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Posts Tagged ‘New Designers’

An interview with Margo McDaid: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Margo McDaid is a Kent based Irish born artist who specialises in highly patterned and stylised portraits that make the perfect colouring page.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Artist Margo McDaid captured my heart with her gorgeous sailors on instagram and has produced a wonderful double page spread for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featuring her highly decorative portraits of men and women. Here she talks about her move to the coastal town of Ramsgate, and how motherhood as fostered a renewed energy for creating pictures.

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Where did you study and what happened after graduation? 
I studied at Camberwell College of Art. I exhibited at the New Designers show in Islington and was approached by a company called Babylon Design. I was incredibly naive about the business side of design but so pleased to have been approached by a really well known design company. My designs were produced and sold in The Conran Shop in London and in Paris. When I saw the product I… read more

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An interview with Ana Jaks: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

I love the bold colours and vibrant subject matter of Ana Jaks, a recent graduate of Falmouth University. Her artwork for my colouring book was inspired by her summer holidays.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I found Ana Jaks at New Designers, where she was also discovered by the likes of Creative Review. She contributes a bold design for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion inspired by […]

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Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford: Exclusive Colouring Book Review and Artist Interview

The world's favourite colouring book artist shares the secrets of combining work and motherhood in this wonderful exclusive interview.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Johanna Basford is the prolific illustrator behind Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and now Lost Ocean, which was published in October 2015. For her latest underwater adventure Johanna has gone back […]

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An interview with Hazel Partridge: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Falmouth graduate Hazel Partridge creates beautiful tableaux inspired by her love of nature.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Beautiful nature themed artworks by Hazel Partridge were one of my top picks at this year’s New Designers show, so I was thrilled that she took up the offer to […]

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An interview with Augusta Akerman: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Augusta Akerman has had a varied creative career so far but has now settled on illustration as her main focus, with beautiful results.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Augusta Akerman is yes, you got it, yet another Camberwell College of Arts graduate. She contributes a painterly image to my colouring book inspired by a love of 50s modernism. […]

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An interview with Caitlin Gardiner: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Caitlin Gardiner tells us about life after the Uni of Lincoln and upcoming exhibition Wild Wood with Cygnet INK.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Caitlin Gardiner has made a fabulous image for Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion that works the whole way across a double page. She tells us more about life as a graduate […]

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An interview with Libby Parra: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Libby Parra has created an intricate landscape inspired by the mountain scenery of the Tirol for my upcoming colouring book. Read on to hear more...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Libby Parra was a stand out find at the 2014 New Designers show, and I love her contribution to Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, a psychedelic landscape inspired by her recent […]

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An interview with Jack Bailey: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Lincoln University graduate Jack Bailey creates busy landscapes full of intriguing characters in motion.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jack Bailey was one of the fantastic new illustrators I discovered at this year’s New Designers graduate show who answered my callout to take part in the colouring book open […]

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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

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 […]

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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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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: The Best Jewellery Design Graduates

Love love loved the jewellery section of New Designers part one. Here are a large selection of my favourite finds!

Written by Amelia Gregory

New Designers part one is a jewellery lover’s paradise. First up this fabulous embroidered jewellery by Melissa Martinson of Huddersfield Uni, who has worked with AIDS sufferers in Africa using […]

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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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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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Meet Katie Ponder: Featured Artist from That Which We Do Not Understand

Katie Ponder is a recent graduate of Falmouth University who has created The Weather Witches, a wonderful image inspired by tarot and the changing of seasons. Available as a beautiful limited edition gold leaf print!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Katie Ponder graduated from Falmouth University and was one of my favourite new illustrators discovered at New Designers this year. She was the winner of the 2014 AOI book category […]

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New Designers 2014 Review: Best New Illustration & One Year On Textiles

My best illustration and One Year On textile finds from the New Designers show, held in July 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Adam Corns. I sadly missed the first weekend of New Designers this year, but I made it to the second weekend and made a beeline for the illustration […]