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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Heritance Design Studio





I feel like I have found a hidden gem and what a beautiful find!!

I would love to introduce you to Jenny from Heritance Design Studio


About...
My name is Jenny, and I run Heritance from a wee studio in my hometown of Christchurch. I studied Art and Design at CPIT and Bookbinding was one of the elective papers on offer. Bookbinding itself can be a very technical process and I'm a "details" person so I was instantly drawn to this age old craft. It didn't take long to realise this was something I really loved doing and the rest is history I guess you could say :)



Starting...
Heritance is very much a fledgling business and is proving to be quite alot of work,and a big learning curve,but I really love it. I am passionate about designing and making something that is a bit different to what else is available out there, and I myself always love handmade as opposed to mass-produced.



Naming...
To me, my family and friends are very important and I've always been really interested in portraying this subject in my work, especially the idea of passing on certain objects and values or ideas through the generations. I wanted a name that would reflect this in some way. Bookbinding itself too,is a practice which has been passed on through the ages and the name Heritance just seemed to lend itself nicely to these ideas. 




Daily...
I don't really have a daily routine that I follow, it just depends on what I have going on in the way of custom designs or requests for people. I guess I just get busy with what I know needs to be finished first and then work from there. Coffee and Music are definately always part of the mix though!

Love about owning...
One of the things I love,is being inspired by a colour or an object or just something I see that sticks with me. Using that as starting point,being able to work and design it into a pattern or a motif. Then from there being able to take it and make it into something useful and functional is really rewarding. It's always a bonus when people like it, and want to buy it as well.




Current favourite design...
I don't necessarily have a favourite design, I just seem to get caught up and excited about whatever it is I am working on in that moment. If I had to choose something though,it would probably be one of the bright swallow patterns.

Staying motivated...
Staying motivated is something I definately struggle with some days... Like most people there are often other things going on to distract me, but I just try to keep my end goal of earning a living doing what I love in mind, and try to do something everyday to take me a step closer to achieving that goal.




Advice...
Doing your homework first is definately a must. Researching what is already out there is super important start. Then I think it's about getting your product out and showing people what you do, and what you have to offer. Something I have found very helpful too is having someone you trust to bounce ideas off, or ask for advice or just a second opinion if you're not too certain. Kind of simple, but very effective.


Relaxing...
I love spending time with my friends and family and having a good laugh.I also enjoy gardening, cooking and playing with my two dogs. All of these things for me are a really great way to relax and enjoy all the things I have been blessed with in my life.





From here...
I would love to see Heritance grow into a more successful business, but have no illusions that this is going to be at all easy. I am positive there will be a lot of hard work and few knock backs along the way but I am also pretty sure it will be all worth it. Plus there isn't really anything else I would rather be doing.  

Connecting and buying...
You can find Heritance Design Studio online on Heritance Design Sudio Facebook page and in my Felt Shop a website dedicated to showcasing all sorts of beautiful hand-made from some very talented artisans and crafts people around the country. I also have a growing number of Stores stocking my notebooks and journals, some of them being:
~ The Green Room, Design and Gifts, in Waikouaiti, East Otago
~ Design Withdrawals, Moray place Dunedin

In my opinion there is nothing nicer than opening up a brand new notebook with clear pages, ready to fill them with dreams & ideas. These hand bound notebooks from Jenny are truly a beautiful find.


Giveaway...
Jenny has ever so kindly given me one of her gorgeous notebooks to giveaway to one very lucky winner! Please enter on my Liked. by Becky's Facebook page
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 1 October, all the best!

Thanks Jenny!





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