An Interview with Gert Lush Designs

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Gert Lush Designs creates Unique and Limited Edition Hand Made Jewellery, Bags, Home Decor & Artwork.

Gert Lush Designs - SharonTell us a bit about the artist behind your creations

I am Sharon, chief creator of all things Lush here at Gert Lush Designs, I live in Bristol with my boyfriend and I’m a bit of a creative butterfly that flits from one thing to another depending on how my mood or health dictates. I specialise in wirework jewellery with a bit of fused glass here and there. I also dabble in painted artwork, mainly acrylics and have a flair for doodle artwork (I used to work as a henna artist so my doodles tend to have a bit of a henna feel to them) currently developing my own grown up colouring products which I will be releasing soon! I also love to create bright funky colourful bags as I am a firm believer that the world needs more colours to make people smile, I use the offcuts from bag making to create little chicks…because I don’t like to waste anything!

Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?

I come from a very creative family so have always been encouraged to be creative from an early age, whatever my mum was playing with always made me want to have a go plus birthday and Christmas gifts that give you a nudge in the right direction always help!  I started my crafting business back in 2011 after doing a 365 days of creativity experiment. I had seen family members doing one with photography where they take a photo each day but I didn’t want to be limited to just photography so decided I needed to create something each day. At the end of that year I felt lost not making and had so many lovely creations I decided it was time to start trying to sell them. I am self taught in everything, I was told I was not creative enough to do GCSE art so I guess that put me off pursuing any arty type qualifications!

What is it that you enjoy most about your work?

I love the happiness it brings others, either through a simple card to make someone smile or a colourful product that brightens someones day. The world needs more happy!! I especially love working on wedding products, it is such an hour to be chosen to add those finishing touches to someones big day. The freedom is nice too!

Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?

Nothing of note to be fair, I have not won any awards or had any great achievements but I guess I am proud I am still here and still making, working for myself is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had, you put your soul on the line with each creation but that happy dance you get with each sale keeps me going!

Other than crafting what else do you like to do?

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in January 2018 and as part of trying to work through that I have been trying to ‘move more’ If I am not making then I am more than likely out in the woods at Westonbirt Arboretum indulging my love for photography and enjoying blue skies. I grew up in Rural Sussex so although I am now a city dweller I will always have a love for nature and the countryside. I also like to dabble a little in graphic design.

The Kraken Necklace - Gert Lush DesignsIf you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?

My favourite creation to date is The Kraken….a beast of a necklace I created as a flight of fancy while flexing my creative muscles and not necessarily making with a view to sell. I might list it in my shop one day but it would have a rather large price tag due to the work involved!!

What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?

Be yourself and your tribe will find you! Don’t be overly concerned with numbers on social media and ignore the ‘hike your likes’ kind of posts, they may boost your numbers but don’t always bring you people who are actually interested in what you offer (took me a while to learn that lesson myself!!) Also remember if you get negative feedback on something that sometimes it is just one persons view. Most importantly HAVE FAITH and keep making!!

If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?

I would have more faith in my own abilities! Self doubt gets to all of us at times

What do you think has helped your business the most?

Being myself on social media. People like to get to know the person behind the business and what sets our souls on fire, this was quite daunting at first but has really helped me find my tribe!

Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?

I joined Conscious Crafties as a seller in September last year and it was the best decision I ever made. It is such a super supportive community and each maker has been affected, like me, with chronic illness and/or disability. Working from home and dealing with illness can be so isolating, I have met a lot of like minded souls and we work together to lift each other up. The Professional Crafter’s Guild has also been a huge help with learning more about the business side of things.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I worked as a professional face and body painter for 6 years alongside working as a Nanny.

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