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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!

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I used to be an editor. Law and physics were my thing. I was very good at correcting High Court judges and Chinese physicists. Originally, I wanted to be a journalist, but I got sacked six weeks in. My love of books, writing and illustration did not suffer, so when I read of a young woman determined to publish her very own print magazine I offered my support. A bit of proofreading perhaps? But no, Helen Martin wanted my stay-at-home-mum to small-business-owner story. These past months I have followed her progress in awe. This Sunday she launches her very own Lionheart Magazine:

 I wanted to inspire with a collection articles, illustration and photography that will affirm a reader’s sense of belief in themselves and their capabilities in some way … I knew that if I put everything together and made a physical, printed publication into the vision I could see, it could be amazing … My own paper inspiration, I have always kept. Then I tried to do as much market research and go to as many meetings with editors, publishers, stockists … to try and perform this dream, with as much knowledge as possible. Always hanging onto that ethos, so integral to Lionheart Magazine: print, created with no compromises – only a roar in the heart.

Read Helen’s writing here and watch a video here. Be sure to buy Lionheart Magazine when you see it, or buy now. Inside you’ll find the heart of a determined woman and many others, including mine. Or drop in to the launch party, Sun 11th Dec, at 40 Alfred Place, Bristol. I’ll be giving a lampshade-making demo and I’ll have an armful of shades for sale at market price.


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