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Portfolio: an interview with illustrator Claire Kearns aka Curly C

Claire Kearns has been producing beautiful illustrations for Amelia's Magazine for a couple of years now: so I decided to catch up with her and find out more about her working process and inspirations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Felder Felder by Claire Kearns.

In the first of my interviews to introduce the wonderful portfolio illustrators who will appear on the soon to be relaunched Amelia's Magazine, let's meet the wonderful Claire Kearns. Claire has been drawing for Amelia's Magazine for several years, regularly contributing beautiful and very unique fashion illustrations.

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What kind of illustrations do you most like to create?
People are my favourite thing to draw, especially if they’re wearing intricate clothing as I like to draw folds and stitching. Great tumbling tresses are frequently a feature in my work, as are swishing dresses. I’ve also found great joy in drawing from nature as well, with sea creatures such as jellyfish being another favourite.

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Spijkers en Spijkers AW 2012 by Cristian Grossi

Spijkers en Spijkers: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review

Spijkers en Spijkers hark back to fallen 'Birds of Paradise' for their A/W 2012 collection, shown at The Freemasons' Hall with Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Saturday the 18th February, 2012 for London Fashion Week.

Written by Alia Gargum

Spijkers en Spijkers A/W 2012 by Cristian Grossi From the looks of the feminine and pretty invite (which was beautifully illustrated by Dutch artist Martine Johanna) I didn’t expect anything […]

Jean-Pierre Braganza AW 2012 by Catherine Meadows

Jean-Pierre Braganza: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Catwalk Review

Jean-Pierre Braganza's darkly sensual A/W 2012 Chandelierium collection referenced Victorian regality at the Embankment Gallery Space, shown on Friday the 17th February 2012.

Written by Alia Gargum

Jean-Pierre Braganza A/W 2012 by Catherine Meadows Although Chandelierium was inspired by ‘the sensuality of being covered’ and Victorian women driven to madness by the repression of their concealing clothes, […]

London Art Fair 2012 Review: Part Two

Part two of this year's London Art Fair review details work from galleries such as Byard Art, Woolff, The Contemporary London, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Vigo Gallery and Bearspace.

Written by Amelia Gregory

You’ve read the first part of my London Art Fair 2012 round up, now catch up with the rest… starting with Elisabeth Lecourt of Byard Art in Cambridge who creates […]

An interview with Anna Felton of Monkstone Knitwear, created with wool from sheep who live on Trevayne Farm in Wales

Abi Renshaw talks to Anna Felton of Monkstone Knitwear, purveyors of the finest designer hand knits, created with love on a sustainable farm in Wales. It doesn't get much better than this...

Written by Abi Renshaw

Monkstone Knitwear Stripe Sweater by Stephanie Brown (FAIIINT). With the mild Autumn being over, the weatherman now talks of snow. Panic! Wondering what wardrobe essentials can help fight the impending […]

Power of Making at the V&A: exhibition review

The Power of Making celebrates the best of human imagination and creativity in craft: here's some of my favourite things I discovered, including an embroidered surgical implant and a baby created out of marzipan.

Written by Amelia Gregory

A hyperrealistic baby doll created by Elaine Colbert for ‘adoption’. Yesterday I went along to check out the new Power of Making exhibition at the V&A Porter Gallery in conjunction […]

Montreal Festimania 2011: Festival Mode et Design Review – Jean Paul Gaultier Bourgeoises Sans Age

Festival Mode et Design Montreal kicked off on Wednesday 3rd August 2011 with an exclusive retrospective catwalk show put together by Jean Paul Gaultier to celebrate his exhibition at the Musee de Beaux-Arts de Montreal. It was amazing.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jean Paul Gaultier by Becky Smout. Festival Mode et Design Montreal kicked off properly for both myself and the public with the final late night catwalk show on Wednesday evening. […]

Beautiful Soul collaborates with ACOFI illustrator Faye West for A/W 2011: Painting by Numbers

English Rose meets Japanese style in the new collection from Nicola Woods, which features heritage tailored coats made from British wool and some delightful printed silk dresses featuring designs from ACOFI illustrator Faye West.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Swallow and Dog Rose print design for Beautiful Soul by Faye West. Painting by Numbers is the A/W 2011 collection from Beautiful Soul, featuring gorgeous textile prints put together by […]

Lazy Summer Days with Handmade Ethical Clothing from Lowie

I discovered Lowie when I shared a press day with them a couple of months ago. The brand was started by Bronwyn Lowenthal nine years ago and specialises in very cute, colourful dresses and knitted garments. Illustrated to perfection!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lowie by Emma Jardine. Lowie was set up by Bronwyn Lowenthal – born in the UK, raised in Tanzania, with Jewish roots and a Welsh name. She was trained in […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Mark Fast

Mark Fast proved once again that high fashion can look better on girls of a realistic weight. His innovative knitwear appeared on a range of differing sized models at Somerset House on Monday 21st February 2011.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Mark Fast A/W 2011 by Liam McMahon. I cannot tell a lie, having tried in vain for several seasons to get tickets, I was super excited to finally be in […]

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London Fashion Week A/W 2011, Catwalk Review: Fashion Mode No.2 James Hillman (by Helen)

In the second of my Fashion Mode Show reports, it's all about the men. James Hillman shows the audience at Fashion Scout; sharp suited men, dressed exclusively in black - the colour of crude oil.

Written by Helen Martin

LFW A/W 2011 James Hillman Collection. Illustration by Ankolie Whilst in the press lounge I had a natter with a benefits investigator and a lady who runs an art gallery. […]

Izzy Lane: an interview with ethical knitwear designer Isobel Davies

The incredible Isobel Davies was inspired to create ethical knitwear label Izzy Lane when she discovered how poorly we value British wool. Here's part of her tale, which appears in full in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Izzy Lane A/W 2008 by Yelena Bryksenkova. What was the path to setting up Izzy Lane?  I started an organic food company when I became aware of the hundreds of permitted […]

Anja Hynynen: an interview with this fabulous Swedish ethical fashion designer

In an excerpt from Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration the Swedish ethical designer describes why working with organic fabrics is so important to her.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Anja Hynynen by Andrea Peterson. How has a love of arts and handicrafts been passed down to you? Amongst my ancestors there is a menswear tailor, a well-known Swedish painter, and my three aunts who […]

Fashion designers’ New Year’s Resolutions!

Some of our favourite fashion designers that we interviewed in 2010 tell us about their hopes, ambitions and resolutions for 2011…

Written by Matt Bramford

Eugene Lin, illustrated by Gareth A Hopkins Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again when we all set about making resolutions and miraculously changing our lives for the […]

It’s National Wool Week!

The Campaign for Wool and Prince Charles join forces to promote this fashionable, durable and sustainable material in style…

Written by Nick Bain

Illustration by Danielle Andrews London is phenomenal, a vast ever evolving metropolis where nothing stays still and sleep is for the dead. As much as it tires you out, the […]

Mildred the Surfing Sheep works her charm for Finisterre.

Meet Mildred. She's a sheep. And she surfs. All this to promote the environmentally friendly brand Finisterre. I decided to find out a bit more, so I spoke to Stuart, who's based down in Cornwall.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Mildred the Surfing Sheep by Bex Glover. Hi Stuart, could you give us a brief potted history of Finisterre. When did you start the brand and what kind of clothing […]

An Interview with Ethical Fashion Designers Makepiece

Camilla Sampson talks to Beate Kubitz, founder of ethical fashion knitwear label Makepiece, about knitting, romance and Shetland sheep...

Written by Camilla Sampson

Illustration by June Chanpoomidole While Spring turns to Summer, London Fashion Week AW10 may fade in our memories, but the designers that drew us in certainly won’t. One such designer […]

Hobbs AW10 Fashion Collection Press Day Preview

Hobbs are just another high street brand, right? Think again - meet Dean Thomas - who sources all materials and manufacture for the Artisan collection within the UK.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Now, I don’t normally write blogs about high street clothes shops. But I’m gonna break my rule this time. Earlier this week I went along to the Hobbs press day […]

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Prick Your Finger knitting talk at Howies

The knitting revival

Written by Satu Fox

Howies in Carnaby Street hosted a very cosy and exclusive “lecture” this week on the joys of knitting. The event was part of the Do lectures project – or a […]