Author: Katie Carson

‘To Sushi’

Words and Images provided by Rory Turner Rory Turner is an undergraduate student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His 2nd year building project, “Caravaggio Dreams of Sushi,” proposed a sushi restaurant situated along the Regent’s Canal in Hoxton, East London. An experiment in the mastery of light and shadow within architecture; the project became a research platform to explore the interpretation of light within the context of Japanese cultural and artistic traditions which embrace themes of delicacy and subtlety. Following a two-week research trip to Japan, these more sensitive qualities of light were then compared and contrasted to light’s more expressive, dramatic depiction present within Western Renaissance artwork, such as the striking paintings of Caravaggio. I became fascinated by the idea of harnessing light in order to construct darkness, using the shadow as a space for curiosity and invention. Beginning with representations of illuminated “moments” within the architecture etched in chalk; the design method soon evolved into a scientific process of constructing an architecture through physical light experiments with small “sets” for the dining spaces. …

Sarah Hunter’s Tits & Other Bits

Sarah Hunter, 20-year-old illustrator based in Brighton, UK is an incredible example of a woman who is all about body appreciation. Her series ‘Tits & Other Bits’ exemplifies the notion that not all women have the “perfect” bodies. Sarah describes her work as simple, yet effective. Her illustrations humorously take on real life situations and personal experiences, basing a lot of it on the fact that “you cannot take life at face value as it can get very depressing, so why not spice it up a bit.” Hunter is currently working on a cartoon series of the times things “didn’t quite go according to plan”. “I try to produce work I would enjoy or find funny, I am that person who laughs (to myself) when I do a funny drawing…” When Hunter creates her illustrations she tends to start with simple drawings, then scanning to manipulate them on Photoshop. Of her materials, Sarah says “even though I enjoy using paint, I prefer my illustrations to be clean cut which is quite hard to do with that particular medium.”   Although, …

seiya bowser

Seiya Bowser is an 18-year-old artist who has just graduated high school. Growing up he has lived in Los Angeles, Japan, and New York.  What is the process of creating your paintings? Is it a long creative process?  “The process for creating the pieces takes me very long, but, usually what I do is just chill, smoke weed, and just start the piece. It takes a long time for me to decide what the piece actually is until I’m about halfway through, which is weird I don’t know why I do that.” Was this work for school, or did you do this in your own time?  “All the work I do is for myself. When I was in high school my art teacher helped me a lot, but, I never really did work or pay attention just did my own stuff, she didn’t really like that.” What, or who inspired you?  “I’m mostly inspired by my friends, they’re always throwing ideas at me for what to paint. Me and my friend Jonah always take shrooms and paint …

The Tunnel Magazine Survival Guide: Settling into your first year creative course

Part 1: Welcome to your new home – The Studio It’s about 11pm on a cold winter’s night in the depths of November. I’ve just dived into my flat and already the tears are streaming down my face as I cry hysterically down the phone to my mum. It’s been yet another long, tiring day in the studio and once again I’m stressing out about how much work I supposedly have to do over Christmas; I feel absolutely drained. This was a pretty low point in my course but one which I later realized a lot of students go through, but very few talk about. Being on a creative course can be an extremely challenging and tiresome experience, and there is an awful lot to get used to; most definitely NOT the smooth sailing that many people outside the Arts may assume. Personally I found it a difficult transition from an art class of eight to a studio year of eighty-eight, but the advice I received from fellow students and lecturers along the way helped …

The Tunnel Magazine Survival Guide: Introduction

My name is Rory Turner and I am a second year student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. For me this university was absolutely perfect for what I was interested in doing. Known for its highly creative and conceptual approach to architecture, as well as being home to cutting edge research into digital design and robotic fabrication, it is a school I’m very proud to be a part of. Upon entering an institution with a reputation as high as The Bartlett, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intimidated. As the months went by and I happily settled in, I was very lucky to have met some truly incredible individuals, getting the chance to gaze firsthand in awe, at work which will forever inspire and astound me. However, the pressure I put upon myself to really excel at my studies and make the most of this wonderful opportunity, at times, could be overwhelming; almost a burden. And I’m sure those feelings are shared by anyone regardless of their path in life, …

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 …

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 …