Today we are so excited to introduce our fantastic new blogging team, who are going to bring some gorgeous & inspirational new content to the blog!
Tuesday's will now be a 'Double Post Day'. The talented Justine Aldersey-Williams is our 'Art and Creative Writer' & will be posting in the morning, reviewing inspiring artists each week. In the afternoon the lovely Leonie McDonald our 'Gift Guide Editor' will be sharing her gift guide for the week.
Wednesday's posts are from our regular guest blogger Hannah Byatt, who for the moment is reviewing designers & artists from the wonderful Lilla Rogers Studio.
Thursday's are also now a 'Double Post Day' & bringing you some delicious beauty inspiration in the morning is MaJo BV our 'Beauty Editor'. In the afternoon we will be bringing you some beautiful interiors inspiration by Emily Black our 'Interiors Round-up Editor'.
And of course myself & Kelly will still be bringing you our latest, exciting news & product developments as well as reviewing students, designers & artists ourselves. The blog will just be jam packed with eye candy!
Here is a bit more about our new team:
Justine Aldersey-Williams - Art and Creative Writer
Justine is a colour-loving, pattern/textile designer and yoga teacher currently studying an MA. Her work is to be featured in the forthcoming publication, ‘Patternbase: a Book of Contemporary Textile and Surface Design’ and she will be exhibiting this June at New Designers in London. Justine is currently working on her dissertation, which explores how meditation techniques can enhance creative practice and will begin sharing her findings through online workshops for artists and designers later this year.
Having graduated in Printed Textiles and Fashion in the pre-digital era, Justine was one of the first batch of students to complete all three modules of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course. Since thoroughly updating her technical skills and launching her own brand of printed products, ‘Joybringer’, Justine is now going ‘back to basics’ in her practical work by exploring natural fabric dyeing and embroidery. She hopes to balance the fun and convenience of modern digital design with the provenance and therapeutic benefits of ancient handcrafted skills in her final MA collection.
Prior to re-kindling her first love, textile design, Justine ran her own successful personal development company producing illustrated visual aids and teaching children art, yoga, tai chi, massage, Bollywood/bellydance and meditation. She is a qualified life coach, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) practitioner and Reiki Master. Her aim has always been to help people discover the potential of their latent talents. She candidly shares her process of blending creativity and yoga in her blog, ‘Justine and the Joybringer’.
MaJo BV - Beauty Editor
MaJo is a Colombian fashion, textile and surface pattern designer living in Milan. She is in love with whimsical, bright, quirky and fun design and is inspired by everything around her. She is a very curious girl who enjoys traveling and exploring and asking lots of questions (even to strangers!) She is obsessed with make-up, fake eye lashes and nail polish so she is very happy to be the one to show you the latest in beauty products and their lovely designs.
Emily Black - Interiors Roundup Editor
Hello! I'm Emily, interior designer for Groves Interiors. I love anything and everything relating to interiors. I wish to share with you my passion for interior design, decorating, DIY and home shopping, and am so excited to bring you inspiration for your home.
Leonie McDonald - Gift Guide Editor
Leonie is a full-time freelance writer specialising in the arts, design and style. You can check out her DIY website (please excuse the mess) here.
Hannah is a contemporary Surface Pattern Designer, enthusiastic blogger with a keen interest in photography. She freelances for Black Cherry Studio which is based in Glasgow, UK. Hannah has also carried out work experience with the RT studio!