MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS
Ben is an artist and lecturer based in Newport, Wales. He loves sketchbooks, embroidery, Procreate, drawing, urban sketching and learning anything that makes him less sucky. He leans towards process based art, work that provokes a reaction and/or kicks him in the feels. His future is hopefully a lifetime of sketchbooks, teaching, life drawing, collaborating, posting and getting his artwork into your grubby little hands. Alongside his creativity and professional pursuits he is a proud father, average husband and quite good guitarist.
Federica is a digital artist from Rome and majoring in psychology.
Her artworks are surreal collages created by free associations, born of a multitude of thoughts left free to circulate, poured into a unique representation. There are recurring themes (as time, illusion, hope, subjectivity and change) but she likes the observer to be able to decide what they mean for them.
She has participated in six exhibitions and won two contests, collaborated with a publishing house, art magazine and other artists.
Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Melanie Wichlein is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2012, she has illustrated and designed several books on global warming, ergonomic education and stories for children. In recent years her artwork has focussed on raising awareness of environmental issues and climate justice. A percentage of her earnings is donated to organizations that protect the environment, conserve wildlife and improve human well-being.
Faye is a 21-year-old illustrator based in Dublin. She is currently studying in the National College of Art and Design, specialising primarily in illustration but with a keen interest in risograph, graphics and typography. Her style is constantly evolving and she continuously seeks inspiration from peers and the world around her.
Jaylon is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri that loves to work in a variety of different mediums. Most of their work depicts people in various aspects of their lives. He tries to capture the essence of every unique individual in my art. As of late they primarily work with acrylic paint but also enjoy experimenting with digital art.
Louise Longson lives in West Oxfordshire. She has been published by One Hand Clapping, Fly on the Wall and Dreich. A qualified psychotherapist specialising in trauma and enduring mental health issues, she is currently working with those distressed by loneliness and social isolation. Recently, she has finally cleared enough of her own head-space to pursue her writing in earnest.
Thea is from France, she studied one year at the University of York where she developed her writing skills. She is still currently a schoolteacher. One of her poems “She rinsed” was published on the Iceberg Tales’ website. Her short story “Waterhouse” was published in the ninth printed issue of the Unknown magazine. Her favourite form of poem is pantoum.
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.
Diana is originally from Siberia, but currently based in Stuttgart, Germany where she lives, works, enjoys, laughs, paints and loves, as much as the current situation allows.
Her art deals with states of consciousness, from the macro and micro perspective. You can find something in the pictures from both the inside and outside – it can be a feeling, a moment, a mood, mental situation and/or surreal fantasies. In her creative process she works with different techniques and expressions, mainly focussing on a mixture of acrylic pouring and surreal elements.
HANNA ROSE BERGMANN
Hanna Rose, is a 22-year-old from Germany. She loves everything that has to do with art and creativity. Besides painting and illustrating, she plays numerous instruments, sings and writes songs. Having struggled with my mental health and being “different” from others, she feels that in art and music, she has found a way to show what defines her.
Artist & Photographer
Photography is the basis of Stephane’s work. He started exhibiting at an early age in galleries with artists like Araki, Dolores Marat and Paul McCarthy at the Damasquine Art Gallery in Brussels. Since then, he has exhibited around Europe and in New York.
He explores the relationship between human beings, their sociological condition and their futures. Both raw and surreal, his images explore alternative forms of existence. The drawings, fragmented and incomplete, represent an unfinished story.
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.
Artist & Poet
Cameron Macgregor, 20, is a student at Bristol University, they identify as trans/ gender-non-conforming. They are also a freelance performance artist, model, professional tutor and regular volunteer. They have training in Russian ballet, and are an avid writer of spoken word and scripts for films/plays, exploring themes of identity, dealing with trauma and love.
J.A. Handville is a poet based in Syracuse, New York, and the self-published author of 2018’s Internalize. In between consuming copious amounts of coffee, J.A. Handville creates collages and poetry, often themed around the difficulties of mental illness and the human condition. His poetry has been published in Unvael, Into the Void, and is forthcoming from Dissonance Magazine. He is currently writing his second poetry collection.
Drawing was always a safe place to Lindsay, and this theme has been the constant and passionate thread throughout my life. She has a BA In Fine Art Painting, a qualification in Mental Health Problems and PGCERT Teaching in Higher Education. Apart from teaching art to adults both face to face and online, she offers services in illustration. With a strong leaning toward emotions and mental health, her work is diversely metaphorical.
Natalia Tcherniak is a visual artist, set designer and alternative photography printmaker, occasionally exhibiting locally in Toronto, and internationally in the UK and USA. Her work has been selected to be part of several international juried group exhibitions and fairs. Natalia also moonlights as a licenced architect, working on mixed-use and health care projects across Canada.
Illustrator & Animator
Simon is an illustrator and Animator from Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria. He has been drawing and painting since childhood and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation.
He is very interested in interactive media, especially videogames. Art has always been a way for him to express and reflect on his own mental health. He also likes to trim hedges.
Writer & Artist
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.
Psychiatrist & Artist
Nigel is a recently retired NHS psychiatrist, 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 through music, 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.
It's noisy inside,
The screaming, the shouting, the yelling.
It's noisy inside,
The searching, the yearning, the looking,
Reaching but not quite grasping.
- Extract from 'It's noisy inside' by Clay Stewart-Larson
Illustration by Jaylon Goode