Becoming visible: Cressida Bell on her designs

Becoming visible: Cressida Bell on her designs

Be bold. Dress to be visible, not invisible. Forget the constraints of fashion trends. 

That’s just a selection of the pearls of wisdom that London based artist and textile designer Cressida Bell offered while being interviewed by Metro. In her full-page feature today, she not only explains her inspiration and approach to new designs, but also explains how she sees patterns and designs affecting people – and why it matters.

She also gives a behind-the-scenes look at how she created her newest collection, a collaboration with the Natural History Museum shop. The new range has been curated to celebrate the world’s vibrant abundance of plants by combining a passion for Earth’s natural beauty with a nod to the museum’s rich heritage

The stand-out botanical illustrations take inspiration from the 162 decorated ceiling panels in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall which were illustrated by hand and date from when the Museum opened to the public in 1881. To make a cohesive design out of so many options, Ms. Bell focused on her favourite botanical designs, sketching a variety of patterns before settling on a delicate, leafy pattern.

Using a colour pallet which includes silver and gold Cressida has designed a stunning repeat pattern artwork complete with border. The collection has something for everyone, from notebooks for the creative to home textiles for the stylish.

Pick up a copy of today’s Metro to read more from Cressida Bell, or browse her new range of exclusive designs at www.nhmshop.co.uk.

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April Showers…

April Showers…

Well, we’re not sure about the whole “May flowers” bit – we’re seeing a fair bit of those already (thank you, native British botany!).

However, April showers are definitely bringing up a few good things, like the new Flying Tiger range.

If you head to a Flying Tiger store in the next month, prepare to confront the UK’s arch nemesis – constant rain – and waterproof everything from your phone to your dog.

Phone Umbrella – £2, Phone Hoodie Sleeve – £2, Dog Umbrella – £4

See? We weren’t kidding. So come along with Toto and stock up on these ingenious, quirky must-haves.

And if you avoid the puddles, we might even promise extra treats.

The Ultimate Deep Cleanse – Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap

The Ultimate Deep Cleanse – Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap

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We all know the struggle of finding good face wash, don’t we? The hours of standing in front of the skincare aisle, comparing prices, ingredients, label colours…I’m always amazed when I make it out of the store with just one product!

Then come the waiting days – Days of use, waiting to judge how a soap works, how it feels, how it smells and, most importantly, how it works. The moment of panic (shortly followed by regret) when the mixture makes your skin worse than before. The disappointment when your money quickly finds its new home in the bin.

Luckily, those days are over. Thanks to the award winning Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing from Natura Siberica, never be in doubt about your face care again!

Don’t be put off by the dark colour either – The black hue comes from the soap’s highly absorbent activated carbon that works to draw impurities from deep within the skin!

Filled with unique properties of revitalising Siberian herbs and berries from Northern Siberia, this award winning product can only be from trusted organic brand, Natura Siberica.

Natura Siberica carefully studied and brought together the ancient recipes of the northern Nenec, Selkup and Khanty people to create this unique facial cleanser. Featuring a unique blend of wild harvested Siberian herbs and berries rich in valuable oils and vitamins – known as “The Northern Collection” – this hero product will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and sparkling.

Just a glimpse at the unique list of herbal ingredients will turn your favour; rich and powerful ingredients such as Sea-Buckthorn Oil helps to regenerate the skin, softening, toning and nourishing while improving elasticity.

Siberian Cedar Oil contains Vitamin E and Vitamin P which help to moisturise and strengthen the skin while Flax Seed Oil contains an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Then, Northern Cloudberry Extract provides an antioxidant effect with Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, improve the firmness of the skin and protecting it from external impurities.

But why take just our word for it? County Wedding Magazine agrees – Natura Siberica’s Northern Soap is the ultimate deep cleanse.

The Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing is available at Natura Siberica for £10.80

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Neat PR is proud to introduce – ChattyFeet!

Neat PR is proud to introduce – ChattyFeet!

What if your socks could talk?

 

 

Inspired by this one simple question, Chatty Feet was born. The UK’s punny and playful sock company started with the sole aim of injecting more fun into everyday life, one character at a time, and Neat PR’s delighted to represent them.

Oh, you thought these were just bright designs and creative colours? Think again – Every sock is a strong character, with bold personalities to match. From Kate Middle-Toe to Feetasso, there’s nothing quiet about them.

Is Yoko Mono your role model? Or does Commander Awesome express who you truly are? Maybe The Sockfather’s just a really useful conversation starter for those awkward, dragging silences. The bottom line is, there’s as many uses as there are faces on these wacky socks.

Chatty Feet welcomes designs from artists all around the world. With over 29 designs in sizes from 12 months and up, don’t forget to complete the look with a pair for every member of your family.

So sit back, relax, and let your socks do the talkin’ – You’ll never be bored with what they have to say!

ChattyFeet socks are available from www.chattyfeet.com.

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It’s that time of year again – Mother’s Day!

It’s that time of year again – Mother’s Day!

Scheduled for right after Valentine’s Day – not to mention the Christmas holidays – Mother’s Day seems to creep up on us quicker than expected each year. With it just around the corner now, it’s time to get searching for those extra-special gifts.

While we’re avid believers that parental appreciation should be shown every day (hint hint, nudge nudge), it’s high time to spoil mothers rotten. Luckily, with a variety of different products over a range of amazing clients, Neat’s Gift Guide is sure to find the perfect present for your family!

Here’s just a small selection of ideas on how you can show your Mum just how much she means to you.

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Make note of how much you really love your Mum with these funky tropical notebooks. The vibrant colours and striking patterns make them the ideal gift as we enter into spring!

Not really the diary type? Equip Mum with some crayons and leave her alone with her fave celeb crush (or drawings of him, at least). Just don’t tell her other half…

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Light up Mum’s face with the exquisite agate candle holders. Since each is naturally  made (and therefore, naturally unique!) you’ve got a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Mum tired of the winter and yearning for warmer days? The Cressida Bell Range at the Royal Academy Shop evokes spring themes with a gorgeously soft blue. The nostalgic design of the beautiful clouds and bird in both a mug and toiletry bag will spoil your mum in style!

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Mum runs the world with this handy makeup bag. Trendy and resourceful, celebrate Mum with an empowering product that tells a timely tale of strong women.

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Simple yet rustic, you can’t go wrong with a contemporary makeup organiser and a variety of different brushes. The ideal treat that’ll be loved by all (we won’t tell if you steal it for yourself!).

Time to get shopping!

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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Our work day started earlier than usual this morning – by 8am we were set up in the (surprisingly) cosy underbelly of the British Museum with hot coffee, danishes and other PRs galore.

We learned loads from the Gorkana-hosted breakfast briefing with Time Out London (read up on the fun with #CisionmeetsTimeOut). Just an hour long, two members of their staff gave the packed room valuable insight into the Tuesday tube phenomenon. From Christmas in July pitching preferences, new feature look-outs, and favourite to cover subjects (gin and cheese, of course) all talk pointed home to their essential selling point – Time Out’s distinctive and relatable tone of voice. They’re a magazine for all Londoners looking to experience London, and that identity fuels their flame.

Granted, as Time Out junkies ourselves, that revelation only reinforced our love for the weekly (not going to say we’ve made an extra trip to the tube specifically for the handout on a Tuesday before, but we definitely have). Nonetheless, having the opportunity to sit face to a hundred faces with publications we speak to on a daily basis is only ever a plus for communications. In media, a field that changes quicker than our Spotify playlist on a Friday, we’re massive believers that the only way to keep up with the times is direct chat. That way, we’re both benefiting from this wordy symbiotic relationship for the sake of our primary audience, the UK readership.

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New for Feb – Cressida Bell & Royal Academy of Arts

New for Feb – Cressida Bell & Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts shop is delighted to introduce their new collaboration with established designer, artist and illustrator Cressida Bell.

These breath-taking designs, featuring a flock of swallows swooping and diving among stars and clouds, were conceived in the RA Archives, where Cressida found inspiration in the work of renowned illustrator Walter Crane.

Cressida Bell on collaborating with the RA:

“The Royal Academy gave me a brief to find inspiration in the RA archives – and I was delighted to find a large collection of Walter Crane books and prints in their library. I loved Walter Crane books as a child (my mother has a good collection) so I was happy to spend an afternoon poring over them.

I made a selection of my favourites which included an end-paper with stylised clouds and sunrises. This was the starting point for my design. Birds are a common theme in many of Crane’s illustrations so I used a selection of them to superimpose on the clouds. I first had to make an all-over design from the clouds and put that into repeat (not an easy process) and then I drew and refined 12 separate birds. These were then arranged so as to look like a flock of birds swooping and diving amongst the stars and clouds.”

Browse the entire exclusive range here.

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A selection of Cressida Bell’s range at RA

 

Neat’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Neat’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

It’s coming up to Valentine’s Day again, and if you’re a hopeless romantic then the day’s planned to a “T” well in advance. If you’re more like us, well, thank goodness for Amazon Prime, right?

Luckily, with our clients there’s no need to fear this year. With bespoke options, unique one-of-a-kinds and next day delivery, there are options for everyone!

Check out Neat’s gift guide to Valentine’s Day 2k17, and never be left without a bit of love.

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Not sure how to express your love? Give the “light” of your life a bespoke light box to illuminate their day.

Imperial War Museums’ Shop

For those still looking for a Valentine’s Date, let these wartime recruiting posters recruit for you…

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Channel the colour of love with this unique clay ring – A sure statement piece to spice up any outfit!

National Theatre Bookshop

Want to spend the evening with your celeb crush? These colouring books are a perfect excuse to spend the night in. Break out the wine, put on a movie in the back and spend the night with Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch instead.

Flying Tiger Stores

It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Tiger’s “love tokens” let your S/O pick their own present. Just make sure you’re willing to make as many dinners as your tokens say…

National History Museum Shop

Gold and silver are so 2016, amiright? Try a pyrite heart instead – This naturally occurring mineral is lighter in colour than gold and sure to please.

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Tooth and Toy

Tooth and Toy

We’ve always been keen on Matchstick Monkey  – The easy to hold design, vibrant colours and overall practicality is hard to beat! It’s an office favourite, even if none of us having teething babies (seriously, it’s just so cute). Luckily hard work – and naturally ingenious ideas – pays off, and Mumsnet recently rated these tiny teethers as a “Mumsnet Best”!

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We’re over the tooth about it, but don’t just take our word for it! These cute monkeys are brand new and already making its mark on parents looking for a solution to their children’s teething terrors.

In bright, bold colours that little people will adore, Matchstick Monkey is an amazing teething toy and teething gel applicator, crafted by soft, non-toxic silicone.

Fun and functional, it aids pain relief by getting teething gels or granules right to the source of pain.

Easy to grasp arms as handles, with bumps that will gently massage baby’s gums, each toy is made from high quality, eco-friendly materials and is dishwasher safe and freezer friendly. Its bendy, curly tail works as a hook for buggies and car seats too!

Designed by ‘mumpreneur’ Katie when her daughter Coco was born in 2015, Matchstick Monkey is an ideal solution to a real problem, preventing those tiny teeth from nipping your fingers when applying teething gel to painful molars.

£9.99, available from www.matchstickmonkey.com

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Tickled Pink – Mashable’s Colour-Me-Good Review

Tickled Pink – Mashable’s Colour-Me-Good Review

 

It’s no secret we’ve been obsessed with colouring books lately, ever since National Theatre’s latest editions gave us a bit of eye candy to doodle and drool over. We’re not the only ones either – Mashable UK already fell in love with their Benedict Cumberbatch colouring book with this amazing article!

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Mashable UK

As lifestyle correspondent Rachel Thompson found out, the Colour-Me-Good colouring books offer a variety of situations to sketch yourself into with your fave actor…

“Superfans yearning to eventually meet their favourite Sherlock star can imagine themselves in a variety of different IRL settings using this book”

With 503 shares (and counting!) it seems more and more superfans are in fact doing just that. But really, between drawing yourself on Benedict’s arm or blueprinting a “dream house” together, could there be a better way to spend your time?

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Mashable UK

No more being rudely interrupted from your Monday morning daydreams (seriously those annoying lectures from the boss about “important deadlines” and “final warnings” have no place in our musings)! Wipe the drool from your keyboard and break out a new set of colouring pens – It’s time to immortalise those wayward dreams into a work of art.

Also available from the National Theatre Bookshop in Eddie Redmayne or Tom Hiddleston editions for £7.50.

Seriously.

Check out Mashable’s entire review here: http://mashable.com/2017/01/27/benedict-cumberbatch-coloring-book/#Ot8lA50LCqqo