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  • Paperfest 2014 – the good, the bad and the lovely
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    Kerry Lyons
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Paperfest 2014 – the good, the bad and the lovely

'Better late than never' was a mantra I always had drilled into me from a young age, and this blog post embraces it wholeheartedly!

I had the utmost pleasure attending the most prettyful event in London last week called Paperfest 2014; hosted by the even more prettyful Paper Girls. I understand I may be in danger of over-using the word 'prettyful', but when you see the photos below by the awesome Holly Booth, you'll know why.

The event at the stunning One Marylebone brought together the most gorgeous and glamorous community of paper lovers, treating them to a day of networking and talks from some of the most inspirational women in the creative industry. It was such a memorable day for me, I wanted to share a lil' visual montage of the day with you, and give you a quick round-up of what went down.

So first...the good

1. The venue was out of the this world; a former Holy Trinity Church built in the 1820s located on the fringes of the West End, its exterior architecture and interior period features really set the scene for an exciting day of inspiration.

2. The majestic and awe-inspiring Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. was the keynote speaker and I don't think I was the only one to be struck by her humility. She is one talented, ballsy but endearingly sweet lady with such an amazing story to tell. Global domination hasn't affected her personality in the slightest. Nuf respect.

3. Be passionate, be proud, be playful – shared by a fellow West-Midlander Miranda Dickinson; also a speaker at the event. A Sunday Times bestselling author with a personality and approach to her career that were truly a breath of fresh air. 

Then...the bad

1. The day itself was uber-humid. Despite bagging myself an open-window seat in the speakers hall, it had zero effect and I perspired profusely for the entire morning, day and evening. Anyone that doesn't have a fringe [AKA head-blanket] – you can only imagine.

2. The food was delicate, stunning and a spectacle to see. I just unfortunately arrived hungry and the small-but-perfectly-formed delicious treats didn't even touch the sides.

3. I never before considered my business card holder a fashion accessory, until I saw the stunning silvery, lovely business card holder of Rose Murphy of Rose and Ruby Paper Co. My embarrassing plastic-box-like holder has now been discarded, never to be shown again. #theshame ;) 

And finally...the lovely

1. The people. I had the fortune of meeting some lovely ladies at the event with whom I'd felt like I weirdly known for a lot longer than mere hours.

2. The goodie bags. We came away with a bag full of paper treats from paper merchants GF Smith, Rifle Paper Co., Mollie Makes and more. 'Kid at Christmas' was an understatement!

3. The inspiration. I don't know whether it was the sun, the people, the venue or the pink lemonade (my guess is a combination of all four), but I came away invigorated and bustling with ideas. Meeting and mingling with so many like-minded people that have been so successful was also a huge inspiration to me. The sky really is the limit and these ladies were testament to that.

 All photography taken by the talented Holly Booth

  • Author avatar
    Kerry Lyons
  • InspirationWorking for yourself