Friday, March 30, 2012

UK Handmade Magazine

UK Handmade Magazine showcases and promotes the best creative talent throughout the UK. Artists and designers across all creative subjects including fashion, jewelery, photography, textiles, art and design. UK Handmade supports and gives advice to its members with small businesses.

In the Spring 2012 issue there is a feature on Your Indies, which is a unique online shop for independent designers, including myself.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emily Winfield Martin

Introducing American illustrator Emily Winfield Martin. She makes books, paintings and is the creator of The Black Apple, which sells all kinds of art and interesting bits. Her work is inspired by her childhood spent drawing, reading, dressing rabbits up in fancy clothes and then having unusual daydreams. It is those daydreams that have influenced her beautiful work!
I love the enigmatic look on her characters faces and how they all seem to have a secret and exciting story to tell. Here's a small taste of her work. Visit her website for some more. See you next Thursday, Love Moni!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Heart Gallery

I recently went to Hebden Bridge, a small, lovely and historical town in a valley just under an hour away from Leeds on the train but not far from Halifax. The town is well know for it's creativity and has many unique gift shops. There is also the 'Heart Gallery' which has a range of contemporary crafts and jewelery and all the designers exhibited here live on average within a 5 miles from Hebden. Rachael also has a beautiful, generous and organised display of her textiles products there. Enjoy :) Hannah

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year 2012

We are thrilled to announce that two of our e-course students were selected as runners up in the Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year competition sponsored by the lovely

A huge congratulations goes to Jane Bridges & Nikki Griffiths! The TOP 5 were selected by the super stylish designer & TV personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Here are some images from the prize giving ceremony! Well done Nikki & Jane!

Congratulations to Lollie Dunbar who won the competition! We love wallpaper & surface pattern!

Nikki & the lovely Laurence!

Nikki's selected wallpaper design

Nikki with her selected design!

The top 5 finalists!

Nikki (featured above) 

Jane (featured above)

Jane's selected design (featured above) 

To find out more about the wonderful competition along with Jane & Nikki's work you can read our  blog posts featured here & here.

(Images courtesy of Nikki Griffiths)

Published Work

I'm super excited to announce that a couple of my greeting card designs have been published in a brand new book called the 'Best of Greeting Cards' produced by Zeixs Publishing.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Asian food

Happy Monday folks!

Something a bit different for you today in the form of vegetarian Asian food! The colour, textures and of course the taste of Indian food is fantastic, and so culturally inspiring. I had a go at making some classic Gujurati (West Indian) recipes taken from the lovely Hansa Dabhi's cookbook which can be bought on Amazon. There are some stunningly vivid colours that can be taken from the ingredients and the recipes as inpsiration as well as the textures such as the stripes running along the ginger and garlic or the veins of the fresh coriander. 
To find out more about Hansa and her restaraunt as well as her charity work and trips to Gujurat, check out the facebook page or the website.

Enjoy cooking! Kelly :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bonnie Christine

Happy Friday!

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course) has produced some very talented students, one of which is designer Bonnie Christine. Her work is fun, fresh, stunningly girly, completely unique & personal to her. I spotted a few of Bonnie's tweets showcasing a few snippets of her work so I asked her to send in a selection of her pretty creations.

"I love to weave parts of my life into each pattern, with each one you see you will have seen a little piece of my life and heart. There's something so meaningful in the way we decide to color our worlds."

So inspiring! If you want to see more of her work you can check out her beautifully designed website or her stunning and quirky blog!

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