Member Focus – Lost Heritage
Today we are pleased to introduce you to one of our newest wedding supplier partner members, Claire of Lost Heritage. Over to you Claire and welcome…..
How did it all start?
Letterpress and foiling was a hobby of mine for many years as a way to express my creative side. When I became pregnant with my oldest child and I was on maternity leave I decided that it was now or never to start up my own business – luckily it was a success from the start (with a lot of hard work and dedication) and the rest, as they say, is history…
Do you have a favourite venue?
My absolute favourite venues are close to home for me. I love Gorton monastery, which is a local 19th century former Franciscan friary not far from our studio just outside of Manchester. I also adore Victoria baths- a Grade II listed building situated locally in Longsight. It’s a fabulous location steeped with gorgeous vintage detailing.
How would clients describe you?
I hope they see me as approachable and helpful! I have been told I am very bubbly and have a great passion for my designs and work. I feel I am the sort of person that puts 100% into everything I do. I have lovely clients who are always so grateful and happy with the end result and say lovely things. We have been described as having great customer service and the personal touch.
Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?
We have a great network in Manchester- I work particularly well with Joyce Lee aka Arstynibs who is a fabulous and talented calligrapher- in fact we are in the midst of launching a range together!
Also I have recently been asked to take part in a Manchester based wedding themed photo shoot where I met some great contact in different areas of the wedding business than myself who all fell in love with the letterpress and foiling concept and how special they make wedding stationery. These people include Leah Lombardi- wedding photographer, Becca from Frock and Soul (wedding dresses) and the fabulous David from Frog Flowers who is a long time friend of Lost Heritage- his floral arrangements are to die for! I also admire another close friend of Lost heritage- Dimitria Jordan who is a fellow wedding stationery designer, so much so I have a letterpress wedding collection with her.
How do you unwind?
I love letterpress and I am so lucky to do my hobby as a job but apart from that I am a big reader. Our house is like a library and I am always inspired by books and book covers. In fact I named my daughter Estella after a character in my favourite book – Great Expectations. I love spending time with my children as me and my partner are both in the creative industry and self-employed so we are always working! We all enjoy family time such as swimming, taking long walks, dinner out (with a glass of red! Just the grown ups though!)
What trends are you seeing for 2017/18?
Definitely the botanical trend- I seem to be doing loads of foliage printing on stationery at the minute. Also gold, copper and rose gold foiling especially in a calligraphy style font. We are getting people who are getting a bit more adventurous and mixing processes such as digital print (say a watercolour background) with a gold foil text or lasercut detailing with letterpress.
What is your signature dish?
Ermmmm, I think I tend to eat more than cook! Haha! I do love making dishes with my children such as enchiladas- we tend to make a mess though. I do cook a mean sausage and chorizo goulash though, with my signature glass of red of course…
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love work on?
I am a big Hollywood glamour fan so would love the likes of Audrey Hepburn or Elizabeth Taylor (so many to choose from!) From the more modern day I fell in love with the vibe and style of Solange Knowles’ (Beyonces sister’s) wedding- so cool and stylish and the photos were amazing.
What is your vice?
Chocolate and lots of it and as you may have noticed red wine! Haha! Also at the beginning of the year me and my partner decided to try a vegan/veggie diet for a few months- the 1st thing I went to get to eat after was a medium- rare steak!