Inspired by the rural surroundings of Somerset and drawn to exploring the intimate relationship between porcelain and light, Claire Springfield’s ceramics are really rather special. I was lucky enough to visit her studio in Cossington to write a feature for Somerset Life this month. Read my article below (click for a bigger view) and see more of Claire’s work here.
This month I’ve contributed to Vintage Life – the glossy super glam magazine, full of vintage style. My feature sees me write about my Fiancé, Tom, and I making our own wedding rings, which we did with Nicola Hurst Design Jewellery, Plymouth, who offers wedding ring workshops. It was a brilliant experience, which I’d highly recommend. Take a look at my feature below and pick up a copy of Vintage Life in WHSmith.
Read what the singer / songwriter had to say on her new album, personal lyrics and being a feminist inside the February issue, which you can read here. Of course we’ve got lots of homegrown talent from the South West of England crammed into the issue too – this month we introduce you to Panda, Plymouth based DJs with an Infectious nu-garage sound and Audible 1, aka Alex Norgate, who has a unique take on drum and bass. This month’s fashion pages also have a distinctive local flavor too, as all the clothes are designed and modeled by the South West’s Alice Vandy. We get our action sport fix from Somerset – in the form of fearless street rider, Sam Baskett, who can clear truly amazing gaps on his BMX. Enjoy these features, plus all our regular features including music reviews, food, club and gig listings. This month we also expand our distribution to include Bristol within the South West edition – exciting times!
From better deals to the hottest hotels and made-to-order travel itineraries, your computer holds the secret to happy holidays. In this feature published in Windows: The Official Magazine I share my top ten ways to organise your best ever holiday.
Planning on crowning your wedding gown with a covetable treasure from a beautiful bygone age? Good choice: there is something wonderful about wearing a piece of jewellery with a story – and shaping its next chapter.
This month I had the enviable task of writing a complete guide to vintage wedding jewellery for WED magazine – it was the most enjoyable wedding-realated feature I’ve written to date, and not just because it involved looking at lots of lovely sparkly jewes! In the feature I explain the difference between vintage, antique, estate and heirloom jewellery, as well as how to age rings, provide questions to ask when buying vintage and teach all about the hidden meanings of vintage jewellery. Did you know diamonds symbolise consistency, hence there use for engagement rings, coral was said to protect against evil, rubies mean passion, amethyst’s signify devotion, emeralds show hope and pearls symbolise tears? Fascinating!
The bumper December/January edition of 247 Magazine is out now – if you live in the South West England grab a free copy from shops, bars, pubs and clubs, or if you’re further afield read it online here.
After avoiding the premature Christmas hysteria last month, we’re full of festive joy at 247 towers this month – we’ve brought the office dog a Santa hat… So, how are you going to celebrate this year? Giving? Check out our gift ideas, although anything from this month’s fashion shoot would do too! Going out or stuck with what to do for NYE? Head straight to our listings guide, with over 500 gigs and club nights listed you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy! We’ve packed the magazine with as much content as possible this month – all your monthly favourites, plus interviews with Seth Lakeman, Kate McGill, Mr.Scuff, The Unthanks, Mark Nichols and Plymouth’s Olympic Snowboarder; Dan Wakeham.
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Whether you are shooting a Formula 1 racing car or a ballerina, getting creative with shutter speed will give your shots an edge. For this feature, commissioned by Photography Monthly magazine, I spoke to five high-profile pro photographers – Lara Jade, Matt Howell, Mark Gray, Michael Bosanko and Mark Pain – who all embrace the creative possibilities offered by shutter speed.
In this interview for Photography Monthly magazine (July issue – out now) I talk to one of the world’s leading underwater photographers, Stephen Frink, about his journey from a landlocked upbringing in Illinois to the Florida Keys, his lucky break, making a living and the secrets behind his underwater shots.