Monday, 19 January 2009


More of what we like - Alphonse Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was initially called the Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau.

Couldn't have been any more fitting to the theme of our first issue brief 'Nouveau'.

Fireworks may be the death of me.

TODAY is the worst day of the year for Andy Latham - he's scared stiff by fireworks. The 33 year old is believed to be the only person in Britain who has hyperperekplexia - a condition commonly known as stratle disease. A long bang means his body goes rigid and he falls to the ground. "It can be very dangerous., I dread Bonfire Night," said Mr Latham, of Great Harwood, Lincolnshire.

November 5, 2008. Metro Newspaper.

Just how we like it...

The image was taken by Guy Bourdin and is typical of his work, being controversial and sexual. Contrasting colours of both the clothing and of the carpet make the image appear garish, yet strangely appealing.

Talent - Got it? Need it? Use it.

Exciting news children, gather round. Ballad Of...Magazine has gone over sea's and is featured on Channel 4's Talent homepage, Northern Ireland! Here at HQ we have been recieveing numerous entries from all you talented individuals worldwide.

We're looking for talent of all sorts to be published in the up and coming magazine which is due for release in March under the theme 'Nouveau'. Use it in the broadest sense of the word, we want creativity and experimentation from any area - photographer, writer, illustrator, musician, artist? Anything goes, if it's interesting, we're interested!

Strike a pose. Everything vogue!

For those who are wondering what it is that makes Ballad Of... tick. Here it is, the loves and low down of all things beautiful! Fashion for the fashion lover.

Fact, there is no publication quite like it - Vogue magazine has been the cornerstone of the fashion industry for more years than we can remember and 1920's illustrator George Peppard is just one of the artists we adore.