One of the best parts of our job is meeting the makers and designers behind all the products in our store. We get a kick out of hearing about their creative processes. So, who better to write the latest meet the maker blog post about that our very own Lauren. Lauren is our in-house designer and she brings her endless creativity with her to work each day. We sat down and chatted about what makes her tick…
So, Lauren, tell us about how you became a designer...
I have always been a creative soul and interested in all aspects of design. Over the past 20 years I have worked as a Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Interior Designer, as well as dabbling in graphic design so this current role is really a culmination of all of that. I was always more interested in working for myself and so after having my first child I took the plunge and haven’t looked back.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Due to my background in fashion, I am inspired by colour and fabric. Nature is also a big source of inspiration for me and the textures and colour combinations found in nature never cease to amaze me.
What is the most difficult part of your work and the part you love the most?
The hardest pert is overcoming a creative block. It can be tricky pushing through. But, I find it is best to not force it and I just wait for inspiration to strike. Then when it does I’m known to stay up half the night getting my ideas out!
The best part of my job is that I get to do what I love. I get a buzz from creating something out of nothing. I particularly enjoy seeing photos from my customers of my cushions in their homes. I seriously have the loveliest customers!
What advice would you give to anyone starting out in a career in design?
Be prepared to work hard and never stop learning! Don’t limit yourself to one design discipline as I find my skills transfer between different fields of design. Also, do not ignore technology! I cannot even imagine how much time and money I have saved by being able to build and maintain my own website. Of course if you are an absolute beginner and you want to know if you can unlock your creative side, what better place to start than one of our workshops!