Ben Javens is an illustrator with a terrific style. Originally from a small Yorkshire town called Ossett, Javens headed to Birmingham in the late 90′s to complete a Fine Art degree at the University of Central England. After that he wandered for several years in what he describes as “the wilderness that is life after graduation”. Fortunately he found his true calling as an illustrator a few years later and, as he says on his website he “hasn’t looked back since”.
Ben’s style is fun, playful and charming. Recently he made a tamborine for the Sound It Out Charity which I really love. The simplicity of his work is so good and his images are bound to bring some color to your day. Go check out more of what he makes on his website here.
‘Holi’ is the name of this wonderful little short by the New York based production company & creative collective Variable. The film aims to help viewers take notice of the beauty that exists within the life and culture of our world. “The world is fascinating” they say. “People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us”.
With direction and cinematography by Jonathan Bregel & Khalid, the film gives a brief snapshot of Holî – the Hindu festival of colors. Every year, a large number of Hindus celebrate the spring equinox by participating in the Holî. Here they smear coloured powder on each other and throw scented water in the air. It’s an amazing looking tradition and one which Variable have captured in all its beauty.
Atipus have an amazing portfolio of projects on their site. Set-up in 1998, the Barcelona based studio have worked on many projects over the years; combining their expert eye with a number of different disciplines including art direction, packaging, web design and corporate identity.
Recently they created an identity for the social music-therapist and educator Celia Castillo. It’s a really beautiful and strong identity and when I saw it it really caught my eye. Atipus decribe the identiy as being based on rhythmic exercises which Castillo developed. In these exercise the basic aim is to provoke different moods in their patients. It’s really beautiful. Make sure to check out all the images from this branding on their site here.
I have to admit that The Paellas are a band I don’t know too much about. I discovered them last night while clicking around on Soundcloud and instantly fell for their lo-fi feel and their shoegazzy sound.
Hailing from the Japanese city of Osaka, their track Long Night Comes is particularly good. Described by the band as “NITETIME SURF POP”, the track is filled with great poppy guitars and simple hazy vocals. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to grab a surfboard and go hangout on the beach. Fans of bands like Beach Fossils and Real Estate are sure to lap this up. It’s good-old-fashioned lo-fi pop and its simplicity makes it all the sweeter. Go check them out!
Edinburgh-based illustrator Kate McLelland has a great portfolio of work. A recent graduate of Edinburgh College of Art’s Masters degree in illustration, Kate has worked on prints, commissions, exhibitions and a children’s book.
I really like her series of skyline prints. Originally created as an entry to a competition held by London Transport, her London print was a re-deigned skyline that reflected London today. After enjoying the process of creating the image (and picking up first runner-up in the competition) Kate decided to make two more city skylines – first Edinburgh and then Paris. On her website she notes that every year she has created a new skyline but hasn’t decided on which one to do this year. Hopefully she decides soon because I can’t wait to see it!
Kate McLelland’s ‘Skyline’ prints are currently available for purchase from the Hello Polly store.