Thursday, 30 April 2009

(design.inspiration) madeleine sargent







Sometimes learning about new inspiring people and amazing design is like a game of Chinese whispers. I discovered Madeleine Sargent and her gorgeous business Made By Mosey this way. She knows someone who works at ACP, who emailed Jason Grant, who works at Real Living, who emailed me... And so began my love affair with the cloud mobile.

Which five words best describe you? Patient, jolly, loyal, neat, busy!
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? My first proper job was at a fruit and veg store called Supa Fresh! Apart from learning how to test a rock melon for ripeness, I think the best lesson my then 15 year old self learnt, was the value of hard work. I have never been afraid of working hard since. Years of study, retail, more study, husband and babies has finally led me to starting my own little business doing something that was always a hobby. I worried initially that all the sewing would turn into a chore but I still love every needle I thread.
What’s your proudest achievement? Personally, my children (they are the best!) and artistically, I feel sure that it is just around the corner!
What’s been your best decision? Getting behind my sewing machine after having our first child, Otto. I suffered from very bad post-natal depression and sewing (among other things) really helped me work through it. Poor Otto, though, he ended up with many peculiar handmade toys whereas now, 5 years later, our daughter, Coco sleeps beneath lovebirds and cuddles toy clouds!
Who inspires you? My husband, Andy, times a million. He is not only my love, he is the kindest, coolest, most encouraging man I know. He is also a super talented artist himself and his input with Mosey has been invaluable. I am also hugely inspired by nature. I spend a lot of time outdoors and there are always marvellous new things to observe.
What are you passionate about? I am incredibly passionate about family, and friends who have become like family. Also recycling everything! A huge part of my work is being able to turn old things into new things.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Kindness begets kindness. Being kind, just kind, is highly underrated.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Roald Dahl.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I want to see all of my ideas leap from my sketchbook into real life and definitely a queen size Hankey Blankey!
What are you reading? Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which is my book club’s ‘book of the month’ and Frankie magazine always. I love reading about crafty people who are doing their thing.

Images courtesy of Made by Mosey

32 comments:

belinda said...
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lisa tilse said...

The name 'hanky blanky' is just too sweet for words. Madeleine's cloud mobile is just lovely.

Ann Tilley said...

That quilt is so cool. Thanks for sharing it!

mo_inoh said...

I really like your blog. congrats on making blog notes

reyjr said...

Congrats to the pretty girl with the Blog of Note!

O'funkimigo said...

Very very nice art works.

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, everyone. And to all of you who are visiting via Blogs of Note - welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog!

Invest Tools said...

hi,

yes, we shouldn't afraid of hard work.

I am curious about how to test a rock melon from ripeness. How about if you write about fruit tutorial?

thanks.

The villager: said...

Nice blog.

You can't beat reading Marquez for entering a unique world of the imagination.

blessingsgoddess said...

Very enjoyable blog.

inspiration said...

you are very cool
i love you

thanks

Clarity said...

I adore the whimsy of her work and think that "cuddling a toy cloud" is much sweeter than ordinary stuffed animals. Great find.

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on becoming a Blog of Note! I have found some of the most interesting blogs that way. I look forward to visiting often.

Arja said...

I really love that quilt! very cute!

Jim @ CoolStuffForDads.com said...

Nice interview, I liked the first two photos, both seemed relaxing and cool.

Efe said...

Thanks !

Just Jules said...

I read the shipping news too - it got tough for a bit, but am happy I finished it.

I have never heard anyone call themselves jolly - love it.

p.s. you are blog of note - congrats

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I am just stopping to say hello. I saw your blog on "blogs of note"-congratulations! :-)

socre said...

Hello, I find your blog today. Your blog recommended by blogspot to see. Great.

Mom said...

Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Gisoft said...

Really nice art.. very sweet!!

Marge said...

Congratulations on being blog of note.

Thank you for the book idea, "Italian Joy" I am hooked already. I have been dreaming of Italy for years. Visiting for 2nd time this summer.

Also "Love in the Time of Cholera" Loved it and the movie.

Iva said...

Congratulations on being Blog of Note. Awesome! Keep up the very inspiring work.

Angels March said...

Beautiful works! I ecscpecially like the mobile.

Kirti said...

Wow, great blog you have here...nice to have found you! Happy blogging!

Nicolescu Ana-Maria said...

CONGRATULATIONS!Nice blog.

Nichalovesyou said...

Discovered your blog through Blogs of Note.
I love quilts! Thanks for sharing this :)))


Also,
you should check this out:
http://www.lukehaynes.com/
He's an artist who makes quilts of portraits.

monica said...

Saw your blog through Blogs of note and i fell for it.
I loved the fact that you have presented all the off-beat creative works in your page.The interviews give an insight into the minds of creative geniuses, and they kind of egg you on to come up with something different.
Keep up :)

Knowledge...And...Dummy...Intelligence... said...

Hanky Blanky...thats probably what I would have named it. Much respect and love to a fellow Journalist.

Sara said...

Your blog is amazing. I love it!

Visit (and comment) mine?

the-poet-girl.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Prem and Pranav said...

Very nice designs and nice post.

I can understand how difficult is to start a new creative venture and working in depression. You passed to all these phase and I must appreciate it. And will you share your knowledge of how to test water melon ripeness :).

Cheers!!

Prem

Natalie Walton said...

Once again, I'm blown away by all your positive comments and feedback. I hope you stick around. x

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