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MEET: LAM Designs

by Anna Stassen of www.sakurajewellery.com

Laura Mason is the Surrey-based one woman dynamo behind the gorgeous embroidered goods emporium LAM Designs. Her new range of eye- catching handmade embroidered clocks are a must see and fabulously unique. UK Handmade caught up with Laura to find out what inspires her and how she became an embroidery goddess.

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Laura Mason, I am the creator behind the small label LAMdesigns. By day, I work in retail and by night, during any free time I get, I design and make hand embroidered goodies in my tiny room in Surrey. I have a huge love of tea as anyone who knows me will know. Also have a thing for linen, buttons and sparkly objects.

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When did you realise you wanted to do what you do now and how did you get started?

I don’t think I have really figured that out. At this moment in time, it affords me some flexibility whilst I consider my future aspirations. I will always be a creative soul but, at the same time, I want to experience other things the world has to offer: travelling, working for various different types of companies. Knowing, however, that I will always have the ability to sell whatever I turn my hand to is a bit of a relief. How I came to turn what was a small hobby into something to sell was merely a matter of “it seemed right for me at the time”, I was unemployed and seeking another focus aside from job hunting.

Do you have formal education / training or experience that applies to what you do?

I have always been a creative person even when I was little. I took art classes aged six and took GCSE Art at secondary school. It was during the second year of my AVCE Art and Design course at college, however, that I found myself leaning towards textiles; originally I was considering going on to do a degree in illustration.

Textiles have always really been in my blood, my aunt is a professional freelance costumier for TV and Film and my mum taught me to sew when I was kid. So really, it felt natural to go on to push this rediscovered love for textiles. On leaving college, I went for a brief interview at Hand & Lock, I can’t remember what for, but it was Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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