Tell us a short bio about yourself Hi! My name is Hannah-Michelle and I live just outside of Manchester. I spend most of my time in my studio space that I built in my parents back garden painting illustrations and hand making resin brooches. I run an Etsy store called Cardihanstudios and I recently started taking on freelance illustration work. I’m a Virgo with my moon in Scorpio, I have a sausage dog named Minnie who is a Gemini and she mostly sleeps on a pink sofa in my studio.
Creative editor Jade Parnin chats to the instagram plant sensation Jamie Song to find out how his plant obsession started and how he mentains that living…
1. Tell us a short bio about yourself?
My name is Jamie Song. I’m from Taiwan originally but have lived in the US and UK for most of my adult life. I’ve lived in London for 10 years and have an online fine art and objects business called Bureau of Interior Affairs (www.bialondon.com)
But I Never Left by Antonia Jade King I don’t know when I first fell in love wit you but it might have been when I saw your defiance. Though I prayed for you to shrink you always insisted on growing. I believe this to be because you have always been closer to God than me. Maybe it’s because God knew I needed to learn strength from you, knew I needed to copy the way you take up space.
I was at a school festival on a cold, sunny November morning in rural Japan. I’d invited a friend because apparently agricultural school festivals were fun and had loads of food. This one was a bit more low key so my presence didn’t go unnoticed. As is often the case in Japan it was assumed that this guy was my boyfriend, and my Japanese was far too poor to explain otherwise when my principal and co-worker made us sit with them and drink tea.
How does fragmented identity affect the work of four different creatives? Writer Liz-Emily Moen asks a bunch of creatives to chat about their views on identity. She also works on a collaboration photoshoot with photographer India Rose to portray the views. “Any form of expression is the act of exploring and learning, recognising and accepting that we are an accumulation of many things.All of these things are the metaphysical toys that we as creatives get to play with, and we can choose how much importance and sentimentality we want to award to each.
Emma: So today’s the big day of coming off hormones before transition, how has it been so far? Matilda: This morning I felt really strange, like I couldn’t think properly and I was overheating, it’s kind of a mini-menopause for four weeks. At the moment I’m still feeling kind of weird but I’ve gotten used to it now E: How have you been feeling emotionally today? M: Sometimes I feel very overwhelmed but ultimately all I have to do is remind myself how I felt 4 years ago when I was suicidal so when you look at my feelings over time its an upwards trajectory overall
It was nearly two in the morning. I had been watching the puddles grow from my window for some time now. Small figures moved slowly across the frame, carefully side-stepping puddles and dodging the splashes of passing cars. I am defacing a vintage map of the county – it seems to represent a version of the area much older than the one I know. I decorate the paths with large pylons and shopping malls until the pen I am using dries up and I almost rip the map apart trying to get it going again.
Paris, the city full of lively events, delicious food and positive energy. Whether it’s strolling around Le Louvre until 10pm or watching people salsa dance on Le Quai at 3am, it is a city you will easily fall in love with. Having lived here for almost a year now as a student, I wanted to gather and plan all my favourite things to do in 3 days, so that people can enjoy this beautiful place just as much as I do.
ALBUM REVIEW Alt-J Relaxer [Infectious Music, 2017] Styles: Semi-experimental, digital folk rock, English, Irish and American folk, progressive. Mercury Prize-winning trio alt-J is back, and things are getting weird. The bands third full-length studio album, Relaxer, refuses to conform to any expectations from devoted fans and sceptics. Relaxer is American, Irish and American digital folk rock as much as it is semi-experimental, progressive and seriously nerdy; the teaser for the opening track “3WW” was written in binary code.
أَزْهَرَ ‘Azhara – To Bloom 2010: Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation and the beginning of the Arab Spring. الربيع العربي Arab Spring – a blooming of revolutionary demonstrations rejecting totalitarian, authoritarian rule. First in Tunisia, then came the flourishing of demonstrations in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Smaller street demonstration sprung up in Morocco, Bahrain, Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Sudan. الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ an-niẓām - The People Want To Bring Down The Regime