I have just spent 2 hours at the
hairdressers and rather than reading all the gossip and fashion magazines I
decided to take my own copy of the
latest edition of the The Colourist. I am so pleased I did.
When they first appeared a few years ago I had my reservations about Bookazines, that cross between a book and a magazine, I suppose it was as much to do with the price as anything.
I had a few questions about this form of publishing, the first being:
If you are going to pay the best part of
£10 why not just buy a book?
A book takes much longer to produce and the information you get in a bookazine is bang up to date.
Why are so many bookazines cropping up, as
the rest of print journalism is very much on the decline.
I think the answer to this is that there are many journalists and designers who are passionate about their subject whether it be design and interiors such as shown in 91 magazine, Rakes Progress the progressive guide to gardens, plants, flowers and The Colourist – which is a cornucopia of design and colour.
have a particular look and feel about them. On the whole the paper is nicer
than run of the mill magazines, they feel like something you want to keep and
they are not full of adverts.
aware that Annie is promoting her chalk paints and ‘The Colourist’ is a great
showcase for them. However the bookazine is, like Annie herself, full of
practical information, design inspiration and examples of how to use
This issue features two of my favourite designers Anni Albers whose work was shown at the Guggenheim Bilbao before transferring to the Tate Modern late last year. Albers is known mainly for her weaving that was created at the Bauhaus although she worked in many other disciplines too.
The magazine covers, what is trending, design classics, inspiration and also homes, including Annie’s own home in France. There are features from abroad plus How-to’s and also includes two stencils that you can use on a project of your choice.
As a bibliophile I am delighted that The
Colourist also includes book reviews.
“It all boils down to sharing my passion
for style and colour. I want to inspire everyone to get creative!” says Annie
Stuck for something to make? Little or no money then this is the book for you. Follow the instructions within and you can make a huge variety of items for the garden. These include benches, tables, a covered store for wood, a planter and much more. There are clear instructions throughout and a useful guide to using pallet wood, which includes taking a pallet apart and cleaning it before you start.
There are guidelines on the tools you need and how to use them. As well as larger items such as a pallet sofa and planter bench, there are smaller accessories such as a garden trug, tea light and candle-holders and a very nice white washed lantern. I love the birdhouses too.
I have repurposed a couple of Pallets in my
time, adding the odd shelf, wheels and coat of paint or upended to make a
vertical flower wall. This book has an element of this too but goes far beyond
it as it uses and recycles this free valuable resource and that is wood.
van Overbeek is a keen multi-crafter who works for many different craft
magazines and has written four craft books already. She has a very successful
web site that feature her books and video’s and how to projects.
A perfect book to buy now, for making all those outside projects, that will enhance your garden or yard and prove invaluable this summer.
I know you as a textile designer and maker, Can you tell me if you went to art school and if so what did you study?
I was born & bred in Brighton. I studied
Textile Design at Winchester School of Art (1994 – BA Hons).
How and when did you become an art consultant?
I have curated my fellow artists’ work since first opening my house for the Brighton Festival in 2002. I discovered that I am skilled at selling other artists work and enjoy talking about the creative process. The next one is every weekend in May starting on the 4th in less than two weeks time . For details of Venues, locations and times look at https://aoh.org.uk/house/may2019/
I became a licensing agent in 2004 when my children were born. Through my work as an agent, I have received many submissions from artists that I have not been able to represent for one reason or another. Being an art consultant means that my services can be offered more widely. I now offer one-to-one consultancy to emerging and established artists internationally.
You contributed a chapter to the very successful book ‘House of Cards’ did you enjoy the writing process and have you ever written a book of your own.
I loved it! I would love to do a book of my own.
It’s on my bucket list.
Can you give us a brief history of how you started out.
I first licensed my own designs in 1992 as a student at Winchester School
of Art. I worked as a textile designer in Vienna when I graduated. I set
up as a freelance designer back in Brighton in 1996 under the name of Cloth of
I designed for industry (mainly paper products), made one-off embroidered
pieces for private clients, and created hand-made items for small batch
production sold to galleries and retail outlets nationally.
My designs have sold for textiles, gift-wrap, greeting cards & more.
Licensees of my designs include Stewo, Jung Design, Gallery
Five, Sanderson Fabrics, Baumann, Penny Black, Collage, Medici, Zoewie,
Boots Plc, and The Paper House Group.
My designs have featured on London
Underground posters. My retail clients have included Liberty of London, English
Heritage, the RSC, and Vienna & Sydney Opera Houses. My one-off
embroideries have sold in galleries nationally. I have given many talks about
her artwork including at the V & A.
I also had a variety of agents before I set
up on my own as an Artists’ Agent. I was always very pro-active, exhibiting at
trade fairs and contacting shops/ licensing clients directly.
What is a typical day for you?
starts with catching up on my Instagram and planning the day’s social media. I
will walk down to my workspace at Studio Eleven where I have been for 7 years.
I have my own room in a shared studio space of creatives. It’s a great
atmosphere and very focused. I currently spend all of my time at a computer
although I have started planning a new range of products for my Open House in
May. A typical day I would be designing and writing new marketing campaigns,
liaising on existing licenses, contacting new clients, and giving creative
direction to the artists that I work with.
What do you love most about what you do?
love being immersed in another artists’ work. I enjoy the wide variety of
client responses to artwork and the fun of trying to predict who might like
what. Most of all I love combining my love of the visual world with
What do you dislike most about what you do?
solely defined and seen as an agent. Being a designer is at the source of
everything I do.
What made you want to start your own creative business? I knew it would be the thing I would most regret not doing.
Your business seems to have really grown over the last few years how has this happened?
I have always worked hard. I have never taken time out. More recently, I have spent a lot of time asking myself difficult questions and challenging myself. What is really important to me? I realised that working in an inter-disciplinary manner is hugely important to me. It has guided me to expand my offer. I have been able to promote hard as a result because I am very sure of my vision. This has really helped me to grow my business.
Can you describe your creative process?
starts with a response to either pattern, colour, or words. I often need to
make associations and connections between things.
What are your biggest challenges?
much to do, so little time.
also find it hard to send short emails!
on the bigger picture when there are so many details pulling me the other way.
in public – I have lots to say but I get incredibly nervous.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your field today?
hard. Ask questions, Don’t be scared to put yourself in front of people. Think
about your own intent, what is important to you, really important to you? This
will be invaluable in guiding your decision-making. Present everything visually
and beautifully. Attention to detail.
Compared with when you started, do you think it is easier for designers to set up on their own nowadays or more difficult? Why?
think it is easier. There are more resources and the creative industries are
booming. Even though they are marginalized in schools, they are more recognized
by the government (and people at large) as being crucial to the economy. 35% of
the UK’s income is from the creative industries. Websites and social media make
it much easier to be seen and to connect with clients.
One of the reasons I am interviewing successful women who are over forty is that they have often had to take a career break, or had to slow down to deal with child care and or aged parents. Have you ever had to deal with either of these of issues and if so how did it impact on your creative life or business?
I decided to license work by other artists was when I had my children. I was scared that if I took a seven year break from my designing, to have my two children, that I would lose confidence and be unable to get back into the industry. Having children can be isolating as can be working on your own. Working as an agent meant I still had lots of contact with people even though I was working at home. I worked virtually full time when my children were young in order to develop my business but I decided against having a nanny or an au pair. It is a constant juggle!
Have you exhibited? If so, where?
all over the country, mainly in group exhibitions but all over 15 years ago.
Barrand Design Centre
Gallery for Contemporary Art etc
How do you find clients?
fairs, social media, trade magazines, look at the underneath of products
What are you currently working on?
new products with my designs for my open house
New newsletters for Jehane Ltd
A bespoke licensed range with British Airways i360 and
Talking to New artists for representation
Planning my open house; getting flyers ready to print
Has social media impacted on your business and if so in what way? Yes, hugely. It has been the launching pad for my new business Jehane Ltd and has been the main reason that I have attracted the new artists I represent and the new clients I am talking to.
Last year, having seen Carole Poirot’s lovely images on instagram and read her genuine and engaging posts, I wanted to know more. She doesn’t blow her own trumpet, she doesn’t need to, her images do it for her. All the photos on this blog post are hers, shown here with her permission. She works as both a professional photographer and stylist in England and France.
Carole runs small workshops teaching the basics of using a proper camera, without it just being on an automatic setting. To be honest even automatic had to be better than my iphone images. I duly booked onto one of her courses. It was to be me and another half dozen people. At the time Carole was using different locations from which to run her workshops and this involved her travelling around laden with props, camera, food and equipment. That is the life of both photographer and stylist, and it can get a little wearisome and fatiguing at times.
To go off at a tangent, my youngest brother became seriously ill, and I needed to be at his side fairly constantly that year, so I had to wait before I could attend one of Carole’s courses. She offered to give me a one to one day’s tuition at her home, which is incidentally full of fabulous props.
I set off on a wet, rainy, dark winters day feeling both excited and nervous, also I suspected my camera wasn’t working properly. Carole is a brilliant host and on arrival presented me with delicious coffee and croissants. We went through the vital things you need to know when using a camera on a non-automatic setting. She showed me on hers and then I tried using my camera. I was correct the camera wasn’t working.
*Note to self
Check your camera before attending a photography and styling course.
For lunch, Carole had made one of those hearty soups you need on a wet winters day. She had developed and cooked a super delicious gluten free cake that we tried out at tea -time. This not only gave great eating opportunities but also plenty of shooting ones too.
As the workshop progressed Carole explained various rules of styling, light composition etc. she also showed how to manipulate and enhance images on the computer. We discussed styles of images shown on Instagram. At that time her dark moody shots were being much copied, so being ahead of the field she had moved on to lighter images.
It was a fascinating and informative day. for anyone attending her workshops Carole provides fulsome and very useful notes.
This book was published in October 2015 but it is still beautiful and relevant today. It encompasses the world of Fine Little Day, you’re invited to take a peek into the fascinating life of blogger, artist, designer and photographer Elisabeth Dunker. We meet Elisabeth in her studio, where she presents her workplace and sanctuary, before she introduces us to one of her greatest loves – collecting!
With beaded baskets, crochet potholders, vintage embroidery patterns, Scandinavian crockery and retro novels just as a start…
Elisabeth gives us a tour of her own eclectic home. Bursting with colour and pattern, her Gothenburg apartment is an enviable mix of handmade blankets, vintage finds, bold printed wallpaper and fabrics, smart storage and classic Scandinavian furniture.
She also gives us plenty of ideas for recreating the look, with quick and easy projects to try at home: pressing flowers, re-using textiles in a patchwork, making beaded baskets, decorating wooden spoons or printing a sweatshirt…
There are also images of Elisabeth’s creative friends and partners we also meet Japanese artist Mogu Takahashi, illustrator Henning Trollbäck and hear about her successful collaboration with homeware brand House of Rym, to name a few.
inspiring book is full of pictures, fun and heart and is an essential addition
to the bookshelf of anyone interested in interior design and handmade.
Elisabeth Dunker was educated at the HDK School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. She founded her blog, Fine Little Day, in 2007. The blog reaches an international audience and features interiors, art and craft. The blog has been featured in Vogue Living, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and more. It has been listed in The Independent (50 best interiors websites 2013), Vogue Japan (top 3 blogs for moms and kids, 2012), and The Times Online UK (50 of the world’s best design blogs). Elisabeth has designed homewares for Urban Outfitters and has worked as a stylist for IKEA.
have some ‘time expired’ books such as out of date restaurant or travel guides
or have a few charity shop finds why not create some book ends from them. Top
with a child’s toy animal, sprayed with Rustoleum paint.
acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small
collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of
Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the
pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress.
With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut
and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable
labels in London.
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion
and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This
retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles.
This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished
career of a British design legend.