Welcome to the next in the series of Day in the Life posts. Today we're meeting Robyn Parker of the colourful Archie Mac London. Over to you Robyn...
It's a super early start for me today, at the beginning of what's going to be a long old day!! I get up at half 6 and pack the car up ready to drive over to Hackney for a photo shoot with my friend Eleni Duke, from The Curious Duke Gallery. After finally getting everything in the car, I go to leave only to find I've lost the car key (which I find 10 minutes later, in the boot...)
I get to my friends' beautiful flat, which they've kindly lent us for the day, and have a cup of tea while I wait for Eleni . It's funny to use one of my Run Run mugs, part of the set that I gave to the boys as a gift for letting us use their flat for a different shoot a few months ago.
When Eleni gets here, we struggle to get my Ducks & Beans chair up the stairs, narrowly missing a couple of death-by-chair moments then collapse for a minute once our mission is complete!! We talk about how you really shock yourself with the superhuman(ish!) strength that seems to develop when you start running a business- how there's often just no choice and you have to just get on with it!!
We spend the morning shooting my chair, lampshades and cushions with some of Eleni's artwork from the gallery. We realised that we have pretty much the same customer in mind so wanted to make the most of that by doing some joint promo (it's also a pretty good excuse to hang out for a day)
It was also a chance to get up close and personal with some artwork by the artists Eleni represents. I'm totally in love with Sam Peacock's work so got to have a perv on this piece from his 'Fractured' series...
Once we're done, we fail miserably to get the chair back down the stairs (that superhuman strength seems to have evaded us by this point) so abandon it in the flat, and head back to Old Street where I drop Eleni back at the gallery.
I get home and sort my studio space out, as I'm expecting the team from the o2 business blog who are coming over to film a piece about how technology can be useful for small businesses. I make it look super jazzy and sit down with my exciting beige lunch (pasta and cheese, don't be too jealous) and catch up on an episode of Russel Brand's Trews before Tej, from o2, and her colleague arrive.
I heard about this opportunity through Makerhood (a wonderful local network that supports and promotes local makers) It's all about using Evernote, which it quickly becomes clear could help boost my pretty much non existent organisational skills!!
Once we're all done, I watch some Ted talks whilst working on a lampshade, before heading back out to the Impact Hub in Brixton, to talk social enterprise at the launch of Mission:Possible.
My plan's always been to eventually train and employ local women who've faced challenging situations, I'm not at that stage yet, and listening to other businesses that focus on making a social impact gives me a lot to think about.
I get back home about 9 and jump back in the car to head back over to Hackney to rescue my abandoned chair! The boys lift it down the stairs with no problem (they must have somehow stolen mine and Eleni's superhuman strength) and I venture back home, where I collapse face first onto my bed and rejoice at the promise of sleep!!