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A Tattoo Movement

A Tattoo Movement

In a world of art and fashion, few individuals leave a lasting impact that transcends past their own lifetime.  Joshua Van Leader, a talented artist and fashion designer, was one such visionary who captivated hearts and minds with his stunning creations. Although he...

Joshua Van Leader and The Ocean Cleanup

Joshua Van Leader and The Ocean Cleanup

“Joshua Van Leader was an English fashion designer, writer, and painter.  He lived better by the sea or talking to the stars”.  This is the statement that Joshua used to sign off his first book, “Somewhere Between the Sand and the Stardust, Volume I”.    ...

I leave you with the best of myself, JVL 17.10.2023

I leave you with the best of myself, JVL 17.10.2023

On the 17th October 2023 Joshua would have been 32 years old.  The past year has been difficult as we reflect on Joshua’s life and try to make sense of the events that led up to his passing.  Dealing with the loss and massive gap he left has been extremely painful. ...

“How are you ?”

“How are you ?”

Since we lost Joshua in November 2022 we have been asked the question “how are you?” so many times.  In the majority of cases we’ve just not replied or said “ok”, not because we are trying to be elusive, rude or awkward, its just too difficult and complex to answer....

“The Eye of Josh”

“The Eye of Josh”

  In the mid 1940’s a young man and photographer, Herman Leonard, hung around the Jazz back rooms and late night clubs, befriending many of the great Jazz musicians in New York like Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and Frank Sinatra. He took many amazing black and...

Planet Joshua

Planet Joshua

“The heart bled, The stars listened, The ocean healed, The soul forgave.” Somewhere between the sand and the stardust, Volume II, p46   If you look closely at the feature image you will see that the planet is made up from lots of streaks of paint, to be precise...

You are beautiful, don’t let them tell you other-wise.

You are beautiful, don’t let them tell you other-wise.

"We live in a world of complete kalopsia, thriving on one another’s atelphopia." Somewhere between the sand and the stardust Volume I, p57   Kalopsia: the delusion of things being more beautiful than they are. Atelphopia: an overwhelming fear of imperfection....

Style is of the mind, not of the pocket

Style is of the mind, not of the pocket

  “Style is of the mind, not of the pocket”. Somewhere between the sand and the stardust, Volume I, p73     There is no doubt that when Joshua entered any room he would light it up with his personality and presence.  Yet he also had this amazing style....

You’ll Never Walk Alone

You’ll Never Walk Alone

In 1945 Frank Sinatra recorded the first version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” that was made iconic when the Liverpudlian band Gerry and the Pacemakers covered and released it in 1963.  Link and lyrics at the bottom of this blog. Since then, the song has symbolised...

Be Kind to a Stranger

Be Kind to a Stranger

“Next time you talk to a stranger, don’t ask them what they do or what they are interested in. Ask them what they want to change, what about the world that scares them, what they want to see before they pass and that will tell you much more about them.” Somewhere...

Blue Mind

Blue Mind

Joshua’s sanctuary was by the sea, he just loved the colours, the textures, the smells, the recurring sound of the waves, the wild life, the calm and the storm, the cold, the glistening of the sun as it rose and then set. The early deep connection with the sea for...

Single Line Drawings (a line that comes to life!!)

Single Line Drawings (a line that comes to life!!)

Joshua studied men’s fashion at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.   We did visit Joshua a number of times and that world seemed so fast, exciting, creative but extremely hard working with many long hours.   One of the drawing techniques that Joshua used to...

Cheers !!

Cheers !!

Joshua would entertain us all with these amazing drinking toasts, lets keep them alive and keep them going…..     “To the birds, to the bees to the rivers and the trees, To good families and best friends, and the seven, seven seas aye aye……." Unknown origin...

Art from the heart, from you to me.

Art from the heart, from you to me.

My name is Katie, and I lost my youngest brother Joshua Van Leader, to suicide on November 4th, 2022. He was only 31. My last memory of you was at the top of my staircase, the Monday before he died. That was the last time I got to see his face, that amazing smile,...

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

On 17th January 1966 Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) released a master class song titled “The Sound of Silence”. We have lived with this song through our lives but never really appreciated the message that Paul Simon was trying to convey until this week when we...

Spend more time with the people you can stand tall with!

Spend more time with the people you can stand tall with!

Sometime in life you just connect with someone, maybe you like the same football team, maybe you like the way someone dresses or maybe there is no reason and you just connect.   Liz Cottam chef and restaurateur creates unique dining experiences inspired from the...

The Mask

The Mask

That big smile, that amazing personality as he lit the room up when he entered, making everyone feel so special about themselves.  Yet underneath was such pain, torture as he battled with those demons throughout the day and the night.   “For those that battle...

Somewhere between the sand and the stardust

Somewhere between the sand and the stardust

“We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.  And the human race is filled with passion.  And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we...

Jonny runs Ultra Marathon (84 miles) on 1st April 2023 for Josh

Jonny runs Ultra Marathon (84 miles) on 1st April 2023 for Josh

At the beginning of November 2022, my 31-year-old cousin Joshua Van Leader committed suicide after several years of suffering from severe mental health. I want to fundraise for Mind charity so that more people can be helped who suffer from this insidious and...

JVL – the man, the light, the inspiration, the legend….

JVL – the man, the light, the inspiration, the legend….

Joshua Van Leader lived an incredible life over the thirty one years that he was on this planet, moving from an accomplished footballer into the world of men’s fashion, art and poetry, inspiring so many with his light, creativity and warmth.   After a five year...

ARTIST FOCUS 119 – HENRY HUDSON

    Good afternoon everybody and welcome back to another interview. This week it's short and sharp and direct to the point. His work is outstanding. I mean it, I truly find it absolutely mind-blowing. He doesn't say much in this interview for this weeks...

ARTIST FOCUS 118 – Anna Van Den Hövel

Welcome back, it's another week through 2021 and I am sure you are all pushing through and hopefully this pandemic will soon be over for us all to socialise, visit galleries and so on. This week we have an interview below with Anna Van Den Hövel. Anna grew up up...