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The look of our work has been through many evolutionary cycles, however there are some recognisable threads running through it. Marie has a love of rhythm and pattern and I like narrative ideas and these two things are often combined by our illustrative style.


having to be there every day (and the endless cleaning).


I used to do all the screen-printing myself but I made a decision after a while that my time would be better spent doing other things so we found brilliant printers for all our products. Now I work in the shop (which is a good place to draw and dream up new ideas) and Marie works in the studio where she takes care of the business.


What is it like setting up and running a business as friends? Being friends and running a business


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works brilliantly for us; it requires complete trust and loyalty and we support each other unconditionally. We write down the hours we work individually and as long as we know we’re both completely knackered all the time, then we know we’re both pulling our weight. The fact that we both have two children (arranged alternately to cause minimum disruption), means that we understand the need to be parents too.


Lush Designs has a very distinctive style and look, how did this develop and who does what?


Our Fine Art background means we approach ideas in a more conceptual way and through real life observation rather than through design trends. We both love doodly, fancy embellishment and detail and the simplicity of two colour printing is the perfect vehicle for this.


What is your favourite creation and what inspires you? We both love lampshades, partly because you can make a picture that goes round and meets itself coming and also because of what light does to colour, opacity and translucency. We both fantasise about getting into embroidery though, or going back to ceramics (which we both did when we were younger) so who


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