Looking Back at 2019

Posted by Lucy McGrath on

So that's it for 2019…. It's been a HUGE year for Marmor Paperie. I am so beyond grateful for all the people who have bought my work, come to a workshop, visited an event I was at or just followed my journey.


The big one this year was releasing my book, Contemporary Paper Marbling! I did not imagine I would end up a published author when I first started my marbling journey, flicking paint around back in 2014. I still can't believe it. I'm so happy to be able to spread the joy of marbling to more people!

I also became an employer this year, welcoming Eloise on board, who has been an absolute STAR and without whom I would have been a whimpering wreck at many points this year. The same goes for Mary who valiantly attempted to bring order to my chaos!


We worked with an incredible roster of clients: The Tate (available here), Fortnum&Mason, Adidas, Molton Brown (again!), Not On The High Street…


And I got some amazing press features in The Telegraph, Town & Country, oh and the cover of Elle Deco!!


I managed to squeeze in some time to work on new designs which I'd been desperate to do, and I want to do lots more of this in 2020!


Last but certainly not least, I got to collaborate with some lovely talented creatives, artists and makers this year. We worked with Yve Print Co to make a limited edition of prints of your favourite tunes on spacey marbled papers (available here). We also have some exciting projects in the works with printmaker Kethi Copeland and jeweller Sally Lees, so watch this space because big plans are brewing...


I also want to mention the less-good stuff, as social media can be so one-sided… I am ecstatic and so grateful for all the new projects and fantastic growth, but it has been utterly exhausting. Days off were a rare and treasured thing this year and my social life basically withered into dust!

2020 is going to be a more measured year – I'm going to challenge my FOMO (fear of missing out!) and think carefully about what will make a sustainable, healthy and balanced business – not just a profitable one.

And that's the end of my Oscars' speech! I'm looking forward to what 2020 will bring and sharing it with all you lovely people.

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