MEET THE NEW DESIGNERS
If you ever wondered where to find the most talented creative graduates, then look no further than the New Designers exhibition. With Britain’s leading design students all under one roof exhibiting their work, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired.
This year, we’re proudly hosting our own stand, awarding prizes and presenting at the event. We caught up with two of our talented notonthehighstreet.com partners who made their debut at the show last year.
An illustrator and print maker, Lucy creates illustrative designs based on her love of 1950’s patterns, as well as nostalgic memories of a childhood spent camping by the seaside. A talented artist, everything in Lucy’s collection started off as a hand-drawn sketch.
Lucy says “Exhibiting at New Designers in 2014 was a highlighting experience after completing my degree in ‘Surface Design and Printed Textiles’. It was the first taster of the true industry and really got me wanting to find a way of turning my hand silk screen printed wallpaper collection into a commercial product and something that I could build my own business from.”
My first wholesale order came from someone admiring my work at New Designers -they asked if it could be translated into a greetings card and that pushed me to design a small collection of cards and go on to buy my own hand letterpress printer.
Notonthehighstreet.com was somewhere I’d always wished to sell through, so after building up a variety of products tested at pop up shops and fairs I found myself with a range to be proud of. It gave me a lot of confidence to keep designing and developing new products after becoming a seller.
Specialising in crafting unique patterned jewellery, Mica finds inspiration in her love of the beautiful natural world, combined with modern stylized shapes. It all began at university when she started making and designing a collection to sell at pop up shops to help fund her exhibit at New Designers.
She says: “New Designers was such a great and inspiring experience, I received really positive feedback about my print designs and jewellery both from potential customers and people from the industry. This definitely gave me to confidence to pursue running my own business and now I am proud to say that it is my full time career.”
After New Designers I started selling on a regular local market stall whilst I tried to grow my online presence. This is when I decided to approach notonthehighstreet.com as I had heard great things from other partners. I felt it was the next natural step in growing my business and one year on i’m very proud to be a part of such a special and unique marketplace.