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Emclectic Jewellery Lookbook

23/03/2016
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Team
Livia – L is for Olive
Emily – Emclectic Collection; Jewellery Maker
Val and Vess – Creatives Collaborators

Isn’t true that when you stop, look and observe, you find so much more than you thought you would? For as they say, beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places and big things come in small packages.

Not only that, but these often a time when the smallest of details bring a whole piece together and create much more than what you expected. A stroke of a brush, the perfect phrase, maybe even that ideal emoji that seems to just sum up all those emotions that can’t seem to be expressed in 50 words or less.

Perhaps that’s what’s just so magical about the jewellery that Emily for Emclectic collection creates. Delicate, refined, precise. Nothing left to chance. Everything colour, piece and shape chosen with clarity and joy. And the effect that they have? As we described. Precision, completion, perfection.

We had a pleasure collaboration with the lovely Emily and Livia to bring this shoot to life. All hand made and carefully created by Emily, her latest ranges have hues of pastel pink and sage green and are just waiting to add that little something to your autumn wardrobe.

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Golden The Exhibition

01/11/2015
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“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but is one who inspires others.”
Salvador Dali

One of the most beautiful things in life is when humanity gathers together to do something amazing. Such in the case of Golden the Exhibition. A night of collaboration, creativity, vision and gathering for a cause, it was a night that saw makers and creators band together to support Headspace, an organisation that cares for youth mental health. Having personally had friends who have been effected with mental health issues, we know how important it is to support those who are going through such a journey.

And that’s what Golden did. With art on the walls available for purchase and artists creating live pieces on the night, all proceeds from any of the sales went to Headspace. Not only backing their work, but also giving the public the chance to discuss mental illness and to show their support for those effected by it.

 We got the chance to speak to the organiser of the event, the wonderful typographer, illustrator and all round lovely person; Kate Pullen.

1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a sagittarius who can’t drink caffeine, enjoys movies with incredibly bad special effects, and who has developed a worrying love of gardening.
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2) Your lettering has quite become a signature feature, what is it about lettering you love the most? 
I didn’t fully realise this until recently but I think, for me, the attraction to lettering has been more about storytelling than anything else. As a kid I was a really big reader and there’s nothing quite like getting completely lost in someone else’s adventure. So much so that it begins to feel like your own.
3) Golden was an amazing event what was the motivation behind holding such an event? And where does the name “Golden” derive from?
Thank you! It was incredibly overwhelming to see so many people there on the night, in the best way possible. I had wanted to be part of something like Golden for quite a while; I wanted the opportunity to work on something bigger than myself, involve myself in the community, and raise awareness for an issue I am incredibly passionate about. The idea of ‘Golden’ was centred around peeling back layers, and acknowledging that we often only see a small part of each person.
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4) Your passion for headspace and mental health is inspiring, where does your passion come from?
Unfortunately, mental health affects a staggering amount of people. Even if you yourself haven’t experienced it directly, it is quite likely that you have watched as a friend, colleague or family member has struggled. However, despite the alarming stats out there, I believe there continues to be a stigma around mental ill-health, and this is something we all need to continually work on. Mental wellbeing, and health in general, is paramount and I think continuing to talk about it openly, and support those organisations which provide help to those in need, is incredibly important.
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5) Why do you think mental health is important in the arts?
I think mental health is important in all areas, and that includes the arts. One thing that does bother me about creativity and mental health is the continued glorification of ‘the tortured artist’; that, somehow, great work is only born out of periods of great pain. Don’t get me wrong, I believe everything we experience informs our work – and that includes struggles of course – but it isn’t a prerequisite to creating more meaningful pieces, and we should be encouraged to look after ourselves.
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6) Finally what responsibility do you think artists/artisans have in supporting charities or movements? 
I can only speak for myself and for me, I wanted to be able to use the skills that I have to help others; I’m not a social worker or a psychologist, but perhaps I could use the tools I have to help them in their work.
Thanks to Kate and to all the incredible artists who donated work on the night! We’re amazed when we see people caring for others. The impact you have goes beyond what you know or could ever believe.
For more information on the artists featured on the night please visit The Golden Exhibition website
For more information on Headspace or to find out how you can support youth mental health please visit the Headspace website
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amy clemens

08/10/2015
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AMY CLEMENS
CREATIVE INSPIRATION
@amyclemens12

Seeing Amy’s photo realistic drawings of whimsical, beautiful girls, you first question whether Amy’s work is a photograph or actually a drawing. All of her artwork is created with pencil on paper, an idea, and a love for beauty. Starting her illustration journey with a self imposed challenge to draw something everyday, her sharing of her work quickly led to a following of 20K followers on instagram. We sat down with her and talked about her creative journey and her passion for art.

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