LIGHTENUP Handmade | Our Story
LightenUp Handmade is really just two of us - sisters - who grew up in the western foothills of the Warrumbungles on a family farm in Central West NSW. We share a passion for beautiful textiles and elegant homewares.
Jenny, who is based in Canberra, is the calming force behind the scenes. She is full of great ideas and has a flair for interior design. Jenny also brings a wealth of business knowledge and computer skills to LightenUp Handmade.
I (Vanessa) am the creative one - I plough ahead and think about stuff later! I hand make our lamp shades and beeswax wraps with love on a broad-acre property 'Ibon', west of Rowena on the North West Plains, NSW. We get together every couple of months to workshop new ideas or have an intensive few days of lampshade and beeswax wrap 'making' either at ‘Ibon’ or in Canberra every couple of months. Between us we have found a great balance.
LightenUp Handmade was established after an epiphany one day on the long drive home from visiting my children at boarding school. Farm life in rural Australia can be challenging so in a bid to distract myself from the hardship I found that channelling my creativity into crafting lampshades was also beneficial for my mental health.
I asked Jenny to come on board as a partner. At that stage, we had no idea how to make lampshades we just knew that was what we wanted to do. So… we went to a course in Sydney (with our other darling sister Sue - who is our greatest supporter and accounts manager) and LightenUp Handmade was born in August 2017.
We added to our lampshade collection at the beginning of 2018 and our products now include beautiful hand-turned timber lamp bases as well as a range of new and up-cycled lamp bases and handmade beeswax wraps. WrapUp beeswax wraps were introduced to recycle the remnants of our lampshade fabric; we love to recycle and reuse!
We always endeavour to use Australian designers and Australian made fabrics. If you can't quite find exactly what you are looking for on our website, contact us, we can help source a fabric that is just right for your needs.
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