building my mosaic
by charlotte todd


My grandmother was the first to tell me not to ask a woman’s age when I was much younger, in the plastered leather back seats of a moving car. I remember the moment with such vividity it could have happened a week or two ago. When I hear anyone ask that same question, no matter how antiquated the ideologies, it will always be synonymous to me of that moment, synonymous with her. 


When I was thirteen a friend of mine taught me never to walk over three drains, much like my mother had recounted the warning to never to open an umbrella indoors. I followed their advice. While others could never care for the superstitions which I adopted to avoid an unlucky seven years. 


I buy from recommendations, listen, watch and read other’s favourites which they enthuse about. I ask for vanilla in my coffee after my friend who’s tastes I took preference to. Because the sweetness it gave meant I didn’t have to pour sugar sachets in. 


I am a mosaic of everyone who has ever entered my life. Of anyone whose presence has ever mattered. The mosaic is everlasting, each piece delicately adjusted by others and the culture I embrace. Ever adjusting, fragmenting, changing. It exists inside me and inside of you too which leaves only the question - 


What pieces of you exist in another’s mosaic.


Resident Writer

Charlotte Todd is a seventeen-year-old writer currently based in London, England. She is hugely fascinated by both people and the human experience, a concept which she attempts to decipher in her writing. Charlotte’s work is playful and eccentric yet still retains eloquence speaking from both personal experience and curiosity. Visit her portfolio here.

ian long

Resident Artist

Ian‌ ‌Long‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌artist‌ ‌currently‌ ‌studying‌ ‌illustration‌ ‌at‌ ‌Montclair‌ ‌State‌ ‌University‌ ‌in‌ ‌New‌ ‌Jersey,‌ ‌USA.‌ ‌They‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌creating‌ ‌narrative‌ ‌pieces‌ ‌by‌ ‌using‌ ‌a‌ ‌combination‌ ‌of‌ ‌bold‌ ‌colors,‌ ‌textured‌ ‌brushes,‌ ‌and‌ ‌paper‌ ‌overlays.‌ ‌In‌ ‌their‌ ‌free‌ ‌time,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌find‌ ‌Ian‌ ‌reading,‌ ‌taking‌ ‌walks,‌ ‌antique‌ ‌shopping,‌ ‌or‌ ‌watching‌ ‌reality‌ ‌TV‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌roommates.‌