Screen Printed Mugs April 20, 2016 20:52
Exciting news! My new ceramic mugs are now available to buy online!
I've been wanting to produce a range of ceramics for a while, so I'm really excited to introduce my bone china Feather and Norfolk Hare mugs.
I really like that all of my work is screen printed, so I was really happy to find a UK company that was able to produce screen printed mugs.
Edwardian Fine Bone China are based in the heart of the UK potteries, Stoke-On-Trent. They we really lovely to work with and I'm so happy with the final products.
My new Feather and Hare Mugs are available now in my online store.
Use the code 'MUG2016' to receive 10% discount.
Printing my Hare Napkins April 15, 2016 15:56
Another busy day in the studio, screenprinting my Hare Napkins :)
Screen Printing My Allotment Napkins April 12, 2016 15:28
Here's a little animation I put together to illustrate the process of screen printing my allotment napkins. It was really fun to do, I hope you like it :)
Country Living Spring Fair 2016 March 25, 2016 17:35
It was great to be back at the Country Living Fair to celebrate the coming of Spring!
I'm always a bit nervous ahead of big shows like this, as they can be quite a big investment. However I was encouraged by my success at the Christmas Fair and I felt that my products fitted the Spring/Easter theme quite well.
This was also my first opportunity to try out my new-and-improved napkin boxes. It was definitely a big step to change my most successful product...but I received a really positive reaction and had actually ran out by the final day.
I also debuted my new ceramic mugs! I've previously produced a few small runs of mugs in the past, this time however I managed to find a manufacturer that could produce a screen printed design, which fits really nicely with my other ranges.
My new mugs will be available in my online store very soon!
Introducing: My New Napkin Collection March 18, 2016 15:50
I'm really excited to introduce my new-and-improved collection of screen printed napkins.
For the past few months I've been locked away in my studio in Norwich, working on ways to improve the design and quality of my products, specifically my napkins.
My napkins have proven to be a really popular product, especially after they were featured in Country Living Magazine last year.
By the end of 2015 however, I found it really difficult to source napkins that were of a high enough quality, without having them imported from the other side of the world.
Finally I managed to get in touch with a UK based company, who provided me with some gorgeous samples of natural, un-bleached cotton napkins. I got printing straight away and was delighted with the results.
At 45cm, they are slightly larger and the material has a really beautiful texture, which is great for screen printing.
Head over to the shop and let me know what you think :)
Country Living Spring Fair March 15, 2016 17:18
I'm just setting up my stall for the Country Living Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
The show starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday, pop down and say hello!
My stand number is MB83 :)
New Allotment Produce March 10, 2016 17:48
I'm really excited to present my new Allotment range!
I've been locked away in my studio for the past couple of months working on new illustrations and screen printing combinations. This year I'm planning to produce a number of new collections and this is the first.
My new Allotment collection features some new, high quality napkins. They're bigger and more substantial than my previous napkins, I'm really pleased with them.
Also available is a new range of tea towels, featuring my new Radish, Spring Onion and Carrot illustrations.
Dahlia Tea Towel Box March 9, 2016 14:07
Great news! My Dahlia Tea Towels are now available as a pack of three, presented in a special screen-printed box.
Head over to my online store to take a look :)
Homemaker Magazine March 4, 2016 16:28
Thanks so much to the lovely people at Homemaker Magazine for featuring my work. I spoke to them about lots of things to do with finding inspiration, the addictive qualities of screen printing and learning to embrace your mistakes!
As well as an interview, they asked me to put together a project for them. So I decided to do a tutorial on how to adapt my Feather and Egg Tea Towel into a cushion.
It was really fun to do a tutorial, I think I'll do some more to post on my blog.
The latest issue of Homemaker is available in all good newsagents!
Lobster & Lemon Tea Towel Box February 26, 2016 17:47
Great news! My Lobster & Lemon Tea Towels are now available as a pack of three, presented in a screen printed box.
Head over to my online store to take a look :)
The Joys of Spring (Onions) February 19, 2016 16:00
I'm preparing some new products to show at the Country Living Spring Fair in March.
What do you think of my Spring Onion Tea Towel?
Oh and drop me a line if you fancy coming along to the fair, I have some free tickets to give away!
Lemon Tea Towel February 19, 2016 11:30
Carrot Tea Towel February 12, 2016 16:30
I'm loving being back in the studio and experimenting with new designs. Yesterday it was radishes and today it's carrots!
I'm still in the early stages so I'd love to know what you think!
A Trip to Norwich Market... February 11, 2016 15:14
I'm always on the lookout for inspiration!
A recent trip to the greengrocer in Norwich Market provided me with the idea for a new tea towel design. It's still in the early stages at the moment but it's very exciting to be working on new products. Stay tuned :)
New Year, New Products! February 10, 2016 17:00
I've been locked away for the past few weeks working on a new series of illustrations. Today I was really excited to get back in the studio to have a go at screen printing my new designs.
I'll be sharing them over the next few days, I'd love to know what you think :)
Design Sponge January 5, 2016 16:27
I'm absolutely thrilled to have my work featured on the fantastic Design Sponge.
Today is my first day back in the studio and to be chosen by one of my favourite websites is the perfect way to kick off the year.
I need to say a HUGE thank you to my talented friend Beth Moseley, who regularly gives up her valuable time to take pictures of me making a mess!
I highly recommend you check out her website.
Oh and Happy New Year :)
My First Pop-Up Shop December 15, 2015 16:28
Last weekend I put together my very first pop-up shop.
This year I've taken part in a number of craft and trade fairs as well bigger events such as the Country Living Fair. However, I've never been able to work with a space that's more than a couple of meters wide!
The process of screen-printing involves a lot of experimentation, so opening a pop-up shop is a perfect way to make the most of my more unique creations!
The Assembly house have been really supportive of my work since day one, so it was once again very kind of them to let me take over the Hobart Room, which is currently hosting a brilliant exhibition by Norwich artist Leanda Jaine Hughes.
It was a great way to end off a busy but exciting year, I hope a few people managed to find a bargain.
Fancy picking up a last minute gift in my online store?
Just use the code 'Merry Christmas' at the checkout to get 20% Discount!
Lottie Day Pop-Up Shop December 9, 2015 14:05
Pop-up Shop at The Assembly House
Saturday 12th December – 11am – 5pm
This weekend I'm taking over The Hobart Room at The Assembly House to create my very-first pop-up shop and workspace.
-Sample Sale: I'll be selling one-off handmade items at exclusive prices!
-Print your own Christmas Cards in our pop-up screen-printing studio!
-Meet the Maker: Come say hello and buy your Christmas gifts directly from the artist!
Head over to my Facebook page to RSVP and invite your friends :)
Christmas Napkins December 4, 2015 15:28
I love Christmas. I love giving presents. I love receiving presents. I love decorating the tree. Turning on the lights. Eating until I burst. Spending time with my family. Meeting up with old friends.
I love everything about it.
So this year I've been working on a special range of products to celebrate my favourite time of year. You may have spotted them on my stall at the Country Living Christmas Fair, the Aldeburgh Craft Fair or The Assembly House Christmas Fair.
There are three sets of napkins featuring my original illustrations of Christmas-themed wildlife: Robins, Pheasants and Norfolk Black Turkeys.
They're available to buy now in the shop...but you'll have to be quick if you want them for Christmas Day!
Country Living Christmas Fair 2015 November 18, 2015 15:57
I've just returned from my first year exhibiting as part of the Country Living Christmas Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
I had been printing like mad for weeks in advance, you really never know how much stock you’re going to need so it's best to over-prepare! My shoulder is absolutely aching from repeated screen printing (this is also probably down to poor technique).
Being part of a big fair like this can be quite a financial risk, so I was pretty nervous in the build up. Being associated with County Living was a big help, the magazine had already featured my Feather & Egg Shopper and Allotment Napkins, so that was a really big boost.
My experience at previous shows had taught me that planning out your stall set-up is essential; arriving without a plan can be a real nightmare. It’s a pretty tricky process; you want to show off all of the different products that you make without confusing the customer and making your stall into a jumble sale.
Before leaving I planned and built a replica of my stall, with a lot of help from my parents. In fact my Mum and Dad were amazing, from sketching out a plan to cutting wood and painting shelves.
It was a two day set up, the first involved drilling and painting and making sure shelves aren’t wonky. The second day was all about displaying products.
On the morning of the opening day I was busy wrestling with one of my lampshades when a nice lady began admiring our stall, I assumed she was another exhibitor. I later realised that she was actually Susy Smith, the editor of Country Living Magazine. An hour or so later Susy returned with a bottle of Champagne and informed me that I’d won her Editor’s Choice Award.
I had been really nervous about doing such a large fair, so this was a real boost to my confidence and took away the pressure of doing such a big show. A massive thank you to Susy and the team at Country Living Magazine for choosing my work.
The actual show lasts five days and is extremely tiring, especially when you’re used to sleepy Norwich.
I had an amazing time meeting up with some brilliant designers and makers, pick up some useful advice and of course sell my work!
I'll be adding new Christmas Products to my online shop this week so keep an eye out.
Country Living Christmas Fair: Editors Choice Award November 12, 2015 11:00
Today I was given the editors choice award by Susy Smith of Country Living Magazine.
It was a total shock and I'm completely overwhelmed. Thank you so much to Susy for being so nice about my work.
I'll be proudly displaying my award at the Country Living Christmas Fair until Sunday.
Notcutts Garden Centre November 5, 2015 14:50
I'm really excited to announce that my work will now be available at Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich.
I can't wait to pop back and seem them all on display (and check out the pet store!).
Country Living Magazine: Hand-Printed Allotment Napkins November 4, 2015 11:06
My Allotment Napkins are available to buy from my online store.
Aldeburgh Craft Fair and Christmas Napkins October 27, 2015 13:38
I've just returned from a really lovely weekend in Suffolk, taking part in the Aldeburgh Craft Fair. So far this year I've taken part in the British Craft Trade Fair, The Royal Norfolk Show and Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair, pretty big events involving a lot of preparation (and cost!). So it was really great to take part in a more low-key, traditional craft fair.
The fair was taking place at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, a beautiful town on the Suffolk coast. The space is used for lots of different events, in fact my stall was up on the stage where a lot of local theatre and opera performances take place.
I've been working on a few (whisper it) Christmas products in preparation for the yuletide season, so this was a good opportunity to test them out. My napkins have proved popular this year, so I printed some special boxes with Robin illustrations as well as some Norfolk Pheasant designs. I'm also bringing back my Norfolk Turkey design in the form of napkins and aprons.
As usual at craft fairs, it was lovely to meet the other stall holders (and their dogs!) as well as selling my work face-to-face to new customers.
It was also the perfect excuse to grab some fish and chips while taking in a beautiful sunset :)
Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair September 24, 2015 11:39
I've just about recovered from a brilliant weekend at The Handmade Fair.
It was a dream weekend for anyone who loves cutting, sticking, stitching, knitting, pearling, up-cycling, hoarding fabric and generally making a beautiful mess.
You could indulge your crafty urges in any way you liked, with workshops, demonstrations and pep talks from some of the best makers in the country including Emma Bridgewater, Annie Sloan and Chinelo Bally.
My stand was based in the west shopping village. This was my very first consumer show of this size, so it was a great chance to learn how to not only set up my stall to look great but also to work as a pop-up shop, storing stock, taking payments and generally making the most of the space.
My neighbours included the wonderfully sincere illustrations of Death by Tea and the satisfyingly collectable trinkets of Acorn & Will. I also had a former Norfolkian next door in the form of cross stitch queen Bobo & Stitch and the smiling face of Lucy Elisabeth who I met earlier this year at BCTF. It always helps to be surrounded by friendly stallholders, a great way to share notes and tips.
The days were long and fuelled by gallons of coffee and a multi-pack of Twix. The attendees were very enthusiastic and seriously committed to high quality crafts. I met some lovely new customers, handed out plenty of postcards and started building our mailing list (which you can join too if you like).
My secret aim of the weekend was to temp Kirstie into my screen printed double deck chair for a photo opportunity. I posted a tweet on the Saturday but soon realised it was pretty much impossible for Kirstie to navigate the site without being mobbed by enthusiastic crafters on the hunt for selfies.
By the final day I'd given up, if it were me I'd have retreated backstage to avoid the rabid photo hunters. Then, as if by magic, Kirstie appeared and having seen our message, she kindly sat in my deck chair and posed for photos. It was a really kind gesture and got a suitably ecstatic reaction on our Facebook page.
A huge thanks to everyone who made the Handmade Fair such an enjoyable weekend, I'll see you next year!
Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair September 16, 2015 12:00
Lobster and Lemon Shopper September 8, 2015 17:43
The vineyard had recently stopped producing prosecco (but don't worry, we managed to source some from nearby!) so it was pretty much abandoned, apart from an elderly gentleman arriving to water the plants.
My Lobster and Lemon Shopper is available to buy now from our online store.
Country Living Magazine: Feather and Egg Shopper September 2, 2015 17:00
My emails and website have been buzzing ever since the magazine hit the shelves. Thank you so much to everyone who's been in touch and ordered a bag!
I'm really looking forward to taking part in the Country Living Christmas Fair this year, if anyone fancies attending, let me know as I have some free tickets to give away.
Personalised Products: Screen Printed Double Deckchair August 27, 2015 14:30
Designing and making your own products by hand is a really rewarding way to work, it's great to follow the design process from sketchbook to workshop. Working this way also means that I'm able to customise and personalise my products to suit the tastes of my customers.
I mix my own colours for screen-printing, so when customers are re-decorating and re-designing their home, I'm able to colour-match my paint to fit their new design. In the past I've made personalised designs of lampshades, cushions, tea towels and napkins.
Recently I was asked to add a personal message to one of my screen-printed double deckchairs for a wedding anniversary. It was really fun to do something so personal for someone.
I had considered using an existing font but decided that I should draw the design myself, to make it extra special. I sketched out the words a few times and finally settled on a design. I added it to the headrest of the deck chair and it came out really well.
It's always great to work with customers to create a unique and personal design. It's also a great opportunity to learn and develop something new.
If your working on a new project and would like some personalised, handmade, screen-printed designs, please get in touch and we'll try and create something just for you!
Designer Insights with Terry's Fabrics August 1, 2015 18:00
Thanks so much to the brilliant Terry's Fabrics for featuring me on their website. It was a really enjoyable interview with some great questions that made me think about my own design process!
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I grew up in a small village in Norfolk, so the beauty of the Norfolk countryside has always inspired my work. Having never studied in illustration, my style has developed through discovery.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
The process always begins with my sketchbook and a fineliner pen. I run my own gallery and shop, which is inspiring but can also be a distraction! I have to run away and find somewhere quiet.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I arrange a lot of exhibitions here in Norwich, meaning incredible creative people constantly surround me. Starting out as a screen-printer, I worked alongside the fantastic Print to the People collective. They work tirelessly to promote screen-printing and general creative practice in Norwich and the surrounding area. Their print studio offers an affordable opportunity for people of all ages.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
The library has always been a great source of inspiration. Looking around the internet you can get sidetracked by news or social media, it feels incredibly noisy and distracting. The library feels like a relaxing environment.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Like a lot of creative people I spent a good few years working as a waitress or a shop assistant, having to try and be creative in the time between working and sleeping. The Assembly House kindly gave me the opportunity to run my own gallery and I haven’t looked back since. The best advice I can give is, always make sure that you’re doing something creative, join a life drawing class or do an evening course. It’s so easy to get caught up in work.
Head over to the Terry's Fabrics website and take a look at their brilliant designs.
Norwich Evening News: Royal Norfolk Show July 15, 2015 00:00
Thanks so much to the Norwich Evening News for having me as a guest columnist.
You can read my article here.
Royal Norfolk Show 2015 July 8, 2015 12:00
As a local girl, the Royal Norfolk Show has always been massive event. It's difficult to describe to people from outside of the county what a big deal it is, imagine Glastonbury with cows, sheep and tractors instead of rock bands. As kids we even used to get a day off school to attend!
So it was really lovely to be accepted to display my work in the 'Best of Norfolk' tent. My illustrations have always been heavily influenced by Norfolk wildlife and countryside, so it felt like the right place to be.
I was quite organised and arrived early on the Tuesday morning to get my stall prepared. What I hadn't prepared for was how incredibly hot it was. I mean it was really hot.
Once the event kicked off, there was lots of interest in my products, but to be honest everyone's brain was so frazzled that they just couldn't make up their minds!
Seen as sales were a little slow I thought I'd take a look around the site and make some new friends!
Again I need to emphasise just how hot it was, even the little piglets couldn't cope!
I suppose they had no mud to roll about in.
Thankfully it did cool down a little on the second day and the event was worthwhile, I'll definitely be giving it another go next year!
The English Home Magazine July 7, 2015 17:45
Norwich Art Boot Fair June 25, 2015 14:00
Last Sunday I took part in the second-annual Art Boot Fair at the Redwell Brewery in Norwich. I popped by last year to take a look, as it was being organised by the brilliant Print to the People. I was so impressed by the organisation and quality of work on show. I made a point of applying this year!
Like most outdoor events, you're at the mercy of mother nature and I was fearing the worst as the heavens opened at around 10am. Luckily that was only bit of rain we had all day. The weather was glorious and that meant that a huge crowd of people arrived to enjoy the live music, delicious food and handmade goods (there was also a healthy amount of beer available!)
To be honest I had pretty modest expectations in terms of sales, I mainly just wanted to be involved and support such a great event happening in Norwich. Actually it turned out to be quite a successful day!
I was trying out my new Paypal iPad app, which allowed me to take card payments in-person, this was a huge help as many of my products cost a bit more than people take to a car boot (even an 'arty' one!). I'd recommend any designer/maker to find a way of taking card payments in-person, it's really quite easy and can make a big difference to your sales.
Overall, I'd like to thank Vicky and Jo from Print to the People for having me along and giving Norwich such a brilliant annual event.
Lottie Day joins Not on the High Street June 23, 2015 16:00
After a long week of uploading and programming, my notonthehighstreet store is now LIVE.
I'm really excited to be involved in such a great website, it's something that I've been working towards for a while so I'm delighted that it's all happened.
I initially applied a little while ago, when I was just starting out. They were really kind and said that while they like my products, I should organise my range a bit more and invest in getting some better pictures taken.
So that is the main advice I can pass on to anyone wanting to get involved in a site like Not on the High Street, hiring a professional photographer is absolutely worth the investment!
I'm already working on a few exclusive products so keep an eye out! In the meantime, take a look at my store and let me know what you think: notonthehighstreet.com/lottieday
Edible Inspiration June 19, 2015 17:30
It's been a very busy week and exciting week setting up my Not on the High Street shop, I'm almost there so keep your eyes peeled!
In between data-inputting and screenprinting products for this Norwich's Art Boot Fair this Sunday, I've managed to find some time for drawing.
There's always a quiet room to be found in the depths of the Assembly House, so I decided to pop down to Norwich market to pick up some inspiration in the form of gooseberries, blackberries, spring onions and asparagus. This worked out really well in fact, as I went home with plenty of options for dinner!
Not on the High Street June 10, 2015 14:30
I'm really excited to say that I've been accepted to join Not on the High Street.
It's one of my favourite online stores and something I've wanted to be part of for a long time. They've been really kind about my work and I'll be spending the next few weeks making sure my store is looking tip-top and ready for launch!
Tutorial: How to Screen Print a Parsnip June 5, 2015 12:20
Quite often I'm working away in the corner as customers browse the latest exhibition.
They often stop and ask: "What on earth are you doing over there?"
I spend so much time screen printing that I forget that some people don't even know what it is!
This is a three-colour design, using two different screens. My original illustration is photocopied onto acetate (the kind you'd use on your overhead projector in primary school!) which is then exposed onto a silk screen.
The exposure process is quite complicated and can involve some expensive equipment, so if you're just starting out, I'd recommend looking up a local college or organisation such as Print to the People, who can teach you and assist you in this part of the process.
First I print the green leaves, this involves masking your screen using brown parcel tape, this means that you can print a section of the bottom layer without the need for another screen.
You nee a flat surface on which to print, I use a very large piece of hardboard that I lay on top of my printing table. I usually use masking tape to mark out the positions of my fabric and screen, this is very useful for later on.
It's important to exert a significant amount of pressure on to the screen so that it doesn't shift and move when you're printing. I usually clamp my screen to the table and apply pressure with my non-printing hand. You should also make sure that your table is at a height that is comfortable, especially if you're printing a big run!
I recently invested in a drying rack, which has been really useful. If you can't afford one of these a simple washing line will do the trick!
After printing your first layer it's important to wash out you screen, you should really use a pressure-washer but I don't have one of those so I just scrub away until it's clean (This is not advised as it wears out your screens and is generally a real pain!)
Then it's time to tape up your screen for the second layer. The tricky part is lining up your print so that it fits the previous layer, this is where your masking tape markings come in handy.
Then it's simply a case of repeat repeat repeat. You will probably end up with a lot of 'samples' but remember, every print is unique and beautiful in its own way! You may also find that some of your best ideas and creations are formed from 'mistakes'.
I should say that this is my own unique method of screen printing, I'm no expert!
I haven't completed a course in the subject, most of the lessons I've learnt have been through trial and error. I most likely have a whole bunch of bad habits...but I like to think that adds to my unique style!
If you really want to get into screen printing I'd recommend getting a bit of advice from a local college or print studio before you start spending your money on expensive equipment. If you have a go and feel it's for you, get cracking and you'll learn a lot, as well as having a whole load of fun.
My parsnip illustration is available as part of my Allotment Vegetables collection.
Screen Printed Baby Grow May 22, 2015 13:06
This week our good friends Tom and Fiona welcomed their first child into the world.
She is an absolutely beautiful little girl called Elizabeth Rosa Hickin.
I was trying to think of a nice way to say "Congratulations!" - so I thought I'd make them something.
I realised that the screens I usually use to print my napkin sets might do the job, so I popped out to the high street and picked up a few blank baby grows.
I produced one baby grow with my Lobster & Lemon design on the front and back.
Here's another featuring my Norfolk Hare illustration, they ended up looking really cute!
A couple of people at work really liked them and have asked me to make more, so I've added them to my shop in case anyone else fancies one.
Tom and Fiona kindly sent me a photo of Elizabeth sporting her new look.
Isn't she lovely??! I'm a big fan of her giraffe feet!
Lottie Day Catalogue 2015 April 22, 2015 12:25
I'm so excited to present my first-ever catalogue, click here to take a look.
I've been working for the past couple of months to have my catalogue ready for the British Craft Trade Fair, as I really wanted to have something substantial to showcase my work.
Photographer Sarah Kingston did a really fantastic job photographing my work, both in the the studio and on-location (at my friend Jay's super-stylish house!).
I'm so pleased with the results, click here to take a look and let me know what you think!
Would you me to send you a paper copy of the catalogue? Just get in touch!
British Craft Trade Fair 2015 April 17, 2015 17:23
Last week I travelled up to Harrogate in Yorkshire to take part in the British Craft Trade Fair 2015.
I've had stalls at a few different consumer fairs, where you're selling directly to customers. The purpose of a trade show is to see if galleries, shops or larger retailers would be interested in stocking my work. As a gallery owner myself, I had some idea of the kind of information people would be looking for but there were still a few questions I hadn't bargained for!
The BCTF website (I won't link as it's currently having a few issues!) was full of great advice for newcomers, with tips on displays, promotional material and guide documents for taking orders. The most useful advice was to create a mock-up of my stall before I travelled. I would definitely second that.
It was great to meet so many people and talk to them about my work. It was a good move to bring along my screen printed double deck chair, a few people with tired legs just couldn't resist a sit down!
Harrogate is such a beautiful town, I stayed in the Ascot House Hotel, which had beautiful tiled floors, an incredible stained glass window and some fantastic wallpaper, all good for inspiration!
There was no way I could visit Harrogate without taking a trip to the legendary Betty's Tea Room for some cake! A lot of their merchandise is illustrated by one of my favourite artists Emily Sutton, I had to use all my will power not to buy it all.
This was the first outing for our brand new catalogue, we've been working on it for a couple of months now and we're really pleased with the results.
We learned so much during the fair and now have a notebook full of great advice. A lot of people told me to shout about the fact that our products are all British-made and hand-made as people often assume that our goods are bought in cheap and made abroad!
One of the most enjoyable parts of the weekend was to meet other designer-makers and see the kinds of amazing work that's out there, I was stationed near the fantastic silversmith Juliette Bigley, who deservedly won an award for her fantastic work.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting to get many orders as I'd been told that as a newcomer, it was likely that galleries and retailers would wait to see if I'm still exhibiting next year, a lot of newcomers don't stay the course. So I was really pleased to receive a number small orders from galleries around the country.
Now I'm straight back into the studio to get my orders out to my new stockists!
My biggest trade order: Terrain March 18, 2015 16:26
2015 has already been an exciting year for me!
For pretty much the whole of January I have been beavering away, working to complete my biggest-ever trade order, for the US retailer Terrain. They have the most beautiful website and shops in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and are part of the Urban Outfitters group, who also created the one of my favourite outlets: anthropologie.
Supplying such a large international company is really exciting and pretty scary at the same time. I'd never had to complete an order of this size before, could I get it all done in time?
I soon realised that I needed to invest in an industrial sewing machine, luckily I found a lovely man in Cromer who supplied me with, and taught me how to use one. I pushed the old girl to her limits and he had to help fix a couple of broken needles.
My workshop is based in the Assembly House, a Georgian mansion in the centre of Norwich. My actual work-space is quite limited, so I had to take advantage of the spacious ballroom in order to screen print my table runners. I also had to enlist the help of my patient parents, who are still waiting for their reward!
Fulfilling such a big order was a lot of hard work and required a lot of support from my friends and family, as well as everyone at the Assembly House, the people at Terrain were also incredibly helpful and full of great advice. I learned so much and I'm hopeful that I'll get to do it all over again soon.
If you want to me to answer any questions about completing big orders, just comment below :)
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