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OPEN BRIEF for ARTISTS: Amelia’s Magazine Colourful Colouring Companion

Announcing a brand new exciting Open Brief for all artists, illustrators and image makers! Make sure you get involved and submit your work for my exclusive collaborative colouring in book for adults.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Have you noticed the huge trend for colouring books aimed at adults? It hasn’t escaped my notice: I included a series of colouring in pages in issue 4 of Amelia’s Magazine way back in 2005, complete with a scratch 'n' sniff cover and a free set of smelly branded pens to colour in those pages (above). 10 years on the concept has gone mainstream, and the time is right to contribute something a bit different to the market: a beautifully curated colouring book that features the work of multiple contributors who are working in diversely different but appealing styles. I will include artwork that features a wide range of themes, creating a book that goes beyond the feel of most pretty decorative colouring books. I want this book to appeal as much to men as it does to women! (and I therefore encourage lots of male artists to contribute).

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Rock Paper Scissors: Camberwell College of Arts Illustration Graduate Show 2015

The Rock Paper Scissors graduate show was held at Hoxton Arches in mid July 2015. Check out the best here.

Written by Amelia Gregory

My final review of the graduate illustrations shows is for Rock Paper Scissors, the stand alone show of Camberwell College of Art students held at Hoxton Arches last week. Lovely […]

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The Observatory: Arts University Bournemouth Illustration Graduate Show 2015

Bournemouth illustration graduates put on The Observatory at the Rag Factory just off Brick Lane in July 2015. Here's my pick of the bunch.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last week I visited the Arts University Bournemouth illustration exhibition at The Rag Factory just off Brick Lane with Snarf in tow. There was excellent branding for The Observatory, with […]

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Studio 350 – University of Brighton Graphic Design & Illustration Graduate Show 2015

Brighton students held their graduate show at the Rose Lipman Building in Hoxton in early July 2015. Here are my favourite finds.

Written by Amelia Gregory

In early July the Brighton University Studio 350 graphic design and illustration show was held at the Rose Lipman Building in Hoxton. This year there was a particularly diverse range […]

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Break A Lead: Masque – University of West England Illustration Graduate Show 2015

The best illustrators showing with UWE at the Free Range Art and Design Show at the Truman Brewery at the end of June 2015.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The illustration course at the University of West England once again showed as part of Free Range at the Truman Brewery. Here’s my pick of Break a Lead: Masque. Imaginary […]

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New Designers 2015: The Best Illustration Graduates

The best of my finds from the Visual Communications section of the show, part two.

Written by Amelia Gregory

My final New Designers review features work displayed as part of the Visual Communications section in part two of the show: with the focus on illustration, of course. I absolutely […]

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New Designers 2015: One Year On Review

One Year On hosts some of the very best graduates from recent years: now making their way with small business ventures of their own.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This year the One Year On section of New Designers was curated by Luna & Curious co-founder Rheanna Lingham (read my exclusive interview here). I particularly loved the selection of […]

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New Designers 2015 Crafts: glassware, metalwork, lighting, ceramics and more

A look at the best of the craft designers showing at New Designers in 2015.

Written by Amelia Gregory

New Designers part one featured the work of some excellent craft courses from across the UK. Included in this post are glassware, metalwork, lighting, ceramics and more. At Hereford College […]

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New Designers 2015: Floral, Jungle and Narrative Textile and Surface Design

My second review from the 2015 New Designers show focuses on a variety of exciting textile and surface designers.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Next up in my coverage of New Designers 2015 part one I present more favourite textile and surface design – this time concentrating on florals, narrative designs and a popular […]

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New Designers 2015: Abstract Textiles and Surface Design

As ever there was a huge amount of talent to be discovered at the New Designers shows in Islington: here's my first pick of the crop...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Never mind the heat, I spent three hours trawling the halls of New Designers part one at the Islington Business Centre. By the end I was thoroughly exhausted (I’m 39 […]

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Review: City and Guilds of London Art School Fine Art Degree Show 2015

Some interesting finds from artists Diane Chappalley, Tuesday Riddell and more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Tuesday Riddell. Visiting my accunpuncturist last weekend before the New Designers show I chanced upon the fine art degree show from City & Guilds students, tucked away in a quiet […]

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Tidy Kingston: Kingston University BA Illustration & Animation Graduate Show 2015

Top picks from the illustration and animation graduates showing at this year's Kingston University show at the Embassy Tea Rooms.

Written by Amelia Gregory

A few weeks ago Snarf and I made it along to the Kingston BA Illustration & Animation graduate show, Tidy Kingston, a reference to the organising of a diverse range […]

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Kickstarter Campaign: Tara Darby presents Run It Out

When photographer and film maker Tara Darby discovered the inspiring story of Robin Arzon she as determined to make a film...

Written by Amelia Gregory

For many years photographer Tara Darby contributed stunning photos to Amelia’s Magazine in print. Now she has turned her narrative skills to film making, inspired by an extraordinary woman she […]

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New Designers Celebrates 30 Years: an interview with One Year On curator Rheanna Lingham

An interview with the curator of the 2015 One Year On exhibition at New Designers. Rheanna Lingham is a jewellery designer and co-founder of cult design store Luna & Curious, based in Shoreditch.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jewellery by Rheanna Lingham, photography by Emma Dalzell. Rheanna Lingham trained as a jewellery designer on the brilliant Middlesex University course (read my review of the 2015 graduate show here). […]

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Free Range Art & Design Shows 2015: Middlesex University Illustration

My favourite Middlesex graduate illustrators: Amy Laker, Chloe Whiffin, Dervla Mary, Salome Papadopoullos, Yun Ru Tan & Sachiko Oguri.

Written by Amelia Gregory

A few weeks ago Middlesex University showcased work from graduates at the Free Range Art & Design Shows at the Truman Brewery. I went along to check out the best […]

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Artist Beccy McCray introduces her new poster series Make Friends With Food In 5 Easy Steps

Breaking down the boundaries between art, activism and every day life, artist and activist Beccy McCray has created a series of posters inspired by food waste.

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Artist Beccy McCray has created a new poster series titled Make Friends With Food In 5 Easy Steps… fun images that challenge our perceptions of food waste. I explore playful, […]

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Free Range Art & Design Shows 2015: Middlesex University and More

The Free Range Art & Design Shows kicked off at the Truman Brewery last weekend. Check out some of the best talent on show here!

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Free Range Art & Design Shows kicked off the main graduate show season last weekend: here’s my pick of creatives showing with various courses at Middlesex University and a […]

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Print Battles at the Art Car Boot Fair 2015

Six artists with almost nothing in common meet at the screen printing table.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Carne Griffiths, Benjamin Murphy, Maria Slovakova, Paul Cummings, Gillian Swan and Eleanor Bedlow, 6 artists whose work has almost nothing in common, will present Print Battles, the results of a […]

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Stick of Rock mugs: An interview with product designer Lydia Leith

Designer Lydia Leith introduces her new Stick of Rock mug range: an engaging take on everyone's favourite seaside candy!

Written by Amelia Gregory

The striking designs of product designer Lydia Leith first caught my attention at Bust Craftacular a few years back so I was delighted when she got in touch to tell […]

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Introducing the Lucky Dip Club: curated by Leona Baker for Folksy

Personal packages filled with surprises: be quick and you could lay your hands on these special edition boxes featuring 15 Folksy designers.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Leona Baker is a creative force to be reckoned with, the brains behind the much loved (and missed) jewellery brand Lady Luck Rules OK, Thrift-ola and now the Lucky Dip […]