Etsy: A treasure trove – start trawling!

Constantly, when bouncing around various artist’s websites, do you see a link to their ‘etsy’ shop – shops I’ve often appreciated without further thought until eventually it struck me…what actually is etsy!? It’s been described as a ‘crafty cross’ between ebay and amazon – a place where you can dig through vintage and handmade items (ranging from clothes to art) and buy them safely online … Continue reading Etsy: A treasure trove – start trawling!

Hollywood Gods and Goddesses

As always, the arrival of summer brings with it a vast array of exhibitions, plays, films and festivals which all seem like must-visits to culture vultures. However, there is one that I’ve earmarked above all others (well, almost) and that is “Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery. Running until October 23rd, this exhibition is a celebration of the Hollywood greats from the … Continue reading Hollywood Gods and Goddesses

‘What it means to be alive’: Brooke Shaden Photography

24 year old Brooke Shaden is an LA based photographer producing images that are full of a texture and strangeness that makes them addictive to look at. As it says on her gallery ‘Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive’ . Enjoy more on her website. Here are some of my favourites: keep creative love Jess (co-editor 2011-12) x Continue reading ‘What it means to be alive’: Brooke Shaden Photography

Razz interviews with Don Broco

I interviewed Rob Damiani, vocalist and frontman of alternative rock band Don Broco back in may. Although not hot of the press, I’ve learnt a lot about the band! (Image Source) 1.     How did you come to be a band? Were you all friends before? Yeah, we’ve all been friends from school since about year 9, and started just jamming in lunch breaks and doing the … Continue reading Razz interviews with Don Broco

E-Book Piracy – Ruth Ann Nordin’s ‘The Path to Christmas’

Creative Writing editor, Greg, takes a look at the issue of book piracy…   Contentment is a rare feeling among writers. We spend weeks scouring our drafts for the slightest grammatical error, plot-hole or avoidable cliché; a satisfactory piece of work can be the product of years of re-drafting. That this appreciation should spread to the wider community is the goal of most writers, who … Continue reading E-Book Piracy – Ruth Ann Nordin’s ‘The Path to Christmas’

Remaking Art: Keep calm and Keep recycling

After seeing Anna’s post about the constant reinterpretation of Van Gogh it set me thinking about how we recycle whole loads of concepts and images – from impressionist paintings to vintage fashion to solid design. Perhaps the perfect example of fast design recycling is the ‘Keep Calm’  poster – new prints and varieties seem to crop up every day as a new generation rewrites what … Continue reading Remaking Art: Keep calm and Keep recycling

Modern interpretations or a new generation’s disrespect?

Starry Night by Van Gogh has always been one of my favourite pieces of art work. Whilst this may be a little unoriginal, I can’t argue against what I think. It is classics such as this that have been subject to a lifetime of admiration. It is also classics such as this that have been part of a growth in new interpretations and adaptions. The question is, can … Continue reading Modern interpretations or a new generation’s disrespect?

An Interview With Doxa Clothing

Our publicist, Kate Hird, gets in touch with ethical clothing and uncovers for Razz readers a new company to take notice of… What you wear can say a lot about your values as well as, your fashion sense. I spoke to 21-year-old Josh Stannard, director of clothing make Doxa, about creativity, ethnicity and the realities of setting up your own creative business. So what is it … Continue reading An Interview With Doxa Clothing

London calling…

There’s still time, if you’re out and about in London this month, to catch some really interesting events at the London Literature Festival which began on 30th June. Events conclude on July 14th so take a trip to the Southbank Centre and catch creative writing schools, readings from authors such as Jane Harris (Gillespie and I), and other amazing live workshops and performances. Many of … Continue reading London calling…

Sun is shining, weather is tweet.

So summer is finally here and the weather seems to be picking up. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and they’re not the only ones.   Are you on twitter? I’ve often heard Twitter compared to a stripped down Facebook – all you post is status updates of 140 characters. But those 140 characters can be so much more than ‘eating cereal, lol’. … Continue reading Sun is shining, weather is tweet.