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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

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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 are so fraught with unethical and environmentally detrimental practices. The two petit guides are designed in an easy to read format and chapters are accompanied with some wonderful illustrations by Lucy Kirk, a contributor to Amelia's Magazine and one of my star picks at her University of Brighton graduate show in 2012. Here she explains the process of working with The Ecologist and the creation of engaging illustrations from often difficult subject matter.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. The wonderful New England based illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova has for many years been one of my favourite contributors to Amelia’s Magazine, during which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013: Homeware and Prints for the Wall

Stuck for a last minute Christmas present? Why not support one of these talented designer makers, creating wonderful and unique homeware and prints for the home.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Scout Editions: mistletoe in a bottle card. When my new website launches you’ll be able to find unique hand made designer items to suit all aspects of your life. Homeware […]

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]