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Posts Tagged ‘Margate’

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.

Margo McDaid
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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Stick of Rock mugs: An interview with product designer Lydia Leith

Designer Lydia Leith introduces her new Stick of Rock mug range: an engaging take on everyone's favourite seaside candy!

Written by Amelia Gregory

The striking designs of product designer Lydia Leith first caught my attention at Bust Craftacular a few years back so I was delighted when she got in touch to tell […]

Tent London 2013 Review: Best Soft Furnishings and Homewares

At Tent London 2013 at the Truman Brewery I discovered a host of talented creatives, including Louise Wilkinson, Reiko Kaneko, Sian Elin, Melody Rose and many more. See their new collections here...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Bone china plate by Louise Wilkinson. As usual there was a plethora of new and exciting designers to discover at Tent London 2013, showing alongside some familiar favourites that I […]

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

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 […]

Lounge on the Farm 2013: Festival Review

This year Kent based Lounge on the Farm festival returned to its eclectic, local roots for a sun soaked weekend of fun: here's my review, accompanied by some fabulous illustrations by a host of new contributors and some mini videos thanks to Vine.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Way back in 2009 contributor Amelia Wells visited Lounge on the Farm in Kent for Amelia’s Magazine. She was duly wowed by this small scale family orientated music festival and […]

What to do in Margate and Broadstairs (whilst wearing Chatham Marine Deck Shoes)

What to see in Margate and where to eat in Broadstairs: my advice on a windy October weekend. Whilst wearing a natty pair of pink deck shoes.

Written by Amelia Gregory

This weekend we went down to the seaside in Kent: my partner’s dad lives in Ramsgate and when we go down to Thanet we always go for a pootle around […]

An interview with Victoria Foster of The Aviary

Victoria Foster and Ben Fletcher began The Aviary as a way to make the most of their hoarde of vintage goods, creating gorgeous upcycled jewellery and charms with an illustrative twist.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Victoria wears the Darling Jane Detachable Peter Pan Collar. The Aviary is the brainchild of two fine art graduates, Victoria Foster and Ben Fletcher. In late 2009 the project began […]

An interview with Boat to Row

Sometimes, just occasionally, I discover a new band that takes my breath away... and it's not because some music PR has sent me a bunch of links, it's because they have got in touch with me themselves. Meet Boat to Row.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Boat to Row by Rebecca Strickson. Sometimes someone sends me something that quite simply blows me away: and so it was when Michael King of Boat to Row got in […]

Tent London 2010: Sustainable Design Review

Searching for truly sustainable design? There were some fabulous products at Tent London this year, but I wasn't convinced by much of the Danish display over at ShowHow in Dray Walk...

Written by Amelia Gregory

vuvuzela lamp tent Tomoni Sayuda. All photography by Amelia Gregory. Tent London featured both curated rooms and areas where designers had paid for stands. In Tent Digital I loved this […]