Looking back on 2018

Wow what a year!

2018 was the year I married my best friend, left my full time job in interior design and took the plunge into the world of freelance life. It was also the year that Studio Lowen was created. I feel like I’ve only really just started with Studio Lowen and that there is so much more to do and so many more places to explore!

So Studio Lowen popped into my head in the summer, for quite some time I was thinking about what it was that I wanted to make and do, but couldn’t define exactly what it was. I started by collecting vintage bits and selling them on Etsy, but I underestimated the amount of time needed to take photos and set up listings so that was rather short lived, but still it was fun!

I knew I had to put my design skills into practice and design a product that I could make and sell. I just didn’t know what it was. I was attending a range of networking events over the summer and into early autumn not really knowing what it was that I was going to do. People would ask me what my thing was and I would say “well I’m not really sure yet but I want to make and sell things”. I felt a bit silly going along to events and not really knowing what I was doing, but actually the people I met at those events have really helped me to progress along the way.

In early October I made my first leather business card holder as I was fed up of taking a huge plastic box full of business cards to events when really I only needed a handful. I sourced a recycled leather and experimented with different paint mediums to see which was the most durable. I posted my finished purses on instagram and was overwhelmed by the response. I made a few more for friends including one for the lovely Vicky of Violet Paper Studio. The last time I had seen her was when we to Top Drawer in London and she gave me one of her new square business cards, it made me think that perhaps it was hard to find card holders to fit, so I made her one for her birthday.

Over a short couple of months I developed my product range, experimenting with colours and sizes. The best thing is I can paint pretty much any design and I can make to almost any size so I have had quite a few requests in the past couple of months which has helped to grow my range.

At the end of November Studio Lowen went into the wild for the first time. Sprout, a health food shop in Newquay was looking for stall holders for the Christmas light switch on. It was a magical atmosphere filled with mulled wine, Christmas carols and fairy lights. I took along my ceramics and my purses. I was stupidly nervous and had a ball of knots in my tummy, I had worked in retail for a long time with no problem talking to customers about products, but when its your own work... well that’s another story! Luckily, everyone was super kind, I had so much positive feedback and made quite a few sales. The ceramics went down a storm… which means I need to make more!

2018 you have been incredible, a little rocky at times but this is my dream and it seems to be working out! A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, especially my husband who puts up with me, my ideas and built me my amazing workspace… you are the best. Also the rest of my family, my dad for helping me with Quickbooks and my Mum for inspiring me creatively and helping me when my sewing machine refuses to play the game, all my friends and everyone who has liked, commented, followed and bought from me this year! THANK YOU, its been amazing!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Looking forward to 2019 and what it will bring!

Lots of love,

Lisa xxx

Check out all these amazing peeps, thanks for an ace 2018!:
Nosy Pony Studio
Violet Paper Studio
Alice in Scandiland
Walter & May
Rock & Saltwater
Suede & Co
Sprout Health Foods
Hello Ceramics Studio
Studio Cotton

Lisa Stewart