CUE at ArtsLav

On Friday last I had the privilege of attending and photographing an exhibition organised and curated by fellow students from Wimbledon College of Art, Katarina Rankovic and Tahmina Ahkmedov, co-curated by Kosha Hussain. CUE, held at ArtsLav in Kennington, south London, is an exhibition of painting, installation, video and mixed media work. Housed in a Victorian ex-lavatory, ArtsLav was an unusual choice of venue but worked amazingly well; with work hanging off toilet cubical doors and behind cubical doors and on the walls. The atmosphere was decidedly 1920s with Reinhardt jazz music and candles dotting the narrow rectangular space.

The rest of my photographs from the private view can be found by clicking on the photograph.

The work is on show now until the 6th of June at ArtsLav, 180 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 4UZ.



Caroline Issa for LK Bennett

I know I haven’t blogged here in nearly month, which is terrible but I’m nearly finished this semester so I’ll be back soon with street style posts (I’m interning at The Fair magazine for the summer as a streetstyle photographer! ) and maybe some daily outfit posts too, so look out for those!

iPhone cases come in all shapes and sizes (and price ranges!) and I’m forever searching for one that protects the phone but also looks stylish and sophisticated. LK Bennett recently sent me out an iPhone case from their collaboration with Caroline Issa (editor of Tank magazine, if you didn’t know!), which I won through a giveaway Canned Fashion held. I absolutely adore this case. It’s sturdy, it’s made of plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap or like it will break easily; with most of my other covers, they feel like one drop would break them! This case hasn’t gotten a scratch on it since I got it! It doesn’t obstruct the volume button, power button, headphone socket or screen at all, which is a major plus; with other case I’ve found myself having to take the phone out of the case to fully use / see (I’m blind as a bat!) the screen properly. Unfortunately, after much searching, I’m not sure these cases are available to buy. The design is beautiful too, this is definitely an iPhone case I’d want to be seen carrying!

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News and luck

Just to let you all know that I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth and I’m still alive! I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to sit down and blog properly. I’ll have my editorial calender sorted out and back to normal next week, promise! Now onto the purpose of this post: updates!

I’ve achieved things on my goals / aspirations list for this year! (See post from January here).

I’ve made business cards, I’ve had an exhibition of my work, hung my own photographs (this didn’t turn out the way I had hoped, but that can’t really be helped; everything’s a learning experience, right?) and most importantly, I’ve been accepted to my dream course: BA Fine Art Print and Time-based Media at Wimbledon College of Art in London! (Course link here). I’m so unbelievably happy about this, it’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much, I’ve been so busy trying to sort everything out for moving and that; plus, I only have five weeks left in college so I’m busy with end of year stuff too.

On the subject of college work, my current project is a documentary-style book on myself and my best friend, it’ll have self-portraits, portraits of my best friend and archival images. It’ll hopefully be available to buy through Blurb when it’s finished so I’ll keep you updated on that! I’m also working on a book (also made with Blurb) of fashion images so hopefully that will be available to buy too.

Finally, more good news that came through today, I won a Caroline Issa for LK Bennett iPhone case from Canned Fashion! I never win anything… I think my luck is starting to turn!


Goals / resolutions / aspirations

I thought I’d share with you all my goals, aspirations and resolutions for the new year. I’m planning on completing my 21 Before 22 list and then I have other goals for the year too.

21 Before 22 list:

1. Create an inspiration board / mood board.
Already kind of started, I’m collecting inspiring things from magazines and things & keeping them in a file. I need to buy a corkboard or a whiteboard to pin them onto).
2. Create an inspiring studio space.
Ideally this would be a film production studio too, but one can dream. This probably isn’t as feasible as thought it would be. I’ll probably have a studio space in college when I start my BA in October though.
3. Discover new artists / bands
4. Project 365.
This isn’t going to be completed. I tried last year and didn’t finish. Maybe a 52 weeks project seems more feasible for this year.
5. Shoot videos / photos for money
6. Make business cards / blog cards
This has been on my “Future” to-do list for so long… Definitely doing it this year though. I’ve gotten a couple of people asking about the blog & having to give them the entire URL is a bit crazy, I’d much rather have a card I could just hand them.
7. Start video blogging.
Not so sure about this one, I hate the sound of my own voice… I was going to start this with one the girls from college & I didn’t get around to it.
8. Design my dream wardrobe
Already started this. I used Cupcakes & Cashmere’s “staple wardrobe” list. I just need to purge everything else from it..
9. Have a mother / daughter day.
Will probably happen some weekend, so that’s pretty easy
10. Have a solo exhibition / group exhibition
A group one will happen in February, all going to plan, so eeek
11. Hang my own photos
Will also probably happen in February
12. Start graphic design properly
13. Learn CS5 Design Standard.
14. Cover my bedroom walls in photos
15. Shoot all my camera film
16. Make business goals
I need to properly sit down and make business goals for Chai Media and Aisling Keavey Artist
17. Buy a new camera
18. Start practicing guitar again
19. Make enough money to live comfortably
20. Update CV regularly / keep current
21. Start putting myself forward for projects

Goals for 2013

1. Try painting
2. Study BA in Print & Time-based Media in Wimbledon College of Art in London
3. Set up an Etsy or Society Six shop to sell prints
4. Work on a film project
5. Read the Bible weekly
6. Double my blog followers
7. Learn French
8. Stop biting my nails
9. Find a staple bag / coat
10. Make more art / be more creative

What are some of your goals for the new year? Are any the same as mine?

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