Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

My sister and I gave The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse to our mum for Christmas – a wise present it turns out, seeing as I’ve now read it more times than she has. Looking at it again this past week has been a comforting escape. The book is formed from a collection of beautifully expressive ink illustrations with handwritten words, stitched together by a gently anchoring narrative. We follow four friends: an inquisitive boy who asks questions about the world and ponders his relationships with the others; a mole full of reassuring words, whose thoughts are also largely occupied by cake (which makes for some of my favourite moments); a fox who is reserved and quiet because of their past, yet loved by the others no matter what; and a wise horse who reveals an ability to fly. The story’s subtle linearity stitches the order of the pages together, but you don’t need to read it cover to cover. Each page is an isolated piece of art and storytelling in its own right, so dip in and dip out; you’ll never be lost in the story. Continue reading Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

If you asked the general person what they picture when they imagine a Vogue cover, for many the same portrait would spring to mind: a perfectly shot photograph printed on glossy paper, peeping through the other magazines at the airport or newsagent. However, Vogue Italia has totally shaken up this image with their January 2020 edition, scrapping the photoshoot for one edition only, instead filling the magazine cover-to-cover with illustrations. Conde Nast, Vogue’s publishing company, announced in a press release that the purpose of this move was sustainability. Continue reading Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

The Reconstructionists: A Celebration of Remarkable Women

The Reconstructionists is an online collaboration between illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova, celebrating women who have changed the way we define ourselves as a culture and live our lives as individuals of any gender. This colourful series of photos presents so many different women, and reminds us of the part they have played in our history. Each illustration’s accompanying quote also reminds the reader that further … Continue reading The Reconstructionists: A Celebration of Remarkable Women

No Guts No Glory Re-Launch

For those of you that have already picked up your latest copy of Razz (Beauty & Beginnings), you will have read about the company No Guts No Glory who reside with us in Exeter. We are excited to announce that NgNg are now opening their brand new store this coming weekend and we think that those of you still in Exeter should definitely check it out! Their new store has been … Continue reading No Guts No Glory Re-Launch