The art of colourful living by Annie Sloan
The Colourist is a Bookazine and is Annie Sloan‘s latest venture. The current plan is to publish bi-yearly, but don’t quote me on that.
For those who don’t know, a bookazine, as it says on the tin, is a cross between a book and a magazine. It looks magazine like, but is printed on much better paper. At £9.95 it is twice the price of a magazine, but it is a periodical that you will want to keep, as you would a book.
I did wonder if The Colourist would just be a vehicle for Annie to sell more of her excellent chalk paint. The paint does feature, but in such an inspirational and interesting way it doesn’t feel like an advertorial.
After an introduction by Annie, where she espouses her love of colour, the Bookazine is divided into sections starting with The colour hunter. This includes, What is new, Annie’s picks, Designer Focus, Trend watch and a competition.
There are inspirational features on designers both current and historic such as Cressida Bell and Joseph Frank
Homes collections include Charleston Farmhouse and new modern designers such as Lucy Tiffney and Tamsyn Morgans and Dutch artist Yvon van Bergen.
There are travel features and most importantly Annie’s work with Oxfam in Ethiopia.
There are quite a few How To’s and Make Over’s and a lovely give away, a free style stencil accompanied by step by step photographs showing how to use the stencil, to create a tile table top.
Before I finish this review I think it is important to mention Felix Sloan who is the creative director of The Colourist and Jane Toft, the Managing Editor. Jane is very imaginative and so in touch with the zeitgeist, it was she who started Mollie Makes and The Simple Things. Their combined hard work and design flair has created something truly desirable.
Perhaps Annie should have the final word.
“It all boils down to sharing my passion for style and colour. I want to inspire everyone to get creative!”