Posts Tagged ‘made to order lampshades’
People often ask me how I feel when I teach lampshade-making to individuals who then go on to make and sell their own lampshades. They ask me if I’m giving away my secrets and how I feel about the competition. Thing is: I don’t mind. We all know very little about a lot, and a lot about something. My something is lampshades and I want to share my skills and knowledge. Not everyone who attends a lampshade-making course at The Makery or has one-to-one tuition with me intends to set up business, but some do. I feel pleased and proud to help them on their way.
My first ever student was Maya Wilson, who runs her own interior decoration and fabric design company – Source. With me, she made a beautiful lampshade featuring her bird design fabric. Maya has gone on to produce her own select range of lampshades.
Next was Gillian Goodman who wanted to offer her clients at Tala Valley Upholstery a bespoke lampshade-making service. Here is her first ever made-to-order shade. It’s rather lovely.
Most recently, Naomi Mcindoe, passionate and skilled in the art of papercutting, wanted to bring her papercuts to life as lampshades. So she came to me to learn some basic skills and do some experimenting. We were both chuffed to bits with the results. Naomi is in the very early stages of setting up business and I’m sure that with work like this she’s going to do well.
It’s still odd to see Quincy Lampshades ‘out there’ in the big wide world. From a roll of PVC propped up in my hall and a bashed up box full of fabric, these lovely lampshades materialise at my kitchen table and are stored in my spare room. From my little brain ideas arise whilst my fingers furiously tap at my Apple mac. And here they are – nestled among terrific things. Take a goosey gander at the Blog&Buy Christmas Showcase. Tweet me, Facebook share. I could win a prize.
Is there beautiful fabric languishing in one of your cupboards, desperate to get out into the world? Why not give it a new life as a lampshade? You provide the fabric, specify the diameter and depth, and I’ll do the rest. Your beautiful fabric could be centre stage and attracting admiring glances. I’ve worked with some lovely fabrics, ranging from Lecien’s Flower Sugar Stripe Blue, Sanderson’s Dandelion Clocks and some stunning Osbourne & Little silks and voile. Set your fabric free – get in touch (contact form).