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Butterflies, Swans, Stars and Tiaras: An interview with beaded jewellery designer Clara Francis

In this super inspiring interview jewellery designer Clara Francis talks about her career, motherhood and plans for the future. With loads of wonderful photos and illustrations too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Clara Francis Necklace by Rebecca May Ilustration

Clara Francis Necklace by Rebecca May Illustration.

Clara Francis and I first spoke about doing an interview when she had just given birth to her youngest and I was pregnant with Snarfle... but somehow life as a new mum got in the way and it's only now, two years later, that I have finally been able to catch up with this super talented jewellery designer. Clara is self taught in the virtually lost art of beading, producing beautifully intricate but bold pieces that seem to take on a life of their own. Here she talks candidly about the swap from acting to making, how motherhood has changed her life, and her excitement about the production of a new bridal collection. She's a total inspiration.

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Ohh Deer Illustration Collective: an interview with Co-Founder Jamie Mitchell

Ohh Deer, a collective of young, talented illustrators, is proving that two (pencil) leads are better than one when it comes to setting up shop. We talk to co-founder Jamie Mitchell about how he came to head up this gaggle of illustrators

Written by Jessica Cook

Ohh Deer is more than just a site that sells cool graphic tees, it’s a collective of young creatives featuring some of the most talented emerging illustrators out there. Founded …

Mary Katrantzou: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review

Standing ticket? Pft. Never mind; I'd do a handstand for an hour if forced, if it meant I got to see the wondrous Mary Katrantzou dazzle the crowds - as I did on Tuesday 21 February at the Old Billingsgate Newgen venue…

Written by Matt Bramford

Mary Katrantzou A/W 2012 by Janneke de Jong
Allow me to depict the glamour of fashion week for you. My friends go green with envy when I say I’m ‘doing’ fashion …

UK Uncut, Green & Black Cross, Black Bloc & the March for the Alternative.

So, what does it all mean? I attempt to pick apart what happened on Saturday 26th March 2011, accompanied by loads of photos of beautiful creative banners and action.

Written by Amelia Gregory

UK Uncut gathers on the South Bank on Saturday 26th March 2011. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
Unless you have been living under a rock you will be aware that there …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Michael Van Der Ham (by Amelia)

Michael Van Der Ham once again wowed the New Gen crowds at Old Billingsgate on Monday 21st February 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Michael Van Der Ham A/W 2011 by Jenny Lloyd.
Michael Van Der Ham was held at the New Gen space in Billingsgate, and in the queue I bumped into *name drop …

Mary Katrantzou A/W 2011 by Lesley Barnes

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou showed as part of Topshop New Gen at Billingsgate on Tuesday 22nd February 2011. Here's my review plus lots of lush illustrations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Mary Katrantzou A/W 2011 by Lesley Barnes.
On arrival at the Topshop space in Billingsgate for Mary Katrantzou I pulled up my Pashley beneath a phalanx of official LFW cars and …

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Michael Van Der Ham

Dutch designer Michael Van Der Ham shows his A/W 2011 collection at Billingsgate, complete with champagne and risotto starters. Yum. Illustration by Artist Andrea!

Written by Jemma Crow

Illustration by Artist Andrea
Well well well Michael Van Der Ham, what a stunningly beautiful show you have. Velvet and sumptuous jewel colours are fast becoming the only thing to be …

Goodone: eco fashion designer Nin Castle talks upcycling and collaborations

She's well known for her fabulous body-con knitted dresses, but designer Nin Castle has her sights set on changing mainstream fashion through collaborations with the likes of Topshop and ASOS. Here's an extract of her feature in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Goodone A/W 2009 by Natasha Thompson.
Goodone is a tight-knit team who share a passion for sustainable design and fair business practice. At university, designer Nin Castle decided to recycle fabrics …

Sir Philip Green and his Topshop billions get the UK Uncut treatment.

Sir Philip Green is able to dodge huge tax bills by sending Topshop profits to his wife in Monaco. UK Uncut closed down the Oxford Circus flagship store in protest against billionaire tax avoidance tactics in the face of huge cuts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Topshop, with your welcoming entrance you are spoiling us…
If you are on twitter you will probably have noticed the mutterings of the #UKuncut hashtag – from small beginnings it has …

Graphic love: Outline Editions expands Soho pop-up shop with ‘Love in the Forest’

A new series of love-themed works have been added to Outline Editions’ graphic arts collection ‘Into the Forest’. ‘Love in the Forest’ runs until 31 January in Soho.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Heart / Target by Patrick Thomas. All images courtesy of Outline Editions.
Outline Editions’ pop-up shop is tucked away behind the stalls on Berwick Street Market, but the bright shop front …

The Craftivist Collective

Hannah Bullivant explores the merging of Crafts and Activism.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Illustration By Ali Haines
As far as combinations go, craft and activism is a particularly thrilling one for me; akin to jeggings (jeans and leggings) coatigans (coat and cardigan) and …

Spotlight: Cat Sims

Illustrator Cat Sims dazzles us with her array of birds, owls, barnets and guns.

Written by Amica Lane

All illustrations courtesy of the artist
My favourite thing about this job is scouting for new illustrators to feature in this section. There’s always the mix of the good, the bad …

London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Catwalk Review: Topman

A review of the Topman show at the BFC tent on Tuesday 24th February. Featuring a front row of menswear luminaries Andrew Davis, Steve Beale, Daryoush Haj-Najafi, Hywel Davies and Way Perry. But was it any good?

Written by Amelia Gregory

Topman, hottest ticket in town!

Topman front row by Pearl Law.
You don’t believe me? Why, then you don’t understand the nature of fashion. Here was the only show where the …

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LFW AW10/11: Women’s Wear Preview

The fashion editor takes a sneak-peek at which 5 designers to look out for at LFW, starting tomorrow!

Written by Rachael Oku

Louse Goldin
The first designer tipped for great things later this week is Louise Goldin, who last month was named as the winner of the illustrious Fashion Forward sponsorship scheme. Renowned …

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Welcome to the world of Lalesso

East African heritage takes on the world fashion stage...

Written by Sisi King

The lesso: A long rectangular piece of cloth, brightly coloured and patterned, the traditional attire of Swahili women living along the coastal regions of East Africa. Since 2005 the lesso …

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Grab yourself a cheeky pair of Monkee Genes

If you've been looking high and low for a decent and affordable pair of jeans but don't want to compromise your ethics, Monkee Jeans might just have that special pair you've been searching for...

Written by Rachael Millar

All images courtesy of Monkee Genes
If you’re bored of what’s currently on offer when it comes to buying jeans, then look no further than the up and coming organic and …

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Plastiscines: An Interview

Meet The Pretty Parisian Popstars, Plastiscines

Written by Rebecca Milne

Following their super successful appearance at Barfly last week I made my way to a west London location to meet the Plastiscine girls. On the way, I’m trying desperately to …

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19th-25th January

Written by Luisa Gerstein

Monday January 19th
The link between altered states and creative activity is not a novel one, but altered states is the order of the day for the next few months at …