don’t see myself working in any other place''
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I am Francieli, a 33 years old Brazilian who's been living in England for 5 years. I am a tattoo artist, body piercer and also a pole dancing instructor. I love the tattoo world and I'll never give it up, though its been hard recently, not being able to work with the lockdown restrictions, I can't wait to get back in a studio. I learnt how to pierce 10 years ago, when I was living in Denmark, It suited me perfectly as a trade as I moved around a lot back then. I started learning and practicing tattooing many years ago but it was 3 years ago when I officially started my apprenticeship. The time felt right as I decided to settle down in London having fallen in love with the shop I am a manager of, 'Angelic Hell Tattoo' in Wandsworth, London. The studio has a big reputation and long history, being founded in back in 1996. This year Angelic Hell will have been providing high quality tattoos and piercings for 25 years; in that time the studio has held a booth at London Tattoo Convention every year, accept 2020 of course, as everything was cancelled due to Covid-19.
I found an amazing family at Angelic Hell Tattoo, and I don’t see myself working in any other place. The people I work with have all become close friends and we are always open for guest spots so I get to meet new people all the time and swap skills and stories. In my spare time I also love sports and exercise, I used to enjoy roller derby for a very long time, but once I started tattooing thought that could be dangerous for my hands, I really can't afford to break those! That's why I decided to try something else a bit safer, so I attended a local pole fitness taster class, and completely felt in love. Today I have been practicing pole for 3 years and enjoy every second, so when the lovely Helen at Pole Hub Studio invited me to be their pole instructor I snapped up the chance. KulaMag page 7
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People used to say that Brazilian people weren't very welcome in England; I don’t know if I have just been lucky, but I have never felt any discrimination at all for being foreign. I've always found great people on my path; of course it wasn’t easy at first, different culture, different language, but nothing that time and dedication doesn’t fix, every day I felt more and more at home. But things have changed a lot since I came here, the biggest being a world wide pandemic! Recently it's been very hard to be away from my family in these difficult times. Covid-19 and the consequential restrictions have made me even more grateful for the amazing friends I've made in England, they are my rock helping me feel safe and loved during this tragic time. Brexit has been a concern too, I still don’t have a very formed opinion about it all, its hard to know what's true and what's false; it seems the officials in charge of being honest with us all have other agendas, we can’t yet really see the big changes at the moment. I like to believe and hope that Brexit's consequences will not close many doors or many people’s dreams. I am not a person that follows politics, as I have always felt that my voice is lost anyway. For me I believe that we are one race, human. I would love the idea of no borders, no walls and everyone in the world was motivated to work as one, where we could be all equal and travel freely as we wish. No one should claim ownership of a whole land, I wish there were less labels and bureaucracy to separate us. KulaMag page 9
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Marcus Owner of Angelic Hell since 1996, sadly passed away last year
RIP Marcus It is with a broken heart that I have to add that we lost our great friend, Marcus the owner of 'Angelic Hell Tattoo'. He received me with open arms and gave me all his trust to achieve the best I could. I never met anyone more kind or with a bigger heart. All I wish to say to him is thank you so much for everything, I miss you every single day, and I promise I will keep doing my best for 'Angelic Hell Tattoo' and make you proud and honor your legacy. Fran
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Sarah the Carver The earliest discovered wood carving is 11,000 years old. Holy hell that's twice as old as the ancient Egyptian pyramids!
Shigir Sculpture Discovered on January 24, 1890 in the peat bog of Shigir, near Yekaterinburg, Russia
Wood carving is an widely practiced art form, ranging from decorative pieces to functional furniture. Your might be thinking, ''I have never even met a wood carver'' but rest assured they're out their carrying the torch for this time honored tradition. Here I welcome Sarah, the wood carver, I met her as a client who came in for a tattoo some years ago now, and I've been following her journey ever since. This talented lady creates bespoke hand carved pieces in her beautiful studio in Somerset. Let's ask Sarah a few questions about her incredible art. KulaMag page 12 Libby
Can you explain a bit about why you got into your trade and what you love about it? I got into Woodcarving after studying restoration and Decorative Studies at Portsmouth University back in 2005. Here I learnt the basics in a lot of traditional decorative crafts but specialised in Woodcarving and traditional plasterwork in the last two years of my degree. Unfortunately, once I graduated in 2008 I wasn’t able to find employment in the industry so I took on a series of part time jobs alongside going self employed in 2009. I had 10 blunt chisels that I’d bought in a car boot sale, a tiny section of my garage and I set up my website. Having carved very little at this stage, I didn’t have much to upload on to my portfolio! Gradually I began getting enquiries and I just said yes to everything and learnt on the job. It was a steep learning curve (it still can be) but gradually my skills improved. Fast forward to now, via 8 months with the Prince’s Foundation on their Building Craft apprenticeship scheme and 10 years solid learning! .
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How have you and your work been affected by Covid and Brexit? Fortunately I can’t say I have been. Before the first lockdown I just managed to fit in a trip to the timber yard before it closed and this kept me going for the next three months. I have a pretty good stock of wood anyway but it was a bit worrying when the timber yard did actually shut shortly afterwards. I get a bit worried if I don’t have at least three months worth of commissions lined up at any one time and if this does happen I then turn my hand to making smaller items to sell on Etsy. Likewise, Brexit doesn’t seem to have had any initial effect to my work and I’m keeping everything crossed that it stays this way. You can never get complacent when you produce bespoke work as you very rarely get repeat customers so I’ll never fully relax in this regard.
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What exciting plans / projects are you working on atm? I’ve got a really good range of work on at the moment! Smaller items include some fire bellows and a large walnut door that I’m carving a cherry tree pattern into. However, the main project that I’m gearing up for involves producing an Eagle lectern, several Angels and Evangelist beast sculptures for a church in America. It’s very exciting and will keep me busy for a couple months.
And have you any advice for young people interested in your trade? Be patient! I’ve been going for nearly 12 years and there is still so much I need to improve on to meet the level of carving I’m aspiring to. As with any craft/skill, there’s no short cut. You just have to put the hours in and practice. Try and start off learning your craft as a hobby to see if you can produce work fast enough and to a high enough standard that you can actually make a living from it. Don’t forget that you’ll rarely be carving for 9 solid hours a day, you’ve got to fit in running your business as well which always takes up more time than you think it well. Lastly, make sure you really do enjoy your craft. It’ll show in your work if you don’t.
Beautiful work right?! Makes me want to take a chisel to a block of wood and see what I can create! And a truly ageless message from Sarah, hard work and determination = achieving your goals, if creating a living from your passion is your dream, there's never a better time to start your journey than today! KulaMag page 15
@Sharniepilar Sharnie Pilar - Tattoo Artist
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'Tattoo courses' controversial subject! making short courses available to the public, whats your thoughts on this? I think the in-person, physical aspect of an apprenticeship is so important to experience to be part of the trade. It’s not something you can learn from watching a screen. Tattooing is very up close and personal, and the relationship with your mentor, the shop and the history of tattooing is incredibly important. I feel with an online course there’s no way you’ll get to experience a shop is crucial. An environment which apprenticeship is so much more than just learning to tattoo. You’ll need to do reception work, clean the shop, make the tea, watch your mentor work, scrub tubes, organise things, sort appointments and draw 24/7 on top of that. Being behind a screen can’t replicate this in any way shape or form. It’s impossible. Getting an apprenticeship is incredibly tough, especially in London. You have to really work your butt off every day and even if you’ve got a cracking portfolio many shops either don’t take apprentices or don’t have space for you. It’s not like you can click a button and learn immediately. This is a really humbling experience that either makes or breaks you. I remember going to 7 shops in one day for a portfolio critique and every single one turned me away without even looking at my work. You need to be able to push forward through tough times like that and keep working like your life depends on it. An online course won’t teach you the respect or life skills you need to become a tattooer. Also, I feel those who are ‘teaching’ these courses and taking people’s money are total scammers. If any of them have had an apprenticeship they’ll know that looking at a screen doesn’t work. Don’t fall for it kids.
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So I have the worst perception of time! All references are solely based on Facebook time hop as I have no internal clock! But I have been tattooing for about 9 years now and wow, has time really flown because ultimately, I feel like I’ve been tattooing five minutes! Although it’s nearly a decade, in the grand scheme of things, I think any humble tattoo artist (or any artist for that matter) would agree that I still feel like I have only scraped the surface. I still have so much to learn about the craft and luckily I have the best people around me at my disposal to help me along my little journey! I started an apprenticeship in the small town of Ewell in ‘New Skool Tattoo’ under Ian Flower just as I was finishing my degree at UCLA in Epsom just down the road. I was there for maybe a year or so before I got ants in my pants and left for Australia to let off some steam until I found myself in New Zealand, armed with a sketch pad that I had been doodling in over the course of my travels, went into various tattoo shops in Auckland asking for any reception jobs just to earn some money to move onto (maybe Canada I think it was) in the future. I didn’t want anything too concrete as my visa was only for a years and we had planned to stay for 6 months and head out again. So I landed myself an apprenticeship in Ponsonby at a shop called ’13 needles’ with Fabian Bidart and it changed the course of my adventure because there was no way I was letting another apprenticeship slip from my fingers as they are so hard to come by these days so I needed to thank my lucky stars and stay put! I was there for two years (as long as my visa would allow) and then had to head back to the U.K. where I returned to New Skool for several months before moving more locally to Eternal Tattoos in Dorking.
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I’ve been very lucky to have had such great shops locally to where I live and such a knowledgeable bunch of artists. All artists I have worked under have been in the game for a long time and would probably be classed as what we would call ‘old school artists’. Ian Flower, Ruth Eternal and Lal Hardy. I worked alongside Lal for about 7 years as well as Ruth simultaneously and literally had the best time! It’s only recent movements where I’ve opened up my own private studio closer to where I live that I have had to give them up but we are still really close. It’s the routine of doing ‘walk-ins’ every weekend at Lal Hardy’s ‘New Wave’, that changed the way I tattooed and led me down the road of the single needle style, I still remember my very first single needle tattoo I did, Lal talked me through the whole process as I was terrified and from that day, everything changed. At that point I was still exploring all possible routes, styles and techniques. I wasn't specialising in a certain ‘style’ at that point and I had no intention to either. I wanted to be an artist that was more fluid and adaptable. I wanted to take on any project and give it my best shot but fine line work captivated me instantly which led me to micro portraits and an array of techniques done with a single needle and I ditched all those coloured pigments once and for all! (They’re all currently sat on a mantle piece as ornaments!)
The industry as we know it, is absolutely booming. Tattooists at your disposal via social media, heck you can literally message them from your sofa and book an appointment or shop around on Instagram! Back in the day all connection between artist and consumer was by letter or simply walking into the shop directly. I'd imagine this would be frightening purely because nobody really knew anything about what went on inside those shops back then! There were no TV programs or smart phones to keep us up to date. TikToks and ‘reels’ (I can’t even get my head round it). Tattooing is now so accessible and mainstream that it’s almost abnormal not to have a tattoo! I have been accused of being a terrible sales person as a tattoo artist because my advise is always ‘don’t do it', having bare skin is now a rarity, remain that way!’ I feel like there’s too much pressure on people having the cool factor these days because of social media and online presence, that getting a tattoo is part of the modern look. I was stood in the post office the other day and noticed they had an advertisement leaflet that had a tattooed family on the front! I couldn’t stop staring at it because I was so shocked at how normal it is to be covered head to toe. Don’t get me wrong! I am all for it! But wow, go Royal Mail!
I love that tattooing isn’t so taboo anymore and I never really experienced the times when it was more underground, but I feel lucky that I can walk down the street in shorts and t-shirt and not have eggs thrown at me because I have a certain style, women in previous eras were not so lucky. Society changes and adapts so frequently and I think we take it for granted sometimes having the world at our feet. I’m very grateful to have had the life I have led (much to my parents’ disapproval) although they are content with my decisions now, they understand that tattooing isn’t what they had initially imagined it to be. They had hoped I would become a Graphic Designer after completing my degree but I guess I still got some good use of it in some shape or form! I have been so lucky to have had two apprenticeships come my way and am fully aware that squandering my first one was risky and probably idiotic. I wouldn’t change my experience for the world but I urge anyone who manages to find a gateway into tattooing, to lock it in. There's rarely a plan B for many people who want to be a tattoo artist, with suitable opportunities hard to come by, ultimately I don’t think is a bad thing as it makes you appreciate what comes your way. Grab the bull by the horns and enjoy the ride!
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I opened my private studio in West Sussex at the beginning of 2020 which was extremely bad timing and perfectly timed all at once! It’s important to keep connections, so I continued travelling to Muswell Hill which was well worth the commute to see Lal and the New Wave family. The Lockdowns have hit us all hard and I find it hard to believe that anyone would come out of this completely unscathed. The weather also took its toll, keeping me indoors and in January I felt like enough is enough. I actually took myself off social media for several weeks just for some down time, a reset and just some healthy ju-ju. Lockdown has made us so dependent on our smartphones for respite, buying, browsing, exploring, researching, talking, watching, learning, communicating. I always have to have something to do so I’ve been very good at keeping myself occupied but my screen time was slowly increasing and I was fully aware that my day’s were getting shorter and shorter and before I knew it, I was getting nothing done before the sun had gone down and another day was done. I work best at night time but I still feel it’s good for the soul to keep your brain ticking throughout the day so I would exercise, walk the dog, reorganise my front room and make some artwork. Last year, I worked constantly on portrait commissions for those who sent me photos of pets or loved ones and I would simply draw them and send them off. (I even loved designing the packaging and making prints for them with wax seals!) it’s all part of the process and I had all the time to do it so why the hell not!
Having so much time off, I felt I could let my creativity go crazy, whether it was a success or not. I wanted to explore different things just because I could. I remember feeling very nostalgic over the Xmas period, watching the golden oldies on TV and it sparked something in me to draw miniature Disney characters in an alternative tattoo style: with Dr. Martens or some sort of weaponry. Just doing something fun and luckily they were a hit! I was so humbled by the response and happiness they brought to people because the characters reminded them of their own childhood like myself! I made sure I drew characters that were long forgotten to spark that excitement and it really worked! Adding the alternative twist to them was just for comedy factor and give them a new lease of life. I have many other projects going that may be a complete failure or go really well but I am up for the adventure! I want to make sure I have something to show for all this time I have and make the most of every moment, not just for myself, or my work, or money, or making others happy. I want to have a story to tell when this is all over and look back at this strange time we are living in and know that I ‘lived’ to tell the tale. Make every moment count.
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Many tools have helped me along the way and I have designed several online workshops to share my knowledge and experience, and to support others on their path of transformation. Just as we feel the urge to do some spring cleaning to clear out the old stagnant energy from the winter months, we can take the same approach and begin clearing out our internal stagnant energy. Our old self, old ways of thinking, feeling, old perspectives and beliefs can all be transformed into a higher vibration, one that feels great and brings us into a sense of wellbeing. As Dr Joe Dispenza explains, ‘If in our spring cleaning we are addressing these forgotten or heavily trodden upon external places and spaces in our lives, should we not also examine the correlating internal places and spaces?’ Feng Shui is the perfect way to begin your self-transformation and to focus on areas of your life that Invite fresh energy into your home and into your life by practising the art of Feng Shui, and get your own energy for life flowing again.
Sometimes we all feel a little bit stuck. The question comes bobbing along - How can we get our own energy flowing again? With so much change happening, it can be tricky to get a steady foot on reality. I have found that trying to control how things roll out is a waste of time and I am beginning to feel more comfortable in this new rhythm of the unknown. In the past I would fret and dread the unknown, threatened by something that I cannot control and be prepared for. I am now taking a different perspective on life, one that is excited and motivated for positive change. My new perspective energises and inspires me, uplifting my mood to an empowered place where I feel unlimited and where anything imagined is possible. Letting go of my past self is an ongoing process and every day I take a step closer to my unlimited self. I am moving through my transformation, much like a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, with the imaginal cells moving towards my future self as I complete my transformation.
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La Galleria Shorehams Favourite Italian Restaurant
a Galleria is an authentic family run business located in the heart of Shoreham-by-sea. With a wide selection of classic Italian dishes on offer, you can expect delicious food, great drinks, and stunning views from a large Al Fresco dining area. The restaurant is recently rennovated, with plenty of seating for parties both small and large.
22 East Street Shoreham by sea West Sussex BN43 5ZE
La Galleria prides itself on being child and family friendly, providing a great atmosphere for you to enjoy your evenings, whether indoor or out. The Al Fresco dining area is a great place to enjoy your meal, with beautiful views of the historic St Marys church, a landmark for Shoreham.
Reserve your table at La Galleria today by booking online or over the phone.
The menu boasts a range of authentic Italian cuisine, ranging from fresh pasta and pizza, to calzone, tortelloni and a range of vegetarian meals. Alongside this, La Galleria has a huge wine selection to choose from, with one to pair with every meal as well as a fully stocked bar to select from.
Tel: 01273 440404
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@Bugpin_creations Artist specialising in Sketch and Tattoo Art
Tell me about the people you have met through your work? ''I have made some great friends in the industry over the years, they are always there to answer a question or give an opinion and swap artwork with, I also think having friends in the industry is very important''
We are asking every Tattoo Artist their opinion of the new 'Online Tattoo Courses' available to the public, whats your thoughts?
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''I have a mixed view on the online courses, firstly I'll be honest in my opinion that I don't think 10 hours theory on a computer is enough to permanently change a person's body. There are hundreds of factors to consider when doing a tattoo on another human being, factors which are considered naturally through experience (or for the less experienced) a mentor to turn and to to ask if you are unsure, so I guess my answer would be that I don't believe they are good path to the trade. I understand that there are people out there with a natural talent that is just waiting to be set free and that the industry is a tough door to enter. I am sympathetic to people struggling to get into the trade and always try to give sensible advice on the best methods of entry.''
Covid! the dreaded subject, how do you think Tattoo Studios will change as a result of the pandemic? ''I believe Covid will have will have a huge impact on the industry for a long time. What with the added PPE and huge increase in material costs that we have all previously been buying for many years. I don't believe the excuse of Covid for such increases nor do I believe the suppliers will put the prices back down when the time comes. I think the classic tattoo studio waiting room will be a thing of the past and that the studios that rely on walk in trade will be hugely effected especially in seasonal towns where studios use the summer trade to fund the quiet winter months. I don't believe that Covid has eliminated the demand for new tattoos and my inbox has been as busy as it ever, with question ,quotes and enquiries. But I think we will all adapt and the tattoo industry will be as strong as ever and will continue to grow. I believe that Covid is very real and very serious but but I believe in the strength of the tattoo industry will overcome it.''
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You must get this alot, what do you say to those who are interested in becoming a Tattoo Artist themselves? ''I would advise anybody wanting to follow in my footsteps to never give up, always ask as many questions as you can, take advice from the more experienced and learn from them. These experienced guys people have't been In the industry for so long for no reason, so take advantage of sound advice and use it. Practice practice practice! Be your own critique if you don't like a design on paper? Do it again! Build a portfolio which is different and exciting to look at. Make friends in the industry who may advise and keep the faith, opportunities come about everyday you just have to search for them. Be patient and you will achieve your dream!''
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ZO RA N A DA W N
Born in Serbia, Istvàn, who goes by the artist name Zorana Dawn, moved to England in 2015 and resided in the Cotswolds until deciding to make the move to the expressive city of Brighton. In the interview, Zorana Dawn explains the reasoning for the move was due to the restrictions they felt in the country, which both limited them as a person and as an artist.
In 2017, Zorana Dawn made the move to the LGBTQ+ capital of The UK, Brighton. During their first year in Brighton, the artist began experimenting with makeup and began to progress into learning the Art of Drag.
Drag is formed of many components such as performance, politics, fashion and sexuality. It exists to break the binary of The artist explains how living there gender norms, allowing the artist pushed them into the trap of living a to express themselves however “default setting” and would often they find the most liberating. battle with themselves to change their behaviour to be accepted within society.
“As the years progressed the monster just grew “I could never be myself; I bigger and bigger” could not be who I wanted to When the national lockdown hit be and I was always yearning during March 2020, the artist decided to use this time to perfect to be much greater.”
Zorana Dawn talks about how while living in the Cotswolds they sought a new lease of life and began researching into areas within England where they could find likeminded creatives which would allow them to thrive as the artist they were destined to be.
their craft by investing in studio equipment such as lighting and backdrops, alongside crafting their own costumes so they could create new and expressive content from home.
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“There is no singular person who inspires me, I seek inspiration from things all around.” Zorana Dawn speaks on the inspiration from the powerful women that have influenced their life. Growing up in The 90's had a huge impact on Zorana as they explain how they looked up to characters such as Barbie and Catwoman.
Like many other creatives, Zorana Dawn speaks on how the Lockdown actually helped transform them as an artist as they had the time to freely explore their talents. As performance venues were closed and the traditional way we view drag on the stage was inaccessible. Zorana Dawn utilised the online platform, TikTok as a way to showcase their latest work. You can keep up to date with all their latest creations both on TikTok and Instagram: @pityuxka. KulaMag page 34
“I imagine myself as a Barbie doll and this is the box I am coming out of” When exploring the work of Zorana Dawn further, it was clear to see that the way they express themselves has no boundaries as each look is so unique. Some of their work sticks to traditional glam style whereas others take influence from less conventional forms such as horror films, further showing just how capable and creative they are as an artist.
We were interested to learn about the process behind Zorana Dawn’s which turned out to be “Everything begins as a sketch in a notebook, once that is complete I will spend my time finding the right clothing and makeup.” The process of designing, creating and shooting content of the artist's work can take hours on end to achieve the desired result. As all creatives will have experienced, hard work and incredible outcomes like Zorana Dawn's art don’t come without struggles. When questioned the artist explained how the hardest part throughout lockdown was trying to achieve everything on their own, such as manoeuvring in the costumes and selfshooting their content. Zorana Dawn's journey from feeling constrained in the country they grew up in, to then finding themselves in a new part of the world and creating amazing pieces of art, is inspiring to every creative. Zorana Dawn teaches us that we should step out of our comfort zone because when we do, amazing things can happen. Written by Scarlett Lawrence KulaMag page 35
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PAINTING BY LIBBYWELLS
Pretty Vacant Written by Alice Munro
I got labelled the other day. Someone put me in a category. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it because I didn’t agree but also because of my own perception of that label. We all do it. Put people into categories, label them, often unconsciously. What is it, 13 seconds to make an impression? I actively try not to judge people, to put my initial thoughts aside. It was a conscious decision I made when I was at school after becoming friends with people who others deemed ‘uncool’ or a ‘geek’. I wanted to make my own mind up. I don’t like being labelled, put into a box. I’m not sure many people do. We do it because we go for like minded people. People we can share something with, who have similar ideas or views. It’s a natural thing. But to hear what labels someone has pinned on you can challenge your own beliefs. Each of us has an idea of who we are in our heads, and every person we meet, friends and family see a different version of us. People form these views through interactions, through their own perceptions and from experience. It’s odd thinking about it but it makes sense and is easy to forget in day to day life. Unless of course you worry a lot about what other people think of you, which was often a cause of concern for me. Last week I got called ‘one of the pretty girls.’ It was said in a derogatory way by another woman, who assumed I put myself in that category and who implied I got something because of how I looked. I have never seen myself that way. I have never had a huge amount of self confidence, it comes and goes, and I have worked incredibly hard for everything I’ve achieved. KulaMag page 37
I didn’t know how to react. My brain was swirling. Apart from the fact I am a grown woman, I am also a business owner and a mother. I have experienced the ups and downs of life, I choose to educate myself, to challenge myself. And yet another woman put me in that category without a thought. It hurt. It was an assumption and she said it to my face. Was it meant as a compliment? It felt like a judgement. The Sex Pistols had a song called Pretty Vacant. ‘We’re so pretty, oh so pretty, we’re vacant’. I always think of it. I use the word pretty to describe the outfits of little children, flowers, artwork perhaps, sometimes people or as an expression: ‘yeh it’s pretty nice.’
From my experience a woman calling another woman pretty is not always a compliment. I’ve heard a lot of ‘yeh, she’s pretty, but…’ I went to an all girls school so you can imagine. I am fairly confident in who I am, but less so in how I look. I was bullied at school for a couple of years by girls who I was originally friends with. I’m not 100% sure why. Possibly because I chose to do my own thing instead of always hanging out with them. The ringleader of the group told me in a snide way one day that I was the pretty one… I knew she was attempting to manipulate me. She had labelled everyone in the group as funny, clever, cool, pretty etc. She wanted control. After that there were some ‘pretty’ awful incidents. I can remember them clearly. I lost a lot of confidence, I hated school & I developed an eating disorder. It took a lot of years to heal from it and I am still working on how I view myself, some days KulaMag page 38 are better than others.
I lack body confidence but am learning to be kind to myself. To me, pretty is a way of describing someone who is nice to look at but doesn’t have much else going for them. It’s a compliment in its lowest form. It’s flimsy. It's superficial. It's for kids, not adults. It’s less about beauty and more about substance, or the lack of. It reminds me of mean girls. For a woman it suggests that they are missing something. If someone was complimenting me I’d prefer to be called strong, beautiful, kind, trustworthy, inspiring, determined, loving. These are the words I aspire to. And yet, today a man I know well and have a good relationship with described me as pretty. ‘It’s not often I get stopped by a pretty girl’. I was dressed up, out for drinks with a friend and had said hi. It was with a big smile, a lot of warmth and meant as a compliment. I laughed and replied with a big smile and ‘thanks’. So why was that different? Is it the inbuilt patriarchy that I can’t escape? Is it because we’re constantly told women are meant to look pretty for men? Is it because I only want to feel pretty under a man’s gaze? Was it because he is a friend & I trust him and his opinion about me? Is it because I thought he meant it in a kind way? Is it because he knows me as a business woman, a mother, as a company owner and he knows how hard I work so he makes his judgements about me based on far more than aesthetics? I am honestly not 100% sure, I think it is a mixture of all of those. Pretty is a judgement whether meant kindly or in a derogatory way.
We make judgments about people every day of our lives. In person, on TV, on Instagram, via email. It is a natural part of life. Wild animals make judgments to protect themselves and ensure they stay out of dangerous situations. In our civilised society, I use civilised lightly, we use our judgement to find friends, a partner, a job, to build our lives. As a woman I feel women are judged more harshly than men. That there is far more to judge us on. A man did a good job. A woman did a good job, for a woman. I love tattoos, I always have. Society makes judgements about people with tattoos. Especially women with tattoos. Today I chose to get a tattoo on a part of my body that I could hide instead of on my wrist where I had originally planned it. I chose it because I knew I’d be judged, and right now, while I’m setting up a new business and working with new clients, I can’t take the risk. Could their incorrect judgement of me lose me business?
Nerves make people do strange things, so it’s helpful to allow people to chill out a bit before you start taking notes. At least that’s my experience. Some of the best people are the ones who start out quiet, who need a bit of time to show you who they are. It can be worth taking a gamble, quieting your judgments, you might find out that the label you gave someone is totally wrong. I will continue working on my judgments and perceptions. It is something I believe we will all, always need to check ourselves on. We need to constantly educate ourselves on the world around us.
Yet when I see someone with tattoos, I want to know more about them. They’re a human canvas, and what is life without art! I have conducted many interviews over the years. I try to consciously give the interviewee at least 5 minutes before I start forming an opinion. Nerves make people do strange things, so it’s helpful to allow people to chill out a bit before you start taking notes. I have conducted many interviews over the years. I try to consciously give the interviewee at least 5 minutes before I start forming an opinion.
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The subject of resentment is as common as the weather. We all find ourselves feeling, thinking and chatting about how ‘they’ made us feel, their behaviour, their decisions. We have all done it, gone round and round in circles in our various relationships. Be it partners, friends, peers at college, whoever we interact with. They do or say something, we don’t like it, we take it personally, we resent them. This has come up for me numerous times, and in various ways in the last few months, and throughout my life of course, so I think it’s a lesson I clearly need to reinforce to myself. This concept of resentment is not simple, nor black and white. It's all too easy to demean the thoughts, feelings and impulses we have and those around us by trying to sum up the issue and say what would be best. We are all guilty of doing this, when our friends need to vent, they give us a really complicated scenario and we go ‘don't worry about it’’, ‘’forget about her’’, don't worry what other people think’’ etc.. but truly our friends are still figuring out what's best for them, that's why they talk to us. We think as we speak, so no simple retort will suffice nor remedy anything for your friend. There's also the impulse to tell your friend what they want to hear, not what they need to hear but that's a whole other pitfall. We can’t control other’s behaviour. Yes I know, there are ways we can manipulate and influence those around us but truly, when we are talking about the genuine self, does a manipulated action really come from the puppet you played with? No! And what would it really be worth to you? Nothing much! Let’s pretend, Imagine you have complete control over someone in your life, like playing ‘the Sims’ you click the buttons and they do what you will…. How would that make you feel about them? Or yourself? Kinda takes the meaning out of everything doesn’t it! KulaMag page 45
In fact any influence we may have over another is smaller than you may think, I’m afraid there’s a number of factors that have varying degrees of control over all of us, so none of us are in total control here anyway! That’s why when someone truly listens and reacts to you it’s a really beautiful thing, it’s the ultimate respect. They're working with so many factors that to take a pause in the every churning swirl pool that is their being to stop and listen to you, hear what you say, think on it and then act on it is a rare thing. Let us hope if you have that kind of relationship with a person that you take on the responsibility that comes with it, take it seriously and never take them for granted. These people who let you in like this, they are the keepers! Ultimately other people’s actions are their own, we don’t get to judge them, control them or abuse them, if you're justifying yourself trying any of this you may have noticed by now its a dead end. To try to do so only degrades who we are and will ultimately result in failure, anything you force would be forced. True love, friendship and kindness must be real. We can all feel the difference, even you non intuitive types. A fake is never worth as much as an original when it comes to people or handbags! What we can do however is control as best we can, our behaviour. The trick is I find, to delay reaction. When you’re upset with someone’s behaviour take a pause….. let your biological propensities and shadow materials run their course internally. Think on it, feel on it, then when it’s passed you will find you can react with more control and consideration. A trick I use is to write the person who upset me a message and leave it unsent for several days, if not weeks. Mostly they never get sent. I just delete them when I’ve got myself in a better place and I move on remembering I’m in charge of me not them. KulaMag page 46
This isn’t to say you keep everything bottled up by the way, honesty is key. If you come to the end of your pause and you want to communicate how you’re feeling go ahead, just do it when you’re in a better place to do a better job. note-A better job by the way doesn’t include mud slinging to make them feel bad, another easy pitfall, I know there's loads right! Alongside this delayed reaction tactic don’t forget it is your right, if not duty, to set boundaries. One option to consider....Have that person in your life or don’t! The choice really is yours. Try to see past the frustrations, your wish to change that person's behaviour past or present, the hate that builds, your weaknesses, fear of being without and use all your experience to make an informed decision. Ask yourself, is this person someone I want in my life right now? Do they add value to my life and am I able to add value to theirs? You might well be projecting or manifesting this upset, hurting them back, hurling your resentment as mud, passive aggressively. If you are finding that bitterness and resentment are present when you think about them and interact with them. You need to decide for you, simply. Do I want them in my life as they are now, or not? The reason this needs a special consideration is because people are ever changing, who you met 20 years ago might not be the person you see in front of you now. Loyalty comes into the thought process here. If your devoted to a person in a special way, then what's right for you might well be to see the shitty parts through, but also perhaps if your loyal to the person you are also doing the right thing by drawing a line under it and saying simply I can’t be around you now. This current back and forth degrades us both. Don't get me wrong there are times when you see a crappy phase through, but that’s not really what this discussion is about. What we're talking about is when you are in the toxic phase. Where one of you is communicating KulaMag page 47 actively and the other simply isn't.
When it's becomes toxic, and you know it, make a decision and stick to it until you feel another way. You may not feel differently, if so that’s a person who isn’t meant to share in more of your journey. Well then you made the right decision and saved yourself from gratuitous upset and strain . Or you may give it a year and feel differently where by you can reassess the situation as it presents to you then, who knows? It’s not for you to know how life would be if they didn’t do that, didn’t say that, did more of this ……. The hypotheticals are endless. You got this life, this situation and so your task is to manage this reality and the best way you can.
I'm not saying this is easy by the way, don't think this quick text surmises perfectly a resolve to a difficult relationship, far from it. Everyone has their unique situation, and when it comes to our ever weaving webs the variables are endless. However, problems arise in relationships creating resentments and once way to help yourself is to set boundaries, a good reaction to such issues is to face the situation head on, think on it and decide on a step you can reasonably take to try and improve your situation. Remember you matter, and you simply cannot look out for others to the best of your ability when you’re struggling yourself. See it as your duty to treat yourself like you are important, even when you don’t feel it, and act in kind.
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When I finally realized that I only have my own behaviour to worry about I felt an instant sense of calm, which reinforced my instinct that it was the right notion to uphold. I have to say the calm was accompanied by some irritation that I didn’t arrive here sooner, once you see this you can't unsee it, but ultimately I got there, once you really take it in, it is a huge relief. All I need to concentrate on is me, my behaviour, my progression. I take responsibility for me, I choose who’s around me. Makes you feel like a boss!
''In the chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order'' Jung
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