Serie: Up Next

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Sam Nowell

Sam Nowell is a Northern Powerhouse. We caught up with the 23 year old designer for a chat about Manchester, collaborating with Selfridges, and designing buildings made from beer towels.

Corbin Shaw

Corbin Shaw

Good Sheffield lad, Corbin Shaw embroiders football flags with pithy phrases like ‘We Need To Talk About Our Feelings’ and 'Loverboy'. Inspired by his Harthill upbringing, his relationship with his Dad, and Pulp’s Common People, the 22-year-old is breaking boundaries and challenging class assumptions.

Koby Martin

Kione Grandison

For Kione Grandison, hair has always been an integral part of her identity. Now the multi-media artist draws from her Jamaican roots to explore hairstyling over the decades in textiles, collage and acrylic painting.

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Ellen Rock

Ellen Rock fuses traditional craft with bold mark-making in her bespoke prints. The textile designer shares the value of handcrafted techniques, and tells us why she loves collaborating with creatives from across the globe.

Wake Up with Honour

Adébayo Bolaji

Painting has allowed Adébayo Bolaji to rediscover parts of himself he had forgotten. Adé reveals how he went from child actor, to city lawyer until finally becoming the artist he is today.

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lovenskate

Lovenskate founder Stu Smith’s addiction to screen printing snowballed from a hobby in his shed to a fully decked-out studio in Hackney. Their boards are now sold around the world, but for Stu, it’s hanging out with his mates that means the most.

Edie Ashley

Edie Ashley

Fashion designer Edie Ashley’s fascinated by found materials and rescued fabric, and lockdown hasn’t slowed her down; she’s bursting with ideas and longing to be bored.

Daisy May Collingridge

Daisy May Collingridge

Daisy Collingridge reimagines the human form with elements of fantasy to create bulbous, yet endearing bodysuits. The artist introduces the whole squishy family and explains how, to her, naked is beautiful in all forms.

Ziad Kaki

Ziad Kaki

Ziad Kaki’s vibrant canvases depict enigmatic figures in intriguing compositions. In the latest episode of UpNext, the Saudi Arabian artist describes how moving to London unleashed his creativity and helped him develop his style.

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koby martin

Koby Martin

Koby Martin’s arresting canvases are saturated with emotion. He paints his life experiences, confronting difficult subject matter head on, including leaving Ghana as a teenager and the death of his father.

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Helen Kirkum

Helen Kirkum

Helen Kirkum is stitching together both the remnants of shoes and a distinctive new look. The “sneaker collagist” achieves more than a mere recycling job; her creatively customized sneakers have already led to her teaming up with Adidas’ MakerLab project, for her individual take on the Campus 80 silhouette.

Sam Gregg

Sam Gregg

Documentary photographer, Sam Gregg explores human emotion through the lens of place and community.

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Sam Monaghan

Experimenting with dyes and pushing the line between art and fashion Samuel Monaghan is Creative Director of Second Best. We sat down with Monaghan to hear how his work has been shaped by his northern heritage and adopting the mentality of the hardcore scene.

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Ania Hobs

Ania Hobson

Portrait artist Ania Hobson is gaining all the plaudits for her work, leading most notably to her winning the Young Artist BP Portrait Award last year. With a degree in fine art, as well as having studied Portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art and at the Princes Drawing School, there’s no limit to what Hobson can achieve.

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Alex May

Alex May Hughes

Alex May Hughes is a sign painter hooked on glass leaf, which she uses for her bright and bold designs. For our ‘Up Next’ series she talks us through her technique, the importance of signs and her love for The Simpsons.

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Cass Hirst

Cass Hirst

Cass Hirst has carved himself an artistic niche, revamping Air Force 1s for A$AP Rocky, Virgil Abloh, Playboi Carti, and more. Watch him discuss his journey, motivations and how he used his brain scan as a stencil for his work.

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Talented young fashion designer Adam Jones is breaking into the industry with his pub-aesthetic styles. Self-described as ‘the British take on wabi-sabi’ for its appreciation of the imperfect, his work has been a hit with the likes of Neneh Cherry.