We welcomed Mollie’s previous editor Lara Watson back to hand over the reins to our new ed, Cath Dean
2016 is going to be a very exciting year for Mollie Makes. I finished editing my last issue with the super-talented editorial team here before Christmas and now, the first issue with Mollie‘s new editor, Cath Dean, is about to hit the shelves. I’ve known Cath for a few years now through mutual friends, giggled at her fun sense of humour and admired her amazing shoes (she has big style!). I’ve also enjoyed working alongside her at our publishing house, Immediate Media, while she was editing one of our sister titles, Quick Cards Made Easy. Cath has eight years experience in magazine publishing and digital media, including stints on hair and wedding magazines. She’s crafty (naturally), loves beautiful photography and is passionate about journalism. When not in Mollie mode, Cath loves writing her blog, yoga, red wine, oversized jumpers and her two kittens, Mittens & Posy (check out her Instagram feed, @cathdean85). Let’s get to know her a little better, Mollie Makes style, in the form of a Tea and a Chat interview.
Describe your style in a few words
A magpie! My style’s a real mish-mash of influences – from vintage clocks and Art Deco fireplaces to Bluebellgray cushions and quirky artwork from my favourite Bristol artists. I’m a sucker for a colour-coordinated bookshelf, and can’t resist a bit of Scandi styling at the moment. Clothes-wise – an outfit’s not an outfit without a statement necklace – if it’s not giving you neck ache by the end of the day, it’s too small!
What reads are currently on your bedside table?
I’m working my way through the Booker Prize shortlist as I got bought the whole lot for Christmas, but it’s not going massively well as I spend far too much of my free time reading the Guardian app and scrolling through Instagram. I’m a bit of a magazine junkie too. Next to my bed at the moment is a stack of my favourites, including Frankie, Flow, Red and Stylist. Print’s never going to go out of fashion for me – I love the feel of magazines and being able to flick through them.
What’s your craft of choice?
I flit between crafts – I’m currently teaching myself to crochet and have completed my first project of a chunky baby blanket for a friend. It’s probably the most proud of anything I’ve ever been EVER. I really got my craft on for my wedding a few years ago, making hundreds of paper tassels, glitter-dipped jars and confetti pouches – I’m still finding the glitter in the carpets…
What are you most looking forward to in editing Mollie Makes?
Am I allowed to say everything?! I’m really excited to be working on a magazine that I’d genuinely go and buy every month were I not working on it – it’s so beautiful! I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented, creative team – everyone works so hard and has so much passion for the magazine and website. I love that I get to go to lots of great crafty events as well – all for work purposes, of course!
Finally, what’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given?
I always think back to one of my undergraduate professors telling me that the first thing to cut when editing your work is the bit you like best – it’s usually not central to the rest of the piece as it’s a bit of a vanity thing. It’s amazing how often that rings true!