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Hi I'm Nikki :) this is my blog where I write about my illustration work and creative life. Read more about me

Mollie Makes Magazine

I love reading Mollie Makes and I have always loved the thought of working on an illustration for their magazine one day. Mollie Makes magazine is a crafty lifestyle mag for creative people. They celebrate creative industries and everything handmade, write about the latest crafting trends,  and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. The magazine also discusses hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips.

Earlier this year I contacted Mollie Makes with my portfolio, they later replied and asked me to work on a commission for them. I created 4 patterns and 4 illustrated posters for the bonus papers in the magazine.  It was so fun to work on, I have never worked on a full page editorial illustration before so seeing 8 all at once printed in the same magazine was exciting! The papers I illustrated are for readers to pull out and use on their crafting projects. I enjoyed seeing photos on Instagram of all the inventive ways my designs have been used.

I'm proud to say I was also shortlisted for the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018, Best Illustrator category. Even though I did not win it was amazing to be recognised! I had a lovely day at the Dead Dolls House in Islington for the awards, where I presented my work to the judges. I met like minded creative people, got to go on a photo walk around the area with In Colourful Company and I joined in a Macrame workshop with Peas & Needles. I found it difficult to get the hang of the Macrame but maybe I will try again one day (when I have a bit more patience) it is a beautiful craft. It was a really inspiring day with the talk by Sas Pertherick about how to manage self doubt, this is something I struggle with sometimes so it was helpful listening to Sas and to hear that there are others who feel the same way as me. Later on there was a panel discussion about working smarter, not harder with female business owners Elisalex de Castro Peake, Katie Leamon and Sara Tasker. I learned so much about managing my time better and finding smarter ways of working to avoid burnout.  Before the awards were announced we listened to an inspiring key note speech by Keith Brymer Jones, who most of us will recognise from the BBC's Great Pottery Throw Down.

A huge congratulations to the winners and thank you Mollie Makes for having me there. It was an encouraging colourful day full of celebration! 

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