Steve Rowland and Bianca Donnelly
â€œThe only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say commonplace things, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars ...â€? Jack Kerouac
First published in 2007 by Made in Medway and Medway Renaissance. Copyright C Steve Rowland and Bianca Donnelly. Book Design copyright Steve Rowland 2007. All works in here have been reproduced with the knowledge and prior consent of the contributors. No responsibility is accepted by the publishers, editors or designers for any infringement of copyright arising out of this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any retrieval system in any form without the prior written consent of Made in Medway. Art direction, design and production: Steve Rowland www.steverowland.co.uk
Malcolm Attryde 16
Harriet’s Muse 20
Mark Barnes 24
Wendy Daws 30
Andrew Lapthorn 34
Bjørn Venø 38
Dawn McKelvie 42
Laura Campion 46
Stephen Turner 50
Wastin’ My Time 56
Fiona Watt 60
Danielle Wright 64
Tina Kean 68
Edwina Jaques 74
Claire Patchett 78
Matt Bray 82
Jane Pitt 86
Kalika’s Armour 90
Spaghetti Weston 96
DNA Design 100
Karen Morton 104
Naked Vine 108
Denny Brent 114
Margherita Gramegna 118
Paula Groves 126
Nick Stewart 130
Steve Rowland Bianca Donnelly Rikard Österlund
Director Editor Photography
Selection Panel: Mark Bradbury Dianne Taylor-Gearing Louise Tucker Bianca Donnelly Steve Rowland
Steve Rowland Originally from Doncaster, Steve studied Graphic Design in both Yorkshire and London. In 1994, he moved to Prague, where he worked as a designer and ran a radio station! Since then, he has practised (in London and Brighton) as a designer, creative consultant and art director for over 12 years in advertising, music, fashion, media and publishing. His clients include Amazon.com, Demon Music, EMI, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony. Having worked for six years as a member of Phantom Industries (a collective of Graphic Designers, Photographers and Film makers), working mainly for the music industry producing Print Design and Video Promos, Steve now operates as a design consultant, lecturer and director of the Made in Medway project. His work has been published in Sampler Contemporary Music Graphics and Helvetica: Homage to a Typeface. He has also been featured in Creative Review and Design Week. Defining Medway Moment: Realising the Made in Medway project.
Rikard Österlund Rikard shot the portraits in this book. He worked spontaneously in order to capture each person in an honest, insightful way. Originally from Norrköping, Sweden, he moved to the UK at 21 to study photography at UCCA, Rochester. He now works freelance as a fashion and portrait photographer and lives in Rochester. Rikard is a self-confessed Mac-head and gets serious withdrawal symptoms if away from his trusty Apple laptop for too long. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Sweden and published in 125 Magazine. As Made in Medway went to print, he accepted a post as a Visual Communications lecturer at UCCA. Defining Medway Moment: Meeting Zara.
Bianca Donnelly Born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Bianca studied BA (Hons) Textiles at UCE, Birmingham, followed by a Masters Degree in Fashion. After this she moved to London and for the last ten years has worked in the national consumer press as a writer and fashion editor. She has worked on the Daily Express, Elle, Time Out, Tank, S Magazine, More! Magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, New! Magazine and Reveal amongst others. Bianca also consults on youth brands and styles bands and celebrities for album covers and magazine interviews. Now residing in Rochester (having moved to Medway in 2005) she lectures on the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion course at UCCA, Rochester. Defining Medway Moment: The birth of my baby boy Declan – the most incredible moment in my life.
Sponsors We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship of this book by Medway Renaissance, without whom the book would not have been possible. We are grateful to UCCA Rochester, through the office of Dianne Taylor-Gearing, for supporting the book.
Acknowledgements Mark Bradbury for understanding our vision and supporting the project from day one. Dianne Taylor-Gearing for making time, encouragement and use of facilities at UCCA. Louise Tucker for help, advice and making the right connections. Colin Bean for embroidering the MiM logo. David Gambrill for patience and the support of our studio. Everyone who has submitted, supported, advised, inspired, helped, recommended and got involved.
Two years ago, we moved from London to Medway and were encouraged by the discovery of a creative hub, albeit a hidden one. Yet, nobody really knew about this pool of talent outside of Medway. It was the best-kept secret in the Southeast! The Stuckist movement and the prolific one-man creative industry that is Billy Childish are well documented and recognised internationally for their work past and present, as are a number of Medway poets, but this book is not about that. This book is about the here and the now: the talent, the regeneration and the future of Medway. If you google ‘Medway design’ it doesn’t throw up much. Yet, there is an abundance of artists, illustrators, sculptors, designers, and photographers working in the area. Through attending network evenings along with arts festivals and exhibitions, we discovered a strong creative scene and felt compelled to do something about it. Our aim was to highlight these creative communities and show the outside world that there is more to Medway than meets the eye. This is an exciting period of change for the area, millions have been invested in the region, which is earmarked to become a vibrant city of culture. Subsequently, we sent out an open brief to creatives’ living and working in the area asking them to submit an artistic response to the phrase ‘Made in Medway.’ We wanted to know what Medway meant to people and to see that translated into something with visual impact. We set a deadline of five weeks and invited a panel of five professionals to choose a shortlist to be included in the book. It was not our intention to create a catalogue or history book, but to highlight the new and existing talent within Medway. This book is not about weekend ‘hobbyists’ – it is about successful creative practitioners who are living and working in Medway right now. Enjoy… Bianca and Steve
This book is dedicated to the memory of Aidan Jude Wray (1989â€“2006) and Derek Rowland (1937â€“2002) missed so much...
MALCOLM ATTRYDE Artist AGE: 49 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.sinter.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Born in Medway but made by experiences. Describe yourself in three words. Honest, introvert, sensitive. Who or what inspired you to become an artist? The need to interpret my observations, responses and feelings to the world. Who are your heroes? Kurt Schwitters, Russell Mills and Wilfred Thesiger. What makes you happy? My soul mate and peace of mind. As a self-taught practitioner, do you believe in fine-art education? All education is important, provided it encourages development and doesnâ€™t stifle imagination. What advice would you give to young artists starting out? Work hard, be true to yourself and, most important of all, relish what you create. Best and worst things about Medway? I love the history and sense of identity, but in recent times have felt it cheapening itself by dumbing down with unimaginative window dressing, lack of substance and a willingness to embrace the safe, cheap and cheerful. What is your favourite word? Introspective. Which items of male clothing should be banned? Football shirts on non-footballers. The world ends tomorrow â€“ where do you regret having never been? Antarctica. What is your life philosophy? Listen to the quiet voice. What is your ultimate ambition? To be truly content. How would you like to be remembered? As a friend. Reasons to be cheerful? The best things in life are the small things.
MALCOLM ATTRYDE ARTIST
Clocking Off My inspiration came from the river and the dockyard, which during my younger years had featured so prominently. Many people I grew up with had some association with the docks. It was a potential place of work when I left school. This piece has a lived-in feel; reflecting the passage of time like a museum artefact. It contains symbolism of working lives, factories and the history of shipbuilding on the Medway.
A Medway man born and bred, Malcolm is a self-taught practitioner. He takes inspiration from observations of the natural world and the marks made inadvertently by man, the passage of time and the weather on the landscape. Drawing on the influences of Kurt Schwitters and Russell Mills, Malcolm constructs and manipulates found objects to create an atmospheric series of paintings, collages and â€˜thought enginesâ€™. Works pursue an ongoing exploration of any one given moment in time, and personal responses to places, landscapes, memories and relationships. He has exhibited in a series of galleries in Rochester, Chatham and Whitstable.
HARRIET’S MUSE Fashion Design Craig Spellar and Cheryl Partington AGE: 32/30 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.harrietsmuse.com
Were you made in Medway? Craig: Absolutely. Cheryl: No, just migrated. Describe yourself in three words. Craig: Gorgeous, gorgeous and obviously modest. Cheryl: Tenacious, driven and uncompromising. Who or what inspired you to become fashion designers? Is there any other occupation? How would you describe your signature style? Our style, like life, is a contradiction – we juxtapose drapery with illustrative design, so our collections derive from both flat pattern work and the freedom of drapery. Who is your ideal customer? Everyone! Best and worst things about Medway? Best: An endless world of possibilities. Worst: People are always apologetic for it ... What is your idea of fashion hell? Berketex Brides. What is your greatest achievement to date? Still having a fashion business. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Telesales. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? My dad. I’m still meant to be making him a pair of trousers from when I graduated in 1996. What are your guilty pleasures? Seeing Girls Aloud naked … What is your fancy-dress costume of choice? Hmmm, l don’t think we should talk about rubber … What is the most important thing life has taught you? Keep going and stay true to your dreams. It’s not fashionable, but you like ... Gadgets.
HARRIET’S MUSE FASHION DESIGN
The Frill Neck Dress The frill neck dress design derives from all that is unconventional, inspired by the wayward writings of the Earl of Rochester. The dress aims to decode the layers of thought and understanding. Like Medway, it is empowered by the past but ultimately represents contemporary aspirations.
Harriet’s Muse is an exclusive label and boutique (based off Carnaby Street, London), exuding glamour and opulence. It was created in 2003 by Craig Spellar and Cheryl Partington, who met whilst studying MA Fashion at UCCA, Rochester. Their design ethos has a resonance of feminine sensuality complemented by contemporary cutting and sinister aspirations. In addition to their main line, they specialise in bespoke corsetry and couture and recently launched the ‘Betrothed’ wedding collection. The label is endorsed by a number of celebrities, including Girls Aloud, Kelly Osborne and Sophie Anderton. Their iconic ‘leather finback’ jacket was featured in the September 2007 issue of Vogue. 22
MARK BARNES Illustrator AGE: 34 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.markbarnesillustration.com www.museumoftales.com
Were you made in Medway? Yes. I was raised by a family of bonobo monkeys indigenous to the area. This in part explains the hairiness of my chest and other extremities. Describe yourself in three words. For hire cheap. Are you inspired by any particular genre or decade? My work isn’t self-consciously retro; it just comes out that way. It’s a fusion of all the good things I remember from my childhood, the indescribable magic in a sequence of pictures telling a story … It’s deeply unfashionable, but you like ... Everything I do is deeply unfashionable. I collect comics. I listen to Heavy Metal. I never miss an episode of Time Team. What qualities should a good illustrator have? The three P’s – punctuality, passion and prejudice. If you miss a deadline no one will use you again. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: You can’t walk five yards without tripping over a fort, a castle or a nuclear submarine. It’s like living in a huge open-air museum. Worst: I’ve been here for so long it’s all become like wallpaper to me. What is your favourite word? Buffet. If somebody were to play your character in your life story, who would it be? The Mekon from ‘Dan Dare’. He’s the only one with a big enough head. The world ends tomorrow – where do you regret having never been? Why on earth would anyone want to leave Medway? Describe your perfect day. I awake early but not tired, brush dusky Goth maidens from my bed and saunter downstairs. We teleport to London, whereupon I spend hundreds of pounds on comics. The rest is a blur. I probably did some drawing. What is your guilty pleasure? I refute the notion that one should feel guilty about anything. ‘Do What Thou Wilt,’ that’s what I say. And then demand pudding. What is your ultimate ambition? To open a copy of the Guardian and see a seven-page article that hails me as ‘the next Raymond Briggs’ whilst circling the heavens in a Spitfire.
MARK BARNES ILLUSTRATOR
Mark Barnes is allegedly Britain’s Fourth Greatest Illustrator. Born in Medway, he studied Illustration at Kingston University and accepted his first commission in 2006. Since then, he has founded the Five Minute Card Co (a series of witty, tongue-in-cheek greetings cards) and won the inaugural Chatham Vines Public Art Award. His award-winning ‘Museum of Tales’ project collects stories about the people, buildings, streets and future of Chatham. (www.museumoftales.com) His main body of work consists of websites, posters, book illustrations, logo designs, advertising and marketing material. Clients include Medway Council and the University College for the Creative Arts. He has also exhibited in galleries in Medway, Lewes and London.
The Medway Masterplan It may take more than cosmetic changes to appease the Ghost of Medway Past that still haunts the residents and broken streets of the town ... A wry take on Medway’s redevelopment plans in ink and digital colour.
Working together to regenerate the 30-hectare brownfield site â€“ one of the most exciting development projects in the south east.
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WENDY DAWS Artist AGE: 39 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.wendydaws.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Yes. Born Pankhurst Road, Hoo. The midwife asked my dad to dispose of the placenta, which he placed in his incinerator, only to see our bassett-hound Sarah dragging it out and tucking in. Describe yourself in three words. Colourful, positive, lively. Who or what inspired you to become a multi-media artist? There’s more to life than nine to five, which got me thinking. Although it took until I was 29 to put my thinking into practice. What is your earliest memory? 1970, Westward Ho; holiday camp, swimming pool, inflatable boat, blue, red and white swimming costume, my dad. Why do you like using shadows so much? I can switch the lights on and the shadows are gone. Best and worst things about Medway? The people, my family and the people, that’s why I came back. If you could go back in time, where would you go? The 1950s, to meet my mum in her teens. Who do you admire in design terms? Michael Warren, Lucienne and Robin Day. What is your greatest achievement to date? Staying self-employed. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Cleaning other people’s loos. Which material do you enjoy working with most? Copper. Where were you in 1989? Living with my dad and brother in Hoo, dressed as a hamburger for my 21st birthday. Can artistic talent be taught, or is it simply genetic? Well, there’s a question. Depends how interested you are and if you’ve had the play squashed out of you. It’s not fashionable, but you like … Rabbits.
WENDY DAWS ARTIST
Five Weeks in Medway This piece is a collection of memories unfolding over five weeks. The acrylic shapes are woven together with book-binding thread to create a memory blanket. When lit against a white wall, an underlying story shows itself in the form of shadows.
Originally from Hoo, Wendy studied Three-Dimensional Craft and Design at Brighton University. Currently based at the NAC, Chatham, Wendy recounts memories and stories through light, shadow and layers of acrylic. Friends, family and the everyday feature in her work; the characters are abstract, but there is a resonance of emotional experience within each piece. Involved with public art (Creative Partnerships Kent and the North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership); she recently worked on the mysterious â€˜Hei Peopleâ€™ project. Exhibitions have included: On|Off, Royal Academy of Arts; WinterLights Festival, Cumbria; Artwave, Lewes; and Medway Arts Festival, Kent. Her first solo show is to be held in 2008, starting in Rochester and culminating in Japan.
ANDREW LAPTHORN Furniture Maker AGE: 52 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.lapthornfurniture.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? No. Made on the Medway. Describe yourself in three words. Andrew Phillip Lapthorn. Who or what inspired you to become a craftsman? Me. What type of client base do you have? Shrewd and trusting. Which materials do you prefer to work with? Wood. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Climb aboard the space shuttle prior to take-off and materialize on board hours later. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: River Medway. Worst: Pentagon Centre. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? The Hot Rats album by Frank Zappa. If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Photosynthesis. What makes you happy? Sunshine. What is your favourite word? Harvest. What’s your fancy-dress costume of choice? Andy Pandy. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To get on with it. Who or what in your opinion will be the ‘next big thing’? Programmable textiles.
ANDREW LAPTHORN FURNITURE MAKER
Low Water Table Quarter-sawn, solid, European oak with adzed finish. This table is influenced by the river Medway. Iâ€™ve used oak to acknowledge centuries of shipbuilding. The adzed finish gives a playful feel to the surface, as if water is being stirred by a light breeze. The medullary rays of the quarter-sawn oak suggest a third dimension, something to be explored beneath the surface â€Ś
Born in Medway (and brought up on the river for a while), Andrew went to sea for three years working as a shipwright. He completed studies in Furniture Fine Craftsmanship and Design at Rycotewood College, Thame, where he was awarded the Licentiateship of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Andrew was one of the first to set up business in the Historic Dockyard 20 years ago. Working predominantly with European hardwoods, he designs and produces bespoke furniture (for the home, office and outdoor environments), utilising both traditional and modern techniques. He places an emphasis on sound construction with a strong sculptural element.
BJØRN VENØ Photographer AGE: 28 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.bveno.com
Were you made in Medway? I never asked where I was made, but I was born at the All Saints Hospital. Describe yourself in three words. Dark, dreaming, onion. Who or what inspired you to become a photographer? I have always had a need to express myself, and I found the camera to be a suitable tool. What is your earliest memory? At the age of three my mum, dad and I crashed into a lorry with hundreds of trailers connected to it. The driver let us sit in one of the trailers and gave us a lift home. What qualities does a photographer need in order to succeed? Perseverance, social talent and visual understanding. Why do you like to photograph yourself? Because the paparazzi won’t do it for me. But, more importantly, because I’m trying to understand myself. Is spontaneity important in your work? It is alpha and omega; I like to have full control over the image, but that gives lifeless pictures. I use spontaneity as a counterweight to my desire for perfection. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Memories (I lived and went to school here at the age of five). Worst: Bergen has the same amount of people as Medway, yet is the centre of culture in Norway ... What is your favourite word? Oxymoron, I’ve just discovered it. If you weren’t taking photographs, what would you be doing? I’d be a sect leader or maybe a porn star … If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Walk around naked. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? To my father and ancestors, because I do not see myself as a farmer or a keeper of a farm. What keeps you awake at night? The monsters under my bed used to nibble at my flesh, but we made friends years ago. What are your guilty pleasures? Opening forbidden doors. Who or what in your opinion is the ‘next big thing’? Since I suffer from delusions of grandeur, I think it is Bjørn Venø.
BJØRN VENØ PHOTOGRAPHER
Born in Chatham, Bjørn then moved to Norway, spending his childhood on a small farm on the coast. After building his own raft and setting sail on the high seas, he worked in the Norwegian Navy for two years as a documentary-film photographer. His short films have included such topics as ‘killer hair clips’ and ‘military propaganda’. More recently, he studied Photography at UCCA, Rochester, graduating with a First Class Honours. Having developed a unique, spontaneous style, often exploring themes of nature, regression and sexuality, Bjørn likes to feature in his own work – usually naked …
Three Spaces In this triptych, I performed as the subject; the spaces used were Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham. I have strong connections to all three places. I was born in Chatham and, although I grew up in Norway, I have great memories of summer visits. I entered each space with the intention of creating a stage for a performance. There was no pre-planned idea of what was going to happen; my performance was a reaction to what was going through my mind at the time of shooting.
DAWN MCKELVIE Fashion and Interior Product Design AGE: 33 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.rascalbee.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? No, I was made in Devon! I arrived in Medway at around nine months old. Describe yourself in three words. Aspirational, fun, motivator. Who or what inspired you to become an accessories designer? I started out as a women’s wear designer. My garments were multi-functional. Accessory design was a logical progression from this. Which colours attract and repel you? I have always been drawn to silver and magenta, there’s a lot of it in my studio. My least favourite colour is mustard. How does colour have healing properties? When we look at colour there is a biochemical transformation within our body cells, via our hormones, that takes place. This has a huge effect on our physical well-being and emotions. The human body absorbs the entire colour spectrum. Colour is therefore able to transform all kinds of energy imbalances, and to heal and regenerate the body on all levels. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The creative talent. Worst: A lack of late-night shopping. What makes you happy? I love stand-up comedy! On a personal level, I get happiness helping people take positive action to turn their lives around. It is a good feeling to be part of someone else’s journey. What does a wall screen bring to a space? A wall of colour can energise, develop communication and even stimulate the appetite. What is your greatest achievement to date? Selling my products in Harrods. Which living person do you most admire? Kelly Holmes. Being a relative, I am exceptionally proud of her. Kelly is a personal inspiration and motivator to me! What is your most treasured possession? My Persian cat. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Remember to focus on what you want in life, otherwise you’ll keep attracting the very things you don’t want. This for me has become a very important lesson, because the subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what is real and imagined. If you were a superhero, what power would you choose? I would have eyes with special powers. My right eye would be able to make people laugh hysterically! My left eye would be make people break dance uncontrollably.
DAWN McKELVIE FASHION AND INTERIOR PRODUCT DESIGN
Fizzy Aura â€“ Wall Screen As Medway is currently undergoing a huge transformation, I thought about this in terms of how it could be reflected through colour. I wanted to focus on the feeling of transformation, the fact that Medway has a real buzz in the air, a Fizzy Aura! The screen is constructed from UV-reactive plastic; fabulous in the day, it glows slightly when in direct sunlight.
Dawn began her career at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, where she studied Fashion Design for four years. After graduating, she worked freelance as a designer, illustrator and pattern cutter. Whilst working on a premium leather accessories label (retailing exclusively at Harrods) Dawn gained valuable experience in the luxury-goods market, and her company, Rascal Bee, was formed. Whether clients are in need of colour to uplift and energise, motivate and transform or simply to relax, bespoke accessories and wall screens are made to order with the mechanics of colour therapy in mind.
LAURA CAMPION Photographer AGE: 24 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.lollypoppics.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? No, it was on holiday. Describe yourself in three words. Focused, irrepressible and friendly. Where did the name Lollypop come from? It was my childhood nickname. Who would you most like to photograph? The homeless, as they are the people that everyone tries their hardest to ignore. Digital or film? Digital. Where would you most like to be right now? Anywhere I haven’t been before. Anywhere where they still have culture … Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The New Arts Centre. Worst: Chavs. What is your favourite word? Sycophantic. Which photographers are you influenced by? I was always more artist and designer-led than photographic. What camera do you use? Canon 5D and 20D. What is your greatest achievement to date? Starting my business and watching it grow. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Selling ice-creams over the phone – mind-numbingly boring! What is the most important lesson life has taught you? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What is your fancy-dress costume of choice? Geisha. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? Make Yourself by Incubus.
LAURA CAMPION PHOTOGRAPHER
Chatham Boiz and Blue Doors These photographs were taken with the regeneration of Medway in mind. The images are a reflection of the way Medway looks currently, with a closer look at buildings that will no longer be part of our landscape, such as Brewsters Printing and Lynch & Co, once the regeneration takes place.
Laura Campion is Lollypop, an up-and-coming photography company (set up in 2005) specialising in portraiture and weddings. After graduating in Graphic Design and Illustration at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, she took a year out to work as a childrenâ€™s portrait photographer for Pixi Foto, then took the plunge and set up Lollipop (her nickname as a little girl). She lives in Chatham and works from a studio at the NAC.
STEPHEN TURNER Artist AGE: 54 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.seafort.org
Were you made in Medway? My mum and dad made me somewhere in Yorkshire, but there is something about the Medway air that’s character building. Describe yourself in three words. Eyes wide open. Who or what inspired you to become an artist? I am not sure. I may have been born wired up that way. How important is the process of exploration to you? I am interested in processes of change, where endings are also new beginnings. Individual works are just markers on a journey that define a moment and help to shape the next move … nothing is ever the finished article. You lived in a derelict seafort for six weeks – how did you deal with the isolation? I got wrapped up in the undisturbed rust and dust on the floor and in the colours, notices and magazine pin-ups decaying on the walls. I moved slowly room by room, examining each individual space before moving on to the next … like an explorer in some undiscovered land. I spent the first week in just one room. I never felt alone in such a deep conversation with the fort itself and the ghosts of other lives that had passed through it. Does integrity matter? Can a practitioner succeed without it? We all need to have high professional standards to succeed. However, we also need to live sustainably and in an ethical relationship with nature and each other. These qualities do not always flourish in competing consumer societies. I enjoy the technologies that have made life so easy but try not to be seduced by the system that has created them. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Medway is a place that has the benefits of urban living as well as the lure of remote, contemplative spaces. Worst: We trample about too much. People have the heaviest footprints, and the marks we make have lasting consequences. It’s important to ensure that the changes coming to Medway do not damage the existing fragile cultural landscape. What car do you drive? I do not drive. Who do you create works of art for? I do not think of what I make as works of art. They are studies of the environment I live in, that I hope might add up to something useful or desirable for others. However, I work primarily to explore my own understanding of the world. Who are your heroes? The elvers that swim over 3,400 miles from the Sargasso Sea to the Medway Estuary, before returning as eels to spawn and then die in the distant waters they came from. Where do you go to relax? TQ808708. What is your most treasured possession? Sight and sound. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. If you were a superhero, which power would you choose? We should all try to be the heroes of our own lives. Maybe I could be Perseverance Man. 50
STEPHEN TURNER ARTIST
Ebb and Flow: An installation using digital video Five-metre tides of brackish sea meet the freshwater river every twelve hours, while molluscs burrow and local fish sneak about. The Medway tide was filmed in real time, advancing and retreating over a sheet of open weave cotton. The river left a trace of its passing in a rhythmic deposit of silt caught up in its flow; a unique moment in an everlasting cycle.
Originally from Dewsbury, Stephen moved to Medway in 1984. He studied Fine Art at Leeds University and at the University of Regina in Canada. His work is about the process of change and transformation in nature and society, where ethical, ecological and spiritual intuitions are poetically interconnected. Stephen serves as a Member of the Regional Council for the Arts Council of England and the Culture Partnership of the Medway LSP. His work is widely exhibited and has featured regularly in national and regional press including The Architects Journal, AN, Art Review, Contemporary, the Guardian and The Times. The BBC has recorded his work (Seafort, CELLA, Tree Rings) on numerous occasions, and there are several books documenting his practice.
Dr Ken Yeang, the pioneering architect behind a new genre of â€˜greenâ€™ architecture, is to play a key role in shaping a major regeneration site on the Thames Gateway: Chatham Waterfront in Medway. Chatham Waterfront 55
WASTIN’ MY TIME Fashion Design Carl Goodridge AGE: 24 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.wastinmytime.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Yes. Describe yourself in three words. Tall, awkward, restless. Where did the name for your company come from? From my experience of college and a song by The Express. Who is your ideal customer? Somebody who likes to be an individual. Which celebrity would you like to dress and why? Iggy Pop. It would be nice to see him in some clothes for once. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The mix of people. Worst: The record shops. If you could go back in time, where would you go? Mid-1970s New York. What’s your idea of fashion hell? The fashionista. What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Packing T-shirts for the millennium dome. Who do you admire in design terms? Olaf Parker (Burro). What is your fancy-dress costume of choice? French pirate. It’s not fashionable, but you like … Tea, slippers and cardigans. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you? Ma tykkaan susta (Finnish for ‘I like you’).
Wastin’ My Time was set up in 2005 by fashion graduates Carl Goodridge and Jay Shipley, who met whilst studying at UCCA, Rochester. Their label emerged from not being able to do what they wanted at college. After work experience at Burro and Harriet’s Muse, the duo produced a T-shirt line in collaboration with Burro. Encouraged by this, they created another sample collection, which they took to the To Be Confirmed fashion trade show. They now have stockists in London, Bristol, France, Germany and Japan. Their designs pay homage to music and subculture, with which the boys have a healthy obsession. Every garment is screen-printed by hand to ensure a unique one-off where the placement is slightly different on each one.
Life, death, love This T-shirt is Carl’s representation of life, love and death of the people of Medway; a subject close to his heart.
WASTIN’ MY TIME FASHION DESIGN
FIONA WATT Theatre Designer/Scenographer AGE: Irrelevant EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.fionawatt.com
Were you made in Medway? No. I emigrated here from Scotland via Aylesford. Describe yourself in three words. Tenacious, curious, passionate. Who or what inspired you to become a theatre designer/scenographer? My art teacher at school. She was a theatre designer in her previous life. What materials do you work with? I would consider the script and the architecture to be the most important materials – that’s where all ideas and responses start. What is scenography? We are still in the early stages of adopting scenography in the UK. It emphasises the holistic role that designers have in the making of performance; we look at the relationship between existing architecture, temporary performance space, light and the human form. Which materials do you like to work with? I enjoy working with organic materials that performers can move through and disturb. This has included shingle, meadow turf, peat, seaweed, leaves and water. It brings another level of sound and animation to the space. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The fantastic views. Worst: Sole Street Station. Is all the world a stage? The next line is ‘And all the men and women merely players’ – I’m not sure about the merely. I think we all have an important part to play. What would you describe as an ‘unconventional’ space? Anywhere that you would not expect to see performance – places where the traditional barriers between performers and audience are broken down. balletLORENT in the Tap ’n’ Tin pub was amazing. Do you have any unusual hobbies? Never walking back the same way I came. What would you be doing if you weren’t a theatre designer? The idea of being a digger driver is quite appealing. What is your ultimate ambition? To keep travelling both personally and professionally. If you could go back in time, which decade would you visit? Paris 1890–1900 for the influx of creative energy. It was a huge period of innovation and change.
FIONA WATT THEATRE DESIGNER/ SCENOGRAPHER
Medway: An Urban Scenography Contemporary theatre design is referred to as scenography, a practice that considers the relationship between the human form, existing architecture and the temporary performance space. I view this landscape through a 1:25 proscenium frame, contemplating the emerging city of Medway as a stage and how it might inspire future performance.
Based in a studio at the New Arts Centre, Chatham, Fiona works on a freelance basis designing sets both nationally and internationally. Her work has represented the UK at the Edinburgh Festival and the World Stages Festival, Toronto. She has exhibited in London, Sheffield and Nottingham. Fiona’s work can also be seen at ‘Collaborators: UK Design for Performance’ (21 Nov 07–18 Nov 08) at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This is a major national exhibition bringing together the work of more than 100 contemporary designers. This exhibition at the V&A offers a rare chance to reverse stereotypical roles, putting theatre designers, not actors, centre stage.
DANIELLE WRIGHT Illustrator AGE: 26 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.PeskyVarmint.co.uk www.TroublesomeCritter.com
Were you made in Medway? I’ve lived in Medway since I was about seven, then moved to Maidstone for a couple of years, but I’ve just moved back. Describe yourself in three words. Awkward, annoying and weird. Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator? I thought my love of drawing lay in fine art but I’m not pretentious enough. I saw an exhibition of graduate illustrators from St Martin’s, and suddenly everything made sense. Your drawings all seem to feature huge eyes. Why is this? You can tell so much from eyes, much more than the rest of the face. Most of my characters don’t get to do much, some of them are just heads on the ground, so I give them big eyes. If nothing else, at least they can see. What’s the story behind your name? When my best friend was little, her older sister scrawled ‘pesky varmint’ on her bedroom door after a row. It’s still there now. It struck a chord with me as being a lovely insult. What kind of things do you like to draw? People sleeping on trains, cats with hairdos, hands, eyes and birds. When I’m drawing for fun, my hand just does what it feels like at the time. I don’t have a lot to do with it. What was the happiest moment of your life? The first time I saw my drawings in print. Best and worst things about Medway? Medway has a lot of potential. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? I don’t harbour guilt. What is your favourite word? Spasmodic. If you could go back in time, where would you go? The 1920s looked like fun. I’d have liked to be a flapper. Which living person do you most admire? Björk. She does whatever she wants and doesn’t care what people think. Plus she’s creative, talented and mad as a box of frogs. Do you enjoy being freelance? Yes. What is your most treasured possession? My sight.
DANIELLE WRIGHT ILLUSTRATOR
Danielle is a fine artist, illustrator and graphic designer (print and web), working under the name Pesky Varmint. After completing a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Staffordshire University, she worked in event management in London. AQQ (the Artists Quarter Quarterly) recently published a selection of her drawings around Maidstone. This inspired Danielle to return to illustration full time. Her blog troublesomecritter.com tracks the trials and tribulations of becoming a freelance creative. She has also exhibited in London, Liverpool, Rochester, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent and Stroud.
You May Kiss Me, if You Like This drawing is a response to Charles Dickensâ€™ Great Expectations, depicting Miss Haversham, Estella and Pip. Miss Haversham is transformed into a tree watching over the young Estella, cold and proud. The dog is Pip, tormented in his loyalty to his unrequited love.
TINA KEAN Artist AGE: 37 EMAIL: email@example.com
Were you made in Medway? I was born in Lambeth, near Brixton, South London. Describe yourself in three words. Sociable, inquisitive, easy going. Who or what inspired you to become an artist? “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” Edgar Degas. “There is a logic of colours, and it is with this alone, and not with the brain, that the painter should conform.” Paul Cézanne. Are there any recurring themes within your research and practice? I have an interest in people and their interactions with others. The natural curves found in nature resemble the emotional waves that we all ride. In nature’s textures we encounter the rough and the smooth. In our emotional selves we experience similar balance. The spaces in between give us the ability to breathe. What is a memory box? A memory box is a collaged art piece which contains sentimental items relating to a person or occasion. Death, especially, affects people in different ways. Instead of having a box under the bed containing memories, the memory box can be displayed openly. The use of colours and placement of items casts a visual positivity. What is your earliest memory? I have fond childhood memories of time spent drawing for hours in the ‘Den’ – a tiny cupboard room with an old-fashioned desk with flip-up lids. This was my sanctuary, as is my studio at home. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: A feeling of community and goodwill, plenty of open green areas and regular festivals. Worst: Lack of recreational facilities. The towns have been neglected and the 1960s architecture is ugly. Describe your perfect day? An uninterrupted lie-in and breakfast with happy non-bickering children! Then, a trip to Capstone Woods with the dog, followed by lunch and a good night out involving lots of dancing. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? The live version of Nina Simone’s ‘I Got Life’ is incredible. What traits do you deplore in others? Racism, aggression and insincerity. What are your guilty pleasures? Buying trashy celebrity magazines that I always regret reading, and sweets!
TINA KEAN ARTIST
Home This painting represents the positive move towards optimism and growth for those living in the Medway towns. The symbol of the hand signifies the involvement of people in their communities, the developments they will witness and the realization of future benefits for them and all who visit.
Tina studied at Camberwell Art School and Goldsmiths University. She moved to Medway six years ago from London with her husband and two children. Her work has an emphasis on positivity, particularly the memory boxes, which are made from clientsâ€™ sentimental items and then turned into works of celebration. A member of the co-operative art group West End Studios in Chatham, Tina operates from two different locations. She concentrates on collage work and memory boxes at the Chatham studio and paints at home. Her first solo exhibition was held recently in Whitstable, which procured new clients in London. She has also exhibited at the NAC, Chatham.
A selection of degree work from graduates of UCCA, Rochester, 2007
1. Amit Nachumi You See? BA (Hons) Photography
2. Theo Majendie BA (Hons) Digital 3D Design
3. Luke Bowers Touchcrete Lamp BA (Hons) Furniture and Related Product Design
4. Ruth Milliam BA (Hons) Fashion Design
5. Jennifer Wray The Honesty Issue BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion
6. Sun-Woo Choi Me BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery
EDWINA JAQUES Artist AGE: Timeless EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Were you made in Medway? No, I was born in Michigan, USA, the same place as Madonna (we both went to U of M, except I got a degree). Describe yourself in three words. Enthusiastic, spiritual, eccentric. Are there any recurring themes within your work? Yes, people and the desire to make them into gods! How is life with a raven, an iguana and three dogs? There is also Maya the cat. They bring me peace and unconditional love, in addition to teaching me patience and understanding. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: I love the diversity – hearing Russian, Latvian, Chinese or Urdu on the street. Worst: The bad driving leaves me speechless especially ‘white-van man’. What car do you drive? A Fabia, minty-green Skoda. If you could go back in time, where would you go? Ancient Egypt, around the time of the Seti. What is your greatest achievement to date? Being alive. Which living person do you most admire? The author Maya Angelou. She has one of those gravel voices that reaches right into your soul, but, more important, she has attitude that is all soul! Where do you go to relax? To the whirlpool bath, with a book and glass of cherry beer. What is your most treasured possession? Friendship and the love of others. Tell us a little known fact about the gypsy community. They are human beings, not ‘gypos’ or ‘pikies’ and deserve to have the same rights and respect as anyone else. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To live each day as if it were the last. If you were a superhero, which power would you choose? I would love to be able to fly. I can do it in my dreams and it seems possible to do it while awake, but I never quite manage it ...
EDWINA JAQUES ARTIST
Originally from the US, Edwina gained her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She then crossed the Atlantic and moved to Devon (where she was made an academician of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts). Now living in Medway, she has a studio at the NAC, Chatham. Working in a variety of media (sculpture, painting and jewellery) Edwina likes to observe people and translate these observations into her work. In recent years, she has been commissioned to create large sculptural public works in Wales and in America. She also designs collections of jewellery for a clothing company based in London and France.
Chave Chave is the Romany word for child and relates to my current investigation of the largest minority group living in the Medway. As a recent arrival to the area, I can see the influence that the gypsy community has had. Therefore, my contribution to the MIM project is a sculptural portrait of a local â€˜chaveâ€™.
CLAIRE ELIZABETH PATCHETT Illustrator AGE: 23 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.artypup.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Yes. I was born in the All Saints’ Hospital – now a housing estate – and grew up in Chatham. Describe yourself in three words. Colourful, helpful, adventurous. Who would you most like to create a portrait of, and why? The Queen. Her portrait has been painted but I don’t think she has been collaged before … Pencil or scalpel? Definitely scalpel, its harder to cut paper with a pencil. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Living near my friends and family. Worst: The current chav infestation. What is your favourite word? Dude. Who do you admire in design terms? I really admire David Carson. I like the way he splits up text around a page, it’s very unusual. Which items of female clothing would you like to see banned? Anything that doesn’t come in my size. What is your greatest achievement to date? My Queen’s Scout Award, and getting out of my overdraft. Tell us a little known fact about the Scout movement. Currently there are only six countries without scouting: Andorra, Cuba, North Korea, Burma, People’s Democratic Republic of Laos and the People’s Republic of China. What is your fancy-dress costume of choice? Well, my husband and I dressed up as Mr Happy and Mr Tickle once … Could you operate without a computer? Yes. I think its nice to phone and talk to a real person once in a while. I would miss Google image search, though. It’s not fashionable, but you like … Big meals. Size zero’s, for goodness sake eat something!
CLAIRE PATCHETT ILLUSTRATOR
Famous Faces I have created a portrait of someone highly influential who was ‘made in Medway’. She is Zandra Rhodes, the fashion designer, born in Chatham in 1940. I chose Zandra as I feel she embodies the diversity, vision and culture that Medway offers the world…
Claire set up her own practice, Artypup, straight after graduating in 2006 from a BA (Hons) Illustration degree at Cambridge School of Art. Prior to this, she completed an art foundation course at UCCA. Working from her home studio in Burham, she specialises in collage and magazine cut-and-paste. She has been a Scout leader since the age of 18 and has devised and successfully completed a 100-mile expedition on foot across New Zealand. Exhibitions include ‘Now and Then’, at the NAC, Chatham.
MATT BRAY Remodernist AGE: 32 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.myspace.com/artnowuk
Were you made in Medway? I was born in Scotland but grew up in Medway, and as an artist was certainly ‘made in Medway’. Describe yourself in three words. Aware, energetic, potential. Who or what inspired you to become a painter? My dad’s beautiful art books. I used to look through them when I was a boy and was enraptured. What is a Remodernist? Remodernism promotes vision, authenticity and self-expression through painting and calls for a return to spiritual values in art. We believe we can create a new world from the post-modern ruins with hope, ideals and a healthy attitude towards life. Are there any recurring themes within your work? The self-portrait is a common subject and, as with all the portraits, emotional flows are more important than surface likeness. More recently, I have been studying energy objects in an attempt to paint landscapes and architecture. Which trait do you most deplore in others? Closed minds. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? In the bath. Best and worst things about Medway? Mountain biking round by the river is damn cool. Wading through the sea of desperate souls outside Chatham’s Primark – not so cool. What’s the colour of money? Money used to be gold as it was backed by real gold, then it became green paper backed by nothing but the green paper. Now it is a transparent electronic colour backed only by someone else’s debt. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? The soundtrack to Donnie Darko goes very well. How important is integrity? Can a practitioner work without it? It is prime. You can work without it, but that’s all it will be – work. What is your greatest achievement to date? Taking the red pill … Where were you in 1989? At school, quite happy, oblivious to anything that might resemble an Orwellian reality. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Change is death, but without change life cannot exist.
Born in Scotland, Matt grew up in Wiltshire and then moved to Medway. A self-taught artist, he works according to the Remodernist Manifesto written in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thompson. He likes to invoke a sense of classicism and modernity in his work by re-using existing objects. Adopting a contemporary approach to subject matter and style, his compositions are often classical. This is done to emphasise the intrinsic link between manâ€™s past, present and future. He has been painting in Medway for about ten years and has just embarked on a Fine Art degree at the Ashford School of Art and Design.
The Castle as an Energy Object Rochester Castle is the inspiration behind this piece. For me, it is the most iconic landmark of Medway. I have depicted it as an energy object rather than a solid form, to allow the viewer to think about the part it plays in Rochester and Medwayâ€™s own energy dynamic.
MATT BRAY REMODERNIST
JANE PITT Visual/Live Artist AGE: 45 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.janepitt.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Conceived in the Lake District, moulded in South London. Describe yourself in three words. Perceptive, unconventional, curious. What inspired you to become a visual artist? Blue Peter and Magpie. Are there any recurring themes within your research and practice? Layers, feathers and a good story. You are the creator of ‘Wunderkammer’. What is it? ‘Wunderkammer’ is a touring installation of five itinerant peepshows, containing animated manifestations of my imaginings, inspired by Angela Carter’s writing and Deptford Market’s magical detritus. The audience are delighted, dumbstruck and often amused by my use of ancient technology. What inspired you to use Medway mud for the MiM project? The river and the mud go hand in hand; the river is the pulse and the mud a slower-changing element. The mud along the Medway at low tide is fascinating; it contains many micro-wonders, including the marks left in it by birds’ feet. It makes me think about evolution, and that we all come from and go back to mud. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing? Farming goats. What is the most unusual space you have worked in? The fridge room of an ex-abbatoir. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Walking on the Great Lines and a busy sunny afternoon on Chatham High Street when people of all ages are sat on the benches swapping gossip. Worst: The sense that the heart was torn out of the place a long time ago. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? My daily soundtrack is purring, yowling neighbourhood cats, flatulence, magpies and swifts, the ebb and flow of Chatham High Street and choice language from the local kids. What is your favourite word? Crepuscular. To whom would you most like to say sorry and why? The snails of Medway, they know why ... What is your life philosophy? Keep your eyes open. Who or what in your opinion will be the ‘next big thing’? Being neighbourly. It’s not fashionable, but you like … Crows and rooks.
JANE PITT VISUAL/LIVE ARTIST
Essence of Medway A glass dome coated on the exterior with a thin layer of Medway mud into which is inscribed an outline of the River Medway. The mud provides a thin veil so you can peer through to see the vessel of Medway water contained within. The dome sits on a small plinth housing a sound system that plays a loop of an ambient sound recording of the vibrant flow of people along Chatham High Street.
Jane studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton. Since then, she has worked both individually and collaboratively as a visual and live artist (both in the UK and Internationally) making multi-media work that temporarily transforms public space through installation. She creates work that causes a brief shift to the everyday, causing the viewer to double take. As the creator of â€˜Wunderkammerâ€™, she has developed a series of travelling peepshows made for unusual outdoor spaces employing pre-cinema moving-image technology. Venues have included the Big in Falkirk Festival, Scotland; The National Theatre, London; Fuse, Medway; and Southampton Live. Jane is also a Visiting Lecturer on the Foundation Course at UCCA, Rochester.
KALIKA’S ARMOUR Fashion Design Jatin Patel AGE: 29 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.kalikasarmour.com
Were you made in Medway? I was born and bred in the East Midlands but have been in Medway since 2000. It has helped mould the person I am today Describe yourself in three words. Unique, inquisitive, complex. Who or what inspired you to become a fashion designer? My father played a major role, as he worked in the denim-manufacturing trade. I can recall watching him construct patterns and was mesmerised how they would become a pair of jeans. It was his talents that instigated my curiosity for fashion design. What is the story behind the label’s name? Kalika’s Armour is derived from the myth of the Hindu goddess Kalika, the dual deity of death and rebirth. It aims to represent the strength and power of women alongside fragility and the need of protection. How would you describe your signature style? Structured elegance juxtaposed with a hard edge. Who is your ideal customer? Cate Blanchett. What are your pet hates? Bad manners, rudeness and arrogance. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The location is excellent, being so close to London and France. Also the way Medway has combined its historical elements (Rochester and the naval dockside) with modern developments and progression. Worst: The rise of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime. Who would you have been in a past life? A maharaja or regal figure in Ancient India. Where do you see yourself in ten years time? Secure and successful with a well-established label. I would like to be content and happy surrounded by my loved ones. What is your greatest achievement to date? Being selected to show twice at the Doll ON|OFF event at the Royal Academy of Arts, during London Fashion Week. What is your most treasured possession? I was given a gold chain by my parents for my 21st birthday. Its very sentimental and I wear it every day. What is your fancy dress costume of choice? Zorro. Masked, mysterious, dark and handsome. It’s not fashionable, but you like … White sports socks!
Est. 2004, Kalika’s Armour is a brand that takes inspiration from the myth of the Hindu goddess Kalika. Jatin Patel (an MA Fashion graduate from UCCA) launched the label, which aims to blend the boundaries between work wear and evening wear. Jatin designs classic pieces, juxtaposed with contemporary twists. Emphasis is placed on individuality and unique detailing such as hand-crafted leather carving. A bespoke made-to-measure service is also available. He also works as a Creative Practitioner for the national organisations Creative Partnerships and Aim Higher. His extensive press coverage includes Vogue China, Cent Magazine, Asian Fashion, the Daily Telegraph, Medway Standard, The Voice and International Textiles.
KALIKA’S ARMOUR FASHION DESIGN Prosperity I have created a bespoke dress entitled ‘Prosperity’. It aims to look forward to the future of Medway through regeneration whilst encompassing historical elements from Rochester Cathedral. The dress envisages the wealth of opportunity and prosperity that the developments will bring to the area.
The 32-hectare riverside area stretches from the Chatham Dockyard east to Danes Hill and incorporates both public and private water-based leisure facilities.
Gillingham Waterfront 94
SPAGHETTI WESTON Creative Digital Media Gary Weston AGE: 37 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.spagettiweston.com
Were you made in Medway? No. In Casteau, Belgium. Describe yourself in three words. Good, bad, ugly. Who or what inspired you to go into film and video production? Django, Monkey, Close Encounters, Super 8, an analogue Studer deck and a razorblade. Which genres do you take inspiration from? Westerns, sci-fi and documentaries. Have you had any scary experiences whilst filming? Having my equipment ‘confiscated’ by gangsters in a small, remote town in Russia when I didn’t have a valid visa. Which trait do you most deplore in others? Disrespect. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? On a remote island in the Baltic Sea with a small boat and time on my hands. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The river. Worst: Neglect of the river. Which directors do you admire? Sergio Leone and Stanley Kubrick. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? Anything by Ennio Morricone. What is your greatest achievement to date? Maintaining a maverick spirit. It’s not fashionable, but you like … A well-styled moustache. If you were invisible for the day, what would you do? Stop hiding. What’s your fancy-dress costume of choice? Alex from A Clockwork Orange.
SPAGHETTI WESTON CREATIVE DIGITAL MEDIA
Artsport In the run up to the 2012 Olympics, Medwayâ€™s regeneration is set to establish the area as a cultural centre for the Thames Gateway. This short film Artsport highlights how art and sport can combine to unite a community and create a new sense of place.
Set up by Gary Weston, Spaghetti Weston is a creative-design company providing video production, photography, audio production, websites and graphic design. After gaining degree and post-grad qualifications in production and broadcast media, Westonâ€™s career began in London, where he worked as a sound engineer. He then took a slight diversion in 2000, culminating in a period as a professional musician/writer touring the UK and America. However, after realising his aspirations of being the next Ennio Morricone were unlikely to happen, Gary established Spaghetti Weston in Medway instead. Going strong since 2003, its client base includes the Arts Council, the BBC, Crafts Council, FUSE Festival, Hasbro and Medway Council.
DNA DESIGN Interior Design Chris Page AGE: 50 WEBSITE: www.dna-design.co.uk www.smilesmadeinmedway.com EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Were you made in Medway? Not in the birds-and-bees kind of way, but the Medway design education is a big part of me. Describe yourself in three words. Hyper, active, adult. Who or what inspired you to become a designer? My father working away at endless DIY projects in the 1960s and 1970s. What does your company specialise in? We are extremely diverse in the projects we undertake – all kinds of commercial interiors: from shops and restaurants to offices and light-industrial projects. Which qualities do you look for when you employ new creatives? First, I look to see if they have X, then if I can teach them Y and, if I finally find someone with Z, they can have my job. Are there any other areas of 3D design you would like to explore? Landscape gardening and outside living spaces would be interesting. What inspired you to create Smile Island for the Made in Medway project? The great thing about a ‘smile’ is it’s a universal language that everyone understands; even a baby knows how to do it. A smile is also infectious; you can catch it like a cold. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The river, the cathedral, the castle, the dockyard and the marshes. Worst: The Chatham road system. Where would you most like to be right now? On top of a mountain. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? Our Endless Numbered Days by Sam Bean – I just love saying that title! What is your greatest achievement to date? Paddling a kayak in heavy seas from Staffa to the Isle of Iona, convinced I wouldn’t make it. Two hours later, I landed on the shore, exhausted and vowing never to get in a boat again. Five minutes later – proud of myself for ‘beating the sea’ I wanted to do it all again. Where were you in 1989? Running a studio for a large design company in London with 50 designers to manage. By 1991 I left to start up my own design company – bliss … What would you be doing if you weren’t working with 3D spatial design? Building beautiful wooden yachts in a traditional boatyard in the West Country. What is your ultimate ambition? To have 100% free time to do whatever I like whenever I like.
DNA DESIGN INTERIOR DESIGN
After a successful career in London working in architectural and design practices, Chris Page decided to set up his own company in Medway (having undertaken his design education at Medway College of Design). DNA was established in 1991. 3D spatial design is at the core of the company’s current practice, which manifests itself both in commercial and domestic interior design. Its designers utilise complex computer systems as well as traditional hand-drawn techniques to realise their concepts. Over the past 16 years, DNA has worked throughout the UK, Europe and China on retail-design projects. Their work has also been featured in magazines and on the Meridian TV Home programme.
Smiles Throughout time, man has made his creative mark on the landscape signifying to others, ‘we were here’. Smile is Medway’s landmark for the 21st century, symbolizing our place in time. It’s an interactive 3D sanctuary for the citizens of Medway to enjoy. The walls of Smile are a canvas backdrop for all those who visit to leave their own calling card – a photo of their smiling face!
KAREN MORTON Textile Artist AGE: 48 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: In development
Were you made in Medway? I was made in Merseyside and married in Medway. Describe yourself in three words. Lively, optimistic, creative. Who or what inspired you to become a textile designer? A fantastic, inspirational textiles teacher called Mrs Hendry set me on this path. What materials do you work with? Mostly natural fibres: wool, silk, linen, cotton, wax, rainwater, mud and pebbles, with touches of wire, flock and foil where appropriate. How has Medway’s heritage inspired you? So much has happened in this area throughout history. I’m inspired by small fragments which survive from other lives and times, such as broken pottery pieces found in the river mud. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The river, the light on the water and the people – there’s a lot of creativity here. Worst: Dirty streets. What car do you drive? A silver one. Who is your market? Those who want unique textiles in their lives. Where do you go to relax? By the sea. What would you be doing if you weren’t working with textiles? Something artistic – I’m drawn to the possibilities of ceramics and printmaking. What is your ultimate ambition? To create textiles all day long. If you could go back in time, where would you go? The Elizabethan era to see the castles and costumes, but only to visit, as I think life was too harsh back then. If you were a superhero, what power would you choose? To travel anywhere in the world in seconds.
KAREN MORTON TEXTILE ARTIST
Estuary Wallhanging The Medway estuary is a place of tranquillity where the light changes constantly. I have used natural fibres and dyes along with actual mud from the river to create a fabric hanging inspired by the forces of tide and weather. It represents the river both visually and in its substance.
Karen likes to explore the relationship between the found object and its image. Her textiles incorporate elements from the natural world, which are translated into manufactured artefacts through felting, stitch, dye, batik and print. She cites the heritage of Medway as a huge influence in her work. Having studied Textile Design at Liverpool College of Art and Central St Martinâ€™s, she then went on to complete a Diploma in Magazine and Book Design at the London College of Printing. Her career so far includes book and magazine design and teaching in addition to creating textiles. Her work has featured on Living TV for the interior-design programme Our Home. Pieces have also been exhibited in Germany, London and Swansea.
NAKED VINE Graphic Design Danny Waters AGE: 36 (Just) EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.nakedvine.co.uk
Were you made in Medway? Yes. I was born in Rainham. Describe yourself in three words. Creative, kind, shy. Who or what inspired you to become a graphic designer? My father had his own graphic-design business, and I followed in his footsteps. What is the story behind your company’s name? Naked Vine serves as a metaphor for ‘marketing’ and ‘route to market’. A vine travels and explores many different routes to achieve the same objective. Which qualities do you look for when you employ new creatives? When employing individuals I look for individual talent. You can teach people about software, but you cannot teach them talent. What would you describe as the happiest moment of your life? The happiest moment of my life would be standing next to my wife as we got married. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Its rich history, historic architecture and colourful, diverse people. Worst: The Pentagon Centre car-park that clings to the landscape like a parasite devouring its prey, and the people that live in complete ignorance to all that was here before them. What keeps you awake at night? Pneumatic drilling and cheesy discos. What is your favourite word? big (it has to be in lower case though). What is your greatest achievement to date? Directing plays, winning drama festivals and providing a theatrical outlet for many friends. Who do you admire the most? My wife and Tony Blair. What is your most treasured possession? A horrible white-china mouse with a swivelling head – a strong memory of my nan and her house in Broadstairs. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To be master of your own destiny.
NAKED VINE GRAPHIC DESIGN
Established in 1999 by Danny Waters (originally from Rainham), Naked Vine is a diverse company employing a team of nine creatives. It provides a comprehensive graphic design service for all media applications, including building and designing websites, logo design, marketing literature, event management and print management. If clients seek a one-stop comprehensive service, they can facilitate this too. To maintain high professional standards, all their employees have at least five years’ industry experience. They have a diverse range of clients including Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent County Council, Shell, T-Mobile and Mazda.
Pride This work looks at where we have come from by depicting historical images of familiar landmarks. The girl featured is deliberately modern and wears a tattoo entitled ‘Made in Medway’. The tattoo is to symbolise pride in Medway. We should be proud of the region and remember how instrumental we were in the formation of Britain’s Empire. The dockyard served as a backbone to our navy and the defences that were built around it demonstrate its importance. Chatham’s recent campaign to launch itself as a World Heritage Site endorses this emotive concept.
With its views across the Medway to Rochesterâ€™s castle and cathedral, this 70-hectare riverside site offers excellent potential for mixed development, enhanced open space and a site of nature conservation interest.
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DENNY BRENT Fine Art Sculptor AGE: Must I? EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: No
Were you made in Medway?! No. Hatched in Tunbridge Wells. Describe yourself in three words Very, very, private. What would be your ideal commission? My next one. Which materials do you like to work with? Iron, chain and honesty. What qualities are important in order to succeed as a sculptor? To be able to dream the impossible and then construct it. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? See the doctor … Best and worst things about Medway? Like a ‘gritty phoenix’, Medway’s outstanding heritage has forged a resilience, which gives it the potential to overcome its present unfortunate recession. Describe your perfect day Beachcombing. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? ‘Times Like These’ – Foo Fighters. What makes you happy? Sunshine. What is your favourite word? Hello. What do you like most about your job? The isolation. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To realise how difficult it is to find the serenity to cope with the things I couldn’t change. Who or what in your opinion will be the ‘next big thing’? Led Zeppelin. It’s not fashionable, but you like …? Integrity.
DENNY BRENT FINE ART SCULPTOR
Regeneration, Renewal, Renaissance This piece of work explores Medway’s communities’ cultural evolution, based on values of heritage and legacy. The signature form of the anchorage chain, is deconstructed yet balanced as a forged triad of innovation signifying the strength of the New Age Academic.
Born in Kent, Denny studied Sculpture at Canterbury Christ Church University, gaining a First Class Degree in Fine Art (at undergraduate and Masters levels). Now based in the Historic Dockyard, she works to commission for both private and corporate clients, which have included RHS Hampton Court and the Chelsea Flower Show. Denny’s interests lie in site-specific projects where her passion for industrial heritage and the maritime environment inspire the iconology and language of her work. Iron and chain, resin, Perspex and wood are her materials of choice, together with the re-use of artefacts and recycled materials, which are welded, forged, cast or constructed to produce resilient images.
MARGHERITA GRAMEGNA Video-Media Artist AGE: Never ask a lady! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.margheritagramegna.co.uk
Were you made in Medway?! No, 100% Italian: polenta, Amarone e ‘Nessun dorma’! Describe yourself in three words: Indomitable, spirited, courageous. Who or what inspired you to become a filmmaker? On coming to England, I became concerned with how cultural differences can create barriers. Adjusting to a foreign environment and becoming a mother at the same time was disconcerting, so I had to find a medium that allowed me to express my feelings. Film and video art was the answer. Are there any recurring themes within your work? I explore themes of maintaining identity in an unfamiliar environment, issues of mutual acceptance, connectivity and belonging. I use humour to make my pieces accessible in a way that the viewer can easily respond to. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? Exactly where I am standing. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: Nobody bats an eyelid when I buy milk in the morning wearing my pyjamas. Worst: People being rude for no reason. How has your daughter inspired your filmmaking? Isabella marked a big change in my life. I drew her, painted her, photographed her, sculpted her and filmed her … she is endlessly fascinating to me. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? James Taylor Quartet’s music has been, for the last 20 years. What is your favourite word? Super! What is your greatest achievement to date? To get to this stage of my life without losing a sense of humour. What is your fancy-dress costume of choice? Female body-builder. What is your ultimate ambition? To make work that matters and enjoy doing it. I’d also like to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Life is too short: ogni lasciata è persa!
MARGHERITA GRAMEGNA VIDEO-MEDIA ARTIST
Medway Muse My daughter was conceived, born and raised in Medway; the band on her wrist is the one that was fastened by the nurses at All Saintsâ€™ Hospital. She is the reason I began filmmaking and has been a unique motivation for my work ever since. Her youth, confidence and fragility offer a parallel with the growth and regeneration of Medway.
Originally from Italy, Margherita is a Medway-based independent filmmaker, director and producer of short films. She likes to explore how cultural differences can be made responsible for breakdown in communication. Before turning her hand to film, Margherita was a graphic designer. She recently completed a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication: Video and Film at UCCA and won a student award at the Emergeandsee Film Festival in Berlin (2006). Her work has been screened at film festivals and galleries in the UK and Europe and has also been used commercially. Margherita also participated in the 60th Cannes Film Festival.
MAKE Research Cluster Terry Perk AGE: 32 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.ucreative.ac.uk www.terryperk.com
Were you made in Medway? No, but I am a Kentish Man. Describe yourself in three words? Energetic, persistent, interested. Are you an academic or a practitioner? Both. What is the concept behind the research cluster MAKE? The cluster was set up to explore the way in which both abstract and real models act as ‘thinking mechanisms’ for mediating between the visible and the invisible in specific areas of art, design and architecture. How do you operate as a unit? The cluster is made up of practising artists, architects and model-makers who are collectively involved in exploring the way art interventions and design solutions can be developed. You have a PhD at a relatively young age. Do you enjoy scholarly activity? I find it very meditative, a way of approaching the world at a different speed to making things. Best and worst things about Medway? The river and the unemployment, respectively. What do you love most about your job? Thrashing out ideas. What makes you depressed? Having upset somebody. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? Sun Ra’s Space Is the Place. If you could go back in time, where would you go? Downtown Manhattan in the mid-1960s. What is your favourite word? How? What keeps you awake at night? Unresolved issues. Who or what in your opinion will be the ‘next big thing’? China.
MAKE RESEARCH CLUSTER
Founded in 2006, MAKE (The Model as an Articulation of Knowledge and Experimentation) is one of four research clusters based at the University College for the Creative Arts in Rochester. Its members are Terry Perk, Gary Clough, Alison Fisher, Tim Meacham and Lucy Panesar. Within the cluster, regular lectures, workshops and discussion groups create forums for exploring on-going research and practice within the fields of design and architecture. Terry (the lead academic) is a lecturer in Foundation Studies at UCCA and is also finalising a PhD on the art and writings of Olafur Eliasson. His specialist area is sculpture and ideas concerning embodiment, perception and architectural programming.
Sweep Playing with notions of â€˜practiceâ€™ that are often assigned to both the use of maps and the production of art, Sweep is an abstracted image of an abstract frame of reference. The forms and relationships between the lines in the work are generated from a map of the road-sweeping routes set out for the Medway towns.
PAULA GROVES Sculptor AGE: 38 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.sculptedmetal.com
Were you made in Medway? No. Describe yourself in three words. Ambitious, particular and thoughtful. Who or what inspired you to become a sculptor? It was a natural progression. I studied spatial design (interior design) at UCCA, but it was the wrong time for me, so I did an enterprise training course. The career choices were bricklaying or welding, and I didn’t possess worthy enough bum cleavage in those days … What would be your ideal commission? The angel of the south with a free reign and a choice of setting. What inspired you to create the rope sculpture? Ten years ago, my studio space was in a ropery cellar, and I used to hear them making the rope. Recently I used some large coir rope for my stand at Chelsea and walking back through the ropery amazed me – from the markings on the floor to the shapes of the machinery. You like to work on a grand scale – how big is big? I’ve just had to move studio to accommodate the pieces I’m working on. I want to get so big that someone else does all the dirty work. What would you be doing if you weren’t a sculptor? A proper job. Best and worst things about Medway? Best: The possibilities due to regeneration. Worst: The apathy and social problems. Describe your perfect day. Tomorrow. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? Loud. What are your guilty pleasures? Illegal. What makes you happy? Food. What do you like most about your job? The possibilities. What’s your fancy-dress costume of choice? A pear. Who or what in your opinion will be the ‘next big thing’? Me …
PAULA GROVES SCULPTOR
Ropery Sculpture Rope has been made in Medway for hundreds of years. The imagery for this sculpture has come from references from the Ropery in the Historic Dockyard – the machinery used, the building and the marks on the floor.
Based in Rochester, Paula works predominantly with mild and stainless steel to create highly finished abstract sculptures. A regular exhibitor at the Chelsea Flower Show, her clients include writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, who has described her garden sculptures as ‘inspirational’. Her work is increasing in scale, and she receives prestigious commissions from Medway Council, science organisations, and sculpture parks. She also designed and made the trophies and medals for the Medway Boat Race. Her clock and sculpture representing the countdown to the 2012 Olympics is based at the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester. In addition to her practice, Paula is on the panel of the Medway 2012 cultural strategy group.
NICK STEWART Creative Director AGE: 44 EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.stewart2.com
Were you made in Medway? Sort of. My father was a Royal Engineer, and the headquarters are based in Brompton, so of all the many places I have lived, Medway is the most visited. Describe yourself in three words. Creative, determined, tricky. How would you describe your profession? Not easy. Occasionally extremely rewarding, but not like it once was. What is freeform calligraphy? It’s about taking a traditional art form and evolving it for more contemporary uses. Most of my calligraphy work is working to commission, so I produce exciting and dynamic lettering for designers and art directors. How big is your giant brush? The Big Brush was made for a project aimed at taking art into the community. In conjunction with UCCA we designed and built what we believe to be the largest usable calligraphy brush in the world (122cm in diameter with 147cm long tendrils). The event was staged at the Maidstone Museum and involved Tony Hart measuring the brush for the Guinness Book of Records. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Patagonia – because I’ve always wanted to go there. Best and worst things about Medway? I really enjoy my life here, especially racing on the river and cycling through the immediate countryside, but there is also an ugly and violent side to Medway. What would be the soundtrack to your life so far? A Strangely Isolated Place by Ulrich Schnauss. What is your most treasured possession? Don’t have one. I’m not a materialist. What is your favourite smell? I like standing near women who wear lovely perfumes, but the most comforting smell for me is the smell of the sea. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? My father. I gave him a very, very difficult time whilst growing up. What’s your fancy-dress costume of choice? Giant ladybird suit. What is your earliest memory? Feeling the wind on my face and smelling the sea while being held by my mother on a ferry travelling from Holland to Harwich. I must have been nearly a year old. However, I have been told, quite matter of factly, that it is impossible to remember that far back, so it could just be a fantasy. It’s not fashionable, but you like … People who are kind and considerate.
NICK STEWART CREATIVE DIRECTOR
River With inspiration directly attributed to the river Medway, its colour, smell, texture, temperature, ebb and flow, I have attempted to describe the changing mood and character of this watercourse through freeform calligraphy.
Currently based in Rochester, Nick heads up the visual-communications consultancy, Stewart 2 Limited. Following a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at Brighton Polytechnic (where he learnt about letterform from the renowned calligrapher Miriam Stribley), he spent 18 years in London, working on some of the worldâ€™s biggest and best-known brands at household-name agencies. Still passionate about lettering, Nick recently built the Big Brush, a tool to help evolve calligraphy into a more fine-art and experiential art form. A public event was held in 2006 at Maidstone Museum that over 1,200 people attended.
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I was made in Medway, Declan, eight months.
Good ideas start on paper The End
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