#ArtsyTuesday: Check Out Jewelry Designer – Deborah Glasgow


The piece that caught my attention! From the I’m Human Collection.

In London they spell jewelry like this ——-> Jewellery

The spelling may be different from the way we do it here in the USA but the craftsmanship of jewelry designer, Deborah Glasgow, is simply amazing!

I came across her works while hunting for creatives to follow on Twitter and the piece pictured above caught my eye because I’d never seen anything like it.

Plus, anytime I see something creative that uses the likeness of Black women I am immediately intrigued.

Check her bio:

Deborah Glasgow

Deborah Glasgow

My name is Deborah Glasgow and I am a Jewellery Maker and Metal-smith with a passion for creating jewellery. Being born in London, everything I produce is British and Handmade. My background is that I have a BTec Foundation in Art and Design Qualification, and a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Product Design from Central St. Martins School.

More recently I completed a Diploma in Jewellery Manufacture from Holts Academy in Hatton Garden, London. I have in the past had a stall at Spitalfields Market. In 2011 -2012 I taught basic Jewellery Making to mothers in schools and centres in North London. I have also done two short Jewellery courses at The London Jewellery School, Wax Carving and Jewellery Design.

In December 2013 I completed The Contemporary Craft for Enterprise Programme at Holts Academy. In the same year I had a space at The 13TheGallery Exhibition in Newington Green and ended that year exhibiting at The Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition in Birmingham. For 4 months ending in January 2015, I had a concession space at the fashion boutique called Kissing In Traffic.

An important aspect of who I am and what affects my creativity is the fact that I was diagnosed 15 years ago with Bipolar Disorder. This is a condition that affects my moods daily, but it has made me a stronger individual and to be a patient person with the world around me. But I believe the condition fuels my creativity so I am not ashamed of it. I believe that my having Bipolar Disorder can encourage someone else to dream big and aim high regardless of obstacles.

I love producing Sterling Silver Jewellery and make Rhodium plated and Yellow Gold and Silver plated jewellery. My work is always evolving and I am inspired by everything around me including fashion.

Living in Stoke Newington means I am drawing inspiration from everything around me. I love being in a creative community!


British soul singer, LuLu James, rockin’ a Deborah Glasgow original piece!

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Top Story – Street Art Savvy: Where To Look For The Best Concrete Canvases In The World

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Street Art Savvy: Where to Look For the Best Concrete Canvases in The World

Despite graffiti often been frowned upon, there is a distinct difference between a tag scribbled in cheap spray paint on the side of an alleyway and an inspired; vivid creation that is considered an art form. They are a delight to see and, as long as you know where to look, they can be found far and wide.

United Kingdom

London is a pre-eminent city within the street art movement, with artists such as Thierry Noir – who began illegally decorating the Berlin Wall – choosing to make their mark on the city. Kid Acne has also inscribed and illustrated numerous walls around the capital of the United Kingdom. London is therefore a prime example of showing how a city with such history and tradition can blend perfectly with the urban, modern day style.


Should you ever find yourself traveling to Sao Paulo in Brazil, it will be difficult to Miss Kobra’s tribute to Oscar Niemeyer. Kobra has created a fifty two meter tall; sixteen meter wide portrait of the man on the side of a skyscraper in Paulista Avenue. This is conveniently one of Brazil’s busiest streets.

The effect is simply breathtaking; the bright colors contrast with the neighboring grey buildings perfectly, and it certainly makes for a fitting tribute for such an inspiring architect.


Borondo shows that street art does not necessarily equate to aerosol cans in eye-popping shades; his work is something of a rarity in terms of street art as it primarily uses tones of grey and brown, with sweeping brush strokes creating colossal figures which almost camouflage into the background.  His rather haunting projects can be found in Madrid, and are the perfect portrayal of the link between modern murals and classical fine art. Borondo is also exhibiting his work in Italy.


Although the most famous wall in the entire world has yet to be decorated with street art, many other designs have been plastered along the sides of streets.  German artist Loomit has traveled the globe and made his mark on Shanghai with gargantuan murals covering long walls.


Street art is tool which artists use to grab the attention of people who may not witness their work otherwise. It is an incredibly effective form of expression, and when it is done well the end results can be simply breathtaking.

As you may have noted from this article, street artists tend to move around – tagging walls in various cities, countries and even continents – and so wherever you go, you are unlikely to be too far from your very own open air exhibition. And before you discredit street art as dirty, common graffiti, pop on your designer glasses and take a closer look at some of the true masterpieces that can result from a stack of bricks, a few cans of paint and a whole load of talent.

What is your opinion on street art? Comment below and let us know.


Kerry McFarlane is an enthusiastic blogger who writes for Valley Optics. She also enjoys sightseeing and finding hidden treasures in cityscapes.


The World's Best Cities For Art Lovers

For many people escaping to another city isn’t just about getting some much needed chill out time or indulging in a change of scenery, it can be an opportunity to immerse yourself in a whole new culture.  In particular, a great number of cities boast a thriving arty vibe that attracts thousands of visitors each year.  For the arts lovers amongst you, here are a few cities that can’t be beaten.



Palazzo Pitti

Art abounds on every corner in this Italian city, the hometown of Michelangelo.  Whether you just wander the streets and savour the sights, from spectacular architectural buildings such as the Duomo, to sculptures, frescoes and statues, art lovers will be in heaven. Aside from all of the outdoor splendors, art buffs should head to the Uffizi gallery where fantastic paintings can be seen by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Botticelli and, of course, Michelangelo.



The Vatican

Rome is a magical city that’s abound with stunning architecture and works of art.  It’s hard to know where to start with this gem, as the city is awash with must-sees, many dating back thousands of years, from galleries, to museums, basilicas, villas, piazzas and gardens.

Unmissable highlights include the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art.  But you don’t have to spend all your time inside; just wandering the streets of this enchanting city will enable you to soak up the art-drenched atmosphere.


 Barcelona, Joan Miro Fundacion

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Spain’s cultural capital is a haven for art enthusiasts, but much of it is best seen just wandering the streets, soaking up the architecture, historical buildings and taking in the artists and street entertainers along La Rambla, a famous boulevard in the center of Barcelona.

The Parc Guell is a public area where you can capture the essence of artist Antoni Gaudi.  Must-visit attractions also include the Picasso Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum.



This city of romance is also a city of art, so anyone interested in art of any kind should make a visit to the French capital.  With so many top attractions, it could take a couple of weeks to make the most of this city, but art lovers should head for the famous Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay.

Many museums exhibit the works of the great artists such as Monet, Picasso and Rodin, so shouldn’t be missed.  But aside from galleries and museums, Paris is an outdoor arts fest, so take in the delights of wonderful architecture and parks, such as the Jardin de Luxembourg.



Street Art in London

London boasts some of the top museums in the world for art, whether you find yourself in the Tate, British Museum, or the National Gallery, you won’t be disappointed in the collections on offer.  Aside from London’s indoor treasures, you can find an interesting and eclectic mix of art in various parts of the capital, so do a little wandering or tube-hopping and you’ll be surprised at the gems that London has to offer.



Millennium Park

It might not rank up high with the top art capitals in the world, but surprisingly, Chicago has a lot to offer the art enthusiast.  The fantastic Art Institute of Chicago is not only the second largest museum in the USA, but it also boasts some enviable collections of art from lesser known artists to the elite such as Picasso, Pollock and Warhol.

If this museum leaves you aching for more, then head over to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can soak up a wide range of artistic masterpieces.


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Flint Positive Spotlight: New Year’s Eve Downtown Flint


Townsquare Media Presents New Year’s Eve Downtown Flint

The party will run from 9pm until 1am, and take place throughout all of downtown! Heated beer and dance tents (no cover) will be set up on the Flat Lot on Saginaw Street. A 6-story projection show will play every half hour, until mid-night when a virtual ball will drop…along with live Fireworks! Another staple of the event will be a no cover charge Passport Pub Crawl!  Attendees will get a passport and be encouraged to go to participating downtown bars and restaurants to get it “stamped”. They will then use the passport for entries to win a trip for two to Las Vegas! Yet, another highlight…Attendees who show a dinner receipt, from a participating downtown establishment, will get complimentary drink tickets in the tent. There is also be a FREE photo booth so you can have a picture to remember this amazing event!


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The Ingredients of a Historic Novel

Regardless of whether you are a huge fan of reading or not, you have likely read at least one historic novel in your lifetime that you felt like you simply could not put down. You may not have known exactly what it was that drew so much of your attention in, but something was definitely there that separated this book from any other you ever laid your hands on. While it could have been any number of things that kept you interested, we have come up with a list of five ingredients that nearly all historic novels have in common.

Protagonist and Antagonist

First of all, any good, historic novel features a protagonist and an antagonist. The author will also take it a step further by making it to where you are not only reading about the events occurring between the opposing characters, but they will actually make you “cheer on” the protagonist. Additionally, they will work to make you want to hate the antagonist as much as possible, and you may even find yourself trying to punch the book to land a shot on the evil character.

On the Edge

Historic novels also keep you wanting to know what will happen next. While you may have a pretty good idea what will happen based on how the characters have acted in previous chapters, the answer is still not a dead giveaway. A good novel will be nearly impossible to put down for the night because you are dying to know what will happen next.

Able to Relate

You will also find that practically all historic novels make it easy for you to relate to the characters and the setting. Rather than giving you a brief description of what the characters and the setting look like, you will quickly feel like you are actually there. If you are not careful, you may quickly feel like you are actually running from the antagonist yourself.


The best novels in history also have climaxes that are built up to. The authors know you do not want to read something where similar events keep happening over and over again, so they choose to have smaller events lead to a big climax to keep you on your toes.

Relationship Tension

Finally, you will find some type of relationship tension in practically all historic novels. Sometimes it will be a boyfriend and girlfriend breaking up, while other times it will feature a child who is disowned from his family.

While some books are flat out boring to read, you will find that the five ingredients used to create historic novels make them impossible to stop reading. Pick up any historic novel today, and you will likely find all of these ingredients inside.


About Author

This article has been written by JP for Orlando Figes who is a Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia and many more such interesting novels.

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Dangerous Lee Interviews Jade Knight: “I’m not keen on President Obama’s personal politics”

Jade Knight is a London born Black woman with a degree in International Relations with a concentration in politics who became conservative in 2006 after her second time living in America and viewing the effects of a non conservative approach. She is a ballsy outspoken woman that often starts controversial topics about politics, race, and religion via Twitter and Facebook that end with people telling her she is self hating, delusional, and crazy.

What was it about your experience living in the U.S. that made you choose to be conservative?  

When I lived in Georgia in 2005, I worked in my aunts daycare, she lives a middle/upper class lifestyle and the vast majority of the children enrolled in her daycare lived a similar lifestyle. Their parents were married and the kids were well behaved. In 2006 I lived in Massachusetts and the complete opposite was the case. The children were from the ghetto, came from single parent households. The parents were poorly educated and were usually unmarried. Where I lived in Georgia was a Republican area and in Massachusetts it was a Democrat area. The standard of living and quality of life for minority kids were far better.  

What do you think about President Obama?  

I cheered when Barack Obama won, it was a feat that would not have been achievable even 25 years ago but I am not keen on his personal politics. For example he made a speech to Wall Street, saying there comes a point where you say to yourself you’ve made enough money. I feel that is out of line and way beyond appropriate, that’s a government overreach.

What do you think about President George W. Bush?  

I don’t mind George Bush to be honest, I didn’t back the Iraq war and didn’t always agree with him on economics but he was right on target when it came to family values.  

Can you explain the difference between U.S. and U.K. politics?  

U.K. politics is more to the left, conservatives here are more like U.S. democrats. They’re not all that conservative in my estimation. American politics is more spectacular and almost celebrity-like. I find it far more interesting. U.S. politics has dynasties, U.K. politics doesn’t really.

Why are you such a strong supporter of Sarah Palin?  

I like Sarah Palin for various reasons, she manipulates the media and has stayed relevant politically even though she holds no office. She’s not the best orator but she is intelligent and I like the fact she has brains and beauty.


Dangerous Lee’s final thought: If the people living in the ghetto were afforded the same opportunities and luxuries as those who are middle/upper class because of a Republican government I’d be able to understand where you’re coming from. The opposite is true.

What do you think of Jade’s view of U.S. politics?


Street Art Under CCTV

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CCTV can cameras worry, irritate or scare. Whatever your feelings towards them are, they are multiplying in the UK and are such part of the urban landscape that we barely even notice them. Londoners are filmed on average 300 times a day.  This is the reason why some contemporary artists have decided to express their opinions and flag up the endless proliferation of surveillance and lack of political transparency.

Street Artists are well placed to criticise sharply society’s malaise through their form of Art, exhibiting it to the world – with an unparalleled and diverse audience –  anarchists, bourgeois, middle-class, boHo, students, elderly – whoever is passing  will be confronted by a message from the artist whether they want to or not.  That’s the power of the street art. No need to take a walk in an art gallery; street art is all around you in areas that you frequent every day.

Often attacking icons of social control such as the police, the monarchy, or CCTV, visual street artists target influential icons of power to demonstrate they are not just vandals creating graffiti. From visual arts to installations, video surveillance has been featured in work by Bristol based artist Banksy, one of the most fervent artists reacting against CCTV by using his art.

The Audacity of Banksy

In April 2008, the secretive graffiti artist Banksy had the audacity to paint a huge graffiti “One Nation Under CCTV” in a secure area in the heart of London, under the eye of a surveillance camera (knowing that only 1 out of 1000 CCTV camera is actively monitored live).  If he had tried it two years later, it might have ended up at the police station! Banksy is strongly involved in the discussion with the aim to open the debate on the amount of surveillance that occurs.

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Jill Magid: GlamCam

Jill Magid takes an interesting approach to art, using cameras to represent power and security.  She observes them as architectural ornaments and treats them as such. After covering some of the cameras located in her neighbourhood with jewellery, people had noticed their presence and she thought she would continue the experience.

Magid contacted the office of Amsterdam police to see if she could adorn the cameras on their facades. They flatly refused any professional relationship with an artist. So she created her company, System Azure to give professional accreditation to her work. Decorating police cameras is such a great example of street art, softening real symbols of authority.

Art doesn’t just have to be about oil paintings and sculpture, and as proven by Banksy and other contemporaries, art has the power to have influence over mainstream culture through various, often unusual avenues. Even by using CCTV cameras, an industrial device with one primary purpose, artists are finding new creative ways to express themselves and their messages.

What will be the next seemingly innocuous item to be transformed by the power of art?

:Elise Lévêque loves writing about controversial art. She blogs for Cartridge Shop about both classic, and contemporary art, from Botticelli to Banksy and from the latest exhibitions to art projects you can undertake at home.


Irish-American Heritage Month Spotlight: Peter McAlevey

Name and occupation:

Peter McAlevey, Motion Picture Producer and former correspondent for Newsweek

What do you love most about being of Irish heritage?

Being born a Catholic…and a Democrat!

Can you tell us any interesting Irish history facts?

1.)    In Gaelic (both the Irish and Scottish versions) the “Mick” prefix means “son of.” Just as in Sweden, say, Swenson means “Swen’s son” or in old England, “Johnson” meant “John’s son,”  in Gaelic, my name,  McAlevey means that back there a couple of centuries ago a guy named “Levy” washed up in Dublin (probably an impressed sailor from the Spanish Armada, much of which grounded on the Irish coast) and had a kid, hence named “Mc-A-Levy” or son of a Levy.

2.)    If it had been Scotland, it would have been “MacAlevey”—Irish use “Mc”; Scots “Mac.” (MacGeorge would be a “son of George” in Edinborough!)

3.)    The Armada wasn’t the last Navy to wash up in Ireland, of course. Steven Speilberg used the undeveloped south coast to double for the Normandy of 1944 in both “Saving Private Ryan” and his HBO epic “Band of Brothers.”

4.)    Not far away, however, the beautiful seaside around West Cork has, over the last decade, become the sort of Hamptons of nearby London (just a short hop over the Irish  Sea), attracting film stars and directors, theater heavies and, of course, just like the Hamptons “The City” investment backers.  It has all the same problems as the Hamptons as well, with the newcomers driving up property prices and forcing the locals out!

5.)    American’s use the phrase “beyond the Pale” all the time to mean behavior too far out there to be believed. Little do they know that this once meant something very special to the Irish. After the British brutally colonized the Irish, the natives rose up in rebellion. So wild were they, and so fearless, that the English colonists eventually retreated to an area around Dublin, where to this day stand there former Great Houses, the Guinness brewery and other signs to the Irish enslavement. Why? Because the government in London was so afraid of the Irish locals that they promised the colonists that the could only protect them if they lived in a half-circle on the map inscribed 60 miles out from the Dublin. Anything beyond that, the English government told it’s people, and they couldn’t protect them—they were living “beyond the Pale,” which is what the half-circle described.

Who or what inspires you most?

James Joyce I supposed—when I was a student, I twice lectured on him at Trinity College, Dublin. It was a bit like carrying coals to Newcastle—imagine, an American telling the Irish about their national hero!

Something about you that would surprise us:

In Northern Ireland, of course, where my family is from, gambling is legal, as it is in Britian. Should you go to a casino there to this day, look at the bottom of a book of matches and, at least the last time any of us were there, it still says “A McAlevey establishment.” My great uncle Hugh was sort of what Howard Hughes was to Las Vegas, the gambling king of Belfast. Unfortunately, like Hughes, he died leaving no heirs.


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Amy Winehouse: What Your Reaction to Her Death Means to Me


(Real Quotes from around the web)

  • What a waste of talent!

  • I’m not surprised she’s dead!

  • It’s her own fault!

  • I guess she should of gone to Rehab!

  • Fuck Amy Winehouse!

So many of you have become uncaring, unsympathetic, and desensitized to death, especially celebrity deaths. What if Amy Winehouse were your relative? Would you still feel the same way?

So what she has a song called Rehab where she talks about avoiding getting help with her real life drug addition. Addiction is a disease that millions of people all over the world are suffering from. Some will get clean and some will not. It’s not humorous to make fun of or disrespect anyone that has passed on from a drug overdose.

So what you are an ex addict that was able to beat your demon. Congratulations, you obviously have a wonderful support system and are a much stronger person than Amy and all the other people who have succumb to addiction.

Lastly, Amy Winehouse has family and close friends who are devastated and will miss her dearly. If you don’t give a damn about Amy, at least think of her family.

Note: The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

Here’s the music video for her song, You Know I’m No Good. Since she warned us she was trouble, is this also an indication that we should not care?