Spaces & Places: Michigan’s female-owned, all-vinyl record shop, The Record Lounge

Michigan’s only female-owned record store is going from strength-to-strength. Now both a physical store in Lansing and an online shop, The Record Lounge has seen a boom in vinyl sales in recent years. DeWitt resident and owner of The Record Lounge, Heather Frarey opened the store in 2008. She started out in the now-defunct local record shop Michigan WhereHouse Records in 1979, where she worked while … Continue reading Spaces & Places: Michigan’s female-owned, all-vinyl record shop, The Record Lounge

Swiftmantis: Cat murals tell stories of strays in New Zealand

New Zealand-based artist Swiftmantis has been adorning walls in the North Island with stunning murals of cats. The large scale portraits are part of Swiftmantis’ Stray Stories, which tell the stories of stray cats who have found their forever-homes in interesting places. Among the stories that have been making crowds smile is Hangar the Cat on St Hill street in downtown Whanganui. The mural features local cat … Continue reading Swiftmantis: Cat murals tell stories of strays in New Zealand

Learning Resources: Pixar’s free online lessons on storytelling

Pixar has produced some much loved animations over the years and key to their success is a really good story. For Pixar fans and storytellers of all ages, Pixar offers free online lessons on storytelling. The Art of Storytelling series is available for free through online-education platform Khan Academy. Directors and story artists providing insights into Pixar’s creative process in the series include Pete Docter, … Continue reading Learning Resources: Pixar’s free online lessons on storytelling

7Sketches: Hawaiian artist Derick Fabian “just goes for it” after years attempting to combine art with “something sensible”

Artist Derick Fabian creates character designs inspired by graffiti art, anime, and Sanrio such as Hello Kitty. Everything from “simple and cute to the more detailed and cool style”, the Hawai’i-based artist is not afraid to follow through on what he is intuitively guided. The 7Sketches founder says: “I illustrate characters. From simple and cute to the more detailed and cool style. I design original … Continue reading 7Sketches: Hawaiian artist Derick Fabian “just goes for it” after years attempting to combine art with “something sensible”

Prosearium: “Digital garden of experiences” aims to increase presence of African women in game development

Prosearium is an initiative to increase the participation of African women in game development by documenting 1,000 women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and contributing to games. The Prosearium website aims to be a “digital garden of experiences” documenting African women’s experience in game development. Founded by South Africa-based game developer and community organiser, Sithe Ncube, Prosearium.net is a step towards increasing the … Continue reading Prosearium: “Digital garden of experiences” aims to increase presence of African women in game development

All-female Kwento Comics aim to inspire young women with Filipina heroine in graphic novel series

Kwento Comics, an all-female comic book company focused on Southeast Asian stories, has launched its first graphic novel inspired by Philippine mythology, The Mask of Haliya. The Mask of Haliya is a young adult urban fantasy that follows the journey of a troubled Filipina-American teen who discovers a mysterious mask at her great-grandmother’s wake. The story covers topics including mental health, intergenerational trauma, and corruption. The … Continue reading All-female Kwento Comics aim to inspire young women with Filipina heroine in graphic novel series

Saffron: Developing a music tech industry that’s diverse, inclusive and balanced

Saffron is a music tech initiative aiming to redress the gender imbalance in the music tech industry. The Bristol-based initiative supports women anywhere in the world to get involved in music production, sound engineering and DJing through training courses and workshops that it offers both in-person and online. Saffron’s aim is to advance gender equality in the music tech sector by creating a safe space … Continue reading Saffron: Developing a music tech industry that’s diverse, inclusive and balanced

Changes to Life & Soul Magazine

Life & Soul Magazine will be changing its focus from Sustainable Lifestyle & Living (plus Entertainments) to an Entertainments & Storytelling blog focused on bringing you news, features, profiles, and reviews on storytelling and storytellers of all kinds. So Music; Film & TV; Poetry, Performance & Arts; Games; Books and more. Since I started this blog, the world has become a different place and sustainable … Continue reading Changes to Life & Soul Magazine

Microcosm of the Macrocosm: Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week: Seven simple tricks to adopting a more sustainable home interior – Marie Claire provides tips to creating UK department store chain Selfridges has opened a new 3D printing-focused pop-up shop – To celebrate 3D printing’s credentials in this area, the store features everything from food to fashion items created via the technology, … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Sunne: Solar designer creates solar light that evokes sunrise, sunlight, and sunset

Solar designer Marjan van Aubel has created a solar-powered lamp, Sunne, that recreates the different stages of the sun, from sunrise to sunset. The solar-powered lamp – which has an anodised aluminium frame and is designed to be hung in front of windows – captures sunlight during the day and stores the energy in an integrated battery to brighten up the home at night. Sunne has … Continue reading Sunne: Solar designer creates solar light that evokes sunrise, sunlight, and sunset