MEET the DESIGNER - Amy & Jane of Ark
posted on June 06 2018
Introducing Amy & Janethe beautiful minds behind Ark!
Ark Colour Design are a British power house creating beautiful, quirky concepts for the most amazing quality leather accessories!
All of their products are made by a small family run manufacturer in Scotland. The leather is processed in theiron site tannery and then cut and foil embossed to our designs. Because every piece is hand finished with embossing, each one is unique to the next.
Amazingly British leather goods that will funk up your life, with colourful patterns and foil embossed details.
Amy Lindsey and Jane Richards
Amy: 33 yrs
Marital status: Happily attached (not to each other!)
Name and age of your children, if any:
Jane: 3 boys 13yrs, 11yrs and 6 years
Where are you from?
Amy: Cornish born and bred
Jane: Essex countryside
Where are you based? Cambridgeshire
Describe your neighbourhood?
Amy: So rural it feels like another world
Jane: Central Cambridge
What inspired you to come up with your company/product?
We worked together as buyers in the gift trade for 10 years and got exhausted with the repetition of shabby chic, pastel gifts on offer. We decided to create our own British made, colourful gifts.
What were some of your biggest challenges in starting your business?
Premises! Cambridge is a very expensive city to live in and finding a studio that we could afford was a huge challenge. Managing the design, manufacture and packing our orders in a small space is now luckily a thing of the past.
How do you get the word out to get more fans?
Networking with other businesses and organisations has always been important. We have learnt a lot from our years of buying and made great contacts!
Can you name any celebrity followers?
Noel Fielding wore one of our badges on The Christmas Day Bake Off which was fun.
What’s the best compliment you have ever been paid?
Ark colour design is the only thing worth ordering at this show.
Managing a business and having a family is a lot of work, what’s your secret for staying organised?
Amy: When you find out let us know.
Jane: I’m not.
What’s the best part of being your own boss?
Amy: I get to make up my own job title on legal forms Jane: I can eat at my desk.
How do you feel about parenthood?
Jane: Happy that my kids are all individuals.
How have you changed since you became a parent?
Jane: Larger waistline, better lifestyle, more adventures.
What are your future plans for your business / designs?
We are always looking for new British manufacturers to start new projects. This year we’re launching our first British ceramics.
How do you see the world changing around you? What trends are you noticing?
Customers prefer small batch productions, bespoke products or customised items.
How do you feel about the future little citizens will live in?
We’re preparing for Armageddon and buying an extra tin of beans every time we shop.
What is your favourite smell?
Egg sandwiches after they have been in a rucksack for a week.
What’s your most treasured possession?
Amy: Family photos.
Jane: A little book with the crazy things the children said when they were small.
Where do you find inspiration?
Old books, charity shops, hip hop, galleries.
How do you relax?
Amy: Hip hop / Netflix / willow lake.
Jane: Read, cycle, walk.
Name other designers who you love and are inspired by:
Nikki de Saint Phalle, Neo Rauch, Comme des Garcons.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life immensely?
Amy: Chateaux in France.
Jane: Top grades all the time for my children - takes the pressure off!
What is something you have thought of which really should exist but it doesn’t yet?
Jane; Bike tyres that don’t puncture.
Out of all the things your child has now what will you save for the day they become parents themselves?
Jane; They each have a quilt that I hope will go with them.
What does a family heirloom mean to you? Can you give an example of something your family holds dear to their heart?
Jane; I am obsessed with antique furniture. There is nothing flat packed in my house, the more age it has the more I love it.
Recommend a piece of art that everyone should see because it can change your life:
Amy and Jane; We have never seen a piece of art which will change your life but The Ufitzi Gallery is not to be missed.