The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu has released the first teaser trailer for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, the 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. In just 30 seconds, it says everything about what a beautiful nightmare this series will be. The trailer is dark, creepy and unforgiving. Elisabeth Moss stars as ‘Offred’, a woman struggling to survive in an oppressive, simplified society where she’s used for her fertility to aid re-population efforts. But it’s not just about the world she’s in, but also the world she’s from. The first preview shows that we’ll get a look at ‘Offred’s’ past, and how it will shape her future. She was a fighter, and she will continue fighting to be reunited with her family. The visuals look gorgeous but gruesome, including a harrowing look at Alexis Bledel’s character in a face gag. The 10-episode series stars Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, and Alexis Bledel. The TV series premieres on April 26, 2017.

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Alison Hansen

Meet fashion illustrator Alison Hansen. Hansen trained in Fashion Design at the ‘University of Westminster’. After graduating Hansen began a career in fashion design in London and later New York and L.A. Hansen soon realised her true passion was fashion illustration which she just happened to find the easiest and most rewarding. Hansen’s style is fresh and feminine with clean lines and a dreamy palette, working mostly in watercolour. Hansen’s personal inspiration comes from style icons in music, movies and art, Bowie, Warhol and Hockey. Hansen is a self described “nostalgic style junkie” with a love of vintage imagery and retro product design, her illustration hero’s include Jason Brooks, Megan Hess and Rene Greau. Hansen aces her fashion illustration with the help of her fashion design background, giving her work a sense of layout and proportion and more importantly when drawing clothing or accessories Hansen knows exactly how they should appear. Her client’s seem to agree as Hansen’s work has appeared in campaigns for ‘Ultimo’, ‘Reiss’, ‘Harrods’, ‘Selfridges’ and beachwear company ‘Pampelone’ to name but a few.

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There She Goes

‘Twin Peaks’ returns on May 21, with a two-hour episode premiere and 18-hour series to follow. Co-creator David Lynch and his cast offered slivers of detail about the highly-anticipated show during a panel at the ‘Television Critics Association’ press tour. The filmmaker unexpectedly appeared at the ‘TCA’, with Madchen Amick, Laura Dern, Miguel Ferrer, Kyle McLachlan, Kimmy Robertson and Robert Forster from the cast. According to Lynch “the story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days is very, very important … (to what we’ll see in the revival)”. However, when prodded as to whether there would be continuations of original plots or new storylines he said: “I’m really not a liberty to talk about that.” At the same convention, Showtime president David Nevins called the reboot “pure heroin” to which Lynch later replied, “I hear heroin is a very popular drug.” Nasty! Lynch recalled how the dark world of ‘Twin Peaks’ and its residents played on his mind for years, and how they decided to return. “I often just remembered the beautiful world and the beautiful characters,” Lynch said. “It was Mark who contacted me, it was many years ago now, and asked if I wanted to go back into that world, and we met and talked, and that’s what got us going again for this one.” The ‘Blue Velvet’ director described how he and Twin Peaks co-creator Frost originally approached the first season’s pilot. “I saw it as a film, and we shot it the same was (as a film) and lo and behold, it clicked,” he explained. Lynch also discussed the work they had to do to finish the original series. “What killed Twin Peaks originally – who killed Laura Palmer? – was a question that we did not ever really want to answer,” he said. “That Laura Palmer mystery was the goose that laid these little golden eggs. And then at a certain point, we were told we needed to wrap that up and after that, (the show) never really picked up.” When asked about the cast members from the original show and what kept some of them from returning, Lynch said it was because some didn’t want to come back, whereas the story didn’t continue for others. Lynch also stated that the revival was written as one continuous story and not episodically. Cast from the original roster returning include Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn and David Duchovny. A major omission was Lara Flynn Boyle’s ‘Donna’, who is said to have turned it down. New additions include Sky Ferreira, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Au Revoir Simone and Sharon Van Etten, as well as Michael Cera, Monica Bellucci, Tim Roth, Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Laura Dern. Lynch will reprise his cameo role as doughnut-eating ‘Detective Gordon Cole’, the hard-of-hearing detective at the side of ‘Dale Cooper’.

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Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

The ‘London Stories’ series with host Bill Brewster, the DJ and co-author of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’, is in its third chapter tonight and tonight they alight upon one of the most vibrant and illicit facets of the London club culture: the gay scene. London has one of the most established gay communities in the world from the ‘Molly Houses’ of the 18th century (one of the first documented police raids was on Mother Clap’s house in Field Lane in February 1726 – three men were subsequently hanged) to Crisp’s wartime fun with various serviceman and the birth of the modern London nightclub scene and its notorious and wonderful characters – ‘Dockyard Doris’, ‘Selena The Horse’ the wonderful ‘Tallulah’ to today’s post-Grindr scene. The three protagonists talking about the many changes that have occurred over the past 60 years are Norman Scott, Jeffrey Hinton and Luke Howard who will be paying homage some of the great DJs and clubs. Norman Scott began DJ-ing in the late 1950s, worked as a DJ for the Beatles in the 1960s, but really made his name on the gay scene as one of the founding residents at the groundbreaking ‘Bang’ on Charing Cross Road, later playing regularly at ‘Global Village’ down the road – now know as ’Heaven’. Jeffrey Hinton is a visual artist and DJ who danced to disco in New York in the late 1970s before becoming a resident at the notorious Warren Street squat which housed Boy George, dancer Michael Clark, Princess Julia and countless others. A friend of Leigh Bowery he DJ-ed at ‘Taboo’ one of London’s most legendary gay nights and subsequently has played in every club worth its name. Hinton has many stories to tell, many of which are unprintable. We are all ears. Luke Howard was resident at ‘Queer Nation’, lived in New York, and lately is better known as one of the quartet of resident DJs at the Vauxhall institution ‘Horse Meat Disco’. Howard is also an historian of gay nightlife. The evening takes place at ‘Second Home’ in Shoreditch tonight. Tickets are free for members and £3 non-members. All proceeds from our cultural programme go to the ‘Kibera Hamlets’ school in Nairobi where ‘Second Home’ has funded the construction of a new school building designed by our architects ‘Selgas Cano’. We are advised that tickets for this evenings event has sold out but “if you’re super nice they’ll let you in.”

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John Lockwood Kipling

John Lockwood Kipling, C.I.E.(6 July 1837 – 26 January 1911), was an English art teacher, illustrator, and museum curator who spent most of his career in British India. He was the father of the author Rudyard Kipling and daughter Alice Kipling. Fun fact Rudyard was christened after Rudyard, Staffordshire, the place where his parents had first met. Lockwood Kipling illustrated many of Rudyard Kipling’s books and other works including ‘Tales of the Punjab’ by Flora Annie Steel. In 1870-1872 Lockwood Kipling was commissioned by the government to tour the Punjab, North-West Frontier and Kashmir and make a series of sketches of Indian craftsmen as well as various sights and antiquities in these regions. In fact, the 19th century Arts and Crafts revival in British India is a fascinating chapter in the international history of art and design. However, Lockwood Kipling’s career as designer and architectural sculptor, curator and educator, illustrator and journalist, has received little attention. Lockwood Kipling started his career as an architectural sculptor at the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum) in 1861. He then spent a decade teaching at the ‘Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art’ in Mumbai, and a further eighteen years as Principal of the ‘Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore’ (today Pakistan’s ‘National College of Arts’) and Curator of the ‘Lahore Museum’. The V&A collections contain drawings by Lockwood Kipling depicting potters, dyers, jewellery makers and toy-makers, cloth-sellers, metal workers and wood-carvers. From Saturday January 14, 2017 the venerable institution gets back to its traditional roots with a show about the life of one of their founders. Lockwood Kipling not only shaped the original collection, he helped decorate the South Kensington building (with terracotta sculpture) which can be seen now in a permanent mosaic by the Museum’s John Madejski garden. The exhibition about John Lockwood Kipling is curated by Julius Bryant (V&A) and Susan Weber (Bard Graduate Centre). It will present the results of a 3-year international research project bringing together scholars from Mumbai, Lahore, London, New York, Vermont and Hawaii.

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Christina Gineris

“I like to paint stuff you don’t usually see in typical portraiture” – Chirstina Gineris, Artist. When Christina Gineris was a Senior at the ‘San Diego Academy of Art and Science’, she made the front cover of ‘Mustang Magazine’ with her portrait of her friend Chanelle Ankeney, using oil on canvas. Gineris had been interested in art since her childhood but didn’t start painting until late sophomore year. Since then, Gineris has developed her own unique style, incorporating exaggerated colours and facial features with realism. Gineris considers herself a multidisciplinary artist because she enjoys using her creativity in many different ways, including painting, drawing, weaving, wood-working and interior design. Simply put Gineris feels most inspired by beautiful places and beautiful people. A little like Slim Aarons then.

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I Need A Hiro

“I remember as a child that every time I looked at [statues] of Buddha and other Buddhist deities from India, they were covered with profuse amounts of jewellery and all kinds of body ornaments. I wondered why there isn’t much jewellery in traditional Japanese culture.” – Hirotaka Inoue, Jewellery Designer. And thus, it was these early encounters with Buddha that started Hirotaka Inoue on the path to jewellery design. After studying political science at the ‘University of California’ and spending a few years working in the HR department of an IT company, Inoue decided to right this egregious wrong by moving to Paris when he was 28 to apprentice for a knowledgeable (and “rather eccentric”) jewellery collector. Inoue learned a great deal from the collector and also got a great contact, ending up with a jewellery designing position with one of the largest jewellery wholesalers in Tokyo. During this time Inoue created custom jewellery for a select group of clients on the side, eventually leaving the wholesalers to set up his eponymous collection in 2009. Some of the motifs Inoue created for his private clients such as seahorses and diamond spiderweb bracelets make an appearance in his namesake line. Most of the pieces designed by Hiro (as he is known by his friends) revolve around a natural theme and all have a unique back story, whether it’s the holiday 2013 ‘Camouflage’ rings inspired by his travels to the Indonesian rainforests or the ‘Gossamer’ line which gives a nod to dewy spiderwebs in the sun. The self-described “jewellery nerd” even invented a new type of beige gold, a warm, sand-coloured metal that took him almost a year to perfect. And then there’s the ‘Vanité ‘collection, which includes tiny, realistic skulls, which are hand-carved by the designer’s father, an 80-year-old retired orthopaedic surgeon. “He used his old scalpels from the ’60s, taking six months to finish the mould in wax,” said Inoue. “I think they have the spirit of true artisanship.”

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English Work

In our time, embroidery has sunk to the level of a minor art, but it wasn’t like that in the Middle Ages, when fabulously ornate embroidery in semi-precious threads provided some of the most resonant and universally understood expressions of spiritual and temporal power. The epicentre of this world of gothic hyper-bling was London, where a tightly knit community of craftsmen and women made themselves wealthy creating specially commissioned clothes and vestments for potentates and churchmen all over Europe, a trade that became known as “opus anglicanum” – English work. This was an era when people thought nothing of wearing a garment that told the life story of Christ in 18 panels, each over a foot high, with the murder of St Thomas a Beckett squeezed into a corner, as seen in the ‘Bologna Cope’. (A ‘cope’ or ‘orphrey’ is a kind of long bishop’s scarf). This magnificent item is the opening work in the V&A’s new show, which is the first in over 50 years to focus on this fascinating, but neglected area. The exhibition contains over 100 of these sumptuous hand-made embroideries, celebrating their exquisite craftsmanship and shedding new light on the tools, materials and people who made them, many of whom were based in the City of London – medieval England’s creative hub. It is an accident of survival that most existing examples of ‘Opus Anglicanum‘ are religious vestments. Medieval bishops were buried in their very best robes: when their tombs were opened centuries later, the well-preserved fabrics often still had its glorious original colours. Gold and crimson and sapphire blue embroideries that were found clinging to ancient skeletons are today meticulously conserved. It means we can look in this exhibition at stockings and shoes, as well as robes, that are up to a thousand years old. These incredible objects chart distinct phases in the technical, artistic and economic development of the medieval embroidery trade in England across three centuries and are exhibited alongside related works in other media from the period, including panel paintings, manuscripts, metalwork and sculpture. The V&A’s exhibition about this medieval English success story is a loving re-creation of a lost artistic achievement.

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Santa Clarita Diet

When we heard that Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant and Nathan Fillion were starring in a new Netflix series (due out February 3rd) Chapeau! were cautiously optimistic (gotta LOVE Drew). The show is called ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ and for whatever reason it sounds as if it’s based on some mass-market paperback, but no, ‘Better Off Ted’s’ Victor Fresco is the showrunner here. So, Barrymore. Olyphant. Fillion. Fresco. So far, so good. The shows longline reads; “Married couple Sheila and Joel (Barrymore and Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a dramatic change.” Sounds like a pleasant rom-commy diversion that probably has some edge to it thanks to Fresco, right?! Turns out, there’s a whole lot more edge to it than first thought. That dark turn? Sheila is dead, but she’s not just dead. She’s a zombie. The Santa Clarita diet spoken of? That’s human flesh. Sheila needs to eat it so that she can continue “living” and being the loving wife and mother her family needs. “I don’t want to watch a show about a couple fighting and falling apart, I can’t handle it right now,” Barrymore told USA Today. “It’s not heavy, but it’s not lacking in a sort of sweetness, if you will. But it’s also got bite and backbone and balls.” Using zombies to explore suburban malaise is a fantastic new twist. Liv Hewson (daughter of Bono) also stars as the couple’s daughter, and Fillion will play a rival real-estate agent.

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Ben Thomas

“The idea of simplicity and flatness is where I’m at right now.” Ben Thomas, Photographer. Ben Thomas is a photographer and visual artist born in Adelaide, now living in Melbourne, Australia. Thomas’ work is centred around the cities and urban spaces that we live in. Thomas’ ‘Cityshrinker’ series (2007) was internationally acclaimed and considered to be one of the pioneering projects exploring the now popular tilt-shift technique. ‘Accession’ (2012) a study of urban spaces utilising mirror and kaleidoscopic techniques to highlight how repeating patterns and objects act as the basis of our urban surroundings. The most recent series from Thomas is ‘Chroma’ (2015) and ‘Chroma II’ (2016) a further deconstruction of cities and urban areas with a primary focus of the use of colour and flatness that poses questions of how society defines the places in which we live. It’s ‘Chroma’ that we’re looking at today. ’Chroma’ is full of collapsed textures and primary colours and is eerily vacant. Thomas purposefully stripped out as much of the darker detail in the images as possible to allow the vibrant colour to control the image. This simplicity goes far beyond the final image, it begins with Thomas’ approach. The photographer deconstructed his kit until it comprised of only a couple of lenses at a fixed focal length. Thomas then looked for the architecture and place design that give cities their unique feel. A key factor was also the weather, which was critical for the treatment process. The series was shot in several locations including Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Paris and Italy, because of this cross-pollination of places, the series feels weirdly mismatched as different styles of architecture and skylines collide but Thomas manages to connect them through his use of colour. The aqua tones interspersed by faint yellows and pops of reds feel clean and detached, an almost hyperreal representation of the cities we live in.

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