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Junkboy: Sovereign Sky – an interview with Rich Hanscomb

Singer songwriter Rich Hanscomb introduces his new album Sovereign Sky, recorded with his brother in Brighton, and featuring stunning artwork by Christopher Harrup and Claire Softley.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Rich Hanscomb of Junkboy introduces his new album Sovereign Sky, created in collaboration with his brother Mik on the south coast of England. Since 1999 they have been quietly experimenting with multiple genres, from analogue synth soundtracks to woozy post-rock and electronica and, more recently, a song based pastoraldelica. The result is an idiosyncratic album full of strange influences and loving detail. Here he introduces the album and describes the process of producing the beautiful album artwork.

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What are the major themes of Sovereign Sky?
I don’t think Mik and I discussed themes whilst we wrote the album I guess these things just grow organically. However, when we were sequencing the tracks we noticed that most of them reference nature and/or the elements! Tipping points in seasons – summer to autumn or early spring – and all the feelings they prompt. I guess we’re coming from that kind of place. We’re in our… read more

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Bora Aksu: London Fashion Week S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

Turkish born designer Bora Aksu was one of the first designers to show on Friday 12th September 2014 at Somerset House.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Bora Aksu S/S 2015 by Jenny Zych. The marvellous Bora Aksu took an early slot on Friday morning to present a collection inspired by Queen Victoria’s paper doll of the […]

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Camp Bestival 2014 Review: Mr. Tumble, Trolleys, Caravans and Mud Pies

Camp Bestival took place in the glorious grounds of Lulworth Castle at the start of August; a fantastical playground for children and parents alike.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Camp Bestival by Maia Fjord. My final festival this year was Camp Bestival, which we travelled to on our way back from Cornwall. I went to the first ever Camp […]

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New Designers 2014 Review: Best New Illustration & One Year On Textiles

My best illustration and One Year On textile finds from the New Designers show, held in July 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Adam Corns. I sadly missed the first weekend of New Designers this year, but I made it to the second weekend and made a beeline for the illustration […]

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Thereza Rowe, Hearts: interview and review

Brazilian born illustrator Thereza Rowe has just published her first graphic novel with Toon Books. Here she describes the inspiration and process behind this universal tale of lost love.

Written by Amelia Gregory

A year or so ago Thereza Rowe came over to visit me with an idea for a wonderful, colourful, heartfelt graphic novel. Hearts has now been realised thanks to Toon […]

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High Noon: Arts University Bournemouth Illustration Degree Show 2014 Review

The best illustration work by students from Bournemouth, shown at the Embassy Tea Gallery in central London this July.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustrators from Arts University Bournemouth held their graduate show at the spacious Embassy Tea Gallery in central London. The High Noon poster and catalogue featured an eye-catching set of two […]

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D&AD New Blood 2014 Review

The best of graduate design and illustration: New Blood took place during July 2014 in Spitalfields Market.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year the D&AD New Blood show returned once more to Spitalfields Market. The overwhelming emphasis was on work aimed at the more commercial sector of the graphic arts, with […]

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In Place Peckham: Camberwell College of Arts Illustration Degree Show 2014 Review

Camberwell graduates held their exhibition in Copeland Park in Peckham, showcasing a wide variety of techniques and styles.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year the Camberwell College of Arts illustration graduates eschewed central London to hold their show in a warehouse in Copeland Park behind the Bussey Building, an area which has […]

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Port Eliot Festival 2014 Review: Books, Food, Comedy, Craft & Fashion

From 24th-27th July the grounds of the stately home at Port Eliot in Cornwall once more played host to a wonderfully unusual and varied festival.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Port Eliot Festival by Maia Fjord. I’ve been meaning to take in Port Eliot festival for several years but it has always been just that little bit too far away. […]

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Johanna Glaza: Letter to New York – Review and Interview

Johanna Glaza combines the vocal prowess of Kate Bush with a love of unusual songwriting structures inspired by Philip Glass - the resulting EP is stunning.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Johanna Glaza by Daisy Steele. Letter to New York is a stunning showcase for multi-instrumentalist Johanna Glaza, channeling the vocal gymnastics of Kate Bush and the idiosyncratic song structures of […]

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Buddhafield Green Earth Awakening Camp 2014: Review

Held on the 16th-20th July 2014, this Buddhafield offshoot gathering was the perfect antidote to my hectic London life: a way to reconnect with the earth and enjoy quality time with my wonderful toddler.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve never been to Buddhafield but this year my friend Helen of East End Prints persuaded me to join her and a few of her Bristol based friends, all travelling […]

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BRIGHTON SHOW: University of Brighton 2014 Graphic Design and Illustration Degree Show Review

A round up of the graphic design and illustration talent graduating from Brighton this summer, exhibited at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower over the weekend…

Written by Matt Bramford

Installation by Charlie Barrows Over the weekend more than 70 students from the University of Brighton‘s Graphic Design and Illustration programme brought their wares to The Bargehouse, a cavernous part […]

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London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Graduate Catwalk Show 2014

This year's LCF BA Graduate show had it all - from ethereal painted white sheets to coats made from nails. Here's a rundown…

Written by Matt Bramford

LCF BA Graduate Collection by Ruri Watanabe A whole three weeks ago, while trying to wade through 10,000 London Collections: Men photographs and write up show reports, I went to […]

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Free Range Art & Design Show 2014: Best Photography Graduates

Photography graduates showcased their work at the Truman Brewery over two weeks during June 2014. Here's my pick of the bunch!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I always get a sense of déjà at the Free Range student photography shows, where similar themes and styles crop up year in year out. However there are always some […]

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ELCAF 2014 review

Talent aplenty at the third East London Comic Arts Festival. But if you missed it don't worry! Here's my round up...

Written by Amelia Gregory

A few weeks I popped along to the third ELCAF held at the Oval Space, which is a trendy new venue in a semi derelict part of Bethnal Green between […]

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MOSCHINO: London Collections: Men S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

Making a London debut, the hottest ticket during London Collections: Men S/S 2015 was Jeremy Scott's Moschino, shown at Lindley Hall on Monday 16 June…

Written by Matt Bramford

Moschino S/S 2015 by Krister Selin Moschino was the hottest ticket during London Collections: Men, and the 300-strong queue outside Lindley Hall was testament to that. Inside, the wall had […]

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Becky Becky: Good Morning, Midnight

Introducing the astonishing debut album from Becky Becky, based on the story of an ageing drunk and inspired by a book by Jean Rhys.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Becky Becky by Gareth A Hopkins. I often listen to the music that I am sent when I am driving, and only a very few albums make a big impression: […]

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SANKUANZ presented by GQ China: London Collections: Men S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

SANKUANZ, aka Shangguan Zhe, presented an unusual collection on Tuesday 16 June in Victoria House for his debut LCM outing - let's talk about big hands…

Written by Matt Bramford

SANKUANZ S/S 2015 by Gareth A Hopkins After two seasons representing Kay Kwok, GQ China switch their attentions to Xiamen-based designer Shangguan Zhe, better known as SANKUANZ. As is often […]

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James Long: London Collections: Men S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

James Long's S/S 2015 collection used elements of boxing and island life as inspiration, shown at the Old Sorting Office on Monday 16 June.

Written by Matt Bramford

James Long S/S 2015 by Helen Marudas I haven’t been to a James Long show for a few seasons now. I’m not sure why. It might be that they just […]

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Oliver Spencer: London Collections: Men S/S 2015 Catwalk Review

Oliver Spencer returned to the Old Sorting Office on Monday 16 June, this time with a little help from some risqué Rio carnival dancers…

Written by Matt Bramford

Oliver Spencer S/S 2015 by Fiongal Greenlaw It seemed like every man in London had been squashed into the Old Sorting Office for the Oliver Spencer show last Monday. It […]