Karen Mabon



Designer and illustrator Karen Mabon enchantesus with her beguiling collection of printed accessories and home wares. After studying at London’s Royal College of Art, she set up her own label to showcase her illustrative skills in 2013. “Each illustration tells its own story, whether that be curious creatures, nostalgia-filled memories or characters acting out scenes from and old, forgotten film.” Her prints can be seen on cashmere scarves, silk sleepwear, home accessories and other decorative pieces and her label has been linked with Anthropologieand Nordstrom to name a few.


Karen has collaborated with all sorts of companies and worked on some unusual projects which is what makes her label fresh and unique. Unsurprisingly, print magpies Anthropologiehave teamed up with the vibrant designer. Other companies include Radley, The National Portrait Gallery, Universal, The V&A and even Heathrow Airport. Here is a look at some of the collaborations:





Alongside her signature scarves, Karen has also delved into designing for interiors. These cushions covers are jammed packed full of motifs and are a feast for the eye. We love the print clashing of all of her designs thrown together in this photo shoot.



Karen captures her products in her enchanted photography, each collection illustrating a different story


For SS18 Karen has created a range of printed swimwear and in her own unique style, each print as random as the next. From vegetables to star signs, what makes her work so interesting is the fact that the product and the print do not need to necessarily work together, resulting in fresh new pieces.




Starla Michelle Halfmann

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First coming across Starla Halfman’s work in Anthropologie, I was enchanted by the vibrant, painterly surface designs of her ceramics range. Looking into her work further, this expressive style is emulated across many different types of products and her portfolio of work is extensive. Based in Austin, Texas, Starla began her creative journey at University where she studied Fine Art and Design Communications. She then went on to work at a ‘desk job’ for 8 years before she decided it was time to pursue a career in her true passion.

I managed to catch up with Starla to ask her a few questions about her work.

– Describe your style in 5 words

Joyful, Textured, Bright, Colorful, & Detailed

– Where do you gain inspiration from?

I gain inspiration from nature and my faith


– What is your favourite medium to work with?

I love working with Acrylic

– Your collaboration with Anthropologie seems to be a huge success! What has been your most successful/favourite product for them?

One of the products Anthropologie launched in 2014 containing my art was an intricate jigsaw puzzle. It featured my original “Peruvian Night” and was a piece of art in itself. The craftsman’s ship was amazing!


Mooreland Puzzle for Anthropologie, 2014, feauturing Starla’s ‘Peruvian Night’ design

– Do you have any tips for aspiring designers/artists?

Keep doing what you love and try not to worry or force the outcome.

Starla is also currently working with May Designs on a range of stationary products. These are available now from https://www.maydesigns.com/m/starla-michelle/

May Designs

Thanks to;

Starla Michelle Halfman, http://www.starlamichelle.com

All images Copyright Starla Halfmann 2017


Grayson Perry


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Tim Walker The Guardian


Tim Walker The Guardian

Grayson Perry burst into the public consciousness in 2003 when he won the Turner Prize. He works across many media starting in ceramics and more recently tapestry, bronze, print-making, architecture and the outrageously flamboyant frocks that he wears when he goes out dressed as a woman, which are works of art in their own right.


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The Craft Council has acquired two Grayson Perry Tapestries called Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: A story of a Life by Grayson Perry, are touring the UK.


Courtesy of the Artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro London, © GRAYSON PERRY, Photo saved from Craftscouncil.org.uk


The exhibition is introduced;

Julie is a fictional character created by Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries that illustrate the key events in the heroine’s journey from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953 to her untimely death in a tragic accident on a Colchester street. Rich in cultural and architectural details, the tapestries contain a social history of Essex and modern Britain that everyone can relate to.


Courtesy of the Artist, Paragon Press, And Victoria Miro London © GRAYSON PERRY, Photo saved from Craftscouncil.org.uk

In collaboration with Grayson Perry and Fish In a Bottle The Crafts Council have created a web app which allows you to explore The Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope (2015). Within the app you can find out about the technical, historical and narrative elements that went into A Perfect Match and In its Familiarity, Golden.

The app is available on mobile and desktop and can also be accessed within the gallery. To access the app click below.


Exhibiting at:

Banbury Museum 11/3 -13/5

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 20/5 – 16/7

The Gallery, De Montfort University 21/7 – 3/9

I absolutely adore all aspects of the work of Grayson Perry. Last year I saw 6 tapestries with my mother and my 13 year old son and all of us were blown away by the experience. If you ever have a chance do try and see “The Vanity of small differences”.


The tapestries depicting the class journey through life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell. The work was inspired by the painting by William Hogarth “A Rake’s Progress”. He starts from a modest background and rockets up the social, financial and so called class ladder before his untimely demise.


The tapestries are colourful and exiting full of humour, social comment and yet ever so charming. There is so much to each one but you have to take the time to truly look.

The Vanity of Small Differences is jointly owned by the British Council Collection and the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.



The tapestries are currently being exhibited in the Ukraine.

The Arts Council Collection launched an app for iPad and iPhone produced by Aimer Media with commentary from the artist, art historical references and a guide to the making of the works. The app gives audiences the chance to see the tapestries up close with its detailed zoom facility and listen to Perry’s own audio guide. Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences is available on the App Store.