Amsterdam: Cardboard or Coffeeshop?

Animation, Art, Artist, Arts, Events, Performance, Performance art, sculpture, Street Art, Theatre, Workshop

For two weeks now I haven’t been able to look at a discarded heap of cardboard without seeing some kind of lusus naturae piece itself together from the rubble and emerge as an animated being.


Here We Go Again

Animation, Art, Article, Artist, Astrology, Cosmic, Nature, Photography

It’s cheeky how fast this time of the year comes around. If you’ve been lucky like myself the terror from the mere mention of exams has long gone, a distant memory, a thing of the past. No more night-before panic attacks or fretful post-exam stress because you have now been blessed with too much freedom to be conscious of the August cloud looming ahead. But just as I became settled in my own glorious laissez-faire state of mind, I forgot to take note of the quick return to start A2. Thrusted back in the deep end I’m back to square one: figuring out how to turn my craving for summer into academic motivation.

Then came along Daria Khoroshavina, the Russian photographer my friend recently introduced me to, and the fabulous Ignacio Torres.

We Are All Made Of Stars, Daria Khoroshavina

In Khoroshavina’s We Are All Made Of Stars collection she uses glowing body paint in black (UV) lighting as the only source of light to resemble space and sky. Similarly, Torres’s Stellar project depicts the cosmic theory that, as a result of a star’s death, humans are then made of the cosmic matter by devising galaxies using reflective confetti, where our celestial creation is emphasised by the posture and demeanour of the subjects. My favourite part of all of this is the use of gifs to create three-dimensional movement serving ‘as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time’, which further accentuates the relationship between space and time.

Stellar, Ignacio Torres

Stellar, Ignacio Torres

Stellar, Ignacio Torres

Stellar, Ignacio Torres


















Don’t get me wrong, my astrology is beyond poor and I could not date the zodiac signs if my life depended on it, but as a nocturnal soul there’s something about the beauty of the night that I’ve never been able to express or explain until now, by showing these projects. Even now I still can’t quite explain how it makes me feel; and maybe that is because I am writing in midday with no visible stars to ponder on; but the response I feel when I look at these give me that extraordinary chill of awe and wonder that not many other things do. So of course it’s only fitting my new photography project is Alchemy.

Instead of wistfully looking back on my short post-exam and pre-A2 freedom I am beginning to channel my summer cravings into my fine art and photography courses. The more I think about it the more it makes sense. Technically, drawing inspiration from these photographers can do nothing but enhance my summer with a newfound excuse to get messy and delve into the unknown with all sorts of glowing paint, inks, confetti, glitter and bright lights.

And hopefully by the time summer gets here I’ll have mastered my DIY smoke bombs for the best kind of dramalchemic exit.

rifeWhen: Wed 18th of June 2014

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom


Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.

Bristol Talent Lab

So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!

With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.

But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (LatimerClockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare CompanyAkala; all we ask is that you RSVP to to confirm your place*.

AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out to find out how you can still get involved.

I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!


*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.

Animation, Art, Article, Artist, Arts, Books/Comics, Bristol, Cinema, Drawing, Events, Fashion, Games, Illustrator, Inspirational, Launch, Literature, Music, Origami, Painting, Performace, Performance art, Photography, Poetry, Printing, Theatre, Uncategorized, Video, Watershed, Workshop
Aardman | Young Arnolfini

Early Aardman Short

Animation, Reflection

As a child, I didn’t have many videos (remember them?!) and I ended up having a mix of kids videos and my dads videos that he deemed okay for me to watch. One of them was a collection of Aardman shorts, which contained nice little films such as creature comforts and the music video for “My baby just cares for me” by Nina Simone ( which are all nice and entertaining! But there was also Ident – a short made in 1990 and directed by Richard Goleszowski.


For a child, it was quite an unnerving film, and the source of several nightmares! But over the years, we lost the video and got rid of the VHS player, and I kind of forgot about it. Until the other day where I was reminded of it and tracked it down. Here it is:

Watching it again was a really weird experience. The first time, I found myself thinking “this wasn’t so bad! Its even quite funny in places” and then I realised that I understood some of the situations that the character was going through. Rather than seeing it as a series of unfortunate events happening to this weird finger, I saw it as a snapshot of a day in the life of a man. I had to go watch it again.

After seeing it a second time I understood it a lot better. Its the story of man making his way from home, to work, then to a bar, all within the confines of colourless city walls, then finally ending up in a completely new, colourful and free space.

During the film, it feels like you can see so many different ideas represented. At the start, you see the man talking to what I presume is his wife. He seems to charge off after a fight, leaving her literally in pieces. At his work, you see his boss making him feel small, then watch him getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city. The scene at the bar is my favourite because you watch him relaxing with a friend, and I swear I hear people talking exactly like they do sometimes!

I feel that the whole film shows how you can portray different sides of yourself and a two-faced nature. You see the effects other people have on his appearance and how he uses a mask depending on who he is talking to. At the end, it seems as though it all becomes too much for him (resulting in the really weird scene with the eyes!) and he manages to find a way out. There he is free to be himself, not worrying about what anyone thinks of him. (of course, there’s that final scene with the poking that I can’t seem to work out! Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ll let you know if I make some sense of it!)

But I found it really weird experiencing this short again, and realising that it was more than just a weird animation and had a lot of meaning behind it!
Still kind of disturbing though.

Gromit Making

Animation, Bristol

So this weekend, I (Cai) had an amazing opportunity where I got to go to a workshop with one of the animators from Aardman Studios! For those of you who don’t know, Aardman Studios are the masterminds behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Pirates! and much more!

The workshop started off with one of their model makers showing us some of the models they actually use (Including The Golden Carrot from the curse of the were-rabbit!). What was really cool was that he showed us a model that had been cut down the middle. This meant that we could see what was inside their models. They use a metal wire frame that means that they can move it round, which was not what I expected!

W&G models

After that, we were then shown how we could use very simple shapes to create our very own model Gromit! It was all lots of fun – we pretty much spent an hour playing with plasticine! But it was quite challenging at the same time…

Some of the plasticine was quite hard to work with, and you could accidentally mix in other colours to yours! I was sat with a hairdryer warming up my plasticine, because it was too cold! Since we did it though, I’m always smoothing down little bits, making it even smoother. I don’t think I did too badly!

It was cool to see all the multi-coloured Gromits all together at the end!


Jake Fried – Hand drawn animation

Animation, Drawing, Music, Other, Video

Recently I have been thinking a lot about different types of animation and came to the conclusion that I really want to do a hand drawn animation. I have been looking on vimeo and various places on the internet for inspiration and I came across Jake Fried.

I really like the style of his animations where he uses white space as much as dark space. I also really like the sound track that goes with them, for instance in “Last Meal” the sound of people eating slowly turns into a odd unnatural soundscape, mirroring the change in the animation. I think the constantly changing images are intricate and beautiful and juxtapose the mystery in the story telling. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired by them like me.

Check out the rest of Jake Fried’s work, and thanks for reading!

Charlie C-T