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'Origami' sees the unlikely pairing of a monumental shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer. Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, this 40 minute, free performance was a breath-holding spectacle where the container gently unfurled, creating a geometric performance space where dancer Satchie Noro dangled from its' sharp corners and glided on its vertiginous edges. The container was in continuous movement. Created by Paris-based Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl and with music by Fred Costa, Origami was an outdoor event, suitable for everyone, which has been taken place in outdoor locations.  This capture is from CROYDON:


THE ART OF THE HUSTLE | 100 illustrations in 100 days  


KAYLEIGH MARSHALL of MARSHALL ART - This Brixton Artists' current project is called "Marshall Art 100". It’s 100 illustrations in 100 days - a true Artist's hustle in our opinion. These pieces are a part of her portfolio development, which she will handpick the best from to transform into large scale drawings and murals early next year - 2018.

"Having no classical art training, I’m putting in the graft old school to compete with other young artists. I’m working 17 hour days and putting in long stints at my desk to draw, draw, then draw some more. This project is giving me the structure to practice my style and develop my illustrative skills whilst getting instant feedback from my followers and clients as to whether the subject matter works or not. So far it has thrown we waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone. I’m drawing animals which I have NEVER done before - and I’m loving it. I have writing bumps, I’m tired and backache from the long drawing sessions, but this project has taught me so much in just over a month. By the end of the year imagine where I will be with my subject matter, style and most of all skill."

"Marshall Art 100" is not just a portfolio, it’s a record of an Artists' development over a period of 100 days. It is a digital journal; multifaceted in how it's delivered.

Kayleigh likes to raise questions through her art by creating an oxymoron - stitching two images together that wouldn’t typically be seen together. Her work in this project has taken an anatomical turn with a focus on human organs - in particular the actual form of particular veins and arteries. Her plan is to create an illustrative piece where she stitches a brain and a heart together to see what questions arise from that imagery. 

All pieces in "Marshall Art 100" are one off originals and available for £100.  Original pieces from an emerging talent.







We spoke to HAM the Illustrator at the Tupac Changes Exhibition - Croydon - produced by Highlight Nation.  As ever, this conversation was full of insights that came about spontaneously through conversation.  

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HAM the Illustrator is an emerging London based British-Namibian multimedia hiphop artist and storyteller focused primarily on the marriage between his conscious lyricism and graphic illustration.  Along with over 20 overall international and local performances, HAM the Illustrator lays claim to supporting well known international artists such as Rudimental, Coolio, Grandmaster Flash, D Double E & Footsie (Newham Generals), Big Narstie, P Money, Logan Sama, Flava D, General Levy, Izzie Gibbs, Congo Natty, Killa P, HVDES, Avok, AceDa Bass, Cameron Hart, Niskerone and many others.  ​Influenced largely by his upbringing in Namibia, Ethiopia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, HAM's mission remains to promote education, empowerment and compassion in today's society through his art. 

"First you make them more aware, then you make them believe they have the power to make a change, then you make them think about what they should do with that power."- HAM”

To learn more about HAM the Illustrator visit:



Croydon’s award-winning RISEgallery is delivering a ground-breaking programme of FREE events throughout the month, under the theme ‘Warhol Croydon’, as a tribute to the life and work of one of the biggest names in 20th century art.

His famous works include Turquoise Marilyn, Campbell’s Soup, Car Crash, Gun, Mao, John Wayne, Flowers, Death and Disaster and Self Portrait. This month: 

  • A unique street exhibition of giant artworks curated by RISEgallery and the artist Dotmasters, featuring tributes to Warhol by some of today’s leading artists, to be displayed on prominent town centre buildings and lit up at night;
  • FREE guided tours of the cutting-edge exhibition twice daily throughout the month;
  • A FREE exhibition of original Warhol artworks hosted in the RISEgallery, in St George’s Walk, the heart of Croydon’s cultural quarter;
  • A series of FREE Andy Warhol film and documentary screenings, plus talks and lectures that will including international speakers from around the world; 
  • Late-night openings of the RISEgallery; 
  • Family-friendly activities planned with support from the local community; 
  • Warhol Croydon is the latest initiative of the RISEgallery which has previously brought exhibitions of work to Croydon by renowned artists Damien Hirst and Banksy.

For more information head over to RISE GALLERY online.


PART 1: This CULTURE CAPTURE performance was captured in HUSS ART HOUSE - HQ for LIFE VOCABULARY in South London.  Head to to get the latest on his music.  

(Part 2 - Fontzerelli performance).  

Editor Serena Hussain aka HUSS conversation with Shay J Today and Management before the event:


True. How can there be?  These are the words taken from Rapper and lyrical Philosopher (from Atlanta) Shay J Today.  In conversation with him and part of his management team Web who is based in Europe (Founder of platform "Raise the Kulture”) we discussed the state of Hip Hop for well over an hour.  Here are some of the insights: 

First - Web cut straight to what she as a Hip Hop Culture Activist deems most important for us to consider right now: 

“We don’t usually give interviews … but we f**k with you and what you’re doing.  Unfortunately, the new culture is no culture.  And those who complain about the state of hip hop - my message to them is - SHARE your Rappers”. 

The discussion about discovering new music, being heard and supported went deep - spanning from thriving as an artist to a more market perspective on the art itself. But it mostly focused on Shay J Today’s philosophy - being YOU on the path of least resistance - which is pivotal to the art itself:

“For me… vision is always a must and I go off of a feeling.  From New York and the opportunities over there to spreading the music far and wide (Japan and other territories).  Go where people receive you”. 

I asked them about this path of least resistance - and if dreaming bigger could engender such a smooth trajectory.  What about the struggle?  And the struggle being real?! A sharp insight came from them:

"Once you do better, the circle gets smaller and tighter”. 

So … removing ourselves from energy that doesn’t help propel us can be the cause of said resistance? Is isolation a necessary part in the creation of art?  Shay J Today went on to explain: 

"Art is subjective and regardless of where you sit - whether it’s mainstream music or not - you should be your own Artist and exactly how you want to be”. 

On self promotion - during these times of new media and digital content - I asked how artists, especially unsigned and independent, should seek to stand out? A very quick and succinct answer came from Web: 

“Be paper … not coins.  We’re not here to make noise - but to be recognised.  Real recognises real - be silent but (smilingly) deadly”. 

On the absence of a record label and ‘corporate' management team, we talked about straddling the line between discovery and middle management.  We’re in a space now where we can find more and more diverse music.  But it is still up to us to share what we know is 'good music'.  On her platform “Raise the Kulture”, Web shares artists whose music she finds an answer in.  Which is the true meaning and mission of Hip Hop is it not?  

Hip Hop is an evocative genre of music, one that LIFE VOCABULARY regards as a lens through which we can better understand human nature... and understand our lives.   

When it comes to making music, and the frequency of this, Shay J Today prefers to take his time and praised his Producer (also his mentor) who showed him how to absorb music in a deeper way - listening vs. studying.   

“Albums take time - the greats produced great projects”.   

Rather than churning them out?  There are trends and layers in hip hop including the “real hip hop” purists who are celebrated for recognising true musical art.  Are such categories necessary to highlight ‘the real’? Or could such categories stand in the way of the music reaching as many ears as possible?  Do elitist approaches within Hip Hop potentially create more exclusivity when in fact music and hip hop needs to be all embracing?  

Perhaps aligning ourselves to any layer in this Hip Hop cake could create further separation but we also have to assist others in deciphering where WE sit in this cake.  It’s not so black and white. 

This conversation entered all kinds of grey areas - the kind that LIFE VOCABULARY likes to capture. It’s in that grey area where we can truly find one another.  Learn more about Shay J Today in our live CULTURE CAPTURE interview with him and South London Rapper Fontzerelli. 

Shay J Today’s upcoming album VAL{you} is created around a theme of personal growth and intelligence.  To get a deeper insight into his writing and listen to his new music, head over to

Serena Hussain aka HUSS The Editor - Producing Culture Content to Incite Insight.