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PHOTOGRAPHER INDIA HOBSON







India Hobson fell into photography because it was quicker than drawing. “I like the immediacy of it,” she says. “The alchemy and pointing at things that other people might overlook.” The UK photographer - who is based in the northern town of Sheffield - started out assisting a photographer before working her way up to shoot features for Kinfolk and T Magazine of the New York Times. “I can't...

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TIMOROUS BEASTIES DESIGNERS ALISTAIR MCAULEY AND PAUL SIMMONS







It was a Glasgow Toile wallpaper that put Timorous Beasties on the world map in 2004. But the Scottish-based design studio by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons had been going for 14 years by then. “We remember years ago when we went to Vogue to meet with the late Isabella Blow, who loved the work, and at that point we thought we had made it - how wrong we were: that was in 1996!” they say. But...

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FLORIST ANNA POTTER





Anna Potter stumbled upon floristry after finishing a degree in Fine Art. “It made perfect sense to be constantly creating with my hands and connected with my inherent love of nature,” she says. Based in the northern town of Sheffield in England, she opened the florist shop Swallows & Damsonsin 2008 after working for two other leading florists in the area. When she began to feel frustrated, Anna...

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TEXTILE ARTIST MISTER FINCH







Mister Finch had almost always been able to sew but one day about seven years ago he felt it was the right time and he was in the right place to start working with textiles. “Something just clicked,” says the UK textile artist. “It felt wonderful. There was also a kind of relief that I had found the thing that everyone looks for - the thing that makes sense, that makes them happy.”

However, Finch,...

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PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL FRANKE







Life as a photographer is a constantly changing tableau. Early in the career of UK-based Michael Franke, he was given the opportunity to shoot a cover for Time Outmagazine. He went on to be one of their regular photographers for shooting restaurants. But then the economic climate changed and so did his clients and the nature of his work. Now Michael's main clients are interior designers and...

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PHOTOGRAPHER BROCK ELBANK







Beards are big. In all senses of the word, at the moment. And London-based photographer Brock Elbankhas been capturing them with a keen sense of style since a stint of living in Sydney about 10 years ago. In 2005 he started work on an exhibition called “Facial”, which was the precursor to his current series, known as #Project60. “I came up with the idea for it for my [Australian] friend Jimmy...

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interior designer kelly hoppen







One of the biggest names out of the UK when it comes to interior design belongs to Kelly Hoppen. While she got her start at a young age - still a teenager - she was quickly designing interiors for high-profile clients, including chef Gary Rhodes and actor Martin Shaw. Kelly's other projects have gone on to include designing first class cabins for British Airways and a hotel in Barcelona. She has...

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designer tony jarratt






For the better part of 20 years Tony Jarratt has been working as a graphic designer. For most of that time he was a partner in an agency in the UK. Currently, he's excited about combining his interests in design as well as papergoods and books. Mac and Ninny Paper Cosells a range of bookplates, book gift kits and preserve gift kits. There are 64 bookplates to choose from which cover interests from...

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stylist susie clegg






UK stylist Susie Cleggjokes that her job is about making things look pretty and shopping. But her work has its basis in design. Her interest in the field was sparked after studying furniture and interior design. However, styling is her passion, and it has led to work with a range of clients, including Dulux, Habitat, MTV and Liberty, as well as publications such as Elle Decoration UK and Living...

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artist sue williams a'court








UK artist Sue Williams A'Court first made a name for herself as an illustrator. Her children's book Time for telling won the prestigious Smarties Award in 1991. (She has published seven of them.) Her art is in various collections in the UK - including at the V&A Museum - USA, Italy and France. Sue has also exhibited many times in London, where she lives with her family, and Paris.


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