FEATURED: Kathryn Stevens – Artist

Apart from being pleasant or intriguing to experience, art, when made with pure and sincere intentions, can be a powerful healer. Sometimes your soul is looking for something cheerful and inspiring, other times for a good laugh. In this case, I’ve found something calming, profound, and quietly encompassing.

Kathryn Stevens is a fine artist and painter, originally from Cornwall and currently based in Bristol. Having studied at Bath School of Art and Design, Stevens’ speciality is abstract painting, with her main medium being oil paint on canvas.

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FEATURED: Kostis Grivakis – Artist

I don’t know if recycling ever gets boring, or if we ever fall out of love with our favourite paintings and portraits by renowned artists, but just in case, here’s someone who can kill two birds with one stone. (Metaphorically speaking of course, because when you think about it, stoning birds is quite mean.)

Konstantinos “Kostis” Grivakis is a Greek artist and art teacher who has a knack for turning everyday used household items into… art. And lots of it! Not only is he a recycling genius, but he also makes collages of famous figures in traditional Omani dress and settings, which results in something either quite amusing or exceptionally stunning (see: collage of Elizabeth Taylor). Grivakis also creates collages of world-famous works of art mixed with popular landmarks in Oman.

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Hare in the Chair – Upholstery shop and service

When shopping for furniture, most people’s first port of call is one of the usual big brands, or whichever of them recently put out a new tantalizing ad campaign. But if you live in or near Bristol and are looking for bespoke, high-quality and contemporary chairs, footstools and cushions – even for existing ones to be reupholstered – I’d encourage you to shop locally, and more specifically with a store that is extremely passionate about the furniture that they produce.

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Rebecca Krzyzosiak’s one-off handmade creations

Rebecca Krzyzosiak is a designer from Bath who makes handmade jewellery and accessories. A Bath Spa University graduate, with experience working in different areas of the textile industry, last year she opened her own small business, Little Wren Accessories.

Her creations can be found on Etsy, but you would be well advised to snap up whichever of those you wish to acquire, as each piece is one-of-a-kind. From necklaces to brooches, from fascinators to cuffs, most feature pre-loved fabrics and items such as buttons, beads, lace and pearls.

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“The Stars, Like Dust” – Curxes’ new music video

Curxes (also known as Roberta Fidora) is an electronic musician from the Isle of Wight, who makes “bleak and oblique choral post-pop songs”. Featured in many publications, such as NME, MOJO and BBC Music, and having toured across the UK, she has gained an appreciable following with her eerie, somewhat sad, yet complacently content music.

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Lauren Froderman choreographs for “Samson” by Regina Spektor

If you’ve never heard “Samson” by Regina Spektor before (even if you have) you have the absolute privilege of experiencing the eloquently and ridiculously sweet love song in this beautiful way.

Originally from Arizona and now based in LA, American dancer and choreographer Lauren Froderman (also winner of season seven’s So You Think You Can Dance) has been busy writing and producing concept videos of her choreography along to some of her favourite songs. The first uploaded to her YouTube channel was a fun, slippery sequence to “Soap” by Melanie Martinez, and today she released her interpretation of one of Regina Spektor’s most beloved and well-known pieces.

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EXHIBITION: “Don’t Trust These Walls” at 123space

You never know what to expect when you walk onto Stokes Croft any night of the week. There are dozens of cafes and bars always packed with brooding or buzzing punters socializing their sorrows away, music is always pulsating through the walls of these same establishments, and there is certainly an ever-present people-driven spirit that supports and welcomes art of pretty much any format. Last Wednesday, siblings Beulah Davina, ThisisDA and Eric Sings picked the rustic and minimalistic 123space to host an exhibition displaying their art and music.

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Why, oh WHY do we need another music/art/film/etc. blog…?

Who?

I’m a Bristol-based artist/musician that goes by the name of Eleanor VS. (but my family and friends call me Vanessa). Since I can remember I’ve been annoying my family and neighbours with my incessant singing and guitar-strumming. Also since I was young, I’ve loved to read and write. As I got older I discovered I wasn’t too bad at drawing. I also discovered that films are not only a means of entertainment. Then I did something that really pissed my parents off and left school to pursue all this creative stuff. Because, y’know… art is my religion.

Basically, I’m one of those unbearably annoying people that would say something pretentious and nauseating, like: art is my religion.

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