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Where have we been?! We are sooooo sorry guys! Due to the arrival of teeny tiny feet last November and consequently 3 months of sleep deprivation, Morning Edit has been ruthlessly cast aside in favour of cake consumption instead (in those blissful moments when the little one is napping of course!) But we do hope you haven’t left us for good, and that we still have a few friends out there!? We will be returning very shortly with more gorgeousness. Rather like this super-duper New Baby card above from the oh-so-talented Ros Shiers. Cute!

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One half of Morning Edit was a very lucky girl at Christmas time; she received one of the fabulous Wrap magazines from Santa Claus. Wrap magazine celebrates the very best in illustration, design and creative culture…and even better than this (should such a thing be possible) – each issue includes five double-sided sheets of wrapping paper, created by some of the most talented illustrators of the moment. And believe me – presents really do look AMAZING when wrapped in..er..Wrap!

What we really like is that this publication bridges the gap between being a magazine and a product. Founded by designers Chris Harrison and Polly Glass in 2010 with the aim of showcasing the work of up-and-coming illustrators, Wrap is published three times a year and stocked in more than 100 shops around the world. So make sure you keep an eye out… it’s filled with such lovely illustrations, artist interviews and features… and – with a big mug of hot chocolate and an open fire – is the perfect accompaniment for these cold winter days!

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Ho ho ho Morning Editors! Christmas is upon us (assuming we see today through to the end, of course!).  It’s wet..it’s cold…but we don’t care. IT’S CHRISTMAAAAASSSSS! We want to say a huge thank you to all of you for your company this year.. We love collaborating on Morning Edit, and receiving your nice comments reminds us that what we’re offering IS damn fine stuff. So thank you!

To welcome the Christmas break, here are a few gorgeous designs from The British Postal Museum Archive. Ok – we might be a little late to use these as postal reminders, but we can still enjoy the imagery and admire the work. Great stuff!

So here’s to you and yours this Christmas…and we can’t wait to meet again at the start of the new year! See you soon!

Katy & Angie xx
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After whetting your appetite recently for the work of Cassia Beck in one of our Eye Candy features (here)… we thought it high time we share some more of her fab portfolio.. Cassia is not only a very talented photographer but can also turn her creative hands to working in collage too. Her vintage-inspired collection – created under the name of Violet May – is one we’ve been loving for ages. The range is just so fun..and we can’t get enough of the simple, playful compositions and muted yet colourful palettes. We’ve both had the pleasure of working with Cassia in the past, and her Violet May collection was always one of our favourites. We hope you feel the same!

Darling Clementine are a small Norwegian design agency inspired by both their past and their Scandinavian design heritage. Ingrid Reithaug and Tonje Holand  are Darling Clementine, taking pride in producing gorgeous stationery products and homeware pieces. Aside from their DC range, their illustration work spans from identity profiling to illustration for interior and t-shirt designs. We are BIG fans here at Morning Edit HQ, and we are pretty confident that you will be too!

(GIVEAWAY!!! For a chance to win a set of Karin’s beautiful ‘Sweet Dreams’ pillowcases, please scroll down to the end of this post to find out more!)

Hi guys! Today we are thrilled to be able to introduce you to the work of Swedish born illustrator Karin Åkesson.. Karin’s signature style of nostalgic drawings and typographic prints covers the themes of popular culture, flora and fauna and the most beautiful tiny birds you could wish for – all with happiness and positivity at their heart. Her range now covers wall art prints, stationary, cushions, tea-towels, pillowcases and tote bags, and all are available from a number of stockists as well as from Karin direct. And as if this wasn’t enough, Karin also applies her illustrative skills to advertising, editorial and design work which has covered a really wide and exciting portfolio of clients over the years. Ooh – and she also happily receives private commissions too!

Karin was born and raised in Sweden but moved to England in 1997 to study Illustration at Brighton University before she moved to London to complete her MA at the Royal College of Art. Since graduating in 2003 she has been working as a freelance designer, now working from her studio by Victoria Park in East London. Looking at the rate by which her product range and popularity is growing, we cannot wait to see what else is in store both for her and for us! Lucky for us Karin was able to take a break in her hectic schedule to allow us to find out more!..

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Can you remember when you first became interested in all things creative?

I am a Swedish born illustrator who has now almost spent half my life in the UK. I initially came here to study and I found UK to be such a great place to be and it has inspired both my life and work. As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed being creative and I know I am very lucky to be able to work with what I love.

Q. You have been in England for 15yrs… How do you feel British design differs from Scandinavian design? And how does living here in the UK – and specifically London – influence your work do you think?

London is such an exciting place to live. I love the mixture of people and culture and it’s naturally a very creative place. Sweden is much more controlled and polished somehow, and at times can be almost too “perfect”.. and so I think this is reflected in the design world as well.

Q. Your began expanding your work onto your own product range a number of years ago… What instigated this, and what has been your most popular product / theme to date?

I have always worked on personal projects alongside my commissioned work. A few years ago I decided to test selling some print designs in a local market, and I got a great response from the customers who came. And so my collection has grown organically ever since. My birds with messages of joy were my first collection and is still one of the most popular product ranges.

Q. You regular participate in art shows and craft fairs… How important is it for you to be able have contact with your customers and artists, and discuss / receive feedback from people first-hand?

Market life is a great way of meeting new customers and trying out new products, as well as getting instant feedback. Eaves-dropping on customers’ honest options – good and bad – provides a great insight and a great way to learn!

Q. As well as selling your prints directly from your website, you also have your prints available through a number of online galleries and retailers. Does it sometimes become a struggle keeping up with all of your customer orders – especially around the holiday season!? Do you have any advice for anyone finding themselves in a similar situation?

The month leading up to Christmas is always the most demanding but also most exciting time of the year. So much of the work during the rest of the year goes into making the holiday season a success. Being organized and prepared is key and at times I found bribery works for husband and friends to help pack up orders and we end up with a mini factory in the living room!

Q. You are exhibiting for the first time at London’s Top Drawer trade show this week. You must be really excited at seeing how your work will be received by the Independent and High Street retailers visiting the show? Hopefully it will be packed with Buyers all looking for lovely new product ranges for their stores?!!

I already sell my work in a selection of shops and galleries but this is the first time I’m actively searching for stockists, and so it will be exciting to see how the business grows in this new direction. I am looking forward to meet lots of new buyers and fellow designers and I expect I will learn a lot!

Q. You have just re-launched your website and online shop, which is looking absolutely fantastic! Did you feel it was time for a re-vamp?

Yes! I think a redesign of my website was long overdue, I feel it’s more customer friendly now and it reflects my work in a better way.

Q. What other exciting plans have you got coming up this year? Anything we need to get into our diary?

I will be selling my work at East London Design Show 7-9th December so please do come and say hello!

Q. What is a typical day for you like – is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ day?

I usually spend my mornings preparing and packing up orders and once I have dropped off the postal sack at the post office I have the rest of the day free to work on new projects or catching up with admin and marketing. There is always a never-ending list of things to do but I know it is important to enjoy it and enjoy the freedom it brings, so if it is a sunny day I will go out and sit in the park! Most of my inspiration is found in everyday life so what better excuse is there to go out and explore!? Oh I mean work!

Q. We love hearing how Designers choose to decorate their own homes.. Can you give us a little insight into your own tastes? What do you adorn your own walls with at home / in the studio?

I read somewhere that a home with personal photos on the walls is a happy home, and I like that. I like our home to feel homely and personal with a comfortable sofa! It’s filled with things that we care about and bits of furniture – old and new – that we have collected over the years. I have quite a few of my own prints on the wall, for when I make a new print I like to live with it and try it out at home. I am my own customer and I make things I like for myself.

Thanks so much Karin!!

GIVEAWAY!!! For a chance to win a set of these 2 beautiful ‘Sweet Dreams’ pillowcases below (usual RRP £25), simply tweet a link to this interview including the following hashtag #morningeditgiveaway and a winner will be chosen at random! Competition closes in 1 weeks’ time.

Karin is currently exhibiting her work at Top Drawer London – The UK’s leading event for design-led gifts, lifestyle & fashion accessories. Pop along until Tuesday 18th Sept to say hello and see her stunning range of products!

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We first came across the work of Ruth Jackson a couple of years ago when we both fell in love with her ink and watercolour illustrations.. And so it was with great joy that we saw Ruth exhibiting her work at January’s Top Draw gift and homeware show, reminding us again of just how much we love her style. Following a successful career in both advertising and jewellery design, Ruth decided to follow her heart and focus on her illustration work due to popular demand. We can’t wait to see what new work she undertakes! Her website doesn’t show too many of her pieces, but here are a few for you to enjoy.. perfect for these summer days! Even if it’s raining, we can almost taste that Fab ice-lolly..can’t you?

Chase and Wonder is the creative partnership of Faye Pearce and David Aspinall, working from their converted cow shed in rural Worcestershire (lush!). Chase and Wonder was launched in 2010 with the simple aim of creating fine examples of design and creativity, and to “collaborate with individuals or companies who seek passionate and creative results”. Already they have products available via retailers both large and small as well as via their own webshop..and what an impressive collection they have too!?! The range includes super examples of stationary, limited-edition and open-edition prints, cushions, tea-towels, purses, wash bags and pencil cases! And the whole darn lot is bloomin’ gorgeous.

You can see below that we have found it hard to edit what to show you, so we’ve included quite a few pieces as they are all so nice. Their gentlemanly designs are both nostalgic and exciting..and we can’t wait to see what new pieces might appear in the future! David and Faye tell a really nice story about how they met and how Chase and Wonder was born, and so to find out more, please do visit here!

Ok..if any of you have sworn not to buy any more treats for the home for the time-being, then we advise that you look away now. Seriously!! We have just come across the work of Swedish-born designer Charlotte Swiden and we are head over heels in love with her bright, poppy, fun-fair inspired products… They are stunning! Charlotte now lives in Melbourne, but her Swedish heritage plays a huge part in her work, and like most Swedes she likes ‘order, structure, white space and more white space’. We do too, and we can’t get enough of the following… feast your eyes on her cushions and her TIVOLIVET wooden decorations especially…. Lush, lush lush!…

No, that isn’t a typo, this is actually a post about a company called The. What I love about The. is their eclectic range of products and their unashamedly simple ethos. As the creators, Sherwood Forlee and Mihoko Ouchi say, there are no fanciful reasons behind their range of products, they quite simply have very short attention spans.

I first came across the company when I saw their Framed Objects range, a series of frames which feature either a vase, shelf or hook and serve to emphasize the objects within them. I would love to have one in my hallway but alas, by the time I have come to post about them they have sold out. Boo. But it has led me to see the rest of their weird and wacky products – and there are some gems:

Anti-Theft Lunch Bags are zipper bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Don’t let a sticky-fingered coworker or schoolyard bully get away with lunch theft again!

Speak-er are high-quality speakers that plug directly into your MP3 player or computer.

Get one step closer to being the street artist you’ve always wanted to be … minus the jail time with this notebook/sketchbook that features 80 pictures of “clean” NYC walls instead of blank pages. Write, draw, paste, or doodle on these inspirational backdrops.

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