Poet Spotlight: Omar Majeed

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Meet Omar

Omar Majeed is a local Hereford Poet.  Born in Crewe, Cheshire he grew up in Hereford having attended the Cathedral School and studied photography at Hereford Art College. Later on he went to Kingston upon  Thames, initially to study journalism, but his creative instincts lead him into a degree in Graphic Design.  Now back in Hereford he works as a copywriter and is studying fine art. He does the occasional poetry reading, makes short films for fun with friends and is reworking his passion project: SCree Magazine.

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Omar’s Writing

We r all one we always win is a collection of over a decade’s worth of his poetry. Majeed can occasionally be found reading poems from this collection at events such as Booth Fest and most recently Courtyard Hereford’s Poetry Slam.

You can purchase a copy of his latest poetry book on his Etsy Shop: GravityEnterprises.

Here’s a taste of his way with words…

All That Is Within Our Grasp

We hold on tight to the hands
of those we love
as they hold on tight to us,

as if we may float away
should they or we
loosen our grip,

and still
through knuckles white
we let them slip.

“… In your hands a pine cone spirals, draped in cobwebs. A tiny spider crawls across your knuckles. Books lie beside us, unread as we chat in chapters about this and that.”

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Omar’s Poetry book: we r all one we always win is available on Etsy

Notably at Apple Store Gallery in Hereford¬†there are some copies available to buy. Apple Store Gallery is also where Majeed has done some¬†readings at their poetry nights and¬†he participated in a group art show last year for them. Omar has long been interested in poetry since his school days and won the Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2002. He’s¬†had stuff published in Kingston‚Äôs Ripple mag and Short cuts competition pamphlet where his poem Duet was chosen as the winner.

One of Omar’s short stories about Aldous Huxley‚Äôs deathbed LSD experience was published in Askance‚Äôs Positional Vertigo collection available on paper copy and Kindle.

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On Drawing

“Up until a couple of years ago I hadn‚Äôt done much drawing.¬† I mostly worked with text and photography.¬† My friends used to gather together in Lucy Baxendale‚Äôs living room and draw, an informal gathering that turned into a Drawing Club which meets every third Thursday at De Koffie Pot in the evening.¬† I was hanging out with everyone drawing.¬† They would give me a page out of their notebook and a pen and I would scribble stuff.¬† Gradually I wanted a ‚Äėthing‚Äô and started just drawing people from my imagination that I called my imaginary friends. This developed into the wooden painted sculptures that I showed at the end of my portfolio course. I like drawing people from the recesses of my head and then naming them. I‚Äôm thinking of giving them stories.”

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Copies of Gravity zine

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His Magazine

“For about six years I was producing Gravity zine, which largely comprised of art submissions to a theme, and a bit of writing, mainly from Hereford creative and a few sympathizers.¬† The template involved putting out a call for work and then laying everything out and photocopying.¬† We had colour covers from Issue four letter-pressed by Fishbone press, and started hand sewing the binding. My friends would all get together regularly to help me put everything together. It was a collective endeavor to celebrate all the amazing work that was around and not a commercial venture.¬† I rarely made my print costs back. I gave everyone who contributed a copy and that was enough for a while.¬† SCree is an idea developed with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Johnny Burrage to make a more developed magazine, featuring articles about important contemporary topics and covering cultural events for which we can have an editorial team commissioning up to the minute articles and illustrations, and the layout is a bit more structured and professional. We want to be able to pay people for their work because artists have to work for free too often.¬† We are currently exploring funding models.¬† Keep an eye on the SCree Facebook page and Screezine.com¬†for news.”

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Among Majeed’s other creative projects he makes short films such as this one titled Lorem Ipsum¬†made alongside with¬†Johnny Burrage last year starring local musician Elspeth Anne Macrae. They’re working on a new one, titled Un Chien Errant (a lost dog.) He also writes semi-regularly for Minky Cuadra at Hereford City Centric blog.

Omar wrote a novella which he describes as a “transgressive noirish experimental thriller” called Dark under a pen name. The paper copies have sold out but it is available as a Kobo ebook here.

Check out the synopsis:

Ex-professional footballer Thomas Peterson receives a phone call alerting him to a disappearance that throws his already spiraling life into intrigue and disorder.  A transgressive, post-modernist thriller. Adults only.

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More of Omar’s Poems found on SmallSongsOfHope.blogspot.co.uk
His other website: Is This An Art


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Look out for Hereford Contemporary 11-13th November 2016

 

 

The Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DG.  

Hereford Contemporary is held in the Left Bank on the first floor, second floor and outside courtyard space, with adult workshops taking place on Friday and children’s workshops on Saturday and Sunday, in the Coach House.  Visitors and exhibitors alike have easy (and full disabled) access to light refreshments on the first and third floor, you can sit inside or outside on the River Terraces. Or choose the excellent, locally sourced food and drink at De Koffie Pot café/bar in the Coach House, including the courtyard outside with it’s warming fire bowls.
– BrightStripe.co.uk

Jewellery    |    Textiles    |    Furniture    |    Paintings    |    Wooden home wares    |    Ceramics Porcelain    |    Glass    |    Stone carving    |    Prints    |    Basketry    |    Leather bags
Fashion Accessories    |    Metalwork and Sculpture

The Left Bank, Hereford (The 1st floor of the venue on the left is where the exhibition is running)

Get early peak of the Exhibitor’s work on Flickr page.

Design spotlight from Hereford Indie Food festival: Half Key Clothing and Sin Eater

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Instagram: @HalfKeyClothing

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Tumblr: sin-eater.tumblr.com

 

 

The Unstoppable Bohemian: Audrey the Artist

Bohemians will do anything to pursue their art and Audrey the Artist glorifies this. Having a disability does not stop her¬†expressing her vision through¬†twisted wired lines and spots of vibrant inks. You just gotta keep on keeping on when you have talent in life. Though I do wander¬†if at times she is in physical pain when she makes her art….

Her hands remind me of a ballerina; long and elegant though harboring pain we cannot begin to imagine.  Like our own hands but extraordinary yet fragile and ultimately beautiful.

Audrey’s aesthetic is feminine, edgy and chic. The faceless beauties she draws tell a story with their hair, some designs are also available as tote bags!¬†¬†

I adore¬†illustrators because they make the world prettier! Think about it, they really do. From adverts, instruction manuals, prints on products… Illustration is EVERYWHERE to inform, educate, entertain and inspire and make the world look better as well as share a special style to see the world with plus a reinterpretation of how things can look.

An interview by Golden Boy Press with the Artist found here.

Here’s a snippet of the interview.

What’s a typical day for you?
Eating, drawing, going out, sleeping. Repeat. I love going out to see concerts, and you may take me as a psycho, but sometimes I just feel like tattooing every lyric on my body, haha. It happened when I saw Haim last year, I just got like ‚Äúeach song is full of life‚ÄĚ and I wanted that feeling tattooed on my body.

How does your environment empower you to pursue what you love?
I wouldn’t say my environment empowers me. In my family, I don’t have any artists, so very early I realized I had to draw my own path, which is something you have to accept ; I mean sometimes, it would be so nice to have someone close to relate to. Most of all, I try to travel as much as possible, and meet people from different countries, with different cultures. Differences are empowering.

What are your top 5 main influences?
Stina Persson, Jordi Labanda as illustrators. I‚Äôve been lucky as hell to meet Jordi, he‚Äôs such a brilliant man. One of my current influences is Sia (from her video clips to her album covers). I mean, jeez, so much talent. I am also highly influenced by my favorite book, Les Fleurs du Mal from Baudelaire. There‚Äôs this poem, ‚ÄúLa Chevelure‚ÄĚ and it fits the way I draw hair so well. And this year, my favorite movie was Whiplash, and it quite influenced my behavior. I went very ‚Äúgo for it‚ÄĚ instead of ‚Äúwhat if‚ÄĚ, and it changes everything you know.

“That’s why her hair is so big it’s full of secrets!” – Damien (from Mean Girls)

 

Young Indonesian Artist: Eem Rohimah

DSC_0331Thank you for your patience Loyal readers, I shall endeavor to write about tales from Indonesia where I was visiting last month…

Let us begin with a young Artist I met who is friends with my cousins. Her name is Eem Rohimah.

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Eem uses oil pastels and different textured pens, inks and paper to produce her work. She has an eye for typography and made me a special print emblazoned with my name. The above image featuring circles and orange tones is a copy of an already existent piece by another artist.

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Here is the wonderful personalized handmade art print Eem made me. 

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Sedition s…™ňąd…™ É(…ô)n/ Art …Ďňźt/

Galatians 5:19-21

“19¬†Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,¬†20¬†Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,¬†21¬†Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” -KJV

So I had the best intentions to be more Holy and take the time to understand Bible teachings when I discovered a new word: sedition. Subsequently I¬†encountered an online platform that enables you to own works of art by certain¬†Artists that sell for millions of $’s…Kind ¬†of…From Damien Hirst to Tracey Emin, the duo Elmgreen & Dragset and Jenny Holzer. It’s eclecticism at its finest. And it’s yours to own. Only to be graced upon any computer, tablet or TV of your choice. This is purely a digital art collector’s platform. But it’s really kinda cool. Forget Walls. We’re screen babies now. As something of a Wordsmith myself Emin’s “I Promise to Love You” Collection¬†is¬†irresistible. Although it may superficially be due to the resemblance to Britney Jean‘s cover art. Tracey¬†vs Britney…

Some Fugly stuff for sale would be Jake & Chinos Chapman work- who needs to purchase a visual representation of clutter?

¦ DISCOVER ¦

¦OPEN PLATFORM ¦

This is where you can digital art for your screen for a Fiver!

There’s also an App you can download. Turn your screen into Art as Sedition Art declares…