A short trip to rural Mexico one year later where I'm held up, robbed of everything and left stranded in Veracruz. I'm eventually evacuated from the country and sent home, to Australia, shell-shocked. There, in the bleakness of failed ambitions, I was forced to unpack boxes of old belongings stacked away from my youth in relocations.
Self-employed paper artist, Lisa Lloyd, has been creating bold, intricate models from the unlikely sculptural material for huge UK brands, including Waitrose and the RSPB. The creator has said to have taken inspiration from the symmetry, geometry and textures of nature. Lisa converts these elements into a model by adding a modern twist taken from her knowledge of fashion and graphic design.
Lukas Vojir has been working in London for that last few years as a 3D motion designer for companies including ManvsMachine. Before his move to Blighty, the artist lived in his home city of Prague where he first found his inspiration and motivation to later produce artwork for world-renowned businesses, including Nike, Apple and Squarespace.
Anna Richards has taken the porn industry by storm with her ethically motivated porn site 'FrolicMe'. The entrepreneur developed the platform to encourage a safe working environment and a fair rate of pay for every performer involved in the production. The site has also been tailored to suit a mainly female audience who wish to indulge in pornography without compromising their ethical values towards an industry that continually faces controversy.
Society en masse has been stuck with a tunnel vision, with sexual expression labelled "dirty", deviant, filthy or perverse. Today we have all the tools to leave that phase behind. To accept sexual diversity is paramount for societal progress,obviously within a consensual, grown up territory.
Porn is only an unhealthy approach to sex when people see it as ‘normal sex’. The problem is the younger generation and porn, they start holding orgys and replicate the things they see!! (Porn).. is really about sexual enlightenment and how to get in touch with sexuality.
BDSM and all things erotic illustrator, Pachu Torres, has worked for the like of Playboy, the notorious men's lifestyle magazine, and regularly illustrates for the Spanish newspaper, ABC, to support the movement of bringing niche sex acts into the mainstream media. Though his work has been deemed a success in the art world, alongside receiving constant praise from a mainly female fanbase, his risqué style have not always been welcomed on social media platforms.
The whimsical, yet risqué self-titled artist 'Pixie Sinful' certainly lives up to their artistic persona with an Instagram glazed with x-rated illustrations of beautiful women of all shapes and sizes. Though most of the women are shown in what some may claim to be a compromising position, the illustrations are done in a manner that can only be described as tasteful and empowering.
The title 'Porn Star' can often have a great deal of stigma attached to it due to the controversy surrounding the Porn Star profession. Adult actress, Amara Romani, reveals the joys and hardships that she faces as an active performer in the industry. In this short interview, Amara reveals her free-spirited nature alongside her goals to do more humanitarian work when she decides to enter a new chapter after porn...
Under the name Emma Marié for anonymity purposes, Emma took to the internet to express her thoughts and sexual fantasies in the format of poetry and blog posting as a retreat from her everyday life. Though she is open with her friends and family about her talent for literature, her blog's detachment from her full identity exudes an air of mystery for her audiences.
Graphic designer, Océane Maya Boquet, is using her social media presence to tackle the still taboo subjects of female body empowerment and a women's relationship with porn. The tastefully-explicit designs act as a subtle 'fuck you' to the suppression of female nipples, gender inequality and the stigma attached to women for enjoying porn.
We started off playing covers of all sorts of bands, Tame Impala, Saskwatch, Bluejuice and more! Then we took a bit of a hiatus until Callum and Koleh started writing a few of their own songs. After jamming these new songs for a bit, we decided to have a name change to Bermuda Bay! Now it's very collaborative but it took some time and a somewhat windy path to get there!
Seattle based artist, Blake Kirpes, collects the old and transforms it into the new by creating imagery that represents social constructs of today through enticing his audience with bold cut-outs of past generations.
Yorkshire-based artist, Louise Newton, produces countless amounts of botanical beauty with her embroidery talent. Embroidery is an art form slowly coming back into fashion after being pushed aside for the last few decades, due to the rise of technology in the art world. The pieces are undeniably minimalistic, yet truly captivating with the artist's interpretation of nature's purity.
Korean artist Mina Park talks of her struggles with authenticity, her creative process, and how she got to the place she is today - dropping her graphic design career to persue something that truly inspired her.
It is no secret that veganism has become prevalent in supermarket aisles over the last few years, alongside many claims that it is the perfect lifestyle choice. Reflexive asked threeindividuals who follow a vegan diet for their honest thoughts towards the lifestyle, allowing Reflexive readers to make the most informed decisions regarding personal ethics, eating habits and lifestyle choices.
Illustrator, Nicolas Rossius, is unintentionally fighting back with beautifully- grotesque imagery that challenges social normalities and Instagram standards. His art consists of zombie-esque faces in compromising situations.
The creative process behind a masterpiece can leave behind a substantial amount of damage to the environment; Innovator and Seattle based illustrator, Kelly Bjork joined the Rainforest Alliance Certified paper goods company, Pilgrim Paper Co. to help combat environmental damage.
I had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with my art. Sometimes avoiding it for years. I took a few random art classes in high school and jr. college but it wasn’t until I was 24-25 that I found illustration as a career path.
People see my art and say "that's beautiful, and it looks like me" and it really hits them deeply. That's the really unexpected bonus I've gotten from creating these pieces. I'm glad I can help people in that way"
This is the home of an 84-year-old English lady, situated in a derelict Midlands village. Her home's interior has been kept immaculately frozen in time, with each crack in the wall and every mix match item on the shelves acting as a time capsule for a lady that has watched a family of five evolve into a continuously growing family tree.
These earlier works were captured in the ‘Don’t Ask Zines’, a series of zines created by Ireland himself. Each 'Zine' is designed around a featured topic, using a varied collection of images to explore the subject in a way Ireland refers to as 'Imaginative'.
The public will once again be able to take a step back in time and fully appreciate the building all it’s 50’s glory. The plans will see the introduction of over 100 rooms, and an impressive Bar and restaurant area; once again breathing life back into the building - and saluting its prestigious past.