Category Archives: This World



It all began on the other side of the world: a 4 month stint of South American wandering and a desire to capture the moment in her own style gave Vicki Jones the inspiration to kick start her #dailydrawing series – undertstated, sketched moments presented on her instagram feed to an appreciative (and growing) global audience.

Vicki is a young yet highly accomplished illustrator, designer and surfer based in Bristol. She turns her talented hand from play to work with gusto – her portfolio of design work includes names such as Hurley, Nikita and Billabong.

She’s spent a year in Newquay, and tonight she kicks off an exhibition featuring a selection of her #dailydrawing series, at the illustrious Cafe Irie on Fore Street.

I caught up with Vicki for an all-too-brief chat… but I’m sure we’ll hear more from her down the line.

Do you still devote time to your art every day?

Yes I do, I feel I haven’t achieved everything I wanted to in a day if I don’t. I find it a therapeutic practice to do a drawing everyday as compliment to my freelance design work, a way to relax and to wind down at the end of the day. That said – it’s been almost impossible to do any drawing in the last couple of weeks as I’ve just returned from Glastonbury. As much as I had all the good intentions to do artwork while I was there, it just didn’t happen! Maybe a break every now and again isn’t always such a bad thing though!

It sounds like you had a bit of an epiphany out in South America…

You could call it that. To me, travelling does amazing things – in my mind it removes you from your comfort zone and allows space to breathe and gain a sense of perspective. It forces you to re-evaluate your life, values, what makes you happy, what drives you and ultimately what you want to do with your life and why. I went to South America on an open-ended journey, it was something I had to do, and I returned with a sense of purpose and vision. South America is a continent abundant in energies of the past, present and future, and on a whole the people are more in tune with themselves and the movements of the earth and the universe. Being exposed to this made me think about humanity as a whole and where we fit into it’s complexities. The more you see of the world and everything living in it, the more you realise that we are all in this together. It’s easy to feel helpless and insignificant when faced with todays problems on this planet, and that one person can’t make a difference to the world. I realised that discovering your passion is the first step. As long as one can pursue this regardless of what is thrown ones way, that energy is contagious and inspires others. It doesn’t have to be far reaching. I believe that even if I put a smile on one persons face in a day, it’s all worth it. After all, with enough time and energy, ripples turn into waves. It’s a long old slog and following your dream doesn’t always guarantee a healthy bank balance but it will fill you a sense of satisfaction that money can never bring. It might be a cliche, but everything one could ever want or need in this life is within reach, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.


You’ve obviously found instagram a very useful medium for your work…

Absolutely, Instagram has been pivotal in the development of my working practice in the last year. I’m not a huge social media user but because of the visual nature of Instagram, I found it particularly lends itself to art. It’s a brilliant way of putting work out into the world. Essentially it is a digital exhibition space potentially open to an audience of millions! I didn’t join Instagram with this intention however, I started just posting my photography. The drawing and artwork I did put up, people started to comment on more and more, and I realised that actually my artwork had more of a positive reaction than anything else, so I started to post more of that. Whilst travelling, it’s hard to get access to a scanner to scan pieces to post online, so it was way to get my work out of the sketchbook for people to see. The feedback I received from people all over the world was very encouraging, and it’s always a confidence boost to know that your work is being appreciated! From posting my work up on Instagram, some interesting commissions and collaborations have come my way too. A whole international community of artists are at your fingertips and Instagram makes it easy to connect with them. I love also looking at other galleries and seeing what other creatives are up too, it’s a vast and unending source of inspiration.

Beyond #dailydrawing, what’s next?

Well I’d like to carry on the with the drawing project and develop it. I’ve been thinking #dailypainting might be next on the cards! Aside from this, I’m currently moving to Bristol and setting up studio there. Lots more exciting freelance design work with some awesome clothing brands on the horizon, as well as collaborations and more exhibitions. I also want to start my own range of environmentally friendly and organic textiles/surfwear. Whatever I’m up to – the best place to see it all is Instagram – find me at vicki_jones29, and see you there! VJ.

The #dailydrawing exhibition begins tonight, from 7pm – 10pm, and runs until the 31st of August.

Vicki Jones
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#DAILYDRAWINGposted on by Cai Waggett in Art, This World

Where To Next?

As I write this we are in the clutches of a fat, baked, lazy, summer flat spell. The surf is super clean and about half an inch high.
Riding my bike is keeping me sane and fit, well, relatively sane and relatively fit. But that is only going to work for so long and gradually I can feel the gnawing need for waves tap, tap, tapping at my soul. But years of painful experience have also taught me that wave riding and mother nature are fickle and trixy mistresses and I must be patient. It will change, the waves will return, just try to enjoy where you are and what you are doing.

During these fallow periods I generally try to avoid taunting myself further by watching vids or reading mags but this little gem really caught me straight from the off. I couldn’t help but have a sneaky peak and oh my lord was I glad I did! I really don’t care if you harbor an irrational dislike for us spongers or not, if you have any appreciation of wave riding on any craft then you can’t help but delight in this visual feast. To add to that this film made me immensely proud that this piffling annoyance of a pass time that I love so much could produce something quite so stunning.
So grab yourself a brew, sit back and let this cinematic treat mop your fevered brow…….It won’t be long, the waves will return…..

Where To Next?posted on by Chaz Curry in Film, Surfing, This World

How to make clothes

These are some pointers if you have dreams of doing your own thing.

Todays audio accompaniment will soothe you through the rest of this post on a overcast monday

A lot of people thought it was a fools errand starting Fellow and not many people took me seriously, even my friends. It’s such a strange industry. Lots of people are really cagey about telling you too much – like it’s their secret spot that they’ve surfed alone for years.

I have really enjoyed the learning curve I have been through, so I thought I’d share some of my experiences to enable people to have a crack themselves without the expensive mistakes I made.

So this post is for anyone who has dreamed of doing their own thing. I say give it a bash and see what happens and here are a few pointers for you:-

1. Make sure there is a market for what you want to produce. It costs loads making stuff and if it doesn’t sell you’re left holding an expensive baby.

2. Spec your garments out to every last detail. Leave nothing to interpretation because guaranteed the person you are dealing with will not have the same ideas or standards as you.

3. Find a good pattern cutter. Find one that you get along with and that is patient and not too expensive for changes to your patterns because there will be a lot of tweaks and changes along the way. I got really lucky with mine. PM me if you want their details.

4. Get your pattern cutter to make samples, you can then use as a base mark for quality control.

5. When you have a graded pattern (graded means a pattern in each size) start looking for a factory. This is where the fun begins. If you have a specialist area you might find it easier to search but none of the buggers have websites or do any kind of advertising. You can try trade shows but usually only larger factories will attend and if you are anything like me they won’t be interested in your organic approach to growing your company. If you have investors on the other hand: bingo, you’ll have a factory in no time. There are a few factors to consider with selection:


China, India and Asia are cheap but problems with ethics and quality control.
Eastern Europe – pretty good but again be careful with ethical working standards.
Western Europe – good quality but a little more expensive.

Language – you need to be able to communicate with them.

These are pretty gross generalisations and in my limited experience it’s pretty much luck of the draw.

6. CONTRACT – when you have a factory don’t give anyone any money until you have a contract which specifies delivery dates and all costs. If I had done this in the beginning I would have saved thousands and thousands of pounds.

7. Regular factory visits are vital to ensure you are all on the same page when it comes to expected quality of materials and manufacture and also help to avoid cartons of unsellable crap arriving at your door.

8. Don’t be afraid to send stuff back if it isn’t up to standard.

If you  have an idea and I can be of any help please drop me a line.

Todays surf report

Looked ok first thing, probably should have gone but couldn’t drag my sorry arse out of bed. Maybe tomorrow.

Photo of the day

The Fellow Way

Here are some cows in Sri Lanka.

How to make clothesposted on by Leo Jauncey in Brainfood, Photo, Surfing, This World

Here’s a little video, via Monster Children, to start your weekend off on the right foot. This is the first installment of a three part series called ‘The Land Of’ by the gifted duo that are Stefan Hunt & Campbell Brown. It follows five surfers as they trek across Thailand, helping out on community projects whilst picking off some delicious looking Thai peelers. Nourishing, and has warmed my cockles as I head into a wet weekend in England.

Next episode is out on May 27th:

The Land Ofposted on by Cai Waggett in Surfing, The Road, This World

The Two Minute Beach Clean. Banging the drum.

I’ve been banging on about the #2minutebeachclean for a while now. As is the way with those times when you find your drum, I have to keep banging it. So, for those who want to listen and watch, this is my drum.

The #2minutebeachclean is about taking direct action in the simplest form. You see litter you pick it up. No whining, no bitching on web sites, no tutting, no saying it’s a disgrace and not doing anything about it. You just roll up your sleeves and get on with it, one piece at a time. There’s no bureaucracy, no insurance needed, no risk assessment, no excuses. Pick up some litter the next time you go to the beach and stick it in the bin. If you go every day, do a little every day. If you go once in a blue moon, do it when you can. That’s it.

The idea works. An Taisce (the Irish National Trust) have picked it up and are now running a photography competition for the best tagged #2minutebeachclean picture on instagram (go over and check out some of the litter pics if you get the chance). I have also been talking to Keep Wales Tidy about the idea and hope they will pick it up too.

We hope for big things from this.

But in the meantime, please take a minute to watch this little movie I made. And, if it inspires you, go out and do a #2minutebeachclean of your own. Then take a pic and post it to instagram.


The Two Minute Beach Clean. Banging the drum.posted on by Martin Dorey in Sufficient, Surfing, This World

A Restless Transplant

So it’s our last post as guest editor, and I must admit it has been a pleasure and re-sparked my love of writing, so tonight we’ll leave you with our 2nd favourite blog (Hickory Nines is gracing the top of our list), A Restless Transplant, a true feast for the eyes and soul. It makes me yearn for balmy Autumn nights, hollow waves and soothing breezes, the stuff dreams are made of… Actually today was a little like that.


Foster Huntington, curator of ‘A Restless Transplant’, left his design career in New York back in 2011, and moved into a camper. Since that day he has driven 80,000 miles around the west coast of America, surfing and camping. On his blog he shares photos and stories about his adventures and they are pretty special…


“This month marks the two and half year mark for living out of my vehicle. It’s flown by. My initial plan to spend a year on the road has morphed into a way of life. I love living out of a small space. It forces me to limit my possessions and conscious of the mess I make. Instead of buying something when I’m bored, I travel to a new place. My new camper gives me piece of mind to continue my travels . I’m hoping to have it for twenty years.”


All photo credit – Foster Huntington

Check out his Tumblr for a feast of the eyes … But for the whole shabang head to his Blog.

Thanks for having us H9… Bean Out.

A Restless Transplantposted on by Bradley Cook in Photo, The Road, This World

Humans of New York

Humans of New York is one of the only things that keeps facebook interesting for me. It’s by no means a little known project, but that surely reinforces its standing, after all who can disagree with 3.5 million followers. Sifting through all the heartless pages promising inspiring and informative posts, and countless Candy Crush invites is tiresome, but when I see Brandon’s latest post pop up, my faith in mankind’s ability to communicate is re-established (he says, tapping away on his computer).

New York is a place I am yet to visit. It’s one of those places that, for me, has so much on offer not just its landmarks but the cultural diversity. That’s what I feel makes Humans of New York so engrossing, it’s diversity.

I’m very lucky to be making my living doing what I love, and one of the best parts of it for me is meeting new people everyday. It keeps life interesting, having new conversations and learning a bit about a strangers story. It’s only human nature to be curious.

Here’s a video about Brandon, and how he started out which Facebook made as part of their ‘Facebook Stories’ project in celebration of their 10 year anniversary…

Here are a few of my favourite posts, so far…


“I’m trying to fight my way into these fashion shows!”


“Had cancer six times. Beat cancer six times.”


“If you could change one thing about adults, what would it be?”
“I’d give them more money.”
“More money?”
“Yeah. Some of them don’t even have money to buy food.”


“I’m trying to figure out what direction I should be moving in.”
“What direction are you currently moving in?”
“I’m not sure I’m moving.”


“When my husband was dying, I said: ‘Moe, how am I supposed to live without you?’ He told me: ‘Take the love you have for me and spread it around.’”


“I like to go to the library.”
“What’s your favorite thing to do at the library?”
“Watch videos on the computer!”

Check out some more of Brandon’s photos here…

or like the Facebook page for daily updates.

Humans of New Yorkposted on by Bradley Cook in Brainfood, Photo, This World

No Seconds

Henry Hargreaves is a photographer originating from New Zealand. He makes his living capturing the weird, wonderful and sometimes bizarre ideas spilling from his curious mind. My favourite work of his is ‘No Seconds’, a still life series in which he recreates the last suppers of inmates on death row, giving an interesting window into their minds. Have a look at some of his other intriguing collections such as, ‘Deep Fried Gadgets’ here.


No Secondsposted on by Bradley Cook in Brainfood, Food & Drink, Photo, This World

Dancing Seadragons

The courtship dance of the Weedy Sea dragon in South Australia is one of the most exquisite things I have ever seen. In the evening the courting pair start to mirror each other in a waltz that can last hours, only broken by the male dropping his head in a bow and rising up into the females midriff. In darkness he takes her eggs onto his swollen tail where they embed. Words cannot describe the deep sense of connection one feels with the ocean when witnessing such ephemeral beauty.

Wildlife filmmaking is an environmental contradiction. At it’s simplest the acquisition period of a wildlife film – or series of films – uses hundreds of tons of fossil fuels to put men and women with cameras near to animals. The animals do not benefit from our presence and, it could be argued, the local and global environment suffers too. And yet culturally the work of wildlife cameramen and women recording the natural world is, in general, regarded as important and worthwhile. Why should that be so?

I think the answer lies in artificial memory and the importance we, the human animal, subconsciously put into it.

It is become very clear to me through my work we are not the only animals with the capacity for “spoken” language. You only need to put your head underwater in Western Australia and listen to Humpback whales singing to each other, or wake early in England to hear the dawn chorus, to know that language and communication are important parts of many animals’ lives. The difference between the human animal and other animals is the distillation of this communication into writing. It is this that has given us the ability to share experience across generations.

Interestingly, early writing often preserved strong links to the natural world – the pictographs Sumerian, Egyptian, and Chinese civilizations are, in my view, as beautiful and metaphoric as any wildlife painting or photograph of today.

It seems like with the development of phonic writing that connection with the animals we shared our world with was, at least to some degree, lost. It is really tough to write well about the natural world. Phonic writing is great for telling anthropocentric stories and passing ideas (and of course information) about the state of the human mind but good writing about the natural world is rare and very often so loaded with metaphor and anthropomorphism that the meaning is either lost or the text becomes unreadable. It is no accident that the popular tomes on wildlife tend to be picture books – mostly of the glossy coffee table variety.

It is this creation of artificial memory of the natural world is, at least in part, what we photographers in my industry do. The moving wildlife images we produce contribute to a visual history of a world that, if we are careful, can be preserved when no memory of the actual world remains. In the same way as the IIiad, passed down through countless generations in song, allows us a vision of a archaic civilization I believe, or at least pray, the work film makers, photographers, writers and artists do in our time will sustain a record of how things were for generations to come. My hope is, in the process of creating this record we humans learn find intrinsic worth in the world we are responding to and recording…and perhaps even learn to keep a little of it along the way.

Dancing Seadragonsposted on by Doug Anderson in Art, Film, Nature, Photo, The Road, This World

Below Freezing

When Antarctica got cold all the coastal marine animals died out and creatures from the deep ocean colonized the shallow water. In places Sponges tattoo the slopes, some of the biggest may be over a thousand years old. Massive Spider crabs and other weird creatures pick their way across the seabed. Urchins and beautiful Red star fish live out their lives in slow motion. The alien sound of Weddell seals add a soundtrack to everything you see. One feels like a child in this landscape. Every moment underwater there is new, ephemeral and profoundly beautiful in a way you cannot think possible on this planet.

Sponges Pano

In mid October 2009 my camera then camera assistant Hugh Miller and I were about 6 weeks into a 10 week trip to Ross Island in the Antarctic for the BBC series “Frozen Planet”. At that moment our life’s revolved around diving down through a 3 foot wide hole in the 8 foot thick sea-ice to inhabit a super cold, super clear underwater playground for as long as our body’s could take it. The water around Ross Island is the coldest and clearest surface water on the planet. 500 meter visibility and -1.86 degrees Celsius. It is so cold ice forms on the seabed between a depth of 30 feet and the surface. This “Anchor” ice coats the seabed like a carpet.

Granit harbour

On the evening of the 15th October 2010 Hugh Miller was the happiest little cameraman in Antarctica. Hugh has been moonlighting – if such a thing is possible in 24 hour daylight. By day he has been doing the underwater lighting for me and by night he has been finishing the build on his latest underwater time-lapse rig. Simply, it was a couple of digital cameras, in underwater housings, that take pictures every few seconds – when you play back the pictures the whole scene is sped up hundreds of times. He finished it 3 days ago and that day he captured in time-lapse a “Brinicle” growing.

Hugh's Rig

6 weeks ago I’d never heard of a Brinicle either. So here is the science bit. They look like giant underwater icicles and hang from underneath the sea-ice. They can be as big as a foot wide and 30 feet long. They grow because when the sea-ice gets cold and freezes a very salty brine is also formed which does not freeze – don’t ask why, I did at the time and regretted it. The Brine is heavier than sea water so starts to flow down through the pores and cracks in the sea-ice. In places it flows out so thick you can see it like a sort of underwater haze. Because the Brine is colder than the water it starts to freeze it. When conditions are right this freezing starts forming a tube. The Brine flows through the center of the tube and freezes water as it flows out the end. And that is how a Brinicle forms.

Under the Sea-ice on the shores of Ross Island in the Antarctic there are lots of little Brinicles growing all over the place, and a few big dead ones, but we didn’t find a large one in the process of growing until about a week previous. It was 8 feet long with brine pouring out of it. Hugh used our 200 Watt HMI to light it and I filmed it and then came back to the dive hut to warm up. We went back in about 2 hours later. It had grown by 2 foot, hit the seabed and then formed a river of ice about a foot wide running 25feet down the slope. It was carnage. Urchins and starfish had been frozen into the ice river. Some were still alive but most had already snuffed it. It was amazing and we got good coverage. That evening we dared to talk of another that we could cover with the Time-lapse gear – not yet, at that time, completely built yet.

A week later, in almost exactly the same spot, we found another. It was the first time that Hugh’s time-lapse rig had ever been in sea water. The Brinicle we found was about 3 feet from the seabed and flowing really well. Hugh and I swam the cameras and lights across. Hugh pressed go. We came back 3 hours later. It had done the same as the first – hit the sea bed and made an Ice river down the slope. Hugh reset the cameras and pressed go again. We went in late and dragged the cameras out. That evening Hugh rendered the image sequence into short films. They were rough still but the results are amazing. I remember thinking it looked like a witches spell. A dangerous finger of growing ice extending down and capturing the poor little urchins and starfish in an icy web. Some made it away just in time but most are frozen in. It is one of the wildest weirdest most beautiful things I have ever seen rendered to an image from the natural world.

Below Freezingposted on by Doug Anderson in Art, Brainfood, Film, Nature, Photo, Snow, The Road, This World