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An interview with Alex McGinn: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet recent graduate Alex McGinn, discovered at this summer's New Designers show and now featured in my colouring book.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Illustrator Alex McGinn was one of a slew of graduates discovered at this summer's New Designers show. Her distinctive artwork features a strong palette of autumnal colours, which lend themselves perfectly to a host of subjects.

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What was the best bit about studying at Falmouth Uni?
At Falmouth University I think the most helpful part of our course was the amount of tutor time and group critiques we had to discuss the development of our work. The university felt like a community, probably because the campus is situated in such a small town. As a student, I really felt the tutors really knew me and were always aware of what particular problem I was trying to overcome.

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An interview with Eleanor Percival: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Discover the delicately beautiful paintings of illustrator Eleanor Percival, lover of watercolours, fiction, Indian miniatures, food and so much more.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The delicate artwork of Eleanor Percival translates beautifully into her colouring book image of a heavily tattooed lady plucking a pear. Here she talks about her love of fiction, Renaissance […]

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An interview with Tiffany Baxter: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Recent Camberwell College of Arts graduate Tiffany Baxter has contributed to Amelia's Magazine online, and now she has been selected to appear in my colouring book too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Recently graduated illustrator Tiffany Baxter contributes a whirling dervish of an image inspired by the Saint Vitus Dance of the medieval period, full of fanciful characters in colourful clothing. Why […]


A preview of the National Trust Brutal Utopias Tour at the Southbank Centre

Those lucky enough to be booked on to a Brutal Utopias tour at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery will get to see behind scenes before everything shuts down for two years…

Written by Amelia Gregory

It’s no great secret that I’m a big fan of Brutalist architecture, so I pulled out all the stops to join a preview of the Brutal Utopias tour hosted by […]

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An interview with Scott Nellis of Manic Minotaur: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet illustrator Scott Nellis from Brighton, who makes wonderfully vibrant colourful artwork that is just perfect for my colouring book.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Introducing Scott Nellis of Manic Minotaur, who has created a wonderfully vibrant piece of artwork for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. Scott originally favoured a simple black line before discovering the […]

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An interview with Ewelina Skowronska: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet Polish illustrator Ewelina Skowronska, recently graduated from the MA course at Camberwell College of Arts. An inspiring story of return to study after a first career in advertising.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ewelina Skowronska is a Polish born illustrator now relocated in London, where she creates abstracted work inspired by how we interact with the landscape. Her colouring book piece as inspired […]


An interview with Claire Powell: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet the multi talented graphic designer, illustrator and award winning animator Claire Powell.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Artist Claire Powell describes how coming late to illustration has been no bad thing, why dance inspired her colouring book artwork, how to make an award winning animation in your […]

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An interview with Ashley Le Quere: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Illustrator Ashley Le Quere has created some beautiful artwork for my upcoming colouring book. Read on for a sneak peek.

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Ashley Le Quere creates colourful artwork with a twist, often accompanied by her beautiful typography, learnt from a master calligraphist in Australia. Here she shares her lovely ‘peeping cat’ colouring […]

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An interview with Erika Rier: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Artist Erika Rier hails from the west coast of the USA, creating powerful artwork inspired by the struggles of everyday life.

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Portland based Erika Rier is a multi disciplinary artist with a unique vision. I am so glad she entered my colouring book open brief, with an amazing and unusual narrative […]

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An interview with Sophie Corrigan: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Sophie Corrigan, aka Lady Axolotl, is the next of my featured artists. Here she describes her love for the little axolotl, how she gained 10,000 followers on instagram, and of course the inspiration behind her colouring book artwork.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustrator Sophie Corrigan is known as @ladyaxolotl on instagram, where she has gained a huge following thanks to her images of Puggles and the like. Her super intricate artwork featuring […]

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An interview with Jennifer Leem-Bruggen: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet the first of my confirmed colouring book featured artists, including a sneak peek of her pages.

Written by Amelia Gregory

The deadline as last night, so in the first of a series introducing illustrators that will be featured in Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, let me introduce the very talented University […]

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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. DEADLINE EXTENDED until 14th Sept 2015, details at bottom of blog.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]