Building a community: Canvey Island

From one perspective, when a group of similar individuals all set up home in the same area – that becomes a ready-made community. From another perspective that’s considered an immigration nightmare, a population takeover – and when this happens in numbers large enough, the xenophobic among us tend to refer to this as a ‘ghetto’. The truth is that us humans aren’t massive fans of change and … Continue reading Building a community: Canvey Island

Philip Watts of Philip Watts Design – the Modern Blacksmith

Copse Magazine was lucky enough to interview Philip Watts, the respected modern blacksmith and sculptor. Nottingham-based Philip Watts has just opened a new showroom at the OXO Tower, London. How did you first get your job? I actually have never had a job. My dream was always to work on my own and use my creativity. So what I do now is translating ideas I have … Continue reading Philip Watts of Philip Watts Design – the Modern Blacksmith

Designer Profile: Kate Hollowood

“Hard work, determination and self belief.” Kate Hollowood, founder of her namesake small business Kate Hollowood, is reflecting on how she started her own brand. Sat in her studio in the quiet town of Leamington Spa, Kate speaks passionately about her career to date. She studied Textile Design at the Birmingham University of Art and Design when her youngest child started school, a risk the … Continue reading Designer Profile: Kate Hollowood

Art not for squares

Mark and Hannah are both Directors of their own graphic design agency, Yellow Creative Ltd, and they started creating their own artwork as they couldn’t find anything they liked to hang on their walls at home. The artwork is handmade and is a vintage-style oak-framed print. Distressed typography is printed onto a white-washed oak-veneered wooden panel and then it’s framed in a rough sawn, solid … Continue reading Art not for squares