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Carlisle based artist and designer Lydia Leith has great sense of comic timing. Printing quirky, tounge-in-cheek memorabilia, such as her infamous Royal wedding sickbags, she has tapped into the nation's favourite passtime: a spot of establishment rib tickling, particularly on occassions of National pomp and ceremony.     These punk products have taken the form of Jubilee jelly moulds in the shape of the Queen’s head and a range of sporting temporary tattoos in honour of the London Olympics. As yet more proof the British love to laugh at the British,...
  I knew I loved Parks and Recreation’s Tammy and Ron Swanson from the moment they had ravenous angry-sex in the middle of a diner. As Tammy puts it, “[Ron’s her] man, and [they] have something twisted... and beautiful.” As talented as Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are, that kind of chemistry cannot be manufactured, and as it turns out, the pair is married in real life.  And that marriage must be pretty special. Mullally, known for her role as Karen Walker on Will & Grace, often...
Zackary Drucker: "I identify as human."   Policy Mic recently asked the photographer Amos Mac to contribute a portfolio of his portraits of transgender individuals to their series on Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2013. For Amos Mac, a groundbreaking artist and trans activist, the task was daunting. Portraits capture their subjects in a specific moment in time, but our identities, whether we are cisgender or transgender, are fluid. Portraits like Amos’s pinpoint an individual as they are in an instant, but they also leave room for transformation...
Illustrator Benjamin Phillips lives in South-East London with a dog who was born without a tail. He describes his own work as "often cynical and fuelled by contradictions being both sweet and sinister at the same time," and we're especially looking forward to him pitching up his easel to offer live portraits this Dec 8 at York Hall. Alice Hubley, writer and Spinning Yarns DJ asked Benjamin a few questions.  Have you been to the Craftacular before?  I had a stall at last year's fair which I shared with my girlfriend Jazmine...
  The photographer Howard Schatz is renowned for his sculptural portraiture; with heavily contrasted and high resolution images, he is able to capture human bodies in a way that echoes architectural monuments. Through his lens, the human form glistens, morphs into powerful abstract shapes. His project With Child highlights the strength inherent in the pregnant form; he catalogues female bodies right before and right after birth without a trace of the triteness often applied to the subject matter. This same reverence for the female body translates...