Love & Hate @ StolenSpace Gallery

Love & Hate @ StolenSpace

Love & Hate @ StolenSpace

This month’s highlighted show has us twitching with excitement. The mixed media, group show is being hosted by the marvelous StolenSpace gallery, featuring work from an extensive list of exciting artists.

The show, in the words of the gallery “celebrates and mourns Valentines Day” and is open from 10th February through to the 4th March.

Artists featured:
Arth Daniels
Chloe Early
Dan Witz
David Bray
Kai & Sunny
Miss Van
Sylvia Ji
Will Barras
Word To Mother
Jeff Soto
Pete Fowler
Josie Morway
Kelly Allen
Charles Krafft
Ramon Maiden
Ryan Callanan
Curtis Kulig
William Stevenson

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91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

Tuesday – Sunday
11:00am – 7:00pm


Creative Spotlight – Kathryn Macnaughton

Kathryn Macnaughton - Of Mice and Men cover

Kathryn Macnaughton - Of Mice and Men cover

Today we discovered this wonderfully re-interpreted series of John Steinbeck classic novels being re-released by Penguin Books, including a childhood favourite “Of Mice and Men”. The re-imagined series also features “The Red Pony”, “East of Eden”, “Cannery Row”, “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Pearl”

Kathryn is an illustrator/graphic artist based over in Toronto, Canada.
The majority of her work combines photo, shape and illustration. She does this extremely well and manages the fine balance between all three with surreal messages and a playful roughness.

Be sure to check out the other covers in the series as well as more of her work on her site or buy the books from the penguin book store here.

Anorak Magazine

Anorak Winter '11

Anorak Winter '11

Today we have what we believe to be the most creative kids magazine in the world. Please step forward “Anorak”, created and launched in 2006 by Cathy Olmedillas. Anorak strives to be different among the shelves of other kid’s magazines, in combining good creative direction/production and engaging articles.

“I launched Anorak because of a shared passion for illustration and words,” says Cathy. “I wanted to provide children with the platform from which to express themselves in a creative and positive way. Anorak inspires children to fire up their imaginations and gives them the opportunity to exercise their boundless creativity.” Which is why you’ll find little editors carrying out book & film reviews (there’s an unofficial team of 70 children’s contributors!), mad cap comic strips, quirky fashion features, colouring-in pages and engaging stories focusing on real life issues affecting kids (but always with a light-hearted feel).

Anorak has enjoyed a great rise in popularity and prominence within the industry and launched in the US last September. With the upcoming launch of Anorak TV coming on February 10th, it appears that there is a lot more to come. Keep your eyes peeled…

Keep up with the latest news on Anorak’s site and get your hands on issues, subscriptions  and other goodies in the Anorak Shop.

Interview – Matthew Dent

Cut & Run

Cut & Run © Matthew Dent

In our second exclusive interview we have the exceptionally talented Matthew Dent. Enjoy!!

1) Please introduce yourself to the readers of WeFancyIt

My name is Matthew Dent I am a freelance illustrator working from my studio in South East London. I am also co-founder of The Soho Warriors Football Club, London’s first creative led football team.

2) So what inspired you to get into illustration at first?

Growing up I was surrounded by art and drawing, and was always encouraged to make things. My grandmother was a very talented artist (I actually have some of her work up in my flat), and my mum is also a really great illustrator, she has a really natural way of drawing. So it was mainly down to my family, and being encouraged to do what i was good at, something which is really important when growing up.

3) Where did you study?

I studied film and media at the University of Westminster. I kind of floated about and didn’t really get that into it, as I was starting to get work as an illustrator. I had a really good time at University, but looking back I would have liked to take a different course, and focus more on developing my style as an illustrator. I think its really important to go to University with a definite idea and plan as to what you want to come out with, a lot of people are still leaving University with no idea as to what they want to do, wasting a lot of money and time.

4) What would you say have been the major influences in your style?

I gain much of my inspiration from the things that float around in my head, i like to dream up ideas and characters, based on the things that I may have stumbled upon in my real life. I look to maintain that sense of happiness and fun within my work, often looking at ways of keeping things simple and clean. I always make sure I do plenty of self initiated work, and like the thought of simple ideas that can work as a beautiful illustration as well as having an important message to go with it. I think it’s refreshing to see new work, and I like to keep pushing myself and developing new ideas and characters to dwell my world.

5) Is there a particular project that you are exceptionally proud of?

This project was created for the 2011 Tingbjerg Byfest festival. I was approached last year by Tor Larsson at Studio Painted in Copenhagen to work on this. The brief was to think how a design could work in different media, from flyers, posters, programs, to badges etc. Working from a starting point we looked at the idea of “going for a walk”, merging aspects of everyday life and illustrating exciting things like, music, eating, and dancing. We wanted the design to feel positive, happy and colourful, as the festival is aimed at families and in particular younger people.

I am also really proud of the work I produced for the Cut & Run show at the Kemistry gallery, which you should all go and see while its still on

6) Do you have any other shows in the pipeline?

I am working on some new work that will be shown at Pick Me Up 2012, Somerset House. This will be part of The Soho Warriors Football Club space, showcasing some of my work alongside a bunch of other illustrators and designers involved in the team.

7) What do you think 2012 holds for illustration as an art?

I don’t think things will change too much in 2012. There are a large number of creatives out there who continue to do exciting things and produce really amazing work, so I expect to see another year of exciting projects.

8) Is there any advice you would give to any budding illustrators?

Work hard, then work harder…

9) Have you dabbled in any other creative field?

Not something I ever really talk about, but I really enjoy writing and working on ideas for scripts and stories. I am currently working on an idea with my dad who also writes. We are looking to develop the idea for a feature film or TV series. Well thats the plan. I would also really like to take a screenwriting course, something I may start doing this year.

Be sure to pop down to Kemistry Gallery to catch the end of Cut & Run. If you would like to see more work from Matt then please visit his website or his shop.

Creative Spotlight – Fab Ciraolo

The end is near, you better go shopping

The end is near, you better go shopping © Fab Ciraolo

Today Ladies and Gents, we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Fab Ciraolo.

This talented illustrator combines with great effect, illustration and photography to create these visual masterpieces. He often uses famous people or well-known and quite often “nostalgic” characters and gives them a modern tongue in cheek vibe.

Check out his work here or if you are so inclined hit up his Facebook page 

The Good Times – The Making of…

At the beginning of the week we covered the magnificent one-off publication ‘The Good Times’  created by The Church of London. They have now made this wonderful making of video that shows the development of this printed marvel.


Creative Spotlight – Khaled Hafez

Sonata in 3 military movements (detail)

Sonata in 3 military movements (detail) - © Khaled Hafez

Today we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Khaled Hafez. Born in Cairo, Khaled originally studied medicine and followed his creative talent at evening classes. After completing his medical degree and briefly working as a doctor, he decided to follow his artistic passions entirely and pursued a career in the arts, to great success might I add.

In recent months Egypt has seen a massive upheaval in politics and social thinking. This has created a breed of artists who are influenced by these turbulent times of change and in the process has produced some amazing works of art.

Khaled’s style really reminds me of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs but with modern imagery and iconography.

Check out Khaled’s website and works here and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming exhibitions.