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Grays Degree Show Highlights - Roos Marie Dijkhuizen!

I fell in love with Roos prints as soon as I saw them, I've know her and a few of the print makers for a while but I haven't really had a chance to see their work properly so the degree show was a great chance to check out their work!

MoC: Who are you and what do you do?
Roos: My name is Roos Dijkhuizen with a BA(hons) in printmaking. Into installation and ceramics too. I want to be better at many things.

Who are some of the artists that your into that I don't know?
Artists that I'm into, that have something I'm into, are many! Some that come to mind for different reasons are – David Hockney, Julie Meheretu, Cy Twombly, Ben Shahn, Maya Hayuk, Gelitin, Carsten Holler, Olafur Eliasson, Pipilotti Rist, Seripop, Hiro Kurata, Hieronymus Bosch, a newbie from the Dundee Degree Show I really liked was Jamie Johnson, there was a painting I just saw by Lisa Sanditz that was really nice. I like to think when I look I find something.
How did you think your balloon piece woul…

Grays Degree Show Highlights - Emma Armstrong!

So this is the second interview with another new graduate from Grays School of Art. I've met Emma a few times through mutual friends and I was absolutely delighted when I saw her work at the degree show, combining elements of taxidermy, natural history and literature, I don't think it could have been any more up my street! So.........

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Emma Armstrong, I'm a Printmaking artist that has just graduated from Grays School Of Art. 
Who are some of the artists that your into that I don't know?
To list a few of my favourite artists, John James Audubon, Walton Ford, Damien Hirst, Claire Morgan, Casper David Friedrich, Andy Goldsworthy, Joseph Cornell, Polly Morgan, Kate Mc Dowell, Thomas Cole because of what his painting are about. I love a guy called Josh Keyes, he's an American print maker / painter and his work is astounding, he is undoubtedly one of my favorite artists and I love the themes that he plays with.

Where and…

Grays Degree Show Highlights - Mark Rennie!

The Grays Degree Show is always a special time of year, not just for the students who get to show off their work after 4 hard years slogging away but also for folks like me who take a great interest in the creative world, especially the one on our doorstep! So with this in mind I made sure to pick up as many cards as possible while looking round. There is always a few stand out artists or designers and I figured instead of just ripping a few images from their web sites it might be cool to actually speak to them and try to get some deeper insight into their work. So here's a few answers to some questions I sent to Mark Rennie.

ME: Who are you and what do you do?

HIM: Mark Rennie. I recently graduated from Grays School of Art, specialising in printmaking.

Who are some of the artists that your into that I don't know?

NAME DROPPING ALERT! Here we go some classics and some lesser known ones...just off the top of my head:

Breughel, Goya, Rembrandt, Beksinski, Kris Kuksi, Ivan Biliban, Ma…

E.A.R.L. of an Era!

So on my 28th birthday (today) the EARL of Sandwich is closing its doors for the last time. It might seem like just another sandwich shop but Neil who has been running the shop for the last 7 years has put so much into the business and has created a pretty unique shop where people from all walks of life cross paths, share some banter and get a great sandwich to boot! 
I mean when I was skint Neil gave me a part time job, even though he didn't really need anyone at the time, I did gain about 2 stone because I was eating so much when I worked for him but he really helped me out! He also put me onto some amazing artists and music over the years, usually ill ask about 3 or 4 tunes I hear during the course of waiting for my sandwich. They were also the only sandwich shop in the UK which stocked Vice magazine, maybe not so cool now but still a sign of the kinda thinking behind the shop. 
Having Remi / Rough do a massive mural on the wall also helped the EARL stand out from other shops …

Yosemite & San Francisco in 35mm - The End!

San Fran was our final stop before home, except I fucked up my flight in London and had to go to Glasgow for a night but what a night it turned out to be! Anyway read about the final leg here!