I grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by nature, but at age nine my family moved to London. We lived at Roehampton Gate, where our family home overlooked Richmond Park, which reminded me of the wild Scottish scenery I so missed. I spent weekends and school holidays exploring Richmond Park come rain or shine. I had wild dreams about the animals flooding through my bedroom window . I spent every spare moment playing in the park, exploring its every corner. The paths made it easy for me to set off by bike and not be seen again until dusk. Sledging in the winter, catching tadpoles from Adam’s Pond in the Spring and feeding the ducks at the Pen Ponds were just some of my daily pastimes. By age 11, I was making silver jewellery and selling it at weekends to park goers on the pavement outside her house!
In my teenage years I spent many a Sunday at Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park and throughout my adult life, the Royal Parks have played a significant role at every stage. When I met my husband-to-be, Colin, he introduced me to the romantic gas lit pathways of St James’s Park.
When my children were born, Bushy Park became our regular picnic spot, but Richmond Park has remained closest to my heart. In 2010 it was the training ground for my London Marathon preparations. I ran around its perimeter three times as my final training run!
I try to visit Richmond Park every morning as I believe its natural beauty is the perfect space for reflection and contemplation and provides great inspiration for my work. With its fantastic views across London, and the childhood memories it evokes, the park gives me a feeling of space and calm.
My timeless designs, filled with emotion, are a creative and contemporary representation of the historical parks of London. Deer, dogs, leaves, Stag beetles, foxes, swans, roses and arrows are just the start of this growing collection inspired by the Royal Parks of London. Lucy lives in St Margaret's with her musician husband, three sons, two dogs and a cat.