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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2021

 
 

INK.OASISNOWFLAKE

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!”

Socials:

Instagram : @ink.oasisnowflake
Website: ink-oasisnowflake.com *(still under construction!) 

Pinterest: inkoasisnowflake

 
 
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LITTLE THINGS

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

@nikoenikoeniko


"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 MANN

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:

@itstherealbeckymann

Shop: https://itsbeckymannartist.bigcartel.com

 
 

INTERVIEW WITH ALIEN CERAMICS

 

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.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH SOENOU

 

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.

 

Finally, what is your favourite product?

Our favourite product changes just like our interior colour with every month. And since we are always launching new shapes and colours, the selection is too large to commit to a particular candle. However, with the colour cream you always meet every taste because it looks very classically elegant.

 

KAITLIN MARTIN

Kaitlin Martin is a Chicago-based illustrator and filmmaker whose work is inspired by medieval bestiaries, 70s euro-horror films, and a love of ghost stories.

 
 

LIVING IN LIMBO

BY RENÉE LEWIS

After graduating from university, it’s natural for those of us who decide to enter the job market rather than going straight into further study – or perhaps never going back into studying – to anticipate that job opportunities will be lined up and ready to be accepted. In theory, 3 years of intense and dedicated studying, albeit many periods of procrastination and no motivation, should be immediately followed by getting your first proper job as an adult and starting to build the life that you’ve always wanted for yourself.

No one prepares you for the somewhat stagnant moments in between.

The start of this academic year marked the first time since I was about 5 years old that I hadn’t gone back into some form of education. I’ve been so accustomed to things kicking off again when September comes around each year that it felt strange when it didn’t. So many of us who graduated this year – and even those who graduated in 2020 – haven’t had any sort of closure from university life due to graduation ceremonies being postponed until 2022 because of the pandemic’s unpredictability. On top of that, it gets incredibly tiring applying for job after job, reading tons of job descriptions and highlighting every key skill they detail, writing and sending off so many tailored cover letters and CVs every week, reading the word “unfortunately” in the emails sent back or not making it past the interview round. 

For me, it doesn’t feel like those 3 years at uni have concluded properly yet, but it doesn’t feel like anything in particular has started either. This feeling of living in some sort of limbo has been unnerving to say the least, as I now have much more free time than I initially expected. After spending my final 2 terms of uni at home, attending online lectures and seminars due to lockdown and dealing with the intensity of 3rd year, it has been nice to just put my feet up and not feel guilty about getting through Netflix shows a few days after starting them. But despite taking up voluntary opportunities to prevent a gap from forming on my CV, continuing with my participation in orchestras and writing articles, I sometimes feel like I’m wasting my time. However, with all of this in mind, I have been doing my best to build my skills, like finally using online resources to teach myself how to use Excel. This idea that a load of automatic doors fling open as soon as you finish you degree is such a myth, and it took me this long to realise that it may take time. And that’s not always a bad thing. This has been the chance for me to properly relax and figure things out so that when the job rejections turn into job offers, I know I’ll be fully ready.

 

ARCHITA KHOSLA

@archita_illustrations


Hello, I'm Archita, a full time illustrator and author living in London. I studied Design Communication from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

My illustrations depict my love for bright and quirky colours. I am deeply inspired by nature, animals and the small joys of life. You could often find me drawing playful lions that may sometimes look like flowers or the sun. 


To get in touch with me for projects/collaborations, please send an email to hello@architakhosla.com

 
 

DOMINIKA JACKOWSKA

@doska.animation


I'm a freelance animator, motion designer, storyteller and workshop facilitator currently based in Edinburgh. Born in Poland, I studied Animation at Edinburgh College of Art, specializing in stop-motion filmmaking. 


Since graduating, I progressively developed my skill set, expanding my mixed-media animation style as well as exploring the boundaries between sound design and animation through interactive installations. 


I recently exhibited my playful and participatory "Interactive Lightbox" sound and visual installation at V&A DundeeThe Royal Scottish AcademyEdinburgh Festival of Sound.


Currently, I'm in the middle of producing a new short story lead film that experiments with combining live-action and animation—coming to you next year!

 
 
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SPIRIT OF LIFE

BY MOHAMMED OMER

@mohammed_omer_writer

Poppies can lift the spirits of all around; 

As gifts to carry in the heart. 

By remembering the gifts of life. 


So much life was taken away; 

For the cloudy acts of war. 

Forcing the land to choose a side. 


Right or wrong? 

War rarely ends, even when life falls apart. 

Separate paths, avoid common mistakes. 


Vicious cycles of death, caused by hate. 

Common ground should pave the way. 

War ceases to exist, when flames fade away. 


How many bodies must be buried? 

The graves of soldiers casting shadows; 

Over all the serving troops. 


Counting the civilians wiped out; 

Declared as casualties of war. 

The affection for life taken out. 


The spirit of life, marches forward. 

Rebuilding homes for living again; 

As symbols of remembrance. 

 

SONJA BAJIC