After hearing Amalie's name pop up in various conversations and having gotten my online lurk on quite solidly, I decided to send her my coolest "please be my friend and bake cookies with me" email and she responded with "um okay" and now we are bff's.
Which is sweet because she is kinda awesome. Amalie's about to graduate from Central Saint Martins, has a huge list of enviable freelance clients, runs a balloon styling business and workshop curation site and has a super snazzy job offer in Cupertino. Did I mention her infectious energy and perfect hair?
We made some healthy hob nobs a couple of weeks back in her sunny flat and I asked her about work and life and stuff. You know, as besties do.
Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My name is Amalie, I am 22 year old student at Central Saint Martins, studying graphic design and graduating this summer. I am a freelance graphic designer and an occasional balloon enthusiast. I run Minimal Affair and Workshop Bureau.
What's the thing about your work that gets you excited to get out of bed in the morning?
The unexpected. What I love about life right now is that I am constantly surprised, I wake up each morning not knowing if I might find an email from a new client or an exciting creative opportunity which I can’t wait to sink my teeth into.
Do you have any horror client stories?
That would be telling…
What would your ultimate dream job or collaboration be?
My dream job doesn't seem to exist yet, I need to invent it. Some kind of art direction/design magical hybrid. In terms of collaborating I would love to work with the photographer Neil Bedford at some point in my career, I am such a fan of his work.
When you're not designing, what do you like to do?
When I’m not designing I am probably either wandering around a market or eating and drinking. I don’t seem to do much else. I’m not a very complex being.
After I graduate, I am moving to San Francisco to start a job at Apple which is pretty exciting. Its hard to get my head around at the minute as I’m still at school but I am getting little flusters of excitement as it creeps ever closer. And I suppose once I’m there, there will be a whole new spectrum of markets and food and drink to discover which I’m pretty damn excited about too.
homemade hob nobs
recipe adapted from here
Preheat oven to 170°C.
Place the oats into a food processor or blender and whizz for a few seconds until fine (but not flour).
Add the rest of the ingredients and whizz until it comes together as a soft dough.
Knead the ball lightly then roll out between two pieces of grease proof paper to about 5mm thickness.
Cut out circles and place on a baking tray. Bake for about 25 mins until lightly golden.
While the biscuits are cooling, melt chocolate in a bain marie.
Drizzle, dip or dunk cooled biscuits and place somewhere cool until chocolate is set.
1 tbs ground chia seeds, mixed with 4 tbs water and left for 5-10mins
1 cup oats
1 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs maple syrup
a pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate