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Posts Tagged ‘colour’

Putting optical illusions on homeware: an interview with designer maker Dionne Sylvester

Meet Kent based fashion designer turned craftsperson Dionne Sylvester: traditional homeware will never be the same!

Written by Amelia Gregory

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I first discovered the striking homeware of designer maker Dionne Sylvester at Spitalfields Market earlier this year, where they immediately caught my attention. Her colourful designs give traditional teacups, plates and upholstery a zingy modern update inspired by the play of light on the Caribbean sea and a fascination with optical illusions. I love them!

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Where do you find inspiration for the combinations of colours that you put together?
My inspiration first came from looking at different menswear books, which led to researching the phenomenon of British Dandies and the collections of Ozwald Boateng in particular. I like the smart appearance of the Dandies and the extravagant colour clashes so beloved of Boateng, who uses unexpected shades for the inner lining… read more

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Nova Chiu: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Review

Nova Chiu stepped back to their origins for a show full of meticulous embroidery and embellishments topped with acidic hints of neon, showing at the Freemasons' Hall on Friday 15th February 2013.

Written by Alex Kessler

Nova Chiu A/W 2013 by Gaarte The ethereal eruption of colour and texture at Nova Chiu was a perfect way to end a tiring first day at London Fashion Week. […]

What Does Colour Mean To You? Submit Your Story For A Chance To Make A Film And Win £250

Illustrators showcase their favourite colours in fabulous pictorial form. Now it's your turn to tell a story about what colour means to you!

Written by Amelia Gregory

This is Orange by Sarah Edmonds. A recent chat with friends led to a discussion about what colour we intrinsically ‘were’. Fascinatingly we all agreed on the colours that came […]

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An Interview with Jewellery Designer Kate Sibley, talking about her ‘Future Jewellery’ Collection

London based designer Kate Sibley, of design studio Sibley Grove, talks us through her new bold and sustainable jewellery collection created with beautifully folded stone paper.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

Kate Sibley Jewellery by Laura Griffin When I first looked at images of Kate Sibley’s stone ‘paper’ Future Jewellery I was reminded of a gorgeous book I fell in love […]

Osman: London Fashion Week S/S 2013 Catwalk Review

Who loves bright colours? Osman loves bright colours! Perhaps the worst subtitle ever, but I can't think of anything else at this stage. I did very much enjoy his show in the BFC tent on the evening of Tuesday 18 September, though…

Written by Matt Bramford

Osman S/S 2013 by Krister Selin And so it was to Osman to ‘close’ my fashion week, as it were. It was getting late on the Tuesday and, frankly, I […]

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Nova Chiu: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Ones to Watch Preview

We review Nova Chiu's colourful London College of Fashion graduate collection in anticipation of her debut at London Fashion Week for A/W 2012 at Ones to Watch today, Friday 17th February.

Written by Alia Gargum

Nova Chiu S/S 2012 by Dana Bocai Nova Chiu’s creations look like they’ve leapt straight off the pages of ancient fairytales. Strong, architecturally inspired silhouettes burst with colour, texture, beads […]

An interview with Furniture Designer and Maker Anthony Hartley

Furniture designer and maker extraordinaire, Anthony Hartley talks about his unique design process and aesthetic.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I discovered the colourfully unique work of furniture designer and ‘jumped-up joiner‘ Anthony Hartley at Tent London back in September 2011. In this catch up interview I discover how the […]

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Lesley Craze Gallery: Christmas Late Night Opening 2011

Nestled on the edge of Clerkenwell Green, the Lesley Craze gallery is a must-go destination for jewellery lovers. I went along on their late night opening to see what new work they had on show.

Written by Miranda Williams

John Moore anodised aluminium earrings by Janneke De Jong It’s the evening of Thursday 8th December, a rainy night, and I’m peering through the windows of the Lesley Craze gallery […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland S/S 2012 in Łódź: Custo Barcelona

A riot of pattern and colour for S/S 2012 from Custo Barcelona. The opening show on the main catwalk at Fashion Week Poland, on Thursday 27th October 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Custo Barcelona S/S 2012 by Novemto Komo. Custo Barcelona has not registered massively on my radar beyond a vague knowledge that it’s a super colourful brand, but I must confess […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2011 Catwalk Review: Leutton Postle

On the 16th of September 2011 the winners of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award revealed their intricate new work at Freemasons Hall. Meet new knitwear designer duo Leutton Postle.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

Leutton Postle LFW S/S12 illustration by Alia Gargum Upon checking some of Leutton Postle’s previous work I became really excited about the prospect of going to see their first London […]

The Golden Thread Awards at Fashion Week Poland A/W 2011: Colourful Patterns

These designers work in very different ways, but they've all done the unthinkable (in Polish terms, from what I've seen) and embraced the use of pattern and colour. Meet Natalia Paliy, Domi Grzybek, Katharina Kubiak and Sofie Gaudaen.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Sofie Gauden AW 2011 by Jo Cheung. Very few Golden Thread designers really embraced colour and pattern. But these ones did. Natalia Paliy AW 2011 by Michalis Christodoulou. Natalia Paliy […]

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011, Catwalk Review: Bernard Chandran (by Helen)

Super bright colours, peplum mania and stunning feathers by the Malaysian designer; shown in Northumberland House on Sunday.

Written by Helen Martin

Bernard Chandran LFW A/W 2011, illustration by Emma Block I’d call the day: ‘mizzley’. This is a term I robbed from the Cornish, as it so aptly describes the mix […]

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Hvass&Hannibal Losing The Plot at the Kemistry Gallery, Shoreditch

Hvass&Hannibal talk about their new exhibition and their close relationship with the band Efterklang.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Danish designers Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass (pronounced with a silent H) are in London on the eve of their new exhibition at the Kemistry gallery in Shoreditch, running […]

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Arts Editor’s pick: Christmas Gift Guide

It's that time of the year again! And boy, don't we have a truckload of Christmas goodies for your appreciation!

Written by Valerie Pezeron

At Amelia, we thought you should know about these before you go out and brave the cold for that all important shopping trip! From limited edition prints to games and […]

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Photography, Italy

Written by Melodie Ash

It’s astounding what you can unearth when you delve through flickr. I exposed a complete hidden gem this week amidst the urban jungle of the internet. My gem came in […]

Morgan Blair

Morgan Blair

Written by Chloe Stead

We get an awful lot of people sending us pictures of their illustrations and Brooklyn based illustrator Morgan Blair was one such person. After checking out her website I was […]

Exhibition: Peter Halley

Exhibition: Peter Halley

The Waddington Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LT, 1 June - 30 June 2007

Written by Jayne Halliwell

Now on the whole I am adamantly adverse to the neon soaked design tendencies that many designers are opting for in these crazy nu-rave days. Apart from making me feel […]

Exhibition: 34% Pork

Exhibition: 34% Pork

Bartlett's Gallery, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 OEL, February 23 - March 11 2007

Written by Matt Hussey

Pork – divine to some, disgusting to others. 34% Pork questions the purity of paint and how it lends itself to the composition of art. Here, the paint itself becomes […]