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colour stories : Laura Amiss

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Hello you lovely people, thank you so much for all your kind words about my haiku yesterday. It's been so fun to read yours too, you clever people! Please do keep them coming, they are all so inspiring!

Righty-ho, today's post is a beautiful new colour story and I am so thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented Laura Amiss! Laura is an absolutely incredible textile artist and I have been following her work for nearly five years now, ever since she posted this set of embroidered portraits over on her Flickr pages back in 2009. At the time many of us were just discovering and falling in love with all things 'granny chic' and for me Laura's textile canvases were the perfect blend of something old and something new.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

Her fresh approach to using traditional embroidery and applique techniques was and still is a huge inspiration to me, not to mention her fabulous eye for colour! Since then her portfolio has gone from strength to strength as she constantly evolves and explores new subject matter. Her building and cityscapes are instantly recognisable as being uniquely 'Laura Amiss' and I absolutely love her most recent animal themed pieces! Goodness me! I had better stop gushing and hand you over to Laura to share her colour story in her own words...


Hello, I’m Laura, I’m an illustrator and designer living in Holland, although I am originally from the North of England. I’ve been selling my printed illustrations online via Etsy for over 5 years now. I begun after my second child was born, I was feeling unsatisfied from a work perspective and it seemed like a perfect time to take a few risks. Studying Textiles at Goldsmiths lead me to my first creative commercial experiment: knitted hand-bags. Once enlightened to the limited market for non-showerproof and water absorbent handbags, I soon broadened out into mounted stitched textile illustrations, and then developed an applique canvas technique, utilizing felt embroidered onto printed canvas and in doing so opening up in to a world of colour that felt so natural to me.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

Last year I was approached by Wordpress to design a premium theme based around the work they had seen on primarily on my Etsy site. I designed for them a theme drawing a lot on my cityscapes illustrating style and similar palettes called Little Story. Using skills I learnt for Wordpress I’ve now begun creating custom Wordpress templates and web art, such as banners and logos. I receive most of my work because people are attracted to my use of colour, which gives me great satisfaction, as it is the area, which I feel most confident and comfortable.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

I am very much inspired by colour combinations, pattern and texture; these things are often the basis for the beginning of an illustration rather than an image. I sometimes try to go outside of my comfort zone with regard to colours, however try as I might to avoid using the colour teal, it will usually wiggle its way in somewhere. I painted the frame of an old 1950’s door frame teal when we moved in to our home 3 years ago, the first thing my father in law said was ‘what colour are you going to paint that door?’… hmmm it’s painted already!

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb

My textiles canvases often start with interesting pieces of fabric I have found, my process is rather organic in how I piece things together. I don’t see it that different to sketching and drawing, I am essentially still mark making. I really enjoy combining muted tones with the occasional splash of something bold, I do this in both my digital illustrations and pure textiles. Colours can make us happy, one thing that took my by surprise regarding the feedback on my work is that it made people smile and I think that has a lot to do with the colours I use.

colour story : Laura Amiss | Emma Lamb
All images: Laura Amiss // website - shop - facebook - twitter - instagram

Love, love, love! Thank you so much Laura, it is such an honour for me to share your work here and to be able to support one of my favourite textile artists. You are an absolute star and I look forward to following your fabulous work for many more years to come! Goodness, I'm doing it again! Please, please go check out Laura's Etsy shop I know you will love everything there just as much as I do :)

Emma, x

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sponsor spotlight : The First Snow

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sponsor spotlight : The First Snow | Emma Lamb
All images: The First Snow

I am so happy to have The First Snow as my current featured sponsor because I absolutely adore Darah's work. From the very first moment I spotted one of her beautiful hand lettered and illustrated wedding cake toppers on Etsy I was completely smitten! Aren't they gorgeous!? As you can see her extensive wedding collection is just as beautiful, entirely romantic, stylish and full of whimsy. You just need to take a peek at her bridesmaid cards to see what I mean, they are just the sweetest!


"The First Snow Fall is born of my desire to bring little bits of love and loveliness to each woman’s life and home. I’ve always had a soft spot for weddings because they are a perfect blend of young love, colorful inspiration, and thoughtful whimsy. Plus, as a life-long romantic it’s my true joy to create handmade pieces that add one of a kind character to each bride’s special day."

Alongside her wedding collection, which includes everything from those fabulous cake toppers to the prettiest custom invitation suites, Darah has also illustrated a range of equally gorgeous romantic quote prints. And the wonderful news!? I can give one away to one of you lovelies, yay! Not just that, but you get to choose which of the two prints below you would like... double yay!

These are two of my personal favourites, the first is a quote from Elvis and the second from Vincent Van Gogh. It's just so hard to choose between them! Yesterday I was all about Elvis but today Van Gogh's words are striking a cord with me, and of course Darah's beautiful illustrative work isn't making things any easier. I want them both!

Sponsored giveaway! Win one of two beautiful prints from The First Snow | Emma Lamb

Anyhow, I shall stop waffling on and instead tell you how you could win one of these prints for yourself...

First hop on over to The First Snow's Facebook page and show your love with a big like!

Second, come back here and tell me which of these fabulous prints you would choose and why. I confess I totally need your help on this one!

Lastly, leave a way for me to contact you if it turns out to be your lucky day ;)

And that's it! But before you rush off there's a wee bit of nitty-gritty you need to know - this giveaway is open to residents of Australia, Europe and the United States. It will run for one week and a winner will be picked then by either an ingenious or entirely random method. Good luck everyone!

Emma, x

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colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!

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colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!, colour palette curated by Emma Lamb

Is it just me or does Anna Bond over at Rifle Paper Co. create absolute perfection with her paintbrushes!? Her hand painted blooms have become instantly recognisable and almost iconic over the last few years. I have always admired them, not just because of their lovely vintage vibe but because of Anna's amazing sense of colour. Just like her brush strokes her colours are playful yet bold with even her palest colours having that intense crayon quality about them. So beautiful!


The latest piece of magic to come out of the Rifle Paper Co. studios is their stunning new lookbook. I haven't been lucky enough to see it in full, like many I've only just seen the tantalising snippets they've shared on their website and Facebook pages, but oh my I could not resist sharing my two colourful favourites here. Anna teamed up with floral stylist Amy Merrick and photographer Alpha Smoot to create some of the most beautiful product styling I've seen in a wee while. They are the kind of images that render you almost speechless; inspire you in ways you can only hope to be inspired and gift you with an ache in the pit of your creative soul. Do you know what I mean!?

colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!, colour palette curated by Emma Lamb
All images: Rifle Paper Co. // Art direction by Anna Bond, floral styling by Amy Merrick and photography by Alpha Smoot.

As I said these two pages are my absolute favourites! I love how they've combined cut outs of Anna's painted motifs with Amy's real blooms, they sit beside each other so perfectly to create the prettiest 2d / 3d floral display ever! These images are pieces of art in themselves, as I am sure the rest of the lookbook will be too, and I would happily hang the 'stop and smell the roses' photograph above on my studio wall. But until these lovely ladies decide to release these images as prints (surely it is only a matter of time!?) I am contenting myself with their Secret Garden Calendar (bought in the UK from Papermash).

Emma, x

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sponsor spotlight : 'All Aboard' with One Little Bird

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sponsor spotlight : All Aboard print by One Little Bird | Emma Lamb
All images: One Little Bird // website - Minted - Etsy - blog - Facebook - Twitter

My lovely sponsor Leanda over at One Little Bird recently came fifth (out of 790!) in one of Minted's children's art challenges with this fab print 'All Aboard'. Isn't it adorable? I love that it was inspired by her grandfather and her days growing up in London...

"My grandfather was a London bus conductor. I clearly remember him in his smart uniform with his ticket machine strapped over his chest. This design reflects some of my fondest childhood memories and my love for mid-century design."

'All Aboard' is completely customisable too. It is available in three different London themed background colours (Bloomsbury Blue, Piccadilly Pink or Greenwich Gold), you can choose from six different sizes, framed or unframed, plus all the text signage on the bus can be personalised! I think that is such a fantastic concept, to be able to customise the text and colours yourself at point of purchase. Such an easy way to create a very personal and unique piece of art for a new baby's nursery.

Emma, x

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local talent : Ziggy Aeroplane

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Yesterday afternoon after spending almost an hour standing in the Post Office queue (!) I decided to treat myself to a wee visit to a local pop-up shop. Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust, and their idea was to set up a special event to celebrate their first year in business.

Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust to celebrate their first year in business. | Emma Lamb

I've been lucky enough to meet lovely Fiona a few times before at local craft fairs, but it was so lovely to spend a little more time chatting with her yesterday. She told me this whole idea came about after she spotted Amy's Facebook post about the big first year milestone for her business, the timing was perfect as Fiona had the very same milestone approaching in the same month! After sending a first tentative email, something between Fiona and Amy just clicked and their idea for a pop-up shop collaboration began to gain momentum.



To fund the project they set up a Kickstarter page and, with the help of some friends, made the sweetest video to promote their campaign. If you're in Edinburgh today you will be able to catch on the big BBC screen on Lothian Road, something Fiona finds incredibly surreal!

So far the pop-up shop has been a huge success for these two ladies and they are excited about the interest and enthusiasm for their work. If you haven't been to see them yet you can find them at the Whitespace gallery, Gayfield Square, until 6.30pm tonight. I highly recommend you do pop along if you can.

Ziggy Aeroplane is a lovely wee collaboration between Fiona Purves of Paper Aeroplane and Amy Dolan of Ziggy Sawdust to celebrate their first year in business. | Emma Lamb
Visit Paper Aeroplane to find our more about Fiona's collection of cards, prints and stationery featuring her nostalgic hand-drawn illustrations and lettering.
Visit Ziggy Sawdust to find out more about Amy's collection of lovingly up cycled retro and vintage furniture as well as her bespoke service.

I love the work of these two ladies and I was sorely tempted to come home with this dresser, the one with the huge round mirror. Isn't it gorgeous!? If only I had the space for it, curse this tiny flat of mine!

Emma, x

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