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a creative outlet for students.







01 Hello YEARBOOK readers, welcome to the first issue. Yearbook was started as a project between six journalism students in 2013 and has since developed into an annual magazine designed to highlight all the talent within Falmouth University. Rather than just creating another student lifestyle publication, we aimed to create a more personal magazine that gave you an honest insight into the Falmouth student body. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and talented students with you and we hope you are as inspired as we were. Tara Pilkington Editor of YEARBOOK

PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTORS Rhian Isreal Olivia Bohac James Birchall Cat MacEachem

Front cover and team photographs Lily & Meg and Rafiki Ornella Hawthorn Gardez and HOUND Jam YEARBOOK TEAM Editor Editor in Cheif Feature Editor Design Editor Sub Editor Sub Editor

Tara Pilkington Annie N. Leden Meagan Jones Alice Leakey Rebecca Hand Grace Bromley 03








07 University events

Harry Bartlett 08

Jessie Rose Bayliss 10

Beth Carter-Crosby 14 Lily & Meg 18

Scott Mason 20

Ornella Hawthorn Gardez 24 Olivia Bohac 26

International Students 30 Emma Bevan 34 Rhian Isreal 36











38 Jam 42 Crest Clothing 44 Vintage Warehouse 13

Cafe Marmajars 46 Blackdog 47 Rafiki 48

William Grob 52 HOUND 54

Falmouth Fashion Show 56


“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that's it. You're going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that's deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.� Andrew Shue


Hours have been spent organising a last-minute live music session, after circus acts cancelled on students earlier this week.

Falmouth University’s very own creative events management course have organised a week of evening events in January. Thursday 16th January plays host to ‘Cas-E-no’, a James Bond themed intimate evening of poker and cocktails. The events have been organised as part of the CEM (creative events management) course to showcase their skills. The Cas-E-no night will take place in Tremough’s Performance Centre from 7pm. One of the organisers Ollie Price said: “Our team was tasked with organising a event based on a learning theme. We chose to organise a learn to make cocktails and play poker night as it makes the event more of a social learning experience rather than previous events in the same theme which generally end up being workshops which is an overused type of event. We think that we have created something new and something that all who attend will really enjoy and benefit from.” The organisers have said that the event is open to poker players of all abilities and there will be staff on site to help you out if you are a beginner. It is a black tie/ formal event to add to the glamour of the evening. There will also be cocktail demonstrations throughout the evening further enhancing the overall experience. The CEM course has also planned a screening of This Is England, a blind date event and a live music event, all on the week of the 13th January. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting organiser Oli Draper on 07592072466 or

Falmouth students are bringing back the popular reality show Blind Date for a one off night of flirty entertainment. Second year creative events management students have been given the task of hosting an event to showcase their talent in organizing, creative thinking and management skills. Students are hosting a wide range of events from Blind Date to Cirque du Fal all aiming to bring together the students and staff of the university. Harriet Frisby, one of the students involved in the Blind Date project, has said “we were given the theme 'community' and we felt this event bought people from the university community together in a fun way. It is very nostalgic and became very popular very quickly”. Miss Frisby added that the event has not been easy to organise, stating that “it has been very stressful! It was actually harder to find actors than first thought and it has been hard to get a good communication between the conference and events departments on campus”. Despite these difficulties, the event has so far proven a success and hopes to be a spectacular night of comedy and spontaneous performance. The event is going to take place on Friday the 17th of January in the performance centre at the university. Tickets cost £3 and doors open at 7:00pm.

A team of Falmouth University’s Creative Events Management students spent months arranging the “Cirque De Fal” event, having first contacted the acts in December. Benjamin Hammond, a member of Last Minute Events management team said: “Six days before the event, our circus performers pulled out… we either had to find new performers or change the event completely.” The Last Minute Events team, consisting of Ben, Tasha Kneebone, Ruskin Attlee, Annie James and Theiveena Dhanapal, decided to create an entirely new event – a live music performance called “PC Sessions”. DJ Sam Wakeford, acoustic musician Tom Birbeck, folk-punk duo Brackenthorn, and synth-pop trio Eyes In Istanbull will all be performing at the Performance Centre on Tremough Campus next Monday 13 Janurary. PC Sessions is just one event being organised by CEM students – the course requires students to coordinate their own events as an opportunity to demonstrate the management skills they’ve gained while studying at Falmouth. Ben added: “The course has really helped. The stress of putting on our first live event has taught us so much in the way of being more organised, and using contacts we have made over the time we have been at university. “The bands we have pulled in already have a big following, and we’ve been spreading the word as much as possible, so we think the event will be successful!” PC Sessions will begin at 7.30pm, and will cost £2 per person on the door.

University News 07


20 QUESTIONS HARRY BARTLETT Words by Rebecca Hand & Meagan Jones

What’s been your most memorable shoot? I really enjoyed shooting my “Youth Of Today” editorial in my 2nd year. Who’s your favourite fashion photographer? Steven Klein. Who would be your dream person to shoot? Tilda Swinton. Why? I find

her sensationally beautiful. She has one of the most striking and androgynous faces and she has the ability to wear anything and make it look flawless. Who’s your favourite designer? Katie Eary. She would be my ideal designer that I would like to work for. Where do you see yourself ten years from now? I would love to be working as a creative director of either a fashion brand or a magazine. What are your plans for after you graduate? Move straight to London. Marmite or Nutella? Marmite. How do you deal with having lots of university work? Party as hard as I work. Why Falmouth? The facilities did it for me straight away. I would rather spend three years building a strong portfolio than go elsewhere and struggle. Moving so far away from my hometown (Leeds) has been quite a nice little adventure in its own right. What are your favourite things about Falmouth? We have a pretty cheap nightlife where you can dance like an idiot without being judged. How do you spend your weekends? Stressing over university projects, planning photo shoots and finishing my dissertation (with a hint of partying). When did you decide you wanted to be a photographer? I’m still not sure if I want to be, but this seemed like the best way to follow the pathways into fashion that I am most interested in which is Creative Direction and styling. When and why did you start taking photographs? Just before I came to university so I could actually create a portfolio in the hopes of getting in. My fashion knowledge is what got me in and my creativity with concepts. What was

your first camera? Canon 450D. What are you passionate about and what inspires the images you take? Fashion in general is one of my biggest inspirations but I have become really inspired by urban youth culture which has played a big part in my photography at university. How do you share your images with the public? My blog: If you had to take one image that sums up your view on life, what would it be? A cheeky slut drop. If you were an animal what would you be? A peacock… I love showing off with the clothes I wear and the things I do. What do you think the meaning of life is? Buy things, use things, buy more things and meet as many people as you can. Everyone has a story.





“I’m especially drawn to people with exaggerated features ... they’re just crying out to be drawn!”

At first glance, Jessie Bayliss appears to be an ordinary waitress wearing a black apron embroidered in white with the name, “De Wynns” – working part-time at Falmouth’s oldest coffee house while studying her degree. Jessie spends every weekend (and some week days) grinding coffee, experimenting with latte art, and serving elderly customers to pay her way through university. However, if you were to study her closely throughout her working day, you would certainly catch Jessie pursuing her passion of illustration from behind the counter – by drawing the customers. “I often base my illustrated characters on customers... I hide behind the coffee machine or the till and sketch them while they’re enjoying the latte I just made!” Having to balance university work with part-time employment can be a difficulty for most students, but Jessie found that creating illustrations of her customers could become a part of her university portfolio: “Finding time to build up a portfolio of illustrations while having


to waitress was challenging at first, so I figured I’d combine the two! I love watching how people interact, and I’m especially drawn to people with exaggerated features... A lot of the customers we have in are elderly - perfect characters, just crying out to be drawn!” From an early age, Jessie Bayliss has had a keen interest in illustration. In her spare time, Jess started writing and illustrating her own series of cartoons from as young as ten years old. Her passion began as a hobby, as it does for most people, and this led her to join the community of students at Falmouth University to study illustration as a degree. Outside of university work and employment, Jess has recently set up an online business called Rhubarb & Custard, where she sells products such as illustrated iPhone cases, cushion covers and printed cards among other things: “At the moment I’ve just been selling prints, but I’d really like to expand the business once I’ve finished university and have a lot more time on my hands to devote to it!” As well as Rhubarb & Custard, Jessie has been collaborating with authors, illustrating their stories. “I’m

also in the process of creating my own children’s book about the history of tea and its origins; I want to make that into an animated E-book as well as a standard book.” Jess is also working on two other children’s books; “Mr Bugg’s Spectacular Flea Orchestra” and “The Tin Can Tigermoth”. “In an ideal world I would love to write and illustrate children’s books for a living, it would be really amazing! I understand how much competition there is in that line of work, but I’m prepared to put myself out there in order to achieve that.” Although she has been illustrating for over a decade, Jess expresses how she has plenty more to learn: “I still feel that I haven’t quite developed my own ‘style’ yet, but I’m working on it! I use really thin fine-liners and isograph pens to achieve the detailed, cross-hatched, old-fashioned style I work in.” Jessie draws a lot of inspiration from line art illustrators such as Edward Bawden, John Vernon and Mervyn Peake: “I try to absorb qualities I admire in their artwork, jumble it around in my head a bit, and hope I can portray some of those characteristics on paper.

“Before putting pen to paper, I really enjoy creating a story complete with characters in my head, but when it comes down to it I especially love the really labour intensive, detailed final pieces I have to spend hours working on - believe it or not, I find it kind of relaxing!” Jessie is now in her third year of university, where illustration students get to visit a huge list of agencies, publishing houses and art directors around New York: “It is daunting, but it’s more exciting that we’re given the opportunity to present our work to professionals, and the feedback will be really useful! “I cannot believe how fast my three years at Falmouth have gone by. For as long as I remember I’ve wanted to live by the sea... the environment here in Falmouth plays a huge part in influencing my ideas, but it’s the people here that inspire me the most.” Words by Grace Bromley


BETH CARTERCROSBY Yearbook’s Alice Leakey talks to Fashion Photography student Beth Carter-Crosby. Beth is in her third year of the newly formed Fashion Photography course at Falmouth University. We talk to her today about her trials and tribulations and life at university.


I’ve aways loved David Bailey, everything is so real within his work. It would be my dream to work with him!


The Photography centre of Falmouth University is surrounded by students running around like wild children, anxious to take photographs in the studios for their upcoming projects. One of them is a third year fashion photography student Beth Carter-Crosby, who unlike many photographers is inspired by her own granddad rather than a famous photographer. Before moving to Falmouth nearly three years ago, Beth was desperate to leave the hustling and manic city of London. After studying at college for two years, she decided she wanted to pursue her hobby of Photography at University. Before deciding to take the plunge and study Fashion Photography as a degree, Beth would find herself taking photos of almost anything which crossed her path, be it street photography, documentary or landscape. When asked where her passion developed from, she replied: “My love of photography started as a hobby. My granddad is also heavily into photography and he persuaded me to study it at college. From this, the more I learnt about it, the more I loved it.”


Fashion has always played a part in Beth’s day to day lifestyle but since studying at Falmouth University it has become more frequent throughout her photographic work. Beth explains that finding inspiration is the most important thing to producing work she is proud of, “I have always been inspired by things around me: people, places, art, fashion, films and music. I now take all these inspirations and try to portray them within fashion.” Whilst we browse through different photographers that inspire her, Beth talks about her number one photographer, the photographer that influences her work, and she shouts with beams of passion “David Bailey!” she continues, “I’ve always loved David Bailey, not only for his iconic work and his big influence towards fashion photography but also his personality and the way he captures such characteristics. Everything is so real within his work and I think that’s important. It would be my dream to work with David Bailey, though I know that’s not as simple as I would like!”

When asked about her opinions on Falmouth, Beth openly shares her love for both the university and the town. In Beth’s own words, “university teaches you a lot about yourself.” When Beth first started university at Falmouth, Fashion photography was a brand new course. The fact that her year group would be first to experience the course daunted her at first but with experienced lectures that have been in the photography business for many years this eased her into the degree: “When I started this course, it was brand new. I would be within the first small group of people to study this exciting new course and use the facilities. It was something that certainly drove me to do well to get in. It was also the location and the lifestyle of Falmouth.

After spending time with Beth and talking to her about her time at Falmouth and on the Fashion photography course, YEARBOOK has learnt how driven and passionate she is about photography and the work she produces. When asked if she’s learnt anything about herself in the time she has spent at Falmouth she replies, “It’s taught me a lot. It’s not only helped me become self-efficient but also gave me an understanding of where I want to be after I graduate, what area of fashion photography I belong to and what I need to do to get there.”

“It’s been great fun; I absolutely love it down here. Compared to North London, this is the complete opposite. Everyone and everything is calmer but at the same time, there’s something always going on, which I love.”



Lily & Meg Words by Meagan Jones


“Being in Falmouth there is so much music around and everyone is really supportive of each other, there is no kind of competiton. It is like a big family.”

A year ago this Easter, a recently formed friendship and a visit to Meg’s house in London, resulted in the formation of the young alternative folk duo Lily & Meg. Now with plenty of plans set for the year ahead Lily, 21 and Meg, 20 have their heads in the game and their spirits are high.

Writing their own music and lyrics, the girls take inspiration from their surroundings, “Being in Falmouth there is so much music around and everyone is really supportive of each other, there is no kind of competiton. It is like a big family.” Lily and Meg fit perfectly into the Folk music scene in Cornwall and it would seem that all the musicians take inspiration from one I caught up with one side of the duo, on a sunny Saturday another. When I asked Meg about any local musicians she admorning. Meg was fresh out of bed and mid way through mired, she spoke of Jack Wollen from Camborne, “He is an packing her bags, ready for another week touring the south inspiration, he is doing exactly what Lily and I are doing. We of England. After attending many of their local gigs, I wasn’t are writing and performing all our own stuff.” surprised by Meg’s natural ability to make me feel instantly relaxed in her company. At any location the girls perform they Falmouth is traditionally known for its creative courses and bring with them a calm and social atmosphere. Perhaps it is Lily and Meg defiantly make the most of the resources availdue to fact that they always make the time to socialise with able. The Lyrics they have created together are a combination their fans before and after their performances. of each of their artistic thoughts and ideas. Their songs “are usually based around human feelings, nature and psychology. Both studying Popular music in the idyllic Cornish town of We find we start discussing something that we want to write Falmouth, and with similarities in their personalities and mu- about and go from there. “ sic tastes, it is no wonder the duo have such a unique and mature sound. Since forming in April 2012 they perform regularly in the South West and have already toured around the UK. Their This Easter break, celebrates a year that the duo have been most recent was their winter tour, supporting Ruarri Joseph’s working together as Lily & Meg. First working together on a new band, William the Conqueror. The girls have the chaluniversity project in a band with other students from their lenging task of organizing all their own gigs and travel. As well course, they formed a strong friendship. During the Easter as balancing University work, part time jobs and social life. break Lily visited Meg’s home in London where they planned “It’s a big job” says Meg. to do some solo open mic evenings. Little did the girls know, this weekend would be the start of a whole new musical chapter. For many people working with the same person day in day out, would prove a difficult task but not for the ever so chilled “It was just one afternoon, totally unplanned, kind of on a out Lily and Meg. When I asked Meg how it was working whim. Lily started playing my dad’s guitar and I got my banjo. with her best friend, she said “ Its just great, there is no time We could literally only play four chords, nothing else.” This when one feels like the other is doing more work.” spontaneous jamming session got their creative juices flowing Not only are the girls hard working and passionate about their and sparked an idea in both of their heads that perhaps they music, they have a positive outlook on life and the future of could work as a duo. “It just felt really natural.” Said Meg. the duo, “We wrote a short list of 8 or 9 aims, for the next six Combining, feminine voices alongside, banjo, guitar, harmon- months. When you write a list of aims you will it to happen.” ica and the occasional keyboard, they have created a unique Performing at a number of UK festivals is amongst that list. angelic sound. “Separately we have very different voices, sing- “There are no plans to rest”. With their positive attitudes and ing together it just seems to work.” growing fan base, 2013 is looking like a highly promising year for the folk duo.



Fashion Photography Scott Mason

Words by Tara Pilkington Images by Scott Mason 20

Fashion Photgraphy is quite a unique degree with only a handfull of university’s across the UK running the course. The fashion programme at Falmouth is internationally respected within the industry and emmerges students in the fashion world from day one. 21

One particular student that has already seen success early on in his career is third year fashion photographer Scott Mason. Most recently Scott has worked for Ted Baker illustrating tote bags during the popular ‘Vogue Fashion Night Out’ party. Scott has already created a name for himself with his unique style of mixing his photography with illustration.

be in the first batch of students to graduate for this subject) Scott talks about how he is slowly finding his own style within the industry, “it has taken 2 years but I now finally know how to keep up with my workload, just means I’m a regular at Costa as that’s the only way I can knuckle down and get on with my work, cheeky date with a latte and my workbook!”

YEARBOOK got in touch with Scott and asked him to meet up for a quick coffee to and to discuss his time at Falmouth and where he hopes his degree will take him once he has graduated.

With fashion becoming an increasingly popular subject for university students, what made Scott choose to pursue a degree at Falmouth?, “To be honest it was the only University that accepted me and the only one of two University’s doing the course I wanted to go on. When I came down here for my interview I saw the palm trees, cliffs, cider and the millions of pounds worth of funding and thought that there is worse places to go, and I’m so so happy that I ended up here.”

Currently we are sat across from Scott in a small coffee shop whilst he talks us through his final year at Falmouth University. Once he has settled down and ordered his drink he tells YEARBOOK about how he is finding his final year and what he’s been up to recently; “I’m real good thank you! Just had a project hand in and now I’m feeling pretty lost with myself as I’m not chained to a workbook!” Ccurrently in his third year of his fashion photography degree (he joined the course in it’s first year at Falmouth so will


Before Scott came to university, he spent two years doing a BTEC in art and design, it was during this time that he experimented with different techniques, materials and art forms. However, he had always had an inter-

est in fashion “since the days when I used to block watch entire seasons of Americas Next Top Model and so my sketches started to be fashion focused and I used to imagine my own fantasy photo-shoots, it just grew from there.” It wasn’t until recently that Scott decided to combine what he was doing on fashion photography with his illustration work, “I never really thought of combining the two as my illustrations always just acted as a way to plan out my photo shoots but I saw an editorial that was a collaboration between a photographer and illustrator and that made me want to start experimenting with combining the two. It’s still something I’ve only just started playing with in the last year or so, there is a ton more experiments and ideas I want to try out as I am nowhere near getting my head round it all just yet!”

still had some amazing opportunities so far in his career, “I had the opportunity to illustrate for a Ted Baker event on Vogues Fashion Night Out which was great fun, I spent the whole night talking to customers and illustrating their portraits onto tote bags’ (plus a few cheeky G&Ts went down well!) I have also been asked to produce work for some magazines which is always an amazing feeling to see your work published!.” So, where does Scott see himself once he has finished at Falmouth? “London is probably the obvious answer, but wherever will take me ha. I want to aim big and go London or New York but feel I need to save up a fair few pennies before I take that venture as I doubt you can rent a house with some chocolate coins and a pritt stick which is all I’ve got lying spare really.”

Scott draws inspiration from other illustrators, and at the moment he has become a fan of Tony Viramontes, “his work is insane, he also produced some photography and illustration combinations back in the 80s (such as Janet Jacksons Control album cover) and I find that work so inspiring and innovative.” Even though Scott is still finding his feet in the industry he has


Photographyby James Birchall Words by Rebecca Hand

ORNELLA HAWTHORN GARDEZ WINS EMERGING TALENT AWARD Fresh from the London Surf Film Festival, Ornella (Nell) Hawthorn Gardez is still basking in the glory of taking home the award for Shorties Emerging Talent, and rightly so. TEAZD is a ten minute film focusing on Taz and Ed, two British surfers, taking on Madeira’s huge waves. Whilst sat having a drink in a pub with Taz, Ornella said “you’re a surfer, I make surf films, let’s put two and two together and make a film” and one month later they were off to Madeira for a two week trip. “We went to Madeira because not many people know about it; there are hardly any films set in Madeira. It’s about the boys discovering an island of hard-core surfing, big waves, and no beach breaks; it’s a lot more dangerous than the beaches around here in Cornwall. It’s about them discovering somewhere new.” Nell is originally from London, and now studies film at Falmouth University. Her other home is Woolacombe, a small seaside resort on the coast of North Devon. She first went surfing when she was around 12 years old and this sparked something inside of her. “We just decided one day to go down to Woolacombe, and I saw these people surfing really well, who are now really good friends of mine, and I thought oh my god, this looks amazing! Then I watched Julian Wilson’s film, Scratching the Surface, it’s just so


powerful, punchy and thrilling and whilst watching it I thought I like this, I want to make a surf film.” Ornella started to feel disconnected from London and didn’t recognise it as the London she once loved. She chose Falmouth University because it was on the coast, in Cornwall, and it’s got everything she needs. “It’s got nice clothes stores, cool coffee shops, and it’s always got interesting events on. And you’ve got the students who come from all over and they make the town what it is. This course was my first choice and I love it, it’s the right mix of practical and theory.” Nell planned on making TEAZD her last surf film, after getting a lot of hostility for editing the film herself. “I said ‘I don’t think I can do this again.’ I had so many people supporting me, but then I also had people telling me ‘you have all this equipment and you have no idea what you’re doing’ but after winning the award and seeing my film on a cinema screen, I thought let’s do it then, let’s keep going.” Not only did TEAZD win the Shorties Emerging Talent award, it also opened up the festival, and Ornella, Taz and Ed took part in a question and answer session with the audience. “It went really well, I stayed for the whole festival and it was lovely to meet


people and they would come up to you and tell you honestly what they think. After the film was screened, people were smiling and clapping and they didn’t have to do that, they don’t know me, they could be booing and throwing things, and they had no reason to be nice so it was really good to see that.” The nerves set in when Nell’s name was announced as the winner of the Shorties Emerging Talent award. “When they said my name I was shaking! I was a shaking mess, everyone was laughing and smiling at me and I was so dazed. I’m so glad I didn’t sit at the top of the cinema because I think I would have fallen down the stairs. It was nerve-wracking but an amazing, awesome experience.” Nell described Madeira as a “beautiful island” and talked about the many experiences they had on the trip. “The whole event was funny, I remember having to walk down this abandoned road to get to a surf spot and as we were walking down, this cliff started to give way and I just thought great, we’re gonna die. That’s the theme of the event, near death experience, but it was amazing.” Ornella plans to go somewhere more challenging for her next film because “it’s only fun when it’s life threatening.”



SHE SHREDDERS Represnting ladies in sport across the board


OLIVIA BOHAC Words by Meagan Jones

Olivia Bohac is currently in her final year at Falmouth University studying Press and editorial photography. Her Interest in photography sparked in secondary school, since then she has worked with publications such as Surf girl and Cooler and shot with some top class athletes along the way.

think that sport has become a big business, which kind of revolves around the whole ‘sex sells’ thing, especially women. I think that unless you are pretty or a model the media don’t want to put you on any adverts.’’ With such strong opinions I think it is safe to say we won’t find any girls covered in makeup modelling swimwear in her work, just realistic women represented in the best possible light.

From a young age Olivia has participated in male dominated sports. Now at the age of 22, Olivia is using her talents as a photographer to represent women in sports in a positive light. Previously a national athlete, her photography exposes her own personal experiences and represents her knowledge and passion of sport. Her most revealing work is her recent project ‘She Shredders’ which highlights the importance of women coming together to develop women’s sports.

At the age of 17 Olivia was all set to spend 4 years in Denmark training at Handball to compete in the Olympics; this was then prevented due to a cut in funding. Knock backs like this have only fuelled Olivia’s passion in improving sports conditions for females through her photography. “I go out and try to photograph experiences that have happened to me, because then you understand what the person you are photographing is doing.” “Because I did a lot of sport and music I was always torn between the two. I thought that by photographing stuff I can do both’’ Says Olivia wisely. A large percentage of her work is sport and even music related; however her archive also includes beautiful images of tidal pools and landscapes. Although the majority of her work is dominated by images of women, Olivia has no problem working alongside the opposite sex, especially as most of her sports experiences have been alongside men. “I played football as my first sport; I was a little tomboy always running around with the boys.’’ For Olivia photography has not only become an outlet for her personal experiences but also an opportunity for a bit of self-discovery. “I end up going to photo shoots and talking about myself 75% of the time, it is like counselling through my subjects’’.

Olivia asked to meet in the photography suite and she was busy editing her photos while answering questions. Olivia did not hesitate to start discussing her recent projects with immense enthusiasm and confidence, suggesting that this is a topic she discusses more often than not. Talking about the topic of women in sport with such passion and ease, it’s not hard to imagine her participating in the sports herself. Having recently interned for Surf girl and featuring in this month’s Cooler, surf skate and lifestyle magazine, it is obvious where her interests lie. “I generally photograph things that I want to do, or have an interest in ’’.

Having a deep connection with sport from an early age makes her photography all the more original and provides the viewers with personal and honest images. “The thing with documentary photography is that it doesn’t always have to be the best, as long as it tells the story you want it to tell.’’ Olivia’s project ‘Tidal Pools’ was recently exhibited at Number 20 in Penryn, where she impressed many onlookers. “Seeing that level of talent coming from the university is great,” said Falmouth student Bridie Nichols. Another exciting addition to her archive of work is the latest addition to her blog, a short photo film that explores the life of a young male rugby player. During our interview Olivia talked of exciting plans to expand her work with documentary films. With so many exciting up and coming projects waiting in the wings, I think it would be wise to keep an eye out for Olivia’s photography and more, as she definitely has some interesting ideas up her sleeve.

In Olivia’s recent project ‘She Shredders’ her photographs represent girl power and portray women participating in the heavily male dominated sport, Skateboarding. This section of her work is a beautifully composed depiction of the power of united women. The images tell a story of a group of women participating in all female skate sessions, created by UK’s number 1 skateboarder Lucy Adams. “I wanted to show girls in their sports kit” says Olivia. The images of the female skateboarders could be described as authentic and undisguised, hiding nothing not even the sweat on their shirts from that days skate session. The honesty of her images separates her from common representations of females in sports. This in Olivia’s opinion would be sexualised images. “I


“ I was a little

tomboy always

running around with the boys.’’


international students

Words by Rebecca Hand Photography by Ida Olsen



“It’s like two different worlds. The landscape is far easier to see here, as it’s gone from very dramatic mountains and wilderness to a horizon of houses on a hilltop. The social life and the languages are completely different”


For most students, the pressure of managing money and writing essays is enough stress to deal with, as well as living away from home and having to cook for yourself. YEARBOOK has taken a look at the added pressure of being an international student and how they adjust to life in Falmouth, a small seaside town that presumably goes unnoticed by anyone outside of England. Falmouth is home to a large variety of international students, and in particular a large amount of Norwegians. Ida Olsen is a second year BA photography student from Brønnøysund, Northern Norway. She arrived in England with a basic understanding of the language and an obvious talent in the photographic arts. After studying for almost a year and a half, she has formed great friendships with not only other Norwegian students, but English too, and now plans on living in England after university. The perks of studying in a different country is obviously being able to expand your language skills, but also being able to learn all about another culture and sharing your culture with others. Ida has not only become fluent in English, but she has also been surfing in the English sea, grown to enjoy cups of tea and eaten countless pasties. “I had two choices left when I applied for University, and I saw it in a forum while browsing universities. I got accepted and googled the place - and it looked really nice! I also had started talking with some other people through the Facebook group that was set up for our year. Falmouth was just the first university to give me an offer, that’s why I ended up here.” One of Ida’s favourite things about Falmouth are the old people that call you ‘love’ as well as the charity shop fashion and the local food.

Ida told YEARBOOK about the difference between the two cultures, “It’s like two different worlds. The landscape is far easier to see here, as it’s gone from very dramatic mountains and wilderness to a horizon of houses on a hilltop. The social life and the languages are completely different”. With just over two years left of her degree, Ida says that moving here “has changed the way I think and I’ve met so many fantastic people here. It feels more free, no judgements.” Her life in Norway was a lot more regulated, with drinking alcohol frowned upon and such high prices, she feels that she has been able to let her hair down and enjoy herself. “When I googled Falmouth, I only found pictures of Gyllyngvase Beach and the town seen from the sea. I knew there would be a beach and it was close to the ocean, but I thought it would be a small fishing community or something. It’s so much bigger, and it doesn’t smell like fish!” The area that Ida is from is a lot less populated and neighbours live miles away from each other. In the winter there are moose and bears close to her home, which is a lot different to a few seagulls and the occasional off-shore seal. Ida told YEARBOOK about how she’s been welcomed by the University itself, “When I came here, the language was a problem, and I wasn’t used to the norms, behaviours and reactions when socializing. But as I’ve learnt a lot more, it’s easier to communicate. They also have a lot of help and support through University, so if there was any problem with anything, they’d be there to help.” Last year there were 116 international students at Falmouth, including undergraduate, postgraduate, research and distance learners, with 58 of them originally from Norway and 18 from USA.







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FALMOUTH JAM The most noticeable thing upon entering any Jam event is the silence. Not a classic silence, as there is music playing and people performing, but the absence of the usual drunk chattering you grow accustomed to when going to open mic nights. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the rapt attention given to the performers by the crowd is nothing short of striking.


“We’re all poets and do spoken word and we all wanted a night to show that and share that, and for other people to come along and for them to have the confidence to share their own work too.”

Jam is an open mic night organised so that students from different courses are given the chance to perform their work. Be it poetry, slam poetry or music, all different kinds of performers with different levels of experience are welcomed. It was originally set up by ten creative writing students in 2012. Ray Slater Berry who is one of the founders of Jam, and currently doing a masters in professional writing at Falmouth University, said: “We’re all poets and do spoken word and we all wanted a night to show that and share that, and for other people to come along and for them to have the confidence to share their own work too. That’s what we tried to get across.” Jam creates a platform that allows all students to get used to the stage, share their work and gain confidence in their performances. With a smile, Berry recalls his first performance at Jam. Laughing, he admits: “The first time I performed I was shaking loads and now at Jam I don’t get scared or nervous. You know, you kind of get used to it, or... learn to overcome it at least.” As an event and group Jam has grown a lot since its launch, and the amount of people that attend and perform has increased tenfold. “The first Jam event we did was held in 5 Degrees Below. People didn’t really


know what it was about, so we had a huge crowd turn up. It was on a quiet night like a Tuesday or something, so it wasn’t a club night or anything, and then we had people queuing at the door to get in. Some people were there for drinks thinking that it was a big drinking thing - that it was going to be loud and rowdy. It was a really good night, but people didn’t really get it.” He takes a deep breath before continuing: “But after that night is when people started to get it and it’s kind of filtered down now. We’ve got more of a niche audience that are there purely to listen and to share. They are still packed, the events have all been really busy, but the Jam nights have really evolved in that people understand the brand a bit better – what it’s all about.” Jam is now running in its second academic year and a few of the original group have graduated, but the project has been picked up and continued with the help of other students. Rachel Ing-Simmons a first year English with Creative Writing student, but who was previously studying a different

course in Falmouth remembers one of the most drastic changes in people’s performances that she’s seen at Jam. “There was this one guy. For his first performance, he had to face the back of the room. He was shaking. He was almost brought to tears. He didn’t want to do it, but he did it. He had to close his eyes to recite his poem. I’m not even sure if he finished it, but now he is really passionate and everyone loves him. “His progression, and I’ve only seen him maybe three times, from the first time I saw him when he was literally shaking to the last time I saw him, when he was one of the hosts, is amazing. His poetry is incredible. It’s amazing to actually see the contrast between his first couple of performances and the last two Jams he has changed so much.” Nodding in agreement, Berry resumes: “Yeah and that is because it’s just practice. Practicing in front of an audience and getting feedback all the time just encourages you to do better. He’s managed to take all that nervous energy and just put it in to energy towards his performances. He is so, so much better now.” With a chuckle, he continues: “Another thing I have noticed with Jam is that people get there on time. And people get there early. For Falmouth, where everyone is so laid back they are horizontal, it’s rare for people to get somewhere on time, but for Jam they do. Which I think is amazing!” Rachel seems to agree. “Yeah, what I generally think with events is that ‘oh it doesn’t


matter if you turn up a bit late’ but with Jam it does, because you miss things and it’s always really busy. So if you are late you’ll go in and suddenly you are stood in the doorway trying to listen... for me it is like a whole night thing. Where you go right at the beginning and get a really good seat. “I also love the mix of emotions that you feel when you’re watching it. Obviously I have never performed or anything, but I always feel like you have this massive range of emotions that you go through on the night. So someone will recite a poem that is really funny and so you’ll be crying with laughter, and five minutes later someone will do a really deep, moving poem and you’re just crying. It’s crazy the contrasts of ups and downs.” Berry concludes: “I only did a little bit of spoken work before we made Jam, and since it was first organised I’ve been surrounded by creative people, the kind of people that are always writing and are so talented that you kind of push each other to work harder and to write more work and things like that. Jam has really helped inspire me to do more. I really hope that more students will join and keep organising it and sharing their work, because it is such a great experience.”

Words by Annie N. Leden

“Another thing I have noticed with Jam is that people get there on time. And people get there early. For Falmouth, where everyone is so laid back they are horizontal, it’s rare for people to get somewhere on time, but for Jam they do. Which I think is amazing.�


CREST CLOTHNG CO. Work Hard. Surf Harder.

Words by Tara Pilkington Images by Terri-Louise Coysh 42

“We just decided that it was something that we both wanted and both had the skills to facilitate setting up!” Falmouth is famously one of the most creative places to live in the country with many artists choosing to reside down here to soak up the artistic atmosphere. The relaxing reputation of the area is one of the many reasons why students choose to attend university here over much larger university’s in the city. For many students Falmouth is an opportunity to develop their artistic talents and explore the world beyond their degree. It is encouraged that students start to think about how best to showcase their talents to promote employability for future career prospects. Because of this attitude a lot of students start their own businesses whilst at university, selling their work online and creating a name for themselves in the industry. YEARBOOK got in touch with Terri-Louise Coysh, co-founder of Crest Clothing Co, to talk about starting a business whilst at university and how Falmouth has influenced her company and career choices. We decide to meet at a small coffee shop in Falmouth town and once we’ve both settled we start to talk business. Firstly we discuss what influenced her decision to start a company whilst at university and how old her project is. “We began coming up with designs as a bit of fun during the summer of 2013, but it wasn’t until October/November that we really tried to push the brand forward.“ Even though the company is still quite young, it has already proved to be quite popular; “we’ve had great success thus far, having won best stall at the universities traders market at the end of November. We’ve setup various social media pages and we’ve had a great uptake of followers on these and we’re currently going through the motions of setting up our own website!” Setting up independent clothing companies online seems to be quite popular at the moment, yet the decision to start Crest Clothing was not created to be simply another fleeting t-shirt brand; “we just decided that it was something that we both wanted and both had the skills to facilitate setting up!”

Being a textiles student means that Coysh is already learning the skills to make quality garments, so far the company is producing various t-shirt designs and some bracelets with hopes to produce beanies as well. Being based in Falmouth is an important part of the Crest Clothing Co, not only do the owners live here and attend university, but it also encapsulates the ethos of the brand. “We’re a lifestyle brand, we’re based in cornwall and have every intention of staying here! We’re looking into potentially producing an RNLI inspired tshirt and contributing some of the money we make from their sales to the local lifeboat institution”. Terri also added, “the name of the company is Crest Clothing Cornwall, so living here has influenced us quite a lot! We’ve also taken influence from the quite evident surf culture in and around the area and we have a couple of designs in the pipeline that focus upon this.” Finally, we discuss what advice Terri can give other students that are thinking of potentially starting their own clothing company or even just thinking of selling their work online; “do it! It’s been a massive learning curve and it’s given both of us invaluable skills for the future, not to mention, within the professions that we hope to enter (if this doesn’t turn into a full time career) it’ll look fantastic on a CV. Just make sure you do all the relevant research before hand!”.


VINTAGE WAREHOUSE 13 Located by the wharf in the heart of a group of old warehouses, is the little gem that is Vintage Warehouse 13. How was it brought into existence here and who are creators of this emporium? Words by Meagan Jones


“I have always had vintage in my blood; my d ad was an antique dealer. So I have always had a passion with furniture and objects that have nice relationships with the user.” The lovely couple Oly & Lara opened Vintage Warehouse in June this year and filled it with dusty treasures in the form of furniture, clothes, household items and passion in every corner.

tage factory is that Oly and Lara handpick all the items themselves, this automatically gives the shop a personality. If they like something it goes in the warehouse.

Upon entering you are greeted by a musty smell combined with ‘be my baby’ crackling out of the record player. You are instantly transported into a wonderful time capsule, allowing you a glimpse into the world of the 20th century.

‘’I think it makes a real nice warming and welcoming feeling, when you’re in a home and it has got an eclectic mix of bits and pieces that have been passed down. Or that people have gone out and bought that have been up-cycled.’’

Let’s take a trip back to 1992, where Oly first studied sustainability and 3D design right here at Falmouth University. Graduating in 2002, Oly left Falmouth to pursue his career. He worked for a software company for 8 years “doing design stuff ’’; trained teachers on design and web based issues and spent many of those years travelling the world.

“I have always had a passion for that, and I wanted to be able to give people the opportunity to purchase items.’’ Being at university is supposed to give students valuable time, time to learn new things, learn about themselves, all the while ‘supposedly’ working towards a career of choice. But there is a looming worry about how it will all unfold.

“I always wanted to come back to Falmouth but I never did until now, ’’ said Oly.

After meeting Oly & Lara and witnessing their progress as a business, one thing became clear to me as a student. Passion is what takes you from simply being a student with a dream, to actually watching your hard work fabricate into a career of your choice. ‘’I wanted to just make things with my hands, make furniture, make and build. That’s all I was interested in doing.’’ Said Oly. Oly had a dream to ‘make and build’ and Vintage warehouse 13 is the result of his years studying at Falmouth and working hard in pursuit of his goals.

To people visiting Falmouth for the first time today, it is a picturesque seaside Cornish town filled with pasties and friendly people. But since 1999 when Oly was studying here, Falmouth has expanded and developed into a larger university, bringing more people and demands into the little town. For many locals the biggest change is Tremough campus located in Penryn. ‘‘Tremough is good as it has influenced the economy, hopefully that has helped us thrive as a business as there is more students here now’’.

With Oly’s love of furniture and lara’s knowledge about the clothes side of it, “it kind of just works well together.” Said Oly. So with the year starting off well for the pair, it is looking like we will be seeing much more from Vintage Warehouse 13 and Café Marmajars. There are even plans to set up a camper van business alongside Vintage warehouse 13

Luckily this new campus, and increase in the number of students, hasn’t changed Falmouth in a negative way. In Oly’s opinion, Falmouth is still in many ways the same. “Falmouth is a really strange place, it has this massive draw on you and you always want to come back to it. You’re not too sure why, it just feels like home I guess, it did from the moment I came here as a student.’’ When exploring the emporium of vintage treasures, it is hard not to feel inspired by all the history surrounding you. So, where does the pair derive their inspiration from? Oly said, “I get inspiration from, well just everywhere really. I have always liked the mid-20th century era, in terms of furniture and design.’’ ‘’I have always had vintage in my blood; my dad was an antique dealer. So I have always had a passion with furniture and objects that have nice relationships with the user.’’ Many high street fashion shops create and sell on demand, what is in fashion now is what sells most. What is nice about the vin-


cafe marmajars

Just like the vintage warehouse, the café is brimming with relaxed vibes. It is the perfect place to kick back, relax and read one of the books scattered across the tables. One could even catch up on some work.

During one of my visits, Lara told me that if she herself hadn’t made one of the delicious cakes on offer, then it was locally sourced from a bakery in Falmouth. They serve origin coffee and an array of interesting types of tea.

The Café opened this October and is Nestled away on the outskirts of the designed, created and built by Oly and main Falmouth town, it’s also ideal Lara who also own The Vintage Ware- if you wish to get away and switch of house. The café includes items from the from your day. shop to keep your eyes wandering while you eat and drink. It is also kitted out On my last visit I tried out one of their with vintage themed furniture, some of delicious chocolate brownies, which which Oly has hand made, which are was well worth the £2.10 I paid for it. also for sale. It was not only presented fittingly on a vintage plate but it was perfectly moist Attention to detail is the key for this and accompanied with some whippy quirky little café, with your hot bever- cream. age of choice being served in a recycled glass jar on a paisley pattern plate.

Since opening the café it has been host to a few live events. With these going well, Oly and Lara have said they have plans to continue using Café Marmajars as a venue for small events, such as local bands playing.

If a warehouse filled with vintage treasures located on a picturesque river mouth wasnt enough, there is now a place to grab a coffee and even a slice of delicious cake while you enjoy your shopping.


Café Marmajars is well worth a visit, but do make sure to bring some spending money as you will most definitely be tempted by some of the vintage treasures on offer. Words by Meagan Jones

Falmouth is well known for all its quirky creative little venues, coffee shops and galleries, one of them being the incredible alternative hairdressers Blackdog. Blackdog might be a haircutter in the daytime, but in the night time it is transformed into a cool and intimate little concert venue with amazing decor and plenty of style. Eclectic objects surround every open surface. There is a juke box, a pinball machine, a pool table and any other item not expected in a hairdresser. The ground floor area on which the gigs are held is small and perfect for an intimate concert. The space and feel of the gigs leaves you with an experience of having been a part of a private concert, and the friendly warm atmosphere gives closeness to the rest of the audience seldom found in music venues. Though admittedly there is a chance that the space can get a little overly crowded as the room is just barely over the average living room size. Up the stairs in the back, there is another floor which during concerts is used as a bar and chill out zone. As there is both more seating and a pool table situated there. From an interior design point of view this is another crazy, fun and alternative space. One side of the room, the wall is covered in vinyl records and the lighting is glittering down through glass bottles glued to the ceiling giving the room a warm comfortable glow. All in all Blackdog Haircutters is a brilliant concert venue, and host gigs by both student bands, other local bands and larger touring bands alike. Among the bands that have performed at Blackdog recently is the bad Little Leagues who just released a new EP, and Cosmo Jarvis a singer-songwriter and filmmaker from Devon. Tickets to gigs normally start at 4ÂŁ on the door, though discounted tickets can be bought on their website.

Words by Annie N. Leden


On a chilly autumn’s night, in the cobbled streets of Falmouth town, Blackdog hair dressers (famous for their quirky venue) held a special evening featuring Rafiki - a five piece funk band originating from Falmouth University. Rafiki formed in the early months of 2012 with the members Louis Crump, Ollie Renouf Donaldson, Henry Nicholson, Graham McHale and Wilfred John Nash Petherbridge all originating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts. The band is heavily influenced by the likes of the Cinematic Orchestra, Tame Impala and Radiohead, and has already formed a huge local fan base. Blackdog seemed like an unusual venue for such a popular band – being the size of small living room. However, the small proximity of the room spread a great feeling of intimacy when McHale plucked the first note, even though the room was rammed with strangers. Time was running away quickly, the clock hand fast approaching ten, and two more bands had yet to perform. Blackdog was already packed, and revelers from all corners of town continued to cram into the intimate space. Each band member seemed to become lost in their own therapeutic music, which continued to echo down Falmouth’s crooked streets. From song to song, Rafiki created feelings of nostalgia, transforming their audience to a dreamy state. During the set, the band played songs from their most recent EP, One by One, which they are currently promoting on a UK Tour. The gig, as anticipated, turned out to be a euphoric night for many – and probably one to remember for Rafiki.


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“Fine art has greatly influenced my photography, moving me to paint with light rather than the brush”

‘Eyes on You’ is a photography exhibition showcasing William Grob’s work from the last year. He mixes digital manipulation, analogue and Polaroid photography in this exhibition. His photography is heavily influenced by other art forms, and he says that he is a “painter who takes photos”. This body of work showcases different uses of light in photography and William describes the work as “the on-going themes related to my childhood, the nature I was surrounded by and the memories lost to time”. The exhibition’s private view was held on Thursday 7th November in 5 Degrees Below and went on until the early hours of the morning. There was a variety of live DJ sets and it was jam packed with a fantastic atmosphere. William Grob had designed stickers which were being given out and the vast majority of the crowd appeared to be Falmouth students. William is a photography student at Falmouth University whose work ranges from nude portraits to heavily manipulated landscapes. Although the exhibition used different media and styles, it flowed as a set and it clearly con52

veyed what William was trying to put across. William said “fine art has greatly influenced my photography, moving me to paint with light rather than the brush.” During the private view, there was more laid back electronic music which set the tone well, but it built up throughout the night to ragga hop and space bass, amongst other modern dance music styles. The one downside about holding an exhibition in a place like 5 Degrees Below, which is basically a very laid back nightclub, is a lot of people seemed more interested in getting drunk and dancing than looking at the artwork on the walls. On the other hand, somewhere so popular attracted a large crowd and people who were there just for a night out got to see some culture as well. William Grob’s work is currently being showed at Falmouth’s new bar, Untitled. More of William’s work can be seen at Words by Rebecca Hand






Groups of vampires, dolls and un-dead hippies spilled out onto Western Terrace. The mumble of bass, drums, and stamping feet of eager students became apparent as we entered the house where HOUND was playing that night...

Words by Grace Bromley Photography by James Birchall



House parties in Falmouth are abundant and thriving – student ones in particular often have local bands and DJ’s perform within the intimate environment.

alternative rock. Vocally, Lucie has a similar style to Ida Maria (“I like you so much better when you’re naked”), but with a wider vocal range and an almost eerie undertone to her voice.

Some of us at YEARBOOK had the chance to immerse ourselves into the music scene when we were invited to watch a band of Falmouth University students perform on Halloween – in a bedroom decorated in fairy lights and bunting, and jam-packed with students decorated in face paint and fake blood.

Drummer Joe Jeffreys told YEARBOOK, “We were doing well, but we wanted to add a bit more texture to our sound... When Lucie joined, she brought all this enthusiasm which really livened us up!” The band played a selection of their own songs, including “Whitesnake and Boardshorts”, “Strike”, and “Lazy Day Nightmare” as well as a cover of Le Tigre’s “Deceptacon”.

HOUND are a four-piece band who consider their genre of music as “Thrashy Hawaiian”. Joe, Tom and Harvey initially formed the band as a threepiece, and it stayed this way for a few months. The Halloween party performance was their third gig with their newest member, Lucie “Gavroche” Norton.

The crowd were familiar with HOUND’s music, and everyone in the confined bedroom space was head-banging and flailing around with enthusiasm for their set list. HOUND considers the intimate Halloween gig the best they’ve played yet, and left us with the comment: “We just wanttodotwothings:rockquitehard,and getpeopledancing.”

HOUND combines drums, guitar, synths and vocals to create a spectacular fusion of upbeat pop-rock and heavy



Each year the Falmouth Graduate Fashion Show takes host to all the amazing emerging talent coming out of the Fashion and Performance Sportswear Design courses at the university. And this year the collections being showcases demonstrated an incredibly high level of quality and skills from the students, with a range of different designs, concepts and colours being used meaning that no two collections looked the same! Words by Tara Pilkington


A collection by Performance Sportswear student Lucy Gardner, exhibited an exciting take on cycling clothes with her underlying aesthetic being “Performance cycle-wear for fast folk”. Using a neutral/forrest pallet she created clothes that boasted not only effortless hipster style but also efficient sportswear design. This collection even helped Gardner go on to win the WGSN Global Fashion Award for emerging talent and was announced winner of the Lycra® Futures Design on the 30th of October.

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Another equally as impressive collection, 21, was created by Fashion Design student Alex Claydon. The clothes all had a cool, digital inspired sportswear look and used a mint and monochrome colour palette. The design process behind this collection involved Claydon looking into ‘chav culture’ and communication within social groups, and this heavily influenced the final products as they clearly mix classic streetwear style with a heavy sportswear impact. The clothes also reflected a lot of the designs seen at Fashion week, for example the use of lazer cut clothes, mesh/sheer materials and the use of pixellated images on the fabrics.




One final collection that was also successful was Lifespan by Fashion Design student Hilde Hundsnes, who was inspired by the lifespan of clothing. The collection was crafted entirely out of upcycled materials (for those who are unfamiliar, upcycling is the recyling of old materials to create something new) and was a reflection of the life of a garment, for example how an item of clothing will go from the designer to the store, and then from the store to the customer, and then maybe again to a vintage store etc. The final product had a minimal, Scandinavian feel to it and demonstrated how fashion can still be creative even when using old materials.


“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '99... Wear sunscreen” Baz Luhrmann


A visually orientated magazine designed to showcase the talent of Falmouth students.