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Studio team: Q&A with Mugdha and Annabel

Earlier this year I started working with an assistant for the first time, Annabel Lam. Similar to taking on my own studio a year ago, this has been transformative. Annabel was more recently joined by Mugdha. Between them they are adding so much to the shoots in terms of preparation and styling skills - not to mention keeping me sane! 

See their recent work in the following galleries:

Annabel: www.yeshen.uk/annabel-lam/
Mugdha: www.yeshen.uk/mugdha-sapte/

Here's a short Q&A to introduce them both.

What's your background and what led you to our studio?

M:
I have a degree in Design, a diploma in Display Design and have worked with interior and homeware based shops. More recently I was part of a team to set up an independent home/lifestyle shop and sourced products for the same where I became particularly keen on supporting Craftsmanship and Makers. So I was very excited when my friend Annabel put me in touch with Yeshen. 

Annabel Lam

Annabel Lam

Mugdha Sapte

Mugdha Sapte

A:
I studied Multi-disciplinary Design and have always had a variety of interests in the creative world, but have been especially drawn to illustration and concepts in set design and styling. I got into introduced to the studio after working with HAM on the styling and art direction of their shoot.

What do enjoy most about working on the shoots?

M:
Working with some really well-made and clever products and meeting the makers/shop owners. These guys are so passionate about what they are doing and that its unique. There is so much talent out there. Also, Yeshen is pretty chilled out in the studio, it's really enjoyable to work with him.
A:
That there is always something different to work on each time and so coming up with new ideas is very exciting and keeps your mind fresh

What's your favourite product from the shoots we've worked on?

M:
The recent shoot with Georganics products is my favourite so far. And I am particularly biased to the Tallow Candles from Future and Found.
A:
One We Made Earlier necklaces (view shoot here).

Georganics (click to view larger)

Favourite shops in London for finding cool props/accessories?


M:
I think Tiger is a good place to buy interesting objects. But I like to find and collect things from markets like Portobello and Spitalfields and vintage shops and other random, unexpected places.
A:
Art shops for raw materials if I need to make anything. But it really depends on what the concept it. It can be from going to florists to foam manufacturers or vintage shops.

Here's a gallery showcasing some of fantastic styling work from Annabel and Mugdha. Don't forget to follow them on Instagram and look out for more of our work with #100makers.
Annabel: @iwidot
Mugdha: @mugdhasapte