We love to hear what our customers think of our products and service and on Wednesday afternoon we were given a real treat from a rather lovely couple who took the time to email Jim this fantastic letter.
We were having lunch at a local pub here in Sussex a few weeks ago when Jill commented on a beautiful light on the wall in the style of a sheaf of corn. She suggested it would look great in our dining room (which we are about to redecorate) and so, upon returning home, she searched on Google for “cornsheaf gold wall light”, found your website and then quickly found the “Sussex” lights. We want the pendant plus 3 wall lights but were concerned about ordering them on-line without seeing the pendant (particularly because the cost was way above our original budget). So, we decided to drive up to Hadleigh to see for ourselves…“
I’m Natasha, and I’m on a week’s work experience at Jim Lawrence. Shortly after I began the week, I was told that there would be a photo shoot coming up for the autumn launch in September and of course, I was excited about going and seeing what they get up to. I spent the day with the photography team and here’s a taste of what we did…
We arrived at the studio to meet Jim Lawrence’s regular photographer David Lam, and packed up the cars with boxes of products we needed for the shoot. We then headed off to Jim and Sheena’s house where the majority of the shoot would take place.
We began by unpacking stacks of boxes which contained the products we wanted to include in the kitchen scene. Despite the rush we had to get everything out in order to stay on track; of course to perfect a look, the shoot can sometimes take hours as I found out.
Wishing the Jim Lawrence team huge luck today as two of our team take their beautiful dogs to Crufts . They are champions to us already – lets hope the judges agree! Firstly huge luck to Julie Green , one of the talented team of seamstresses who is showing her stunning border terrier ’Stowthorney Swinging Sam’ (Sam).
When she’s not creating beautiful handmade lampshades here at Jim Lawrence, Julie has been working hard to get Sam to show standard.
Things have started well – he’s qualified every year he’s been entered for Crufts so far, but up against 307 other Borders today lets just hope he shows the judges his best side. This could be Sam’s year.
We’d thought we’d fly the flag for British manufacture in this year of Jubilee celebrations. Here at our Suffolk workshop we have over 40 people trained in skills that are now rather rare in the UK. With all the jubilee celebrations going on we thought we just had to have a bit of fun and challenge our photographer David Lam to come up with a suitably beautiful jubilee image to celebrate our heritage of British manufacturing.
I was set the task of finding a vintage flag and courtesy of a lucky ebay bid we had the flag – now all we needed was the setting. Dave went off to see if he could find a suitable place to shoot our beautiful jubilee image here at the Jim Lawrence site.
Frankly I was slightly worried when he found his place of inspiration. “It’s got great texture” he told me as I stood, unconvinced, in the ugliest, dirtiest corner of the welding room. I really don’t think that the lads in the workshop were that sure either when they saw us piling in with lots of boxes and fabric!
There are moments in my job helping to design Jim Lawrence’s images when I find myself somewhere very special indeed, and for me this year’s farmyard location for the Winter 2012 mailer was definitely one of those places.
It all started back in early September. Jim said he knew someone who had an old abandoned farmyard just down the road from the workshop, and why didn’t we go and have a look at it as a possible photography location?
Bouncing along an abandoned driveway, Jim, Sheena Dave and I were greeted by the sight of an immaculate Tudor tithe barn. This stood at the gateway of extraordinary and seldom seen place: a farmyard of completely untouched, undeveloped buildings.
Here at Jim Lawrence we have always been extremely proud of our customer services team. We feel they are second to none at delivering great advice, help and service when our customers place an order, so it was an absolute delight to us when we received the following letter from a new customer who had just received her Granary Light :
My name is Emily and I’m currently doing two weeks of work experience at Jim Lawrence. I’ve been based in the marketing department with Cassie and Emily. I was really excited to have the opportunity to write a blog for the website on something that interests me, as I couldn’t believe all the lampshades at Jim Lawrence are handmade in the workshop, meaning every one is individual and personal. When you hear the word handmade, it doesn’t mean as much as when you’re able to actually see the product being made, as I was able to.