Alexa Chung rather famously went from awkward teenager to ‘It girl’ in a mere 3 years due to her hard work, quirky personality and quite possibly, a little bit of luck. That said, becoming a television personality is notoriously difficult. Seeing a gap in the market, seasoned presenter Tony Hindhaugh set up the TV Training Academy to teach aspiring presenters how to get one step ahead of the rest.
‘Suzu’ means ‘long and healthy life’, a mantra Makiko Sano swears by. Suzu Sushi owner Makiko’s aim is to share with others her love for superfood ingredients and top tips for eating well by inviting novices to make delicious, healthy sushi with her. With a portfolio that includes running the Selfridges sashimi counter and supplying the sushi to Buckingham Palace, Makiko Sano knows her sushi.
Just under two hours train journey from King’s Cross is the town of Wakefield, one of the North’s most exciting artistic hubs and home to Neon Workshops. Incredibly passionate about his work, contemporary artist Richard Wheater has been running the 2.5 hour workshop since 2008. His aim is to shine a light on the neon art industry by teaching curious creatives the ways of neon; covering cutting, fusing and filling with gas.
Henna has certainly made its mark on western pop culture, perhaps more than you’d realise. Take pop princess Rihanna for example, whose bold, henna inspired hand tattoo is certainly a real divider of opinion. Celebrities such as Katy Perry, and Beyonce have also been spotted championing henna’d limbs.
The suggestion of an embroidery class usually conjures up the image of groups of nanas, chatting over tea & biscuits and floral napkin designs. Embroidery classes with Laura Lees however, couldn’t be so far removed. OK, so her techniques may be traditional but that’s as far as it goes. Embellishing the pages of Vogue, dressing the catwalks at fashion week and adorning large scale collaborative projects, her edgy, in your face designs have undoubtedly led fashonistas and crafts enthusiasts to the same conclusion. Embroidery is sew now. In the throes of men’s Fashion Week, Laura invited me to one of her masterclasses so I could try my hand at The Mighty Stitch.