I HEART Vintage
I first came across Lisa Rushton via the power of Instagram at the beginning of 2016. Being a lover of all things vintage myself, Lisa’s designs drew me in, and once Lisa agreed to help me with a giveaway our collaboration and friendship began. Heart Vintage was created in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength.
Lisa admits to being fascinated by vintage treasures ever since an early age when she would go shopping with her grandmother and her first purchase of handwritten postcards had her hooked. Still today Lisa is an avid car booter and draws inspiration from vintage markets and antique shops.
With a completed GNVQ in Art & Design, Lisa knew that the natural progression from this was a degree in surface decoration, as she specialised in screen printing. After a career in swimwear design she realized that she wanted something new, something a bit more for her, something that made her heart sing. And so she turned to vintage china. Lisa is a magpie when it comes to vintage china - the glitzier the better - and this was the spark she needed to pursue the Heart Vintage vision. Using her knowledge of printing and her love of chintz the two marry perfectly together and her designs were born.
She began by testing out printing photographs onto plates mainly for friends and family, and, after a bit of trial and error (like all good ideas!) she began to use her own designs that are so synonymous with Heart Vintage today. The way in which Lisa incorporates her favorite imagery from those postcards, vintage books and botanical prints is lovely and refreshing. The vintage plates, even though they already have their own patterns, seem to welcome the new with open arms. It is for this very reason that Lisa has been chosen by designers and featured in magazines to showcase her talent. Her fondest to date was working with the amazing Selina Lake for her book, Botanical Style. Lisa was briefed to design and produce a series of plates with a woodland and tropical theme – which is absolute heaven!!! When the book was published Selina had chosen to include all of the designs and they look fabulous.
When a new bar opened up in Leicester, and placed an order for her plates to adorn their walls Lisa was really catapulted into the public eye. Soon, she was getting orders left right and center and began to sell her up cycled wares on NOTHS. It is the quirkiness of Lisa’s designs that keep people coming back for more, coupled with the fact that the plates can be personalised too, making for a completely unique gift. Also there's a lovely story behind every piece, as Lisa’s love of vintage means that nothing gets left behind; each piece that she reworks gets to start a new life with a new owner.
As a small business owner myself (The Vintage House That Could, if you want to know...) I am always intrigued to know how other fellow business owners work. What inspires them? What pushes them? Lisa admits that running an independent business is both rewarding and challenging but even after nearly 4 years she still does that happy dance when an order comes in! I agree that the thrill of knowing that someone loves and admires your work is the best and for Lisa the thought that her work is gracing the walls of people’s homes across the world has got to be pretty amazing. It's always nice to know that people share your vision, and share it so much that they want it in their home.
Lisa works from home and loves being out in her garden to inspire her, which you can see in Lisa's work. Most if not all of it is clearly influenced by nature and she loves to get out and about visiting new places of interest. Excitingly, Lisa is bringing out a new range of studio pottery with a botanical theme which I absolutely cannot wait for, and she has lots of new collaborations on the horizon.
...which brings us full circle. As I mentioned at the start, it was a collaboration that happily brought me and Lisa together. When Lisa sent me the pieces for the giveaway back in 2016, I had only just decided on my logo and Lisa was so lovely to produce a plate for me and my new business. This is something that she has now been asked to do many times, recently for Period Living magazine, which was featured in the June edition. I still love using my special plate in my promotional images and I think it is perfect for my brand.
Later that year, I needed help for a new idea and who else would I have called? My range of ‘Bridesmaid Styling Kit’ gift boxes needed something more personal to go in them and I knew Lisa’s designs would do the perfect job. She produced 2 designs for me, “I’m such a lucky Bride to have you by my side” and “I couldn’t say I do without you”, both of which look gorgeous and are the ideal way to ask or thank those special ladies in your life.
I chatted to Lisa before writing this article and I asked her to sum up Heart Vintage in 3 words - which was a relished moment for me because I absolutely hate it when people ask me that! Her response was Unique, Eclectic and Thrifty. I for one am so pleased that Lisa Rushton is thrifty otherwise Heart Vintage would never have been born and I am also thankful for finding her. When a young dynamic and talented creative finds a love for vintage it really is a match made in heaven and I want to wish Lisa all the success for the very exciting future she has in store.
Check Lisa out now at: http://www.heartvintage.co.uk/