Sally Mavin is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer and photographer, working on her website Queenie and the Dew, from Manchester. Sally is originally from London, and by day works within the marketing sector. However, by night she snaps photos, grows vegetables, makes her home look pretty and explores Manchester. Queenie and the Dew is her home away from home, where she shares her crafty pursuits and projects, random musings and mini adventures. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Sally Mavin.
Image Credit: 1) Habitat 2) Anthropologie 3) ABJglassworks 4) H&M 5) Made
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I have an eclectic style that draws on the clean lines of Scandinavian design alongside bold pops of colour and a retro vibe. I’m particularly drawn to art, textiles and ceramics that I have collected on my travels.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I take time to get to know a space – where the light hits and how it flows. Functionality is important. I tend to buy one or two key pieces and build from there. My process is quite organic.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I find that the people in my everyday life – friends and family – inspire my creativity. I’m fortunate to have some very creative people in my life that I regularly bounce ideas off. My husband in particular has drawn me towards certain styles – like Russian propaganda art – that previously I wouldn’t have considered. The blogging world also has some hugely talented amateur designers that inspire me to push out of my comfort zone.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
A quiet walk by the River Mersey with my dog and camera always gets the creative juices flowing. Pondering over the growth, the shapes and the light – time alone with nature always feels particularly inspiring to me.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I’ve never been regimented with my creativity. I go with my gut and enjoy seeing how my style changes organically. I try not to put too much pressure on myself and strive to be brave and try new things. I’ve found over the years that I’ve learnt as much from the things that didn’t work out as the things that did.
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