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INTERVIEW: Photographer Olga Kott

Olga Kott is a multidisciplinary photographer and image-maker based in London. When she’s not delivering talks to inspire the next generation of creatives, shooting on site with brands and magazines, or creating self-directed work as part of Olga & Kay, Olga travels to all manner of new places in search of inspiration. Having joined me as a speaker at YOUNG GOLD TALKS last year, I caught up with Olga to find out what she’s been working on since then and what a day in the life of a professional photographer looks like… Why photography? How did you discover that you loved…

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INTERVIEW: Blogger + Creative Director Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue, also known by her alias The Slumflower, is a blogger and Creative Director, not to mention a notable social media activist. In all these pursuits she uses creativity and hard-won wisdom to propel and support open conversations about health, happiness, identity and self worth. Always rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same, it’s easy to admire Chidera for her style, showcased in the brilliant narrative shoots that populate her blog The Slumflower. Last year I invited Chidera to take part in my first talks event at Google Campus, to share her insights on life as a working creative….

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Folk-Inspired Portraits by Illustrator Ayumi Takahashi

Born in China and raised in Japan by a family of artists, Ayumi Takahashi is an illustrator and graphic designer with an exceptional flair for creating colourful images with a wonderful sense of character. From portraits to editorial illustrations and brand identity projects, Ayumi’s simple graphic style communicates a sense of joy and positivity that’s refreshing to see in each image. Having graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA, and Central Saint Martins, London, Ayumi now lives in New York working on her paintings, drawings, textile pieces and graphic design. Her travels around the world to live, work, study and explore seem…

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INTERVIEW: Cockpit Arts CEO Vanessa Swann

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve recently been dedicating a fair bit of air time to the discussion of why supporting independent businesses is important. At this time of year, I feel that buying direct from makers and shopping from independent stores and ventures can make a positive impact, not just on the quality and meaningfulness of the gifts we give and receive and our greater impact on the planet, but on the people that craft and sell them with passion and great attention to detail. I recently caught up with Vanessa Swann,…

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INTERVIEW: Designer + Entrepreneur Lola Hoad of One Girl Band

Lola Hoad is a letterer, designer and small business coach based in Brighton, and one of my favourite people. Not only has she successfully honed an aesthetic and strong message that’s rapidly become synonymous with supporting independent brands and creatives, she has also developed a beautiful brand and powerful entrepreneurial ethos that propels her work and inspires others. Her ‘Shop Independent’ illustration has become the face of an online revolution and influenced a shift in the way we all think about what and how we shop and consume. In the last few years, Lola has founded LH design, a paper goods company,…

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The Sublime Photography of Lenara Choudhury

Lenara Choudhury is a freelance fashion photographer whose perfect no-frills images have occupied the pages of the best and brightest indie mags, shop fronts and lookbooks over the last couple of years. A soft blend of relaxed forms and clean edges usually in black and white, her work explores everything from the subtle movement of the human body to bold architectural shapes and contrasting natural textures. Shooting unique portraits with both film and digital, Lenara’s photography is stark without seeming harsh and beautiful without being cliched or saccharine. She has, it seems, a very natural affinity with the camera. Originally from Southampton Lenara made…

INTERVIEW: Olivia Bossert Founder of Atlas Magazine

There are many magazines in the world but not many editors can attest to their publication being as well-loved by its loyal readers and supporters as one mag in particular. Atlas Magazine is an quarterly fashion and photography publication that aims to showcase the image-making talents of a global community of creatives. It seems to have blown up overnight, with a Kickstarter campaign aiding a sudden leap into print, and a subsequent boom in its following turning heads all over the world. Atlas was founded in 2012 by Megan Breukelman and Olivia Bossert. After nurturing a creative online friendship from…