Love & Hate @ StolenSpace Gallery
This month’s highlighted show has us twitching with excitement. The mixed media, group show is being hosted by the marvelous StolenSpace gallery, featuring work from an extensive list of exciting artists.
The show, in the words of the gallery “celebrates and mourns Valentines Day” and is open from 10th February through to the 4th March.
Artists featured: Arth Daniels Chloe Early D*Face Dan Witz David Bray Kai & Sunny Miss Van Ronzo Sylvia Ji Toshi Will Barras Word To Mother Von Jeff Soto Pete Fowler EINE Josie Morway Kelly Allen Charles Krafft Ramon Maiden Ryan Callanan Curtis Kulig William Stevenson
STOLENSPACE GALLERY Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane London E1 6QL United Kingdom
OPENING TIMES Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Love & Hate @ StolenSpace Gallery

This month’s highlighted show has us twitching with excitement. The mixed media, group show is being hosted by the marvelous StolenSpace gallery, featuring work from an extensive list of exciting artists.

The show, in the words of the gallery “celebrates and mourns Valentines Day” and is open from 10th February through to the 4th March.

Artists featured:
Arth Daniels
Chloe Early
D*Face
Dan Witz
David Bray
Kai & Sunny
Miss Van
Ronzo
Sylvia Ji
Toshi
Will Barras
Word To Mother
Von
Jeff Soto
Pete Fowler
EINE
Josie Morway
Kelly Allen
Charles Krafft
Ramon Maiden
Ryan Callanan
Curtis Kulig
William Stevenson

STOLENSPACE GALLERY
Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00am – 7:00pm

Creative Spotlight - Kathryn Macnaughton

Kathryn Macnaughton - "Of Mice and Men"

Today we discovered this wonderfully re-interpreted series of John Steinbeck classic novels being re-released by Penguin Books, including a childhood favourite “Of Mice and Men”. The re-imagined series also features "The Red Pony", "East of Eden", "Cannery Row", "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Pearl"

Kathryn is an illustrator/graphic artist based over in Toronto, Canada.
The majority of her work combines photo, shape and illustration extremely well and manages the fine balance between all three with surreal messages and a playful roughness.

Be sure to check out the other covers in the series as well as more of her work on her site or buy the books from the penguin book store here.

Interview – Matthew Dent
In our second exclusive interview we have the exceptionally talented Matthew Dent. Enjoy!!
1) Please introduce yourself to the readers of WeFancyIt
My name is Matthew Dent I am a freelance illustrator working from my studio in South East London. I am also co-founder of The Soho Warriors Football Club, London’s first creative led football team.
2) So what inspired you to get into illustration at first?
Growing up I was surrounded by art and drawing, and was always  encouraged to make things. My grandmother was a very talented artist (I  actually have some of her work up in my flat), and my mum is also a  really great illustrator, she has a really natural way of drawing. So it  was mainly down to my family, and being encouraged to do what i was  good at, something which is really important when growing up.
3) Where did you study?
I studied film and media at the University of Westminster. I kind of  floated about and didn’t really get that into it, as I was starting to  get work as an illustrator. I had a really good time at University, but  looking back I would have liked to take a different course, and focus  more on developing my style as an illustrator. I think its really  important to go to University with a definite idea and plan as to what  you want to come out with, a lot of people are still leaving University  with no idea as to what they want to do, wasting a lot of money and  time.
4) What would you say have been the major influences in your style?
I gain much of my inspiration from the things that float around in my  head, i like to dream up ideas and characters, based on the things that  I may have stumbled upon in my real life. I look to maintain that sense  of happiness and fun within my work, often looking at ways of keeping  things simple and clean. I always make sure I do plenty of self  initiated work, and like the thought of simple ideas that can work as a  beautiful illustration as well as having an important message to go with  it. I think it’s refreshing to see new work, and I like to keep pushing  myself and developing new ideas and characters to dwell my world.
5) Is there a particular project that you are exceptionally proud of?
This project was created for the 2011 Tingbjerg Byfest festival. I  was approached last year by Tor Larsson at Studio Painted in Copenhagen  to work on this. The brief was to think how a design could work in  different media, from flyers, posters, programs, to badges etc. Working  from a starting point we looked at the idea of “going for a walk”,  merging aspects of everyday life and illustrating exciting things like,  music, eating, and dancing. We wanted the design to feel positive, happy  and colourful, as the festival is aimed at families and in particular  younger people.
I am also really proud of the work I produced for the Cut & Run show at the Kemistry gallery, which you should all go and see while its still on
6) Do you have any other shows in the pipeline?
I am working on some new work that will be shown at Pick Me Up 2012, Somerset House. This will be part of The Soho Warriors Football Club space, showcasing some of my work alongside a bunch of other illustrators and designers involved in the team.
7) What do you think 2012 holds for illustration as an art?
I don’t think things will change too much in 2012. There are a large  number of creatives out there who continue to do exciting things and  produce really amazing work, so I expect to see another year of exciting  projects.
8) Is there any advice you would give to any budding illustrators?
Work hard, then work harder…
9) Have you dabbled in any other creative field?
Not something I ever really talk about, but I really enjoy writing  and working on ideas for scripts and stories. I am currently working on  an idea with my dad who also writes. We are looking to develop the idea  for a feature film or TV series. Well thats the plan. I would also  really like to take a screenwriting course, something I may start doing  this year.
Be sure to pop down to Kemistry Gallery to catch the end of Cut & Run. If you would like to see more work from Matt then please visit his website or his shop.
Interview – Matthew Dent

In our second exclusive interview we have the exceptionally talented Matthew Dent. Enjoy!!

1) Please introduce yourself to the readers of WeFancyIt

My name is Matthew Dent I am a freelance illustrator working from my studio in South East London. I am also co-founder of The Soho Warriors Football Club, London’s first creative led football team.

2) So what inspired you to get into illustration at first?

Growing up I was surrounded by art and drawing, and was always encouraged to make things. My grandmother was a very talented artist (I actually have some of her work up in my flat), and my mum is also a really great illustrator, she has a really natural way of drawing. So it was mainly down to my family, and being encouraged to do what i was good at, something which is really important when growing up.

3) Where did you study?

I studied film and media at the University of Westminster. I kind of floated about and didn’t really get that into it, as I was starting to get work as an illustrator. I had a really good time at University, but looking back I would have liked to take a different course, and focus more on developing my style as an illustrator. I think its really important to go to University with a definite idea and plan as to what you want to come out with, a lot of people are still leaving University with no idea as to what they want to do, wasting a lot of money and time.

4) What would you say have been the major influences in your style?

I gain much of my inspiration from the things that float around in my head, i like to dream up ideas and characters, based on the things that I may have stumbled upon in my real life. I look to maintain that sense of happiness and fun within my work, often looking at ways of keeping things simple and clean. I always make sure I do plenty of self initiated work, and like the thought of simple ideas that can work as a beautiful illustration as well as having an important message to go with it. I think it’s refreshing to see new work, and I like to keep pushing myself and developing new ideas and characters to dwell my world.

5) Is there a particular project that you are exceptionally proud of?

This project was created for the 2011 Tingbjerg Byfest festival. I was approached last year by Tor Larsson at Studio Painted in Copenhagen to work on this. The brief was to think how a design could work in different media, from flyers, posters, programs, to badges etc. Working from a starting point we looked at the idea of “going for a walk”, merging aspects of everyday life and illustrating exciting things like, music, eating, and dancing. We wanted the design to feel positive, happy and colourful, as the festival is aimed at families and in particular younger people.

I am also really proud of the work I produced for the Cut & Run show at the Kemistry gallery, which you should all go and see while its still on

6) Do you have any other shows in the pipeline?

I am working on some new work that will be shown at Pick Me Up 2012, Somerset House. This will be part of The Soho Warriors Football Club space, showcasing some of my work alongside a bunch of other illustrators and designers involved in the team.

7) What do you think 2012 holds for illustration as an art?

I don’t think things will change too much in 2012. There are a large number of creatives out there who continue to do exciting things and produce really amazing work, so I expect to see another year of exciting projects.

8) Is there any advice you would give to any budding illustrators?

Work hard, then work harder…

9) Have you dabbled in any other creative field?

Not something I ever really talk about, but I really enjoy writing and working on ideas for scripts and stories. I am currently working on an idea with my dad who also writes. We are looking to develop the idea for a feature film or TV series. Well thats the plan. I would also really like to take a screenwriting course, something I may start doing this year.

Be sure to pop down to Kemistry Gallery to catch the end of Cut & Run. If you would like to see more work from Matt then please visit his website or his shop.

Creative Spotlight – Fab Ciraolo
Today Ladies and Gents, we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Fab Ciraolo.
This talented illustrator combines with great effect, illustration  and photography to create these visual masterpieces. He often uses  famous people or well-known and quite often “nostalgic” characters and  gives them a modern tongue in cheek vibe.
Check out his work here or if you are so inclined hit up his Facebook page 
Creative Spotlight – Fab Ciraolo

Today Ladies and Gents, we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Fab Ciraolo.

This talented illustrator combines with great effect, illustration and photography to create these visual masterpieces. He often uses famous people or well-known and quite often “nostalgic” characters and gives them a modern tongue in cheek vibe.

Check out his work here or if you are so inclined hit up his Facebook page 

The Good Times – The Making of…

At the beginning of the week we covered the magnificent one-off publication ‘The Good Times’  created by The Church of London. They have now made this wonderful making of video that shows the development of this printed marvel.

Enjoy!!

Creative Spotlight – Khaled Hafez
Today I would like to cast the creative spotlight on Khaled Hafez.  Born in Cairo, Khaled originally studied medicine and followed his  creative talent at evening classes. After completing his medical degree  and briefly working as a doctor, he decided to follow his artistic  passions entirely and pursued a career in the arts, to great success  might I add.
In recent months Egypt has seen a massive upheaval in politics and  social thinking. This has created a breed of artists who are influenced  by these turbulent times of change and in the process has produced some  amazing works of art.
Khaled’s style really reminds me of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs but with modern imagery and iconography.
Check out Khaled’s website and works here and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming exhibitions.
Creative Spotlight – Khaled Hafez

Today I would like to cast the creative spotlight on Khaled Hafez. Born in Cairo, Khaled originally studied medicine and followed his creative talent at evening classes. After completing his medical degree and briefly working as a doctor, he decided to follow his artistic passions entirely and pursued a career in the arts, to great success might I add.

In recent months Egypt has seen a massive upheaval in politics and social thinking. This has created a breed of artists who are influenced by these turbulent times of change and in the process has produced some amazing works of art.

Khaled’s style really reminds me of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs but with modern imagery and iconography.

Check out Khaled’s website and works here and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming exhibitions.

MISHMASH – Music/Video/Remix Competition
We have found another nice competition for all you talented video artists.
Entry to MishMash will give you access to a wealth of video content  from the likes of Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Film, as well as  quirkier video libraries such as Barcroft.
The competition brief can be found here.
For more detailed information please visit the competition site, here.
Good luck!!!!
MISHMASH – Music/Video/Remix Competition

We have found another nice competition for all you talented video artists.

Entry to MishMash will give you access to a wealth of video content from the likes of Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Film, as well as quirkier video libraries such as Barcroft.

The competition brief can be found here.

For more detailed information please visit the competition site, here.

Good luck!!!!

The Good Times
Monday 16th January, today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year…
But fear not, the wonderful people over at The Church of London have been busy creating a free newspaper aptly titled ‘The Good Times’.  The edition is filled with people and organisations who are brightening  up the troubled times we live in. Covering everything from politics,  technology, sport, art and the environment to name but a few.
The paper is being distributed today around London and tonight The  Church of London crew are heading down to The White Horse in Hoxton to  show this day exactly what they think of it. Everyone is free to join in  the fun.
Hopefully see some of you down there!!!
The Good Times online edition can be found here.
Here’s a list of the London stockists.
The White Horse 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ London
The Good Times

Monday 16th January, today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year…

But fear not, the wonderful people over at The Church of London have been busy creating a free newspaper aptly titled ‘The Good Times’. The edition is filled with people and organisations who are brightening up the troubled times we live in. Covering everything from politics, technology, sport, art and the environment to name but a few.

The paper is being distributed today around London and tonight The Church of London crew are heading down to The White Horse in Hoxton to show this day exactly what they think of it. Everyone is free to join in the fun.

Hopefully see some of you down there!!!

The Good Times online edition can be found here.

Here’s a list of the London stockists.

The White Horse
153 Hoxton Street,
N1 6PJ London