Another newcomer to Piccadilly Market on 3 August is Lauren Williams who makes gorgeous Japanese inspired jewellery.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Lauren, I live in Melbourne with my lovely husband and two very gorgeous sons. Jack is 7 and Edward is 4. I work from home on my little business while caring for my boy’s full time. Before I became a mum I was a qualified Horticulturalist and studied Visual Arts at RMIT.
How did you come up with your business name?
Easy, it’s my own name.
Tell us how your product/range came about?
It has evolved over the years. I first started out making cards, which quickly developed into jewellery using chiyogami papers. I made resin bangles and rings for a while. I became interested in all the Japanese fabrics that were available but couldn’t sew. So I started making jewellery/accessories with cover buttons.
How long have you been in business for?
Quite a while. I started seriously in about 2006. In that time I’ve had two children so it’s been a bit stop and start.
What inspires you?
The fabrics I work with and making stuff. My best ideas have usually come about when I’ve been crating or sorting fabrics. My children’s artwork is a huge inspiration as well as the internet.
Have you always been ‘crafty’ or has it bloomed later in life?
What is something cool that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I didn’t get my license until I was 33 weeks pregnant with my first son.
If money was no object what would be your dream destination right now?
Japan of course!
A Secret History by Donna Tartt One of my faves too
What is your favorite website(s) ?
Made it and Pinterest…I could literally spend hour’s and hours browsing. I hear you
Have you ever met anyone famous?
When I worked as a horticulturalist I assisted different celebrities; Delta Goodrum, Red Symons and a few different news reporters.