Lucy King

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Master of Arts (Ceramic Design for Production), 2000, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.
Bachelor of Arts Honours(Textile Design), 1997, University of Derby, United Kingdom.

Where did you head after graduating?
I was invited to work with Wedgewood in the UK as a designer for tableware.I have also worked on a freelance basis designing products for Marks & Spencer and the National Trust and collaborated with Dansk on a range of products.In 2001 I relocated to Australia and continued to operate a freelance design business.

When did you launch your own business?
I have been operating as a freelance designer since 2000, but it has only been recently I have started to actively explore the idea of developing my own product range.

What motivated you to start your own business?
Being accepted onto the Springboard program! As a designer in a freelance capacity and for inhouse studios, I have spent many years helping to expand a clients image and brand name, and create products that sell I decided it was time to put the same time, effort and commitment into exploring my own product range.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I have a distinctive handpainted illustrative style and my main focus is to develop a range of individual tabletop products.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My illustrations are characteristic of washy overscaled floral motifs with a fluid style and feature unusual placements. I am also exploring additional non-floral imagery, and have numerous ideas for themes and ranges the possibilities are endless!

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
Financial, there’s never enough money and what you want to do is highly expensive and trying to remain focused, positive and confident about following your idea.

What are the next steps for you?
I am in the initial stages of development but would like to exhibit the products at local and international trade shows, get a range of products into stores locally and research overseas stores.

Published 15 July 2008.

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