Author: Ayla Angelos

Athena Skates is a sun-drenched documentary that follows a group of young female roller skaters

For Elliott Gonzo, a British film director based in London, storytelling is something that arrived habitually. It was while watching Delicatessen, a film by French director Jean Pierre Jeunet – a “dark and twisted, hyperreal comedy about a cannibalistic butcher and landlord in a post-apocalyptic France” – that he as initially inspired to professionally pursue the […]

Saskia Janssen humorously illustrates the “things that people do to entertain themselves”

Saskia’s work is observational and effortlessly funny. Utilising these moments from the everyday, she will seek out activities and events that make us truly human. For example, amidst the current pandemic, much of her work has navigated towards the theme of exercise, with scenes of YouTube home workouts playing key characters throughout. In others, there’s […]

In a new book, photo duo Valentina Piccinni and Jean-Marc Caimi capture the hidden realities of Istanbul

This human-centred approach can be seen in their latest series Güle Güle. Inspired wholeheartedly by the people they meet and the situations experienced, the series is centred around these relationships with the subjects. “We are drawn into their lives and the situation they are living,” says Valentina. “Like a domino effect, each person gets us […]

Drawing from personal experience, Rosi Tooth’s illustrations are sentimental, pink and extremely relevant

Graphic designer by day and illustrator by night, Rosi tends to work gruellingly long hours – but it’s all for the love of the craft. Beginning her day job in commercial and corporate design at 8:30 AM, she tends to work on her illustrations and ceramics at around 7:30 PM for a few hours. “A […]

Dystopian and technical, hair designer Charlie le Mindu proves how versatile a mane can be

Now working across the board, Charlie’s recent work has seen him create various pieces for runways and editorials. This includes a latex mask, titled Belle Head – one that’s been instilled with a wacky sense of rebellion and a subtle tease of sci-fi. Elsewhere, there’s the infamous hair costumes for a performance piece held at […]

Using thermal technology, Giles Price photographs the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Drawn in by the physical aftermath of the natural disaster, Giles was interested in documenting how the landscape had been altered – both in terms of deconstruction and the radiation. “For some time, I have been working with drones; the capabilities of them fascinate me. This includes thermology, which is used in industrial surveying (for […]

the very British scenes of Lydia Blakeley

“Painting is a slow medium, and for me, it’s all trial and error; it’s not always easy but I enjoy the struggle,” says British artist Lydia Blakeley. Drawn in by its reflective process and means of distilling a moment in time, Lydia paints with utmost contemplation. Having achieved an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths […]

Emotive and pleasing, the work of illustrator Ema Gaspar comes littered with hidden messages

By transferring her thoughts to paper through irregular objects and analogue compositions, she explains how each of her pieces have their own distinctive narrative – but this isn’t something she always plans. “When I start, I don’t have any idea of what the final image will look like, from that first object I add in […]

Tom Noon on his musical, spontaneous and illustrative approach to graphic design

Never one for future planning, Tom Noon resultantly had a rather star-shaped path to where he is today. The Bristol-based designer and illustrator was, of course, an arty child, which meant that he went on to study graphics and illustration at college – but surprisingly, what followed was a degree in politics and international relations […]

“An endless love story”: Claudine Doury returns to the Amur River to photograph its people

For Claudine Doury, a French photographer living in Paris, her creativity was sparked at the ripe age of nine, as soon as she’d met a professional working in the medium. “She was taking illustration pictures for the press and was coming to my village looking for children as models,” she tells It’s Nice That, reminiscing […]