A couple of weeks a go I had the pleasure of meeting Florence Otedola AKA DJ Cuppy. I met with her and her manager Liz for breakfast at the Serpentine Sackler on what was supposed to be a sunny Saturday morning… but then the sun disappeared and we were subjected to the London’s usual grey skies. Florence or Cuppy as she calls herself is only 21, she’s studying music business at the NYU and she’s been DJ’ing and producing for the last 2 years. Today we chat about her journey so far, Dj’ing as a craft and the challenges faced being a female DJ on the rise.
Last Month I ventured out to the French speaking city of Switzerland, Lausanne courtesy of the Swiss Tourist Board. During my two day stint, I explored the city, got to meet the locals and drank plenty (but sensibly) of Swiss wine. Read all about it below.
It’s been quite slow on the features front lately, we’ve been busy with well… life! But on the flipside we’ve also been creating so things will be picking up again shortly. Anywho, in support of their Spring Summer collection for 2014, the guys over at Farah reached out to us to put together a series of looks for them. As a great opportunity to create good content was thrown our way, we were happy to get involved. More 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.