The Jackie Magpie team is moving on to pursue other projects, so as of today we will no longer be updating this site. jackiemagpie.com will remain as an archive for the next year or so and will then drift off into the big cyber hole in the sky… thank you all for reading & thanks to out contributors, interviewees and everybody we’ve featured, it’s been an absolute ball. Bye!

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Nicholas NylandI was blown away when I saw these colour rich pieces by contemporary artist Nicholas Nyland. Nicholas calls his work ‘abstract’ and likes the freedom to experiment that this gives him. His work makes me think of maps, patchwork quilts, presents that are tricky to wrap and freshly squidged play doh. Find out more at nicholasnyland.net
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Matt Anstee Cinefilms

Cinefilms is an exhibition of hand drawn, re-imagined movie posters by film buff and compulsive doodler Matt Anstee. Here Matt talks about his move from film maker to illustrator and why everyone should watch Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch. Read more

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LD5Illustrator Lucy Driscoll got in touch to share her collages, which have a warm nostalgic feel, like a picnic tea and the Antiques Roadshow at your Grandad’s house on Sundays circa 1988. Here Lucy answers 5 pressing questions and reveals the details of her latest bespoke photo project.
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Bread & JamI first encountered Bread & Jam at top Leeds giftshop Chirpy. Bread & Jam make colourful stuff to lift the spirits, featuring encouraging statements in a friendly font. I especially like the Stuff I’m Likely to Forget notebook and the printed wooden pencil boxes reminiscent of the outdoorsy, Scandinavian childhood I never had. Keep reading for the inside scoop on the team behind this independent, creative brand. Read more

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Neasden Control CentreFrom large scale murals on mirrors to towel designs and music videos, there’s never a dull moment with Neasden Control Centre, AKA Stephen Smith. It was a delight to catch up with him at Jackie Magpie HQ and hear about his latest endeavours and desert island discs of choice.
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Jemima wears ArkWe’ve been posing in clothes courtesy of ARK again. Jackie Magpie: Doing the hard work so you don’t have to…….

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Max Clendinning's house - photographs by Anna HuixScrawling a poem about death beneath my window ledge was the perfect way to tie up my first interior design project. I was passionate in creating a living space that matched my personality, aspirations and the way I lived.  I was 15, my bedroom was orange and I no longer needed a bed. I am now researching new concepts for my current bedroom and thinking less about death and more about pattern (obviously). Read more

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Norman Parkinson

After an average kind of a day, I seem to have spent hours trawling the Internet for photographs by British fashion photo giant Norman Parkinson. With a career that spanned 5 decades, Norman would have been 100 if he was still alive today. Find out about upcoming exhibitions of his work at normanparkinson.com Looking at his images is to be transported somewhere hotter and altogether more faaaabulous, darling. Here are my top picks. Photo up your Friday…

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The Day the Crayons Quit - illustration: Oliver JeffersSprayed edges, eye-popping colour and crayons in distress! Yes, we’ve got it all today on Book By Its Cover… Read more

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Ed Ruscha

I really like Ed Ruscha’s 1970s text works: witty and good looking like a worthwhile romantic interest; advertising influenced in a tongue-in-cheek way; and painterly, sunset-esque, pastel coloured. Ed began his career as a graphic artist and it shows. Scrumptious. Take a look. Read more about Ed Ruscha at edruscha.com
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Ruth Craddock | A Sketchy StoryIllustrator Ruth Craddock got in touch with Jackie Magpie to share her work. Ruth’s detailed and dreamy drawings of nature (with a hint of pattern) make me want to go for a long walk in the hills, sporting wellington boots and a practical jacket (almost). And I love Ruth’s Diamond Geezer (not nature-related) card too. See more at asketchystory.com and like A Sketchy Story at facebook.com
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The Grandma MusuemHere’s something fantastic I found on the web today. The Grandma Museum is an online archive of all the gifts that designer Sarah Koik received from her grandmother as she grew up. The site is such a fascinating little treasure trove; items are categorised and presented in their true states, complete with rusty parts and smudgy, handwritten notes. Read more

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Kawanishi Hide linocutOnce again Pinterest has introduced me to an utter gem. Kawanishi Hide was a Japanese printmaker who worked in the early 20th century, creating bold and colourful linocuts that depict everyday life in his native city of Kobe. As a lover of all things maritime, his images of the port and sea around that region naturally appeal to me. I also love his cheerful yet limited colour palette and the softened edges of the forms he prints. You can read more about Kawanishi and his work at myjapanesehanga.com
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SVEN

If I stare at the surface of a beautiful/successful person long enough, I can see their faulty insides. Making up a list of their likely shortcomings distracts me from my own. Unfortunately, Stockholm is the most populas-pretty filled city in Sweden and with hindsight a weekend trip was not long enough. Feeling inferior, it occurred to me people like to find some self worth in shops. It also occurred to me I was in Stockholm’s fashion district. So I had a look around and did some pattern spotting, Sverige style.
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