Lyndsey Mosley – This weeks Future Female

Our Friday Future Female is Lyndsey Mosely, aka @mosleylondon creator of homeware and stationary to make you smile. Her playful approach to design runs through the range, adding a light freshness to any home and desk. Flexible working is top of Lyndsey’s agenda. discover how a career change made this possible. But perhaps we should be questioning why Lyndsey was forced to make a career change? In fact it seems many of us after having children are looking for a career change to create a more flexible working lifestyle?

 

FF: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

 

LM: My name is Lyndsey Mosley and I’m the founder of Mosley London. I studied fine art at Central Saint Martins and film making at SAE Film School. I worked in the film industry for twelve years but I decided that I needed a more flexible working environment to start a family. Following from that, I decided to launch my own business. I revisited my love for fine art and focused on my drawing skills and love for textile products. Mosley London gives me the freedom to create on my own terms and to meet new and wonderful entrepreneurs pushing boundaries.

 

What does Future Female mean to you?

 

It makes me think of my daughter. I want to lead by example and show her that she can do whatever she desires. It’s a hard road to go from working as an employee to launching a business that requires a lot of self belief. My husband also owns his own company and I want her to see that whether you are male or female, we can all achieve, create and be what we want to be.

FF: The recent #MeToo hash tag caught the attention of many women who joined the conversation, what is your view and have you been affected by misogynistic behavior during your lifetime and is it something you feel comfortable discussing?

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LM: I grew up in the film industry. My first role was an intern when I was just 17 years old. I’m very proud that women have stood up and talked about their experiences. Sexual harassment is  surprisingly common in the film industry and it needs to stop.

 

 

 

FF:Describe your current work role and your creative process

 

LM: I’m a one woman show. I design all stock, check quality control, market products, approach new and existing contacts , update the website and send out orders. I have learnt so much from doing everything myself – it’s been very empowering. As the business is developing I will need to employ my first staff member in the next few months. It’s always very hard to know when to take that next step but it feels like I’ve been stretching it out as long as possible to make sure that when I scale up, it’s at the right time.

 

My creative process is always  influenced by other artists. I research a lot and take time selecting colour palates. I also research what other artists are doing so that I don’t create similar work. It’s important for me to stay individual. I want people to look at a product i’ve designed and know that it’s Mosley London.

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FF: What do you love about being your own boss, and what are the challenges?

 

LM: The hours. They’re long but they’re flexible, and for me that is key. I now have a little daughter. I want to do the right thing by myself and my daughter and not compromise on family time. I originally worked in the film industry and I knew that if I continued on that path I wouldn’t see my daughter as much as I would have liked.

 

FF: Can you tell us about a project that is inspiring you at the moment?

 

LM: I just won a competition run by Revo for retail space at Westfield Stratford and I’m over the moon. I get to design my own store and sell Mosley London products to tens of thousands of customers. I’m very excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.

 

FF: There is a shift in how and where women work, was it a natural progression for you to go it alone and why?

 

LM: I like working as part of a team so going it alone was daunting and not a natural progression for me. I wanted to be creative and on my own terms so the step was necessary. Launching is always scary but Mosley London has grown from strength to strength.

 

FF: What is inspiring you at the moment?

 

LM: I just bought a house in Ireland and have started to go back to my home a lot more. I love the countryside and florals have always featured heavily in my work. I’m gearing up to presenting at the Pulse trade show in May and so I am still drawing very summer patterns. I love pastels and they always feature in my work.

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FF: If there was one thing you would change about your life as a woman what would it be?

 

LM: This is a hard question. I honestly wouldn’t change anything. I’ve always worked hard. Harder than most of my colleagues and I feel that I have always been rewarded irrespective of my gender. There have been times that I have lost out to opportunity but I’d like to think that is more down to talent and timing than me being a woman.

 

 

FF: What are you reading at the moment?

 

LM: I love to read about wine (and drink it) and I always have the Decanter magazine by my bed.

 

FF: How would you describe your style?

 

LM: Playful, fun and colourful – like my designs!

A big thanks to Lyndsey for being part of our Future Female series, do check out her beautiful brand of stationary and homeware over at Mosley London website We wish Lyndsey luck with designing the store and selling her gorgeous product at Westfield in London.