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10 July 2024

Goodbye to Lisa Swift Illustration pop up


Earlier this week, Lisa from Lisa Swift Illustrations came to the shop to breakdown her shop window pop up display. I was really excited about this pop up as we’d never sold any of Lisa creations before – everything was totally new to us!

Lisa is pretty local to us, she’s based up in Chesterfield in North Derbyshire. A lot of her designs are inspired by the local area: the beautiful Peak District and Derbyshire landscapes and scenery. For the pop up display, she even created some brand new illustrations of places that are local to us, these were:

  • St John Street in Ashbourne
  • Hartington Signal Box
  • Tissington
  • Tissington Trail

Lisa has her artwork printed on lots of different products, so we had something for everyone and every budget. We had postcards, greeting cards, magnets, bookmarks, coasters, A4 prints, A3 prints and magnetic print holders. The magnetic print holders are actually made by one of Lisa’s other businesses, Altered Chic.

So what sold best during the pop up display?

Over the three weeks, we sold lots of designs and products but there were a few standouts. Product wise, there was a clear best seller – Coasters were by far the most popular purchase! I always think coasters are a nice thing to buy when you’re away on holiday or out for the day visiting one of your favourite places. They’re something practical you can use everyday and they’ll bring back lovely memories of your time spent there – so I’m not surprised that they sold so well.

Design wise, Salt Cellar was the firm favourite. This also doesn’t come as much of a shock as Salt Cellar is one of the most photogenic spots in the Peak District. If you’ve not had a chance to visit it yet, it’s a really unusual rock formation that sits high on the Derwent Edge, overlooking Ladybower Reservoir and Derwent Valley.

The Peak District Millstone and Matlock Bath came in joint second place for best selling design.

We’ve decided to stock Lisa Swift Illustrations!

I was so chuffed with how well Lisa’s work sold, I’ve decided to make some of the designs and products a more permanent fixture.

Are you interested in having a pop up display with you?

Pop up displays give us a chance to trial lots of new products from new and existing makers. We’re fully booked for pop up shop window displays for 2024 but we’re always keen to hear from local artists and makers who want to learn more about showcasing their work with us. If you’re interested in finding out more about how our pop up displays work ready for 2025, please send an email to Laura on [email protected] with the subject POP UP ENQUIRY.

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