Loving Film: The Making of Longbird

Loving Film: The Making of Longbird

If you haven’t seen The Making of Longbird (where have you been??) now’s your chance! I first seen this fabulous short film in 2011 at the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show and have had to wait until now before seeing it in full again as it was being screened for awards in which it won […]

Beautiful Disasters

Beautiful Disasters

Strangely beautiful and compelling, Beautiful Disasters is a collection of abstract ceramic forms by Beth Azar, an artist who uses her work to reach out to the audience about social, economical, political and environmental issues. Inspired by natural disasters and their aftermath, Beth uses crawled earthenware glazes to create intriguing and beautiful textures reminiscent of […]

The Great Grayson

The Great Grayson

Every year textile students of St Martin’s art school are given the opportunity of a lifetime: to design a dress for eccentric artist Grayson Perry. The process is long with tough weekly rounds such as The Week of Dreams, where students bring their ideas and samples to Perry for initial assessment (hint: Perry might be […]

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

I’m sure that, like writers, artists are not immune to creative block. For renowned artists especially, the pressure to come up with something innovative that keeps pace with the fresh onslaught of new contemporaries graduating every year is no mean feat. If reading the runic social media stones and riding the cultural zeitgeist proves too […]

Don’t listen to what people say, look at what they do

Don’t listen to what people say, look at what they do

Next up is the old adage, don’t listen to what people say, look at what they do. Central banks have become net buyers of gold since 2009 and the Chinese are buying it like the clappers. There are many suggesting that at some point China will declare its currency to be backed by gold. Their […]

Tom McPhee: Joy in Motion

Tom McPhee: Joy in Motion

  Tom McPhee’s work really caught my attention at New Designers because it’s so playful! Using metalsmithing techniques, he creates interactive automata and kinetic sculpture pieces which entice the viewer to interact and play; encouraging curiosity in the details that surround their lives. Tom’s work is inspired by the moments in the everyday,  “like when a leaf […]

New Designers: A Student Perspective

New Designers: A Student Perspective

I’m not long back from New Designers Part 1, and to be honest I’m still recovering.  If you’re going there to exhibit, you know that it’ll be big (3,000 new graduate designers from the UK’s top universities and colleges, big), but that still doesn’t really prepare you for the size of it, the energy, and […]

Q&A with Rosie Martin, creative mastermind behind DIYcouture

Q&A with Rosie Martin, creative mastermind behind DIYcouture

We grabbed Rosie Martin for a quick chat about her creative lovechild and sewing revolution, DIYcouture, how zines are the analogue Tumblr, being self-sufficient until it gets down to socks among other things. ‘Wait, what?’ we hear you are slightly confused. So lets start from the beginning with filling you in on what DIYcouture is. In a […]

Heather Cheung

Heather Cheung

I’ve just returned from New Designers (Week One) at the Design Business Centre in London where I had the opportunity to exhibit my graduate collection and get an insight into the work of my fellow 2013 design graduates from around the UK. My next few articles here at Pinso will place focus on the graduate […]

Raja Role-Play

Raja Role-Play

Nikhil Chopra is a diverse artist who blurs the boundaries between theatre, performance, photography, sculpture and painting. Chopra creates fictional characters which form the basis of improvisations and photography, sometimes inhibiting performance characters for days on end (perhaps a contender to Daniel-Day Lewis’ Oscar hat-trick?). Born in Calcutta, in 1974, Chopra’s world of make-believe actually […]

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