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Our second ever edition of t'ART magazine saw artists, writers and creatives submit their work on the theme of 'Circles and Cycles'. We received wonderful and varied work, from short stories to illustration, poetry to painting, and we are very proud to house them in our pages.
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Cover design by Lucie Arnoux
CLANDESTINE CUBAN CANASTA by YUM-YUM HALLS-HOLMSEN
I like to think of myself as a creative usually with a leaning towards history or with a political twist and sometimes just plain silly! I used to be an actress and artist simultaneously over past decades; Mainly theatre and murals. Then I swapped to writing short stories, a Novella, Poetry and creating large canvases before becoming a ‘Senior Fragrance Sommelier’ for Penhaligon’s British Heritage Perfume House.
BLACK MALE. 26. WATERING HIS HERBS WHILE HE GOES THIRSTY by JACOB CONSTABLE
Jacob is a Black British Caribbean writer, and has been writing poems since he was 12. His work deals with the vast-smallness of the human experience, and is influenced by a love of languages, his studies in psychotherapy, and the childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.
I'LL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY AGAIN by KATHARINE DAVIES-HERBST
This piece is part of an ongoing embroidery project which I have been using as I reflect on some moments in my life which were shaped by patterns of intense, and at times destructive, relationships. Embroidery is a very slow and and repetitive process which I find quite meditative, and I have begun to use it to reflect on certain ideas or memories I sometimes have going on in my head or I pull from my diary. In practicing embroidery we (or at least I) often make mistakes, and have to pull at threads and try and fix them. The back of my embroidery always looks haphazard and for a moment I start to like what’s on the back more than what’s on the front.
I taught myself out of how-to books written for children when I was 9 or 10. Every time I come back to it my hands remember what to because they’ve done it over and over again. Doing this I get to spend a lot of time with one thoughts while doing something with my hands, so I am somewhere in that space between thinking and doing and neither becomes to stressful or intense for me. I poke and pull until the thought is spelled out on the fabric, and in all that time I’ve held a thought hands until it doesn’t really mean anything anymore.
Embroidery and all needlework is a traditionally feminine domain which may have been seen in the home, but not intended for public space. There are of course many women who have since taken sewing and textiles into fine art like Tracey Emin and Tschabalala Self for example, and I am also inspired by Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger’s use of text.
LA LUNA and AGRARIAN CALENDAR by SAM EDWARDS
Sam Edwards is a writer, director and producer. She has her own production company Ragged Crow, and recently won at LISFF with horror short ’Sorrow'. She wrote & produced the indie feature ’Stealing Elvis', and has written ’Sodium’ a volume of poetry, and ’Narcosis’ a novel about scuba diving and gunrunning. She is currently a student on the MFA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck where she is working on a novel about a woman with PTSD who lives in a haunted house.
MILKWEED & FED by DEVIN LANE
Devin Lane writes from Denver. He has been featured in Adirondack Review, Little Something’s Press, Storgy Magazine, and is currently developing a graphic series with Golden Liberty Comics.
A GLASS OF WINE by JUSTINA STASIUNAITE
The piece “a glass of wine” 2021, marker and ink on paper (4 x 11 inches), touches upon the balance between intimacy and toxicity within karmic cycle relationships. The entities are comprised of continuous lines which interlock and crossover each other. The vibrancies in the piece indicate the synapse of nerves as the energies are transferred. Karmic relationships are intense and all consuming. The expressions of the individuals hint at the draining nature of these cycles yet proceed with the question “a glass of wine?”.
SPRUNG FROM THE EARTH: THE LIFE CYCLE AND SYMBOLISM OF THE CICADA by ARTEMIS FLEUR
BIG BUTTER AND EGG MAN by PATRICK CHRISTIE
Patrick Christie’s writing has appeared in Storgy Magazine, The Nonconformist, Streetlight Magazine and the Mechanics' Institute Review. He is currently studying for a Creative Writing MFA at Birkbeck, University of London.
ROSE, NO TEARDROP and ONE WAY by SIMON TYRRELL
Simon Tyrrell is a writer and artist whose work celebrates the language, signs and symbols that help us make sense of our relationships with each other and the time and space we share. He’s a founder of The Museum of Futures in South West London and has participated in exhibitions and performances at the Poetry Society Café, Rich Mix, Westminster Reference Library and The Museum of Futures. His work has featured in Seethingography (Sampson Low), the Temporary Spaces anthology (Pamenar), ‘Islet Zone’ (Poem Atlas), ‘Home’ (Mellom Press) ‘The Origin’ Thames Boat Project (Stanley Picker Fellowship) and online journal Versopolis.
WHY by JULIE TEAL
DOODLES by GIORGIA BOLLER
I am a Swiss, multi-disciplined artist currently living and working in London, England. Recently, my work has explored the re-imagining and re-creating of repetitive patterns found in digital glitches, through analogue processes including text printing manipulation, collage and painting.
Taking inspiration from the brief "Circles and Cycles, this triptych, entitled "DOODLES," continues to explore this re-creation of patterns with the inclusion of my text manipulations. The wave patterning occurring in the foreground of each painting is made by stretching, warping the phrases 'no-concerns for me,' 'i want to grown up,' and 'am i doing this right?,' respectively. I wanted to explore my illustrative cycle with each piece representing a certain stage of my life and the patterns I had used during those times. Alongside these patterns, the colours used help to identify which part of my life it is portraying, the vibrant colours for youth, pastels for teenage years and muted pastels for the adult years.
The triptych was made using acrylic paint on canvas. Each painting is 59.4 x 84.1 x 5.0 cm
INSOMNIA by HANNAH BRUDENELL
Hannah is a writer and amateur artist based in London, UK. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is currently working on her first novel.
Hannah loves using stream of consciousness in her work; putting pen to paper, paintbrush to canvas, and fingers to keyboard, and letting her mind do the rest.
She created these pieces after a bout of insomnia; the painting was done after several sleepless nights, and the poem after a few weeks. This forms part of a wider project, whereby she plans to create paintings and poems/prose that are linked, exploring themes relating to mental health and identity.
Instagram: hmbru_ (personal)/ hmbcreates (art)
UNREAL by RAE SMITH
I'm an intersex, trans, non binary artist and activist working across multiple disciplines.
My work attempts to connect with and put out into the world those underlying primal images and sounds which allow us to transcend barriers such as language, sex, culture, neurodiversity and mental health.
Through painting, music, spoken word, activism and events curation, I provide a route to a more inclusive and explorative future.
AND SO SHE RUNS by A L BROWN
Amelia is a queer writer and theatre maker whose debut manuscript was shortlisted for Penguin's WriteNow programme, and longlisted for Mslexia’s Novel Award and the BPA First Novel Award. Her short stories have been published by Bridgehouse Publishing and The Bombay Review. Her work is concerned with queer experience, difficult relationships and endings.
SELECTED WORKS by SOPHIE COOK
My name is Sophie and these two selected works revolve around the idea of circles. The first one surrounds the idea of going in ‘circles’ - trying to love yourself but always going back to missing the same person, and the second one includes circles in a personal way, trying to love yourself but having difficulties going in “circles” critiquing yourself.
I love involving circles in my work, as I think the double meaning can be really important. And people can interpret it in the way they wish to, I think they symbolise the repetitive nature of cycles often in a good way as well as a bad way.
T H E T O W E R by CLARA DAVIS
CONCEPT OF CONFIGURING by TARRINE KHANOM
My name is Tarrine Khanom, I am a British Asian poet based in London. As a woman of colour, I find authenticity in a voice rooted in culture and in my surroundings. Through my poetry, I often remind women and others of their power, creating a space that challenges notions of patriarchy. Delivering a message through my words to sink you in and question. I have also started expressing myself in visual art, showing the things that cannot be said with words,a mystery to myself, as my subconscious is in charge.
MOON AND HARE by LUCIE ARNOUX
BLOW MY BRAINS OUR JUST FOR YOU and PEACE OF MIND by PROBLEMATIC
I'm Problematic, AKA Mallon, a local artist from Newcastle Upon Tyne, owner of the brand "Mallow Merchandise" the concept of being more than your label. Whacky designs inspired by the shit show that I call life, the recklessness, bad decisions, growing up, It’s the voyage of life, it's trying to prove yourself, it's the stuff that makes us human. "You are more than you seem!"
I experiment with graphics, photography, and fashion, combining them into one developed outcome using my own visual language! I’m inspired by the world around us, from my past and present, problematic life experiences, the emotion we all feel and the struggles we come from, and quite frankly watching far too many goofy cartoons as a kid and absorbing any emo anthem that would rock my way! I interpret this through my visuals using graffiti, illustrations, and type. I enjoy making bold statements, I find that it’s a great way to express myself, I'm just hoping to give someone something to relate to.
I'm your average, relatable, pessimistic prick.
BLESS'D HAZEL AT DUSK AND DAWN by THE MEADOW MIND
The meadow mind opens her pasture to the wildflowers. She bids them sink their feet into her soil and bloom.
The meadow’s painted offerings speak of the connection between the earth and our bodies. We are born from it, and to it, we return when we die.
This painting shows the connection between the cycles of mother moon and the resonating power from the ancient stone circles that litter this beautiful motherland.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT by JAMES MCDERMOTT
James McDermott is a queer writer based in East Anglia. His poetry collection Manatomy is published by Burning Eye. James’s poems have been published in various magazines including The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Cardiff Review,Popshot Quarterly, Spelt, Confluence and Dawntreader. James was shortlisted for Outspoken’s Performance Poetry Prize 2020 and Commended in The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 judged by Andrew McMillan.