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Southsea Folk

Southsea Folk Southsea Folk is a quarterly photographic project capturing the essence of the creative community in Southsea. Select individuals – artists, designers and business owners – are photographed in their environments and the result is an inspiring celebration of this special area.

Issue 3 has been quite an emotional one as we said goodbye to Helen (the original publication editor) but she hasn’t gone far and you will still see her popping up around Southsea talking wedding news while handing out her fabulous copies of Margot’s Wedding. Talking about changes, I’ve also adjusted the cover for issue 3. Southsea Folk has an ethos based around supporting our creative community so what better way to do that than give our local artists a platform to express themselves through the cover of our magazine. I really love the effect and hope you do too. If you are lucky, you might be able to get a signed copy by the artist himself. Simon Whitcomb has painted a few mariner pieces now (catch him on page 6). He feels the mariner represents every man of the sea, full of mystery and mythology with a whole voyage of discovery, a story that speaks through his beard. If you like Simon’s work he will have original paintings and prints just like our cover for sale over the Summer. Please check out Southsea Folk online for more articles about our creative people we have around us in this vibrant place.

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To enquire about being involved in future publications email info@southseafolk.uk or, for online content and advertising, louise@southseafolk.uk www.southseafolk.uk Instagram: www.instagram.com/southseafolk

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The Team

L O U O ’B RIE N –

CARRIE LAVE RS –

DAN N Y ALEX AN DER –

JO E LLI O T T –

M A G A Z IN E & O N L INE E DITOR

P H OTOGRAP HER

ON LIN E CON TRIBU TOR

PUB LI C AT I O N D E S I G NE R

Lou’s the boss when it comes to online

Carrie’s raw, edgy, artistic style sets exactly

Danny loves food and finding out about

Jo is a Southsea born and raised mum

content and she’s great at dreaming up

the right tone for this project. Although

all the cool things happening in the city.

of two and works under the guise of

competitions and events – like our gin club!

not strictly ‘Southsea folk’ (she lives in

Her love of art and illustration is a passion

RAD Creative. She loves all things design

She also runs a blog and various social

Winchester) she loves the Southsea vibe

she wants to pursue and feature in some

related, good veggie food and great

media pages under the name Northern

and she’s part of the team at Dimples &

of her future blog posts. You can find her

interiors. Jo designs Southsea Folk and

Interior Girl (she’s from Yorkshire!). She

Daisies. Carrie’s available for commercial

hiding in a cosy corner with a wedge of

Margot’s Wedding and is available to

loves art and interiors and can often be

and wedding photography.

cake, notebook in hand.

quote for bespoke design projects.

found at exhibitions and launch events.

www.carrielaversphotography.co.uk

www.instagram.com/saltfoxdraws

www.radcreative.co.uk

www.northerninteriorgirl.co.uk

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“The vibrant and eclectic culture of Southsea has always been a major part of my life. Even though I have been lucky enough to travel and work all over, I have always returned home so when it came time to pull together my experiences and create a genuine Smokehouse there was no question of where it should be. We’ve been humbled by the support we have received from the local community from both customers and suppliers, and we’re very proud of the reputation we have gained for quality and service at ‘Southsea’s best kept secret’.” - Sean Marshall www.kingstreettavernportsmouth.co.uk 70 King Street, Southsea

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“It’s a dream to be living and working by the sea and in such a vibrant community as Southsea. I first showed my paintings in Albert Road supported by independent traders which led to being involved in the ‘Love Albert Road’ festival. Live painting amongst the crowds was a very exciting experience and led to my involvement with the Kings Theatre. More recently, my work has returned closer to the sea withthemariner7, starting with an exhibition and collaboration with ‘Strong Island Clothing’ on Marmion Road. This work has taken me on an odyssey exploring the mythology of our ocean. Currently, I am part of the ‘Fire Monkey Arts’ collective at Studio No.1, Hotwalls. I relish this new project because it allows me to work on home turf with other artists.” - Simon Whitcomb www.simonwhitcomb.com Studio One Hotwalls

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“I love the people and the atmosphere in Southsea. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.” - Ronnie Parr Sew Busy www.facebook.com/busyparisa 1 St Vincent Road

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“After moving to Southsea 13 years ago, it didn’t take me long to realise what an extraordinary place it is to live. It inspired me to start my own business in Castle Road and it will be our 10 year Anniversary in November this year. We’ve met so many interesting people from all walks of life through our work and we’ve seen a lot of changes. Some businesses have gone and new ones have taken their place, each bringing their own personality and vibrancy to the street. I love where we are and all the people that have worked hard to make it the special place it is today.” - Penny Hemsley www.artypotz.com 87 Castle Road

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“It was my boyfriend that suggested moving to Southsea and we haven’t looked back since. I have met so many genuinely lovely people through having a dog and building my business here, I can’t walk far without saying hello to a familiar face.” - Liz Penman www.roseclover.co.uk 2A Albert Road

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“I left Southsea and studied graphic design at the Arts University of Bournemouth. I always thought I’d move on from there. It’s been a few years since I’ve found myself developing my freelance design career back in Southsea and I don’t regret it one bit. I couldn’t find another place quite like it. It’s got a rapidly developing creative scene and the people make for such a great environment do what I do. I can’t fault the place.” - Harry Roberts www.instagram.com/harry_roberts_art

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“There was no question when we opened up our first shop here in Southsea that it HAD to be on Albert Road. It’s Southsea’s own little bit of Camden or the Brighton North Laines with it’s anything-goes attitude and mix of terrific indie businesses. It just fits us perfectly. Since then we’ve given the north of the city a taste of Southsea life by opening our second shop on Cosham High Street. Our incredible City is so kind to us that we wondered how we could give back the love, and so Good Company was born. Our very own registered charity that says ‘no to loneliness’ across Portsmouth and Southsea.“ - Andrew Chance www.facebook.com/homecoffeesouth 36 Albert Road

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“Starting further up Albert Road and then settling on no.32, I’ve always loved this road and the eclectic mix of shops and other businesses. It’s impossible to not find one shop you like. No one person is the same round here and there are so many characters and amazing people with great stories of how they came to be here and what they’ve done in their lives. I love that we get great people in the shop, I love the mix of old-school dealers and traders and the up and coming. We all blend so well and what surprised me the most when I set up is the willingness that all these people have for you to succeed. SouthScene has been warmly welcomed over the last 18 months and as a result, I have made great friends. We all need to support local business so Southsea stays cool.” - Kate Thatcher www.facebook.com/32AlbertRoad 32 Albert Road

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“From the first time the idea of another business venture came to my mind, I always had my thoughts of opening a café in Albert Road, Southsea. Eventually, this plan turned into reality and I opened my Vietnamese café called Bubble and Pho, serving Vietnamese noodles and Bubble tea. I consider Albert Road a trendy, vibrant and lively area, with many different businesses and a diverse selection of restaurants and cafés, making the area a popular destination for foodies and students.” - Michael Lugia www.facebook.com/bubbleandpho 221 Albert Road

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“I left Southsea around nine years ago as my life led me away with work and travel. On my return, the thing that struck me the most was how much the city had developed a ‘DIY’ culture. Independent businesses, social enterprises and creative outlets seemed to have moved forward so much. In my eyes, that doesn’t just require a great idea or a savvy business model. It also requires an awesome bunch of people who are happy to support one another. That’s what I love about working in Southsea. The people that make the place what it is.“ - Pete Hunt www.needstreetfood.co.uk 9-11 Highland Road (Merchant House)

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“By growing a supportive collective, we’ve created spaces which enable all creatives to thrive collaboratively or individually on projects. Open to all ages and abilities, we aim to encourage and support everyone in their learning and sharing of skills. Portsmouth and Southsea is on the verge of becoming something amazing with huge potential to be even greater. All this amazingness is led by the many creatives and residents in and around the city. With the maker movement continuing to spread all over the world, collaborative makerspaces are awesome places to run into others and bounce your ideas around. Now there’s one in Portsmouth and Southsea!” - Gav, Sam and Ming www.makers-guild.com Guildhall Portsmouth

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“Two Colouring & Hair Design opened in Albert Road in September 2016. We are an Eco friendly Salon and a group of like minded and creative people. We believe the Salon is relaxing and has a friendly feel. We love Southsea as it has a real unique vibe going on with lots of independent businesses and a great community spirit. Albert Road is full of character with a buzzing atmosphere.� - Marcus Mihell and Shona Macdonald www.twosouthsea.co.uk 188 Albert Road, Southsea

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“After graduating from UCCA in Farnham, I decided to move back to Southsea and start my jewellery business. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted. Southsea has blossomed in to a creative hub of talented makers and artists that are all incredibly supportive and work collaboratively to help and promote each other. Local businesses and residents are also very encouraging and actively look to shop and support independent local makers. I’m now lucky enough to be based at The Hotwalls Studios in Old Portsmouth. It’s a beautiful setting which allows customers the opportunity to come and see me working and discuss commissions and bespoke pieces of jewellery. I absolutely love living and working in Southsea and can’t imagine being anywhere else!” - Laura Bennett www.laurabennettjewellery.co.uk Studio 3 Hotwalls

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“I have lived in Southsea for the last 15 years and have always loved it here since day one. I think it has become an even better and more vibrant place in recent years. We opened Wild Thyme in May 2015, as a group we never considered anywhere else other than Southsea for a shop location. We knew that we would thrive in this vibrant and trendy area with so many like-minded people around us and we found this wonderful location at the end of Palmerston Road. Myself and my colleagues often attend local events, exhibitions and gigs. In fact we hold an open mic event every third Thursday of the month with our next door neighbours, Tree Bar. The night is held in their premises and we serve the food… We all love living and working in Southsea!” - Ali Yildirim www.wildthymewholefoods.co.uk 102 Palmerston Road

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“I came to Southsea from Bristol in order to join my son in setting up and running the Southsea Deli. I have a home in Southsea in which I spend over half the week and I return to Bristol for the rest of the week. I love the strong sense of community in Southsea, the friendly people; many of whom we see regularly in the deli. I love the wonderfully creative independent shops, bars, cafés and businesses and I absolutely love being so close to the sea. I am proud to be standing alongside my very talented son, Daniel, in running the Southsea Deli. Daniel is passionate about bringing high quality, locally sourced (where possible), ethical and sustainable food to the people of Southsea.” - Gillian Nowland www.thesouthseadeli.com 4 Victoria Road South

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Artwork by Simon Whitcomb

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Southsea Folk Issue 3  

‘Southsea Folk’ is a photographic project capturing the essence of the creative community in Southsea. Select individuals - artists, designe...

Southsea Folk Issue 3  

‘Southsea Folk’ is a photographic project capturing the essence of the creative community in Southsea. Select individuals - artists, designe...

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