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The journal is a bi-monthly newsletter to the creative industry, which explores a different theme each time. That theme is set by the previous contributor and interpreted in the unique ways that only come from crossing disciplines.

So treat your inbox (and your lunch break) to a new perspective as we raise a cup of tea to the differences that keep our creative cogs whirring and our industry moving forward.

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Issue no.07

Frame

Toufan Hosseiny

Portrait by Tegan Price
@tegan.price

As a young artist and multidisciplinary designer, Toufan Hosseiny works with different materials to create a universe inhabited by imaginary characters and narratives.

Her work revolves around the anguish of being watched, the search for identity and the obsession to repeat the same gestures over and over. The characters and masks that she creates – monsters that haunt us, monster memories, monster places, monsters that we worship – are born of an interaction sometimes alarming, sometimes playful, with a world filled with beings and objects, that surround and observe her.

Toufan Hosseiny
@toufanhosseiny

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Frame by Toufan Hosseiny

“This piece, titled ‘It’s all about the way he looks at me’, uses the round edge of the embroidery hoop to create the shape of the face. The frame plays a different role and becomes part of the artwork.”

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Issue no.06

Audience

by Haarala Hamilton

Our contributor this month is Haarala Hamilton, a photographic duo who specialise in capturing food, people and places. They are responding to the theme of Audience set by Franki Goodwin. 

Liz Haarala and Max Hamilton met at university and spent many hours in the dark room together, eventually deciding that two pairs of eyes were better than one and started working professionally as a team.

Based in South London but working all over the world, they have photographed campaigns for a range of clients including Carluccio’s, Shelter and GAIL’s. They have also been featured in numerous magazines including Boat magazine, Huck and OFM.

Haarala Hamilton
@haahaphotography

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Audience by Haarala Hamilton

“The whole world is an audience now thanks to social media apps like Instagram. In our work, we spend a lot of time in the studio photographing different projects that we can’t share with anyone for weeks.

As image makers, we find a need to be part of Instagram and to provide something for our tiny audience. Since we can’t always be somewhere exotic or exciting, we try and create images that please and humour us.

This photograph is an example of that, a silly idea that came from buying a small plastic hand and messing about with the food stylists we were working with. We thought it was interesting enough to share, even if it only pleased an audience of two.”

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Issue no.05

Space

by Franki Goodwin

Our contributor this month is Franki Goodwin, Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London and Exec Producer at Western Edge Pictures. Franki is responding to the theme of Space, set by photographer John Offenbach. 

Franki leads an amazing double life in London working between her different roles. Before last week, she hadn’t painted since high school…

frankigoodwin.com
saatchi.co.uk
westernedgepictures.com

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Space by Franki Goodwin

“I had this empty space.

1.2 metres wide, 80 cm high. A pretty big space.

An unusual shape. Tall, thin. Or long and wide – depending on how you look at it.

It’s been empty for 5 years. A space taking up space.

I moved house, the space came too, quietly mocking me. “Why are you carrying around an empty space?”, it said. “You’ll never fill it.”

I don’t make things just to fill space. I answer briefs. I tell stories. I fill other people’s spaces – the ones in cinemas, on TV, on phones and billboards. And these things have to work really hard to then fill a space in a person’s day, to fill column inches, and hopefully sometimes land a message in a space in their brain. For a little while anyway.

And then The Peep asked me to create something on the theme of space. And I decided to use this as a brief to myself. Just fill the space. Your space. With space.

I moved colour and shapes around in the space until I thought I liked it enough to look at it for a long time. And then I painted it onto a piece of wood, and now it’s on my wall.

Title: Space.

For the space in my life.”

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Issue no.04

Bravery

by John Offenbach

Portrait by Hiffy Ulrich
Instagram and Etsy

Joining us for July’s issue and responding to the theme of Bravery, set by Chris Wilson of Scriberia, is Photographer John Offenbach.

Based in London but working all around the world, John has photographed huge campaigns for a diverse range of clients including American Airlines, Volkswagen and Levi’s.

John has also published his first book, Architecture, and exhibited personal work at C99 gallery, London. With the theme of bravery in mind he has also successfully swum across the English Channel and around Manhattan, in a team of four swimmers raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

johnoffenbach.com

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Bravery by John Offenbach

“This portrait is part of a series I have been working on depicting different people from all walks of life, and across the globe. This one, of Vish, was taken while I was in a studio in Tel Aviv in Israel. Vish was born
male, but this was the first official portrait of her as a woman. She was incredibly nervous, more so than anyone I had ever photographed. This picture for her would be loaded with meaning, about her future, the past, expectations and fulfillments. It was a confirmation, that recorded a point in her life, where she wanted to be, with the choices she had made. I felt that she was incredibly brave.”

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Issue no.o3

Versatility

by Chris Wilson

Portrait by Nishant Choksi

This month we have Chris Wilson, Co-founder and Creative Director of Scriberia.

Scriberia is a visual communication agency that helps brands tell their stories and communicate their ideas in the often daunting visual world. They are in the business of boiling down ideas to their simplest form, turning them into something that everyone can understand. And that is why we are so excited to have Chris as our contributor this month! Who better to respond to the theme set by Anna Whitaker, ‘Versatility’.

scriberia.co.uk
@scriberian

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Issue no.o2

Balance

by Anna Whitaker

Portrait by Julia Hermansson

For our contributor this month we wanted to find the perfect contrast to Alex and Will last month. We were lucky enough to get Anna Whitaker, a super creative copywriter. Anna has worked with the likes of Gail’s Artisan Bakery, Rowntrees, and Nandos. But most recently she founded ToyDrop, an ethical toy company. Anna’s work always has a wonderfully thoughtful but playful quality to it. So here is Anna’s response to Balance. 

Anna Whitaker: As a copywriter, I’m often briefed with a few key words and asked to create a brand world that tells a story, answers questions and conjures up emotions to sell the ideal. But since launching my own small toy shop, I’ve started to ask myself more. What does ‘the ideal’ really mean? For me, it’s balance. It’s why I launched ToyDrop in the first place; to trade ad agency hours for time with my family and start my quest for the illusive work/life dream. But it’s also the thinking behind the brand itself. This collaboration with The Peep was the perfect excuse to develop a piece that tells our story and explores the theme of balance in a way that’s relevant to the modern parent. I’ve done this for a million different brands, in a million different ways* but doing it for my own feels like the biggest challenge so far. Here we go… *a million is a slight exaggeration.

Anna Whitaker
toydrop.co.uk

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Balance by Anna Whitaker

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Issue no.o1

Positioning

by Alex Green & Will Bunce

Portrait by Mitch Forsyth

Experimentation with different materials play a big part in Alex’s work and he uses anything he can lay his hands on to create fun graphic illustrations. Recently he has also been branching out into the worlds of ceramics, and larger scale murals, Alex’s work isn’t just confined to print and digital. Originally from Leeds he is now working from his studio in east London for clients like Breddo’s Tacos and Radio Alice. Alex’s work feels so off the cuff and instantaneous, and definitely full of energy, however it always strikes the balance between low-fi and well thought through design. He’s just making this stuff look too easy!

Will Bunce is also based in London specialising in still life photography. His work ranges from more experimental projects like ‘Weight’, a collaboration with set designer Tara Holmes. To more commercial projects like his work for Esquire and Evening Standard magazine. All have a very sculptural feeling to them, meticulous in feel, but with a slightly surreal edge that makes his work so intriguing. With two such different seeming creatives coming together we have been really excited to share what they have come up with in response to ‘Positioning’.

Will Bunce
willbunce.com
@williambuncestudio

Alex Green
mstrgringo.com
@mstrgringo

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Positioning by Alex Green & Will Bunce

“‘Odd’ A series of images focussing of imperfect perfection.

We wanted to take the once loved, everyday item, that has now become perished and useless, and reposition it, give it one last lease of life. Immortalised, frozen in time. Our collaboration gave us chance to think about how we perceive design, art, fashion, objects, relationships, the world around us. Sometimes its very easy to just view all this from a far. We wanted to look closer. Look under the skin of this throwaway object, and reveal the beauty thats not so obviously there. This beauty isn’t about symmetry but highlighting those imperfections that in their own way are imperfectly perfect.”

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