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Introducing our 2017 Emerging Creatives

 Wednesday, 12th April, 2017

A warm h.Club welcome to our new intake of young and exciting creatives.

Each year the h.Club Foundation embraces a group of emerging artists into the fold. We are proud and excited to introduce you this year's creatives:

UJU OBI
Uju creates bespoke art for exceptional spaces. Working with glass, her work is about light: transparencies, reflections and refractions. She is continuously experimenting with the versatility of glass; techniques used vary from painting to fusing, resin lamination, sandblasting and/or water-jet cutting.

With a background in textiles, Uju’s work often draws inspiration from textile ideas such as applique, beading and surface pattern design. Described as “ethereal” and “magical,” Uju’s work has been displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum and Nesta.

NICOLA BRINDLE
Nicola Brindle is an East London based womenswear designer who launched her eponymous label in 2014. Since graduating from London College of Fashion she has grown the label to be sold internationally and has showcased in London and Paris.

The label incorporates Nicola’s love of print, art and texture into wearable garments. ‘Nicola Brindle’ is aimed at women who dress with a bold attitude and relaxed fit - each piece is handmade and embellished with tactile materials and original illustrated prints. Everything is made in house, from the patterns to the unique designs she creates with her signature vinyl technique.

Inspiration is sourced from an obsession with movies and musicals and a fascination with fandomania, tourism and Americana – streaks of which can be found within each season. Past collections have told stories about her childhood memories, 50s inspired tiki bars and her love of disco music. Overall the collections are designed with a powerful femininity and a strong sense of humour.

LAWRIE DORAN
Born and raised in Manchester, Lawrie is a screenwriter whose short films have played at international festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, Palm Springs and Rhode Island. He is an alumnus of Torino FilmLab and the Edinburgh Film Festival Talent Lab, and winner of Film London’s London Calling scheme and the IdeasTap Short Film Fund.

Lawrie studied English at Oxford University and Screenwriting at the London Film School. Beyond his own writing, he has worked broadly as a script consultant, script editor, and copywriter. He is currently developing a slate of feature film screenplays and is in post-production on his first feature as co-writer, a microbudget ‘coming-of-atheism’ story set and shot in Chicago, IL.

He is committed to well-researched writing and interested in playing with tone –treating comic characters seriously or showing how real people, who inevitably have a sense of humour, deal with serious situations.

WILL WEBB
Will Webb has worked as a director for the last four years, focusing on narrative short film. He was awarded the BFI Future Film award for Fiction in 2015 for Kissy Lips Man. His shorts have played at festivals throughout the UK and internationally. Outside of filmmaking, he has worked with the BFI, Into Film and the Barbican to programme and present film events and workshops.

CHRISTOPHER SMITH
Influence is a Singer/Rapper/Songwriter from South London. With Authentically Honest Lyricism, his Soulful Voice & Funky yet Smooth-Chic style sets him apart from other UK Artists. His music can be compared to Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Bruno Mars. In May 2016, Influence had two songs released on Popular Jazz Drummer Billy Cobham’s album ‘Drum n Voice Vol. 4’.

Currently working on his Debut E.P, which includes productions from Top Producers - Mahogany Beatz (2x Grammy Winner – Dr Dre, Jay Z, Mariah Carey) from NYC, Darren ‘Ghost’ Monson (Apple Beam Studios) and Mister Lees from London.

Influence not only writes music, but also guest blogs for Musicgateway.net and hosts quarterly networking events for Creatives – Get Linked London.