OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2021
ink.oasisnowake or "INKO" has only one purpose, to bring a smile to your beautiful faces with our Quirky
Handmade Pottery, made with love, made only for you!
Nadya is a self-taught ceramist who started practicing in 2020.
Her work also includes illustrations, and she is hoping to keep expanding her work into other mediums!
She will always keep learning, growing, and expanding ink.oasisnowake no matter where she is.
"Art has always been my gateway of expressing who I am, and how I am feeling. Thank you for letting me share a part of me with you, through the characters I create.
My name is Nadya Hertanto, and I created ink.oasisnowflake. It’s wonderful to meet you!”
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Website: ink-oasisnowflake.com *(still under construction!)
BY MOLLY SAXBY
Sometimes I ask what is the point
To this strange floating rock of a place,
But my friend tells me that she is real
So I live for the memories we will make.
Sometimes I ask if I should do it
And leave this confusing world,
But I still hold hope for this life,
So I breathe for the hug of a bath.
Sometimes I don’t want to carry on
Because I often can’t see the light,
But I find peace in the little things,
So I will make it to bed for another night.
ENIKŐ KATALIN EGED
"I'm a Budapest-based graphic designer and illustrator studying at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. I love illustrative narratives with intuitive visual forms, and look for graphic language that is simple, a bit abstract and elicits a strong atmosphere as well as a feeling of familiarity. I would like to create (and continue) a visual narrative which is equal, open-minded and free from fetishized & stereotypical imagery."
DUNE: IT’S TIME TO GET BACK TO THE CINEMA
BY HARRY MEMBREY
Earlier this month, Dune hit cinemas after a year’s delay. And Denis Villeuneve’s film is exactly why we go to cinemas. Prepare to be immediately enveloped in a labyrinthian world and dropped into the heart of a dramatic conflict that sees 155 minutes absolutely fly by. Like all the greatest films, Dune is groundbreaking. It doesn’t give into traditional formulas but instead rides on the audience’s potential to dream a little bigger.
But the release of Dune is merely the start of a bigger story, with Part Two only just green-lit by Legendary & Warner Bros. So now’s the time to get back to the cinema and invest in the future of what could well blossom into an epic franchise spanning years to come.
In Frank Herbert’s original novel, his notoriously hard to adapt and seemingly impenetrable story is also split in two. Part One introduces us to Paul (Thimothee Chalamet), son to Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) of the house Atreides. Their house is inexplicably summoned to move from their home world and take ownership of the planet Arrakis (AKA Dune) to oversee harvest of ‘The Spice’, this universe’s equivalent to oil and the only known way to undertake space travel. Of course, political rivals across the empire promise to make this a hard-fought endeavour. From the off, Dune connotes to the imagery of Star Wars but the political intrigue of Game of Thrones, yet came long before them.
For the film, director Denis Villeneuve took his favourite childhood novel and, against all odds, triumphantly curated a stunning adaptation of seismic proportions. In the way that Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter eventually had their pages flawlessly reflected onscreen, Dune takes time emulating Frank Herbert’s words into cinema near-perfectly. From scene to scene, it’s dream-like and unfamiliar yet never feels hard to follow. It trusts in your ability to give yourself up to a grand journey through this world.
As with Blade Runner 2049’s world-building, Villeneuve flawlessly combines live action photography and visual effects to craft a rich storyworld unlike any other, this time with aid from cinematographer Greig Fraser. Paired with Hans Zimmer’s mesmerising score, you‘ll find yourself instantly immersed deep within a truly authentic world. One you could almost touch.
You could, though, argue that Dune relies too heavily on this spectacle, leaving behind a sense of vacancy, of little care for the characters inhabiting the screen. But the talent on display begs to differ. It’s a massive cast that massively delivers. Timothee Chalamet as Paul; Rebecca Ferguson opposite him as his mother, Lady Jessica; Jason Momoa as Paul’s brotherly confidant Duncan. These three most of all bring a heart and soul to Dune that lingers long after the end credits and promises a prosperous future.
In Dune’s wake, though, Part Two is left with a great weight on its shoulders. Not only in trying to reach the peaks of part one but, knowing the book, there’s a lot left of this story to unpack. As Zendaya’s character reminds us through a number of hallucinogenic visions; “this is only the beginning”.
At the end of the day, Dune is easily the best film to have released worldwide in cinemas this year. It’s bold, it’s brave, it’s ambitious, but it’s genuinely new (which sounds counter intuitive considering it’s adapted from a novel released in the 60s).
Before the opportunity is gone, you should go and see Dune in cinemas. It’s a sensory overload, a film designed to completely submerge you within its storyworld. But you won’t just be investing in a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen, you’ll literally be investing in what’s been teased as an “even more cinematic” sequel.
Becky is an English illustrator based in Leeds. Becky has a wide mixture of different influences in her work including British culture; favourite animals and food, and her love of music and film. She often uses bright colours and found images to interoperate her ideas. She enjoys chicken shops, fry ups and can be found wandering round Leeds Market collecting things on her days off from her full time job as a support worker. Having studied Fine Art Printmaking at Brighton University, she uses some of the techniques she learnt there in some of her works.
You can see more of her work here:
What inspired you to go into ceramics?
I think it was a combination of me looking for a way to express myself creatively coupled with the desire to bring a little joy into the world. The possibilities are also endless when it comes to ceramics. For an often-restless person like myself, this depth to the medium gives it a huge appeal. I can let my imagination run wild!
Is there a story behind the name ‘Alien’ ceramics?
It both celebrates the otherness of things and allows for the creation of alternate worlds. I also just want to be on good terms for when the mothership arrives in 2052.
If you had to describe your aesthetic in three words, what would they be?
I’d say..., colourful, funky, and alive!
Finally, what is your favourite piece to make and why? And what is your most popular piece?
I enjoy making all of my pieces! If I get burnt out on making one particular thing, I try to give myself a day or two to explore new ideas. As for my most popular pieces, I think it’s a tie between toothbrush holders and mugs.
What inspired you to start a vegan candle company?
We ourselves were looking for a new project during the semester break and have always been fans of crafting.
And so we poured candles for the first time and had the idea to sell these candles professionally
What led you to choosing the name ’Soenou’ for your business?
Soenou came from "soen" the abbreviation we both use on Instagram for our last name Schoppen and "ou" to make the word sound like "so new".
Plus, it sounds Nordic, which is also how we design and name our candles.
When you started Soenou, what type of customer did you have in mind?
Our customers are mainly people who live vegan and don't want to use paraffin wax anymore, which is a by-product of the petroleum industry and therefore bad for the environment. Our rapeseed wax is vegan, but also still regional, which is another advantage. In addition, we appeal to many young people who like to give away colourful, unusual candles or use them for themselves as a decorative object.