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Contents Hello and a very warm welcome to this month’s issue of Urban Chic!



Spring has sprung, and this issue is blooming with ideas of how to add a little sunshine into your space. In this issue, we bring you a touch of Nordic style. The Scandinavians have innovative ways in which they incorporate sparkle into their homes. Inspiration from Native Americans and the Aztecs will also provide a mystical, yet modern, vibe, to get your creative and crafty fires burning. Expert tips on how to create these themes at home and an insider’s look at a Cardiff craft club should also let your imagination run wild. Plus, we have an exclusive interview with DIY SOS’s interior design expert, Julia Kendell, who shares her top tips and proves that the girls can hold their own when it comes to DIY. It might not be summer just yet, but these styles will help spice up your space until its time to grab your sunnies and pour the Pimms!


9 - Scandinavian Style Our COVER STORY gives a glimpse into a stylish Nordic lifestyle 14 - HomebyKirsty Light designer, Kirsty Patrick, takes us on an illuminating journey of home decor


Celebrity Special


18 - DIY SOS’s Julia Kendell The TV star and interior designer shares style tips & making it in a man’s world


D.I.Y Projects 15 - Pebbled Candle Create your own scandi mood lighting


Global Trends 21 - Aztec Ancestry A fallen empire becomes an interior trend offering quirky patterns for your pad 29 - Natural Natives We take a look at Native American design and show easy steps to copy the look


#UrbanCrafters 16 - Jan Henderikse We talk to the Dutch upcycling pioneer 24 - Modern Macrame Insta-queen, Emily Katz, lets us in on the secrets of this quirky 70’s craft 26 - Simple Knots Craft Club Over tea and toast we catch up with Cardiff’s coolest craft club

32 - Georgia Skoczen The dreamcatcher creater shares her love of craft and getting that work/life balance



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4 - Step Into Spring Easy new season updates from the high street for your home 5 - The Crafty Gentleman Our go-to DIY guy, Mike Aspinall, gets creative with pallets 7 - Tweet, Tweet Troubles Urban Chic tackles readers’ craft and interior troubles 33 - Paper Pull Out Our exclusive template of a cool quote that you need to display in your home 34 - Instagrammers of the Month Check out the inspo we’re loving online



Step into spring.. I

t’s finally time to wave goodbye to those winter blues. Spring has sprung, and here at Urban Chic we’ve compiled a selection of our favourite products that will add a little springtime sunshine to your city space. UC

^ Ceramic patterned tray ^ Paperchase - £6

< Green cushion cover < Archica - £14 A great way to add a pop of colour to a neutral space. This would work perfectly with this issue’s Scandinavian Style inspo. Flick to page 11 for more.

A great way to store funky jewellery and gemstone rings, or even to add to your hallway to hold your house keys.

> Stem Vase > George at Asda - £2 This issue’s BARGAIN BUY is this fabulous vase. Great for holding flowers and branches.

v Rose garland lights v New Look - £8 Wind these gorgeous rose lights around a bed headboard, along a windowsill or around a mirror for a fairytale feel. ^ Standing letter light ^ Primark - £8 Add a little glow to your home with this funky letter light. Great for making a statement in any part of the house.

> Butterfly tumblers > Next - £6 Get the party started with these butterfly engraved tumblers from Next Home. Perfect for a girl’s night in or out this season!


> Pastel tea towels > Primark - £3.50 Perfect for a little spring cleaning and sprucing up your flat!


THE CRAFTY GENTLEMAN “This DIY crate is ideal for woodwork newbies! It’s pretty simple to make, and doesn’t require fancy power tools. It’s really easy to customise the size to whatever you need, you can make your own bespoke storage. I’m currently using mine to store my collection of dried herbs and spices! The crate is made from 100% upcycled pallet wood. which helps to reduce your carbon footprint and keeps costs way down. Once you’ve mastered this project, be sure to check out my blog (www. for more DIY projects!”



DIY: Upcycled Pallet Tray Mike shares a quick and easy crafting project that taps into the up and coming upcycling trend You will need: • • • • •

A pallet crate (ask local businesses for any they’re throwing out) Tape measure Pencil Hand saw 1 inch nails

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Hammer Protective gloves Medium sandpaper Hot, soapy water Wire wool Wood varnish


Step 1

Pallets typically come with six slats. Using the pencil, mark four of these slats at a length of 30cm, and two at a length 20 cm. Saw these pieces so you have six in total.



Step 2 Give the wood a thorough clean with warm water and wire wool, before leaving them to dry out over night in a warm environment. When the wood is completely dry smooth the pieces with medium weight sandpaper.

Step 3 5

Constructing the crate is easy. Join two of the longer length wood pieces at a right angle and nail them together.

Step 4

Repeat this step so that you have two separate corner pieces.

Step 5

Connect the two corner pieces by nailing the shorter pieces of wood to each end, and glue the middle sections together. It’s that simple!



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Tweet, tweet troubles Urban Chic open their tool kit of tips and tricks to solve reader’s design and crafting woes

QKate, 26, London, QFrankie, 24, I’ve recently got into the upcycling trend. Where are the best places to find coffee tables to makeover?

AUrban Chic,

Hi Kate, we’ve found Gumtree, charity shops and flea markets to be the best places to pick up decent furniture crying out for a re-design.


QErin, 21,


I’m in my final year of uni and would love to make my digs more homely without being too girly. Can you give me some tips?

I’ve recently moved into a new city flat which is tiny. Do you have any quirkly ideas for hallway storage?

AUrban Chic,


Urban Chic,

Hi Frankie, we feel your pain. How about an old wooden step ladder? The steps make perfect shelves and it can easily be funked up with a lick of paint, such as Annie Sloane.

Team Talk

Hi Lily, uni digs can be grim at the best of times. Why not try our DIY Brooklyn Lights from Issue 1 for a cosy feel or jazz up those walls with your own photo collage? See Cosmo On Campus for more inspo.

Tweet us at: @mag_urbanchic

TROUBLE OF THE MONTH Alex, 23, Cardiff Knitting and crochet are alien to me, where can I make something cool for my home without feeling like a granny? Urban Chic, Hi Alex, knitting and crochet aren’t part of our remit. Pottery is trendy at the min thanks to BBC’s Great British Pottery Throw Down. Classes are taking place up and down the country and you’ll be thrilled with your results. Alternatively origami is a stylish and cheap way to add interest to a room. #Origami’s YouTube channel has great tutorials! UC

- Let’s get personal

We let loose on our favourite springtime trends

Jessie Lewis, Design Editor: “I love pastel shades for this time of year; great for adding a pop of colour to the neutral shades of winter.”

Jess Phillips, Sub Editor:

“Adding daffodils is my favourite way to add a bit of colour to my space. They look lovely and the yellows keep my room looking bright and fresh.”

Lauren Phillips, Web Editor:

“Soft light lilacs and lots of delicate meadow flowers. Soft and romantic.”

Eugenia Ferrer, Copy Editor: “ I love soft pinks, corals and cheerful bouquets of flowers displayed on your desk.”

Emily Owen, Art Editor: “Tropical plants, such as cacti to correlate with the warmer weather, are an easy way to add a springtime feel.”

Anna Morgan, Production Editor:

“I’m a huge fan of the metallic trend contuing into S/S16. It works amazingly with duck egg blue for a light and bright feel.”


Scandinavian Style The Nordic states arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just cold, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cool. We take you on an enchanted journey through snowy hills and hidden castles to provide your space with a little sparkle.




he contemporary Scandinavian interior trend is rooted in Nordic history, but was popularised in the 1930s. Based on simple, functional living with a stylish edge, Scandinavian design developed from the geographical and cultural similarities between the countries of Northern Europe. If you think mastering the perfect eyeliner flick is a task on rainy days in the UK, these countries are habitually faced with limited daylight and a lack of resource materials due to their geographical locations. Therefore, Scandinavian homes need to be three things â&#x20AC;&#x201C; simple, uncluttered and functional. Yet, the golden rule of the trend means that grace and beauty must not be compromised. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s these influences that make the basis of the minimalist, clean-cut design that is sought after today. UC 10

Clean Lines

Traditional Scandinavian design centres on Nordic craftsmanship. Simple furniture also helps achieve a more functional element of the trend.


Illustrations by Miriam Collett Photo credit: @AndreaGravningen and @Soohme

Lots of Light

The short, lightless days and longer, darker nights of the Scandinavian countries means that creating as much light as possible is paramount. Maximising light is a great way to open up small spaces.


Neutral Colours

If you’re currently renting, you’re probably surrounded by magnolia walls, but make the most of these colourless palettes by embracing neutral colours to make a relaxed, chic space.

Natural Elements

Scandinavian designers are inspired by the outside world. Plants, branches and greenery are a great way to infuse this aspect of the trend’s origins into your home. 13


Home by Kirsty Bringing Nordic novelty to Cardiff’s arcades


ituated in Cardiff’s Castle Arcade, Home by Kirsty is a minefield for people with an eye for detail and a passion for pared back, simple design. Containing functional homeware by Welsh and British designers and makers, it’s the go-to place for simplifying and brightening your living space. Urban Chic chatted to Kirsty Patrick, 34, about design, interiors and everything that inspires her.


Tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in design. I trained in Carmarthen in 2006, where I did a 3D art and landscape course. I’m a lighting designer, so my background is in design. I’ve been making the big spheres of the lamps you see in my shop window for the last six years. As I did a few exhibitions and shows, I found lots of other designers and makers that I wanted to group together in one shop and in 2014 I went for it and opened Home by Kirsty. At the moment, I have just under 60 different designers in my shop: 25 of them are from Wales, the rest are from the UK. They’re all independent designers and I try to choose pieces that you don’t see anywhere else, with a contemporary, Scandinavian style.

What makes you think, “I need this in my shop”? I really like whites and wood. I’m a fan of anything with simple designs and a nice function, but also something that’s enjoyable to have in your house and brightens up your day a bit. What’s your trademark style when it comes to your own designs? It’s simple and pared back with a lot of green, wood and Scandinavian influences. The shapes are not overly fussy, as I aim to make things that can sit in many different environments. Why did you open a shop in Cardiff? I partly opened the shop because there are no shops like this in Cardiff. This city is slowly starting to get educated about design and people are wanting to know more about the story behind their products, which I think is really important. People are keen to know who made their products and what makes them different from those bought on the high street. The lighting, jewellery and gift cards are usually the most popular items. What is your own home interior style? There’s a lot of white and wood and I’ve got some Mid-Century furniture –

like a juke band sideboard. I live in an old cottage, so the ceilings are short, meaning I’ve got quite a bit of lighting there as well. It’s a mix of the shop really, I thought it would be a shame have a house full of lovely stuff if people couldn’t enjoy it. Which designers inspire you? At the moment, Tom Pigeon is one of my favourite UK-based design duos. They’re also in Home by Kirsty and do beautiful foil prints, as well as jewellery which is made of Formica, brass and copper. They’ve got an amazing eye for detail and the shapes are striking, without being too elaborate. Then there’s Sian Elin, who is based in Cardiff and does wallpapers, lamps and cushions. Finally, I’m loving designers who feature monochrome and jungle print. How often do you change up your window display? I change it every few weeks and come up with the window designs myself. You get quite a few people who walk by regularly, so I want to keep it fresh and

exciting for them. My latest display was a collaboration with Forbesfield, a florist also based in the Castle Arcade. Do you have a favourite design trend at the moment? At the moment, it’s monochrome and the jungle theme - the lush green goes really well with the black and white. I like a nice bit of stationary as well, and I’ve got some great screen printed clipboards in the shop. I also love the metallic trend especially coppers and brasses. Where do you shop for homeware? I get inspiration from Instagram first and look for things that are made in the UK. I like Habitat and Ikea. They can be good for some bits and bobs. I think it’s nice to have a good mix from different places. Are your products budget friendly? Prices range from £3 (cards), to £195 (lighting). It’s important to get people to realise you’ve got that value and quality in your product; you’re paying for a beautiful product that has been designed and made in the UK. UC

Get the look: Candle and pebble centrepiece You will need: - Large glass container with wooden lid - Pebbles ( Grab a bag at Poundland) - Large white candle


simple vase is an essential accessory for every Scandinavian home. Add some Nordic chic to your room by creating this inexpensive and easy candle centrepiece. It can look great on a bookshelf, dresser or as a centrepiece on a dining room table.

What to do: • •

Line the pebbles carefully and as flat as possible at the bottom of the glass. Place the candle on top of the pebbles in the centre and seal with the wooden lid. 15

Meet the Maker

Meet the Maker: J

Jan Henderikse

an Henderikse is a 79-year old Dutch artist who takes objects thrown away unloved, and creates quirky works of art. He was part of the Dutch Zero-art movement in 1960, which replaced traditional materials, like paint, with industrial ones, like corks and pennies. His minimal artworks have been exhibited all over the world, from Amsterdam to New York. Because his bare, impersonal works are the perfect backdrop to Scandinavian interiors. Theyr’re also relatively easy to imitate; making a penny-mosaic or stacking up your crates in an artistic way is both easy, cheap and straightforward. Urban Chic decided to find out what this crafty Dutchman is all about.

How do you work when you create art and which materials do you use? I don’t really have a particular method; I literally start somewhere at the bottom left corner and work my way up until I reach the top right. I like to use everyday man-made products that have been used in some way, like corks, hammers and beer crates. I’ve made it a habit to collect things people have thrown away on the beach and decide what to do with them afterwards.

What inspired you to make art? Vincent van Gogh. I love the colours and like how spontaneous his style is. The stories behind the artist are also really interesting. He used to paint in the night in complete darkness, for instance, carrying candles on his hat – that’s awesome.

Where do you get your inspiration? I have no idea. I’ve been collecting costume jewellery I find on flea markets for a while now, but an idea for what to do with it is only just starting to take shape. I like living in New York, as it’s a great place to get ideas, but I usually let my instincts guide me. Which of your artworks are you most proud of? My 1962 Bottle Wall. I put 1512 bottles in crates of beer on display at The Gugenheim in New York. It means so much to me that it was so well received abroad. What’s the best thing about being a maker and an artist? You always have a lot of girlfriends; that’s the perk of life as an artist. UC


Get inspired by Jan Henderiske and add some industrial icons to your city space Wall Plant Hanging Amara - £30

Copper Votive Amara - £14 16

Hanging Mirror Made With Love Designs - £29.95

Copper Lamp George at Asda - £20


new, feminine and masculine. Pantone have described this by having two colours of the year for 2016 for the first time. Rose Quartz is embracing soft rose tones contrasting with a cool and peaceful pale blue. Dulux describe this year’s overriding trend as “Looking both ways.” Past heritage is also being used for inspiration to design for the future. Dark, velvety rich tones are evocative of paintings by the Dutch Masters, creating moody and cocooning interiors. The industrial vibe continues to dominate, with raw, natural materials ever present. Gold has taken over from copper as the material to watch!

What is your interior design taste?

I love to use natural and textural materials in my designs and mostly prefer a neutral palette. As an “all or nothing” personality, I like to have rooms in the house that are bright and energising, contrasted with dark, small spaces to escape to when I have the time! I’m all about “energy”, and a room scheme isn’t complete for me without an open fire, candlelight and metallics.

Our favourite interior stylist, Julia Kendell, proves that girls don’t need rescuing from doing it yourself


familiar face on our TV screens as an interiors guru on BBC One’s DIY SOS, Julia Kendell is a veteran of the interior design world. A female pioneer in this field, she continues to craft, drill, build and design cosy and rustic rooms with a modern twist. Julia gives us an exclusive insight into how girls can rescue themselves when it comes to all things DIY.

What made you decide to pursue a career in interior design?

I couldn’t imagine for a moment funding my way through university. I had been given a Saturday job at age 15 (I actually lied about my age. I told the boss I was 16 to get the job!) in a local high-street soft-furnishing showroom. I loved it from the start, particularly helping customers to choose wallpapers, paint colours and fabrics. I was offered 18

the store manager’s position aged 18 which I jumped at, not least because it came with a flat above the shop, and my interest in design soon became a lifelong passion.

Where do you get inspiration?

I pick up inspiration wherever I am, but particularly from well-designed restaurants or hotels where I can scale down exciting, commercial decor ideas to suit residential interiors. To help my customers visualise a look, ambience and colour scheme for a room interior, I use It’s a wonderful source of inspiration and helps to convey the overriding style and feel for a scheme.

What interior design trends should Urban Chic readers try out in 2016? The strong trend currently is a feeling of contrast, of dark and light, old and

“There’s nothing worse

than not succeeding and thinking you can’t DIY because you’ve tried to run before you can walk!” What projects are you working on at the moment?

I have a varied and fun work life currently, which I’m very much enjoying! It’s ‘silly season’ for decorating and DIY, so I’m very busy speaking at home shows, conferences and events. I also launched a fabulous range of contemporary dining furniture in collaboration with at Christmas and we will be building on the range this year. I’m also about to launch a new design talk series with Hotel du Vin where I’ll be providing inspirational sessions. The first two are in Wimbledon and Tunbridge Wells in April.

NO FEAR, Julia’s here

Celebrity special

Julia’s DIY Survival Guide

Attempting first-time DIY • • • • •

Take on jobs requring basic skills to build confidence Ensure you have the right tools for the job and practice first Ask for advice from family members and professionals Take your time for your DIY jobs to be a breeze is a wonderful source of inspiration

Decorating on a budget • Photography provided by Nicholas Dawkes Photography

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Choose good quality items, but fewer of them Give old furniture found in charity shops a new lease of life Always prep surfaces for decorating Buy decent brushes and rollers Customise inexpensive furniture with whatever takes your fancy

Tackling upcycling projects • •

Pinterest and Youtube provide inspiration and ‘how-to’s’ eBay, charity shops and boot sales are good for unloved items of furniture, fabric and other items of potential Keep an eye out on your travels for interesting pieces

Make more of small spaces

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“There should be no fear when tackling DIY!”

Spatial planning is key. Choose furniture to fit the size of your room Find items on legs which keeps the space looking open Keep texture, particularly curtains, to a minimum as they eat natural daylight Mirrors will also help bounce light around the room UC



Styles of Mesoamerica

Urban Chic travels to Central America to bring you a modern take on ancient Aztec spirit

Global trends


The Aztec design is not limited to a specific colour palette, but is mostly associated with dark rich and warm tones (think red, gold and bronze). When working with smaller rooms and areas, adopting the coral colour adds a modern lighter touch, which still lends itself to the Aztec interior theme.

Tropical foliage:

Bring the outdoors indoors with large flat leafed plants. Plants like aralia, philodendron and cacti give an exotic feel to your room. Adding brightly coloured flowers, such as sunflowers, can complement the warm colour tones of the South American style.


Wickerwork baskets and furniture: These woven wonders provide a stylish storage solution for those who only have a small space to work with. Opt for a chic cylinder shape to fill with any spare blankets and towels.


Combine a natural, outdoorsy feel of earthy deadwood with clean shapes of funky plant pots to create a contemporary, yet retro feel in your home. Maintain a Central American vibe with these subtle and homely Aztec accents.

Aztec Ancestry:

the legacy of a fallen empire


he Aztec empire might have fallen in the 16th century, but its power has never been stronger or bolder than in the interior design world. Bright colours, geometric prints and patterns inspired by the sun, stars and earth are some of the cultural legacies left behind by the native people of Central America. This style provides plenty of opportunity to sprinkle Latin Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carnival of colours to your space. The Aztec design is universally known for the creation of exquisite, yet intricate textile design patterns. Interiors from Central America offer plenty of inspiration for the modern woman looking to create a confident and cultivated home style. Striking Aztec design accents work perfectly in little or elaborate places and can transform a minimalistic city apartment. UC


Exuding rugged charm, put a modern spin on an anicent Aztec staple with a geometric patterned rug. Layer clashing prints to add a South American flavour and inject a structural, textural dimension to your living space.



Turn over to meet Emily Katz and learn about the art of macrameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. 23

Global trends

Modern The popular 70s craft is having a revival and we meet Emily Katz who is leading the way in the art of Macrame.

What is Macrame? (MAC-ruh-may)

•Macramé is a form of textile making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. •It is thought to come from the Turkish “makrama” meaning “napkin” or “towel” and was a way to secure the ends of pieces of weaving by using the excess thread and yarn along the top and bottom edges of loomed fabrics. •The craft was very popular in 1970s America but is now being revived but with all types of knots and additional decorations such as beads. •Materials used in Macramé including cords made of cotton twine, linen, jute, leather or yarn.

Macrame E

mily Katz is a girl of all trades, creative consultant, interior designer, artist and instagram phenomenon. Living in Portland, Oregon, Emily says she is at her happiest when she is collaborating on photo shoots in the desert, rearranging furniture in homes around the world, and feasting under the starts. She is also leading the way in the macramé craft revival as the founder of, an online shop selling macramé pieces created by herself. Her collections include wall hangings, including plant hangers (pictured), handmade pieces for the home such as a macramé cot (pictured), rug and large floor pillow. Trained as a macramé teacher Emily holds workshops teaching the craft to thousands of people around the world, from private lessons to curated workshops and team building for creative companies. Her aim is to share her love of this simple craft, but to also inspire people to create unique one of a kind pieces for their modern-day home with a technique that has been passed down since the 13th Century.

Aztec Accessories

We’ve got you covered with picks from the high street and online to help you add some mexican flavour to your apartment.

^ Geometric Print ^ Society6

^ Amber Moon Yankee Candle ^ Yankee Candle ^ £8.99

^ £19.00

^ DIY Macrame Plant Hanger Kit ^ NeonKnotDesigns, ^ £18.76

^ Print Cushion ^ ^ £15

^ Ceramic Vase ^ Matalan ^ £10


Photography by Orhan Aydin


#UrbanCrafters Ins Simple Knots Craft

We catch up with Jennifer Kirkham and Sophie Potter over tea and toast as they take us behind the scenes of Cardiff’s coolest craft club


hey embody the cool, quirky charm so often associated with boho stylistas, yet they’re not partial to peanut butter on toast for tea. Jennifer and Sophie set up Simple Knots Craft Club as a way to connect with likeminded crafters in a relaxed, urban setting. Both currently working as arts fundraisers – Jennifer for Chapter Arts Centre and Sophie for The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - the pair found it difficult to meet crafty people after leaving university as social networks become tighter and networking often replaces meeting new people and making friends. With an itch to get creative and meet more city crafters, Simple Knots Craft Club was born; the underlying hope being to rewrite the granny, kitsch and cutesy craft, making it fashionable, modern and accessible in the city. A passion for craft The girls both loved crafts from a young age. Jennifer studied textiles at university and is a dab hand at crossstitch and Sophie is a keen illustrator and modern calligrapher, but the pressures of modern life left them neglecting their favourite past times. Sophie hits the nail on the head, “I found I was doing illustration alone 26

and it’s quite a solitary activity. I tried thinking of a way to make craft sociable again, and then I met Jen!“ The two crafters had been looking for a wider community to share their interests. With drink and draw, stitch ‘n’ bitch and knit and natter all becoming popular in bigger cities, it was the perfect time to set up their own craft club, but one that incorporated all kinds of craft and creators. Creating their own crafty community Since August 2015 Sophie and Jennifer have been hosting crafting events every month at an independent coffee shop in the centre of Cardiff, The Little Man Coffee Co. The store itself fits perfectly with their community ethos, and regularly holds events for the arts, technology and literary groups. Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month (to make it feel like a big “event”) from 6 – 9pm, people are able to drop in straight from work and get on with whatever craft project they fancy. It’s convenient, fun and something a little different to settling in front of the telly to watch the soaps. Every event has seen an influx of people and the girls no longer rely on their friends attending for support. Simple Knots even boasts its own local celebrity, One Man Crochet,

who was the winner of the coveted Christmas tree decoration competition on Channel 4’s Kirsty’s Handmade Christmas. He regularly joins the craft club to spend time working on his quirky crochet designs. Community spirit The great thing about Simple Knots is that there’s no pressure. It’s not just sewing or for women, and you don’t even have to craft if you’re a crafting newbie. It’s all about meeting people, learning and developing your skills. “We say to people come along have a coffee and some cake and talk to people,” Jennifer explains. “More often than not people come back to try out a craft. We felt like proud mothers when one ofour regulars, Jenny, learnt to cross-stitch and made a beautiful card for her boyfriend! We all pitched in to help!” The pair are quick to enthuse they have made friends through the community they have created and have seen the trend for people crafting socially go from strength to strength.


Simple Knots Craft Club takes place every first Wednesday of the month at The Little Man Coffee Co. in Bridge St, Cardiff. Follow them on Twitter @ simpleknots or find them on Facebook


Urban Chic’s Craft Noticeboard

sider: Club

Coffee and cake is non-negotiable when crafting

Trends we’re loving this month: Get ahead of the curve and try some of the following before the cool kids beat you on Instagram. • Pottery • Cross-stich – • Chalkboard Paint • Paper Craft • Jewellery Making • Coppersmith • Letter Carving • Modern Calligraphy • Leather Crafting • Glass Etching Crafts groups in your area: • Wales – Simple Knots in Cardiff, Made In Wales and New Steps Craft • Scotland – CraftScotland, Focus Craft Design and Goan Argyll • Ireland – Honest2Goodness, Dublin Creative Textiles, The National Craft Gallery • England – Hothouse, English Exchange and Tea & Crafting Camden

Everyone pitches in together to make quirky projects

Simple Knots’ Top Crafting Tips One Man Crochet

Jennifer Kirkham and Sophie Potter

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Have a look at events/shops/goings on in your area. Buy a cheap kit from somewhere like The Works and get started. Use Instagram and Pinterest for lots of quirky inspo. Look out for local craft and design groups in your area. Start simple with papers, pen, beads and fabrics. Make sure it’s something you’re passionate about. Enjoy it - don’t worry about how it’s meant to look. In Cardiff? Come hang out with us at Simple Knots!

Crafters we’ve met this month: • One Man Crochet This art lover and TV star runs a cool crochet blog that is sure to inspire your future projects. • Ruth Ridgeway Ruth is a photographer, designer, typographer and calligrapher who creates pretty illustrations inspired by mindful living.


Photography provided by and

Natural Natives Tribes, trends and teepees - we explore Native American style and show you how to get it at home


Global trends


eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard of Columbusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discoveries of the Americas in the 15th century, but people were living in North America long before his infamous travels. The Native Americans have occupied North America since 150,000 BC, and their artistic prowess can still be used to infuse your industrial space with a little indigenous genius today. The Native Americans had all kinds of artistic ways to express themselves. Each tribe had its own culture and their art was depicted through beading and decorating clothes and masks, painting and drawing, and weaving blankets and rugs and carvings. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Native American interior design trend is a little more simple, but still inspired by nature and the colours of the wind. Use a rustic colour palette infused with reds and oranges, wooden tables and chairs teamed with animal prints and soft furnishings, and warm, glowing lighting to really complete the look. UC

Top Left: wooden interior, mixe bright printed furnishings and statues, make a cosy statement

Top Right: simple chic is so imp when channeling this trend. Pa bright eyecatching furnishings

Bottom: candles, glowing lam wooden furnishings are a simp affordable, way to get this look

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7 ways to get the Native American look 1. Faux fur

Get this native animal influence in your home by draping fur throws over sofas and placing rugs before fireplaces.

2. Tribal patterns Faux fur throw Wilkinson - £30

Printed rugs, furnishings and wall hangings are key to this rustic trend and will jazz up your rental magnolia walls in no time.

Tribal Cushion Zazzle - £24.60

3. Wood

Wooden furniture and ornaments are a must, and are a great focal point for the trend. Hand-carved rnaments Not On The High Street - £30

Ceramic pot Tesco - £14.99

4. Glow lighting

Lamps, candles and tea lights dotted around your home create a cosy atmosphere.

5. Animal decor

Be at one with nature with animal ornaments. Brown stag Dunelm - £6

Cosy candle Primark - £2

Clock Zazzle - £24.50

7. Dreamcatchers 6. Painted pottery

Pottery adds character. Why not go to a pottery class for a unique piece, or add intrigue with a high street steal?

An iconic part of the trend that can be found on various home accessories. Zazzle has a range of dreamy items to choose from.

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Meet the Maker:


georgia Skoczen

eorgia Skoczen, 21, is a mother and crafter from Swansea, who has always been inspired by the Native American interior style. She creates gorgeous dream catchers that are great for sprucing up your space with a modern vibe that nods to this rustic trend. What inspired you to start crafting? I’ve always been arty and crafty. I loved it throughout school and it’s something I know I will always enjoy doing as it is a really good hobby to have. I will always encourage my daughters to try and express themselves through art and craft, as they will never know what they are capable of unless they try it. What do you love most about crafting? Just seeing where your imagination can take you, thinking up different ideas and putting them into practice. It’s also rewarding when I make something and people want to pay for my work! Also, I like being able to customise my pieces to suit different people, and take their ideas into consideration and make what they like.


Where do you find inspiration? I use Instagram a lot. It’s my favourite social media site and there are a lot of independent shops that produce similar items, but they are in countries such as Australia. This inspired me to start making them in the UK, although my first order was surprisingly shipped to Atlanta, Georgia! I use my own imagination to come up with the style of the dreamcatchers and wall hangings, and add beads, plaiting and variations of wool. I am able to suit them to different rooms and themes. Can you tell us about your crafts? They are decorative items with a warm custom touch to them. I mainly use wool and wooden hoops, unless someone wants a driftwood wall hanging. Then, I use driftwood sourced from a local beach, or use wood from a local park. How are you inspired by the Native American interior design? I wanted to make something a bit alternative to the typical feather dreamcatcher as sometimes they

don’t always look as pretty in certain rooms. I liked this style because it was very simple, yet effective! I followed the Native American trend because their decorations have always been my favourite. I like the beads, feathers, designs and the fact they come in all sizes and shapes too. I also like the idea that the Native Americans would have made everything by hand, without the use of machinery. This is what I like to do with my dreamcatchers. What kind of projects are you working on at the moment? I’m currently occupied with looking after my two daughters. I’m hoping once things settle I will be able to resume making hoops and wall hangings, and get them up in more people’s houses. What’s your top crafting tip? Try everything more than once. There are things you will be naturally good at – for me it is this - but when I first tried making a pom-pom it was disastrous! Now I can make one quickly and want to incorporate them into my crafts. UC

Follow Georgia on Instagram (@georgiaskoczen) for more dreamcatcher inspo

This month’s template has been created by art editor, Emily Owen and is our Native American take on Instagram’s inspirational quotes. To get you started, we’ve put together a few different ways to incorporate it into your home.

1. Find a spot in your surroundings that your eye falls on every day – ideally a place with a few reflective surfaces, like mirrors. This is a great way to get positive messages to sink into your everyday life and let your walls speak to you. 2. Frame it. Putting your photos in different types of frames is a great way to add an eclectic feel to your space. Bump it up a notch by filling your frames with illustrations, sketches and inspirational quotes as well as photos. 3. Personalise your cushions by using coloured pens of your choice, which are suitable for textiles and trace the template. You are the artist; the cushion is your canvas. 4. Escape from the busyness of everyday life for a while and engage in some mindfulness by colouring in our template. You can turn your work into a card to give to loved ones or put it on your desk for daily motivation. 5. Speaking of motivation, why not laminate it and turn it into a miniature business card type object that you can carry around with you in your handbag? 6. To update the contents of your handbag, Urban Chic suggests sticking it on the non-reflective side of your hand mirror, for an on-trend accessory that complements the style of your home.



Interior Instagrammers weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re loving this month We have scoured Instagram for the most modern, chic and downright luxurious home and interior design accounts that are sure to get your creative cogs turning. UC

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My Scandinavian Home

For minimalist, Sweden-inspired decor check out @myscandinavianhome. Run by Niki Brantmark, the blog features the most beautiful and dreamy Nordic rooms inspired by the Swedish countryside.

Sarah Richardson Design

Award-winning, and bestselling author, entrepreneur and TV presenter Sarah Richardson is known globally for her breathtakingly beautiful interior transformations and can certainly take a dull room from drab to fab in just a few simple steps. 34

Get in touch with your inner boho-chic and learn the art of macrame with @emily_katz. The interior designer, blogger and macrame artist creates beautiful, handmade decorations through knotting strings together to make hanging garments, wallart and My Paradissi pretty dream Eleni Psyllaki, who hails from the beautiful island of Crete, has am Instagram account filled with whitewashed walls, tropical plants and beautiful scenic views that will make you want to hop onto the next plane to Greece immediately.

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Urban Chic Issue 2  

Issue 2 features Scandinavian style, Aztec prints and an interview with macrame maker, Emily Katz. We also have a celebrity special with BBC...

Urban Chic Issue 2  

Issue 2 features Scandinavian style, Aztec prints and an interview with macrame maker, Emily Katz. We also have a celebrity special with BBC...