Archive for December, 2011|Monthly archive page

Abby Wright and Little Birdy at the Lionheart Launch

In Craft, Events on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

Abby has to be one of my very favourite illustrators. Her fashion illustrations blow me away and her passion for her art is inspiring. She’s also incredibly wonderful to work with. Abby has achieved so much already, with commissions from the V&A, Company Magazine and jewellery company, MADE. We have some very exciting projects we have been planning. I hope Abby will continue to illustrate for Lionheart for many, many years to come.

Hello, could you tell us your name and what you create?
My name is Abby Wright and I’m an illustrator. I specialise in fashion and portrait illustration and hope to be a full time freelance illustrator sometime soon!
When did you first hear about Lionheart Magazine?
I knew Hels through twitter, illustrated reviews for her and saw her excited tweets about wanting to start her own magazine. Just months later, I attended her focus group, discussing likes, dislikes, names, subjects and much more. I knew at this point it was going to happen, and now it’s here! Very exciting!
Where will you be coming from to party with the lions?
I’m not going to be able to be at the launch in person, sadly. I’ll be thinking of the lions from Henley-on-Thames, where I’ve just moved to. When I’m not walking along the river there and taking in the surroundings, you can find me roaming around my beautiful home of East Yorkshire.
What will you be doing/selling at the Lionheart Magazine launch party?
I will have prints of my illustrations for sale at the launch; there will only be a small amount though, so hurry along!
What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine?
I’m looking forward to beautiful photography, interesting stories and enthusiastic writing! And that’s just the start, this magazine will be super special!

Follow Abby’s blog, her facebook and twitter.

Hello, could you introduce yourself please?
My name is ‘Little Birdy’ and I’m a craft chameleon who makes all sorts!- Porcelain jewellrey, hand stitched vintage animals, tea and coffee cosies, paper garlands and bunting, ’embroidrawings’, cards and most recently lots of handcrafted christmas decorations amongst other things.

When did you hear about Lionheart Magazine?
I first heard of Lionheart magazine through a crafty cousin!
Where will you be coming from?
I’ll be coming from exotic Totterdown area of Bristol to party with the lions.
What will you be selling at the Launch Party?
I shall be touting my wares at the mini market- a veritable hodge podge of colourful craftiness!
What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine?
I look forward to interesting craft ideas, info and insight into other like minded crafters and events.


As Petals Fall at the Lionheart Launch

In Craft, Events on December 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I’ve known Kate since university, she’s a very talented textile designer – her work is delicate and full of a deep love and understanding of the natural world. I’m happy for Kate as she begins her business venture, As Petals Fall and I’m very much looking forward to her crafty sessions, making moustaches, lips and lavender bags.

Hello, could you introduce yourself please?
Hello, I’m Katie a textile designer and print maker, I source and collect pretty fabrics, ribbons and vintage doilies and make things out of them, sometimes adorning pieces with my own screen printed designs.
When did you first hear about Lionheart Magazine?
I first heard of the wonderous Lion when it was still a little seed in my friend Helen’s head, it has been a joy to see her succeed in making it a beautiful reality.
Where will you be travelling from on Sunday?
Just around the corner
What will you be doing/selling at the launch party?
I will have a little ‘As petals fall’ stall at the launch selling pretty textiles such as cushions, Liberty aprons, garlands and bags as well as limited addition screen prints. I will also be doing a lavender bag workshop (an ideal homemade christmas gift for someone) and you can join me in making some swarve moustaches and lips; a perfect costume change for the sparkle filled evening.
What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine?
I am looking forward to absolutley every part of Lionheart, I just know it will be something I pour over and treasure, I will be especially thrilled to see my pieces in there and I can’t wait to see the wonderful photography by Stella Mason.

Follow Kate’s blog, on twitter and on facebook.

Gemma Milly at the Lionheart Launch

In Events, Illustration on December 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

Gemma Milly is an extremely talented illustrator. Her work is similar to a real life paradise, wrapped in a fairytale. I love her style and I’m extremely excited to hear Gemma talk about the process and inspiration behind her work, as well as purchase her wares. Excitingly, I’ve just heard that Gemma will have a selection of The Aviary‘s goods with her too!

Hello, could you tell us your name and what you create?
I’m Gemma Milly, and I’m a fashion and portrait illustrator, wedding stationery designer and maker of pretty gifts.

When did you first hear about Lionheart Magazine?
Helen and I first met working from Amelia’s magazine and have kept in touch ever since (yay!). So I’ve known about Lionheart for quite a while and am glad I can finally let the cat out the bag now.

Where will you be coming from to party with the lions?
From Alton in Hampshire.

What will you be doing/selling at the Lionheart Magazine launch party?
I’ll be selling my prints, greetings cards and gifts in the afternoon. Then at 5pm I’ll be taking a live illustration session and talking about how I create my portraits. After that I’ll be letting my hair down!

What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine
Touching the gorgeous thick paper and drooling over all the pretty features. Then giving it pride of place, first in the stack, by my bedside.

Follow Gemma on twitter, facebook and through her blog.

Fritha Strickland at the Lionheart Launch

In Craft, Events on December 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Fritha is not only an amazing illustrator, she also has a wonderful way with words, which you’ll know if you read her blog. She is on the very BRINK of becoming a mother, but is planning on having her wares for sale and popping into the launch party. You’ll remember her from this video perhaps, beautiful and blooming! On a personal note, Fritha is great friend of mine and has been incredibly supportive throughout the making of Lionheart Magazine. I know I can always ask her advice on anything and she’ll whack some perspective down. She has also made me less terrified of pregnancy – and even birth, she’s so relaxed about the whole fandango. Beautiful, kind and full of imagination, I know she’ll make a fabulous mother.

Hello, could you introduce yourself please?
Fritha Moonbeatle Tigerlilly Quinn, I create illustrations that I have translated onto bags, jewellery and pocket mirrors.
When did you first hear about Lionheart?
I am lucky enough to consider the editor as one of my good friends so I heard about Lionheart when it was just a cub and have seen it grow into a lion, Roar!
Where will you be travelling from to party with the lions?
I live locally, which is lucky as I am nine months pregnant!
What will you be doing/selling at the launch party?
Hels has been kind enough to let me sell some of my wearable art at the launch party!
What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine?
I cant wait to see everyone’s contributions to the magazine, I know of some of the illustrators and writers who have contributed and how amazing their work is, so to see what they have come up with and all in one beautiful magazine, will be amazing. Something to cherish forever.

Follow Fritha’s blog and on twitter.

Quincy Lampshades at the Lionheart Launch Party

In Events on December 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

Matryoshkas Cream - Lionheart Magazine - Quincy Lampshades
Quincy Lampshades (One of my favourites)

The Lionheart Magazine Launch Party is taking place on Sunday at 40 Alfred Place, Bristol, from 1pm – 10pm. Hopefully, the day will be filled with copious amounts of Lionheart love! However, as well as Lionheart Magazine for sale – HOORAY! There will be a mini market, talks, live illustration, beautiful cakes, drinks and fresh, homemade pizzas. Then in the evening, music, (more) cakes and Lionheart chatter. The launch promises to bring together wonderful creatives – readers, writers, illustrators, artists and the general Lionhearted population. All are welcome, just tweet @helsmartin/ @lionheartmag, say ‘yes’ on facebook, or email Anyone who has a roar in their Lionheart, come along!

As I mentioned, from 1pm – 6pm, there will be a mini market downstairs, where a number of hand selected artists will be selling their wares. One of these, is the wonderful lampshade-creating extraordinaire, Ruth McAllister, of Quincy Lampshades. As well as selling her beautiful shades, Ruth will also be demonstrating how to make a lampshade, live, before the Lionheart audience. All I know is, she’s bring an ironing board.

Strawberry Dots - Quincy Lampshades- Lionheart Magazine

I asked Ruth a few questions in anticipation of Sunday:
Hello, could you introduce yourself please?
My name is Ruth McAllister, aka The Lampshade Lady, from Quincy Lampshades. I make bright, bold and ballsy lampshades.

How did you discover Lionheart Magazine?
Exploring the Twitterverse, I spotted Lionheart Magazine’s call for help. Thinking I could assist with a spot of proofreading (I used to be an editor in my life before lampshades), I got in touch. But you were having none of that – you wanted me for my stay-at-home-mum to running-a-small-business story.

Kiku Bouf - Lampshades Lionheart Magazine Launch Quincy Lampshades Lionheart MagazineQuincy Lampshades Lionheart Magazine

Where are you coming from to be at the Lionheart Launch Party?
I will be travelling all the way from LA to attend the Lion party, via Bath and North Somerset.

What will you be doing/selling at the launch?
Where else but a magazine launch party would you expect to get a lampshade-making demo? I’ll be cutting, sticking and rolling PVC and fabric to show you guys how easy, quick and satisfying it is to make your own lampshade. (But if that doesn’t grab you, why not just buy one instead? I’ll have an armful of lampshades for sale.)

What are you looking forward to in Lionheart Magazine?
So looking forward to seeing EVERYTHING in Lionheart Magazine. Though I will, of course, flick straight to my article. I’m desperate to check out all the illustrations too.

Follow Ruth’s blog here – I love her ‘Manky Lampshades’ regular feature, the very worst lampshade wins one of Ruth‘s beautiful lampshade designs. Ruth can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

We will be auctioning off the demo lampshade, in aid of Born Free. Lovely!

Behind the scenes at the printers

In Diary on December 5, 2011 at 9:34 am

It was extremely exciting seeing Lionheart Magazine printed onto paper. The noise and smell was captivating. I can’t explain just HOW different it all looks printed with ink onto paper. All I can say is, it’s better than I hoped and my love for print has been even further confirmed. I took them all cakes.

The ink going into the printer – each section is for one of four colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

The pages come out and are tested for their colour accuracy. They are monitored by eye and by computer. One of the pages looked a bit garish, with the intensity of its yellow, so it was toned down to look perfect. Sorry, it has to be blurred. Six days to go!

Lionheart page stacks (Charlie and printer)

Other stacks of printed press. Lionheart page plates replaced a corporate pamphlet on ISAs. But this printer also creates Boneshaker Magazine – which is brilliant!

A very old printer. This one works in the same way as the enormous beast, but it’s much prettier.

The printer company have been around since 1820. They were bombed in World War II, but have been in these premises since the end of the War. Many of their machines are very old and beautiful, they’re like little steam engines.

Shipshape Studio

In Art, Craft, Interviews on December 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

I was just going to publish this interview with a teeny intro, including the words *pride* *craft* *dreams*, but that’s not my way. So here is a little background story first.

I met Emily through a shared passion for interesting, creative and beautiful print media, crafty homes, unease with too many exclamations marks in any articles (though I am definitely guilty of this on twitter) and coffee shops. We both felt that there was nothing out there – as one, physical creation – for girls like us. And we weren’t that different, were we? Together, we embarked on understanding the people who we felt might love what made our own hearts flutter and our sense of personal strength, grow in its belief. We conducted focus groups, walked and sat within tiny corners of cities, meandered in museums, unfolded scrap books in cafes, spent hours on Skype (withOUT the video), wrote enormous emails defining our thoughts, drank wine and discussed until the early hours and sent many texts and tweets, when flashes of inspiration hit. I also met Adam, her wonderful partner and they met Charlie and a bunch of my lovely friends. Through it all, I have gained a wonderful friend, a confidant and a believer in doing things – I hope for life. After a number of months yakking at each other, we embarked on our own projects. I can also honestly say, that without Emily and that Lionhearted foundation laid, I would not be where I am now, with Lionheart Magazine. I hope that she found all our research helpful for her own dream, too. Drum roll… which iiiiis…The AMAZING Shipshape Studio.

I am extremely happy for Emily and Adam, opening Shipshape Studio, in November. A glorious, physical Lionheart! There you can make, peruse, drink tea, eat cake and bask in a little paradise of inspiration. I am very proud of them and I wish Shipshape every success. I know how much work goes into creating something from a spark of an idea and I know Emily will have done her Excel spreadsheets properly and not been forced into them, as I have with Charlie! He hates my paper cash book. Anyway, I implore everyone to visit Shipshape Studio when they are in London. Lionheart Magazine shall be stocked in there too – ROAR!

Here follows a little interview with Emily:

Hello, could you introduce yourself and your business?
Hello! I’m Emily and I’m the co-founder of Shipshape Studio, an independent crafty venue and boutique in Northwood, a leafy part of NW Greater London. Shipshape Studio is a creative venue that hosts a wide variety of crafty classes, ranging from fabric printing, to fashion illustration, to hand-sewing. We have a cute instore lifestyle shop open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am-6pm. It’s full of gorgeous handmade and vintage homeware, stationery, art, clothing, gifts, and books, like Lionheart Magazine. We also sell vintage fabrics and craft supplies so you can get crafting at home. We’re opening our online shop soon so that you can shop Shipshape from wherever you are. I’m very excited about our range of own-brand home and fashion accessories, designed and made by me, which will be launching in January 2012 and will be available online and instore.

What made you want to begin such a venture?
Opening Shipshape Studio has always been my dream and I feel overwhelmingly lucky. Over the past 10 years I’ve started many different projects and tried lots of different things, which have all pushed me on my creative business journey and made me work hard to realise it in opening Shipshape Studio. I’ve found that making something yourself and the support of the creativity community are very empowering so we have created a friendly and inspiring space where you can learn new skills, meet like-minded people and feel at home. Design is a big part of our classes and we really believe that anyone can give it a go. All you need is a bit of confidence and one of our talented designer-makers to guide you, and you’d be surprised at what you can achieve! We’re also big believers in small businesses and individuals, which is reflected in the products we stock and the business workshops for creatives that we will be holding in 2012.

How would you describe the style of Shipshape Studio?
Shipshape Studio is design-led, but in an approachable way. Most of our shop fittings are things that we’ve given a second life to. We’ve sanded, stained, painted, planed, built – you name it, we’ve done it! Lots of our pieces are second-hand, from charity shops and scrap yards or are repurposed pieces, such as our storage unit built from stained and painted wine-crates. We’ve thought long and hard to create a space that makes people feel comfortable as we know some people can find it a bit daunting to go to a class on your own. I really love it and I hope you will too!

What can visitors/attendees look forward to – I heard whisper of classes by some very talented crafters?
Yes, lots of crafters! You can drop in to buy some handmade and vintage goodies in our shop or stick around and sign-up for one of our classes taught by some of the finest designer-makers, crafters and artists. There are lots of different ones to choose from, and we’re always open to new ideas. The classes are all fun, friendly and with small class sizes, and we serve complimentary tea and coffee from lovely independent companies, as well as homemade cake! Not all of our classes are available to be booked online quite yet, with more being announced just before Christmas, so drop us an email to if you see one you like or have any ideas. We’re always happy to hear from you!

Do you think Lionheart Magazine would fit in well at your studio?
Absolutely! I think Lionheart Magazine fulfils a lot of things that people often find missing in their lives. Everyone’s always so busy. It’s the word I hear most often when I ask people ‘How are you?’ Busy is good, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for the beautiful or the whimsical or to sit and think. Lionheart is definitely going to fill that gap. Craft, empowerment, wonderful writing, thoughts that make you think, and beauty. Those precious little moments of time just before bed or after dinner are no longer going to be filled with television or iPhones. I’m going to be reading Lionheart Magazine and drifting off to the wonderful world you’ve created.