Discover Emma Lawrence Designs at the International Spring Fair

Emma Lawrence Designs

How did Emma Lawrence Designs start?

 

It began as a hobby, designing and making cards and gifts for friends and family.  I have always loved drawing and been inspired by nature so as a child I was always outside collecting or making things.  Nearly every design I do features a little bird somewhere which reflects this passion.

 

Describe Emma Lawrence Designs for us?

 

A small business producing a range of greetings cards, gifts and stationery with a fresh, fun and appealing style.  In addition, Emma is available for commissions as she loves the whole process of translating a written brief into a bespoke, delightful, eye-catching design.  Clients include the NHS, Field Studies Council, charities, Council and a host of businesses.

 

What will you be bringing to the International Spring Fair with you?

 

A range of greetings cards and the full range of Little nature Explorers© cards, gifts and stationery.

 

Emma Lawrence Designs

 

You are a finalist for Gift of the Year. Can you tell us more about the products in the final and what it means to have got this far in such a prestigious competition?

 

The products in the final are gifts from the Little Nature Explorers© range and include, colour-in cards, enamel bug mugs, wildflower seed paper, stickers, notebooks and badges.  The illustrations are taken from my series of children’s books which are all about encouraging children to explore outside and appreciate all our wonderful and amazing little bugs and creatures. They feature all the bugs, butterflies and mini beasts with wildflowers.  I try to get everything produced in the UK and from environmentally friendly sources.

 

I am absolutely delighted to have made it to the final.  It was a wonderful surprise.  It means such a lot as the competition is so high and from huge companies who are already very established and sell internationally.  I am so pleased that my designs and products have been well received as I am keen to develop them further.


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With all that you have achieved so far in your business, what are you most proud of?

 

I think being a finalist in Gift of the Year 2018 has to be a highlight for me.  I am also very proud of being a Launchpad winner at Manchester Stationery Show in November which gave me my first experience of a trade show.

 

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What are your plans for your business in the future?

 

To establish exciting licensing partnerships to take some of my designs onto other products.  I am also keen to develop further card ranges and am bursting with ideas!

 

Do you have a favourite/best-selling product/design?

 

In the greetings cards, one of my favourites and a best-seller is the Labrador and Aga design.  I have recently extended the Country Living range to include a few different dogs and cats looking very at home by the log burner, dresser or under the kitchen table.  Another best seller is the black cat wearing wellies!


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Do you have any new products or designs out for the International Spring Fair?

 

The Country Living range of cards are new and I am trying to finalise an alpaca and llama with their wellies on!  From the Little Nature Explorers© range, the colour-in cards which now come with a set of 12 colouring pencil crayons are new, as are the wildflower seed paper sheets. This amazing paper is made in one of the oldest mills in the UK and contains British native wildflower seeds.

 

 

Who are you hoping to see at the International Spring Fair?  

 

I am hoping to see lots of existing customers and new ones too.  I am also keen to meet any companies who are looking to license my designs to help their products stand out from the rest.


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