New guest posts will be coming up over the next couple of weeks from the lovely Laura of Lupin. I have been in love with Laura’s handmade felt pieces for some time, but this chica’s creative side goes well beyond her totally awesome shop, Lupin. She has also some wonderful DIY tutorials on her blog, which I love, love, love! But before we jump into her incredible gift wrapping tutorials that I’ll be posting over the next couple of weeks, let’s take some time to get to know Laura (Lupin) herself….
Papernstitch: Tell us a little more about yourself.
Laura: I’m 26 and I currently live with my boyfriend in Gloucester in a flat, which is half covered in books (his) and half in felt (mine). I’ve been making stuff for honestly as long as I can remember, making presents for people and furniture for my dolls when I was a kid and handmade cards for all and every occasion. A couple of years ago I was thinking about what to make my friends and neighbours for Christmas, thought about making some felt ornaments, stumbled upon Etsy and thought wow! I’d never really thought about selling my work before, but I made it my new year’s resolution to set up shop and here I am! Lupin Handmade has developed hugely over the past two years but I’m still just finding my feet in the crafty business world, it’s all very new and exciting.
Papernstitch: Tell us about your shop, Lupin.
Papernstitch: What inspires you to make things?
Laura: I’ve always enjoyed solving the problem of “how can I make one of those?”, and making stuff has always been my favourite way to while away an afternoon so it’s wonderful to have the chance to make stuff
for a living. I get inspired a lot by the vibrant colours of the felt I use in my work, and draw a lot of my ideas from nature. The more I make the more things I think of to make – one idea sparks another five and it’s just a shame that there are never enough hours in the day to sew them all.