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Q&A with… Rosa Park of Cereal Magazine

I discovered Cereal magazine a few weeks ago and knew I had to feature it on the blog. Cereal is a quarterly food, drink and travel magazine that contains edible topics, travel destinations, as well as profiles on products, people and places. In Volume One they looked at a Nordic food lab aboard a boat, the tradition of using carrots as sweeteners, and the nostalgia of milk. The magazine is aimed at our ‘inner child’, as they describe: “Back when we were little, we learned many a fun fact from the back of cereal boxes. One of our fondest memories of childhood is of waking up to a huge bowl of something crunchy and milky, devouring the words and pictures on the back of the packet. These boxes were the first thing we read each day, and they taught and entertained us. Hence, Cereal. We hope to become your morning read.” I had a chance to speak to the editor, Rosa Park. 1. How did Cereal start? Cereal began with a love (bordering on obsession) …

Q&A with… The Flower Appreciation Society

Ellie Jauncey and Anna Day are not your average florists. Anna as a midwife and Ellie as a knitwear designer, but with their background in illustration and textile design, and their shared love of flowers, the seed was sown for The Flower Appreciation Society. Based in Hackney, they don’t have a shop but work in a studio, producing seasonal, hand-tied bouquets of native British flowers, as well as offering a bespoke flower subscription delivered to your door. I was keen to find out a bit more about the duo. How did The Flower Appreciation Society start? We met whilst working behind a bar and instantly realised we shared the same love of flowers. Ellie helped Anna with a friend’s wedding she was doing at the pub and something clicked. We then started doing weekly flowers at the pub where we met, with trips to Columbia Road flower market, we started saving all the money we earnt so we could buy a camera. The next stage was to get a website together. We did a photo …

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Q&A with… artist and craftsman James McNabb

James McNabb on creating a small city of unique ideas.. Pennsylvania-based artist James McNabb creates vast cityscapes using discarded bits of wood, “sketching with a band saw” in his own words. To him, they “represent a woodworker’s journey from the suburbs to the city and each piece depicts the outsider’s perspective of the urban landscape”. James has no specific agenda, each piece is cut intuitively in a band saw and the process was discovered quite accidentally one day when he grabbed some scrap wood out of a bin and started creating these forms. Before long he had 200, and a project which became ‘The City Series’ for his Masters exhibition. I was delighted to get the opportunity to talk to James and find out what inspires his work..   What’s your background? How did you get to be where you are now? I’ve always enjoyed making things. I grew like most young boys, digging in the dirt, building things, and exploring the unknown. In high school I took my first woodworking class, and quickly became …

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Q&A with… Tom Ngo and his Architectural Absurdities

Dim House 1, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2012. A depiction of a blind building. Toronto-based illustrator Tom Ngo creates drawings of absurd structures and follies that turn common perceptions of buildings on their head. By taking typical buildings, embellishing and repeating elements, Ngo blurs and alters the purpose of the original structure. I like how fantasy and humour is combined with the technical precision in his drawings, so I was keen to find out more about what inspires him… Whats your background? How did you end up doing what you are doing now? I’m architecturally trained and am currently a practicing intern architect at Moriyama & Teshima in Toronto. I started these drawings around the time I was developing my thesis around 4-5 years ago. It stuck with me after school and have since exhibited the work extensively in Toronto and New York. Dim House 2, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2012. A depiction of a blind building. Haunt of Limbs, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2013. This building expands upon …