Help me to grow Marina Studio!

by Lauren Marina in Poole, England, United Kingdom

Help me to grow Marina Studio!
We did it
On 1st March 2021 we successfully raised £880 with 42 supporters in 28 days

I'm launching a new brand, 'Marina Studio', and I've got some big goals to meet!

by Lauren Marina in Poole, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wowee! The extra money raised would enable me to radically speed up the process of creating and getting my new products to market. I'd be able to buy some larger pieces of equipment to really go big!


As it did for many, 2020 spurred on some big changes in my life.

After leaving my previous career at the start of last year and finding myself at a bit of a loss for what to do next I naturally came back to drawing to help me move one foot in front of the other in quiet lockdown days.

To begin with, it was a way to self-soothe, for relaxation. Creating something new artistically and bringing it into the world has always been a go-to tool to keep my spirits high. 

I started to share some of this new work on social media and people (a lot of you!) were very complimentary and enthusiastic. I picked up some commissions and started to sell some prints, eventually setting up an online shop. Prints soon were joined by greetings cards and wrapping paper as I began to get into my stride and my confidence grew. Things really have just snowballed from there. Importantly, I started to take myself seriously again as an illustrator and designer.

I have never felt better about myself and surer of my path, this in itself is a pretty radical feeling for me! At this point, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me in one way or another over the last year. Your gestures of support, whether that be buying from me, commissioning me, or sending me messages or notes of encouragement have quite literally changed my life.

Now, I’m looking to the next year. I’ve got the gumption and gusto to make some big next steps.

I hope to expand my product range to include a selection of handcrafted lifestyle items, made with well-considered materials and processes; all with an illustrated edge, these items will all live under the ‘Marina Studio’ brand. 

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I would like to begin creating:

  • Illustrated wallpapers (created with environmentally friendly inks and papers)
  • Hand-tufted rugs and wall-hangings
  • Functional ceramics (hand painted with my bold monochrome patterns) 

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All the pieces in the collection will have my identifiable style and a cohesive look. There will likely be lots of deep charcoal, oatmeal, sage, and terracotta tones. My products will be made with care for the Earth, in small, less wasteful, and limited batches, and made with responsible materials.

I have a clear vision, but not the initial financial platform to get it all going. 

I don’t need a huge amount of money. Just enough to buy some new equipment, materials, and some time for me to create my first range.  

I would then like to create a collaborative studio space and shop to sell these products alongside other local illustrators and artists who have a penchant for creating beautiful illustrative home decor. I truly believe in the power of a supportive and creative community and would love to create a space-based on empowerment, trust, and unity. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

20% for £20. You'll receive a discount code for 20% off all of my current and future products.

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

I'll send you an A3 print of your choice from my current range! You'll also receive a discount code for 20% off all of my current and future products.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£150 Reward

I'll send you an A2 print of your choice from my current range! You'll also receive a discount code for 20% off all of my current and future products.

£200 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£200 Reward

Wow! Thank you. I'll create a bespoke rug or wall hanging creation for you!

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

WOW WOW WOW! I'll create a bespoke rug, wall hanging, art print, or wallpaper for you! The choice will be yours. We'll work together to create something unique and beautiful for your home.

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward

I'll send you an A5 or A4 print from my current range! You'll also receive a discount code for 20% off all of my current and future products.

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