Artists Abigail and Max, from Forest + Found talk about how nature impacts and shapes their work. Find out more about their handcrafted approach and how their work is driven by material and process. Read more on Geoffrey and Grace...

I hope you are all enjoying the ‘Inspired by Nature’ series as much as I am loving putting it together for you, I am super thankful to have interviewed some amazing folk for the series so far, and you can catch up with all previous posts here, but before you do that, please welcome artists Abigail and Max, who run the studio practice Forest + Found.

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Interview with 5ftinf Philippa Stanton in Lionheart Magazine Issue 7 Photographs and words Melanie Barnes

Some of you may recognise this table top as that of artist Philippa Stanton, who is perhaps better know as 5ftinf on Instagram. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her at her home in Brighton last Autumn, for the wonderful independent publication Lionheart magazine. The focus for this latest issue is ‘Art’ and I knew Philippa would have some fascinating things to say on the subject, so I couldn’t wait to chat to her.

It was so great to hear more about her work, what creativity means for her, and of course there were lots of conversations about Instagram. I could have hung out with Philippa all day, and it was a real treat to photograph her whilst she worked, and to see inside her lovely home. Not to mention a peek inside the treasure trove that is the famous shed (where Philippa paints, and also is the starting point for her yearly art installation).

You can read the full interview in Lionheart – issue 7, which is out now. Buy your copy here.

Also, I thought you’d all love to see some extra photos from the shoot that day… Enjoy!

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rooms – a quiet style

Emma Harris dining-room

Hello and a warm welcome to Emma Harris who is the fourth person to join in the ‘rooms’ feature. Emma is a full-time mother to two gorgeous girls, and writes a design and lifestyle blog, a quiet style.

I think that is the perfect name for Emma’s blog, as that really describes her taste and style. It is subtle, pretty and understated, and her blog posts have a clear focus on good design. Her blog covers everything she loves; interiors, fashion, her girls (of course), art, flowers, making and photography. “The blog is my main creative outlet, but I also enjoy making, usually quilts, but I’ll give anything a try once!”

Hope you love having a little look-see into her Brighton home. She mixes old and new beautifully to create a fresh light space – a treat for your eyes.

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rooms – Chelsea Cefai

Chelsea's living room

Welcome to Chelsea Cefai who is the first to share her favourite room.

Chelsea discovered the work of Sheila Bownas at an auction in 2008 and made the brave decision to save the collection of just over 200 hand painted patterns and bring some of the designs back to life. She has just launched a new collection from the archive which has involved an exciting collaboration with the furniture brand Parlour. Together they have created a 1950s inspired sofa using the ‘Edwin’ pattern.  Chelsea explains, “This piece took months to design and I’m so pleased with the results, it looks beautiful alongside the handmade lamps by Zoe Darlington together with the co-ordinating cushions and prints”. Chelsea is also working toward an exhibition and retrospective of Sheila’s work in 2015.

Here is her beautiful living room and answers to some questions I asked her. Enjoy having a look inside her home and hearing her thoughts.

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