Woman in Progress: Lucy Edmonds from Quill London
Now anyone who follows us on Instagram will be aware that we have a teensiest bit of a stationery addiction, and one of our favourite places to indulge this is at Lucy Edmonds' beautiful shop, Quill. Lucy set up Quill in 2012, originally as an online boutique specialising in stylish stationery. Two years later, having spotted the beautiful modern calligraphy coming out of the States, Lucy put on London’s first modern calligraphy workshop. Quill hasn't looked back since.
Lucy has very kindly agreed to take a few minutes from running her shop, organising the most incredible calligraphy workshops, getting ready for the Christmas rush and promoting her new book (out of breath just writing all that), to answer our Woman in Progress questions.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
In my life, which currently is heavily weighted towards work, to have an understanding, patient and supportive partner like I do.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Online grocery deliveries.
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
If I could stop living in the city and have an opportunity to temporarily down tools and live somewhere far and remote for just a little while, I absolutely would.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
I started my business 5 years ago, so I would tell my 28-year-old self to try not to lose sight of what's important in life.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Don't care so much about that other people think.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
That I can achieve unexpected things if I put my mind to it. Hard work pays off.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
That being kind and empathetic gets you further with people than shouting and stamping your feet.
What are you most proud of?
I was asked to publish a book, which still feels surreal but will certainly be something to tell the grandchildren.
Did you expect to be doing what you're doing right now?
Yes and no. I didn't know it would be exactly this but equally I knew that I was unlikely to end up on a big corporate career ladder, and would probably need to find my own way.
What top tip would you pass on to other Women in Progress reading this?
Instagram is great for women like me in small creative businesses in so many ways, but can be the source of much envy. Things are rarely as they seem so take it with a pinch of salt.
Are you done yet? What’s next?
After those super tough work weeks I do want to pack it in and start again. For me, next is to readdress the work-life balance, and spend some much needed time with family, friends....and me.