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I have been a deep admirer of the ceramic work of Tina Tsang for a while now; the fabulous designer of Undergrowth Design. Tina Tsang is inspired by “the obscure and uncanny in life”, which she tries to breathe into everyday objects. The results are seductive and fantastical, and stunningly beautiful….

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Also check out the eerily lovely ‘Interference’ salt & pepper shakers below left, and the delicate ‘ET&C’ gold plated pewter spoons below right… so nice….

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FYI – to purchase one of your very own Undergrowth Design pieces, you can order directly from the website using PayPal… so go take a nosey! And keep an eye on the ‘sale’ section of the site too, for any gems!

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I came across the excellent, fab jewellery of Bronwen Design during a visit to the Arnolfini Contemporary Arts centre last weekend in Bristol..and am tres happy to see that she has even more pieces on her website to look at and enjoy. Have a butchers at the pieces below…aren’t they wicked?! They are sooo nice..and have such a lovely feel to them…

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Images are the central focus for Bronwen’s jewellery, primarily depicting graphic and photographic material from the 1950’s and 60’s – all sourced from postcards and books to album covers and fabrics which Bronwen is constantly on the look-out for.

Bronwen produces jewellery to commission and for galleries nationally – from her studio in Newcastle where she set up shop 4 years ago. However, pieces can also be sourced through Contemporary Applied Arts in London, and Che Camille in Glasgow – Glasgow’s home for independent design. Lush!

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a conversation with…

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Helen Lang (aka Wet Paint Illustration) has been a successful freelance illustrator for several years now. Primarily, her work has been tailored towards the greeting card industry, where she has received great admiration & success for her fun, lovable characters and colourful designs. However, more recently, Helen’s work has been found adorning the walls at two of London’s hottest fine art & illustration exhibitions – gaining an even wider fan-base! Helen tells us more about her work-to-date..and her aspirations for the fantastic world of Wet Paint!

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ke: Where do you live and work currently?

hl: From my home in Tooting Broadway London

ke: How would you describe your work?

hl: I like to think I am very versatile in my work and styles. I love generating figurative and character work, which includes animals and odd little creatures. Very recently my work has become more decorative and for this I utilise watercolour and gouche with a limited colour palette. I also create a lot of line work and paper cut outs, die cuts which I like to experiment with.

ke: Can you tell us some of the clients you have worked with over the recent years?

hl: The Art Group, Almanac, Paper Magic, Tesco, American Greetings, Dice Magazine…

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ke: If you had to choose, which would be your favourite piece or commission that you have worked upon?

hl: I think my favourite piece is always my last piece that i’ve created…there is a sense of moving on and accomplishment when each work is finalised. I recently completed the following piece for inclusion in the East End Arts Clubs F**K ART Let’s LOVE!!  exhibition and it has proved incredibly popular as a framed print. It is currently in an edition of 10 and is popularity has inspired me to create more on similar quotations. Watch this space!

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ke: Who, or what, would you say has been your biggest inspirations for your illustration work?

hl: Tattoo parlours and designs. Favourite quotations are a big inspiration, as is graffiti and found items. Recent find was an electric lightbulb package with an amazing font on it!!! Different fonts and experimental lettering  really float my boat too!..

With regards to illustrative styles I have always been a fan of the work of author and illustrator Graham Oakley. He of The Church Mice books. I also find the work of Tom Gauld inspiring and that of Joseph Wright, who illustrated the What- A – Mess series of books written by Frank Muir. I love artwork and illustration from the far east as this usually has the combination of typography and imagery. Online resources such as etsy and flickr are also wonderful in sharing ideas and imagery!

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ke: I always find it fascinating to see peoples’ working space..wether it be their studios or bedrooms, kitchens, garages.. or a tiny space on their living room floor! Please could you describe your working space, to give us a sense of where and how you work?

hl: Messy is the order of the day! At the end of every day things have to be swept up, packaged away and dinner is served…and then whilst watching something on late night TV or listening to Radio 2 everything gets unpacked and work usually begins again!

ke: How difficult has it been for you to establish yourself as an artist?

hl: I work part time at an Art Publisher which keeps me from going slightly mad as I would otherwise, and work on my own from my home…Not seeing a soul!!…On my days working from home I try to represent myself and actively promote my work, expanding the areas that my work is utilised in. It’s a very hard slog and the main problem has been sourcing of contacts which is a lengthy and often difficult task. However, once a client base has been built up and as my contact listings are pretty up to date it is easy to inform clients of new work and keep them up to date and interested.

ke: And finally…what are your aspirations for the future?!

hl: To break into editorial and gain more commissions in this area… and to participate in more exhibitions and gallery events.

ke: Thanks Helen!!! x

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Please contact Helen direct at Wet Paint Illustration for info on personal commissions and sales of work, plus forthcoming exhibitions!

picture-81I just wanted to give a quick heads-up to the fantastic work of designer illustrator Anthony Peters – aka imeus art. All Kinds Of New will be shortly profiling Anthony, and will be finding out a little bit more about what makes him tick..but in the meantime, check out the fab new imeus art website here. Its choc-a-block full of gorgeously satisfying images and designs…all full of fun, colour, texture, type, nostalgia…the works! I won’t rabbit on too much for now…but just be sure to go and check out the new site for yourself RIGHT NOW! And watch this space for an All Kinds Of New interview very soon!

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picture-13Last is another recommendation from a friend which I had to share..Last is a specialist shoe and accessory shop based in Brighton, East Sussex, with a focus on beautiful design providing style for the individualist. Last offer independent designers that are not stocked elsewhere, to provide a viable alternative to the high street and the more well known brands.  And what they sell is absolutely gorgeous!

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Needless to say, these rather stunning pairs of beauties (above) caught my eye straight away!!!! Oh boy how lovely are these..? Priced at £349.99, I think I may be admiring from afar for a little while..But as Last supports original designers with a strong respect for craft skills and design, you can appreciate why the prices are a little more than your usual high street shoe shop. The shop stocks over 50 different designers – many of which are Brighton designer-makers, and all of which are just fab! Plus, if the styles available off the shelf are not for you, then you can commission your own pair to be made in the Last workshop. Nice huh?!

Last offer more than just shoes, however… They sell some really lovely jewellery too, as well as hosiery and accessories! Here are just a few examples from their collections (all of which I want RIGHT NOW!) Check the Last website for their prices….Mmmm deeelish!

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picture-12I received a tip-off about this fab product design company yesterday (thanks Laura!)..and wanted to share with you ASAP! Anorak specializes in durable outdoor products such as travel, camping and garden accessories…But they also design indoor pieces also! And I have fallen in love with their bedding and cushion collection! I want them all!

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Anorak was launched in 2008 by RCA printed textile graduate Laurie Robertson, and only a year later they now have stockists not only in London and throughout the UK (including Top Shop at Oxford Circus), but also in San Francisco, Denmark and Belgium! Not bad for a years’ hard work!!

Anorak try to encourage people to treat their outdoor space as their living room, bringing with them on their travels the warmth and comfort of their own home. With more camping and caravan holidays predicted this year than ever before, Arorak is sure to be an even bigger hit for 2009!

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I have only just come across this collaboration…and what they are doing is sooooo good! Doodle is a graphic and product design studio, based in Milan, and has been up and running since 2006 when industrial designers Tim Boyce and Angela Violino put their heads together. And their collection of innovative and inspiring tableware is just so gorgeous.

This is what has caught my eye…though they have tons of really lovely things on their site! This is Doodle’s Portafrutta fruit bowl below…inspired by a piece of paper, cut, folded and deformed. The form and contours within the ‘bowl’ suggest where you should place the fruit, and it is made from cherry wood, using laser-cut technology – a method which Doodle are pretty hot on! How nice is this!!!???

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Soooooooo nice! As mentioned above, Doodle do have lots more really fab products on their site, and I have only selected one to show at the mo (I may be back!)..So take a look! Hubba hubba hubba!

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I really like these glass tumblers by Snowden Flood. I think they’re pretty cool, don’t you? They make a really nice set…and very apt for a snowy day like today! Brrrrr!!

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Snowden Flood is an interior accessories designer based in London. Her work celebrates urban and rural landscapes through an ongoing exploration of the theme of souvenirs and keepsakes. Check out her website for her plates, mugs, tea-towels and aprons…though these glasses are definitely my faves. They are priced at £39.95, and stockists include Magma, Fenwicks, and Benthalls in London – to name but a few…But check out the stockists’ page on the website to find out where else they are available in the UK.

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a conversation with…

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Karin Åkesson is one of my favourite contemporary illustrators and artists…and I had to profile her on All Kinds of New as soon as possible to share her work with anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing her before!

Karin moved from Gothenburg in Sweden over 10 years ago to study Illustration – firstly at Brighton University and then at the Royal College of Art where she gained an MA in Communication Art & Design.

Despite being several hundred miles from her Swedish homeland, Karin’s work constantly refers to her Scandinavian roots reflecting on her love of Swedish nature, the flora and fauna, and essence of Swedish outdoor life. Karin also brings a strong sense of personal nostalgia and warmth to her pieces, and her beautiful decorative style means that her work is truly a joy to receive!

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ke: Where do you live and work currently?

ka: I work from home, in Shoreditch, East London

ke: How would you describe your work?

ka: Decorative…feminine…with “Scandinavian colours”

ke: Can you tell us some of the clients you have worked with over the recent years?

ka: Arctic Paper, Boots, Guardian, Habitat, Hat-trick Design, Hodder Publishing, The Independent, Orange, Orion Books, Pentagram, Random House, Royal College of Art, Time-Out, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sam Creative and Start Creative..

ke: If you had to choose, which would be your favourite piece or commission that you have worked upon?

ka: It is really difficult to choose a favourite commission! The thing I enjoy most about my job is the variety – I never get bored. I once designed a tattoo for someone as a personal commission, and it was such a special feeling to think that that person must really really like what I do!

I recently completed a collection of illustrations for a cookery book and I really loved working on the project. The book is called FLAVOUR: A World of Beautiful Food, and is available this coming April. It was a lovely project! The commission enabled me to create patterns and drawings using inspiration from different countries and cultures all over the world..mixed with bits of photo collages.

ke: Who, or what, would you say has been your biggest inspirations for your illustration work?

ka: I find inspiration in many different places depending on the subject matter I am working on. But google is always a good place to start! In my personal work I love drawing flowers and birds and they creep into many of my pictures even when I try to keep them out!

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ke: I always find it fascinating to see peoples’ working space..wether it be their studios or bedrooms, kitchens, garages.. or a tiny space on their living room floor! Please could you describe your working space, to give us a sense of where and how you work?

ka: My base is a desk with my mac, scanner, printer and a few pencils. I like to keep it quite tidy.

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ke: How difficult has it been for you to establish yourself as an artist?

ka: It has been a lot of hard work reaching a point where jobs come in on a regular basis, and it is a never-ending process. But as long as I enjoy what I do I think it is the right thing for me.

ke: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in a similar field?

ka: If this is something you really want to do, be prepared to work really hard at getting the jobs and don’t be discouraged when the 100th person says that they like your work and they will keep you on file until something suitable comes up…
Doing the actual work is the easy bit!

ke: And finally…what are your aspirations for the future?!

ka: To be able to carry on working freely and keeping a balance between work and the rest of my life. Not too much or too little!

ke: Thanks Karin!!! x

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Go direct to Karin’s website to see more, or to contact Karin to discuss any personal commissions!

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Margo Selby is a London-based, award winning, woven textile designer. She produces a variety of lifestyle products including cushions, rugs, throws, wallpapers, scarves, bags and purses. You can easily purchase Margo Selby’s products from her online shop…and you can visit the Margo Selby team at their studio-shop in central London and see all of the collection first-hand! The prices are not exactly cheap…but as all the fabrics are developed on a handloom in their studio, you can understand why! Lush!

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