FASHION & INSPIRATION FOR TODAY'S YOUTH
E S CA P ISM ISSUE: FASHI ON EDI TO RIALS LE T ' S GE T CRE AT IVE U RBAN A RT STR E E T ST Y LE DR UM M ER GENEVA LON D ON ACT RE S S MIYA CE CH AN D M O RE
C ONTE N TS Editor's Note ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Space Cowboy ...................................................................................................................................... 6 Don't Know Where, But Together ..................................................................................................... 20 Underwater Dreams ............................................................................................................................ 34 Rock Steady .......................................................................................................................................... 46 Maya Glitters Interview Geneva London .......................................................................................... 56 Teens Talk Hobbies: Pottery ............................................................................................................... 58 Teens Talk Hobbies: Bonsai Trees ..................................................................................................... 61 Teens Talk Hobbies: Crystals + Kandi Bracelets ............................................................................. 64 Teens Talk Hobbies: Photography ..................................................................................................... 67 Street Style ............................................................................................................................................ 70 Gen Z Street Artists ............................................................................................................................. 76 We Are Gen Z: Ché + Ryhanna ........................................................................................................... 82 Meet Actress Miya Cech .................................................................................................................... 94 Let's Get Creative With Ellen Edwards ............................................................................................. 106 Guardian Of The Earth: Episode 6 — Peer Cox + Zero Waste Fashion ........................................ 110 Being A Teen In Italy ............................................................................................................................ 114 Top Ten Films ........................................................................................................................................ 120 Get Involved .......................................................................................................................................... 124
COVER IMAGE: Photography + Creative: CLEO SULLIVAN Styling: MICHEL ONOFRIO Hair: STEPHEN RAMSEY + LE SHAG CAPSULE WOODSTOCK NY Make Up: TAYLOR KIBBLIN Model: ZURI
ISS UE 6 BR OU GH T TO YOU BY: Editor in Chief Romaine Coonghe Contributing Editors Amee D’Souza Becky Seager Contributors Gemma D’Silva Ellen Edwards Maya Glitters Joanna Hill Charlotte Hobbs Monica Mastrostefano Meg Stacker King Alice Wilson Tze Ching Young Magazine Design + Layout Amee D’Souza With thanks to The parents of some of the young people featured - Peter Warren, Brenda Parara, Amber Brown, Jenny Beechwood, Keysha Jordan and Elliston Lutz - thank you for all the numerous ways in which you have helped us. A big thank you to all the amazing youth that have featured in this issue and worked with us behind the scenes. Tangereene is brought to you by Junior Style Visit www.juniorstyle.net to view the latest posts on the fashion blog or follow us on Instagram @juniorstylelondon.
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ED ITOR’ S NOTE
E dit or: R O M AI NE C OO N GH E
This issue our theme is ‘Escapism’ – with the gruelling year we have all had, we wanted to explore the idea of fantasy, escape, and dreaming of a better future. Our fashion editorials capture this idea through different lenses – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. The pandemic has changed the way that we carry out our daily lives, and presented challenges that have needed us to adapt to overcome. We want to thank our creative teams for keeping the models and crew safe during the shoots, following new protocols, and we want to thank the young people featured for adapting well to these changes. We create Tangereene magazine for all young people. You are not only our future but our present. You know your power, and we want to encourage, inspire and offer opportunities for you to have your voice heard. Our mission from the outset was not to just feature young people, it is important to us to include teens behind the scenes too. In this issue we are delighted to include the Street Style photography project by Joanne Hill and the work of 18-year-old Charlotte Hobbs, who put together both the Gen Z Street Artists feature and interviewed one of the subjects in our Teens Talk Hobbies article. Fifteen-year-old Alice Wilson presents her eclectic film selection and the super talented Maya Glitters has interviewed 10-year-old maestro drummer, Geneva London — you must check her video interview out! With this in mind we would love you to get in touch if you are 12-18 years old and are a budding artist, designer, photographer or writer, and want to work behind the scenes with us. We are looking for you — the change makers of 2021! Enjoy our sixth issue.
Rohm: LONGDENG puffer.
Jade: WIND HARD sleeping bag. Rohm: MARMOT. Indy: ANN DEMEULEMEESTER. Isabel: NORTH FACE puffer. Stella: BOUDICCA jacket, DOLCE GABBANA boots. Zuri: MARTIN MARGIELA sweater, ALAIA pants, EQUINIOX tights. Haven: H&M puffer, URAND OUTFITTERS bandana, TRACY WATTS cowboy hat, HANES underwear, BELTS.COM belt, HEMLUT LANG sweater.
Ph o t o g rap h y + Creat ive: CLE O SUL L I VAN St ylin g : MICHE L O N O FR I O H a i r : STEP H EN RAM SE Y + LE SHAG CAPSULE WOODSTO C K N Y M ake Up : TAYLO R K I B B L I N Mode l s : H AV EN, INDY, ISABE L, JAD E , OLIVIA, ROHM , ST E L L A + Z UR I
Zuri : GRISWOLD puffer.
Stella: BOUDICCA vest, MADEWELL sweater, THE FIFTH BUBBLE shorts, BALENCIAGA boots, vintage cowboy hat.
Jade: WIND HARD puffer hat, sweater ZOE JORDAN.
Haven: H&M puffer, URAND OUTFITTERS bandana, TRACY WATTS cowboy hat, HANES underwear, BELTS.COM belt, HEMLUT LANG sweater.
Isabel: ZADIG&VOLTAIRE sweater, TOM FORD sunglasses, YSL + YAEKOO + BELTS.COM belts, THE FIFTH pants.
Olivia: WIND HART puffer hat, COS sweater, JO-ANN skirt, BELTS.COM fabric, ISABEL MARANT boots.
Haven: DIESEL puffer, CHAMPION hoodie, YAEKOO utility belt.
Isabel: SAM puffer, LULULEMON tights, archive MADISON boots.
Indy: ANN DEMEULEMEESTER sweater, REGULATION YOHJI pants, ARTIZIA puffer, CAPEZIO slippers. Rohm: FROGGS TOGGS jacket, MARMOT puffer, Y-3 pants, BELTS.COM belts.
Indy: stylist's own sweater, vintage cowboy hat.
Olivia: TRACY WATTS hat, ARTIZIA puffer, LINEA PELLE belt, vintage AUDREY HEPBURN dress.
Stella: VERDEROSA sequin top, EQUINIOX tights, TEBION MYLAR thermal poncho.
DO N' T KN OW W HER E,
BUT TO G ET HER Ph o t o g rap h er: LUCA MAN FR E D I Co n cep t + St ylin g : M ADDALE NA M ON TAGUT I Gro o m in g : ANTONE LLA GAGL I O Ph o t o g rap h y Assist an t : MICHE LE E R C O L AN I St ylin g Assist an t : ALE SSIA BROC CAR D O Vid eo : MART INA C HI N CA All clo t h es are o rig in al vin t ag e an d st ylis t â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s o w n . 21
BEHIN D T H E SCE N E S OF T H E SH O OT
Watch now at www.bit.ly/DontKnowWhere
FISH & KIDS dress.
I can escape to my dreamlike underwater world.
PHOTOGRAPHE R: E LINA M AN N I N E N ST YLIST: HE LE NA TAY LO R MOD E L: E NJA M AN N I N E N DIVE COACH: JOHANNA NO R D B L AD LOCAT ION: HE INOLA, FINLAND, LAKE SO N N AN E N WAT E R T E MPE RAT URE : 11 DE GRE E S C E LC I US 35
Where nothing is like you expect it to be. Archive SAMUJI shirt + trousers.
Where it's quiet and peaceful. 36
THE NEW SOCIETY dress.
Where I become a part of that world. 37
I'm on the surface with my thoughts and my worries... THE NEW SOCIETY dress.
...and as soon as I submerge I'm totally somewhere else. 39
Archive SAMUJI archives shirt, dress + trousers.
And I'm somebody else.
And when I come out
I can't wait to go back.
FISH & KIDS dress.
FISH & KIDS dress.
People call me a mermaid, they know I love it.
FISH & KIDS dress.
Archive SAMUJI shirt + trousers.
THE NEW SOCIETY dress.
It's my world. 45
R O CK ST EADY
P ho to g r a p h e r : LEONIE FREEMA N Stylist : A L I C E T IMMS Mo de l : G E N E VA LON DON
FLINGO & SWOLLOP leopard leotard with rainbow wings + gold legging Stylist's own vintage boots.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN @ SMALLABLE dress LITTLE CREATIVE FACTORY @ SMALLABLE fa ux fur gilet SILKEN FAVOURS sil k scarf St ylist's own vintage metallic boots, socks + sunglasses.
SARAH BAILY silver jacket with rainbow tassels HUNDRED PIECES @ SMALLABLE jumpsuit.
STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS jumper REPOSE AMS @ SMALLABLE trousers STYCH hairclip + rings St ylist's own vintage boots.
JELLY MALLOW @ SCOUT AND CO KIDS faux fur jacket FISH AND KIDS dress Stylist's own vintage tights, glasses + boots.
ROKIT vintage drummer jacket STYCH hair clips + rings.
BEAU LOVES padded bomber jacket TINY COTTONS flannel trousers + fleece collar all at SCOUT AND CO KIDS. Stylist's own vintage shirt INDIKIDUAK banana socks Stylist's own vintage boots.
MAYA G LI T T E R S IN T E RV I E W S
Hi! My name is Maya Glitters and I am a kidpreneur, fashion blogger, presenter and podcast host. I'm also the fashion editor for Cocoa Girl Magazine. I ABSOLUTELY love fashion and the way it allows everyone to express their uniqueness! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the incredible 10-year-old drummer: Geneva London! You may have seen her on ITV's Little Big Shots or watched her impressive drumming videos that have gone viral on Instagram â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she is a real star! I loved talking to her and asking her about her day to day life as well as her future aspirations. We talk about everything from how everyone is given "the gift of talents" to whether we prefer biscuits or ice cream! You will also find out about her "punkish" style as shown in the editorial. As another truly inspirational young role model, Geneva London encourages ALL kids to "be yourself and stand out from the crowd". I can't wait for you to listen to the interview. Enjoy! Stay stylish, Maya Glitters Don't forget to follow us on all our socials!
Watch now at www.bit.ly/GenevaMaya You can find Maya on Instagram at @mayaglitters You can find Geneva London on Instagram at @iamgenevalondon
TE ENS TALK H O B BIES:
P ho to gr a p h y : E L L ISTON LUTZ V ide o : F E D E R IC O ZA MP EDRI Int e rvie w e e : A L E XEY LU TZ
Nineteen-year-old Alexey Lutz is originally from New York and now lives in Venice, Los Angeles. He enjoys surfing, playing tennis and playing golf, and has a love for handmade ceramics. Here he tells us about his interest in creating pottery. How did you become interested in pottery? I had just moved to Los Angeles and had previously taken a course in Japan on handbuilding pottery which I really enjoyed and found inspiring. What do you like most about pottery? What I like most about pottery is shaping every piece by hand and trying to make it exactly like the previous shape. And then also messing around with glazes and clays to come up with sleek, unique designs. Can you describe a little about the techniques you are using in the video on the next page? The techniques I use in my video are more or less the basics of what you’d learn in an intro to pottery. I’ve practised them enough that it doesn’t require a lot of thought when I use those techniques. In the very end of the video there’s a small clip of the finished results. Those pieces are part of my Indigo collection, they’re handmixed glazes, and each piece comes out a bit different because of the shade of blue.
What is on your mind when you are shaping the object? When I’m shaping the clay, all that’s on my mind is the rotation of the clay. It becomes a soothing motion that completely zones me out. What projects have you most enjoyed making? What I’ve enjoyed most is learning. Figuring out what works and doesn’t, and all the little details that go into it — they are all so important. What, in particular, do you want your finished projects to express? I want my products to look like nothing else you have on your shelves, and to really stand out because of the design and thought that has gone into each piece. During the pandemic have you had more time to explore your hobby? What new things did you learn? During the pandemic it was hard to practise pottery, many of the studios were closed or had very harsh regulation/rules. I ended up making my own ceramics/leather studio. A video will actually come out soon on my Instagram page of myself in the studio.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning and wants to learn pottery? The advice I would give to anyone who’s just starting out in pottery and ceramics, the best advice is to keep pushing through. Find a great teacher (with a lot of patience) and ask them all the questions you have. Understand everything because it makes it easier when you aren’t confused.
What is your biggest dream? My dream is to have my ceramics in restaurants and sold in stores. That’s when I know that I’ve done something right. When that many people know my designs and need them for their homes and kitchens. I want people to enjoy my work and really treasure it. You can find Alexey on Instagram at @acl_studio
What is your next project? I don’t have a project in my timeline as of right now. The plan is to produce as many pieces as I can in time for the holidays next month. Do you see your hobby turning into a career? I’d like to see my ceramics brand grow and be able to sell my ceramics worldwide, with everyone enjoying them.
ALEX E Y'S P OT T E RY
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T E E NS TALK H OB BIES:
Wo rd s: RAFFAE LLA WARRE N-B AR B I E R I Ph o t o g rap h y: PE T E R WAR R E N During lockdown I discovered my love of gardening. It started outdoors, then gradually moved inside, and I learnt about house plants, and from this I discovered one particular plant, a plant which you could prune, shape, wire and style to your imagination’s delight — bonsai. Bonsai trees were a completely new concept to me, and I had never heard about them before, but it was only through me engaging with nature during these uncertain circumstances that I really gained an interest in this art form. For me, I loved the way in which you could carve out a small, ordinary tree into a sculpted piece of art. The scope of different kinds of bonsais are huge, and I am constantly learning and improving. The beauty of the bonsai is that, it is a tree that grows with you. Correctly kept, a bonsai you buy now should grow with you for your entire life, and it will be shaped by you and is only able to live because of your actions. The older bonsais get, the better they are, with gnarly trunks and multi layers of branches, it will develop a character. I instantly became hooked and went on to research how to acquire and keep these miniature trees. It took me a while to actually purchase one as I was anxious that I would mess up. Since then I have got a job in a botanist’s shop and I am surrounded by bonsai trees, and from this I have learnt how to not just keep them alive but how to get better at looking after them. Once I started to prune and shape bonsai, I realised how meditative it is, you can become totally immersed in shaping your tree and you forget everything else. Pruning bonsai is also great to gain perspective, you realise that if you are too close to a bonsai tree, you don’t always see the shape — so you have to step back. Here I have a brief introduction to bonsai, there are so many resources (do a search for bonsai on Instagram or social media, your local library will have books you can order in and see if there’s a bonsai centre in your area, there’s also the UK Bonsai Association) if you want to read about this further.
H OW TO F I N D T HE PERFECT TREE
Look for a tree that is healthy. A healthy tree should not have any discoloured leaves, and there should be lots of leaves on the branches (unless it is deciduous, which means the leaves will drop in the winter, and is nothing to do with poor maintenance!). Mostly, common sense is a big factor, even if you have little to no experience. If you see a tree with lots of dead, diseased leaves and looks generally unhealthy and unkempt, just steer clear of them.
Most bonsais sold seem like indoor plants, so it’s tempting to treat them as such, however only some varieties are able to thrive indoors — the rest will die and this is where so many go wrong with bonsai. Most bonsais actually need to live outdoors — they are trees after all. If you want an indoor bonsai the types to look for are: Jade, Ficus and Brazilian Rain Trees as they are tropical trees and are the most common tropical varieties sold in garden centres in the UK. Although in their native environment they would live outdoors, it’s too cold in the UK so these varieties do well indoors. But the beauty of outdoor bonsai is that, being small, they can fit on a doorstep — just make sure your bonsai is suitable for your climate.
Bonsai trees are known to be expensive, however, for a beginner you don’t need to start with a 20-year-old tree; just look in your local garden centre and they should sell some from £10-£30 as they are young and mass produced. No matter though, because when you get that tree home it becomes yours and you can make it unique.
H OW TO CA R E F OR YOU R B ON SA I
Not many tools are needed at all and certainly a beginner doesn’t need to spend lots on fancy kit running into hundreds of pounds: a pair of pliers and some wire are useful for the pruning and shaping of the tree, which should take place in spring. In the winter months, you won’t need to do much at all, just water the tree and make sure it is getting enough sunlight.
In the summer months, I would strongly recommend you buy some bonsai fertiliser from a garden centre. The fertiliser contains all the nutrients your tree needs and it will help your bonsai grow big, (well, I should say miniature!) and strong, giving you lots of new leaves.
Watering is very important and your tree likes to be kept moist, but not wet, at all times. A trick to help you give it the correct amount of water is to place your tree in a dish of water, with the water coming up to half way up your bonsai’s pot. This is called the immersion method, and if you leave your bonsai in there for 30 minutes or so it will take up all the water it needs through its roots, like it would in nature! Take it out after half an hour and, depending on what the weather is like, the soil will dry out at different rates. For example, when it is very hot, you will need to do this two to three times a week, but in the cold winter months, perhaps only every two weeks.
H OW TO M A KE YOU R TREE A B ONSAI
Once you have brought and kept your tree alive and well, you can start making your tree your own! Before you do this, I would recommend looking up pictures of the species of tree you have in bonsai form, and there will be plenty of photos to show you what your desired outcome will look like. Taking a ‘before’ photo is also a good idea to see what you’ve done.
Armed with a pair of pliers, you can shape the bonsai by taking off small branches and leaves. Start off with only pruning a bit, but often, to promote growth, especially when only beginning, as mistakes will occur, but if you only cut away a little, nothing will be major! You will surprise yourself with how quickly you will progress and actually how easy it is.
Another technique is wiring, which is when you use some fine wire and you wrap it around the branches of the tree, and then from this wire on the branch you can very gently bend the branch into the shape and direction you would like it to go. Look up YouTube tutorials for this and you will quickly get the hang of it. The first time I ever wired a branch, I was too heavy handed and broke it off! Since then I have learnt to be a bit more gentle… And there you have it, everything you need to get into the art of bonsai! You can find Raffaella on Instagram at @bonsai_raff 63
TE ENS TALK H O B BIES:
CRYSTALS + KANDI BRACELETS
Int e rvie w e r : C H A R LOTTE H OBBS Int e rvie w e e : N I C O LA DA LE Eighteen-year-old Nicola lives in South-East England has two hobbies. She loves making Kandi bracelets and collecting crystals. Music is a big part of her life and Nicola loves alternative/rock music and going to gigs! Some of the Kandi bracelets she makes are inspired by certain bands or songs. Image credit: FlitsArt
What are Kandi bracelets? Kandi bracelets originate from rave culture, they are often traded at raves amongst those who make them. They are made using elasticated string and pony beads, which are small, plastic, coloured beads. I personally just enjoy the process of making them. What inspired you to start making the bracelets? I was inspired to make Kandi bracelets by a social media influencer I follow on Instagram called Kayden Angel (@xxkayden_angelxx). He also has a Youtube channel where he posts tutorials and shows off his Kandi collections. I remember just being really drawn by it. The idea of making cute bracelets to match my style really stood out to me. When lockdown began I grew bored quickly, so I decided to order some pony beads and string and start creating! I discovered I could make more than just bracelets and have since made some beautiful cuffs, rings and shapes. Making the bracelets helped distract me from the the chaos going on in the world and acts as a form of escapism if I get overwhelmed. What is the most unique Kandi bracelet you’ve made? I made a black and orange Kandi cuff with a white ghost in the middle, which I wore for Halloween! I’d like to create larger Kandi cuffs, chokers and masks in the future. What lead you to collect crystals? I have always had an interest in crystals. Collecting them has helped ease my anxieties and given me a focus, like the bracelets, if I get overwhelmed. I love researching and finding more about the crystals healing qualities. Collecting things does involve spending money. Crystals can be expensive but after learning more I discovered not all crystals cost vast amounts. I can easily buy some smaller
crystals, like tumbled stones (small, polished stones) for around £2-£5! I also felt during the stress of school and lockdown, collecting and learning about crystals could be a great way to take my mind off things! How do these hobbies help ease anxiety or stress? Making bracelets is therapeutic. I just listen to music and fixate on the process of making them, it helps take my mind off things going on in the world. Crystals are believed to have healing properties, many of which absorb negative energy and relieve anxiety. How do you use the crystals? It all depends on their size. Smaller rough crystals or tumbled stones can be used for meditation or just to hold when you want to call up the energy from it. Larger crystals can be used to place in a room so it’s energy can diffuse. Can you explain about the crystals’ healing properties? All crystals have various healing properties! Some examples would be my favourite Obsidian which is a protective stone and absorbs negative energy or, a common favourite amongst my friends is Amethyst, which reduces stress, anxiety, anger and acts as a neutraliser. How do you call up the energy from the crystals? How do the larger crystals diffuse their energy? Smaller crystals can be used for meditation and holding them in your non-dominant hand, which is known as the ‘receiving hand’. Larger crystals are more for letting the energy cleanse and disperse throughout the room in which they are placed. I get most of my information from Reiki Gem Wellness on YouTube. Her videos explain the different properties of crystal healing and how they can be used. She also has a collection of meditation videos focused on specific crystals.
Do you see your bracelet making, or love of crystals becoming more than just a hobby? I have considered selling my bracelets on Etsy as I have seen others do this! But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to perfect my skills and learn more about shipping first. What advice do you have for any readers that may want to start making Kandi bracelets or collecting crystals?
What is your biggest dream? My biggest dream I suppose is to be completely content with life and doing a job that I enjoy. Like landscape or concert photography! You can find Nicola on Instagram at @photos.expression
I would highly recommend starting to watch YouTube videos, like Reiki Gem Wellness. I have many books on crystals and it is worth buying a basic book to get started! Watching Kayden Angel on YouTube is a good starting point if you are interested in making Kandi bracelets. I order the beads and string for the bracelets from Amazon or an independent online store called Julz Beads.
'Fool's Gold' + Amethyst Tower Image credit: Renee Kiffin
Amethyst. Image credit: Kalineri
Obsidian. Image credit: Wikicommons
T E E NS TALK H OB BIES:
PHOTOGRAPHY In t erviewee: JOAN N A HI L L
Joanna is a 15-year-old photographer who lives in London. Here she tells us about her passion for her craft, her artsitic influences and inpiration, and gives advice for beginners just starting out. You can see Joanna's Street Style photography project for Tangereene after this interview on page 68. What first drew you to photography?
What did you take images of?
In the beginning, I didn’t really have a passion for photography, I just liked to see how all my photos looked together on my Instagram feed, it was something that created a sense of achievement as I had created it by myself. However, in quarantine when I was feeling a little lost like many other people, photography sort of found me while I was trying to pick myself back up myself (cheesy, I know). It’s one of the only things I do that comes completely naturally to me and I don’t really have to overthink it once I’ve started a photoshoot.
My first love, before portraits, is travel photography. Because of Corona, I can no longer travel abroad to beautiful scenes and in a way I'm grateful for the challenge as with landscape photography you are capturing beauty that is already there and you didn't make. With portraits I get to have creative control and test myself by organising the storytelling, colour schemes, what model will fit the theme, etc. I think I will always miss the heavily saturated pictures of random lakes I took a lot of when I just started photography though!
When did you first pick up a camera?
Is there anyone who has influenced your photography work?
I had a little pink compact camera as a kid but the first time I had ever really seen a proper professional DSLR camera was at my friend’s house. I remember being fascinated with it, it had all these weird buttons and was unbelievably heavy. I couldn’t, and still can’t really, wrap my head around the fact cameras can freeze a split second in time as a sort of return ticket to the past. Who needs time travelling when you have a camera?
A few years ago, my grandad took me to an exhibition on the famous self-portrait photographer Cindy Sherman. I loved her work and how she creates a distinctly different character in each of her series which stick in your mind long after seeing the photo. I also take a lot of inspiration from what’s popping up on my Instagram explore page and after a while, I started to see patterns in what I liked in a photo and what made me unkeen on it, making it easier to decipher what I do and don’t like in images so I can learn from it in my own work. 67
What was the first photograph you saw that had a strong impact on you? The first picture that comes to mind is the famous picture of Dorothy Counts leaving her school. She was one of only nine black people who integrated into an all-white school in North Carolina back in 1957. I don’t think I’ve ever stared at a picture for so long: I first came across it when I was 10 and it's been in my head ever since. I don’t quite know why, maybe it’s the sense of her strength in the picture, or trying to imagine how much pain she must have gone through on that day and many after. Before seeing this photo, I thought photos either looked pretty or ugly but it made me realise that there aren't two labels, as this one is neither, it is powerful which is a thousand times more important than being aesthetically pleasing and something I hope I can one day do with my photography. Who are your favourite photographers? I practically live off Jessica Kobeissi’s work (she's an editorial photographer who is famous for her YouTube videos). I’ve never taken lessons in photography and so being self-taught with resources online and trial and error, her videos are informative and funny, I’d recommend them to anyone starting out in portraits. For this feature, I was more challenged than normal to obtain photos I'm proud of as I’m used to doing waist-up shots rather than full body which I did in this feature (so the fashion could be seen). Jessica has amazing editorial work of full-body shots and really helped me come to grips with fashion photography for this feature. Are there any images that have had a strong impact on you during the pandemic? The viral photo of an elderly Spaniard couple embracing through a plastic film, due to having to quarantine separately, made the realisation of how detached we all are from the pandemic hit me for the first time. There are many other inspiring photos from the pandemic as well, like key workers risking their lives to get to work and all the powerful photos from the BLM protests.
Is photography something you would like to explore further and maybe look to having a career in photography in the future? As a teenager with the stress of aiming to achieve high academically I like the idea of having photography as a career option if everything else doesn’t fit me. However if I could keep it as a hobby I would as when things you love turn into jobs and chores it probably won’t be so enjoyable and less of a creative outlet. I think there is a very saturated market for photography, and you have to be the best of the best to get somewhere with it. Considering this, I’d love to pair it with something else like writing and become a travel journalist or some job where I can document experiences through my pictures and words as well. Although you are just starting out, do you have any tips for our readers of where to go if they would like to take up photography? I improved quickly over the course of quarantine; however, it wasn’t very natural. I was comparing my pictures to photographers on social media who were double my age and wondering why I wasn't good enough and which kept pushing, probably too hard. If you are just starting out, take inspiration from places like Instagram and Tumblr if you have them, but don’t let it be your only source of inspiration. If you can get to a library, borrow lots of photography books, if your guardian has an old fashion magazine, look through at every photo in it and try and pick out what you like about the photo and what you would have done differently if you were the creator. You can even go onto your playlist and look at the album covers; it doesn't matter as long as you can tell what you like in photos. If you’re doing a shoot (this goes for any type of photography, fashion, landscapes, urban etc) you need to be moving constantly (even put on some music if it helps!) Angles are what can really set your work out from the rest. Whenever I come back from a shoot, my knees are always grazed and I plough through sets of tights like it’s a marathon and this is from bending and moving in weird positions and looking like I’m participating in an imaginary game of limbo half the time just to get the shot I need.
For example, no one’s ever looked at a mugshot and thought it’s a stroke of creative genius as it's so straightforward, whereas a photo that has a unique framing of a person (i.e. just their eye in the photo) and the photographer has moved around until they have a place with good light will be much more attractive. As a beginner I didn’t want to edit my photos to try and keep them ‘raw’ but sadly cameras can manipulate colours, angles etc and my personal aim is to edit photos, so they reflect the scene as I saw it. Therefore, one of the things that can really help is getting familiar with editing. This doesn’t necessarily mean expensive editing programs, I normally use apps on my phone for convenience, but knowing what colours evoke what feeling and other physiological factors can really improve your eye for a good picture. Also, try experimenting! Make the picture really dark and see how it changes the mood then vice
versa. We all love filters but try and steer away from heavy ones that fade your picture, it takes away from the beauty of what you captured. Although it's important to listen to constructive criticism, you can’t really do photography right or wrong. It doesn’t matter one bit whether someone else thinks your photo is boring or ugly because photos are so incredibly subjective, similar to how I may love jazz but my grandma doesn’t, that doesn’t mean she's right or even that I’m right, it means we have different opinions. Someone’s opinions should never come in the way of what you want to show the world in your photos. If anyone gets really stuck, feel free to drop me a DM with any questions on my Instagram, I’d be happy to help! You can find Joanna on Instagram at @snapsoup
STREET STYLE Pho to g r a p h e r : JOA NN A H ILL
From the initial planning meeting of Tangereene Magazine it was always our desire not to only feature young people but for them to be very much part of the magazine both behind the scenes and creating features. When one of our @tangereenemagazine followers posted a beautiful image of herself captured by her very good friend, 15-year-old Joanna, we were so excited to have found a young amateur photographer we could bring on board and that was up for the challenge of creating small photography projects for the magazine and blog. Joannaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project features nine of her friends and shares with us their personal style.
MATILDA When I was younger I wore what I thought was "cool" and acceptable from society's point of view, but now I feel much more comfortable wearing things that feel like "me" and I'm not afraid to express myself anymore.
JOANNA: ABOUT THE SHOOT I remember getting my first camera when I was seven. I took a few pictures on it and, with my attention span of an impatient small child, quickly came to the conclusion that photos are boring and pointless. However, two years ago, I started an Instagram account, posting random old pictures of lakes and lights just for fun and realised it was much more satisfying than I remembered. In June this year, I started taking portraits of my friends when my other hobbies were limited by Covid-19. I fell in love with it and have been taking portraits ever since. I think for many people, cameras make them feel uncomfortable. It brings their insecurities to the light and makes them completely vulnerable in front of a lens. What I want to do with my photography is to show them how beautiful and unique they are through my use of colours, expression and storylines. I try to take pictures not of people, but about them. You can find me on Instagram at @snapsoup
ISABELLA I think I like to dress in clothes that make me feel happy. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dressed in something I know I feel good in, I find it helps to boost my confidence a lot. 71
EMILIA I like to take a piece that is bold and meaningful, whether it be a necklace or trousers and then pair it with neutral toned basics. I also love adding vintage elements to my wardrobe such as leather jackets and jewellery which adds character and makes my style more compelling.
EMMA Individuality has always been really important to me, so I kind of express my weird quirks through the way I dress. I almost always dress in an androgynous way, by either wearing gender neutral clothing or combining very masculine pieces with feminine ones. Presenting androgynously makes me feel a lot more comfortable than favouring a gender.
KIKI As a little Asian girl, my fashion had been my entire family’s core focus for a while. They’d dress me up in all the thickest, pinkest clothes they could find in order to present me to other families as the ‘girly’ and ‘healthy’ one. At that time I suppose I didn’t mind either but later on when I got to choose what to wear each day, I would always stray away from that and I was finally able to choose my own clothes. I had to go through many phases of just trial and error as in the first few years I had clothing freedom, everything just consisted of Moshi Monsters tops and some leggings on rotation. Now my fashion is sort of just finding the coolest piece of clothing in a shop, then trying to find the cheapest way to put an outfit together around the statement item!
TAOFEEQAH I enjoy using colours and different accessories; things that contrast each other.
JEMIMA MADDIE Fashion can be a way to express your personality and aesthetic but honestly, I can never stick to one style especially when social media feeds me so much fashion inspiration and I constantly see people sharing their amazing styles. I like to use fashion to explore different personalities almost. In a way I feel like different people in different outfits and I love to experiment with different styles that make me feel confident.
I used to throw things on and hope that it would work when I was younger. Nowadays, I try to make sure that I put a lot more effort. Occasionally, I would check out apps and social media to encourage me to decide what I should piece together. I even design outfits weeks before events.
SOIEON I wear whatever I feel comfortable in whileÂ looking good and not overheating or freezing when I wear it. I usually wear subtle neutral colours, but I like experimenting with how different hues go together.Â
Wo rd s: CHARLOT T E HO B B S
STR EET A RTISTS Hi, my name is Charlotte Hobbs. I’m a fashion design student, artist and an activist. I’m also a designer for @shoreditch_shorties. I’ll be contributing to TangereeneMagazine and blog, currently we’re focusing on street art! You can find me at @_charlotte_hobbs_ Street art is a great way to express yourself and a method of therapy for many! I’ve always loved how it lights up the streets with colour and portrays deeper meanings. Not all street art is illegal, there are many legal-wall spaces and art events where people can unleash their creativity and show the world their art. If you are interested in getting involved yourself but don’t know where to start, there are many street art and graffiti workshops and classes — mainly at larger art events such as Upfest — that you can attend. Here are some great artists that are paving the way for Generation Z in street art and graffiti...
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M IN D- CON TROL MIND-CONTROL is a 20-year-old artist based in Bristol who creates graffiti pieces and paintings revolving around a radical and political approach to working-class life. “Graffiti stems from strong working-class roots and I think it's important to take that forward as the world changes.” – MIND-CONTROL Work features themes of animal liberation, human rights and class issues whilst using a bold, vibrant colour palette in a realistic painting style. MINDCONTROL’s artwork highlights issues in the world that need to be faced head on and I think this is something that Generation Z know the value of. You can find MIND-CONTROL on Instagram at @mindcontrolpaintsonthings Image Credit: @street_art_runner
TENZI NG Tenzing is an 18-year-old street artist and muralist. He was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, but recently moved to Chicago to go to art school. Tenzing creates drawings, paintings, and murals in a visually bold style inspired by skateboarding, graffiti, architecture, and street culture. Masked characters, otherworldly landscapes, and dreamlike environments flow from his imagination into reality. He uses the streets as a platform to share his work to the public and spark curiosity in the people who see his work. Tenzing shares his creative vision to inspire people and build a more imaginative world. You can find Tenzing on Instagram at @tenzing_art
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S QUA RM S Squarms is a UK-based illustration artist and designer who started painting on walls in 2019 in London. Work frequently includes a skeleton character who Squarms uses to convey moods and emotions in normal everyday settings. The skeleton character is used so everybody can relate to the art as we all have a similar anatomy and skeletons. Squarms’ skeleton can represent everybody at once. “I believe the creative process is an amazing outlet for mental health matters, the freedom it gives me and release of bottled up expression.” – Squarms
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If you’d like to check out any of these artists’ work in person, a great place to look is their Instagram pages where they post pictures of their art along with where the pieces are located. Other good places to find street art are the Banksy tunnel at Leake Street; Cheltenham Paint Festival; the streets of Shoreditch or Upfest. You can find Squarms on Instagram at @_squarms
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Z GE N Z
Ph o t o g rap h y: ME G STACKE R K I N G
The youth are the future and they are showing up and speaking out for all to hear! This project is one filled with awe for the strength and wisdom that our youth hold and to recognise the power that they possess as they experience and adapt to all that is happening in this world. As if being a kid isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t challenging enough without all of the current events to take things up a thousand notches!
Sharing our stories reminds us that we are not alone, our community encourages us and uplifts us. This series, shot through FaceTime, is a way for young people near and far to share their voice and perspectives with each other and the world.
We Are Gen Z is a regular feature on the new Tangereene website brought to you in collaboration with Meg Stacker-King. View the next instalment here: www.bit.ly/WeAreGenZ
CHÉ My name is Ché Mario, also known as King Ché. I am 16 years old and live in London and am currently studying A-level music. I am Grade 6 piano and I play the drums. I am a model and I love everything about fashion. I have been modelling for nearly 3 years and playing the piano for 11 years. I really enjoy playing the piano and find it really relaxing, that is probably why I have been playing for so long! My future dreams, well, I would love to continue modelling and to produce music. You can find Ché on Instagram at @kingche__
Watch now at www.bit.ly/WeAreGenZChe
RYHANNA Hi, I am Ryhanna. I am 15 years old, live in London, and am an international model, dancer, kids reporter and presenter. I am currently studying for my GCSEs and my favourite subjects are Spanish and English. I am extremely passionate and vocal about equal rights and I plan to study politics at university. I have appeared in TV adverts, magazines, shop windows, in store and online campaigns, walked in fashion shows and hosted my own page in ‘Top of the Pops’ magazine for six months. One of my biggest achievements so far has been reporting from the Women’s World Cup for Nike and JD Sports in Nice, France. You can find Ryhanna on Instagram at @ryhannaparara05
Watch now at www.bit.ly/WeAreGenZRyh
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Pho to g r a p h y : E L L ISTON LU TZ Styling: AN T H E N Y RA IY Vide o : H E L E N A B ES FA MILN Y H air + M a ke U p : E LSA us i ng ORIBE H AIR CARE + IT COSM E T ICS Inte r vie w e r : G E M MA Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ILVA Mo de l : M IYA C E C H
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H&M leather jumpsuit, ZARA flannel, TOP SHOP cardigan, VINTAGE VANS
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H&M joggers, H&M hoodie, vintage kimono, UNIQLO turtleneck, DR MARTIN boots
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Miya Cech is a young actress who has starred in many amazing shows such as Nickelodeon’s series 'The Astronauts' and 'Marvelous and the Black Hole'. We talked to this rising star about her love of urban gardens, fostering animals in need and her life as an adopted child. She shares with us how she relaxes and keeps herself balanced, and how she would sum-up 2020 in movie form!
Miya, your latest role in Nickelodeon’s series ‘The Astronauts’ sees your character, Samantha Sawyer-Wei, accidentally launched into space. There, she and a group of her friends embark on an adventure of a lifetime together. What would be your adventure of a lifetime and why?
If you could direct a movie depicting your thoughts on this past year, what would the movie be about and why?
Whilst a space adventure might be out of reach for me in real life, I would really love to visit Japan (where I was born) and travel through Asia one day. I would love to be able to go with my whole family to Tokyo, where I was born because I feel such a connection to my birthplace. I also would love to see South Korea and Thailand.
In the current climate, it is often important to find ways to escape reality. How do you escape from things?
How important is it to you to work alongside strong, Asian, female actors? It’s very important for me to surround myself with diverse actors, directors, producers, etc. Seeing more diversity in Hollywood is very inspiring. However, Asians and Asian Americans still make up a tiny 1-2% of all Hollywood lead roles. So, it is very exciting for me anytime I am able to work with an Asian cast, crew, or production. Working on 'Always Be My Maybe' in 2018 was incredible because the entire story centred around Randall and Ali’s characters and really embraced and celebrated Asian American culture. I was also able to work on a movie called 'Marvelous and the Black Hole' with Tribeca in which I play a Korean-American protagonist who is angry, rebellious, and flawed... very unlike most stereotypical Asian characters. Kate Tsang directed, and Carolyn Mao was the executive producer. These experiences encourage me to seek out roles like Sammy who is a strong, smart but complex Asian American character.
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It would probably be like a remake of 'Groundhog Day' except with masks and Zoom school. Need I say more?
It’s not so much a priority to escape reality but definitely a priority to find things that help me to stay balanced so I can deal with the new normal. I have to remind myself to take time to do things that make me happy, like baking, art, or playing with my pets. These things help me to maintain my normal and happy self. How important are urban gardens to you? How do you feel when surrounded by nature? I grew up in the country and learned to garden early in life. Some of my best memories are of getting dirty in my garden and eating tomatoes straight off the plant and cooking the most delicious meals with my mom with the vegetables we grew. One day I would love to share my love of gardening and healthy cooking with communities who live in cities and don’t realise that it only takes a small space and a little work to grow your own healthy food. Animal rights are important to you. When did you realise your love for animals and what do you do to campaign for their safety? I have 4 cats and a dog who are all rescues. It’s very important for me to encourage others to adopt rescues instead of buying their pets from breeders. I also donate my time to local shelters by fostering 2 or 3 kittens per year and helping to find them forever homes when they are old enough.
What one thing do you think we could do collectively to help protect the world around us? Make an effort to be kind. Remember that everyone has a story and is dealing with our current world situation in their own way. Try to be kind in your words and actions and try to brighten someone else’s day. As an adopted child, have you had to battle prejudice or unfair assumptions made about you? People have assumed that I can speak Japanese. I was only 5 weeks old when my parents adopted me from Japan, so I didn’t learn Japanese. I’m actually currently learning Korean as my foreign language in school and would love to also learn Japanese and Chinese one day. How do you think that we as a society can try to normalise adoption? I think that adoption is a lot more normalised now than in the past but one thing that made it so normal for me and my siblings was that my parents always talked about it openly with us. We have always known and celebrated that we were adopted and it’s just a part of how our family came together.
What is the worst question you can ask someone who has been adopted? “Do you know your real parents?” My parents ARE my real parents. Do you try to maintain/uphold any cultural traditions linked to your birth heritage? My mom is Japanese American too so I’m lucky to grow up with the same traditions and culture that she did. In addition, I am lucky enough to grow up with the cultural traditions from my dad’s side of the family as well. The best of both worlds! You can find Miya on Instagram at @miyacech
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Art wo rk: E LLE N E DWAR D S
CREATIVE ELLEN EDWARDS WIT H
DRAW I N G B L I N D I am Ellen Edwards a foundation student currently studying Visual Communications. I have loved art and enjoyed creating things my whole life. I have found that it is an amazing way to escape the stress of life and is definitely a form of therapy. What I love about art is that it can be anything and it is everywhere! There is no right or wrong way to be creative. In this piece I tried to escape the realities of our new lives under lockdown by closing my eyes and imagining a friendly lion in my head. I then drew my vision blindfolded, completely giving up control. I then added colour in watercolour paint and ink pen to my drawing to bring it to life. I had so much fun doing this and letting my creativity run wild. It only takes a few minutes! Try this technique at home and share your designs with us on Instagram using #tangereenecreativechallenge
Watch now at www.bit.ly/TMArtProject
Find out a little more about Ellen, her love or art, studying in a pandemic and her experience of drawing blindfolded in our Q&A.
You mention your love of art and that you really enjoy creating things. What type of art do you like and what things do you like to create?
I was very excited as I couldn’t wait to have a daily structure again. It was also exciting to meet the other people on my course and do some group work.
I really enjoy drawing and painting as I think it has a great therapeutic affect. I find it fun to focus on something, such as a person or an object, and try to look for things that you wouldn’t usually notice. I like to use a lot of colour in my work and find it fun seeing how different colours work together. I have also enjoyed making sculptures in the past using clay and papier-mâché. Recently I have been using Photoshop to turn my illustrations into digital posters.
What has been the best part of your course so far?
Have you found yourself being more creative during the lockdowns?
Probably when I get inspiration from other artists and people/places around me which make me want to create my own work.
Yes, I think I have due to having more time to sit down and just be creative. I have also found that it has been calming and a way to stop thinking about our current situation. I have enjoyed doing quick and mindless drawings in an old sketchbook of things that I see around me. Can you tell me a little more about your Foundation course? The course I am doing is called Visual Communications, which is really about looking at the world around us and how we communicate as a society. Visual communications is the design of anything from posters, to sign-posts, billboards, and product design. At the moment I am focusing on transferring my illustrations and painting into Photoshop to create posters and magazine covers. How long have you been on the Foundation Course? I have been doing the course since September and have been learning so much! How did it feel to go back to college after the lockdowns?
I think best part has been being able to use all of the university's facilities, such as cameras, software and making materials. It has also been so fun to research artists and go to galleries to look for inspiration for my own work. When do you feel most creative?
What projects are you working on right now? At the moment I am working on a project surrounding fonts and bringing letters and type to life. What tech tools do you use on a daily basis? I use Photoshop almost every day, just playing around with my drawings and adding filters and effects. I also like using Illustrator where you can draw straight onto a document. Which are your favourite advertising campaigns to date? There is a collective of artists called the See Red Woman’s workshop which used to make posters advocating feminism and advertising protests during the 50s and 60s. I LOVE their work! If you could have dinner with any two people from history, dead or alive, who would you choose? I would love to dine with Michelle Obama because I think that she is such an inspiration and very cool. I would also choose Amy Winehouse because I love her music!
Who inspires you?
Where you surprised with the result?
Many artists inspire me, but I also get inspiration from my friends and classmates. I also get inspiration from TV shows and film.
Yes, I was surprised as my drawing still somehow resembled a lion! Have you got any advice for budding artists?
What was your inspiration for the art project? I thought about the theme, Escapism, and I immediately thought of a lion lounging in the sun. This is a very different scene from our cold British winter! I then looked at illustrations of lions for inspiration, such as Chris Riddell who is an amazing artist. Have you ever drawn blindfolded before? How did it feel? I have drawn blindfolded before but I have always been a bit of a control freak so I would never really just lose control! This time I really just let my pencil go and not think too much about the outcome. There is no right or wrong in art after all and it did feel very freeing!
Don’t think too much about the technicalities and just go with your instincts when you are feeling creative. This is something that I only learned recently, and I am so happy that I am no longer looking for a ‘right’ way to draw, paint or create. All you need is a pencil and paper (or any other mark making tool) and you can take inspiration from anything around you. As I said before: there is no right or wrong when It comes to art! You can find Ellen on Instagram at @nelle.catalogue
G UARDI A N O F EPISOD E 6 PEER C OX + Z E RO WAST E FAS HI O N I nte r v i e w e r : T ZE C H ING YEU NG
THE EA RT H Tze Ching Yeung and Peer Cox, two award-wining zero waste designers discuss fashion and zero waste design. Would you like to introduce yourself? Hi, I am Peer and I'm a fashion designer. And well, last month, I started a YouTube channel, so I am kind of a content creator now as well. I take old clothes and make new things out of them, also called upcycling. I mainly take vintage clothing or old clothes that I already have and make something special out of them. Could you tell us a little bit about how you started your fashion journey? Have you always been interested in fashion? I guess I was always interested in fashion, but I didn't really always think I would do anything with it. I was taking a management course when I was younger, around 18/20 years old but I didn't really like it. It was too “business” for me. I was thinking about doing something creative and had thought about fashion. I joined a foundation course at the Art Academy, where I got to try out lots of different things like graphic design, fine art, well - all kinds of art-related things. I tried fashion design and thought, “Yeah, it is really cool, let's just go for it.” Did you have other friends who were in fashion? Not at the time. Though I think it was good that I had a taste of what it is and had a little preparation before I actually started studying it properly. But yeah, it was kind of life changing. I never thought I would do anything with fashion, but it was definitely just a kind of intuition and It felt like right. It's quite a brave move, changing from management to fashion but I guess it is a really useful skill to have when you run your own company, right?
I mean, I'm not selling anything at the moment. I am just building it up now. I want to first explore YouTube more and basically start that as a little business. Then later on, I might sell upcycled creations or something. But at the moment, I'm not running a brand, really. I love your YouTube videos. They are so much fun! I love watching them. Could you tell us a bit about your upcycling journey? We had a project in school where we worked together with a Dutch clothing retailer and we would have to make something out of vintage clothes given to us. This was the first time I really did any upcycling. It was, in the four years that I was in school, my favourite project. It just seemed so right, everything, the whole process of designing was really me. That project only lasted a few weeks and then I didn’t really upcycle again for a while. I guess I didn't really feel it was an option for my graduation collection. After I finished my studies, I was like what “what am I gonna do” and I picked up upcycling again. What do you think made you pick up upcycling again ? I was questioning the fashion industry on one hand and also was struggling with finding my way in the fashion industry as creative jobs are very scarce. I wanted to do something for myself. I love the design process and I also love the aesthetics of it. I love this unique way of working. It ticks all kinds of boxes for me. Upcycling is more sustainable and it's also more creative for me.
The whole process is like an experiment, and not everything turns out perfect but, in a way, it is showing that upcycling can be more than just reselling or repairing something. It can really be fashion that lasts your whole life. I love to explore ways to apply different design processes and apply them to what I already have. When you do it this way, you have more limitations, but these limitations and boundaries actually help make it easier for me.
I love the manipulation of fabric, which is basically more of a technique. I think if you take inspiration from this technique, and you apply it in your own way, the garment will be really unique. I usually don't like to take too much inspiration from fashion that is already there, because it might influence the end result a little bit too much.
How do you source your clothes for you upcycled designs? Is it normally things that are already in your wardrobe? Also, I have noticed that a lot of upcyclers tend to hoard a lot of textiles. Do you do that?
It is much better if you just experiment and create your own unique results.
Unfortunately, kind of, yes. Although I do try to minimize it. I'm really jealous of minimalists sometimes because it feels like a breath of fresh air when you do not have so much. I don't like to have a lot of clothing but for these kind of upcycling projects, you kind of have to have some.
You have created an upcycling project for our readers. Is it a project that is fairly basic, do we need to know how to sew?
I like to source my clothes from textile-sorting places. There is one in Berlin, for example, a place where they basically collect clothes for the homeless people. They get so much more than they can actually use or sell in their stores, so they sell the textiles on to designers. The clothes may sometimes have a little hole or some imperfection but for me, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a big deal as I can just cut it out or use it to make something new. I usually try to select something a little bit more neutral, like an empty canvas or a beautiful fabric that I can use in my designs. I do not always know what I need when I go to source clothes and textiles but sometimes I do, for example, currently I like burning with the heat gun and I know polyester works well for that so I have been sourcing more fabric made out of polyester. I try not to buy too many textiles but sometimes I do end up with more than I need for my projects. I feel so proud of myself when I come out with only one item.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Of course, it is nice to look at magazines but only to stay up to date with the current aesthetics.
I wanted to offer something really easy, so you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need more than a pair of sharp scissors and chalk or soap, maybe, to make some marks on the T shirt. It's a very beginner friendly upcycle. It is basically cutting, cutting and wrapping/tying. You can do it in a few different ways, so experiment on a few old T-shirts. What advice do you have for someone who is new to upcycling? Just take an old garment and go with the flow. Maybe recreate something you've seen or start with a tutorial (one of mine!). I feel like you have to first get in the mindset that you can make any mistakes and they can always be corrected, or you just change the design slightly. You don't have to give up once you make some little hole; I also make holes sometimes, but I carry on and I can just repair it. I guess, it really does not have to be 100% perfect. Upcycling is about giving personality to the garment, making it unique. I guess just don't be scared. That's the most important. You don't have to feel too guilty, in my opinion, if you ruin one T-shirt, for example. It's just part of the process. And the next time you will probably do better.
UPCYC L E A T-SH I RT W I T H P E E R C OX Try this technique at home and share your designs with us on Instagram using #tangereenecreativechallenge
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BEING A TEEN IN ITALY Ca sting : M AD DALEN A MON TAG UTI + M ON ICA MASTROSTEFA N O
In this series we ask teenagers from across the world about their daily lives. Here we meet three models: 14-year-old Jamal from Pisa, 16-year-old Solomon from Naples, and 13-year-old Leonardo from Milan, who tell us what it's like being a teen in Italy.
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JAMAL Could you tell us a little bit about you and where you live? I am from Pisa; my father is African, and my mother is Italian. I really like spending time with friends, chilling, laughing and playing together. I live in Pisa, but I travelled a lot due to my modelling work. How has the pandemic effected the way you learn? The pandemic has been strange to me, most of all because for certain period I could not see my friends. We did lessons from home and it was really awful.
What is your favourite food? Italian specialities...like carbonara, pizza, pasta with ragout... What is your favourite film? I love Marvel movies! What is your favourtie style of music? I listen to different types of music, but I especially like US rappers like Travis Scott, Sosa and Drake. I like Billie Eilish too (I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really listen to her music but I kind of like her). Who is your role model?
What are your favourite subjects at school and why? I love doing sport, maths because I like when everything is perfect, and mathematic is perfect :) I also love learning foreign languages because I like to travel and be able to speak with anyone and psychology because I like to learn how to read people's minds. How are you and your friends connecting during the lockdowns?
Thiago Macedo. I met him at Pitti Uomo in Florence in 2018. He is a great guy! Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time? I see myself acting in movies, in Italy and US, and having a good time driving a big Tesla! If you could change anything in the world what would you change and why? ...wow, it's a big long list!!! I'd change racism, bad people, homophobia, wars, conflicts...I would try to create a cool sunny world.
By Meet and Google app What is your biggest dream? What do you do in your spare time? To be rich and famous. I love playing PS4 and going out with my friends. I love sport and particularly like kick-boxing.
If you could have any 3 wishes granted what would they be?
Do you have chores at home? I sometimes help my mom.
To be able to realise my dreams, be able to help and make a difference to world troubles, having a big house and a big family.
Do you help with cooking at home? Never....
Find Jamal on Instagram at @jamal_granci and he is represented by Evadamo Kids Model Agency
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SOLOMON Could you tell us a little bit about you and where you live? I consider myself very lucky: I was born in a very poor area of Ethiopia, and I’ve been abandoned at birth. When I was 10 months old, I was adopted by an Italian family that already had a child, Simone, with whom I got along from the very first time. In our family now there’s also Demekech, my 10-year sister from Ethiopia, too. I live in Naples, a very beautiful and sunny city.
experience new genres and to explore new international trends. I also love painting and during the lockdown I painted abstract pictures that now bare witness to how beauty can always win despite all that surrounds us. Do you have chores at home? I always help my mum with housework, she goes to work very early in the morning. I always clean my room but I also try to help in other tasks.
How has the pandemic effected the way you learn? What does an average school day look like for you?
Do you help with cooking at home?
Unfortunately, schools were not ready for this kind of emergency, so we students (but even lots of professors) had trouble applying new learning methods. Moreover, those who are dyslexic like me had even bigger difficulties, but luckily my professors have been very understanding and now I can say that I am succeeding in adapting myself to this new way of learning.
Do you have a smartphone?
What are your favourite subjects at school and why?
What is your favourite film?
I’m attending a Vocational School for Entertainment Services. My favourite subject is audiovisual communication, because it’s very practical and allows me to learn lots of interesting things.
I love to cook, when I can I always do it.
I have a smartphone, my favorite app is Spotify. What is your favourite food? I love pasta, I’d eat it every day. I’m crazy about cheese, too.
My favourite movie is “Inception” where the protagonist can enter someone else’s dreams in order to uncover secrets that are hidden in their subconscious. It’s a movie with a very deep meaning. What type of music do you like?
How are you coping with the New Normal? Little by little we are getting used to this status quo, even if I sense a lot of sadness around, which causes me extreme discomfort. How are you and your friends connecting during the lockdowns? Thanks to social media I could keep in touch with my friends: WhatsApp, Zoom, Instagram have been essential in order not to lose touch with people. What do you do in your free time? In my spare time I listen to music, I like to 116
The music I listen to is rap, my favourite singer is Jemi Taiz. Who is your role model? My mum!! I’m joking, I know that she’d want me to answer like that. Anyway, I love people who work hard, who struggle until the end, who don’t let the others overcome them and that think and live out of the box. My mum is actually like this. Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time? In 10 years I see myself in the world of cinema. I’ll have to work hard but I’m sure I can make it, even in less time!
Images credit: Naomi Sally Santangelo
If you could change anything in the world what would you change and why? I’d like to change the mindset of the vast majority of people that follow their dreams trampling on the others’ rights. I’d like to have more peace of mind. I don’t like competition, while today everything is competition. What is your biggest dream? My biggest dream is to star in one of those beautiful movies that make history. If you could have any 3 wishes granted what would they be? My first desire is to live in a world where differences enrich and don’t impoverish. Then I’ve got two big desires that concern me personally: I’d love to become an actor and to buy the car of my dreams, the Cybertruck. Find Solomon on Instagram at @solomonamendola and his agency at @castingkids_studios
Image credit: Cristina Bonetti Image credit: Ronny Kiaulehn Photography
Image credit: Ronny Kiaulehn Photography
LEONARDO Could you tell us a little bit about you and where you live? I live in a small village close to Milan called Siziano where I’m attending the last year of secondary school. I love animals and have a very funny dog called Blanca. I love to ride my bike, to dance and to ride horses. How has the pandemic effected the way you learn? What does an average school day look like for you?
Do you help with cooking at home? Oh yes, as above, I love to cook, and my ambition is to become a great chef. Do you have a smartphone? I have an iPhone7. WhatsApp and Instagram are my favourite apps. What is your favourite food? Spaghetti
Up to 2 weeks ago we used to go to school as usual but now the situation is getting worst and we are not allowed to attend classes anymore. We have 6 hours school via Zoom 5 days a week which is a bit boring because I miss my school mates. What are your favourite subjects at school and why?
What is your favourite film? What type of music do you like and who is your favourite band? My favourite film is School of Rock. My favourite band is Maneskin and my preferred music is rock and metal. Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?
My preferred subject is foreign languages. We are studying English and Spanish grammar and I want to be very skilled because I think it's essential for my future. How are you coping with the New Normal? We had to adapt ourselves to the new normal …of course I’m not happy to be locked in my house but there is nothing I can do except to be positive (not to Covid-19, of course).
I don’t know exactly especially during a pandemic. In London modelling? If you could change anything in the world what would you change and why? I would want to make the world a better place, by decreasing pollution and violence and ending hunger. What is your biggest dream?
How are you and your friends connecting during the lockdowns? We connect ourselves through WhatsApp, Zoom or other social networks. What do you do in your spare time? I go out with my dog Blanca and take her for walks and play with her. I love to play video games on my console, otherwise I like to draw, help my mom to cook and improve my dance skills. Do you have chores at home?
My biggest dream is to travel all over the world and to see the different ways people live, that’s why I am studying languages. If you could have any 3 wishes granted what would they be? 1. To have a farmhouse full of animals 2. As above to travel all over the world and to know new cultures 3. Find a stimulating and satisfying job. Find Leonardo on Instagram at @Leo_spada2007 and his agency at @babyfashion
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Alice is a 15-year-old film fan from London, whose movie recommendations are on this issue's theme of escapism. Her choice of films is eclectic but there is something for everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; quirky romance, suspense, comedy and tragedy, all centred around young people, coming of age.
Ghost World Classic indie dark comedy. A super stylish coming of age film about two girls leaving high school and their quirky adventures that follows. Featuring Scarlett Johanssen and Thora Birch.
The Social Network College boy story about a young boy's rise to fame through cleverly designing what is now known as Facebook. Brilliantly played by the actor Jessie Eisenberg â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a biographical drama.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower A coming of age drama about a lonely anxious boy who befriends a bunch of outrageous outgoing outcasts at high school. With Ezra Miller and Emma Watson.
Crimson Peak A costume drama featuring Mia Wasikowska. This gothic dark love story features amazing costumes and sets. 1 20
Donnie Darko A sci-fi drama. An awkward teenager befriends a mysterious figure who tells him it's the end of the world. Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal.
My Neighbour Totoro A Studio Ghibli Japanese Animation. Two girls move to a new home and meet a friendly monster.
500 Days of Summer Zooey Deschanel stars in this indie romance about the unrequited love between a lovesick boy and a disinterested girl.
Sisters A daft comedy with a fun twist with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Two sisters and their love of silliness keep you laughing throughout!
Dark Shadows This film is a suspense drama. A family vampiric witch story of rivalry and revenge with Michelle Pfeiffer.
Whisper of the Heart A Studio Ghibli animation and sweet story of awkward love and growing up in Japan. 121
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