Eleanor: My internship with Lorna Syson
I am coming to the end of my internship at Lorna Syson. I have worked with her and her team for five months now and over the year of placements I have undertaken in London, it has been my favourite! In this post, I talk about my time at the company and I am so surprised by how much I squeezed into my short time here!
I took part in various shows and exhibitions with Lorna, including Open Studios within Cockpit Arts, Grow London and Clerkenwell Design Week. I had to prepare stock for each of the shows, help set up the show and during the show talk to potential customers.
Open StudiosOpen Studios is a vital show for Lorna and it takes part in her studio in Deptford as well as Cockpit Arts’ other studios in Holborn. This is a chance to see the studio in a completely different way and it is really exciting to see all the stock out. I also helped set up in Holborn where Lorna and I had to fix our own lighting structure to the wall which was just as challenging as it sounds!
Grow LondonThis was the only show I attended to help Lorna with customers. I really enjoyed this show and I would recommend if you didn’t manage to go to Chelsea Flower Show (like the majority of the country) to see some beautiful mini gardens and lots of interesting gifts. I liked talking to the customers and Lorna was very good at guiding me through when I was a little nervous.
Clerkenwell Design ShowAs well as interior products, Lorna does commissions for homes, offices and public spaces. She creates textile pieces for acoustic panels, space dividers and pieces of art. Lorna exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week as her first show under her other business ‘Structural’ and for one day I was on my own talking to architects and potential collaborations. It was a challenge talking to the amount of people who came through the door as well as being in the cold basement of the building!
PhotoshootThe two days we spent photographing Lorna’s new collection were definitely two of my favourite days with Lorna. The preparations for the photoshoot in the studio was exciting, searching for props which would pair well with her new products. And then on the actual day, setting up mini rooms in Yeshen’s studio. I really enjoyed making little tweeks and making suggestions on the day to make the photographs look better. After these two days I have been researching jobs for interior stylists for when I graduate, a role I didn’t take consider previously.When in the studio I help with packing orders and sending them out through Lorna’s own website and through Not on the High Street. This includes stock checks, using various websites for deliveries and to keep her website up to date. I also write a lot of the blog posts, which is definitely something I have seen myself improve in. I research for neighbourhood guides, activity weekends and for upcoming shows as well as using Photoshop to edit the images. Creating the moodboards for the blog posts was really fun because I enjoy looking at colours and textures and using the material in the studio was a good challenge. I like organising elements on a table and making it look pretty!When I began my placement in March, Lorna was going through the process of sampling her fabrics with new printers for a contract she had gained with John Lewis. I was involved in choosing the different fabrics as well as inputting ideas into how the designs could be changed. Lorna welcomes ideas from her interns, which was a really positive experience and no idea was ignored. The time I had with Lorna has made me lot more confident as a person, with having to deal with customers to talking about Lorna’s work at shows. It has made me reconsider setting up a business for myself and I am really excited to go back to Loughborough and use my knowledge for my final degree show.
Written by Eleanor for Lorna Syson’s Our World