Friday, April 20, 2018

Jo Cope

Photo Courtesy Of Jo Cope

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
A village in Leicestershire called Wigston. I moved about a year ago after returning from London, We bought it for the garages/workshops which was more important to us than the house, for vital needs such vintage car collections. The bungalow needs work but has some interesting 70’s features such as a sunken living room.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
Leicestershire is my birth place, more specifically a small village called Sileby.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
It’s very down to earth and not pretentious and studio space is cheap!

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
From when I was about two years old I just wanted to make things with my hands, I would get all of the stuff out of the bin each day and see what I could create.

WHY FASHION?
In a small village individuality stands out stronger than anywhere else, I always dressed differently and people often stared. I started experimenting with my identity through combinations of second hand clothing from a young age. I started to get specific ideas of what I wanted to wear and those things I couldn’t find.That turned into me having to work out how to make things.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
I started with a general art and design foundation and moved on to a Fashion Design BA. I worked with performance art at that time and other art departments as a break from commercialism, which I could never connect with. I recently went back into education to do an MA after 10 years of my own studio practice to develop more leather skills, footwear and craft at The London College of fashion. Prior to that I worked with the body through massage and that comes through in the work.

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
I enjoy working with leather and wood, one can be sculpted and the other stretched and molded. I love the relationship of touch between my own hands and these materials.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
Something will start to get triggered in my subconscious, and as that starts to become more real, I turn it around in my mind as a 360. All of my work relates to the body in someway, so once I have drawn and written rough thoughts I will act out ideas and experiment with my own body. The prototyping process can vary but it often involves building objects in paper and card in the very first stages and attaching them to myself. Later on the work becomes more technical and more about materials, maths and engineering along side the more spiritual hand sculpting.

WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION?
From life, particularly lived experiences and observing and talking to others. I naturally psychoanalyse everyone and everything.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My own life experiences, things that I have gone through that have been hard or challenging have been catalysts for the best work, materialising experiences becomes a means of making sense of things, hand process creates mental processing in that way it is fashion as art therapy.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC MANIFEST IN OTHER AREAS IN YOUR LIFE?
When I started creating work in the colour red a couple of years ago to talk about concepts surrounding love and relationships, my own identity started to change and the colour started to take over my life, to the point where I have sometimes painted my face red as well as wearing it constantly head to toe. My aesthetic lives in the home, somewhere between modernism and bohemia and with an obsession for seamless objects from the 50-70’s in high colour fibre glass and plastic and in the documentaries and avant-garde cinema I watch particularly.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Work is an extension of life, I love to live and work. A favourite treat is hanging out with my 9-year-old niece. We have so many adventures. We are both free spirited. We love to get in the car and go where ever we want, laughing singing, being in nature, seeing great art. We always have a great time.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
My work keeps me mindful, I use it as a mirror and a means of self reflection daily. I love to work in isolation with no music on sometimes and truly connect with myself though art. Walking is also a therapeutic practice. It doesn’t always have to be somewhere vast and awe inspiring, it can be as simple as walking on your own around the backstreets of the village.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Music

Sho Madjozi


Photo Courtesy Of Sho Madjozi  

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I currently live in Johannesburg where I have been living for a year and a half. Before that I lived in Senegal, in the U.S. and Tanzania. And before all of thoe countries, I lived in a small village called Shirley, in Limpopo province.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Limpopo province. Back then it was called Gazankulu, an Apartheid Bantustan. It's still rural.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
I'm lucky to live in a village that was not relocated during Apartheid. Unlike most of rural areas that were assigned to black South Africans under the Apartheid government, Shirley is very green and lush.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
To see the world and to help others. Over time the "how" has changed but the goals remain the same.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
Moving to Tanzania, at the age of 16, blew my mind wide open. It exposed me to the fact that there is a bigger world.

WHY MUSIC (AND POETRY)?
I don't know. Maybe my name followed me, as names are said to do. I was name after Maya Angelou.
   
FIRST SONG EVER SUNG OR BARS TO A BEAT?
I would never remember. I used to do joke raps on my Instagram. But even before that I used to hang out with a lot of rappers in Tanzania and we played around a lot with beats.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
Yoh. Black girl uninterrupted. I'm always trying to create that. What would blacks girls do and like and say and wear if we weren't interrupted by the horrors of colonialism, apartheid and sexism.

WHO OR WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST ARTISTICALLY?
I can't know this. But I know that I often listen to French Afro-trapper MHD when I need inspiration.

IS THERE A SET OF MUSIC OR A MELODY THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU?
I rely on Sade to keep existing. She has put me to sleep several times and rescued me from anxiety. There are also artists, like Oliver Mtukudzi and Kanda Bongo man who make my insides buzz because my mother played them when she was forming me in her tummy.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
Idea. Excitement. Tedious crafting. Love. Doubt. Contentment.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER DOMAINS?
I dress and do my hair the way I imagine Africans would if we were not interrupted by colonialism and Apartheid. We'd still be globalized, but we wouldn't be entering the global sphere hiding our Africanness.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE STUDIO?
Make out with my boyfriend and look for waterfalls to swim in.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
By reading poetry.

Babyface

Photographed By Isabel Nilsson

Monday, April 16, 2018

Vera Tavares


Photo Courtesy Of Vera Tavares

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I come from Cape Verde, and I was raised in Portugal. I choose Berlin as home for now.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
Favorite spots are, the mountains of Cape Verde nice boutiques and my bed.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I was in love with music. Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana  and Sara Tavares were my inspiration.  I also had a passion for fashion and was fascinated by Cirque du Soleil costumes and design.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
Definitely the decision to leave Portugal and travel to Germany (one way ticket ), without speaking the language. I couldn’t say one word in German.

WHY MUSIC?
Because is the only way that I found to express what I want to say.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
It's definitely world music.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
Love, freedom , thoughts and fears.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
Yes, I have one now. Never fails. "Labrinth".  I'm always touched by the simplicity of the lyrics.

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Many people in my life but I think the most important was and is my aunt. She taught hot me to accept myself.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I love to drink whisky and at same time watch people walking around.


HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS?
I love beautiful things and I do see beautiful things everywhere, so I fit all over. I do things that I never thought I'd do. I think my life translates in the aesthetic.


HOW WOULDYOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
My style is feminine, elegant, confident and beautiful, like all  the ladies in the world.

HOW DO YOU GET STAGE READY?
I always need 30 min for myself -  where I get crazy. I tremble, I have colic and as soon as I walk to the stage it disappears like magic.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
I love to eat. Most of the time you can meet or find me at a restaurant eating and drinking with friends and with my dog.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
I have my distinct way since I was a kid. I breath.

Friday, April 13, 2018

On The Heels

Photographed By Bernd Hellwage

I'm thinking wedges this summer, and maybe go green?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Louise Golbey

Photo Courtesy Of Louise Golbey

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born in North London but grew up in Bournemouth. But been back living in London my whole adult life.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
I miss the sea in Bournemouth - I was very lucky growing up by the coast. I even wrote a song about it ("The Sea and Me"). However you can't beat London Town! Especially regarding music opportunities. I also love going out and socialising in London. There is always something to do or see any day of the week.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I always wanted to perform. I grew up in quite a musical family and started dance lessons when I was two.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
I have had a few milestone moments in my career. I'd say when I played Glastonbury Festival for BBC. Introducing was the start of some big things music wise...

WHY MUSIC?
I love writing songs. I love performing. I love how music can affect people.

WHY NEO-SOUL?
I listened to a lot of R&B and Hip Hop when I was young - probably my older brother's influence. I think when I started writing my own songs, I naturally went with a soulful vibe and groove led beats.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
I can only write about things I have experienced so often my subject matter is to do with love, relationships, career etc.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
"A Different Corner" by George Michael is one pf my favourite songs of all time. It's such a beautiful melody and the lyrics are really emotive

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Music -taste wise - definitely my big brother. he got me into Hip Hop and R&B when I was very little.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Depends. sometimes I start with lyrics (in fact I have a lot of lyrics I have written which haven't made it into any songs yet!), sometimes I start at the piano and play around with some chords - and other times it starts with a melody idea.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Musically, I define it as Neo-Soul.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I love clothes. I like vintage looks and mixing it up. I like going to nice places where you have to dress up. And always like choosing what outfit I'm going to wear for each gig!

ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
I have curly hair so hair products are very important to me! Otherwise, I try and moisturise as much as possible.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF? 
I barely have a day off, when I do I like to watch TV and relax as it is rare that I'm at home.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
I try and stay positive and put things in perspective. Being in music is very up and down, a lot of highs and lows. And because it is a creative/personal thing, you feel more emotionally attached to every aspect of it.

Music