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Karis Richards, Illustrator

Karis Richards, Illustrator

North London based illustrator, Karis Richards, launches her first greetings card range this summer. Her illustrations of modern day icons include Beyonce, Kanye, Destiny’s Child and Mariah. Here she shares her process, her experience of being part of a mentorship programme and advice for those who want to launch a product. Hi Karis, we’re so excited about the launch of your greetings cards range. Can you tell us how you got to this point? How did you decide on the subject matter? [KARIS] Ahh, it’s so exciting! I started digitally illustrating a couple years ago now and began sharing my...

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Amy Lavelle, Freelance Writer and Journalist

Amy Lavelle, Freelance Writer and Journalist

Brighton-based freelance journalist, Amy Lavelle, has written lifestyle and culture articles for the likes of The Telegraph, Huffington Post and Glamour. She’s appeared on BBC to discuss women's issues and is here today to chat about all things  Hi Amy! Talk us through your childhood, education and training. How did you get here? Where did it all begin? [AMY] I like to tell the story of a relative storming my baptism, drunk and demanding the priest hand me over to them. I like to tell that story because it is my one anecdote. When I was a teenager, I entered a...

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Hayley Maker and Becca Allen, Co-Owners of Sacred Grounds

Hayley Maker and Becca Allen, Co-Owners of Sacred Grounds

We met this incredible pair through two serendipitous encounters and have admired and enjoyed their individual and collective creations ever since. Hayley and Nathan Maker are responsible for the beautiful No Guts No Glory in Exeter. Becca Allen is a freelance designer and illustrator and has worked with the likes of Habitat Collection and Moon Magic.  Together with Nathan Maker, Hayley and Becca launched Sacred Grounds in 2018 in Exeter City Centre. We quizzed them on all things collaborative. Hi you wonderful pair! Will you share with us a mini timeline of the key milestone moments in your working relationship? [HAYLEY]...

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Lou Dungate, Founder of Lou Dungate

Lou Dungate, Founder of Lou Dungate

Lou Dungate founded her line of cashmere basics in 2016. You’ll find Lou’s garments around the corner from our Boxpark store amidst an achingly cool collection of clothing, homewares, print and coffee at Modern Society on Redchurch Street, where eclecticism meets modern minimalism. Lou also holds seasonal ‘Lou Hosts’ events where she brings together a bunch of female founders for business breakfasts. Hi Lou, tell us everything! Starting with your background, education and training. [LOU] Everything, sure! Born & bred in Surrey, and both my parents are keen gardeners, so I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors. I had...

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Angela Tomasoni, Founder of Write Sketch &

Angela Tomasoni, Founder of Write Sketch &

The Write Sketch & aesthetic speaks to the very core of our being. Bold colour, kaleidoscopic patterns and precise execution come together to create an aesthetic that gets the nod of approval from designers the world over. Here’s Angela Tomasoni, Founder of Write Sketch & on how she got here… Hi Angela, thanks for talking to us! Talk us through the key milestones in your journey to date? How did you get here? [ANGELA] About 12 years ago I founded a branding and art direction agency with Matteo Carruba. After having worked for years as consultants, we decided it was time to...

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