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East London Design Show: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

This year the East London Design Show took place at the Truman Brewery, and whilst the venue was somewhat lacking in atmosphere there was lots of fabulous designer maker talent on show. Here's my hot ideas for Christmas gifts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Hokolo London

I've shared my favourite finds from the 2013 Bust Craftacular, now here's what I loved at the East London Design Show, held for the first time in the Truman Brewery. The Hokolo London stand, above, looked absolutely marvellous. Designer Jen has a great eye for striking colour combinations which she utilises in great graphic style to decorate homeware and accessories.

De Casa squid print

This squid is by DeCasa, which specialises in bold unusual print designs. Also check out their eye-catching caterpillar pattern.

Rosie Sanders baroque necklaceread more

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Bust Craftacular: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Didn't make it down to the Bust Craftacular? Worry not, for here's my round up of great finds... why not check in with your favourites online and make a unique Christmas purchase that way?

Written by Amelia Gregory

Last year I missed out on the Bust Craftacular, but this year I was able to whip around this buzzy annual event, held at the York Hall. I was very …

Map My Heart: an interview with illustrator Dom and Ink

Fabulous contributing illustrator Dom and Ink has just published his first book, chock full of his wonderful narrative illustrations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dominic Evans, known as Dom and Ink, is a super talented illustrator who contributes brilliant fashion illustrations to Amelia’s Magazine. He’s also just secured his first book deal off the …

Cockpit Arts: Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

A plethora of magical designer maker gift ideas awaits you... from the likes of Camilla Meijer, Laura Gravestock and Terri Leahy.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Bunny cushion design by Camilla Meijer.
This weekend we made our annual trip down to Cockpit Arts to catch up with old favourites and discover new talent. As always there was …

East End Prints: an interview with Helen Edwards

On the new Amelia's Magazine market place I'll be offering a curated selection of fine art prints by East End Prints. Take a sneek peak of the kind of thing that will be on offer in this exclusive interview with owner and wonder mum Helen Edwards.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Make Ideas Real by Dale Edwin Murray.
Next in my series of interviews with my new market place stall holders, I am pleased to introduce Helen Edwards, the talented lady behind …

Tim Plester introduces ET IN MOTORCADIA EGO!

Film maker Tim Plester experiments with online video art in this short film, an homage to American counter culture of the 60s.

Written by Amelia Gregory

ET IN MOTORCADIA EGO! is a spontaneous dream-poem that was inspired by The Beat Writers, American Counter-Culture and the iconography surrounding the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Here film …

Book Review: The Gentle Author’s London Album

A quirky and rather fabulous paen to the inhabitants of London, both past and present. This beautiful book would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Gentle Author’s London Album is a beautifully bound love memo to London life in all its ebullience. The book is subtitled ‘London seen from an easterly direction‘ which is …

Craftivism Direct Action against the Tar Sands: an interview with artist Lucy Sparrow

'Felt Impacts of the Tar Sand' was delivered to the Canada Europe Energy Summit at Canada House on Tuesday 19th November, a stark reminder of the destruction wrought by the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Yesterday I was alerted to an inspiring direct action designed to draw attention to the ongoing destruction involved with the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands in Canada. Together …

Melody Rose Ceramics: an interview with fine bone china homeware designer Melanie Roseveare

Introducing the wonderful upcycled and fine bone china ceramics of designer Melanie Roseveare, soon to be featured on my brand new market place.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Designs by Melody Rose first caught my eye at the Renegade Craft Fair a few years ago, and then I bumped into the lady behind the brand at Tent London …

A Little Book of Craftivism: an interview with Sarah Corbett

Craftivist Sarah Corbett explains why 'a spoonful of craft helps the activism go down' in this pocket sized book: perfect for inspiring the activist crafter in your life.

Written by Amelia Gregory

For those not in the know can you summarise what Craftivism is about in a few sentences?
Very simply, craftivism is activism that uses craft as the medium to get the …

Review: Renegade Craft Fair in London, 2013

Fabulous finds from the Renegade Craft Fair, held at the Truman Brewery on 9th and 10th November 2013. Why shop on the high street when you can buy fabulous one offs by those who love to design and make?

Written by Amelia Gregory

This weekend I hot footed it down Brick Lane to the Truman Brewery for the 2013 London edition of the Renegade Craft Fair. It was a great chance to catch …

Portfolio: an interview with illustrator Claire Kearns aka Curly C

Claire Kearns has been producing beautiful illustrations for Amelia's Magazine for a couple of years now: so I decided to catch up with her and find out more about her working process and inspirations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Felder Felder by Claire Kearns.
In the first of my interviews to introduce the wonderful portfolio illustrators who will appear on the soon to be relaunched Amelia’s Magazine, let’s meet the …

Review: Cheapside Hoard Jewellery Exhibition at the Museum of London

This beautifully presented display of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery is a must see for anyone who loves jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cheapside Hoard by Yelena Bryksenkova.
I have a major love for all things jewelled and especially gemological, so a visit to the new Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London …

Review: Moniker Art Fair and The Other Art Fair at Truman Brewery 2013

Moniker Art Fair shared a space with The Other Art Fair at the Truman Brewery between 17th- 20th October 2013. I loved work by a variety of artists, including Art is Trash and Frederik Næblerød.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Frederik Næblerød.
This year was my first visit to Moniker Art Fair, held at the Truman Brewery in conjunction with The Other Art Fair last weekend. Both fairs showcase contemporary artists …

A Review of Mental by The Vacuum Cleaner

The latest performance from the Vacuum Cleaner (in conjunction with Arts Admin) bravely explores his mental health issues, all from his very own bedroom.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Vacuum Cleaner – Mental by Jenny Robins.
I have known James the ‘Vacuum Cleaner‘ for many years through activism, and have always admired his openness about his ‘mental’ condition – but …

Halloween Horrorshow: An interview with Papercut Artist Eelus

It's Halloween! And what better way to celebrate than with this wonderful papercut homage to horror films that fixate on death... new from Eelus.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The Monster, by Eelus.
When new work by Brighton based artist Eelus dropped into my inbox I knew it was the perfect thing to share on Halloween. Horrorshow is his new …

Introducing Up Side Up: an interview with founder Angharad Lewis

New design website Up Side Up launches this week with a handmade marquetry serving tray by A Practice for Everyday Life and a set of ceramic stacking bowls by Ben Branagan & Laura Carlin. Looks fab!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Up Side Up is a brand new design website that comes to you courtesy of the wonderful Angharad Lewis, formerly of the much missed Grafik magazine (as well as many …

Serco Prize for Illustration 2014: Call for Entries

What's your London Story? Calling all illustrators to create artwork on this theme, with a chance to win a first prize of £2000. Deadline: 3rd November 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by 2011 winner Anne Wilson.
I am really excited to announce that I will be one of the judges for the 2014 Serco Prize for Illustration. You’ve only got a …

A Review of the Three Four Showcase at the Brick Lane Gallery

This London Design Week showcase in The Annexe of The Brick Lane Gallery featured work by Katy Goutefangea, James Tattersall and the Room 9 collective.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It was thanks to the joys of instagram that I found out about the Three Four Showcase at The Annexe (part of The Brick Lane Gallery) when print designer Katy …

Tent London 2013 Review: Best Wall Art, Furniture and Lighting

My second review of the best of Tent London 2013 includes designs by the likes of Parris Wakefield Additions, Tamasine Osher, Permafrost, Tamasyn Gambell, Sit Furnishings and many more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lampshade by Parris Wakefield Additions.
I’ve already brought you the best soft furnishings and homewards from Tent London 2013 at the Truman Brewery, and now here is a round up of …