Amelia’s Magazine | Call Me: Kingston University Illustration Degree Show 2014 Review

Kingston Uni Illustration degree show 2014 bee

I sadly missed the Middlesex and Westminster illustration degree shows – the former because no one reminded or invited me (despite copious coverage previously), the latter because I went all the way there and the main gallery entrance was closed (appaz I should have gone through the main building which I have never done before). Bummer.

Kingston Uni Illustration degree show 2014

Still, on the bright side, I got an actual paper proper invite in the post!!! From the lovely students at Kingston University, who are adept at promoting their always brilliant shows, this one cheekily titled Call Me. If only all soon-to-be graduates were as on it. Thankyou folks, it’s always appreciated.

Kingston Uni Illustration degree show 2014 animal

Kingston Uni Illustration degree show 2014 Oi

I love love loved the little creatures that were crawling all over the walls on the way down into the warehouse venue, Dalston Department Store, created by members of the Drawing Club.

Kingston Uni Illustration degree show 2014 Oi

There were a lot of 3D illustrations on show, many emphasising the handmade. These city worker cutouts are by Josh Cole.

Hearin Kim wooden people - Kingston uni

These endearing wooden people are by Hearin Kim.

Natalie Adkins fabric couple - Kingston uni

Natalie Adkins had opted for the sewing needle, creating these humorous fabric couples for an animation project.

Embroidery inspired by the digital age by Alice Stewart - Kingston uni

Alice Stewart exhibited embroidery inspired by the digital age, part of an interactive project where the object being made advances an online tutorial.

Amy Stevens Kingston uni

Mattress, rock formation or what? This strangely beautiful abstract work by Amy Stevens was actually inspired by a close study of the many layers that comprise the human skin. Very clever and provocative.

Carmel Atta - wooden figures, Kingston Uni

These colourful wooden sculptures are by Carmel Attia. What a great name!

Adventure Artist by Maddy Vian, Kingston uni

Maddy Vian had collaged a fantastical landscape for this Adventure Artist.

Wonky house by Harriet Phillips, Kingston uni

This wonky house by Harriet Phillips is part of an app she has designed for children, based on a pigeon called Pidge. Where can I sign up? Snarfle will love this!

Lino cut bird by Sam Stobbart, Kingston uni

Sam Stobbart created this large scale lino cut of a long legged bird.

Hiker girl by Jenny Lovlie, Kingston uni

Jenny Lovlie’s hiker girl is Nora, the heroine in her children’s book.

China oddities by Jooyoung Ryu, Kingston uni

China oddities by Jooyoung Ryu were arranged in a frame on the wall like curios of old.

Jack Smith's monkey bikini catalogue, Kingston uni

Jack Smith‘s monkey bikini catalogue features another example of marvellous beasties, printed in awesome primaries.

Stephanie Unger, Kingston uni

Stephanie Unger ceramics, Kingston uni

Got ya! Fun prints by Stephanie Unger depict humans tackling scary animals… reiterated in ceramic versions.

Ji Young Estelle Woo, Kingston uni

Ji Young Estelle Woo painted an imaginary world on this plate, before shattering the illusion in real life.

Jessica Tickless Roofless - Kingston uni

Roofless by Jessica Tickle is a rhyming picture book for children about being homeless, featuring all sorts of engaging characters.

Assa Ariyoshi, Kingston uni

I super adored work by Assa Ariyoshi, who combines an 80s aesthetic with futurist curves and a lively colour palette to create a confident and humorous style all her own. If my google search is correct then Assa is also a successful model; so both beautiful and talented. Definitely one to watch.

I didn’t have time to watch the animations but I am looking forward to watching the videos at home; thank you for the DVD!

Categories ,2014, ,Adventure Artist, ,Alice Stewart, ,Amy Stevens, ,Assa Ariyoshi, ,Call Me, ,Carmel Attia, ,Dalston Department Store, ,Drawing Club, ,graduate, ,Harriet Phillips, ,Hearin Kim, ,illustration, ,Jack Smith, ,Jenny Lovlie, ,Jessica Tickle, ,Ji Young Estelle Woo, ,Jooyoung Ryu, ,Josh Cole, ,Kingston University, ,Maddy Vian, ,MIddlesex Univerisity, ,Natalie Adkins, ,Nora, ,Pidge, ,Roofless, ,Sam Stobbart, ,Stephanie Unger, ,University of Westminster

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Amelia’s Magazine | Lounge on the Farm 2013: Festival Review

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Way back in 2009 contributor Amelia Wells visited Lounge on the Farm in Kent for Amelia’s Magazine. She was duly wowed by this small scale family orientated music festival and wrote a glowing review, so I promised myself I would make it along one day too. It’s taken me a mere four years to fulfil that promise, but this year my little family finally made the trip down to Merton Farm near Canterbury, mega pop up tent in tow (Quechua 4.2 seconds family pop up tent since you asked: can’t recommend it enough). How things have changed for me since 2009! Back then it would have been all about the late night dancing. Now my festival needs are somewhat different – I’m looking for a laid back atmosphere with space to relax with my baby, plus lots of things to keep him entertained. Lounge on the Farm does this admirably, with a dedicated childrens area called the Little Lounge full of wonderful willow structures, yurts and a miniature big top playing host to entertainments aimed at the wee ones. All this and a wonderful space hosted by the local NCT group: a haven for breastfeeding and nappy changing.

Jennifer Dionisio Illustration Lounge on the Farm Review
Lounge on the Farm by Jennifer Dionisio.

We arrived on Friday evening, and were directed to pitch our tent in the ‘quiet area’ rather than in the designated ‘family area’ at the top of the hill. Camping in the quiet area was an unfortunate choice as it turned out, since it was also a cut through from every other part of the camp and during the first night it seemed as if half the festival tripped over our (dark coloured) guy ropes and nearly crashed wholesale onto our slumbering bodies. In between this and constant breastfeeding (he’s teething, that’s the latest reason at any rate) I didn’t get the greatest of sleeps. But enough of the griping, we had a wonderful time.

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm by Marianna Madriz
Lounge on the Farm by Marianna Madriz.

Once we’d unpacked we headed into the festival to see what was on offer, a big eyed Snarfle in tow. After an impromptu tour around the working part of the farm we feasted on Merton Farm burgers, 0 meat miles. These were cooked in a kitchen at The Farmhouse Restaurant staffed by chef Rob Cooper, one of the founding DJs, and coincidentally the brother of my NCT friend Christine. It’s a small world, and growing ever smaller: his wife Vicky founded the festival 8 years ago with her friend Sean and nowadays works closely with a lovely ex student and ex intern of mine, James Penfold, who books all of the bands.

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm by Emma Russell
Lounge on the Farm by Emma Russell.

Everything at Lounge on the Farm has been lovingly thought through: there was a full Victorian funfair with helter-skelter and big wheel, hay bales aplenty to relax against and artwork everywhere I looked: lasercut painted sculptures and brilliant illustrated cutouts of festival goers from wonderful illustrations by Maddy Vian. The main site was split across three fields bounded by striking beech hedges, with plenty of space to rollick around: I hate it when festivals get stupidly busy and this was never a risk, though the music stages became packed enough to generate the ideal atmosphere for good bands. All the food we ate was delicious and in the main organic and local as well as very reasonably priced. Special mention must go to the fantastically tasty wild venison and wild boar burgers served up with duck eggs by Phil the Gameskeeper at the Godmersham Game stand: all hunted from the wilds of the Kent countryside. At The Farmhouse Restaurant the beer and ale had all been produced from Kent hops. The festival aims to support ‘the local arts, culture, agriculture and economy‘ and does so admirably.

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm by George Morton
Lounge on the Farm by George Morton.

I didn’t know many of the bands playing during the day time, but as always made some impressive discoveries: on Friday we were treated to Lucy Rose, a diminutive blonde with a guitar and a big voice. Sadly I missed the headliner Seasick Steve as it was early to bed for me: there was no way Snarfle was going to sleep with so much stimulation going on so we were tent bound by 8pm on both nights (and most handy when a huge thunderstorm struck on Saturday night).

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
On Saturday my big discovery was the lilting sounds of a Southampton based outfit called Pale Seas on the Farm Folk Stage: I loved the combination of evocative melodies from the lead singer, with backing vocals contributed by the unassuming female drummer. My other big discovery was the astonishingly tasty fruity drinks at the Sunshine Smoothies van behind the NCT tent – who would have thought that lavender would work with cherry? We visited the NCT tent on numerous occasions, where Snarfle enjoyed the Baby Sensory classes and free access to bedtime books. Outside there were toys to play with, edible gardens to make, bushcraft shelter classes, drumming, juggling and much more. The film tent (complete with popcorn stand) hosted a singalong Jungle Book showing.

At The Playhouse we enjoyed comedy excellently compered by John Robbins and cabaret from Lekido, Lord of the Lobsters (above).

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge On The Farm by Zo Bevan
Lounge On The Farm by Zo Bevan.

On Sunday I treated myself to a lovely massage in the obligatory Healing Fields, and enjoyed music by the Snowdown Colliery Band, Intensified and Aswad. I missed Margate based rapper Mic Righteous but heard good things. Sadly we missed Soul II Soul because after a long weekend of partying Snarfle was starting to fray at the seams. This was a massive shame since they are the sound of my youth (summer of 1989, ghetto blaster, Clapham Common, Brixton, The Fridge) and it would have been the perfect end to an absolutely glorious two days of sunshine, but we drove off into the Kentish night refreshed and just a little bit more in love with this beautiful and abundant part of the UK.

Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm 2013 review
Lounge on the Farm by Rose Hudson
Lounge on the Farm by Rose Hudson.

What I love about festivals such as Lounge on the Farm is how they happily cater to all age groups – this was certainly the perfect boutique festival for London and Kent based families, but it was also thoroughly enjoyed by a younger local crowd. As night fell it seemed as if half the teenagers of Canterbury were thronging around the dance orientated Hoe Down tent in heightened hormonal anticipation. I may have seen far fewer bands than I would have done in years past (Snarfle was not always a keen wearer of protective headphones) but I had a wonderful time adapting our visit to the needs of a little one. We definitely plan to return next year, need I say more?

Categories ,2013, ,Amelia Wells, ,Aswad, ,Baby Sensory, ,Breastfeeding, ,Brett Anderson, ,Canterbury, ,Child Friendly, ,children, ,Emma Russell, ,Families, ,Family Orientated, ,Farm Folk Stage, ,George Morton, ,Godmersham Game, ,Healing Fields, ,Hoe Down, ,Intensified, ,James Penfold, ,Jennifer Dionisio, ,John Robbins, ,Jungle Book, ,kent, ,Lekido, ,Little Lounge, ,Lord of the Lobsters, ,LOTF, ,Lounge on the Farm, ,Lucy Rose, ,Maddy Vian, ,Margate, ,Marianna Madriz, ,Merton Farm, ,Mic Righteous, ,NCT, ,Pale Seas, ,Phil the Gameskeeper, ,Pop-Up Tent, ,Quechua, ,review, ,Rob Cooper, ,Rose Hudson, ,Seasick Steve, ,Snarfle, ,Snowdown Colliery Band, ,Soul II Soul, ,Sunshine Smoothies, ,The Farmhouse Restaurant, ,The Playhouse, ,Victorian funfair, ,Vine, ,Zo Bevan

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