About Gabrielle Taylor

Currently finishing my degree in Advertising, while working as a photographer, you'll never find me without a camera or pen and paper. Always exploring looking for something new, whether that be a cutting edge design, a good book, some new tech or just a interesting person with something to say. I am an art lover, an enthusiastic traveller; finding myself in New York and Paris last summer and London for most of Spring, I also have a slight obsession with movie trailer music. My latest project has been designing a hypothetical new floor for Liberty of London, an amazing British brand and a collaborator with Gola. Looking forward to expanding Born in Britain's talent pool and getting to know Gola.

Hannah Colson Patterns

A graduate from my own university Hannah produces gorgeous patterns fit for any purpose.

A short intro from Hannah

I am a graduate from the University of Huddersfield, with a BA in Surface design. The main focus of my work has been creating eccentric patterns for a variety of markets, including interiors. My designs draw attention to items we often take for granted, such as cables and mix tapes, which I use to create bold designs that unravel before the eyes and transfix the viewer. One of the highlights so far has been exhibiting at the Surface Design Show with my University.

Tell us about your final major project at university?

 My final project focused on creating a collection of designs that could be developed into an eccentric feature wall or personalised upholstery. The main goal was to produce a series of patterns that were creative but still suitable for domestic interiors, which is why some of my designs use subtle colours.

 Your patterns come from items taken for granted? Used items, where did this theme come from?

 This theme came from my experiences as a designer. At the start of university, I felt I was always using the same sort of imagery to create my designs. I really enjoyed sketching flowers but there were only so many times that I could keep drawing the same roses over again and over again. In the end, I decided to look at incorporating more unusual imagery into my work, an idea which came to me after sketching old headphones and cable wires. These were items which I had taken for granted in the past, keeping them in storage and ignoring their aesthetic qualities. As a result, I decided that I would try to include them in my surface designs to see how this would enhance them.

 Is their a brand or location you think your patterns could apply themselves to?

 If anything I would love to see my designs applied to quirky location like Hotel Fox in Copenhagen.

 Tell us about the process of design, from drawing to digital?

 A lot of my designs start off as quick sketches based on photos or objects I’ve liberated from the attic. I either ink my line art by hand or use a graphics tablet, before experimenting with a variety of compositions. I’ve found from experience that some of the simplest layouts are often the most effective.

 Who is your favourite designer?

 Karen Combs. I love her gallery of vibrant and fun-loving Nama Rococo wallpaper designs; they’re a real treat for the eyes.

 What are you plans for the future?

 At the moment I’m considering a range of possibilities, including freelancing part time.

I think Hannah’s patterns are very usable in a home or business but still add interest and a decorative aspect. Hannah still has a long way to go to build up a collection of patterns worthy of a top notch designers portfolio but  she is well worth watching to see what she comes up with next.

Check out her portfolio at


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Jason Drake Artwork

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. I was really impressed by all the work from Norwich University, one I liked was Jason’s for its creative ideas and lines.


Im a recent graduate from Norwich University of the Arts which has driven me in the direction of coming up with clever ideas to solve a brief in its simplest form, getting us to think lateral not literal. Don’t get me wrong I still give it my best shot to make things look beautiful because everyone is a sucker for good looking design.

How did you decide on a graphic style? Bold colours & lines seem a strong theme in your work?

 I wouldn’t say I have a particular graphic style as such. I tend to let the brief determine how it looks and feels but I would say bold colours and lines is my go to favourite at the moment.

Tell us about your most recent project? (Final university one maybe?)

 Umm we worked on them all at once towards the end but my favourite project was my Latitude festival rebrand. Festivals are becoming a massive thing and I just think it’s a great opportunity to push the branding everywhere over this new world you enter over a summer weekend. I based all the applications around using Longitude and latitude lines using the parallels and degrees as a constant theme throughout, bringing it back to the core name of the festival.

Do you have a dream project to work on or for?

 Well I would say a beer brand being a student but I had the pleasure of the handcraft brewing company approach our university wanting packaging and a identity. They are a small local brewery in Norwich that has now launched nationally, it’s the best feeling walking into a pub and being able to order your own designed beer.

Tell us a little about your design process, how do you decide upon an idea?

 I start by going out there and observing the subject of the brief, wrapping my self in the environment for example with the beer brief we sat in the pub (perks of the job). It helps you learn more about what you’re designing for and the people, mood, sound, shapes etc all these can spring ideas, then narrow the idea’s down to what fits the product most naturally.

Tell us a little about the digital technology you use? What’s your favourite piece to use?

 I’ve recently got really into using a graphics tablet, it saves sooo much time. It took a while to get used to but id never go back.

What is your favourite advert at the moment? Print, TV whichever?

 This isn’t recent but one that sticks in my head is the ‘thanks for the warm up’ film for the Paralympics. I’m a keen filmmaker and I thought everything about the advert was amazing.

If you could design something for Gola, what would it be? New shoe, ad campaign, new website?

Its got to be a trainer but also the ad campaign around it so it becomes more than just a trainer design, always been a life time goal to design a trainer.

Jason has got some great future plans and I can see his work being really fun and creatively used for lots of products and brands. I hope that he gets your vote and you can see more of this work here:


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Jess Stewart-Croker – Illustrator

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. Jess is one of the graduates that caught my eye, with her illustrations standing out against the white background of the exhibit.

Introduction from her website


I’m Jess, and I’m a third year illustration student at Plymouth University. I work primarily with traditional media such as watercolour, gouache and pen and ink. I am inspired by many things, I love a good wander around a museum with a sketchbook, and history often has a strong presence within my work. I also enjoy doing my own typography. The work I produce aims to capture the beauty and detail of an object in a traditional and intricate manner.

How did you decide on your style? Your medium? Were you always fond of drawing?

 I have always loved using traditional mediums like pen and ink, gouache and watercolour but my style has considerably evolved over the last year or so. I love to use great detail and precision in my work but I also love the unpredictability that comes with using ink and watercolour. I also use a dip pen for most of my line work which allows for even more detail!

 Tell us about your latest project? University or otherwise?

My last project at university was my travel illustration project, for which I designed the Russian map. The idea was to promote architectural and historical travel to a new audience, focusing mainly on Russia’s two main cities because I loved the architecture and atmosphere when I went there a few years ago. I’m also currently working on a private commission, which is a watercolour painting of Rhinefield House in the New Forest as a wedding present for a couple getting married there this summer.

 Do you have an artist/designer you admire? Or works you aspire to?

 I love Emma Dibben’s work, also Julia Rothman, Erin Buckley, Hannah McVicar to name a few. I also love David Gentleman’s watercolours plus I’ve always admired the ‘golden age’ illustrators – Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen etc.

 Commercially, where do you see your work?

 I can see my work being mainly editorial based, though I would love to do more branding and packaging – I loved working on the Douwe Egberts coffee packaging brief. I’m also currently working on some possible branding design for a company based near the Peak District, so you never know where or what format your work may end up in.

 With the amount of focus on digital work at the moment and new technologies, do you think hand drawn works will always have a place?

Digital work will continue to grow especially with all the considerable advancements in technology recently. I have an iPad and I love using it for sketching but personally I don’t think digital work will completely overpower traditional media. There is always something refreshing about hand drawn or painted work that will continue to captivate people, so I think (and I hope!) hand drawn and painted illustration will hold its place within the creative industry for a long time.

I really like the combination of delicate images with hand drawn typography that make the images very accessible and true to life. I think Jess’s work is really usable when it comes to corporate imagery, editorial illustrations and packaging and just really nice to look at. Find more images and info on her website


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Elliot Kruszynski Illustrator

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. I choose Elliot’s work to highlight, for its imaginative nature and whimsical imagery.

Introduction from Elliott

Hello my name is Elliot Kruszynski. I studied Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University and will graduate very soon with a 1st. I’m an illustrator with a passion for drawing. I use a combination of hand drawn elements and marks coupled with digital techniques to achieve many of my final pieces. I also like creating narratives and comics and wish to self publish my own work in the future.

How did you decide to become an illustrator? Have you always been a keen drawer? 

I have always drawn and loved doing it. When I was younger I really wanted to be an illustrator but then sort of thought it wasn’t a real career choice. I loved drawing but didn’t think it was something people would actually pay me to do. In fact I was only sure of actually being able to do it a year and a half into my degree. Until that point I wasn’t really sure. I took a stab at designing, and before that fine art, but illustration is what I want to do.

 Your framing is great, how do you decide what image to capture? What scene to illustrate? 

I go through quite a rigorous thumb-nailing stage before I start my final drawing. I try out lots of different compositions and elements and then see which ones work the best.  Normally I get a good grasp for composition when I draw really small and then find that when I try to replicate that on a large scale its goes horribly wrong so sometimes I photocopy my little thumbnail and blow it up big then use a light box to sort of re-establish the composition on a larger area and see if its still good. When thinking about actually content I guess its down to the brief. What definitely needs to be shown and what point I’m trying to get across. I like to put lots of little extra things within my images to keep the viewer engaged as well though.

 Tell us about your favourite project? Or your latest?

My favourite Project I’ve done was one of the last ones I did at University. It was basically exploring narratives and comics and trying to get good at them. I did some planned out longer more detailed pieces, then some really quick and fast ones. I tried out different themes and feelings, created characters and locations and also different narrative pacing and formats. I really want to make comics in my free time and that project helped lay the foundation for that.

 Where do you see your illustrations being used? Commercially?

I think my illustrations could work in a commercial sense yes. I’d love to illustrate some kids books, or even write my own. Aside from that I would like to try and apply my illustration to lots of things. Album art, posters, product design, i’d like to make something for an iPad or tablet. But i’d also like to be part of a smaller market. selling comics and zines and prints and things, and having some exhibitions would be nice.

 Do you think it is more important to have a hand drawn or digital talent for an  illustrator? Or both?

For me I think I need to just keep pushing both sets of skills. I have been drawing for about 20 years longer than i’ve been using digital techniques so I need to make sure that both skills complement each other and neither lets the other down. I don’t think its important for illustrators today to have hand drawn skill though, many illustrators work solely digitally and thats simply their medium, the computer opposed to the pencil and paper. Similarly working digitally isn’t a necessity either. Most of my friends who illustrate use traditional methods and are mostly print based. I will always try and involve as much real hand drawing in my pieces as possible though because thats what i’m most comfortable with.

 What is your dream project to work on or for which brand?

My dream project??? Well I’ve always loved animation and always wanted to get into it and hopefully should be very soon. If I got to the point where I could animate my own short film or something and it wasn’t completely terrible that would be fantastic.

Some great input from Elliot there on illustrating in the digital age, find more of his work on his website and hear a little more about what he has to say on his blog.

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Shital Odedra Fashion Photography

I met the lovely Shital during her time as a student and now you can find her working as a graphic designer but what impressed me was and is her fashion photography. I was drawn to her lovely photography skills, which always projected a deeper theme and meaning.

 A little bit about herself-

I am a Graphic design graduate, now working as a print/fashion graphic designer.
I like the cross over of fashion incorporated within graphics whether its typography, image or sketches. I don’t really have any major qualifications in photography, its a passion I have always blended into my graphics work. I began just clicking away with friends, getting them to pose in a certain way, with a photographer in mind and later began bringing in photography within my uni projects. This later developed when I starting working with fashion designers and makeup artist and realised the level I could achieve. I recently did a short course (6 evening classes) to learn about lighting and how this can frame my model or make elements powerful. At the moment I am working full time, but in the weekends I create my own briefs and shoot away.

So how important is keeping your photography passion going to you?

I’ve worked as a photography assistant, helping on wedding shoots and i’ve also just gone out with my camera to shoot as its my hobby. What I’ve realised is when theres no set brief and I’m shooting purely for myself the passion really comes out and I begin to challenge myself in order to capture something really strong. If theres no passion, theres no real urge to capture the right moment and result with a strong visual. The images really reflect your eagerness as you will go that extra mile and try to get what you want.

Do you think in this digital age where everyone has a camera, professional photographers have a place?

Everyone I know ranging from 12-60 has some form of built in camera on their devices. As technology is improving with filters and people not relying on manual modes everyone can take a decent shot. But the professionals still stand out from the crowd with photography, because they spent time learning and growing and really understanding the difference between a decent shot and a powerful shot. Everyone with a camera assumes they are a photographer so it must be really difficult for those who really appreciate photography and who have been in the industry for many years. I have huge respect for these professionals and due the the level of their work I thinks its obvious to say that they will be valued and remain for a long time.

Tell us about your favourite project to date?

I really enjoyed my project Modern Day Goddesses, which was for an up coming makeup artist. She wanted to push her career in theatrical makeup and asked me to create a concept to demonstrate her versatile talent. I came up with the idea of combining hindu goddesses meets birds, this would show a fusion of colour and we could really exaggerate certain elements. Here I had the opportunity to network with makeup artists, fashion designers and create a model cast. I was able to put a team together and art direct. It gave me an insight to how a shoot would operate and I loved every minute of it. To date I think its my strongest concept and visuals I have created.

What would you do with a Gola pair of shoes, if you could photograph them?

I would challenge myself and aim to get high fashion shots of men and women in Gola footwear. Even though Gola has marketed them selves in the fashion sector many people associate it to sports therefore I would love to push the fashion side of it. My concept would be that the footwear is a statement piece and you don’t need any other accessories as it would complete your outfit. I want to portray thats its a luxury brand which would be perfect for the fashion conscious. I would also be able to incorporate the Gola bags into the shoot.

What can we expect from you next? Got the next shoot planned yet?

Recently, I just did a shoot for an upcoming musician. Instead of working in the studio with setup lighting I thought it would be interesting to work in the natural light. Take away the makeup artist and props and just have myself the model working together. I found this challenging as Im used to planning every element of the shoot, where as this time the model was in control of her outfits and her body positions. I think this is what I want to work on more, nothing staged just go out and use the surrounding as it is with my model.

Find more of Shital’s images on her website they are well worth a look.


Janine Singleton Textiles

Wandering around the Degree Shows at my own University of Huddersfield I was amazed by some of the beautiful work produced in my own walls. One in particular that took my attention was the textile patterns of Janine Singleton.

Intro from her website


Janine is a creative and motivated print designer and has a keen interest in applying innovative printing techniques to embellish textiles. With a passion for screen printing, Janine’s contemporary print designs synthesize illustration, painting, photography and CAD with unusual use of colour and specialist pigments. Janine was recently awarded First Prize for Creativity and Innovation in Design (Print) by the Huddersfield Textile Society. With an accurate eye for colour, Janine has undertaken a 6 month Internship with Marks and Spencer’s Womenswear Design Team which has lead to an enthusiasm and comprehensive understanding of trend and consumer forecasting. Additionally, Janine has completed briefs assigned by a range of design organisations within industry such as EGE, Leeuwenborgh and Muraspec. When creating digital artworks, Janine has extensive experience in using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and AVA. Recognised by her fanciful use of colour, Janine was selected to represent The University of Huddersfield in The Society of Dyers and Colourists International Colour Competition 2013. Additionally, Janine has been highly recommended for possible inclusion in the TEXPRINT 2013 programme.

So Janine tell us more about your final major project at uni?

The Collection “Fanciful Disposition” is a range of illustrative and graphical screen prints for textiles. Inspired by urban skyline views, skyline detail is mixed with geometric shapes and floral repeats to create a sense of collage. Along with a fanciful use of colour, innovative printing pigments such as Suede Foam, Fluorescent and Gloss were used to create a futuristic sense.

What are your plans now? What field do you plan to explore?

At the moment I am participating in a number of exhibitions to showcase my work and I am currently seeking an entry level position within the design industry. I would love to explore printed textiles and gain additional experience in working alongside professionals within the industry.

What do you forecast for the fashion industry this Autumn/Winter?

For this Autumn/Winter, I forecast that the fashion industry might suggest a more futuristic and reflective glance on traditional folk prints with dark, romantic and mysterious colours.

How important are new technologies and processes to surface design?

In my opinion, it is highly important to keep up with the demand for innovation. The industry should continuously strive for new technologies to aid both the design element and manufacturing processes in surface design.

Do you prefer to work digitally to create or is there a pen and paper in there somewhere?

 There is always room for digital development; however my main starting point is creativity with painting and drawing. I am inspired by colour and love to experiment! 

If you were to design something for Gola what would it be? Describe it for us?

I would design a print for a child’s canvas shoe inspired by my Final Major Collection, with skyline graphics, geometric shapes and fanciful colours.

I wish Janine the best of luck finding her place in the industry and know we can expect bright and colourful things from her.

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Bertie & Jack The original Cut-out Design Company

While wandering through my home town of Winchester, snooping through the arts and crafts stalls of our twice monthly market, my eye was drawn to an end display of white frames. These cute cutouts make a great uplift to any wall and make perfect gifts. They are creative and unique in their quality and choice of pattern so well worth a look.

Now some opening words from Emma & Becky the ladies behind the mount-board, about their journey in to the craft world.

We set up Bertie & Jack with the aim of creating a unique brand that would be associated with affordable, colourful, fun wall art. We also wanted to be innovative with our designs and the materials we worked with, creating something new, never seen before.

And we wanted to do it our way, fitting the business around our young children who were the catalyst for the business: Becky’s 4 year old girl, Bertie and Emma’s 3 year old boy, Jack.

We started in 2010 after both of us no longer being able to return to our previous jobs. We had just enough maternity pay left to buy a market stall umbrella and pay the first month’s rent. We took it in turns with the childcare and selling; one looked after the babies, whilst the other set up our umbrella and a suitcase to sell, sell, sell!

With Becky’s background in photography and fine art and Emma’s background is in PR and Marketing we had a great set of skills to kick start the business and like a traditional custard cream biscuit, our skills were sandwiched together by a beautiful sweet filling of friendship.

We began experimenting with cutting simple shapes from mount board and sticking ‘found’ materials behind the cut-out area – we were onto something! Our first ‘cut-out’ designs were our simple elephants and love birds, which are still amongst our most popular designs today. Realising the demand for this style of product, we now create our own range of background prints and patterns to reflect whatever’s in demand – if neon’s in, we’ve got a neon print for you!

We aim to be the brand that customers turn to whether they’re looking for a special gift that will hang around forever, or something cheery for their home. The business being named after our children inspires us to do our very best. We have created a business that will grow and flourish, and (all being well!) provide a legacy for our children in years ahead.

After finding out more about these lovely ladies story I was even more impressed with what they have created, and continue to create new and more beautiful designs following along with trends and seasons to best fit their customers needs. So lets ask them a few questions:

So how did you ladies decide on ‘cutouts’ as an art form? I see you do a selection of prints as well? Who’s the artist?

 The cut-out product came about from experimenting with existing mount board cutting technology; lets just say it’s not designed to do what we do with it! We push the technology as far as possible with our creative designs, all of which start life as hand drawn illustrations, the cut-out element bringing them to life. We are both involved in the creative process and the prints we design come from various inspirations. We both have very different styles, we use this to our advantage to create our quirky and colourful work.

 This is obvious a family enterprise, do the husbands and kids get stuck in to?

Bertie & Jack is a family run business in every way possible. Our husbands both work full time for Bertie & Jack and are integral to the business. They assist us with most aspects of the business; an important role being ‘children’s entertainer’. Bertie & Jack are best friends and love getting involved in the business, from ‘helping’ to paint display units to giving out business cards at events. We have photographic evidence.

Lots of animal themes in your work are they here to stay?

Animals are the key theme running through all our work. They are so much fun to design, they become there own little characters. We discovered early on that our customers have strong connections to certain animals. We never get tired on the market stall of hearing, ‘’oh, I love elephants.’’The Love Birds, Original Elephants and Original Penguins were our earliest creations and still our best sellers. We have just designed a new cut-out, (coming to the website soon) which is a pair of bright eyed and bushy tailed squirrels. Lots of fun!


Are there any new designs or plans for the future you want to share with us.

At Bertie & Jack HQ we are always innovating and striving to move the business forward with new concepts and ideas. We have new designs that still utilise the cut-out technique, and new products using our pattern designs. We are nothing if not crazy ambitious, and our big fat ambition is to have a Bertie & Jack store on every major high street!


I love your website, its very personal, the swatch booklet of your patterns is very helpful. Are your online orders vital to your business? 


Having an online presence is essential to Bertie & Jack; for those customers that see us at one of our market stalls and then want to buy from home, to new customers searching for that perfect ‘feel good’ gift. Setting up more stalls and retailing our products at various events across the country has definitely provided us with the exposure we need to boost our web sales and with more and more people shopping online these days, we see this as being crucial to the future of Bertie & Jack.


 Where can we find you now that everyone is dying for a picture? Bath, London, Bristol all market stalls?


You can find us on our Bath Stall on Burton Street, our Bristol Stall on Corn Street and at Greenwich Market in London.  Or, via our 24 hour online superstore, www.bertieandjack.co.uk  If you befriend us on Facebook and or follow us on Twitter you can keep up to date with all the latest goings on. 




So to finish, a Gola question, which one of your bespoke patterns would you like to see on a pair of Gola trainers?


We would love to see one of our bespoke patterns on a pair of Gola trainers and would go for something cool, but timeless such as our Dog’s Tooth. Or, if we want to edge it up a notch, our Coloured Cubes.  We’ll be first in line to buy them!

I am impressed with Emma & Becky’s drive to succeed and the love they have for the images they create. I can’t wait to see what they make next and continue to expand.

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Joe Lord Photography

Now this lad has got a picture for everything, I found Joe Lord at University but he has been very busy since. His latest project being a self-publishing a book consisting of travel photos producing using the Lomography technique called Double Exposure.

From Joe

I’m a 22 year old freelance photographer & designer based in Burnley, Lancashire. I work for everyone from Record Labels to Vintage Boutiques. Recent clients include Alan Howard, the largest Salon supplier in the UK and their sponsored brands Fudge, Joiyco, Matrix and Sexy Hair. I’ve also designed 2 new t-shirt concepts due to be back from the fashion house I’ve commissioned to create them. I recently became the CEO of an Enterprise connected with SomewhereTo_ which is a huge company that works with 16 to 25 year olds and is partnered with Youtube, Channel 4 and James Kaan from Dragon’s Den.

So tell us about this latest project, how did these travel photos come about? and self-publishing thats got to be hard?

The photos and the story behind them is part of the book! I broke up with my long-term girlfriend and couldn’t bare the thought of running into her on nights out or when I do my shopping etc. So I had to escape, and travelling to see friends and family across the country/world. Self publishing would be hard if I didn’t have Kickstarter to help fund me!

How would you describe your creative style? How did it develop? You took multimedia design at uni yes?

 My creative style for design is very bold lines, part influenced by graffiti and urban art, part baroque and regal. I attended 2 years of uni but left due to family becoming unwell. The time that I have spend in-between helping my family out has been used to start freelancing and pursuing projects like this!


Tell us about your favourite project to date? and why?

Alot of the work I’ve been doing for Alan Howard has been good. Producing my first video project and the client being such a big name has been a huge career booster… And getting to work with beautiful models is always a plus.

Whats your next project going to be? I am sure you have one in mind.

My next project starts in 2 days time on sunday. I’m producing a shortfilm for an E4 competition. I’m expanding the project so that I can produce a music video with the footage so if I son’t win the comp I still have portfolio work.

If you could design something for Gola? Describe it for us?

Gola would be a great company to design for! I’ve always loved the Greek God Herme’s winged sandals. I know Jeremy Scott did a winged trainer for Adidas but in my opinion the designs were poorly thought out. I’d love to create winged trainers for Gola in my own style.

What can we do to find out more about you?

A great place to keep up with my experimental photos (and shameless selfless) is my instagram: @Joetry and my personal blog CashmereAndConfidence.tumblr.com And also my photography site flicker.com/joetry

I think Joe is going to very busy in the next few years spreading his wings and being involved in a lot more exciting projects to come. Keep an eye out and feel free to contribute to his photo book its well worth it and look at some of the other projects on kickstarter might find something interesting.


Lee Haydock International Illustrator

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. Lee is one of the graduates that caught my eye and deals with the now popular paper craft genre.

Introduction from him.

My name is Lee Haydock. I am an Illustration graduate who studied at Blackpool & the Fylde College. I have been working with paper for the last few years, it has become an important asset to me. I am inspired by the stories the world has to share, mainly history or fantasy. As a paper cut artist I use this medium to bring the stories I study to life and share my imaginary view on the adventures. 

Captions for Images.

Main Image Aquitania

Here we have the Aquitania, originating from the suitcase project I brought the ship paper cut into the print studio to develop screen prints. I used sections of the ship for the American Miniature Print competition. The four mini prints I sent earned a spot in the exhibition at the Center of Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut.Paper craft is a big fad right now, we see it appearing all across the creative industry, do you think it is here to stay in the mainstream?

Second Image Suitcase Photo

This piece of work was inspired by an old suitcase I bought from ebay. I decided to find out about its history, my only clues were the previous owner’s inscribed name and an old White Star Line luggage label on the side belonging to the Aquitania. I researched the Aquitania and learnt it survived both world wars, this led to paper cuts telling the story of its passenger voyage and its military service as a hospital ship.Judging from the feedback I heard from the First Cut exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery last year, I would say its chance of staying in the mainstream is strong. I’ve never heard such praise for an exhibition from so many visitors, it was a privilege to see so many people take an interest in a style I take inspiration from. 

Third Image One Inch Boy

This japanese folktale is of a boy born the size of a finger to an old childless couple. When he becomes of age, he decided to set out into Japan to find a job and live normally in this giant world of his, I illustrate him bravely voyaging through the rivers of Japan taking in the colossal atmosphere around him.

How important do you think studying at university is for a creative to evolve?

Hugely important, it made me the creative I am today. You are given the chance to meet and work alongside so many people who support each other and help you become a better artist. My tutors supported my work and I feel I achieved a lot during my studies.

Is there a new design you are working on you could tell us about? Or your last project you want to talk us through?

 I am continuing with the One Inch Boy story as it is not complete yet, there are quite a few more scenes I want to illustrate involving palaces and a demon. A few people at D&AD asked if it was published, this struck a chord with me and I thought that would be a great idea. I would love to have a published book!

What are your future plans? Do you have an ideal brand/company you would like to work for?

I planned on creating some screen prints for print fairs and I am considering joining an agency. I’m quite a music buff I wouldn’t mind making vinyl artwork for a band one day. To work for any company that would showcase my work would make me proud, long as whoever buys my work enjoy having it in their home or as a product in their shop.

Contact Lee about his work on




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Aniya Savage singing.

Aniya Savage is a singer/songwriter performing around Winchester and Cardiff. She is also part of a 7-piece band that is currently going under the name of Aniya & the Harlequins, composed of a string trio, two trumpets and a drummer. I have know Aniya for a few years now and have been re-discovering her beautiful voice the last few months as she uploads more tracks online. She has light easy sound that she mixes with interesting instrument accompaniments.

Writing lots of here own songs as well as performing a few covers Aniya is just getting started with her singing but find a couple things to listen to on her sound cloud, my personal favourite being Skinny Love.


Please follow Aniya on Facebook to find out when her next performance is she is well worth the listen.


Fine Artist Scarlet Standen

Now this amazing girl has an almost unbelievable story and you get to experience it through her work. Mostly acrylic paint on canvas and pretty tradition in most sense but still heart warming and questioning all at the same time.

An intro from her.

 “One must always draw. Draw with the eyes when one cannot use a pencil.” – Balthus. 

 My name is Scarlet Standen and I am a swimming teacher from Winchester and at the age of 22 I will be starting university this year to study Drawing. I have had an unconventional upbringing; moving onto a boat at the age of seven, traveling the world, being home schooled for four years and spending five years in Fiji where I attended an international school. All these experiences have helped develop my imagination and broaden my vision of the world. 

After returning to the UK in 2008 I studied art and sculpture at A level.  I then completed my foundation year in Art and Design at Eastleigh College before taking a gap year. During my break from full time education I moved to London and was determined to continue to work and develop my artistic skills.  I really wanted to improve my drawing technique so I started by making regular visits to the V & A, the British Museum and The National Portrait Gallery to study the sculptures there.  I then enrolled in weekly life drawing and portrait drawing classes which I am still taking now. This year long break has re enforced how much I want to study art full time. I have recently been offered the opportunity to attend Falmouth University to study a BA in Drawing, I know I will value and make full and good use of the expertise, facilities and materials available to me. I start this September and I am really excited and also slightly terrified. 

So Scarlet Talk to us about your art experience and how your work developed.

My work explores the broad definition of drawing. I enjoy working in different media; working with pencil, charcoal, ink and bleach, wire, paint, drawing in 3D as well as 2D. But I know my understanding of the possibilities of drawing is still limited, and I am excited about the opportunities and extensive knowledge that will be available to me at university. Every drawing I make is an emotional response and is new and exciting but to some extent every drawing I make is inconclusive because as I change and grow, the way I see my drawings change and grow. Always searching to improve and make the next drawing better than the last, my progress is often difficult to measure; because as I gain I also lose.

Your work seems very personal to you.

My drawings are created with an expression of my personality, my unconscious impulses and an intuitive judgment; sometimes it becomes a struggle between all three. I use drawing to learn to see. For me drawing is almost a lifestyle. I find myself drawing even as I watch television, looking at the forms, structures, spaces and surfaces and all the while gaining a greater understanding of them. 

How important is keeping up to date with art movements and trends to you.

Engaging in what is happening within the art world today is also beneficial to my drawing; living in London has given me ample opportunities to visit galleries/private viewings, keeping me up to date with modern art. Seeing contemporary work in the flesh is a very effective way of embracing the art world of today and learn more about the kind of art I want to create. 

I know you have just gotten in to Falmouth, congratulations it is going to be an amazing experience. 

I want to study drawing at Falmouth because I know I will be in a stimulating and nurturing environment where I will be encouraged to think openly and be given the confidence to create new opinions and challenge old ones. Drawing continually encourages me to see and describe the world in which I live with reverent interest. Therefore I know whether or not I get a job in the art world after university I will continue to practice art for my own benefit. 

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Dearest Heart Vintage Company

Now these lovely ladies are a true testament to true Vintage style, they appreciate and represent a dedicated field of people who honour times past. With a keen eye for a good deal they find new homes for women’s vintage fashion & accessories, repairing and altering pieces so they can have another life. You can spot these two, Leonie and Dawn stalking around Yorkshire in lots of their own favourites, finding new items of interest. You can find them online at either their Facebook or ASOS



Here is there little intro from their Facebook which I think is all you need to know about them.

My pulse, my passion… Remember when we fell in love with fashion? In peplums, pencil-skirts, and peddle-pushers we played. Clutch bags and corsets caressed us, blazers and blouses blessed us. We were teased by tea-dresses, seduced by shoulder-pads, adorned and adored in A-lines. All this and more we offer you. Treasures of the twentieth-century, cutting-edge vintage quality, for ladies of all shapes, sizes, and predilections. But this is not some jumble sale…we‘re not in the rag trade and we do not buy by the bag. The items here have been carefully selected because they inspire individualism. Like you, they’re beautiful, and they’re unique. You deserve nothing less…don’t let your colours fade.

In fondness and fervour,

Yours Truly,


But where these ladies really shine is at the fairs, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Manchester these ladies are always to be found at the best Vintage Fairs around the North. They are a lovely pair always bringing a sweet treat along with them and a mix of fashions along with some modern re makes sewn themselves, so there is something for everyone.

They also offer to keep an eye out if you are looking for something in particular and will offer you a good deal if you are passionate about it. I personally have a cute golden tulip skirt, several much loved items of jewellery and some great memories from them.

I hope to see these ladies in their own store very soon but until then keep an eye on their Facebook to find where they are going to be next.