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BRAND TO KNOW: The Things We Keep

Kay Wang is a designer-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade jewellery is her speciality, however it would be unfair to pigeonhole her as simply an accessories designer. Kay makes everything; from from linen kitchen towels and beautiful spoons to exceptional made-to-order jewellery, her creations are timeless, useful and beautiful. Since 2011, Kay has been at the helm of The Things We Keep, a minimalist jewellery and homeware business. Inspired by history, heirlooms and the precious treasures we collect during our lifetimes, the brand is a mix of architectural shapes, fairtrade and conflict-free materials and tactile finishes. Having worked in marketing for a fair…

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Meet Olga Kott The Photographer Hooked on Accidental Beauty

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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Why You Should Shop at my Favourite Indie Store Shedquarters

Shedquarters is an independent shop that I’ve loved, admired and promoted for pretty much as long as it’s been around. Launched in 2014, the store is an online purveyor of stunning, handpicked pieces crafted by talented makers and designers. Run by two lovely people named Hayley and Ross and born from a shared love of high-quality products and contemporary design, the shop is based out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence its name. ‘We want Shedquarters to be a place where people can come and buy modern homeware at an affordable price’ say founder Hayley. ‘We also want to…

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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…

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INTERVIEW: Illustrator Chloe Hall

Chloe Hall is a talented illustrator and designer-maker based in Leicester. Balancing her freelance career and part-time work with my friends at gifting and stationery brand Ohh Deer, Chloe creates colourful illustrations inspired by lush petals and foliage in her studio. Living on a narrow boat with two guinea pigs for company, Chloe produces dreamy repeat patterns and striking illustrations that have found their way onto all manner of stationery, into the pages of magazines and of course, onto the front page of this blog. I caught up with Chloe to find out more about her work, her inspirations and where to…

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INTERVIEW: Designer Alexandra Noble of Flowers & Foliage

Alexandra Noble is a designer, creative and small business owner based in London. An Architecture graduate with a flair for botany, Alexandra has used her unique creative skill set and passion for the natural world to found a one-of-a kind printmaking business named Flowers & Foliage. Creating limited edition giclee prints of petals, stems and branches in abstract arrangements, her pieces serve as gorgeous link between the worlds of design and horticulture. I caught up with Alexandra to find out what inspired her original business idea and how she balances Flowers & Foliage with her work as a garden designer… What does your…