We’re all in such a trance with our infinite scroll, that I sometimes find myself wondering what the world would be like if we gave our other senses a chance to shine. I’m so busy eyeballing other people’s lifestyles that I rarely take the time to reflect on my own. It made me wonder whether the long-term implications of our digital addictions might impact our future physiology, so I decided to kickstart conversations with other women from the Studio Nicholson community – all of whom have built successful careers on an exemplary use of their own sensory faculties. The series begins with the perfumer, Lyn Harris.
The work of London-based photographer Jermaine Francis concentrates on documenting the overlooked fleeting moments of everyday lives. He uses the camera as a vehicle for focussing on the contemporary narratives most of take for granted – capturing the beauty of the mundane, emotional and sometimes surreal junctures we mistakenly disregard as seemingly unimportant.
In his New York City photo diary, he records candid snippets of bustling street-life, seen in the Big Apple a few months before the emergence of the Coronavirus. With the deserted atmosphere of lockdown in cities across the world, the vibrancy of his photographs are a welcome reverie, a cheerful, colour saturated snapshot of how we used to live.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking that growing old is a privilege. They say a society’s worth is measured by how it treats the elderly – so it stinks, to think of millions of pensioners, stuck indoors with only a cup-a-soup and mid-afternoon quiz shows for company. As a self-confessed appreciator of senior citizens, the photos taken by Kota of his grandfather Hironobu, are honestly some of the most joyful and beautiful images I’ve seen in years. They radiate life and the strength of being alive, with humour, wisdom and self-assured grace.
September 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting the workshop of artist and printmaker Mr. Masonori Sonobe in Kyoto. Although we rarely introduce print to our collections, I specialised in printed textiles at Chelsea School of Art and printing techniques still fascinate me.
Mission magazine invited Nick Wakeman, founder and creative director of Studio Nicholson, to speak about the foundations of the brand. The podcast gives a rare insight into Nick's time at the Chelsea School of Art in the early 1990s, her scientific approach to the design process and her lifelong obsession with fabric.