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London Stories: The winners and my favourites from the Serco Prize for Illustration 2014

Better late than never! Here are the winners and my favourite picks from the preeminent illustration competition, run in association with the AOI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Gill Bradley, Monkey Band

Gill Bradley, Monkey band at large in Notting Hill 1927.

It’s official: I am a twit. Despite being invited by The AOI to sit on the judging panel for this year’s Serco Prize for Illustration I managed to entirely miss the actual exhibition at the London Transport Museum. Doh. This I put down to my current inability to attend evening events such as the preview night (I keep telling myself that these difficult toddler years won’t last long…) combined with the fact that I completely misread the end date of the show. Double Doh. So, despite my best intentions to see the artworks in reality before I blogged about my favourites, in the end this is a very late post, based on the same images we were asked to chose from as judges. It was a tough choice, with such a high standard to choose from and so many entertaining tales to learn along the way, but here are the winning choices, and below them some of my favourite London Stories:

Designer and animator Gill Bradley was declared the unanimous winner… read more

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An interview with Phil Maxwell, photographer of Brick Lane

Photographer Phil Maxwell explains how documentary photography has involved him in the life of Brick Lane over three decades.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Photographer Phil Maxwell has spent three decades documenting life on Brick Lane, capturing the locals at work and at play in evocative black and white photos, which are now compiled …

Dorothy Iannone at Berlinische Galerie – an interview with curator Dr. Annelie Lütgens

Dorothy Iannone: This Sweetness Outside of Time is an extraordinary retrospective of work by a highly influential artist. I caught up with the curator to find out more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Statue of Liberty.
When I received an email telling me about the new Dorothy Iannone at the Berlinische Galerie I decided to delve deeper and find out more about this enigmatic …

Astonishing occult illustrations and richly patterned surface designs: an interview with Llew Mejia

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Minneapolis based designer Llew Mejia. Think occult inspirations, unusual candy, collaborations aplenty and a day job as textile designer for Target.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Supr Natr zine cover.
Minneapolis based illustrator and textile designer Llew Mejia creates richly wondrous images, full of exotic furled leaves and wide eyed beasts. Ever since discovering his daily posts …

Magnetic Wallpaper Designs: an interview with interiors surface designer Sian Zeng

As she reveals a brand new range for S/S 2014, designer Sian Zeng reveals how celebrity singer and actress Hilary Duff helped her get her innovative magnetic wallpaper to market.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I first encountered Sian Zeng’s sew your own bespectacled bears a couple of years ago at a craft fair, and am the proud owner of one such bear which I …

Little Playful Art: Illustrator Isher Dhiman introduces her bespoke range of artwork for special occasions

Talking bespoke artwork to celebrate special occasions with Amelia's Magazine contributor Isher Dhiman.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Baby Birth Cards by Little Playful Art.
Alongside producing beautiful fashion illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine, illustrator Isher Dhiman has been making gorgeous bespoke artworks for special occasions under the name Little …

The Ecologist Guides to Food and Fashion: an interview with illustrator Lucy Kirk

Illustrator Lucy Kirk describes how she put together images for the Ecologist Guide to Food and the Ecologist Guide to Fashion.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Ecologist has just published two superb new books with Leaping Hare Press that detail the ways in which we can improve the food and fashion systems, both of which …

Behind the Scenes at Print Club London: an interview with Kate Newbold Higginson

Bringing screenprinting to the digital generation: Kate Newbold Higginson is one of the brains behind screenprinting studios Print Club London, helping illustrators and artists revive the practice in a digital age.

Written by Katie Antoniou

I first met Kate Newbold Higginson when she was just setting up Print Club London and only had a pop-up shop on Brick Lane. Since then, the collective have gone …

London Art Fair 2014 Review: Our Top Picks

Our pick of favourite artworks at the 2014 edition of the London Art Fair, held in January at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jin-Young Yu at Union Gallery.
This year I received invites to the London Art Fair in January thanks to the nice folks at the Catlin Art Prize, but sadly I did …

Louise Wilkinson Illustrations and Ceramics: an interview with the designer

An introduction to the wonderful world of Louise Wilkinson, a trained illustrator who applies her beautiful pictures to fine bone china, all of which is produced in the UK.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I first encountered Louise Wilkinson’s inimitable ceramics designs at Tent London last September, and instantly fell in love. The likes of Liberty discovered her beautiful bone china early on, and …

Top illustrator Quentin Blake shares 5 tips for creating great illustrations

Organised by the Association of Illustrators, the Tell Me a Picture talk by Quentin Blake at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 4th of February focused on pushing the boundaries of illustration out of picture books and into the public realm.

Written by Jenny Robin

Sketch of Quentin Blake at the Royal Festival Hall by Jenny Robins. All images below copyright Quentin Blake.
As one of the most iconic and respected artists of line drawing the …

Craft Your Own: How to make a Hanging Heart Decoration for Valentine’s Day

Stuck for a Valentine's Day gift? Here's how to make your own. Read on and learn how to craft your very own Hanging Heart Decoration, using a wire coat hanger, fabric or ribbon scraps, fine wire and a few beads or sequins. It's super easy, honest!

Written by Amelia Gregory

As part of my drive to get more crafty in 2014 I intend to bring you a selection of things to make and do at home, hopefully at least one …

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas by Designer Makers: 2014

Wonderful ideas for Valentine's Day: including unusual card designs, jewellery (of course!), fine art prints, bone china and clothing.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Valentine’s card by Jenny Robins.
It’s coming up to that time of year again… when the romantics amongst us express love through a special card or thoughtful gift. I’ll be running …

A Flowering Theory embroidered art animation by Stefanie Posavec and Abbie Stephens

Protein commissioned two artists to create an arts short for Channel 4 Random Acts; the result uses an extract from one of the most influential texts in scientific literature, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

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An extract from one of the most influential texts in scientific literature, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, was the inspiration for this beautiful animation of embroidered plant forms. …

Best New Designs: Top Drawer and Craft London January 2014 Review

Great designs from the pre-eminent gift show, including wrapping paper, baby wear and jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It has been many years since I last attended the Top Drawer gift trade show at Earls Court, and the scope of what is now on offer is daunting to …

Best New Designs for the Home: Home London January 2014 Review

Taking place twice a year, Home London has fast grown to become a must visit homewares show for the discerning buyer. I visited the January edition to find out what designs we will be loving in the years to come.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ceramics designer Louise Wilkinson was kind enough to invite me along to Home London, one of the premier trade shows for people in the homewares business. An off shoot of …

Portfolio: an interview with illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova

I am super excited to introduce New England based illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova as one of my new Portfolio Illustrators on my soon to be relaunched website...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ada Zanditon A/W 2011 by Yelena Bryksenkova.
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Portfolio: an interview with illustrator Gabriel Ayala aka Gaarte

Meet Brookyln based fashion illustrator Gabriel Ayala, who has created many beautiful illustrations for Amelia's Magazine under his pseudonym Gaarte. Here he describes his everyday life, inspirations and must haves for a creative session.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Nova Chiu A/W 2013 by Gaarte.
Fashion illustrator Gabriel Ayala is based in New York, from where he has been contributing regularly to Amelia’s Magazine for several years. We always look …

Great ideas for homemade Christmas Decorations for 2013

If you aspire to make your own DIY Christmas ornaments you've come to the right place: here's the best I've found on my travels around the internet. Think pom poms, polymer clay, twig trees, woven paper stars and more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve been collecting Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember, so it’s not like there is a shortage of baubles and other pretty objects with which to decorate …

Illustration Now! Fashion by Taschen: Book Review

This new book from Taschen features the work of 90 contemporary fashion illustrators from across the world and is essential reading for any lovers or creators of fashion illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Looking for that perfect last minute gift for the fashion illustrator in your life, or someone who aspires to become one? Then look no further than the inspirational new offering …