If you are looking for Original art: striking colourful portraits for the modern interior; pocket size handmade notebooks for doodling, compulsive list making, or a stylish memory book; and sketchbooks and Journals for all sorts of creative ideas. Then you will love the items at HandmadeInKeswick.
HandmadeInKeswick and Lu:
What would you like us to know about you?My name is Lu Smith and I’ve lived in one of the most beautiful places in the UK since 1998 when I completed a year long, round trip. It was during that trip that I decided I was going to live somewhere beautiful – and here I am!
I’ve always been creative – I made my own clothes from jumble sale finds when I was 13, and I was trying to pretend that punk and the New romantics had all actually made it to Norfolk.
I studied at Norwich School Of Art and then Epsom School Of Art and Design, where I majored in Jewellery Design Crafts. I still occasionally make jewellery and indulge in ‘altered’ shoes and clothes. At the moment, my passions are painting, free machine embroidery and bookmaking.
When I returned to ‘normal’, I decided that I wanted a constant selling presence. Online seems the simple solution (or so I thought, before I knew how much work there is achieving Search Engine Optimization!), and Etsy is a very easy, user friendly platform. I also use Folksy as well as, like many British makers, I would prefer to give my business to a British based platform. Using both, does get my product to a wide audience and I’m currently in the process of separating out the stock so that they sell different things.
I wanted a name which immediately told people that this is a local business (useful for offline selling), and that I do make my own product. I played with idea in my head for a while, and was going to go for Made In Keswick to start with, but there is a local brand called Made In Cumbria, and my brain kept saying the other name instead of mine, so I assumed everyone else would do that too. Putting Handmade at the beginning seems to work. It is easily remembered, and a few different people from Etsy have contacted me to say they have realized that they live nearby.
How would you describe your shop?
The only constant, at least, in recent years, has been the soundtrack to my creativity. I’ve noticed that if I’m ‘stuck’, more often than not, I haven’t got the radio on. I listen to BBC 6 music and even if what is playing is not quite my cup of tea, I still find it very motivating. I don’t know if that’s because 6 feels very ‘arty’ to me. There’s quite a lot of serious musician talk, and, although often funny, its ‘grown up’ as well, which is something that most music stations don’t manage to achieve. Plus, on a Sunday, they have the sexiest voice in the form of Jarvis Cocker!
Which item in your shop is your favorite to make/find?
If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what are the 3 crafty must haves?This is a really hard question. I think I’m going to go for things that’ll keep me sane rather than just be useful:
Sewing machine (solar powered)
Never ending supply of thread
Some kind of receiver for hearing 6 music (again solar powered)
Is there anything else you would like to share?Blog readers can save 25% at HandmadeInKeswick
by using coupon code: Lilees1
Thanks so much Lu. It has been great getting to know you and discovering your shop and your lovely items.
Now please show Lu some support and let us know which of her pieces are your favorite from her shop! Oh...and go ahead and heart a few of her items along with her shop :)
Have a great week!