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Final year Fashion Communication project at Northumbria University.


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    Dear Readers,

    Welcome to the premier issue of Avancer Magazine! As many of you may or may not know, Avancer is the French verb to move forwards. And that is what this magazine is all about. Avancer is going to push the creative

    industries of photography, illustration, art and design forwards in the minds of intelligent women like


    With creative content from contributing artists, photographers and other individuals, Avancer is full of details and hidden content. If its photography you love, turn to pg.30 to see our emotive photo story just

    out of touch or if youre interested in interior design, we think youll love David Carter on pg.84.

    A lot of heartfelt work is in this, our first issue, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed

    producing and editing it.

    With Love,


    Lucy Elizabeth Roberts

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  • 5Contents...Contents......

    Editors Letter 3

    Contents 5

    Contributing editors 7

    Peter Callesens Heavenly Creations 8

    Mr Rob Ryan 14

    Naomi Walker Flying High 20

    Alexandre Farto 26

    Just Out Of Touch, A Photo Story 30

    The Decline Of Designer Fashion? 42

    The Hidden Treasures of the North 47

    The Fairytales of Kelly Smith 56

    David Downton and the Elimination of Detail 62

    Freya Cumming Photo Story 70

    The Light and Dark Tones of David Carter 84

    Did You Notice? 90

    Treats for the Month 96


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  • 7Contributors... Contributors...

    Luke Bailey has been a keen photographer of fashion ever

    since he graduated from Northumbria University two years ago. Since his graduation, he his work has been featured in local magazines from his hometown of newcastle such as The Craic as well as recently been

    sought out to shoot a feature for Elle


    Luke shot this months photo

    story Just Out Of Touch featuring Sarah Smith and

    Calum McLatchie as models. Poignant, emotive and strong, Luke Bailey is one to watch ladies.

    Katy Reeve hails from her home town of Huddersfield and is a graduate

    of Fashion Communication

    from Northumbria Univesity. Katys talents span far and wide, she can photograph, she can draw, she can graphically edit

    any photo you want, but her true passion lies with styling. This month, Katy turned her hand to the styling of Sarah Smith in our artist feature on Freya Cumming, sourcing the perfect white dress to fit with the tone of the

    shoot. Look out for Katy in next months vogue.

    Angela and Tim Roberts are two

    of the most well-travelled people we know. From

    Vancouver to Hawaii, to Jamaica and Finland, theyve been all over the

    world. However, they still insist that thier favourite

    destination is their home, nestled in the foot of the North Yorkshire moors.

    Their contribution to this months Location is

    invaluable, as they show us the

    beauty of the North Yorkshire moors and


    Lucy Roberts is the Editor in Chief of Avancer magazine and has poured all of her personality, thoughts, humour and passion into

    this premier issue. This magazine is a reflection of the things Lucy loves, art, femininity,

    graphics, illustration and photography.

    A graduate of Fashion

    Communication from Northumbria University, Lucy has always dreamed of editing her own magazine and providing readers with what she

    feels the magazine industry is missing.

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    Once Upon a Dream

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    Once Upon a Dream

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    Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.

    The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.

    Recently I have worked with the notion of complexity in the piece White Diary. It presents a human head with a sketchbook in the centre. Out from the pages of the book grows a complex thought-process as an imaginative landscape filled with details and fairytale stories. This maze mapping of the brain shows at the same time confusion and a feeling of

    getting lost in the detail, which in turn disables any rational overview for a while. Not until the sculpture is seen at a distance and its entirety drawn in can you create order in the chaos.

    Another theme in my work is the reinterpretation of classical fairytales associated with a more general interest in memory in connection to childhood. This theme is also present in Crossing, Castle, and Jukebox which are examples of playful performances that exist in the lost land of childhood - between dream and reality. It is in this meeting or confrontation of these two conditions, in a kind of utopian embodiment, that these works become alive, often in a tragicomic way.

    A continual figure in my earlier performances and later drawings is The Dying Swan, who can be described as a hybrid between The Ugly Duckling and a human figure. The Dying Swan reveals different layers of identity, and often he strives at being somebody or somewhere else or tries to achieve the impossible. In his interaction and power play with the audience his physical presence often creates an intense and uncomfortable atmosphere. In the drawings The Dying Swan creates his own universe, where he seems to be trapped in impossible situations and circles, dealing with death, rebirth, self-creation, and self-destruction.

    -by Peter Callesen

    Peter Callesens


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    Now You Pour Your Heart Out

    Paper Dre ams Honey

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    Now You Pour Your Heart Out

    Paper Dre ams Honey

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    Mr.Rob Ryan

    Welcome to the fantastic world of Rob Ryan. It is a world different from ours, it is a beautiful place fuelled by love, beauty, idealism and and romantacism.

    A graduate from the Fine Art course at Nottingham Trent University and a Masters in printmaking at the Royal College Of Art in London, Rob Ryan has been a dedicated artist since his childhood. He remembers his father giving him the white cardboard which comes with a new shirt as a treat to draw on every so often. Without realising it, his father was probably one of Ryans earliest influencers and supporters. Who could have known that a young boy doodling on a piece of white card would one day be one of the biggest artists in paper cutting and screenprinting?

    His passion for art began with said doodles, drawings and a lot of imagination. Ever since, he has been honing his talents and is now internationally renowned for his paper cutting and screenprinting works. He has collaborated with Paul Smith, Lulu Guiness and Tatty Devine Jewellery, had his work shown in Vogue and Elle,

    as well as building a strong public following in the last ten years. He credits his wife as his reason for success, who supported him for most of his working life so he could continue to pursue his dreams of becoming a regarded artist.

    Rob Ryans work is intricate, painstaking and bursting with talent and love. The themes which run through his work vary from love, to lonliness and heartbreak, to beauty and joy. His detailed paper cuts are sold in their original format, as well as being transferred onto screenprints, crockery, fabrics and jewellery. One of Robs biggest accomplishments so far was the publication of his first book, This Is For You, a romantic fairy tale told through beautiful paper cuts.

    Lets hope that Rob Ryan continues to contribute to the Art world for a long time, because without his insight into love and beauty, the world would be a darker place.

    -By Lucy Roberts

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    Its Too Cold Outside

    For Angels To Fly

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    Its Too Cold Outside

    For Angels To Fly

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    Flying High

    Naomi Walker

    Avancer is proud to present Naomi Walker, a Northumberland based Artist. Here, Lucy Roberts talks to Naomi about her exquisite works of angelic art...

    Q How long has art been a part of your life? And how did you first discover your talent?

    A I have always loved to paint and draw. I remember when I first started school, aged 4, always having to be the best in class at drawing princesses! I started channelling aged five and began to paint what I saw at around nine.

    Q Could you talk me through the process you go through to create one of your unique angel pieces?

    A I normally work on m