We are privileged to have team members from all over the world who are experts in their industries as well as some amazing guest members all of which share invaluable knowledge, advice and innovative content to create a magazine full of inspiration.
Beth Kempton – Editor and Founder
Beth Kempton is a mother, writer and entrepreneur committed to helping women achieve their full potential. She has worked with UN agencies, global brands, charities and individuals across the world. Beth’s company, Do What You Love, helps people find personal, professional and financial freedom through online courses and workshops. As part of this she co-founded MakeItInDesign.com and MakeArtThatSells.com to support the professional careers of creatives. Beth’s first book ‘Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love.’ will be published by Hay House in Spring 2017.
Rachael Taylor – Art Director and Co-Founder
Rachael Taylor is fun and energetic British surface pattern designer and illustrator who creates ‘patterns to make you happy’! Rachael has worked for a number of prestigious clients worldwide, runs her own design label and successfully licenses a number of global branded collections. Her designs feature on fashion, home decors, greetings, gadgets and ceramics. Rachael is the sole author and designer for ’20 Ways to Draw a Doodle’ with Quarry Books and co-founder of the groundbreaking e-course ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design’ in which she teaches and shares her expertise and knowledge in surface pattern design.
Kelly Crossley – Creative Assistant and Layout
An eternal optimist and all round positive person, Kelly is constantly curious about the world around her. She gets to work daily in an industry that she loves as a designer for Make It In Design, Do What You Love and as a Studio Manager at the Rachael Taylor studio. She is excited to be part of a thrilling, inspiring and growing industry that has such an amazing and encouraging community of creative talent. She is looking forward to being part of even more wonderful developments with the companies she works for and watching them become the places to go to as hubs for creative individuals worldwide.
Lisa Moncrieff – Project Manager
Lisa is a down to earth and practical Taurean who’s inspired by nature, travel and music. She loves to spend time with her daughter Rosie and using her extensive craft collection for scrapbooking. She is a professional marketer who’s worked at a leading marketing agency, environmental charity and for over a decade in the digital print industry before joining the Make It In Design team. She’s studying life coaching in order to help others discover their passions and achieve their dreams and has climbed mountains, run marathons and abseiled buildings to help raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Rachel Kempton – Assistant Editor
Rachel is a loving wife and mum, a writer and a hippie at heart. She is motivated by freedom, peace and creativity and believes that true joy comes from listening to yourself and living in the moment. Rachel has been a journalist for over 12 years. She’s worked on numerous newspapers and magazines and she’s also edited her own regional lifestyle magazine. She now works for Do What You Love and she is passionate about helping others figure out how they can spend more time doing things that make them happy. When Rachel isn’t walking her dog, scouring antiques shops for a bargain or making things for her home, she can be found in her home studio doing Kundalini yoga or working on her next mixed media or scrapbook project.
Vic Lem – Education & Resources Officer
Vic has a BA (Hons) first class degree in Interior Design from De Montfort University Leicester and also a Master of Arts in Design and Art Direction from MMU. Vic previously worked at Tigerprint where she managed the Tigerprint Design Competitions and social media and was heavily involved with working with design students setting live commercial briefs. Further experience includes design management for greeting cards and also creative and product photography. At the beginning of 2014 Vic became a mum to daughter Lily who has provided her with a fresh perspective on doing the things in life that make her most happy and fulfilled.
Louise Gale – Colour Expert & Advisor
Louise is the magazine’s project manager working with everyone on the team to ensure smooth publication of the magazine. Louise also writes the regular colour stories feature. Louise also loves exploring mixed media techniques and has exhibited her work in New York City with a permanent art collection at the “Hoboken Historical Museum” and artwork in books and magazines. Louise’s meditations, kits and e-courses empower others to combine right brain creativity with left brain practical tools, helping to raise the positive energy of individuals and the world around us.
Dids Macdonald – CEO and Co-Founder, ACID & MOYO IP Advisor
Originally a partner in a Chelsea interior design company and then a designer maker, Dids Macdonald started Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) because her work was copied so much. ACID aims are to create a safe trading environment where original design can be protected, valued and respected. The organisation focuses on turning to the creation of a safe trading portal to be a conduit for original design to attract design buyers. ACID champions independent design, and campaigns for respect for IP and opportunities for growth and job security.
Bonnie Christine – DIY Expert
Born and raised in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, Bonnie gathers endless amounts of inspiration from the natural world around her. Bonnie is a fabric and surface pattern designer with sunshine-y patterns making their way onto fabric, wallpaper, ribbon and more! She is the creator of Going Home to Roost where she shares all she’s learned through being a surface pattern designer. Bonnie’s digital work, adobe illustrator tutorials and printables are available in her Etsy shop, Sweet Bonnie Christine.
Robyn Taylor – Illustrator and Designer
Robyn is a freelance illustrator living and working in the UK, she recently graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design with a BA (Hons) in Textiles and Surface design. She is currently working on her own clothing range, incorporating her unique illustrations with her quirky style. Robyn has been commissioned by several clients for her gorgeous portraits. You can find Robyn’s latest work in her online portfolio.
Diane Davies – Trend Editor and Designer
Diane has worked within design since completing University with a 1st in Fashion. With a strong commercial style, her main area of expertise is trend forecasting which enables designs to flow across multi-products. Diane is a creative individual who has a drive to succeed in all her ambitions. Her proudest achievement to date has been designing and making her own couture wedding gown that she wore on her special day. Her passionate approach meant this Chantilly lace beauty came to life with a lot of love, hard work and belief that anything is possible.
Gemma Robinson – Art and Design Creative Writer
Gemma is a seeker of all things creative and loves nothing more, than sharing her inspirational finds with the world on her popular blog ‘Creative Sketchbook’, dedicated to sharing art and design, past and present, along with new emerging talent to provide a source of inspiration. The secret magpie hidden in her loves to rummage and collect, and Gemma cannot resist snapping away with her camera, wherever her travels take her. With a background rooted in design, Gemma teaches A-Level Art and Textiles, offering invaluable design experience and energy to train our creative’s of the future.
Patricia van den Akker – Director, The Design Trust & MOYO Business Advisor
Patricia has got design and entrepreneurship in her DNA. She grew up in the Netherlands where her mother ran an indie retail gift shop. She has worked for a variety of organisations, including the Crafts Council, Design Nation and CIDA. She has advised and trained hundreds of creative sole traders and freelancers. She finally took the plunge to start her own business by taking over The Design Trust. She writes regularly as The Design Doctor for the Crafts Council’s Crafts Magazine, and design blog Confessions of a Design Geek. She lives with her family in North London.
Libby McMullin – Typographic Artist and Illustrator
Born in the sunshine of South Africa and educated in Devon, Libby McMullin is a designer, wordsmith and founder of ‘Libby McMullin’ based in London. Her passion for design and experience within the greeting card and giftware industry led her to launch her own publishing company. She is inspired by all things beautiful and thoughtful; with her personal credo being ‘without hard work, talent is not enough.’ She was a finalist in the ‘Most Promising Young Designer or Artist 2012’ (Henries Award) and can be found most weekends in Camden Lock selling her creations, laughing a lot and eating cake. ‘She believed she could, and so she did!’
Sam Robinson – Graphic Designer and Technical Geek
Samantha is a Graphic Designer and Digital Artist specialising in contemporary typography and graphic illustration. She currently designs for one of the world’s leading greeting card publishers and has created numerous top-selling ranges for many of the UK’s major retailers. Trend spotter Marie Perkins has featured her work on the Print and Pattern blog on several occasions. Samantha also has a geeky side and loves nothing better than to discover new and innovative ways of working. She loves to get together with fellow geeks where she can share her ideas in training sessions.
Chris Murray – Web Developer & Founder and Nena Foster – Branding & Graphics Design
Chris & Nena are the team behind theMintWorks, a creatively focused small and friendly web team. They offer help to those just starting out as well as supporting established creatives seeking to evolve their business and develop their online presence. Chris has over 15 years experience in brand and web development, including nine years at Hallmark, designing everything from websites and games through to full eCommerce solutions. Nena is a surface pattern designer, experienced in branding and information design who also owns and runs her own homewares business.
Read more about our wonderful MOYO team in the ‘Behind the scenes’ article in our MOYO anniversary issue here. (p10-17)