Month: August 2015

Waiting For Your Embrace II

Poetry by Caitlyn Bove and Richa Gupta. Photos by Hana Tyszka and Somi Jun. Formatting by Somi Jun. Jackson (by Caitlyn Bove) We kissed a few nights ago. In a dream I had after the party that was cold and uncomfortable all night Your biggest obstacle was keeping your dog inside while remaining calm Everyone was kissing everyone and I was encouraging the stranger who sat next to me. Our desire to find the truth only heightened the anxiety but these nerves were due to the sobriety I have only ever felt during the day. It is night time now and that’s when I do my best handiwork. Her too. She had been texting her dealer but he was in Westwood so we were both stranded. The truth about you is that you’re clueless and curious. Your hair is too big and not big enough. You like me but you wear humor as a mask and refuse to take it off. We are the same in that way and maybe that’s why I’m drawn to …

Timmy Gibbons – Circus & Anatomy

By Katie Carson Managing Editor Timmy Gibbons is a student from Belfast, who is about to start Foundation Art and Design in Central Saint Martins, London in September. The work shown is from his A-Level Coursework. CIRCUS I have always been interested in the performing arts, having attended drama classes and been acting from a young age. But more importantly, I have always had a fascination with the Circus – the performers, the costumes and everything about it. I remember going to the local Tom Duffy’s Circus when I was very young and being mesmerised by the atmosphere and production. More recently, I have attended the more modern and advanced Cirque du Soleil productions, Quidam and La Nouba. The stages, atmosphere and the characters provided inspiration for me, and this is one of my reasons for choosing the circus as my theme. I would also say that Tod Browning’s 1932 film ‘Freaks’, a film which I have been a fan of for many years, provided some visual inspiration for my project. I stepped out of …

Janelane and the rise of the DIY band

By Somi Jun All photos courtesy of Janelane. The first time I interviewed Sophie Negrini about Janelane, the power pop band’s lineup had just solidified: Negrini on vocals and guitar, Alex Hardy on bass, Jake Levy as lead guitarist, and Lucas Cereijido on drums. As a result, Janelane’s  SoundCloud featured demos and live recordings, and the group had never performed a live show. 10 months later, Janelane’s body of work has grown to include its Peaches and Cream EP and cassette, 12 live shows, and tentative plans for an album release by the end of the year. Janelane has also become a bragging point for its hometown of South Pasadena, and integrated into a network of DIY music, populated by independent musicians and distributors. And it all started with bedroom recordings and free apps. Janelane’s homegrown sound perfectly captures the nostalgic, aching tones of adolescence and distant love. The lyrics are powered by a female experience, but remain accessible to any number of genders, age groups, or backgrounds. The band achieves this delicate mix of languor …

supriy sharma

Colorful, textural mixed media from Supriy Sharma. About Supriy Sharma: He is an artist from Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. He graduated in 2008 from Rajasthan School of Art in Jaipur and attended graduate school at the same college. He is currently doing freelance work in Baroda, Gujarat and has participated in many group, pair, and solo shows. Thank you, Supriy! ❤

human nature is ground meal // flash fiction

Three flash fiction pieces, written in English by Arabic-speaking students. Film photography by staff photographer Hana Tyszka. The Center by Reem Hatem Badr: the perilous journey of six children, as they try to escape from a mysterious land called “The Center.” A story of escape and adventure, that doubles as a metaphor about the power of words. Reem Badr, daughter, friend, established reader, aspiring writer, aimless wanderer, and lover of poetry. She is currently a student at The American University in Cairo. Fascination by Jana Tabet: an experimental flash fiction piece about the rush of life you get when you’re crashing into love with someone else. A poignant and concise piece that captures the experience of a consuming relationship. Jana Tabet is a 17-year-old girl from Lebanon. This upcoming year, she will be a senior in high school. She prefers going to a party over completing her homework, yet you’ll find her up until 5 a.m. finishing a story she had accidentally started reading before going to bed. She finds people beautiful and as much as she doesn’t like …

Maeve McPherson: a voice for working class teenage girls

Maeve McPherson is a multi-talented 18 year old student from Belfast who creates music that can be described as ‘bedroom pop’. Her voice has a beautiful, almost husky tone, which compliments her piano and guitar melodies. Maeve discusses her music, inspiration, musical progress and more. Reporting, interview, and transcribing by Managing Editor Katie Carson. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to your work? Both a celebration and repulsion of life as a working class teenage girl in the 21st century. What is your musical process, do you begin with lyrics or chord progressions? Not only do you play music, you also write poetry, do you find that you write a poem and then put it to music? I find writing lyrics probably the easiest thing in the world, its always trickier trying to find a chord progression that compliments the message you’re trying to convey. And definitely, whether its a poem or a song it always starts from the same germ, which is usually just scraps of lines that have been culminating in my notebooks for ages until …