The aim of the blog posts is to give a peek inside some lovely creative spaces & get inspired by the subject's creative endeavors, but also share lovely places to go in that person's area, from shops to cafes to restaurants.
|Love how Lisa has made a 'washing line' of business cards hung with mini pegs.|
|We spotted one of 91 Magazine's desktop calendar's on Lisa's computer!|
and how cute is her cat Smartie?!
|Highly organised craft supplies!|
My first Graphic Design job happened straight after getting my degree (over 10 years ago now!) and I relocated to Manchester to begin my career as a Junior Designer. Whilst in Manchester I progressed up to a senior level before making another move and relocating to an agency in Birmingham where I spent most of my 7 years there as a Design Manager.
I've worked on high profile brands both nationally and internationally across varied sectors within the industry from retail and leisure to public sector and healthcare. My design work included everything from branding, direct marketing and literature to advertising, packaging, point of sale and photography direction - these are the things I love most about what I do, no two days/jobs are ever the same!
|We love the pastel shades of Lisa's greetings card designs.|
In a word - lots! My business is essentially split into three key areas which are categorised under the Paperknots strap-line of LOVE • LIFE • DESIGN. Under LOVE you have everything wedding related - here I am aiming to design lots more 'off the peg' ranges. A lot of my wedding stationery is bespoke and so designs are really quite personal to that couple, I'm aiming to complete 10 'off the peg' designs to allow couples with perhaps less time or budget to still find stationery that suits them and their day.
Next you have LIFE which is design for everyday life - so this covers things like greetings cards, social stationery and prints etc. This is something I really want to push for Paperknots. I'm in the process of launching new greetings cards in the coming weeks and one of my top goals is to secure some stockists for the designs by the end of the year.
And finally DESIGN. This includes graphic design work for branding, marketing, packaging and everything in between. I've got a fantastic client list of companies from PR agencies, magazines and event planners to venues, retailers and blogs. The work is always varied and fun and I'm lucky enough to have great working relationships with them all. I'm always looking to add new clients to my portfolio and I'm excited about what could be next!
We then popped out to visit some of Lisa's favourite shops in Balham. I asked Lisa;
How long have you lived in Balham and what do you love about it?
I'm still new to Balham (well to London, in fact) as I only moved here in September 2012. My boyfriend already lived in London but his flat in Chiswick was too small for the two of us so we had to do some house-hunting. We wanted somewhere that felt like it had a community vibe and Balham won it for us. I love my road, it's so quiet and peaceful (and pretty!) but a 10 min stroll and I'm in the heart of Balham and a short tube ride away from the bright lights of the big city. Balham is great for young professionals and families, lots of interesting places to eat out and a great variety of pubs and bars. I'm a big fan of shopping locally and there are lots of sweet little independent shops and there are always little craft fairs popping up and social events at the local cafes and bars. We're surrounded by lots green space too which I can hopefully enjoy in my first upcoming summer in London.
Lisa then showed me around her favourite Balham haunts.... first stop was Jayne Copperwaite's flower shop on Cavendish Road... Lisa told me: "I love flowers (who doesn't!) and would have them in my house everyday if my bank balance would allow it. Jayne's gorgeous displays are like a sea of colour and always cheer me up whenever I walk past them."
As a stationery designer Lisa loves nothing more that browsing her local gift card shop Postmark... she described it as "A cute little card store with a minty painted front and cleverly designed logo, it brings out the true paper geek in me as soon as I step foot inside! They have so many beautiful collections from the likes of Hello Lucky and Caroline Gardner to name a few and to top it all off, they even have their own in-house postal service!
Whippet, which in Lisa's words is; "An adorable contemporary-designed shop selling everything from unique homewares, gifts and cards to a collection of vintage pieces. If I'm looking for a gift it's one of the first places I'll pop into as it has got all bases covered, from high street design brands to items from up-and-coming local artists and designers."
Lavish Habit and I love Lisa's description of this quirky venue: "This place is a café come boutique with the vibe of Aladdin's Cave! I often pop in for coffee with my boyfriend but usually end up gazing around at the enchanting decor, pretty gifts and homewares."
As for the actual café (you see, I got distracted by the goodies again!), the drinks are yum, as is the food - I highly recommend the hot chocolate and the Chorizo flat bread!"
I had a lovely day hanging out with Lisa in her studio and her favourite Balham spots, my final question was to find out if she had any secret tips for anyone visiting Balham.... she said: "hmmm... I'm still in the phase of hoping people might want to share some with me! Probably not so secret, but we were rather happy when we found a pub/restaurant nestled just off Balham High Road called The Grove. This place has such a cosy feel with it's open fires, plush soft furnishings and snug areas as well as an awesome burger which includes dollops of peanut butter!"
Sounds delish! Thanks for giving Patchwork Harmony an insight in to your lovely life Lisa! Check out Lisa's work at Paperknots.
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