Bilal Dunn is the Chief Executive of The Noor Initiative- an organisation he set up to support young offenders in staying out of prison, making better life choices and realising their life potential. I first met by Bilal at work by chance when I was invited to a meeting where Barnardo’s had invited him over to the office to discuss his work through The Noor Initiative. During his talk he shared his journey and reasons for setting up his organisation, a story that I find quite fascinating and very inspiring. Bilal, having coming in contact with the criminal justice system in the past; made it his mission to change societies’ perceptions- I was immediately blown away! Read his story after the break.
Screen printing is a very simple craft, but the precision and patience required to produce a single print are skills in itself. You might have seen Peckham Print Studio at their Boxpark pop-up earlier this year- Yin first came across their work at an event last summer. It’s been a long time coming but last weekend, we had the pleasure of doing a workshop with screen printers, Hugh Barrell and Nathan Bryant of Peckham Print Studios.
When a brand as big as adidas Originals gets in contact with you and asks you to help create a lookbook for an upcoming project, you simply don’t say no. Even if the time is limited with all of us working full-time jobs and running Y&Y during the day – it’s not always easy to accommodate but you already know we weren’t going to let such an opportunity go to waste. Time to come together as a team and see what we can do. Initially when the brief was explained to me, it kind of went in through one ear and out the other – I was puzzled. Our task was to showcase the versatility of this style trend in the form of a lookbook and the challenge was accepted hastily by me without any real consideration of how difficult it would be haha. Read on.
Switzerland! I naturally think watches, mountains, snow, chocolate… and that’s about it. I like all of those things (aside from snow) but Switzerland is one of those places that many people don’t know enough about including myself. Lucky for me, the Swiss Tourist board invited us to spend a weekend in Switzerland as part of a campaign to highlight some of the best spots in the country and change perceptions. I was one of a few bloggers and we were all given different cities, I got Lucerne which is North of central Switzerland. The weekend saw me explore Lucerne’s creative network, the nightlife, visit Lake Lucerne and immerse myself in Swiss culture with my ambassador; Heidi Happy. More after the break.
If you’re an ‘arts’ enthusiast, then you might have come across work by James Mylne. James is a Biro Artist. A Biro Artist has the ability to create a work of art with nothing more than a Biro pen. It sounds like such a simple craft but actually the intricacy, patience and discipline it takes to do this, is crazy! I came across some of James’ work back in 2011 when he was featured at a joint exhibition with a group of other artists at the Signal Gallery in Hoxton.
Earlier this year, I was invited by Donald Russell to their head quarters in Inverurie, Aberdeen. For those who aren’t sure, Donald Russell is one of the biggest mail order butcheries in the UK and having been in business for over 40 years- their product range keeps expanding, offering meat, poultry, fish, game, ready meals, pastas, the lot. Though they sell plenty of stock online, they also provide for some of the top hotels around the world; so if you’ve stayed in any luxury hotels, it’s likely you would have eaten some of their products. Check out what happened when the guys over at Donald Russell invited us down to see what goes on in the world of butchery.
Cast your mind back to November 2012, I went on a secret mission on behalf of Heineken to Crack the Case- under code name 00Opoku some also called me Opoku, Ernest Opoku. *sigh* If there is going to be a black James Bond, holla! I’ll even do my own stunts.. Anywho, as part of the mission I was sent to get myself measured for a bespoke suit which was crafted by Roberto Revilla London. I briefly wrote about the experience last year and mentioned that I would write about the outcome in due course. You’re about to read the outcome after the break.