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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition Winner

Between the 1st and 12th December we have been asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves. Being honest I have been quite tempted to keep a few of the prize’s myself, although it is Christmas and I didn’t want to risk being put on Santa’s naughty list. So it gives me great pleasure to announce that the very lucky winner of all these prizes is Sophie Cousins.

We wanted to thank every one who donated something to this awesome competition.

Day One – Made By Burbs Print

Day Two – A pair No 6 Cinema tickets

Day Three – Angela Chick gift cards

Day Four – Magpie’s Lust Jewellery

Day Five – Caleigh Ill coasters

Day Six – Bread Addiction Bag

Day Seven – A meal at The Wave Maiden

Day Eight – Mia Mai framed Print

Day Nine – Meal and drinks voucher for The Marmion Pub

Day Ten – Strong Island Calendar

Day Eleven – Custom made animal toy by Ooh La Lapin

Day Twelve – Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery

A bonus prize courtesy of Staggeringly Good Beer.

Short Story Competition

We are really excited to announce that in February we are going to be holding a writing competition. This will be run in partnership with My Dog Sighs and will be open to everyone to enter. You will be asked to write a short story based on one of his tin can men, everything else is completely open to your own interpretation.

We can’t say too much about the exact details as they are currently being confirmed, however we can tell you that the categories will be split into three different age groups, each with a different word limit.

• 13 years and under
• 14 years – 18 years
• 18 years and above

For the younger age groups we looking for teachers who would be whilling to lend a hand going through the entries or would maybe like to invite their school or class to be involved, maybe as part of a class project.

This competition will run from February until March with the winner for each category being announced early April. The three lucky winners will receive a copy of their story created by graphic designer Sam Barclay and personalised by My Dog himself.

If you or your school are interested in getting involved then drop me an email with your details to stuart@strong-island.co.uk.

Tin Can Man 9

Tin Can Man 8

Aspex Project with University of Portsmouth

Aspex Gallery have recently been working with Television and Broadcasting BSc students from University of Portsmouth to produce a promotional video for the gallery. Credit for the video goes to Georgia Tolley, Ryan Jenkins, Safiya Pomell and Jonny Quinn from Tin Productions.

The video features scenes from the Platform Graduate Awards and the Virgin Startups event.

Aspex: Promotional Video Project with University of Portsmouth from aspex on Vimeo.

My Name Is Leila at Southsea Coffee

We have followed Leila Kemp’s artwork in and around the city over the past year. Her work has slowly been appearing more and more, cheering up passers by.

Leila had a busy start to the year with several huge pieces including ‘Bow Tie and Hat Bear’ at Make & The Craft Kitchen on Cornwall Road and another striking piece at the Gloucester Paint Jam weekend.

Leila’s latest work is set to have customers at the Southsea Coffee Company smiling. ‘King of the Jungle’ is another fantastic piece and we are left excited for what is to come next.

Married Mum of one and pregnant with her second is still adorning the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea and we are pleased to have such a talented lady in our local community. Keep up the good work Leila.

For more of Leila’s work please search for ‘My name is Leila’ on her website at www.mynameisleila.co.uk.

By Chantelle Wyatt

My Name Is Leila

My Name Is Leila

Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition

Between the 1st and 12th December I have been asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring two of my favourite creatives currently plying their trade in our city, Katie Barrett and Laura Bennett from Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery.

Raw & Auburn began life early in 2013, the Southsea based company specialises in hand crafted accessories using raw and unique materials. Each item bears it’s own individuality and is different than the last. Using traditional techniques every product is finished to a high standard and comes with it’s own Mill Cloth bag and they are all finished with the Raw & Auburn signature cross stitch.

Raw & Auburn have kindly donated one of their leather envelope wallets for you to win. You can find Raw & Auburn on Etsy and Facebook.

Raw & Auburn

Laura specialises in hand made contemporary jewellery inspired by nature, sympathetically composing pieces made from found objects combined with precious metals while exploring the natural qualities of the materials. She has recently created a set of jewellery inspired by Portsmouth and its nautical images.

If you would like to contact Laura about a private commission or to generally find out more about on Laura’s work on her website www.laurabennettjewellery.co.uk and her Facebook page.

Laura Bennett Jewellery

If you would like to win all of the prizes on offer then all you need to do is email your answers to the following questions to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. The deadline for entries is midnight on 19th December. We will announce the winner on 20th December. Good luck!

Day One – Made By Burbs Print
Q1) The map shows Hilsea Lido but when did the Lido first open?

Day Two – x2 No 6 Cinema Tickets
Q2) What Disney movie are they showing over he Christmas period and why is this showing different to normal?

Day Three – Angela Chick gift cards
Q3) In metres how long is the HMS Warrior over all?

Day Four – Magpie’s Lust Jewellery
Q4) What is the Latin name for the common Magpie?

Day Five – Caleigh Ill coasters
Q5) The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin but were a designed by who?

Day Six – Bread Addiction Bag
Q6) What year was the first bread slicer sold?

Day Seven – Meal at the Wave Maiden
Q7) In Norse mythology The Wave Maidens were the nine daughters of Aegir, the undersea brewer to the Gods. Name any one of the nine daughters?

Day Eight – Mia Mai framed Print and Christmas cards
Q8) Which of our local theatres has Mia Mai most recently used for a photo shoot to showcase her latest range of lingerie?

Day Nine – Meal and drinks voucher for the Marmion Pub
Q9) The Marmion has been nominated for one of the annual Guide Awards, but under what category? (Please note we are looking for the full title of the award for a correct answer).

Day Ten – Strong Island Calendar
Q10) On what date did Portsmouth win their first FA Cup trophy?

Day Eleven – Custom made animal toy by Ooh La Lapin
Q11) Lapin is the French translation for what animal?

Day Twelve – Raw & Auburn and Laura Bennett Jewellery
Q12) Raw and Auburn has recently collaborated with Illustrator and artist Megamunden. What form of art inspired Megamunden to create his recent colouring book?

Photo by Josh Knill.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

Under the Spotlight is an upcoming exhibition that will feature 40 spotlights on artwork & photography by 40+ local creatives, all homed in the beautiful new Coastguard Studio in Southsea. More details on the exhibition will be announced in the coming weeks by the Coastguard Studio so keep an eye on their website at coastguardstudio.com and the date of 13th February firmly written in to your new diaries.

Under the Spotlight Coming Soon at Coastguard Studio

‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns

Next week sees the artist preview and opening of the new aspex Guildhall’s exhibition showcasing drawn works by Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns and the systems used in order to create them. Lines of Best Fit will feature existing artworks and two site specific drawings; created especially for the aspex Guildhall space. Both artists have reacted within the limitations set by the space whilst continuing to expand the definition of ‘drawing’ within their current modes of practice.

Ilse Black, from Bournemouth, focuses on work that explores the ambiguity of perception and is a response to the mathematical structures, rhythms and patterns she sees in the world around her. Daniel is an old friend of Strong Island and Portsmouth ex-pat with a keen eye on the accidental and chaotic natural patterns plus a tireless pencil used to explore the intricacies of imperceptible movements. Damn fine skateboarder too. These two artists are an excellent pairing, curated by Ashley John, and sure to produce an unmissable exhibition.

Join aspex & Portsmouth Cultural Trust for an exclusive preview of the work on December 16th at 6pm at Portsmouth Guildhall – admission is free. Find out more at aspex.org.uk.

‘Lines of Best Fit’ at Aspex Guildhall Featuring Ilse Black and Daniel Ginns
Ilse Black, ‘Biophillia, Scattered Dimensions’

Daniel Ginns Durational Line Drawing (5)
Daniel Ginns Durational Line Drawing

Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Eleven

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring Strong Island’s own Lou Bush aka Ooh La Lapin. Lou is a talented writer, toy maker, illustrator, tattooist and one half of hip hop DJ duo Death Bitto. Lou is offering the winner a custom made toy animal worth £40. All you need to do is answer todays question.

Q11) Lapin is the French translation for what animal?

You can find out more about Ooh La Lapin on Facebook and Twitter @lapinlou

Oh La Lapin

Oh La Lapin

Ooh La Lapin

King Street Tavern Christmas Fair By Chantelle Wyatt

Every year Kendal James of Eyecandy, organises a beautifully cozy and festive Christmas Fair with local artists, designers, makers and crafters coming together to offer us fabulous stocking fillers and Christmas gifts.

The King Street Tavern hosts the event each year and it’s wonderfully relaxed and comfy setting offers the ideal place to chat over a coffee or over some tasty treats for lunch.

Kendal who contributes to Southsea’s creative movements in numerous ways including ‘Southsea Greenhouse’ and the infamous ‘Doodle Club’ welcomed Fair goers warmly and insured that sellers and buyers felt welcome.

Wonderfully hand crafted items were sold including cards, knits, mugs, and books and this sort of event reminds us all how superbly creative our city is and how talented our locals are. Events like this not only bring people together but encourage community spirit and festivity at this time of year.

Artists who gathered for the event included the likes of Rebecca Jones of ‘Untold Story‘, Lorna Apps-Woodland of ‘Create by Law‘, Daniel Cook of ‘Broken Record‘, Adrian Mundy of ‘Naughty Table Books’, 2nd Avenue Portsmouth and of course Kendal James.

A huge thanks to them all for making the event happen.

The fair was a huge success as it traditionally always has been a great start to December. We look forward to it next year and more upcoming events that Kendal is set to organise and be a part of this coming year.

By Chantelle Wyatt

KST Fair

KST Fair 1

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Eight

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring Ami Lowman aka Mia Mai. For a long time Ami has been one of our favourite artists. Ami specialises in beautiful illustrations, fashion & lingerie garments and unique jewellery. Ami describes her inspiration coming from days gone by, traditional tattoos, pin up culture, vintage undergarments & forgotten trinkets.

Ami has kindly donated a framed piece of her art and some of her Christmas cards to our prize list. To be in with a chance to win you will need to answer the following question.

Q8) Which of our local theatres has Mia Mai most recently used for a photo shoot to showcase her latest range of lingerie?

You can find out more about Mia Mai on Facebook, Twitter @MiaMai.

Remember not to email in your answers until you have received all twelve questions.

Mia Mai

Mia Mai

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Vintage Southsea Skatepark articles

Articles about Southsea Skatepark can be hard to come by, and articles from 1988 even more so. I found these on the ‘when we was rad’ website a while back. I remember having the picture of Tommy Guerrero pulling that slob torn out and on my wall for years. Sick.

Created Local – Inksquatch

Here’s an interesting little blog I stumbled upon. Inksquatch are a collective of Portsmouth based artists, illustrators and designers that comprises of four people working on anything from books, maps, sculptures, bags, badges, you name it from the sound of things. Check out their BLOG and WEBSITE for more info.

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Southsea Flats by Cat

Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ by Sue Pike

I’ve been holding on to this for a while now as I wanted to make a feature of it and had to wait for the exhibition to finish to give it pride of place on the front page. If like myself you’re always looking around at our local architecture you will have noticed many of the buildings within the book Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’. Some could even be right on your doorstep but you have never noticed, or peeked over that high wall. Thomas Ellis Owen’s work is all over the city and you’d be forgiven for walking past as a lot of it is hidden or down those streets you may not stroll down too often. Other buildings however are right in your face. Ever noticed the huge block of flats at the entrance to Waitrose, the detailing on the building at Dover Court opposite the old Havana bar?



“Thomas Ellis Owen is probably the best known of Portsmouth’s nineteenth century architects, his construction of villas and substantial terraces in Southsea being responsible for the emergence of the district as a middle class locality. His work was recognised by Pevsner and Lloyd in their magisterial Buildings of England: Hampshire, and later by a rather more detailed architectural enquiry by two students, Preedy and Stewart. My own research was principally concerned with dating Owen’s properties and analysing their inhabitants. What Sue Pike has done is to cast the net very much wider, not only by providing great detail about Owen’s family, but also by demonstrating the impressive breadth of his activities outside architecture. Indeed, his interests were so wide that there must have been few aspects of Portsmouth’s development in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s in which he was not involved. Infrastructural fields such as gas supply, the Portsea Canal, railways, the Camber Docks and hospitals lay within his purview, while he assisted in the purchase of land for one of Portsmouth’s defining features, the Palmerstonian forts. His tithe map has proved of inestimable value to local historians. Meanwhile Owen was an important local politician. All these facets of Owen’s life have been fully laid bare in this thoroughly well researched book by Sue Pike, who is to be congratulated on her labours.” Professor Ray Riley

Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ is a really interesting read and contains stunning colour photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Alverstoke by Gosport photographer, Tim Martin. There is no real target audience and hopefully it will appeal to old and young alike. The detailed captions may be helpful to first year architecture students but it showcases Southsea well and may well appeal equally to academics, photographers, interested newcomers and people who just want a really nice book to put on their coffee table. I’m a huge fan of both history and architecture so this book is a real winner for me, and I have no doubt that if that’s not really your bag you will still appreciate what Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ has to offer.

You can purchase a hardback copy for £25 via the publishers www.tricornbooks.co.uk and www.whsmith.co.uk and read up on the book and the author Sue Pike over at www.thomasellisowen.co.uk















Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on from photos of The bandstand and Tennis Courts the other week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

Back before East Jet in the late 1940s, early 1950s people flocked to Southsea seafront. Check the beach huts near Canoe Lake. Dozens of them and the Paddling Pool which is now occupied by the Sealife Centre. Love the little train to the right of the picture. Click for a closer look.

Created Local – Mikey Ayling

Good friend of Strong Island and many Southsea locals, Mikey is quite the talent. He’s always been into art, design, photography, fashion, skateboarding, music and well, let’s just say all the cool stuff. He recently began his second year in Graphic Design (Communication Design) at Portsmouth University and he’s killing it.

Matt Sills from the Wallspace Gallery has helped Mikey produce 3 prints, on sale now, of which the ants ‘Tower Block’ is a limited run of 100 Giclee print and the others, ‘Do You Dream’ and ‘Love Life’ are open edition screen prints.

Get down Albert Road and grab yourself one of Mikeys prints. Seriously, these are like hotcakes I’m sure of it. Oh, and pop past The Little Johnny Russells Market on your way and grab some bargains.

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