Lindsay McDowall Jewellery
We recently caught up with Lindsay, namesake and founder of Lindsay McDowall Jewellery, to find out more about the brand after we were lucky enough to have them join us at Country Living’s Glasgow Fair. Read the interview below to discover more…
How did it all start?
My journey into jewellery started when I took a night class in Jewellery Making at the College of Building & Printing in Glasgow in 2005. I soon discovered that I loved it! What started as a hobby developed over time into a business and here we are.
The story behind the name…
It’s just my name. I toyed with other options but decided in the end it was best to keep it simple!
Where are you based?
I work from my home studio in Glasgow.
What inspires you?
Everything! I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful place so everything from the scenery to the colours around my home spark ideas and inspiration.
What is your creation process?
I always have a notebook on me so that if I think of an idea I can sketch or jot it down and have something to refer to later but until I actually start making I don’t know quite how a piece will end up. I like to just start making and see what happens from there.
What makes you, your brand or products unique?
I make everything myself. I take pride in making jewellery that is wearable and affordable but a little bit different.
What is your next project?
I want to make a unisex line that can be worn by anyone.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
I just want to keep building on the success that I have enjoyed so far and keep making jewellery!
What is your biggest achievement?
I took part in a pop-up event last year in John Lewis in Glasgow. It was hard work making all the pieces that I needed for the week and being there to sell it but it was a huge achievement and a big success for my business.
What is your best-selling product/line?
The Oyster Earrings. I think it has to do with the cream pearl against the dark oxidised silver that appeals to people.
Your experience of your first Country Living Fair (year, exhibiting or visiting)/ What are you looking forward to the most about exhibiting at the Christmas Fair?
Meeting potential customers and getting their feedback on my products.
What do you love about Country Living Fairs?
There is such a great diversity of exhibitors and the atmosphere is always good.
Your three top tips for crafters and makers…
1: Believe in yourself- if you don’t then nobody else will either
2: Try your products in different places- shops, craft fairs etc. It’s always surprising to find that what works in one place doesn’t work in another and vice-versa!
3: Be kind to yourself! Making mistakes is human and you’ll learn from them, don’t dwell on them.
Any advice for fledgling businesses…
Work on your pricing. It really is important and so much rests on it.