Herne Hill, London
Hi, I'm Lottie, I set up Coldharbour Lights where we design and make original feather light shades from repurposed poultry feathers. Each piece is hand crafted and made to order in our South London studio. My background in theatre has influenced the spirit of these tactile designs. We are also a proud member of Blue Patch, the national social enterprise that funds community owned renewable energy projects.
I originally trained as an actor in Paris and toured shows in Europe. When I started a family, I pivoted to teaching theatre in schools in my home town, London. It took a seismic event, the loss of my mother, years later, for me to stop and evaluate where I was going. I wanted to work with more creative freedom again and so I took on a studio, just off Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, South London. I had studied design at Uni and loved it. My studio neighbour was a milliner who worked with feathers….
I eventually developed a great design with no idea how to get it out into the world. Cue a chance encounter with the co-founder of a major online interiors shop. She liked my designs and gave me chance. On launch day I received 3 orders! I’m forever grateful for the boost this validation gave my business. I hope to do the same for someone else, one day.
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