The first edition of VAINE Magazine is featuring a mix of the best emerging writing and art on the pandemic of Covid-19 and current events.
Contributors: Marco Ferrari, Catrin Harrison, Lauren Gale, Phoebe Harris, Conor Pitchers, Eve Radville, F.E. Lehane, Robert Padley, Nigel Evans, Aya Vandenbussche, Jacob Cain, Clay Stewart-Larson, Lisa Krawczyk & more.
Journalist & Photographer
Marco Ferrari is a journalist, photographer and occasional musician. Raised in Sharjah, UAE, he now lives in Manchester where he has managed to just about eke out a living by writing words. He spends his free time playing with synthesiers and ranting about the government to anyone who will listen.
Lauren Gale is an illustrator currently based in Bristol with a love of abstract artwork. Much of her work is based on escapism, as well as abstract interpretations of her surroundings living on the river Avon. She has a fascination with flora and wildlife, especially birds and marine life. Lauren loves to partner contrasting objects and subjects in her compositions with playful and joyous colour palettes, reflecting a childlike wonder through her artwork. She currently produces graphic designs and illustrations for a clients and undertakes private commissions. Her passion project is her online shop where she sells prints of original digitally illustrated artworks; along with stickers, greetings cards, and enamel pin badges.
Highly disciplined and dedicated to experimentation, Robert’s current practice explores the relationship between paint and movement. Originally training as a graphic designer before moving to sales in 2007, he now concentrates on art full time. He is influenced by graphical elements like graphs, maps and pixelated images, and tries to recreate these in paint form while also representing landscapes that he finds interesting, such as seascapes and foggy beaches. His current paintings involve many repeated actions to achieve the desired effect, requiring intense concentration and lots of experimentation behind the scenes, exploring the way oil paint behaves when repeatedly applied horizontally and vertically, like weaving with paint.
Nigel is a recently retired NHS psyciatrist, born in Aberdare, Wales. Brought up in a working class community he graduated as a doctor in 1988. Married for 29 years he has two adult children. He says his interest in the arts developed in his late teens when exposed to different ways of conceptualising the world throughmusic, literature, cinema and the visual arts. He started painting as a non verbal counterweight to the prolixity of psychiatric practice and as a means of emotional expression.
Lisa Krawczyk is a poet originally from Milwaukee, and is currently quarantined and viciously writing in Philadelphia. Their poetry has been published in Lullwater Review, Esthetic Apostle, Levitate, and has forthcoming publications in the West Review and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Clay is a young creative based in Bristol. They study and practice holistic therapies and use artistic outlets as a tool for deeper healing and self-expression. They write from the perspective of a queer person of colour, exploring a variety of topics including, but not limited to; emotional experience, identity, spirituality and the intersectionality between race and the queer experience.
Catrin Harrison is an emerging artist who seeks out new ways to express the human condition through contemporary portraiture; she is constantly on the lookout for ways to show real people in their truest forms, and translates these findings into new projects and styles that challenge how far she can go with subtlety and colour. She is currently committed to exploring the possibilities of oil portraiture, but is looking forward to future collaborations and projects surrounding illustrative painterly studies and large scale contemporary series.
Artist & Writer
Eve Radville is a charity communications professional, writer and artist based in London. Previously published in the Huffington Post and the Guardian, she is interested in politics and amplifying the voices of the marginalised and vulnerable in society in her press and fact-based work. In her artwork and creative prose, however, she enjoys playing with the fine line between a dark sense of humour and the darkness within.
Phoebe is a 22 year old student at Cardiff University, going into the 4th year of a psychology degree. Lockdown has encouraged her to pick up art again and spend more time on it. She illustrates both digitally and non-digitally and is excited to expand her portfolio and see where it takes her.
Aya Vandenbussche is a writer, researcher, a consumer of culture and voicer of opinions. She sometimes makes up words. Born in Israel, Aya graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BA in Film and Television studies. Developing a career as a Camera Assistant in film and TV productions, she moved to London. During that time she started writing. Aya currently writes short stories and is working on a novel, as well as scripts.
Jacob is a Cornwall born, Bristol based support worker and sometime poet. He supports disabled children and adults to navigate the complex benefit system, and he also supports LGBTQ+ youth for the charity OTR. In his writing he likes to explore his relationship with his own mental health and queerness and how that affected him growing up in a small town; but most recently the coronavirus pandemic has reignited his desire to write. Outside of work, he finds himself most relaxed when he is in water.