Now Then Magazine Feature in Issue 46

Now Then Magazine IllustrationThank you to the lovely people at Now Then magazine for another feature in issue 46

Now Then magazine is a free Sheffield based monthly by Opus, covering independent art, music, trade and thought in the North.

”We aim to cultivate choice, voice and responsibility by providing a platform for independent art, trade, music, writing and local news. We support Sheffield’s economy by only working with independent traders, community groups, charities and local government. Almost all articles published in this magazine are written by members of the community, not professionals.” – NT

I was lucky enough to be asked to feature in issue no. 30.

Issue 46 includes articles on Sheffield’s Roads, Legal Aid and F Scott Fitzgerald, as well as the usual reviews, recipes and interviews with Paul White and Sheffield Jazz.

Other artists featured in Now Then magazine Issue 46 include Michael Latimer, Craww and Jon Birdseed.

Happy Birthday Puffin!

A list of the 70 best children’s books of all time, has been compiled by publisher Puffin, to mark their 70th birthday. The list caters for children of every age, ability and taste, with categories including, mischief and mayhem, best weepies, best to cuddle up with, weird and wonderful and best blood and guts, amongst others.

Children’s books are an important part of growing up and can contribute to the overall development of a child by stimulating their imagination, strengthening their perception, overall developing their potential. Good illustrations within books can be viewed as literature in their own right (a picture can say 1000 words), whether they stand alone or are integrated with written texts, they can sharpen the perception of children, increase their observational skills and stimulate their imagination.

Popular illustrators included in the list are Eric Carle, famous for his tactile, colourful creatures like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Quentin Blake known for his quirky collaborations with Roald Dahl on books like The Twits, and Raymond Briggs for for his charming wordless book The Snowman.

The list is available in ‘The Puffin Handbook, The Perfect Little Guide to the Best Books for Children’, a free booklet, which can be picked up in most UK bookshops and can be downloaded on-line. The handbook offers expert advice and tips to encourage children to read, starting with picture books through to teenage literature and beyond.

Click here to visit Puffin’s website.

The Puffin Logo is a registered or unregistered trade mark of Penguin Books Limited and is used with its permission.

Ecoside – The Fifth International Crime Against Peace?

A campaign is under way to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems as an international crime against peace, alongside genocide and crimes against humanity. Campaigners want to see ‘ecocide’ introduced as the fifth crime against peace, which could be tried at the International Criminal Court. The proposed law would have a profound effect on industries responsible for widespread devastation to the environment including agriculture, chemicals, fossil fuels, mining, and forestry.

The campaign, run by international environment lawyer Polly Higgins, is asking for global participation to pressure governments to vote for the proposed law if it is accepted by the UN Law commission. The deadline for the text is January 2011, and a vote has been scheduled on other amendments in 2012. It would need a two-thirds majority of the 197 member countries to pass. The campaign website is available at thisisecocide.com.

Alzheimers Illustration: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Alzheimers IllustrationI was asked to illustrate a radio documentary, detailing research into Alzheimers disease and how the sense of smell is linked to memory. The documentary focused on how our ‘olfactory’ senses can evoke memories from childhood, and how the sense of smell could provide a link to treating degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The number of people in Britain with dementia is predicted to rise to over one million people in the next fifteen years. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that the disease affects over 700,000 people in the U.K.  Symptoms include memory loss, difficulty in finding the right words, not understanding what other people are saying, and also personality and mood changes.

Recent research suggests that certain smells can help to restore memory loss – particularly memorable smells may enable sufferers to recall feelings and emotions from earlier in their life.

My concept was based around the idea of ‘a trip down memory lane’. The figure in the picture is smelling a flower, the scent travels through the persons nostrils, into the brain, and then person recalls where they first smelled the scent of the flower: in the playing fields.

I used an old photocopier to get a grainy, fuzzy effect and further manipulated this in photoshop to give a slightly blurred feel  to the image, mirroring the idea of memory loss. I also played with the idea of representing a memory by using monochrome tones inspired by old black and white photographs and early T.V broadcasts. The rose is the only element in colour as this is the part which represents being in the present.