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Amelia’s Magazine on Etsy’s OPEN exhibition

Oct 14, 2014

by Becky Jones

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Introducing Amelia Gregory, the brains behind Amelia’s Magazine, your one-stop shop for all the latest news on the best creative projects around. Amelia gives you an exclusive insight into the world of the artists exhibiting at Etsy’s first art exhibition: OPEN.

When I heard that Etsy were to host their first ever UK exhibition I was delighted to discover that several of the artists on show are those that have worked with or been featured on Amelia’s Magazine over the years. Here’s a little sneak peek at those artists, with a brief look at what they have done for me and what they are doing now.

Laura Bird is an illustrator and ceramicist, daubing one off pots and plates with her trademark abstract markings and quirky figures. She contributed a playful paper sculpture showing how Hot Rock Technology can be used to make energy for my first illustration book Amelia’s Anthology of Illustration.

artist laura bird illustration and sculpture

Laura Bird, Hot Rock Technology & Red Head Vase

Paper artist Lou Taylor has contributed multiple illustrations to Amelia’s Magazine, including a spirograph inspired illustration for a review of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, a neon inspired illustration of Roland Mouret’s infamous Galaxy Dress and a playful portrait of the CocknBullKid. Her paper cuts have got ever more sophisticated and include this stunning depiction of Frida Kahlo, which is exhibiting at OPEN. She also makes intricate laser cut jewels that are showcased to great effect on her paper cuts. Lou was one of several talented designer makers that I met when I travelled to Brighton to promote my second book, Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

artist lou taylor

Lou Taylor, Swimmers, Galaxy Dress, Frida Khalo

Alice Duck recently sent me one of her delightful porcelain cups, so I’ve had the chance to sample a piece of her ‘wonky crockery’ in my own kitchen. Alice says: “In the culture we live in there’s so much emphasis on perfection, whether it’s how we look, the car we drive or the career we have. Personally, I see so much beauty in imperfections, there’s nothing intimidating or pretentious about something that’s flawed and I want to share this love of all things wonky with the people who buy my work.” Her self taught approach transforms the traditional look of floral china, giving it a quirky modern touch that would look great in any home.

ceramicist Alice Duck

Alice Duck Ceramics

Kethi Copeland is based in Cockpit Arts, where she specialises in creative screen printing, combining bright colours and playful ideas to make beautiful artwork. Her work was featured in a blog I wrote last year about handmade gifts to buy for Valentines Day.

artist Kethi Copeland

Kethi Copeland, Balloons, Catch

I first discovered the stunning typographic prints of James Brown at Bust Craftacular last Christmas. Following a career in fashion he has successfully turned his hand to beautiful artwork, and I particularly like his hand screen printed decorative epithets such as ‘Now go do that Voodoo that you do so well’, which are available on Etsy.

artist james brown

James Brown, O, Voodoo

I can’t wait to see what all of these artists and others create for the Open exhibition: it’s bound to be a stunning affair.

I love discovering and working with upcoming artists and illustrators on Amelia’s Magazine. If you fancy getting involved then do check out my current Open Brief to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the magazine. Submit your work by 20th October and you could be in with a chance to be featured in my one off limited edition gold foiled artists’ book that will feature artworks, artist interviews and musings on the theme of That Which We Do Not Understand. More info here.

If you are an artist not currently selling on Etsy, why not open a shop? Get started with 20 free listings! Enter the code: ARTETSYUK at http://etsy.me/1DhK4g0  (new sellers only).

Coming along to our OPEN exhibition? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!

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