FKA twigs launches the first Instagram-only magazine

FKA twigs has launched the first Instagram-only magazine, AVANT-garden. Describing the ‘digi-zine’ as "part magic, part memoir," the first issue "ROOTS. SHOCK. BEAUTY." is dedicated to the creativity and heritage of braided hairstyles. Invoking a bold and colourful aesthetic, reminiscent of DIY zines, the inaugural issue pays homage to natural black beauty, referencing the imagery seen in traditional black barbershops. Designed specifically to be read on Instagram using the new ‘carousel’ feature as a way to upload the ten page publication, FKA twigs has teamed up with a host of friends and long-time collaborators, including editor Suzannah Pettigrew, stylist Matthew Joseph, and hair stylist Rio Sreedharan. According to twigs, the magazine is a way to express herself "without any rules or guidelines, with imagination and care,” with the idea behind its format being that “it would be much more impactful to create something like this, rather than to put out a picture with some words underneath it, or re-tweet something,” in the hope that it would spark conversation. AVANT-garden was released on Friday October 13th, and can be viewed on FKA twigs’s Instagram.

Brendan Canty Co-Directs latest Talos video with Artist Kevin McGloughlin

Brendan’s strong relationship with the band has helped them both to progress over several videos with visuals that have become more and more abstract. Throughout the album they have tried to push themselves out of their comfort zones and became obsessed with the idea of breaking apart things that are structured and letting them descend into mayhem.

This video in a way is the perfect end to that journey into creative madness. They started out with just one static tripod shot and challenged themselves to see how far they could take it. Brendan then brought on the incredible talent that is Kevin McGloughlin to co-direct it with him. Brendan shot visuals and textures of the landscapes, which Kevin then painstakingly overlayed with animations. It was a perfect collaboration and one that they should be incredibly proud of. Click the link below to check out this mind bending video.  


Brendan Canty Wins Gold At Kinsale Sharks

Congratulations to A+ director Brendan Canty for taking home 3 Gold Kinsale Shark Awards last Thursday. Brendan was awarded Best Direction Ireland & Best Music Video Ireland for Talos’ ‘Reborn’, and Best Short Film Ireland for ‘For You’.

You can watch the winning video for Talos here.

A+ signs Creative Collective Another Space

Directors, innovators and creative technologists; Another Space join A+

Another Space is a creative studio established by United Visual Artists (UVA), focusing on working with brands and performing artists. Their aim is to create experiences that bridge the digital and physical worlds, connecting with audiences on a deep emotional level.  A unique and pioneering aesthetic has given them the opportunity to create a hugely diverse body of work from music videos, commercials, tour visuals and interactive installations.

Their celebrated productions include collaborations with some of the world’s most revered artists including: Jay Z, James Blake, Massive Attack, Coldplay and U2, together with some of the world's most prestigious brands including: Nike, Google, Hermes, Y3, Selfridges, Cartier, Samsung, Sprint and BMW.

Click here to view their reel.

A+ Sign Sarah Clift

Sometime copywriter, sometime art director and now, full time director; Sarah Clift has joined Academy and A+.  She has a wealth of knowledge through 18 years in the ad industry working up from  creative to global creative director before departing to write and direct.

With a plethora of big name agencies under her belt Sarah has created work for Adidas, The COI, Guinness, McDonald’s and Samsung to name a few.  Among others, she has worked under Tim Delaney, Peter Souter, Jon Burley and Jim Thornton.

Although she has co-directed a few projects before, Sarah’s first solo piece as writer/director was the short film ‘La Madre Buena’.  It is a beautifully crafted work, which shows the ethical dilemma of a mother between her son and her politics.  “Award winning” doesn’t come close to describing the film’s success.  ‘La Madre Buena’ has 50+ laurel wreaths, a YDA Gold, a Lion nomination at Cannes and 5 Golds at Kinsale.  It will be screened at the Academy Awards building later in September.

Sarah studied graphic design and advertising, then the postgraduate course at Watford under Tony Cullingham, yet her CV has a wealth of other talents including cowgirl and stand-up comedian.