My Blogger Crushes

My Blogger Crushes

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Since my new years resolution a few years ago to spend more time reading books, it was going so well until these lovely ladies blogs came onto my radar. Unsurprisingly with being a blogger myself (surprise surprise) rather than snuggled up with a book, more and more of my evenings are spent trawling through OOTD’s, beauty reviews and monthly favourites of all my favourite bloggers. Its from reading blogs like these that inspired me to start blogging and youtube in the first place so I thought it only right to honour them in one of my own posts. 

Any big blog fans out there amongst you will probably know of them already however I still think their worth a mention.

WHAT OLIVIA DID 

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As the one and only blogger who’s blog I will check in with everyday, waiting to see a new post, I think she may win the award for my favourite blogger (its a very prestigious award.) 

Don’t know what more I can say other than just such beautiful photos. Out of all the blogs I have seen I think Olivia from What Olivia Did definitely has best photos all round in my opinion. From her outfit posts with an impressive ability to match her outfits to various doors around London, to her product layouts with more colourful paper backgrounds than a branch of Paperchase, whats more to like. 

Her style is quite cute and girlie so slightly different to me however, its great for getting inspiration to find ways of introducing this into my style (wishing I could carry off the red tent dress as well as she dose) and has definitely introduced me to some brands which my bank balance doesn’t like. 

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(also major instagram goals!) 

WONDERFUL U 

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Out of all of these ladies she is closest to my current personal style as a fellow lover of black and neutral tones and has probably been on the one to inspire me the most within my personal style. As well as her OOTD posts she also does beautiful model shoots with photographer Alexandra cameron. From swanning around in the sea to effortlessly lounging around in an abandoned building she definitely puts me to shame in the couple of dramatic shoots that I have done (coming up very soon).  Better get trying to find my room of feathers and lots of powder paint then.  

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THE LITTLE MAGPIE 

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I basically just love everything this girl wears! I may not be blessed with stomach that can pull off wearing a bar with a see through top over the top but I love getting inspiration from her really cool modern style. With her blog focusing solely on fashion (and some of her highly enviable holiday snaps) I know I’m going to really like every post she puts up. Her style varies quite a bit and changes from post to post but as someone who seems to stick to the same style most of the time, this ability to mix things up and still look fab is something I admire. 

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FREDDIE HARREL 

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Colour tends to be the first thing I see when I look at Freddie’s blog (think I’ve chosen some of the more muted down looks to show you.) There is no one else that I look at just to be cheered up by her infectious smile and bright and eccentric fashion sense. Her style is definitely fun and daring and an explosion of colour but in a very stylish and chic way. 

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And a couple of late entires..

This morning while just scrolling through instagram, as you do trying to wake myself up for the day, I stumbled across another group of lovely girls who I now already love and I felt I couldn’t not include them in this post somewhere.

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WISH WISH WISH

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SHINY THOUGHTS 

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JAZZABELLEDIARY

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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

calling all bloggers

(At the risk of sounding too much like a WWW2 propaganda poster) Do you have a blog? Are you looking to collaborate with another blogger? Then fabric forward wants you! 

Im currently looking for any other bloggers or youtubers who are looking to collaborate on content with me. Be it an outfit of the day photoshoot, beauty review, monthly favourites or a lifestyle activity I would love to work with you and help us all make or blogs bigger and better. 

If your interested email me at chloenknott@gmail.com or message me on any of the social medias listed down below

I look forward to hearing from any of you!

Love c x

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Spotlight On – Bristol Docks

Spotlight On – Bristol Docks

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On my travels around the country over the christmas break Bristol ended up as one of my mooching places and I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a couple of cheeky outfit pics. I love Bristol as a whole with it being full of lovely independent boutiques and cute coffee shops with a great art and theatre scene and obviously dockland area. These docks have also been a feature within some of my textiles work in the past with the large cranes situated along the river side being inspiration within creating my final foundation collection (scroll down to see). 

 

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With December trying to impersonate September the weather was surprisingly warm for being supposedly the middle of winter, the coat and the scarf were flung aside in favour for this simple, preppy black and blue look. Yet again I cracked out the classic of shirt, cropped jumper and skirt look with a pair of nice thick tights because it may not have been cold, but it wasn’t exactly tropical.

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Jumper – H&M (Simular)

Shirt – Asos (simular) 

Skirt – Forever 21

Shoes – Doc Martens 

My Textile design work…

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This triangular motif I created from some of my photography of the cranes.

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My design portfolio

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Etsy shop 

My year in review

My year in review

December has always been a time of year that I have loved,  with it being my birthday month, the christmas holidays with all the lovely festive decorations and markets around decorating the country. Also, I may be alone on this one, but I do love it when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter (and no longer feeling guilty for staying in, in the warm on a Friday night).  

However December does have to come to an end and just as you’ve finished off the last of the turkey with your third night of turkey curry, its time to pack away those christmas decorations and get ready for a brand new year. 

Now with the feeling that a whole year had passed and that I am now a whole year older and what have I actually spent the last year doing was definitely something that was ringing in my mind. So, in a completely self indulgent manner I decided to put together this post to remind myself in brief what has happened in that year called 2015.  Also as someone who is rather sentiment and nostalgic I always love looking back over old photos and reminiscing from good times past.  

I originally intended for this post to just have 1 or at most 2 photos per occasion however there were just so many I couldn’t choose between so get ready for being bombarded with photos. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a lot of scrolling. I hope you enjoy! 

January kick started the year with a bang after being cast in a national tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with Forge Production House playing the role of Helena. This had always been a dream role in theatre for me to play so I was delighted and so excited for the opportunity. After just a couple of initial rehearsals and read throughs we embarked on the hefty task of the promotion photoshoot. As any actor would do the whole cast (in the case of the pucks literally) jumped at the chance of getting in front of the camera to get some great shots. Who knew just throwing flower and paint around could create such brilliant results (just don’t tell the cleaners about how much mess we made).  

Click here if you would like find out more about Forge.

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Pucks – Sally Wood and Ben Butler

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Oberon and Titania –  Joe Mounfeild and Ella Rose Jones

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The Mechanicals – Marcos Spalding, Olivia Hutton, Jack Chambers, Holly Clack and Breanne Burton

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The lovers – Chloe knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones and Kel Chambers

When not being in a midsummers rehearsal in February I actually had to knuckle down to working on my textile design portfolio for university interviews. I’m not going to lie, with all of it seeming to spring up on my out of nowhere and with so little time, sleeping definitely turned into a luxury item with pulling many many late nights to get all the work done. Luckily all the digital portfolios and essays and actually portfolio’s got done and all was left to do was drag it all across the county to interview after interview after interview.

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Here is a link to my online portfolio

With university interviews also dominating a lot of March there wasn’t really much room for much fun, but with easter falling in April it turned into a very busy month. First came a promotional photoshoot with Forge again for some short films where I got the chance to work on the production teams and feature. From getting up at 4 in the morning to shoot a sunset or going to visit an old metal asylum we had a lot fun creating these conceptual images. This all then ran into intensive week of Midsummers rehearsals and topped off with letting off some steam with a visit to Alton Towers (and somehow being convinced to go on all manner of scary rides. 

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Emily Gardner and Joe Mounfeild

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Joe Mounfeild and Ben Butler

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Arthur Godden and Aea Varfis-Van Warmelo

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Meg Lewis and Marcos Spalding

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Chloe Knott (surprise surprise) and Matt Owen

It’s not every day you end up with a noose around you neck

But don’t worry, it all a bit of fun really

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“point your guns in the air and say ahhhhhh”

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After the fun of easter was over in May it was full steam ahead with trying to complete my final collection for my Foundation Diploma. After days, weeks spent in the print room printing screen after screen after screen (and using far too much pigment than I should have for free) and many late nights slaving on photoshop, my collection finally became came together and  was ready for hand in on the 24th of May (as with any big deadline becomes ingrained in your memory forever.)  

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Whole collection available to view here

In June after a years worth of hard work I graduated from Hereford College of Arts with a distinction in my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. After all the studying for the year was done I was asked to be the Assistant Head of Costume in a production of Our Town. Having previously done costume work I was delighted to get the opportunity do to this again and get the chance to visit Bristol Costume Services of to source them. (I’d never see so many clothes in all my life!) 

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Chloe Knott, Jack Chambers, Joe Mounfeild and Emily Gardner

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Sarah Brice, Marcos Spalding and the Cast

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The cast of Our Town

Finally after nearly 6 months of preparation and rehearsals in July it was finally the time for the A Midsummer Nights Dream tour.  This month was pretty much solely dedicated to it with it including having to build the set, put together and make the costumes and the final intensive rehearsals all in prep for the tour. Having never toured a show it was a slight shock to the system doing a show every night in a different venue, with no more lazy mornings sleeping in before a show in the evening when you had a long Journey to get the next venue. But is was brilliant to get to visit all the different theatre and performing the show on all the different stages, making every show in some way different.  

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Ella Rose Jones, Chloe Knott and Joe Mounfeild

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Chloe Knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones, Joe Mounfeild

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Moi beautifying myself

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All the different venues meant re-organising the costumes each and every night.

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Imogen Jones, Tom FItzwilliams and Chloe Knott

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Ella Rose Jones, Breeanne Burtons with the fairies

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Kell Chambers and Imogen Jones

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

With quite a long period of down time before going of to university, with hating not being busy and having something to beaver away at, in August my homemade textiles brand Chloe Natalie Knott and this blog fabric forward we born. After being able to go back into college and freely use the print room (not going to let that opportunity pass me by) I knocked together a some more screen printable pattens and did lots and lots of samples. It was only when asked what I was going to do with them and told I can’t just let them go to waste that the makeup bag idea hit me.

I explain the whole process of these in one of my previous blog posts linked here

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In terms of fabric forward at first It started off as just another means of promoting my products and textiles designs. However I had been a long time reader of many a fashion blog, now i’m not claiming I am going to be the next Zoella, but with mixing together my interest in fashion and my passion for textile design, I thought I had a nice little idea on my hands.  

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My 3 favourite posts from the year…

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The rest of the summer involved some lovely mini breaks away, first to Norfolk with my boyfriend and his family (which I still have the sun burn tan lines to this day – it was hard to believe it was only England) and followed by a long weekend away in London town, again with he boyfriend. 

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Norfolk blog post 

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London blog post and OOTD post 

As September rolled around it was time for a new term to begin and this time it was the big one of moving away to University. My destination was Glasgow to study textile design at The Glasgow School of Art. It may not be to everyones cup of tea to move hundreds of miles away to a different country the first time they move out of home however I was always intended to try and get a long way away, If your going to do it why not do it properly, thats what I say. I think with having an extra year at home after doing A levels for my foundation year only made me more hungry with seeing a lot of my friends move away to move away myself and I think I appreciated it more when I did.

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Some examples of my work from the first semester at uni.

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More posts about some of these in more depth coming up soon..

In order to keep my passion for performing going I was keen to join any companies/societies I could find in Glasgow. Student theatre at Glasgow (STaG) which is part of the University of Glasgow, (but accept people from other Glasgow Uni’s lucky) is where I have currently found my feet and through the months of October to December I was lucky enough to perform in three of their productions, The Jungle Book, Clickaway as part of The Stag Nights festival and topped of with their main stage production of Macbeth. 

The Jungle Book – (As a Monkey – the role I was born to play ;) )

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Chris Duffy, Chloe Knott, Juliet Smith, Isabelle Ribe, Maya Stevenson and Aike Jensen

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Clickaway – Written by Agnes Checka

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Norliza Matheson, Cal Mar, Anna Rattray, Elliot Thompson and Chloe Knott

Macbeth – as First witch (blog post all about it linked here)

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Cait Lennox, Chloe Knott, Kirsty Fraser

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Chloe Knott, Sam Skoog, Kirsty Fraser and Cait Lennox

To round the year off nicely, with my first term at uni coming to an end and looking ahead to about a month off what better way to fill my time than crack down with the blog and get lots new outfit photos and all manner of things done in preparation for the new year. So stay tuned in the new year for all these photo goodies! 

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(have probably ended up being the person who has ridden this escalator the most in the process of trying to get this shot)

And christmas time wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a christmas market, Birmingham to be exact.

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I’m looking forward to what next year brings with plenty of exciting things planned here for the blog, I wish you a very (late) Merry Christmas and a Wonderful new year. 

If you haven’t already had enough of me from this post please feel free to comment and like and I would love it if you could follow me at the normal places..

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As ever lots of photos by Tom Flathers  and moi

My design portfolio

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Etsy shop 

Festive Favourite 1 – Gift idea – My makeup bags

Festive Favourite 1 – Gift idea – My makeup bags

So with it now being less than a month until jesus’s big old birthday celebrations roll around in an effort to try and get into the christmas spirit I have decided to 5 special christmas features for you all. 

With task of finding the perfect gifts for those loved ones being on all our to do lists I thought I would try and make the task a little easier for you all recommending some products for you. Now I may be slightly using one of my christmas features to plug some of my own makeup bags would be some perfect little stocking fillers for female friends and family members out there.

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I started making and selling these in the summer of this year after deciding to make something practical out of the some of my hand screen printing samples with thinking make up bags were a good place to start. 

The first collection which I have avalible to buy consists of a beautiful collection of one off prints that are designed, hand screen printed and sewn together by myself. The second collection is created out of a selection of a lovely collection of fabrics I have collected and combined together in a range of sizes and designs. I wanted to celebrate some the beautiful fabrics which are available on the market already and which have given me inspiration for some of my designs so have created this collection to showcase these.  

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For the christmas period I have added a couple of new designs purchasable for you all. Don’t worry, their not christmas themed by being covered in christmas trees and ginger bread men so only suitable for one month a year, there just a couple of new lovely fabrics added to the range. 

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All of these bags are available to purchase on Etsy and are very reasonably priced between £8 and £14. For this weekend, in the spirt of black Friday I have 10% off all stock which ends at 12 GMT this evening. There all one off so when they are gone there gone! I would love it if you could take a look. Also take a look at our Facebook page for all the lasted updates and info. 

My design portfolio

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Etsy shop 

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Brand Focus – Mulk and Ding Ding

Brand Focus – Mulk and Ding Ding

For this little extra bonus post this week I have decided to focus on 2 new gift brands that I have found and loved that being of Mulk and Ding Ding.  

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I found these 2 products while having a browse around the Centre of Contemporary arts in Glasgow and couldn’t resist making a little purchase. I walk past here everyday on my way into uni and have always meant to pop in but had never got round to it, They have such a lovely hand picked selction of products from brand new designers of which all could fit perfectly within anyones home.  Now obviously I couldn’t buy everything I liked there but these 2 item took my fancy enough to part with my money. 

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A notebook and stationary addict like myself couldn’t resist the chance to add both of these to my collection when I saw them. I love the simplicity of both of their designs, with Mulk and the simple chevrons pattern alongside the more complex triangle geometric ones and Ding Ding with their geometric and circular layered screen prints. As a screen printer myself I love seeing hand screen printing here put into products.  Also their price point is great 

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Being A5 the notebook is perfect hand bag size and also being on the thiner side this notebook is perfect for uni note taking for any specific projects/ideas (and I may actually see it through till the end without giving up half way through). 

I’m still slightly unsure of what to do with the mini clipboard but I’m sure pinned up on the wall it will come in handy for holding all those little bits of paper you end up loosing. 

Think ill defiantly be going back to CCA soon to see what other beauties I can find (and no doubtedly will be buying the same notebook in all the colours.) 

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Links: 

Centre of Contemporary Arts Glasgow 

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Ding Ding 

My design portfolio

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My Etsy shop 

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Photos taken on a Canon 1200D 

SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

SPOTLIGHT ON: Designer Focus on Archie Mac Ldn

Now if it is bright and colourful, like a magpie to a milk bottle top, I will be flocking towards it at high speed. Hence the reason that I have chosen Archie Mac London for my first Designer Focus post. 

With bold, abstract and kaleidoscope effect designs the brand really is one that you won’t be able to walk past on a shelf in a hurry. 

Archie Mac London (AML) was set up by self taught designer Robyn Parker. After going back to college to try and find her creative path and inspired by her granddads old drawings she’d found (those of Archie McMillan – where the brand name was also derived) , AML was born!  

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This was another designer that I found while surfing the realms of Instagram

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All of her work is digitally created pattern designs starting out life as photographs and then repeated and rotated to create these beautiful designs.  

The way I design is largely a process of repetition and rotation. I think this comes from a real curiosity with seeing how patterns are formed within our universe. I’m fascinated by sacred geometry and fractals, and the patterns that appear in nature. The process of sort of kaleidoscoping an image leads to my designs all having something hidden in them.’’ 

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The kaleidoscope effect is one of my favourite elements within her work, as she mentioned, almost emulating the patterns found within semi precious stone and fossils. With being a lover of semi precious jewllery it makes a lot of sense that this is a reason I love it.  However I was most intrigued to find out that is wasn’t paintings or drawings or nature photographs she used to create these designs. With her current collection all based around children toys and childhood objects it is only when you look at the designs up close that you notice it is objects such as barbie dolls and toy robots that have been repeated and rotated to create these intricate kaleidoscopes.   

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I love her use of photography within her pattern designs being able to show so much more in print than you can achieve with traditional printing and dyeing methods. 

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Despite being rather partial to a kaleidoscope within my own work my favourite design of her’s must be the linear ones reminding me of aztec and bohemian designs with the bright linea zig zags layered onto of each other. Not going to lie, I’m rather jealous that these aren’t part of one of my own collections. 

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Archie Mac Ldn’s tag line pretty much sums up the brand in one fail swoop, ‘The Crusade agains beige!’ there is defiantly no beige insight with this line of work.   

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 Now the bright garish colours, funky shape and pom pom trim may not be to everyones taste but, if this the crusade against beige you are fighting, then Archie Mac London’s bright and explosive patterns are on it’s way to winning the war. 

Archie Mac London is available to buy online at:

http://www.archiemaclondon.co.uk/things-for-your-home/ 

Design portfolio: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129012653@N05/albums

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Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChloeNatalieKnott?ref=hdr_shop_menu 

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