Women Who Create / Lola Hoad
This fortnight I am thrilled to be able to introduce to you Lola Hoad aka LH Design & founder of One Girl Band. Many of you will already know of Lola and her empowering women in business meet ups she holds in Brighton AND even more excitingly you will have seen her open the OGB studio space in the past couple of weeks! If you aren't already a member of the dedicated facebook group I urge you to get involved with this inspiring community!
Tell us a little about your background...
I moved out of my family home when I was 17, after my partner and I decided not to go to university and instead move to Brighton. I originally moved there to complete a BTEC in Photography, but when I went back for the second year, I quickly realised education and me just didn’t mix. I then got a graphic design job, when I was made redundant a few months in and quickly had to find another role. I’ve never really functioned well in conventional J-O-B’s, and I’ve always wanted to be my own boss, so the redundancy was the push I needed to create my own job.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
The process of hand lettering itself is pretty ritualistic (water to brush, ink to brush, brush to paper, so on, so forth) and I so I try to start my day with a few practise runs, even if I’m not going to solely be creating that day.
What two things can't you live without?
Creativity and clarity (and my dog!).
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Badass women who are making waves in their own worlds. If I’ve been in the same room as those women, then I can feel inspired for days after.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
I would say that expression is a large part of creativity. Being able to show who you are through your creativity, and just having that feeling of ‘yes, this is what I need to be doing!’.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
I’d love to collaborate with any brand who shares the same values + ethos as me. It’s so important to be in line with each other’s ideals.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
I guess I only really two pieces of equipment, my brush and ink! So those would be my favourite.
What is the best thing about working for yourself?
Being able to control where I’m going, as well as being able to create my own opportunities
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
It happened last week! I lettered a large wall piece for a very exciting company and it ended up taking two days, but I’m so, so pleased with it.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Just get started. You can prep and research and plan as much as you want, but the only way you’re going to reach your definition of success is by getting started!
Thanks Lola! Readers I urge you to head on over to the OGB website now and check out what events and workshops are coming up... I have no doubt there will be something to totally inspire you there