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Cheng Joo
Cheng Joo, a Singaporean photographer based in New York shares with Krftd his love for Polaroid.

Do you have particular goal you want to achieve?
I hope to be an international photographer known by pushing ideas and creativity to an alternative edge. Searching the impossible and intangible as a goal because only by reaching that destination, the notion of aesthetic is being challenged as opposed to being a follower.

Are you fulfilling your childhood dream as a fashion photographer?
I always thought of being in creative field like a singer and visual artist but not photography. Life works in special ways - I love what i do now being a photographer.

What is the different between a photography and a fashion photography?
In all different aspect of photography there lies a secret melody. You not only understand it but digest it with a soul that is unique in your own sense.

You use a lot of Polaroid for your work, why?
This is my character and personality not of my work but more of myself. It portrays a sense of surreal and incompleteness in everything. In every great story told and great landscape form there always appear that there is a flux of change and incompleteness. In every truth that is told there is always this gray area where the masses is either on which side when they were question.

Which Polaroid cameras do you use? Do you prefer some over others?
Sx-70 and polariod 600 mount on medium format.

What is your normal daily routine?
I shoot wherever i go. I tell my life in my visual diary rather than using words. Everyone learns to communicate in words but i prefer to do it in form and colours.

Any words for the new starter?
Must live like a new born everyday, live like no tomorrow so you feel curious and start to open up your eyes and soul to look for own language in this beautiful world.
Five minutes with
... illustrator and graphic artist Marco Cibola.

K: Tell us about yourself.
M: I'm a graphic artist living and working in a small town about an hour outside from Toronto. I work on a variety of projects on a daily basis, mostly commercial.

K: What's your design philosophy?
M: Well, "philosophy" sounds so serious! I don't know if I have one, I just try to keep learning and growing and trying new things. I get bored doing the same thing over and over, so I try to just keep moving.

K: What do you like about the design scene in Toronto?
M: I don't really know much about a particular design scene here. I don't find there is anything that really defines it or makes it unique to Toronto. I think we're seeing more and more of an international scene with smaller sub scenes. I guess cities like New York or London have strong design scenes, but I don't thing Toronto is quite in the same place... or maybe I'm just not a part of it! That last possibility is a very real one.

Read more of the interview here
Pudding Anyone?
Yvonne Nieweth's 30 unique pudding packages has something for everyone.

Less is certainly not more for Yvonne Nieweth. She has created 30 different packaging for puddings for her personal experimental project. The pudding packagings are a mix of illustrations, photography and typography styles. Some colourful, some whimsical, nothing boring, these designs would make really lovely wallpaper on my iphone as well :) If I come across these in shop, I could see myself buying one of each design home.

I am very excited to speak to Yvonne, and have her share with us a little about herself and her, um, obsessions with pudding.

K: Tell us a little about yourself.
Y: I'm living and working in duesseldorf, germany. I often stay in Ruhrgebiet, where i grow up and where my family and some of my friends still live.

When i was a child, I was more attracted to paper, glue, crayons and selfmade dens than barbie dolls or little pony. I remembered there was once when I cut out all the hearts from my parents' cards.

One of my early influence was my father's passion for jukeboxes. I can't deny my fondness for rock'n roll and oldie-music. Another influence on me was my father's passion for computers, everyone in our family (exept our cat) had their own personal computer. I was fascinated by fractal design detailer and microsoft publisher and sent letters in magazine-look to my friends.

After an apprenticeship as a media designer in a packaging design agency, I knew that communication design is for me. In spring 2008, i got my diploma and since then worked in several agencies.

This year, i started with my own design-studio. It has got the unique name "yvonne niewerth" and is located in a former art-gallery. In additional to design-jobs, my studio-partner and myself are planning to organise exhibitions and events in this room.

I have a passion in design, be it corporate-design, editorial-design and of course packaging design. Because i am a out-going person and enjoy being a great host at home, concepts and designs for gastronomy is one of my favorites.

Naturally, I'm thrilled by good design, especially, when it's created by me. My ambition is not just to design media, but to create emotions.

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Heavy Metal
Barcelona based American sculptor Frank Plant creates art by forging line drawings out of welded steel.

Love the scale of his super cool 3-dimensional wall art. Frank shares his passion for life and work with Krftd.

K: Tell us about yourself.
F: I'm an american artist that came to europe about 16 years ago, i have always been interested in the challenges and growth involved in living in different cultures. I've been based in Barcelona for the last ten years and previous to that 6 in Amsterdam.

K: Who has inspired you creatively?
F: Earlier influences I would have to mention, Ed Keinholz (his work with Nancy Reddin Keinholz as well), Jean Tinguley (his work with Niki de Saint-Phalle as well), Lars Kleen. Now I would have to say that most of my influence artistically comes for looking for inspiration in everyday experiences and social interaction. I respect the work of Erwin Wurm, Fred Erdekens, Tara Donavan, Erwin Redl and Jon Plypchuk to name a few. I look for creativity in use of material, as well as socially provocative subject matter. Although sometimes i can just get carried away by the simplicity of the composition of an object.

K: What significance does your work have?
F: My work has two different points of departure, one involves simple observation and registration of things I find attractive. These would include all the big objects such as the Kalashnikov, Corkscrew as well as the fingerprints and other works including The Accident and Stay on Message. etc.... The other works are more directly socially or politically observant sometimes arriving to the provocative. I work in steel primarily drawing silohuettes and love to introduce other materials that create a bit of contrast.

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Wit and Froufrou
Romantic, detailed and elegant, every piece of Portland-based designer Kate Towers is inimitably precious.

Inspired by nature and romance, self taught through experimentation, an artists vision, and hands on execution, Kate Towers creates non-seasonal, one of a kind pieces. We get up close and personal.

Tell us a little about yourself.
i live in portland, with my husband, and 2 year old daughter - really, this is how i spend most of my time - running around with her! i used to own a clothing store (for about 8 years) but when i had my daughter i wanted to be able to raise her full time and just concentrate on my designs. its been a huge adjustment and one of the hardest things is not having much time to create. i have to say no to a lot of people wanting special orders - or stores who want to sell my things. sometimes i really miss being able to work whenever i want but i wouldnt give up these precious few days while my daughter is young for anything!

Who would you most like to see wearing your work?
anyone who loves it. its also nice when i know someone will be wearing one of my pieces to an event - so i get to show it off a little!

What motivates you?
A lack of time. sometimes i feel desperate to work in my studio. having a fashion show on the horizon, a little bit of pressure to rise to the occasion.

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After featuring Lorick Fall 09 collection that was a big hit we wanted to interview the man behind the lens. Tom Hines has a wonderful cinematic sense about his work, his photography feels like walking into a Hitchcock movie.

What did you study?
I studied Fine Art at Cooper Union in New York City. Its a small, interdisciplinary program, which, in retrospect is extraordinary because a student has access to all media and modes of expression without having to declare one as a focus. That access was great, but I was obsessed with the history of the so-called avant guard. I tried to make sure my study correlated with what was going on in high-minded contemporary art. Because of this mindset, I kind of neglected craft in order to catch up on theory jargon. Besides, craft wasnt rewarded in contemporary art. The end result was, I basically studied how not to be a photographer, and I struggled for a long time after school to find my way back to celebrating beautiful, complicated things that dont concisely illustrate an artists thesis.

Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
Yes! But its not that simple. Often youll hear photographers self-mythologizing (Im not condemning this, I think its probably important). Theyll say something to the effect of, I got my first Leica when I was 4 years old and Ive been a prodigy with a clear direction ever since. That certainly wasnt the case for me. Photo was a medium among many that was on my radar as a means to self-expression. And there were things I absolutely hated about photography, too. As a teen, I built a darkroom in my parents basement and got pretty sick from the chemistry. I tried for months to make a print look like a Man Ray, and I never got there!

Ive had spectacular failures in nearly every medium in the art realm, and I love them all despite the pain theyve caused me. The take away from this collection of experiences is that an artist has to identify the abstract rhythms and feelings by which he wants to operate and then select a medium to harmonize with those abstract drives. Today I choose photography to tell my stories, but were in the midst of a sea change within photographic media. I have no intention of playing the reactionary if/when everything is turned on its head. That said, Im going to hold out with still pictures for as long as I can.

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Poetic Luminary
Theres something unusual about Sergio Mottolas photos, which make them stand out. Maybe its just that bit of magic.

Sergio Mottola shares with Krftd how being a good photographer is all about taking that leap of faith. Lets go.

K: Tell us a little about yourself as a photographer

S: Hello! My name is Sergio Mottola, and I am a professional portrait and wedding photographer based out of Tacoma, WA. I am 18 years old. I strive to create images that are fresh and unique with a strong perspective, that not only am I proud of, but that my clients will love. I am inspired by all elements of design, light, and fashion, and hope to translate those passions visually through my work. My foray into wedding photography is driven by my admiration of the connections between people there, truly, is nothing greater. I enjoy portraiture because most people see themselves as unphotogenic, or not beautiful. My hope is to capture frames that make my clients feel beautiful because I think everyone deserves that.

K: Have you always wanted to be a photographer?

S: I always wanted to do something creative, thats for certain. My initial interests were in graphic and web design, but I found it too tedious. I wanted to create something that was moving, emotional and I never really found that until I began to do photography. I think everyone in the world, in some way, appreciates photography. I found I had an insatiable hunger when I started to take pictures. It feels really good to create a strong photograph, so naturally I just kept trying. I never though of myself as a photographer until someone ask me to take their portrait. I think that was the day my peephole opened.

K: What to you, is most important being a photographer?

S: Earlier I had had a conversation with our scientist friend, who spends his days doing research which has the potential to benefit us all. He is married to a photographer, and was talking about the difference between his work and hers. He said his own work would get done, with or without him. What I am looking for is there to be discovered, and if I dont find it, one of my colleagues will. But an artist, he said, If an artist doesnt do their work, then that work never gets done.

-Patricia Carter

I think that quote sums things up really nicely. I think it is most important to be yourself in all aspects. Your style, your attitude, your client interaction. The best art is real, the worst is contrived and faked.

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Lip Service
Lip Chin is a 22 year old very talented Singapore based artist, his style is unique as he combines his bold painting style with a fusion of different techniques. We asked him a few questions about his work.

K: So Lip, how did you first get into the arts?
L: I started off being very much into popular culture and sub culture, that is design, illustration, graffiti, pop surreal. 4 years ago I decided to follow my passion in printmaking at an art institution in Singapore. I started doing Performance Art, Commercial Graffiti, going overseas for residency and more during my 4 years in the institution.

K: Tell us more about your work.
L: My work has gone through an organic transition to what it is today. From doing something more freestyle, illustrative and pop surreal, my work is now seen more as contemporary. My work now focus on issues I feel strongly about.

K: Please take us through your design process, where do you being?
L: Unlike most artists, I do not not have a sketch book. I prefer to have thoughts in my head while I think or work. Although I am not very verbal nor good at expressing myself through words, I am constantly thinking. I converse through my art pieces.

K: What are you currently working on at the moment?
L: This is going to sound a little emotional. My current work aims to bring the audience back to a certain phase of my life, which is of great importance to me. It is about a previous relationship which lasted about 2 years, very much like a novel or journal.

K: What is your favourite and most memorable piece of work youve done?
L: To me, the process of my work is more important. My favorite work will always be the latest creation, as I can see myself progress from my former work, in-terms of techniques aspect, execution and so on.

K: Do you have any stranger side which few people know?
L: Im full of lust! For a good cause! Not a jerk haha

K: Who are your favourite designer/artist/hero at the moment?
L: Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Nigo Bathing Ape and Pharrell WIlliams

K: What style music do you mostly listen to when you work?
L: Music wise it is dependent on my the mood. Music is a must in my life and art making.

K: Finally, what can we look forward to from your work?
L: I am planning for a big hit soon, properly within 5 years.

For more information on Lip Chin, visit his website

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