RON LEVIN X CAFIN

Ron Levin, a 27 year old illustrator and animator from Jerusalem, Israel, explores personal and topical issues via still and moving image. 
CAFIN interviewed Ron via the internet's waves that connect our world!
What follows is what happened.
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DEAR-DAEMON X CAFIN

Ellie Man is one part of a London based collaborative with Denzel Wauchope, whom, since 2016, have collectively formed Dear-Daemon.
 Through sound and image they explore our changing digital culture in relation to identity, the critical voice behind choice, and the intrusive media. They question how and why, knowingly or unwittingly, it has an impact upon our daily lives.
Having recently graduated from Chelsea School of Art’s MA Fine Art course, they are currently continuing their working artist-ship, developing their work for a private show later this year. The final installations and digital responses are a manifestation and explosion of uncanny speculation, colour and anticipative utterings.  
CAFIN spent an evening with Ellie in North London, who spoke on behalf of the duo.

What follows is what happened.

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JASPER WILDE x CAFIN

Jasper Wilde is a musician, producer and artist from Cannes, South of France, currently living and creating in London. CAFIN spent a Sunday afternoon with him in his Farringdon apartment.
What follows is what happened.

My uncle introduced me to the guitar and music in general. Playing guitar with him was a real thing for me as I always admired him – He sadly died 6 years ago when I was 18 from alcoholism and smoking. I felt lost as he was a big part of my life.

It’s always a new experience. Its not a pattern. 2 + 2 doesn’t always equal 4. One day you start with the piano, another a guitar, a beat. Another day its talking to someone. Singing a line. A melody. It depends on my mood.
I did medicine for a year down in Nice, South of France. But I wanted to do music; so I went to London to learn English and  to continue creating.
As I’m French I can’t not eat, otherwise I get angry. I like that sort of routine.
After releasing music 2 years ago for the first time I, was very happy to be featured in Clash Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Complex Magazine, Fortitude Mag, MOBO – I’ve since been taking my time to develop as a person and as an artist, my sound as a producer and my skill as a musician. 2018 is the year. 
So much is done digitally nowadays. There’s no waste.
I also do some charity work at Key Changes, helping to aid in the recovery of mentally ill patients through studio sessions. It really helped me develop as a person, finding who I am personally and in my music too. It’s nice thinking: Today it’s not about me. It’s about this person and I need to make them comfortable and happy.
 
I’m more open to collaboration. I’ve been working with new people such as Lil Trubz, a rapper from Brixton; Alyssah, a singer from the Caribbean; and, with Plan B in his studio doing talk box for his new album, which was a great experience.
I had the chance to meet with Jimmy Douglass, known in the industry for his work with my biggest influences such as Timbaland, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Genuwine, Missy Elliot, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and so onnnnn. I went over to Miami for 20 days in the studio with Jimmy where we exchanged our knowledge and what I need to do to make the next step. He opened my mind and helped me realise a lot.
In March I’ll be finishing some new songs in LA with an up-and-coming gang of writers, musicians and producers which I’m excited for.
 
Follow him here @jasperwilde.  
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LIAM CLARK MEETS CAFIN

LIAM ASHLEY CLARK (interview with Freya Gibson)

Age: 26

For those people who haven't come across your work before, could you describe it in 3 words?

Funny, colourful & street-inspired.

Are there any consistent underlying themes of inspiration for you when you're working?

Sometimes just stuff I see in the news or on T.V, sometimes just stuff I see in the streets. I do like a bunch of different work so, it can be really colourful patterned stuff or it can be funny drawings or photos.

At CAFIN, we're dedicated to designing sustainable and ethical fashion. Some of your illustrations explore sustainability and environmental issues with humour. What do you think is the biggest threat to our environment in 2017?

Just ignorance really. You see it a lot especially in America, the idea that 'we don't need to worry about that' and that 'it's not a big political issue'. When really, it's just a general issue.

And how do you think we could change that?

When Obama was in power it was top of his agenda, I think we need to go back towards that direction. Generally as a society, to not think of it as part of an agenda but as something that needs to be talked about.

On your website, you've said that you've spent a lot of time skateboarding. Skating and creativity often seem to inspire each other. What is it about skating that inspires you personally?

I've been skating for more than half of my life now and I don't get a chance to go out skating with friends a lot anymore, so it's more just cruising around the city as a way of transport. When I was at art school we learnt a lot about psychogeography, how places inspire you and the psychology of places. Skateboarding is quite a rare way of travelling at ground level without being in a car and zooming past things or walking and only seeing shop windows. With skating, you're looking at things differently and you're moving through the city in a way that's kind of different to other people.

We're also committed to supporting & promoting young artists in the creative industries. Why do you think young people find it so hard to move through the industry & what are the problems you've faced as a young artist?

I think a lot of it is to do with money really. I'm not from a particularly rich background, I'm not from the lowest end but I definitely couldn't survive on an internship or on voluntary work. I have to work full time and get about 3 days to do my work, and I can't just be travelling to London or anywhere to do things that way. You have to just use social media, which can be good but it can also mean you're just in a sea of so many other people now. So you kind of don't need to be in a big city because you've got the internet, but at the same time you can't afford to be in a big city anyway.

What kind of support would you have liked/would still like now, if possible, to help you with that?

I think the art world in general isn't very accommodating to people who don't have great financial needs, especially considering most artwork is sold at relatively high-end prices for normal people to buy, so that money doesn't seem to sort of trickle down into the lower end of the arts. You have to build your whole career up on basically nothing and then all of a sudden you can have loads of money. There's not much good, paid work at entry level, even with an arts degree.

So, what's in the pipelines this year for Liam Ashley Clarke?

I've just released a bunch of drawings with Moosey Art, so I'm going to do a few more of them. I was going to do a show this year, but that might have to be next year now but it just means something to work on throughout the year. And I'll see what else comes up!

Check out Liam's work at http://www.liamashleyclark.com

Photography: Phoebe Heaton

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TRANSPARENCY IN FASHION

CHETNA ORGANIC & RCM

Based in India, specifically the regions of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha, Chetna supplies us with great quality, fairtrade cotton as well as, develops an increasingly sustainable and profitable working environment for local farming families. The recent increase in cotton cropping patterns in India has seen local farmers’ capital suffer due to their dependence upon external inputs such as genetically engineered seeds and chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Not only are they expensive but they also bring potential health hazards for workers, especially women and girls. This, combined with the fact that the rural banking sector relies on the exploitation of non-institutional credit sources as a result of little financial growth in the recent years, means that rural cotton farmers’ health and profits are suffering as a result, not to mention the ecology of the rainfed regions. Chetna's Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Intervention Program, functions on credible financial formats and takes advantage of locally accessible input resources in order to minimise both, health and financial risks for farmers. Chetna also invites cotton farmers to voice their own concerns and ideas for the development of the industry and community welfare. 

Working alongside Chetna Organic is our manufacturer, Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills based in Kolkata. Unlike most manufacturers, RCM deals solely with Organic Fairtrade Cotton and eco-fibres within their production lines. Also committed to supporting small organic farmers, RCM offers fair labour conditions certified by GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) and SA8000. Using fibre-reactive dyes, RCM are able to cut down on water and heat usage as well as, waste run-offs. The dyes contain no toxic substances or heavy metals, and meet all EU standards for eco-friendly pigments. 

At CAFIN, we are proud to be able to contribute to the continuity of innovative projects like, Chetna's Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Intervention Program and the work of RCM, which improve the working and living conditions for farmers in rural India and pave the way for other suppliers and manufacturers to do the same. All whilst being able to provide you with original and high quality streetwear!  

Author - Freya Gibson 

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