Today our Words of Wisdom artwork comes from Lulu Roper-Caldbeck…enjoy!
Describe a bit about yourself and your work?
Co-Director of shop and online site Darkroom, selling a mixture of accessories for men, women and the home with an emphasis on products that are bold, unique and hard to find. We mix modern crafted items with indigenous work from across the globe alongside our own growing range of self designed products.
What are your words of wisdom and why?
ENJOY LIFE MORE. A reminder not to take everything too seriously. We are all tied down on a daily basis with numerous responsibilities, commitments and work loads and it is important to give ourselves a gentle reminder of what it is all for. Alongside a very hectic Darkroom work-load, I also have a busy family life with a 9 year old son, and feel that a constant reminder to ‘Enjoy Life More’ keeps me grounded in my role as a business partner, boss, mother and girlfriend. (I’ll be the first to admit that at times I may take these words of wisdom a little too far!)
Who is your role-model?
My son Oscar is a constant role-model, not yet moulded by the realities of being a grown-up and therefore free form any worries or insecurities that govern and stifle us.
We are currently preparing for our Pagan season launching on the forthcoming summer solstice, which is a really exciting mix of jewellery and homewares inspired by key elements of ancient traditions and religion. From the haunting tale of the Wicker Man to the textiles and colour palettes of Morris Men, we have re-appropriated such magical folklore into our own graphic context. We have been busy specially commissioned pieces by several jewellers including Michelle Lowe-Holder, CCCHU and Na’ama Rietti, alongside some new Darkroom designs and a selection of items sourced from New York and Madagascar.
We are also working on our inagural Darkroom knitwear collection which we will launch during the London Design Festival in September — we’re working with the amazing designer and set-builder Camille Walala on a major window installation for that, which we are really looking forward to!
Launched in 2011 by Teo Connor and Loren Platt on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the W Project celebrates women working across the creative industries through a lively mixture of events and activities. We aim to promote empowering role-models and help build a better creative community for the future.
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