What does the future hold for ‘Pigeons and Peacocks’

  Pigeons and Peacocks an upcoming magazine launches into the future but with what amibition? Will this magazine survive the creative world?

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Pigeons and Peacocks a magazine launched by London College of Fashion in 2008. It is a magazine highlighting the elements of fashion and culture. Within the magazine you have some of the best designers of our time, photographers, illustrators and people who want to have say in the world. Along with the magazine there is also a website detailing exclusive features, videos and editiorials.

There are so many aspects to making this magazine. They have the official materials included from the students, staff, graduates and the industry but they also welcome submitted work by the public with the chance of it being posted on thier blog. The blog is full of articles, photographs and illustrations written by the students and by people who have contributed to the magazine. It is a place where peoples voices can be heard and ideas to be wanted. John William the editor in chief and creative director is constantly invloved with the magazine always making posts on the blog.

There have been reoccouring photographers included in the magazine such as Martha Boxley who has done a wide range of photography varying from fashion to editioral to travel. Her work is often featured in the magazine with more than a double page spread. Martha Boxley has covered many aspects in photography becoming an established photographer, it states on her website all her exhibitions and clients which is constantly increasing.

In 2011 Pigeons and Peacocks presented their work in the form of a ‘Pecha Kucha’ at the Barbican. The artists portraying thier inspirations and influences of their work to others inspiring them in the process. All the information and illustrations created and written by current and previous London College of Fashion students being broadcasted to the public.

To this day there is currently 5 issues in the magazine series each invididual magazine sporting new ideas and making fashion history. Every year each issue grows bigger and better with new material and information flowing from the students imaginations. When you look at the amount of writers and photographers invloved in the first issue compared to the latest issue it clear to see that each issue grows gaining more publicity everytime. The magazine has become more publized recently as it is being stocked in big brand shops such as WHSmith and popular newsagents. The magazine is also displayed and for at the London College of Fashion itself.

Too become more widely known they have joined on with the socail media phase. Creating a page on facebook and tweeting on twitter, gaining more views and having a lot more press will take this magazine far as there are thousands of upcoming photographers looking for thier break in the fashion and editorial industry. Pigeons and Peacocks would the be perfect setting for them as it gives you the opportunity to join in and be a part of the magazine.

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Issue no.4 Kiss the future features ‘Rumours’ by Hayley Louisa Brown a London based photographer. She studied BA Fashion Photography in 2010 at London College of Fashion. She has done work ranging from editiorial to music to moving image. Her feature has a ten page spread from the begining of the magazine.

“Do you think having your work presented in Pigeons and Peacocks has given you more recognition?”
Yes. It has given me a good platform to help raise my publicity.

“How has your career changed since having your work shown in the magazine?”
It has given me more photographing opportunites opening more doors.

“Would you like your work to be included in the magazine on a regular basis?”
Yes. I enjoy working with the people involved and it is a steady platform for me to grow.

“What do you think will become of the magazine in the future?”
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Pigeons and Peacocks supports the concept of getting everyone involved which will help keep it upcoming and new. With various styles and personalities constantly changing throughout the magazine it is always fresh and modern. Keeping up with changes in the industry will help keep this magazine on top, with bright new graduates looking for a break in thier career ‘Pigeons and Peacocks’ will never be boring. It is an original production one of a kind that just needs more recognition in the world

but… as this magazine continues to grow who can predict where it will end up in the future.

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The German Christmas Market

The ‘Christkindelmarkt’ it comes every year around Christmas time selling its sweet mulled wine and traditional German beer.

The Christmas German Market visits many places all over England including Leeds which is one of the largest and most traditional. It is based in Millennium Square featuring many stalls, food cabins and a carousel. The stalls are packed with seasonal gifts such as candles, tree decorations and more. You can walk around the stalls sipping your cup of traditional German mulled wine or baileys hot choc or take a ride on the carousel. There is a huge beer tent with live music creating a festive atmosphere.

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  1. These wooden animals are creative as each one can make a sound as though it was its real self. Each animal has its own individual way of making sounds for example if you were to run the stick down the frogs back it makes a croaking sound.
  2. The candles are amazing, they have so many colours fused together each with a different scent. The candle holders are vibrant and colourful to match the candles each one has a festive pattern engraved on it. The shapes of the candles and candle holders seem almost abstract.
  3. The chocolate covered pieces of fruit are ‘to die for’. Fresh fruit dipped in chocolate, you can’t get anything better. There is such a big variety to choose from. You can get chocolate covered bananas, strawberries and you can also get chocolate covered marshmallows.
  4. You can’t beat Haribo sweets cola bottles, rings and love hearts so much choice not enough pennies. There is metre long tube sweets flavoured sweet and sour it will take you ages to eat it. You have the traditional candy canes and lollipops all different shapes and sizes.
  5.  It is a huge massive marshmallow gooey centred covered in a thin layer of chocolate balanced on a golden wafer and they are so sickly. They come in various sizes too big to fit in your mouth at once. You can also get different flavours such as coconut, cinnamon and more.
  6. The bright and shinning carousel completes your experience at the Christmas German market with the old fashioned moving horses and the dazzling gold poles. In the night light the lights are so bright it is blinding. You are never too old to go on the carousel.
  7. These hanging elephants are mesmerising spinning and moving in the wind. Each individual elephant is different with a wide contrast of colours. They all have different patterns and blended colours with little bells. There are not just elephants but hearts too with the same patterns and colours.
  8. There are so many different flavoured chocolate truffles such as cherry liqueur, coconut, marzipan, almond and so much more. Each truffle tastes so amazing you can’t help but want more. All the different flavours and you have to have them all. They are all freshly handmade.
  9. So many Christmas ornaments snowmen, santa’s, tree hanging decorations you can’t choose just one. These cheesy corny ornaments are perfect at Christmas creating a warm cosy atmosphere in the house. The snowmen so well made with their little hats and scarves would be ideal for house decoration.
  10. These spirals are so striking and bold with the sleek metal spiral and the contrast bright coloured glass centre. They look too fragile to be hung outside in the rain and snow. They are captivating as they move with the wind spinning round reflecting the light.

Assignment 2 List Article PITCH

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“I am creating a list article called ‘The Christmas German Market’. The article will include 10 images of the german market with written explanations.

I have photographed various stalls and merchandise in the german market. My article will start off with an explanation about the history of the german market and what it is about. Alongside the information there will be 10 images that I have taken with descriptions about what is on sale.

I will create a slide show to display the images using word press. The information will be presented in numbered columns below the slide show.

Worst Dressed Celebrities

What not to wear! Celebrities have worn outrageous outfits over the years but which was worse?

Fashion is a forever changing industry constantly growning. It is certain personalities that over come fashion barriers creating a abstract new look but this doesnt always work well. Fashion is used as a statement to make a celebrity stand out from the crowd. Going back decades many celebrities have created a look unique to only them.

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1. Nicki Minaj
Minaj’s outfits are very vibrant. They are often made in a big scale engulfing her body making her look distorted. This is her representation of her personality but is it too loud?

2. Lady Gaga
Gaga’s style is definitely one of a kind no one else but her would wear a dress resembling meat. Her clothes are impractical and seem impossible to walk in.

3.Cher
Cher’s clothes are incredibly promiscuous revealing a sexual nature. Her outfits seem almost nonexistent as there is usually very little fabric. The clothes are a portrayal of her outlandish personality.

Assignment 1 Pitch

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I have chosen to do my article on ‘Pigeons and Peacocks’. It is a magazine published and created by the students, staff, graduates and the industry of ‘London College of Fashion’. I will be looking at how the magazine has progressed from its first issue to its latest and what future ambitions it may have. I aim to interview a member of the magazine via email. My article will include photographs of the magazine involving two different issues illustrating what the magazine is. It will also have a featured interview and background research done online and in the magazine itself.

Materials

http://www.pigeonsandpeacocks.com/
Pigeons and Peacocks main wesite.

http://www.pigeonsandpeacocks.com/blog/
This is Pigeons and Peacocks blog

http://blogs.fashion.arts.ac.uk/snapshot/2012/06/25/first-look-pigeons-peacocks-issue-5/
This is a snapshot blog found on the ‘ual:university of the arts london, london college of fashion’

http://www.facebook.com/pigeonsandpeacocks
This is the Pigeons and Peacocks social media facebook page.

http://marthaboxley.com/index.php?/editorial/pigeons-and-peacocks-poster-zine/
This is Martha Boxley’s own website. Martha Boxley has had her work featured in some issues of ‘Pigeons and Peacocks’.

http://ffiongriffith.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/pigeons-peacocks-pechakucha.html
This is a review of a pecha kucha about pigeons and peacocks.