Zophiel Webb's Five Things.

Written by Lazy Gramophone on Tuesday the 19th of March 2013

Five Things is a series of short journal posts introducing each of the writers and artists involved in our up-coming Time project.

Since the project's inception, the idea has been to create an environment where independent writers and artists could come together in order to share their work. The result of this endeavour is a collection of stories, images and poems based around the theme of time, its pages placing particular focus upon the relationship between words and pictures. By sharing in this way we hope to inspire each other as well as those around us, to draw a diverse audience and so help to illuminate the work of alternative artists and writers everywhere. 


Hi, I am Zophiel Webb and I draw pictures.

I grew up in Croydon and graduated from the now non-existent Byam Shaw School of Art. At university I realised how much I enjoyed drawing over and above everything else. It means everything to me and feels as though I couldn't exist if I could never draw again.

I like to produce images, mostly portraits, which look as though they're printed but when you concentrate you can see it's been created by hand. The portraits usually feature a mandala in the background that has different significance in each drawing. There's normally an excruciating level of detail that I'll try and fit in so you have to get really close to see what's happening. The people I choose to draw in this way have normally had a significant impact on my life in one way or another.

I also make what I call "Bookassettes” which is a mixtape disguised as a book. I make these to give away and it consists of a mixtape, tracklist, collages and trinkets, all hidden in the hollowed out book. Music and literature have always had a huge influence on my work and this I felt was a way of combining it all. I've given them out to people that I felt I wanted to give something back to.

There are obviously many other things I think about drawing and ideas I've been mulling over for years but these are things that will happen in the future. Right now I'm happy drawing random folks and listening to music and working at a record store, but I do long for a day when I'll get the chance to expand my illustrative horizons. 

Five Things that Inspire Me.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
This trilogy has inspired me more than anything else I can think of and I think of this quote before drawing anything "It's not only the knife that has to cut, it's your mind. You have to think it. So do this: put your mind out at the very tip of the knife. Concentrate. Focus your mind. That's where you are. Now feel with it, very gently. You're looking for a gap so small you will never see it with your eyes, but the knife tip will find it, if you put your mind there. Feel along the air till you sense the smallest little gap in the world” 

Personal Journals by Sage Francis
An album that touches and galvanises me deeply no matter how many times I listen to it. Sage Francis inspires me every day and I always think how amazing it must be to do so much for people and help them in many ways without even being there or knowing that you're doing it. His words keep me going.

My tattoos by Saira Hunjan
Saira is literally the most talented tattoo artist I've come across, her tattoos are beautiful and I'm honoured to have them indelibly on my body. We've worked together on a number of the pieces on my body and I love them all dearly. Her artwork is equally amazing and this woman continues to astound me with her skill and outlook on life.

Anything by Buddy Peace. 
Buddy is a musician that I've had the privilege to watch change and flourish into the talented artist he is today and will continue to be forever. We share very a similar process when it comes to execution of work and it's been one of the single most helpful and motivational things to have him as part of my life as an artist. I'm more than proud to say he's not only my friend but one of my biggest influences and idols.

Everything by Tool. 
This band are the only group of musicians that I will never tire of, I can listen to anything they've done at any time and feel inspired, the intricacies of their music has always helped me focus and lead me on many different paths with my work. I don't think I would have gotten where I am, work-wise, without the driving force of Maynard James Keenan to get me here: "With my feet upon the ground, I lose myself between the sounds and open wide to suck it in; I feel it move across my skin. I'm reaching up and reaching out, I'm reaching for the random or whatever will bewilder me, whatever will bewilder me? Spiral out. Keep going.” 

The Time Project.

1. Time Book Launch Lazy Gramophone Events Page 

2. Time Book Launch Facebook Page

3. View our Clock page (counting down to the release of Time)

4. An introduction to Time

5. Contributors' Five Things Journal Posts:
Adam Green
Bryn Hall
Inua Ellams
Zoe Catherine Kendall
Andrew Walter
Laura Dockrill
Mat Lloyd
Sorana Santos
Will Conway
Hannah Stephenson
Matt Black
Claire Fletcher
Carl Laurence
- Zophiel Webb
Jude Melling
Stacie Withers
Tom Hirons
Megan Leonie Hall
Vincent J Prince
Kaitlin Beckett
Guy J Jackson
Eliza Gregory
Jeannie Paske
Jo Tedds
Maria Drummey
Tom Harris
Liz Adams
Lola Dupre
Kirsty Allison
Alexander Aspinall
Paul Bloom

6. Buy Time from the Lazy Gramophone Shop 

7. Press/Reviews
(Click the links below to read each article in full)

Huffington Post:
'An intriguing book project from one of the most innovative groups of creative people in the city.' ~ Huffington Post

Fabric Magazine:
'...we'll bet you've never seen time as it's portrayed in this stunning new publication.' ~ Fabric Magazine

Rooms Magazine:
'Time is a treasure box brimming with creativity and fresh talent.' ~ Rooms Magazine

Annexe Magazine:
'Lazy Gramophone's anthology, Time, lives up to the high bar it sets for itself.' ~ Annexe Magazine


For more on The Time Project tweet us @lazygramophone or #TheTimeProjectLGP or visit our Time Facebook page.
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