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Alternative Realities: Olya Tsoraeva

I’m fascinated by animators. The best thing I could form out of play dough as a child was “rock cakes” or if i was feeling especially creative, a very ill-proportioned stick man. I suffered and still do suffer from the fatal combination of impatience and stumpy, clumsy fingers. “No,” my friend kindly told me, “you could never be a hand model. Unless it was for modelling bricks on a construction site.”

I’ve never seen Olya Tsoraeva’s hands but i imagine them to be long and elegant, quick and nimble. Surely they must be to create such mini masterpieces out of plasticine? And I know she’s got patience. For her stop motion film, in which she remoulded Thom Yorke’s face in an alternative video for Radiohead’s “Creep”, she spent a year in darkness: four months fiddling around with his features and nine handcrafting the animation. That’s perseverance verging on obsession.

“Don’t you lose inspiration after the first six months?” I asked an artist once.

“Yeh sure you do,” she replied “but you just keep doing what you’re doing.”

“Like a job?”

“No, not like a job. Like everyday life.”

That stuck with me. It’s a relief to know that you don’t have to be wildly creative every single day to make something wonderful. Inspiration can be a little exhausting. As I took it, don’t give up if you’re struggling to see why you started.

Here’s ‘Skinless’ written and directed by Olya Tsoraeva. It’s my favourite of her small but impressive portfolio.

Keep an eye on what she’s up to here.

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Alice Rainis: Ongoing Projects

London/Paris based photographer Alice Rainis has a way of finding beauty in the everyday – it’s an enviable talent and often makes her pieces very poignant. She’s got a number of long term projects which she adds to every now and then, such as the series of Polaroid Portraits, Music Artists Off Stage or Late Nights Early Mornings (well worth flicking through), but the most recent of these and the most interesting is XXI Century which features portraits of the creative or inspiring people who have crossed her path. She adds a new image every two weeks with a one line blurb beneath telling you who’s who and what’s what. 

 Check out her full portfolio on her website: http://www.alicerainis.com/. She’s a cool kid.

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The People of Burning Man: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss’s last published book ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ has to be one of the most inspirational books ever written. Ostensibly, it’s a children’s book, one of few words and brightly coloured pictures of stripy mountains and boys in old-fashioned yellow bed caps ( standard ‘ever so slightly hallucinogenic’ children’s illustrations) , but the themes are timeless. The protagonist, a young boy, referred to as ‘you’ faces challenges in an uplifting exploration of what life holds, leaving you with feeling that you can succeed “Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed).”


Though I’m sure most of you have already read the book, probably when you were leaving school like me, I came across this video earlier today of the people at Burning Man reading the story and it reminded of just how wonderful it is. Even if the story doesn’t appeal, it’s worth watching just for the bizarre goers of Burning Man. (Unfortunately the video doesn’t explain what Burning Man is any better than the event’s website. One can only speculate….fancy dress in the desert?)


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