Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Louise's London

Photo Courtesy Of Louise Golbey

If you're planning a London vacay to soak up the sun in the city and don't know where to go, no worries, Louise Golbey got you.

Best places to shop?
Carnaby Street, Oxford Street and oddly enough, Selbys on Holloway Road. It's a small-ish department store, but has all the normal high street concessions in it, and it's nice and local to me!

Where to eat?
I like all sorts of food. I'd say Kingly Court (off Carnaby Street) is a great place. It is a lovely open air courtyard and has loads of different types of restaurants.

Best clubs?
Marketplace Jazz Cafe (after gigs), The Social etc.

Things that are poppin' in general?
I love hanging out on The Southbank - especially in the summer when the weather is nice. Great to be by the river. But there are always arts and music events going on there all year round...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

In Da Club

Photo Courtesy Of Le Baron Shanghai

'Cause I'm bored with street style, I'm catching what the people are wearing elsewhere.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Edward Hopper


Photographed By Ellinor Forje

Went to get a card for a bereft friend, and look what I stumbled upon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bohan Phoenix

Photo Courtesy Of Bohan Phoenix

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I am currently in Chengdu, China. I have not always lived here, but have been spending time back here every year since I moved to America because a lot of my family is here now.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in a city called YiChang in the Hubei province of China.  At age 11, I moved to Boston to live with my mother and then moved to New York when I was 17, where I stayed until last year when I turned 25.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
I guess my city now would be Chengdu, and it’s a very pleasant place to live. The vibe is chill and the people are nice. I think the best part about this city is the food. I love the food here it’s spicy and delicious. The culture here in general is very rich.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES? 
When I was a child I grew up in YiChang, and it’s quite different than Chengdu, it’s less developed and I grew up in more of a rural environment. Some of the best memories as a child were just simple living. My grandparents had their own crops, and we didn’t even have indoor plumbing, but it was a very innocent time.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I don’t think I had any infant aspirations, at the time I was just a kid, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but for every kid back then was just to do good in school.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
A seminal experience would definitely be moving from YiChang to Boston, from having the bare necessities of life to having an abundance of everything. It totally shifted how I looked at the world and gave me a lot of new perspectives. I think having spent half of my life in China and half of my life in the States definitely made me the person I am today.

HOW HAS YOUR CROSS-CULTURAL BACKGROUND IMPACTED YOU?
The cross-culture background allowed me to learn about different people's way of life and taught me to look at the world and interact with people in ways that I couldn’t have if I didn’t have this double background.

WHY MUSIC?
Why music? Because I love it.

FIRST SONG EVER SUNG OR BARS TO A BEAT?
Do not remember first song ever sung. Probably some Chinese song when I was young.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
I would classify my sound as the stories of my life, and since no one else has lived my life, my sound is as unique as I am.

WHO OR WHAT HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST ARTISTICALLY?
I think my roommate Jachary back in Brooklyn, who is also one of my best friends, who is also a long time producer of mine, has had the most impact on me artistically, he showed me what it’s like to create fearlessly.

WHO ARE THE HIP HOP PIONEERS IN YOUR OPINION?
The hip hop pioneers to me, to name just a few, Eminem, Tupac, Jin - that’s a hard question. what does it even mean? Who started hip hop? Or who's doing interesting things in hip hop? If it’s who's doing interesting things in hip hop, I’d have to say myself as well.

IS THERE A SET OF MUSIC OR A MELODY THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU?
I love D’Angelo, his music always puts me in the mood.

DO YOU PURSUE ANY SPECIFIC THEMES THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
The themes in my music was, is and always will be the different aspects of my life.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER DOMAINS?
Just like my music can be either flamboyant or simple and straightforward, so is the way I dress and carry myself. I’m never one way or another. You can always find me changing and switching up my style. I think it’s important to evolve and constantly experiment with the world.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN THE STUDIO? 
I chill, read a lot, love watching movies. And then just hang out with friends, talk shit and try to enjoy the times that we have.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL? 
I stay mindful by being self-aware, and to be self aware you simply just have to pay attention, to the world, to yourself. And be true to what you observe.

Music

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jiu Jang


Photo Courtesy Of Oma Space

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I am in Seoul. I lived in London in the past.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
Seoul.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Oriental medicine, underfloor heating system, and fermented food.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
To elevate my spirit.

WHY ART AND DESIGN?
To deal with beauty everyday, to work with makers in different countries, to explore traditional processes and to bring them in contemporary forms, and then finally to help others to elevate their spirit through what we create.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
I did not go to school when I was a kid and teenager which is quite unusual for a young Korean. I travelled and I learn interesting things by myself. Later I went to study in textiles design at Sanmyung University in Seoul and at London College of Fashion. Then I worked in London with Michiko Koshino and then two years with Alexander McQueen. After that it was time for me to do my own thing with Oma Space.

WHY TEXTILE (MOSTLY)?
It’s so much part of our life. We live and dress with textiles everyday. It is part of our environment, it is our second skin. With my design pieces I try to create some spirited presence, with my garments I try to dress the soul.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
There are many natural processes to bring ideas to life. Drawing, searching, experimenting, weaving, dyeing, felting, cutting, assembling, sowing. It’s a long involvement with mind, eyes, and hands. We handcraft. We take time and by the end we have something precious and unique.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR?
Nature.

YOU NOW WORK AS A DUO WITH DANIEL KAPELIAN, HOW DOES THIS COLLABORATION IMPACT YOUR VISION?
First we have fun being a duet. We manage Oma Space together. We share the art direction and Daniel takes care of the business side while I concentrate on design and creation. Daniel also designs the sound of the studio and the exhibitions. It is a mutual feed with ideas, experiences, travels, encounters.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC INFLUENCE OTHER AREAS IN YOUR LIFE?
Aesthetic can impact your thoughts, your beliefs, and your attitude toward life. It is about sorting things in a very subjective way to avoid to be polluted by the ambient ugliness, rampant mediocrity, bad vibes and bad noise and parasites. So aesthetic influence your behavior. To make it short, we prefer silence than blah blah blah...

WHAT DO YOU GET UP WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
Yoga. Meditation. Learning. Cooking. Traveling. Playing music. Loving.Doing absolutely nothing...

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
Being blank, aware and awaken.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Neo-Soul Singer's New Single

Photo Courtesy Of Louise Golbey

"Still", is Louise Golbey's latest track.  As so often before, the music is inspired by Golbey's own experiences, career, relationships and love.  She describes her soul as neo. I wanted to ask about the jazz influence; because ah, that voice, it's vintage you see.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mary Kolende


Photographed By Christoph Boecken

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I live in Los Angeles now. I moved here a few years ago. Before, I was living in Germany for the most part and had lived in the UK and the USA for briefer periods of time.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised near Berlin in Germany.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Berlin offers a lot of history. I love going to the operas, museums, theaters, and parks.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I’ve always wanted to be the voice for the voiceless. When I was little I felt like something was not right with the way we were told to eat. I knew that eating animals was wrong, so I stopped at age nine. People back then were surprised by my decision but I knew it wasn’t right and I felt bad because I started imagining real life animals in front of me. So, I couldn’t contribute to this cruelty any longer. I’ve always hoped to become recognizable or have a bigger audience in order to spread the word about animal rights, environment, and veganism. I’m still working on it. Haha! I love entertaining people with music, art, and acting. Nowadays, I know that when I was little and trying to find my purpose, I actually already found it but just didn’t know it.

WHY THE CREATIVE FIELD (EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO)?
The best thing about letting yourself be creative is that you lose your ego, just be fearless and express yourself in ways that might even surprise you. I love singing, playing piano, drawing, acting, and modeling. Why I do all of this? Because the world needs art and everyone is an artist. You just have to allow yourself to be one. I want to spread my message about how important it is to have love, compassion, and happiness through art.

HOW DID YOU ACQUIRE YOUR SKILLS?
When talking about my drawing skills - they're self-taught. Ever since I was a child, I loved drawing animals, mostly as cartoons. It gave me a way to add light-heartedness to all of the sadness that revolves around the treatment of animals.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR SHOP ON ETSY?
 I started my Etsy store very recently, at the beginning of the year 2018. Right now, I’m selling shirts, mugs, and totes.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
When getting into the creative space you need to be vulnerable. It takes tears, frowns and laughter to get into the depth of very serious matters. I start drawing whenever I feel overwhelmed, anxious, and sad; sometimes happy. It takes me into another place where I can finally find relief from all of that. I don’t have a certain process. I just come up with ideas. Sometimes, I hear facts about animal cruelty, see or dream about it.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
When choosing to be specific about what inspires me, I can sincerely say that hard-working, honest, truthful, and authentic people who care about other beings inspire me. One of the most inspiring people is my mother. She has a huge heart, is filled with wisdom and is always there for me whenever I need her. She showed me what is means to be strong and how to inspire others by finding your own power.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE ELSEWHERE?
Ever since learning more about the fashion industry in terms of animal treatment and labor conditions, I have started to become more conscious of it and try to invest more into companies nowadays that are ethical, vegan, organic, and sustainable. I love going to nicer thrift stores and finding vintage items as well. Lately, I haven’t had that much time to go shopping because of work and study. Whenever I have the opportunity, however, I try to focus more on brands that align with my vegan lifestyle.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I get up to the sun on my skin and the licks of my little doggy in my face, I get up to just wanting to eat breakfast and enjoying the first minutes of the day in silence. Just doing nothing and feeling like I don’t have to be there for anyone else right now but for myself is what I love.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I unwind by just seeking to be present, by going to places where I don’t have to talk to people, where I can just listen to the nature, to the wind, watch birds pick food. That is how I love to meditate. In the evenings, I love practicing yoga.