Posts Tagged ‘scotland’
Let me introduce to you a certain Mrs O. From Scotland; hard-working, ambitious and creative. Nerves of steel, it would seem, to set up a wee business whilst working a full-time job involving overseas placements for months at a time. ‘Help!’ she said over email to me late one night, ‘I need to MAKE!’, she cried. Tired of batting administrative emails to and fro, Mrs O wanted to learn how to make the lampshades her and her business partner, Mrs G, had been outsourcing to a lampshade-makers elsewhere. Now Mrs G is a talented designer, producing the most lovely, hand-printed country landscape prints, linens and silks featuring stags, hares and hummingbirds that sell like hot-cakes. With an over-flowing order book, a not-so-flexible lampshade supplier and an eye on the numbers, Mrs O travelled all the way from Inverness to spend a day with me, learning how to make their silks into shades. We had a very good day. I shared my skills; she shared her knowledge. (She’s a clever one.) Since then, I have picked up some work from this happy partnership supplying lampshades direct to their customers and I am super-stoked to see them feature at Top Drawer, Sept 2012. That’s Orwell and Goode then.
And on the arrival of a beautiful Orwell and Goode lampshade as made by me? Here’s what our first happy customer said:
I just wanted to drop you an email to say that the lampshade has arrived and that I’m utterly thrilled with it. It’s far more beautiful that I thought it could be and the finish is so hugely neat & professional.
Stunning, thank you!! A very very happy customer!
Who is the Scottish Silent Quincy Lampshade Maker? Take your vote below!
I can’t claim that I have made every single lampshade by myself – in fact, 99% have been made with the help of my husband. He is silent because he has no Internet presence whatsoever. He is the maker because he helps me roll the second ring on to every PVC/fabric panel. The job is much quicker that way. But who is the Scottish Silent Maker? Take your vote below…