Lottie Day produces a range of handmade, screen-printed products featuring her own illustrations, inspired by the Norfolk countryside. She used to run a gallery and shop in Norwich, started drawing, sewing and screen-printing behind the desk and before she knew it, Lottie was producing her own handmade products. See the interview with Lottie below to get an insight into her story, what inspires her and what she’s got planned for the future…
What is your creation process?
I draw in my sketchbook until I have something I’m happy with. Then I need to transfer my image onto a silkscreen, which involves a bit of photocopying some expertise from a local printing studio. Then it’s time to experiment with colour combinations, that’s the really fun bit.
What makes you, your brand or products unique?
I’m not trained as an illustrator, textile designer or screen-printer. So I think that gives me a unique style, often I’m breaking the rules because I don’t know what they are!
What inspires you?
My Dad has an allotment round the corner, I love seeing what weird and wonderful vegetables he pulls out of the ground, many of them have ended up on a tea towel.
What is your next project?
After much demand I’m finally producing a range of placemats to compliment my napkin collection.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
I’m doing a collaboration with a local ceramicist called Ros Arrowsmith, we’ve already produced some really interesting pieces, so I’m hoping to do a lot more of that.
Your three top tips for crafters and makers…
1. Keep amusing yourself
2. Go for a walk
3. Don’t quit
Any advice for fledgling businesses…
I would just say keep plugging away, sometimes people order something from my website after picking up a postcard years before, it’s a long game!
What do you love about Country Living Fairs?
When you’re hidden away in a studio, it’s a lovely change to get out and meet your customers face to face