Month: May 2018

Business

5 minutes with designer Valentini Argyropoulou

Valentini ArgyropoulouValentini Argyropoulou is a Greek accessories and footwear designer living between London and Athens and travelling the world. During her undergraduate studies, she won the “Special Award for creativity and technical skills” at the Athens New Designers Fashion Week. A year later she partnered with fashion designer Maria Tagalou, creating footwear for her show in Athens Fashion Week 2012. 

In 2015, Valentini launched her own footwear brand, recognisable for its use of colour. Staying true to her roots, past collections have been inspired by the Ancient Greek Civilisation, both artistically and technically, applying age-long methodologies and techniques in the construction process that can be traced back in history. 

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Stevie Singh
Entertainment

5 minutes with Photographer Stevie Singh

southern comfortStevie Singh is an Edinburgh based, freelance lifestyle, portrait and events photographer. SJS Photography has shot for Red Bull UK, Southern Comfort UK, Crystal Head Vodka, Dewars Whisky, Elephant Gin and evenings with Lamborghini (to name a few) and is a regular on the Scottish events scene.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Stevie’s career launched during his first year as a photography student and he plans to continue into his HND in Photography, despite his early success. As well as brands and events, the photographer’s social media accounts focus on detailed images of the general public, each with a story to tell.

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gwen holbrey
Business

5 minutes with Gwen Holbrey – The Watermelon Studios

gwen holbrey poleGwen Holbrey is the owner and head instructor of The Watermelon Studios. As a child, she grew up trying multiple styles of dance and went on to complete a degree in Drama. After attending pole classes and becoming head instructor for another school, she took the plunge and opened her own business. Her studio quickly became a Scottish success story, coming second in the Off The Pole best studio awards and attracting pole artists from all over the world, visiting to teach exclusive workshops. The school also attracts world class sports photographers looking to shoot both Gwen and her Watermelon ‘Pips’ (students).

With classes booked to capacity every week, Gwen has just opened her second school, introducing Zumba, Body Blitz and Yoga alongside her famous pole classes. Most recently, The Watermelon Studio was the first pole studio to get to the final of the Edinburgh Business Awards 2018, and proudly took home the Community Award.

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Mark Speed BBC
Entertainment

5 mins with Mark Speed – Comedy Writer

Mark Speed’s comedy writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and appeared in newspapers as diverse as the London Evening Standard and The Sun. He performed his solo comedy, The End of the World Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2012.

He’s been writing novels since he was fifteen, and has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. In 1995 a chiropractor told him he’d never run again. He chose to give up chiropractors instead, and has since completed several marathons and a couple of Olympic-length triathlons. He has been diagnosed as a ‘polarity responder’. Read More

dolls
Business

5 minutes with Irina & Marina Skvortsova – Founders of Inspire Dolls

Irina and Marina Skvortsova are a Russian sister duo who create unique and conversation starting dolls for both adults and children. The pair divide the roles of their business, with Marina creating the dolls, and Irina designing the costumes. The popularity of their dolls stems from the meticulous levels of craftsmanship behind each one – with the ladies paying particular attention to current beauty and fashion trends.

The sisters have recently gained recognition for their collaboration with clothing designer Anna Gavruishina, producing mini replicas of Anna’s ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ collection for their dolls. They have also participated in several exhibits across Russia, including the recent Moscow Doll Show.

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