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Friday, 25 April 2014

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As I was shopping at the market this week, I was also pondering on the next cover for the local magazine. I've been aware of a trend for ethnic, block printed patterns appearing in interiors magazines recently, and combined with my own interest in prints and printing, an idea had started to form. Although we're a small budget magazine, I like to try and produce an original cover each month. It would be easy to use a pre-prepared fashion or homes shot from a large manufacturer, these are readily available free of charge, but we are a local magazine, firmly rooted in the community, and I think it is best to use local suppliers and our own photographer if possible. 



Yesterday I hunted high and low in Peterborough for accessories that I could use to style a bright and sunny shoot for the June issue. It wasn't easy: Peterborough is not really blessed with quirky shops. In the end, I bought one small length of fabric from John Lewis and then, not sure if it was really what I was looking for, I purchased two block stamps from one of the nicest shops in the city centre, Art in the Heart. When I got home, I printed some of my own fabric on a piece of old linen, using my lino cut printing ink. 



I've had fun playing around with arrangements, injecting some colour into a very grey and rainy day. 



I found the Moroccan plate in an interiors shop in Stamford today. It's a really interesting independent store called Snow Design and Interiors. Knobbly lemons and fresh asparagus came from Stamford's lovely Friday market.



I enjoyed creating that mood board. Whether or not any of these ideas will translate into a cover shot or not, I'm not really sure yet. What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. The mood boards portrays to me stylish, informal country living. Hope that helps. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you! Really helpful. Have a lovely weekend too.

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  2. I love the bright colours and simple,bold designs. Very spring-like.

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  3. I think they are fabulous...especially love the first picture and your fabric is Amazing i really love it :-) xx

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    1. Thanks Hettie. Glad you like the fabric too.

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  4. I think they're fantastic, very Country Living Magazine, (actually better than some of the pictures they've had recently) your printing is a perfect backdrop!

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    1. Hi, if you read my blog you will see that I never put recipes on here, just occasional photos of food. Thanks,
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  6. Hi Fiona...
    I think there fab too!
    LOVE the printed block, you've created...
    I also love your latest 'frock' buy from earlier post..
    Ooh and bigger pictures please and thank you!
    I feel a new dress coming on ...and I know you will understand!! hehe
    Hugs Maria x

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    1. Hi Maria, how did I guess you might want to see a bit more of the dress! I always find them quite hard to photograph but I'll have a try. It is a beauty, I couldn't believe that no one else had snapped it up. Such a lovely periwinkle blue. And yes, I always understand the urge for a new frock...

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  7. Hello again
    I tried commenting yesterday but Blogger was not playing fair! Anyway that fabric is delicious - I thought it was from India but you made it yourself! I used to have lots of fabric like this from the many trips we made to India years ago - I have a few old bits left but Bronte is very cross that I got rid of it a few years back. I remember that I would buy tops for 20p or so...those were the days. I might have to dig out some old bits now that you have reminded me! Lovely photographs

    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. Hello Jenny, thanks for stopping by and positive words. I had problems leaving comments yesterday too, not sure what was happening. Your last spring post was beautiful.

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