Friday, September 30, 2011

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm sure you've all heard or seen Amelia's Magazine before.  It is a beautiful website that showcases upcoming, independent and ethical fashion designers.

This year they've brought out a wonderful book 'Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration'.  It is the perfect coffee table book for those of you who wish to be inspired by ethical fashion through the illustrations of a group of very talented designers.
Every page is a world of colour and style.  It features interviews and profiles of different designers and their representation of the world of fashion.
I think it's just lovely and would make a brilliant present.
If you would like to see more of it just click here. I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Enjoy the sunshine! Love Moni

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Hello everyone!  It's Moni here, I will be looking after the blog over the next few days while Rachael gets up to date with some other parts of the exciting Rachael Taylor Design world!  I've got a lot of inspiring new posts in store, so I hope you enjoy them.

Today I would like to introduce Nkuku!  
Nkuku is a company that offers beautiful products made by extremely talented artisans working in Africa and India.  I love it because it's objective is to help promote the wonderful work of these artisans while giving them an equal opportunity through the principles of Fair Trade.

The've got some lovely products such as stationary, homeware, furniture and personal accessories.  It is not often that we find products which are made with a precise and personalized quality.  It's very exciting to be able to participate in a real business where you appreciate the skill and technique put into something.  So take a look at some of my favourites and visit their website for more!
Enjoy Love, Moni!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stop the Clock Design!

Hi Everyone, Sian here again!

Stop the Clock Design are a design duo, Kathy Slatter and Erin Taylor, established in 2008 specialising in distinctive, quirky and hand made greetings card. Using lots of adorable motifs such as tea cups, biscuits, cake, birds and garden sheds, combined with vintagey floral prints and witty captions and black stitched outlines.

Some of our favourite designs are shown below although it was hard to limit it to just a few! Particular favourites of mine are the 'Meet me behind the watering can' Gnome card and the 'Hope your Birthday is as good as biscuits' card! See their whole range on the Stop the Clock website.

Lone Tree Cards

Hi Everyone! Sian here again!

My final blog about all the wonderful talent showcased at Top Drawer!

Lone Tree Cards produce unique, beautiful cards with a unusual subject matter that makes them stand out. Two ranges that really caught my eye were 'Lead Alive', a range inspired by an old collection of lead animals transformed into humorous, patterned cards and 'Stamp' which uses everyday objects such as fishing flies and keys to create patterns in wonderfully subtle colours.

Below are cards from both these ranges, to browse the rest of Lone Tree's cards see their website here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unique Home Accessories

Morning Everyone, Sian here again!

Still blogging about all the amazing designers showcased at Top Drawer.

Helen Minn's is a Designer/ Maker whose love of drawing and mark making show through in all her designs. Many of her designs feature traditional woodland animals such as pheasants, hares and owls, all drawn in her signature style.

Below are some products selected from the range on her site, we especially like the quirky bird illustrations in the 3 cards below!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Witty Typography!

Hi Everyone, Sian here again!

Blogging about another great designer seen at Top Drawer, the brilliant typography-based artist, Coulson Macleod. Not only does his work feature brilliant typography and witty quotes and sayings, it is also printed on natural and reclaimed materials and recycled paper which makes each piece unique and environmentally friendly!

Some of our favourite pieces are shown below,  for all his work check out his site!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Work Placement Opportunity

Do What you Love is opening it's doors for a four-week work placement beginning Monday October 24. 

"Do What You Love is a young, dynamic company at an exciting stage of growth.  This is a rare opportunity to contribute to a number of pioneering projects and see behind-the-scenes of a creative start-up.
Do What You Love offers tools and inspiration to help others do what they love for life.  This includes luxury creative retreats and online education, including flagship e-course Do What You Love which has been described as ‘life-changing’, ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘transformational’.  I am currently collaborating on a number of groundbreaking projects with British and American artists, including The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring Rachael Taylor, and Hello Soul Hello Business with mixed media artist Kelly Rae Roberts.

You will be encouraged to take the initiative and be creative in the way you work.  New ideas are always welcome at Do What You Love!

Do What You Love is looking for someone who is friendly, motivated, creative, design-savvy  and keen to learn about running and growing a creative business.  Ideally you will have the following skills and experience:
  • A solid grasp of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • A good understanding of WordPress (or experience of blogging which would allow you to pick this up quickly)
  • A background or strong interest in art and/or design
  • A solid grasp of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc)
If you are interested please contact me for more details at: beth [at] dowhatyouloveforlife [dot] com.  Completed applications are due by Friday October 7 latest.  Please feel free to pass this on to anyone else you think might be interested!
NB: Although some work can be carried out remotely, much of it will be at the Do What You Love office in Leeds, UK".

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reetsweet Leeds

#Happy Friday!

Today I thought I'd share some information about the forthcoming Reetsweet event on the 1st & 2nd of October at the Corn Exchange, Leeds.

For more information you can visit their blog here.

I just LOVE this gorgeus flyer design too! It's designed by the talented Steph Baxter.

Lazy Oaf Graphic Prints

Hello Everyone! Sian here again.

Blogging again about all the fantastic designers from Top Drawer last week!

Lazy Oaf are a pop graphic illustration print based label with tonnes of unusual, unique and quirky designs. They have clothing, accessories, stationary and cards all in their own distinctive style! Our favourite thing on their website was their fab range of bright graphic t-shirts! Check out their new collection on their site!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Katie Heeks Designs

A couple of weeks ago, Rachael and I visited the gorgeous Hebden Bridge.  Its a girly girl town full of lovely shops and yummy cafes.  While we were at the Heart Gallery birthday celebration I spotted the wonderful work of Katie Heeks.
Katie is a designer-maker who creates colourful and magical 3D pictures by using laser cutting.
Inspired by nature, her gardens are full of patterns and shapes that creates a beautiful layered picture.  She sometimes has lights installed to them which gives you the chance of having your own little magical world inside this beautiful frame.  I love the rainforest theme, the mixture of the colours shapes and sizes added to the different layers make it wild and amazing.

Check out Katie's website for pics or info on exhibitions and commissions.  Have a lovely day. Love Moni!

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