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Posts Tagged ‘Primark’

Illustration exhibition: Zoë Barker’s Values

The 'Values' exhibition by illustrator Zoë Barker is a reminder of how brand names change our idea of belonging. The subtle but punchy pencil drawings are now on display at the excellent Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.

Written by Jessica Furseth



There is something slightly uneasy about Zoë Barker’s ‘Values’ series. Not the art itself, as taken in isolation the images are beautifully, meticulously drawn. I'm talking about meaning behind them, which leave you walking away feeling a little awkward. We know that we trade personality for convenience every time we go to Tesco instead of an independent shop, but we do it anyway. But we know we are contributing in a small way to a change that we're not entirely happy about.

Zoë Barker grew up in a small Suffolk village which was Tesco-free for a long time, before one day she came back to visit family and found a Superstore rudely whacked down right on the high street. This is what prompted the artist and illustrator (and Amelia's Magazine contributor!) to start her 'Values' series.



McDonald's, Ikea, block housing and packaged holidays are all part of Zoë's artwork, dramatically juxtaposed against local restaurants, carpenters, classic houses and the English seaside. The pictures are from Zoë's family albums, but what they represent are things that are… read more

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Presentation Review: Christopher Beales

Newcomer Christopher Beales presented When The Crystal Crack'd at the Rag Factory just off Brick Lane on Friday 18th February. Well, he may be new to the madness of showing during LFW, but this first class designer has certainly paid his dues. Very promising.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christopher Beales A/W 2011 by Maria Papadimitriou. Christopher Beales has been working at the coal face of fashion for his entire career thus far, in places as diverse as Voyage […]

My Habbit is Not a Hobbit – How to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Lira Leirner tries out the Changing Habbits website in an aim to assess her carbon footprint and is surprised by the result…

Written by Lira Leirner

Shopping locally, by Kayleigh Bluck I have to honestly admit that I don’t really THINK about sustainability in my everyday life. I even recycle without thinking because it is such […]

Vintage at Goodwood: Festival Review

So, how did Vintage at Goodwood measure up to the hype? Was it, as feared, just a glorified "vintage" shopping experience? On Saturday I went down to check out the festival for myself. This is what I thought.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dahling by Abigail Nottingham. “We’re building great cafes and restaurants on the Vintage High St, where you will even find a Waitrose.” So said the flyer that I picked up […]