Issue No. 5 Pony Anarchy is aimed at creative, fun and curious folk who enjoy Art, Photography, Fashion, Music and all things lovely! Editor/Creative Director Kristie Webster firstname.lastname@example.org Contributing Photographers Alison Mitton, Anna Friedrich, Berta Pfirsich, Carly Zinga, Ellena Deeley, Hollie Fernando, Ivy Nine Designs, Neda Rajabi, Rebecca Louise Parker, Sisilia Piring, Stephanie-Lee Moulin, Tamlyn Ryan, Tiffany Nicholson Contributing Artists Devon Smith, Karin Soderquist, Kat Cameron, Laura Castello, Nik Dudukovic. Cover Photographer: Ali Mitton Submissions: we welcome submissions from new writers, photographers, illustrators and makers of pretty bits and pieces. Please refer to our contact page on our website for aubmission guidelines. Advertising: for rates and information on advertising, sponsored posts, giveaways, text links and product reviews please contact us for a media kit. Contact Website: www.ponyanarchy.com General enquiries: email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ponyanarchymagazine Twitter: @ponyanarchy Copyright is reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited. Email addresses are published for professional communications only.
contents Fashion Etsy favourites Page 04 Feature: So Little Time Co.
Feature: Wonderland Forest
Feature: Pomber Page 17 5 Mins With: Her Pony Page 43
ART Interview: Laura Castello Page 09 Interview: Nik Dudukovic Page 18 Interview: Kat Cameron Page 29 Interview: Devon Smith Page 52 Interview: Karin Soderquist
PHOTOGRAPHY 5 Mins With: Stephanie-Lee Moulin
Editorial: Ivy Nine Designs
Editorial: Sisilia Piring Page 14 Flickr Favourites Page 20 Interview: Ali Mitton Page 22 Editorial: Tiffany Dawn Nicholson
Editorial: Neda Rajabi Page 36 Interview: Rebecca Louise Parker
Editorial: Anna Friedrich Page 47 Editorial: Berta Pfirsich Page 55 Interview: Carly Zinga Page 60 Editorial: Ellena Deeley Page 68 Editorial: Tamlyn Ryan Page 72
Dear ponies, Welcome to our Winter issue! 77 pages of delightful content and inspiration! We pick Devon Smith’s brain about her illustrations and find out what’s coming up next for her. Lauren Stein from Her Pony tells us how and why she came to be a designer and lover of all things feminine. We look at some seriously cool tea cosies by Andrea Lesley and chat to some very exciting emerging photographers. There’s a lot of talent in this issue as usual and we’re so thankful to all of you for wanting to be apart of the Pony Anarchy family! Your support, participation and kind words are what keeps this mag going. Speaking of support, Mothers Day upon us so I’d like to dedicate this issue to all of you amazing mums out there. Especially mine! You go glen coco! See you again in July for Issue No.6
Love, Kristie x
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5 MINS WITH stephanie lee moulin Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Stephanie and I’m a 22 year-old photographer from Melbourne. I like pretty things and I hoard photographs and illustrations and words - generally a lot of paper, on my enormous pin boards. For the most part, I suppose I would be considered a self-portraiture artist. Not by conscious choice, but by ease of access and habit; it’s what I’ve always done. I’m an only child, and a bit of a dreamer which I think is obvious in my work; whimsicality and curiosity, loneliness and mystery tainting each photograph. When did you first become interested in Photography? Probably during the various times throughout my childhood when I would sit on the floor of my bedroom, flipping through our few family albums and get lost in the nostalgia that old photographs evoke. Aside from that, when I was about 15 and picked up my first PENTAX K1000 in photography class, loaded it with some ilford hp4 and took some really horribly exposed photographs of the school grounds. I was in love. What are you working on at the moment? I’ve actually joined the 365 project bandwagon for fear of becoming estranged from my camera since graduating. So between my part time work at a local pharmacy, I’m shooting whatever pops into my mind or view on that given day. I’m hoping to have an exhibition of the best work around November when the project finishes. Most memorable shoot? A couple of years back I did conceptual portraiture shoot a few km’s up the road from home. I hadn’t taken any photographs for a while and my love had been on my case to keep shooting to get myself out of said creative rut. A few weeks prior, I had stumbled across an old house where all that was left was the facade- a great location! So, one stormy afternoon, my love arrived at my door eager and willing to be a part of well, anything, provided it involved me taking photos, and we headed up to the half house. I was without a lot of hope that this would be a success in the heavy rain, but to my utter amazement, five minutes later the sun broke through the blackened clouds and shone the most amazing yellow beam of light into the house. I had my David stand there with his red umbrella held above his head in the door way, and took the photograph before the sky closed again. To this day, it is one of my favourite photographs and reminds me why I continue to shoot. Favourite thing to photograph? Pretty light. I get so excited at that ‘golden hour’ each day. Film or digital? Digital, but I generally process my work with a filmic quality. I truly wish I took more time to work with film though, there’s just something you can’t imitate with a digital sensor. If you could work alongside any photographer, who would you choose? Any one of Annie Leibovitz, Jonas Peterson, Tamara Dean, Viktor Gardsater- it would be a shame to have to choose! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? As an aspiring commercial photographer: ‘Always remember to take the photos you like, as well as those the client wants’ What inspires you to continue taking photographs? The people around me, the changing seasons, the way the light moves throughout the day- just life in general. Where can we find your work? missmoulin.4ormat.com
SEcRET GARDEN Photographers: Bekha and Jess LaFrankie Model - Brooke Jamieson Make Up Artist - Jessica Reilly Hair - Megan Francis Stylist - Alina Ward Styling Assistant - Chanel Donnelly
Illustrator, Laura Castello TALKS TO US ABOUT HER LOVELY WORK and the influences on her practice. Tells us a little about yourself. I’m 28 and I have a degree in Fine Arts by the University of Valencia, where I later did a postgraduate course in illustration which I finished last year. At the moment I’m living near Barcelona and I’m working as a graphic designer for a Spanish brand of clothes. I‘m combining my job as a graphic designer with that of freelance illustrator, I make some works to order and I collaborate with exhibitions and publishing houses. I also publish, along with two colleagues and friends, ‘el fresquito fanzine’ a quarterly zine which aims at promoting emerging artists in the field of comic, illustration and in other related fields. We’ve just celebrated our first anniversary! When did you start illustration/graphic design? I’ve always enjoyed drawing since I was a child, and I decided to take the degree in Fine Arts at university because I loved drawing. However, it wasn’t until last year when I decided to focus on illustration and when I realised that it was really what I had always wanted to do. So let’s say that I’ve always done it, but it was last year when I really started to work as a professional illustrator. What are you working on at the moment? At this moment I’m finishing the cover for the next issue of ‘el fresquito fanzine’ which will be released in two weeks’ time. I’m proud to say that we’ve counted on a great deal of collaborators, excellent artists all of them who have presented amazing works. I’m also working with illustrators María Herreros and Sara H. Peñalver on a collective exhibition which will be displayed at the beginning of summer in Valencia and which we will may move to Barcelona.
What are you working on at the moment? At this moment I’m finishing the cover for the next issue of ‘el fresquito fanzine’ which will be released in two weeks’ time. I’m proud to say that we’ve counted on a great deal of collaborators, excellent artists all of them who have presented amazing works. I’m also working with illustrators María Herreros and Sara H. Peñalver on a collective exhibition which will be displayed at the beginning of summer in Valencia and which we will may move to Barcelona. What inspires you to keep creating? Anything can inspire me, from a colour or an image to a dream that I have had the previous night. Many times I feel so much like drawing although I don’t know what to draw… but I just feel like I’m dying to do it! Are there any other artists that have had an influence on you and your practice? There are many people who have had an influence on me when it comes to drawing, I literally adore Julia Pott and Sandra Dieckmann, I love Anna Carucci’s and Lizzy Stewart’s line and lately I’ve discovered Deanna Staffo’s work and line movement with which I’m in love. But I’ve always admired Egon Schiele, I’m fascinated about his drawing and his use of the colour; and the way in which he dislocates the muscles. I’ve always seen him as an advanced artist for his period. Do you have a particular creative ritual or process? If so, what is it? I usually draw with a pencil in a notepad which I particularly like for the thickness and texture of the pages and their yellowish colour. I always draw with a propelling pencil because it allows me to do both fine neat lines and thicker ones. Most times I don’t rub out the pencil line and then I use colour pencils or I paint in watercolours. Last, I work on it digitally but usually no more than just a few colour touches. Where do you hope to see yourself in 5-10 years? Ooof! Difficult one…I guess I’m not that worried about where. I’d say anywhere as far as I could make a good living out of my job as illustrator. Best advice you’ve been given? Without a doubt it was Sento Llobell in one of his lessons who said that the key for success in this difficult profession is to keep working slowly but surely. I thought it was so logical and sensible that it seemed revealing to me now I put it into practice every day. Where can we find more of your work? I’m about to finish my website but meanwhile you can see my work in lauracastelloilustracion.blogspot.com. and you can also follow me on Facebook Laura Castelló Ilustración. Also from the beginning of March up to the end of next month there will be a display of some of my illustrations in the café ‘Vintage’ in MUVIM (Valencian Museum of Illustration and Modernity) and from the 13th of April until the 14th of May you could find some of my works as part of a collective exhibition “Femme Fatale”, a compilation of female characters of the cinema, in ‘El corte Inglés’ a shopping centre in Málaga, Spain.
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These days Photographer: Sisilia Piring Photo Assistant: Joshua Rohrer Model: Jessica Today Makeup & Hair: Daniel Chinchilla Styling: Keri Rae
POMBER Inspired by flora and fauna, Hungarian artist Olívia Kovács creates handmade crocheted animal gloves and mittens that share her love and respect of animals. Before taking to the needle and wool, Olivia observes and photographs these furry woodland creatures in their natural habitat to gain a better understanding of the animal and it’s personality. We’re absolutely in love with every pair in her etsy store! www.etsy.com/shop/Pomber
5 mins with NIK Dudukovic Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an artist and illustrator from Belgrade, working out of Toronto. I play basketball, read comics (and sometimes books without pictures), and draw images that document fictional history, hybridity, deities, and monsters. My favourite animal is the hyena. When did you start illustrating? Probably around summer 2005. It started feeling right around 2008. What are you working on at the moment? I’m finishing the last few drawings for a show in Savannah, Georgia. After that, I’ll be working on portraits of Billy Corgan and Vlade Divac, as well a collaborative project with one of my favorite artists, Stacey Rozich. What inspires you to keep creating? New ideas, graphics, diagrams, history, evolution, and mainly the excitement of creating images from start to finish. Are there any other artists that have had an influence on you and your practice? I apologize in advance to the fantastic artists that I will forget to mention. I’m a bad list-maker. Some of my perpetual favourites include Chris Ware, Joseph Lambert, Jessica Hische, Osamu Tezuka, James Jean, Olly Moss, Yuko Shimizu, Farel Dalrymple, Brenda Monroe, Kate Beaton, Eddie Campbell, etc. Do you have a particular creative ritual or process? If so, what is it? I work on thumbnails and sketches most mornings/ evenings. The days are spent mixing inks, overthinking, drinking coffee, daydreaming, organizing my studio (before starting a large body of work), and drawing. Favourite project you’ve worked on? In retrospect, I really love all of the commercial work from over the years, but my favourite project continues to be my ongoing personal work. I work on it almost every day, and go to sleep thinking about it. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve done (apart from continually hoping that one day I will dunk a basketball on a regulation net). Best advice you’ve been given? Treat girls how you would want your sister to be treated - My grandpa, when I was 4. Oh, and something about working hard and being nice to people. Where can we find more of your work? Check out my portfolio at www.pilot5.com or follow me on twitter - @NikDudukovic. Prints of my work are available on my Society6 page www.society6.com/NikDudukovic
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So Little Time Co. Started by Kirsty and her husband Josh, Melbourne based So Little Time Co. makes and sells sweet, whimsical wearable art from locally sourced wood. After long hours of sketching, planning, testing and deliberating the couple brought their dream to life and found a way to express their creativity with others. With a lick of paint, a stitch or two and a whole lot of love, their adorable geometric and nature inspired brooches and necklaces are unique and one of a kind. You can buy your very own so little time co. pieces online at www.solittletimeco.com
to the sea Photographer: Ali Mitton Model: Caroline Wilson Makeup & Hair: Keira Ledford Styling: Alina Ward
kat cameron kat cameron tells us about her artistic journey and what she’s working on at the moment. Tells us a little about yourself. I’m an illustrator, mamma to 2 kidlets and have my hands in a lot of pies. I do commissioned work for clients as well as license my artwork to various companies onto products. Life is busy working around the kids, but seeing my artwork on products from Gumboots and billboards to stationary is all so worth it. I love to create iconic patterned vector artwork as well hand drawn (sometimes messy) series of girls. When did you start illustrating? Have you always worked digitally? About 12 years ago when i starting teaching myself Illustrator and Photoshop, I found the best way to learn was by tinkering with my drawings and creating characters. From there I started doing childrens illustrations for young girls magazines and grew from there. I never imagined I would get asked to do illustrations and get paid for it! Holy Moly! I studied graphic design and then worked in web for a while, but got bored. I moved onto textile design which piqued my interest in creating patterns and how to apply it to other surfaces or products. All along the way I was illustrating and creating artwork for exhibitions and clients. As I say - many fingers - many pies! What are you working on at the moment? I have a few things on at the moment. I’m working on an educational calendar (2013) for parents and children, which should be out later this year. Also I am working on a new venture into the world of designing kits for scrapbooking and cross stitching. I’m really excited about this as I have looked from afar how the scrapbooking world has blown up, but i never knew how to get into it. I have just been commissioned to license my artwork for these kits so now I will learn the ins and outs of it all! Hoorah! Favourite thing about Winter? Snuggling under the blankets and also layers in fashion. I love
to wear scarves, beanies, cardigans and button up shirts. Stinky summer just doesn’t let me accessorize how i would like to! What inspires you to keep going? I just love creating new artwork. Also my style has evolved so much, that i’m excited when i start working a new way. I get bored easily and I can’t stick with just one tried and true method. Maybe I should, but it’s just not how I am programmed - a little bit wacky. Are there any other artists that have had an influence on you and your practice? I have so many fav artists and I think they have all influenced me somehow but for different reasons, some have influenced me just on their drive to succeed, some from their amazing skills, and others from how they juggle family life and creating a successful brand. Here is a list of some of my favorite artists : Kid9 (he has inspired me and encouraged me most in our 12 years together) Ida Rentoul Othwaite, Peg Maltby, Mary Blair, Junko Mizuno, Mark Ryden, Orla Kiely, Jonathan Adler, Anna Maria Horner, Dominique Falla, Beci Orpin, Fawn Gehweiler, hello kitty and so many more!! Do you have a particular creative ritual or process? If so, what is it? It depends on the job or artwork. Usually I will sketch up the idea, usually pretty rough and then scan, bring into illustrator and start working there - redraw, colour and add textiles or create pattern - tweak and tweak and tweak until looking cool. Lately I have been preferring the look of my sketches and that hand drawn look, so now i will sketch, ink, then play in illustrator, and bring in my original sketch and other textures too. You have a pretty impressive clientele list! Coke, Cadbury, Kustom and Puffin Books just to name a few. Do you have a favourite project out of them all? I must admit i loved the Coke job. I worked with a great art director from McCann Erikson in Ireland (Dylan Davis) and he had a great vision for it all and it came together really well. My posters were on billboards with die cut illustrations around them, and in bus shelters with the sounds of birds chirping so you really got a feel for spring. Best advice you’ve been given? Never eat yellow snow (although i’ve never even seen snow in real life, i’ll always remember that - just incase i find myself a bit peckish when out amongst the snow!) Where can we find more of your work? www.teamkitten.com
Fragile Abandonement Photographer - Tiffany Dawn Nicholson Model - Taylor Thompson, MUA - Rachel Lisa, Hair - Tiffany Cotterman, Horses - Umi and Chance
wonder forest Graphic designer and blogger, Dana is resposible for the sweet online store, Wonder Forest. All of her plush creatures are handmade with love and imagination. Each cheeky deer, sweet rabbit, funky unicorn and cute fox has their own little quirks and twists! Weâ€™re a little bit in love with the brown deer.. So cute! You can buy your very own plush creature online at www.wonderforest.storenvy.com
wayfarerâ€™s soul Photography - Neda Rajabi Make up Artist - Anna Neugebauer Styling - Tata Christiane & Jana Eichler Model - Charly c/o Mega
we chat to laurEN, the lovely lass behind our fAVE melbourne label, her pony. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Lauren Stein. I’m 25 years old and I’m from Melbourne. Some of my favorite things include trawling through markets, op shopping and sewing whenever I get the chance! How did Her Pony come to be? I have always sewn and altered my own clothes from a young age. This led to an obsession with altering vintage finds and selling them at markets. I eventually began playing around making some dresses with vintage patterns and selling those at the markets too. I started out making things for friends - after they told their friends, and their friends wanted more designs, I decided to start making more and more garments. From there, HerPony was born! What influences and inspires your designs? Summer, travelling and vintage treasures. Best part of being a designer? I get to do what I love the most. Every day. What’s not to love? The worst part? Trying to keep up! Fashion is a very competitive and ever-evolving industry which can be challenging at times. But having said that, I think that’s what makes the industry so interesting and appealing. What’s next for the label? We are working on our own online store ‘Trend of the Week’ where we plan to release a limited range of garments each week to purchase. We’re really excited about it! Where can our readers buy your beautiful designs? Customers can design their own HerPony dress from our custom made website www.herponycustommade.blogspot.com.au or purchase limited edition pieces online at www.vintagemarketplace.com.au. We also have a couple of stockists in Melbourne.
rebecca louise parker Tell us a little about yourself? I’m Rebecca Louise Parker, a 22 year old photographer based between Devon and London, UK. My obvious interests are photography and fashion. I live and breath to take pictures. What mediums do you generally work with? I mainly work with digital photography for my fashion work, however i have to admit that i love 35mm film too! I always have a 35mm Canon snapshot in my handbag! What do you love the most about photography? Photography for me is a way to physically create the ideas i have in my head. I experimented with art throughout school, however i never found myself very good at painting or sewing, but photography seemed to come naturally. I am passionate about fashion, so i love that photography allows me to play around in the fashion world! Is there any message or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? If so, what? I wouldn’t say that I try to convey a particular message through my photographs exactly. More a feeling of awe. I want people to stop and look at my images, and just think “Wow, that is simply beautiful!” Are there any particular things or people that have had an influence on your art practice? In the fashion and photography world there are the obvious ‘top’ people in the industry, such as the super models and top designers who will influence most photographers, and i am no exception. However, at the risk of being really corny… my boyfriend is a huge influence to me! A fellow fashion photographer, he encouraged me to keep going with my work when university got tough. He helps me on many of my shoots too, from discussing ideas with him, to being on the actual shoot with me. Tell us a little about your thought/creative process when it comes to organising a shoot. I always have so many ideas in my head that when it comes to organising a shoot, to be honest, my thought process is here, there and everywhere! I collect an awful lot of images from magazines, or online, so my technique is to create a mood board for each particular shoot which contains everything from location scouting to makeup and styling ideas! Once its all laid out in front of me i find it much easier for the ideas to come to me. Best advice you’ve ever been given? The best advice I’ve ever been given is to keep shooting! The more you shoot the more you learn! What are you working on at the moment? I am working on lots of different projects at the moment… a couple of editorials to come out this summer, and i am constantly working on up dating my portfolio. At the end of summer i plan to move to London to take my work to the next level.. so there is lots more to come from me yet! Where can our readers find more of your work? www.rebeccalouiseparker.com Credits: Ice Queen, 2012. Photography & Styling - Rebecca Louise Parker, Model - Hazel @Gingersnap, Makeup Artist - Lucy Davis, Hair Stylist - Louise Alway
DEVon smith we get illustrator devon smith to tell us all ABOUT HER QUIRKY CUTE WORK. Tell us a little about yourself. I am from New Zealand, and I draw and paint and sometimes sculpt. I also work in an art gallery part time. Where or what do you draw inspiration from? I am inspired by so many things, I am always writing down little notes and scribbles of nice things in my sketchbook. Cartoons and books, going for big walks in the native forest near my house, taking long naps. Do you have a creative ritual or routine? If so, what is it? I am pretty strict with my pre painting rituals. I have a bit of an obsessive compulsive streak, so i have lots of little things I have to do before working. Mostly this involves arranging materials really carefully and lots of coffee. I work best late at night, with music and no one else around. Unfortunately watercolour painting without natural light is a bit tricky, so I can really only sketch things out in the evening, then paint during the day. Have you had any memorable/amusing responses to your artworks? I’ve had a few people ask if they are self portraits. This always makes me laugh since I am very unglamorous. The best response I’ve ever had a friend told me about just recently, a friend of a friend of a friend was babysitting her nephew who has autism, and he was having trouble sleeping. She had just bought one of my prints (summon fox spirit) and she gave it to him and told him a little story about how the character was taking all the bad things away. Now he sleeps with it above his bed and sleeps much better. Pretty much the most amazing response possible to any of my paintings. Favourite song at the moment? For real by Okkervil River but it will have changed by tomorrow. Are there any specific artists that you really admire or have had an influence on your work? Kushana Bush, William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley, comic books artists like Seth or Vanessa Davis,... i admire a lot of diverse art, but try hard not to be too influenced by anything. I could go on but it would be a very long list. What do you get up to when you’re not in the studio painting away? If i’m not working i can generally be found sitting in a cafe drinking coffee and drawing. To be honest I don’t have many other hobbies besides drawing, I enjoy it so much it’s what i always end up doing. I play the ukelele, and read a lot of science fictyion novels, too. What’s next for Devon Smith? Any exciting projects in the works? I’m working on some textile designs right now. I am really excited about seeing my paintings used in different ways - in this case it is for the lovliest lingerie designer. I’m also working on a little zine of cat portraits. I really really like painting cats. So i asked people to send me photos of thei kitties and i am painting them and putting them together into a magical little book. Where can our readers find more of your lovely paintings and drawings? www.devonannasmith.tumblr.com is where i update the most. You can buy prints and shirts and other nice things from me at www.deerface.etsy.com
Twisty parallel universe Photographer: Berta Pfirsich Model: Migle@Salvador models Stylist assistant: Marcia Papiz Make-up & hair: Marta Vicente
Seeking Solace Photographer - Carly Zinga Model - Polly Beeny Styling - Lucy Murray & Jessica Zinga Behind the Scenes Video - Henry Cousins
Tell us a little about yourself? My name is Carly Zinga, and I am 17 years old and I grew up on Australia’s Northern Beaches. To me, photography is my way of showing the world brief moments of beauty and unconstrained youth. The unpredictable nature of life has stirred something inside of me, willing me to travel the world and explore new places and meet new people. In the past year, my photography has allowed me to share my thoughts and imaginings across the world, opening opportunities and creating memories I will never forget. What gear do you generally work with? I generally shoot with a digital DSLR camera, either on land or underwater, yet I would love to experiment with the medium of Polaroid. I have always found the colours along with the mood stunning. I also work with fashion in a lot of my shoots. Even though there is usually a stylist on hand, I like to have a lot of input into what the model wears. So, I still love going out with a close friend and a bag full of clothes from my wardrobe, and styling the shoot myself. What do you love the most about photography? I take photos as a way to remember my life, as I treasure those small moments that others tend to pay less attention too. I guess this grew into photographing people I find interesting and unique, people that I befriend, and together creating something beautiful. Is there any message or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? If so, what? I never set out to convey a message through my images, as I believe each person I capture through my lens has their own story their own emotions. However, personally I look for beauty. Although this is something different for everyone, for me, it is simplicity, it tells the truth. Are there any particular things or people that have had an influence on your art practice? I do look to those big names in photography for inspiration, but also photographers and stylists who are upcoming and maybe not as well known.. yet. I can see myself in them, as we are both going through the same experiences in
the industry. If I had to name my biggest inspirations, it would be Julia Trotti and Lucia Pang. I have watched both of these girls photography grow and seen them travel the world. I can only hope to be somewhere where they are one day. Tell us a little about your thought/ creative process when it comes to organising a shoot. I am constantly on the look for inspiration. When my mind does not have to think about school, it is constantly looking at the world around me, wondering weather I can use it in a photoshoot. An idea usually comes to me in a dream. I can visualise the location, the model and the styling, but never predetermine the final composition. That is one thing, I leave up to instincts and the conditions on the day. I always utilize the sun in different ways. It has a way of altering the atmosphere of a photograph, depending on where you place your subject. Also, in the final editing process, I like to keep things natural, simple. I highlight certain colours that I wish to emphasize in an image, but never like to over-edit. Best advice you’ve ever been given? The best piece of advice I have ever been given is “No.” Just these two letters have driven me to be better than I am, to continuously progress and never give up. When I first entered the industry, my photographs were knocked back again and again. At first it’s hard to hear, but I have found that you begin to forget the “no’s”, and instead concentrate on those positive replies. Now, I am hearing back from many of those magazines that said “no” a couple of years ago. Although small, and ‐lettered usually considered insignificant, this two- word changed the way I viewed the world. What are you working on at the moment? Right now, I am concentrating on finishing high school, and working on some underwater fashion photography for my visual arts major work. In between these and school assessments, I’m outside photographing for magazines, which is where my passion lies. You can see more of Carly’s work at www.carlyzinga.4ormat.com
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Karin Söderquist Tell us a little about yourself? My name is Karin Söderquist and I’ve been living in London for the past 4 years. In the summer of 2011 I graduated with a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts. However, this summer I plan to move back to my native Sweden and start a new adventure in Stockholm. Hopefully the adventure will include a dachshund’s puppy and re-staring my record collection. What mediums do you generally work with? For my 2D work I usually work with colourful paper that I mix with pen drawing and ink. Sometimes I work with digital colours. There’s usually some kind of cutting and pasting involved. For my 3D work I use laser cut MDF and acrylic paint. I recently did some set design for a photo shoot and for that I got the chance to try to recreate the look of my 3D work in cardboard. The thinking behind the work is the same, layering flat surfaces against each other to create and image. Best thing about being an illustrator? It’s fun! I love the whole process, from coming up with an idea to sitting down and executing it. Right now I only do it part-time but hopefully I’ll be able to experience the joys of being a full-time illustrator sometime in the future! Hardest thing about being an illustrator? The stress! Never knowing when you’re next job is or how much money you’ll be making this month. There’s also days when everything keeps going wrong, you’re filled with self-doubt, you can’t draw and you think everyone in the world is a better illustrator than you. Is there any message or ideas you’d like to convey through your work? If so, what? Sometimes there is sometimes there isn’t, it depends on the piece. Some images have a very obvious message, Kafka and the Fishes (http://www.karinsoderquist.com/index.php?/new/ kafka-and-the-fishes/) for example is about animal rights. Sometimes it’s a story I want to tell, like with “To the North Pole” (http://www.karinsoderquist.com/index.php?/new/to-the-north-pole/). It’s usually about things that I’m interested in and care about. Are there any particular things or people that have had an influence on your art practice? Going to university no doubt. There’s where I was first introduced to and fell in love with the laser cutter. Otherwise I would probably never have tried it out. Also all the tutors and fellow students pushing me to be bigger and better. Best advice you’ve ever been given? An art tutor I used to have in Sweden always told us to “Visa dom jävlarna”, roughly translated as “Show those fuckers”. Sometimes when times feel rough I think of that and it motivates me to keep going. It was also the same tutor who wrote my recommendation letter when I applied to Camberwell so I guess I have a lot to thank him for. What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on some pieces for an exhibition featuring Swedish Illustrators based in London that me and some friends are putting on. It’ll take place at Fika on Bricklane this summer. Where can our readers find more of your gorgeous work? www.karinsoderquist.com
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