For the love of being a Suffolk baby Written by Lily Hammond, Founder & Designer

Published on November 22, 2023

For the love of being a Suffolk baby - Ipswich.love

Dear Ipswich, How are things with you?

Like most Suffolk babies, I was born in ipswich hospital in 1998, it’s where I started life. I grew up and lived between Suffolk and London, Debenham , Orpington, Brixton, Wembley and North Finchley. Returning to Suffolk during the pandemic in 2020.

I didn’t think after graduating I’d come back to Suffolk but the pandemic forced me. But it also forced me to find peace in Suffolk. To appreciate the nature, the rivers, the beaches so close by. To appreciate the little things that bring me happiness.

Sleepy Suffolk, resulted in being a place with creatives plentiful. From artists to sculptors to musicians there was suddenly this community of like minded individuals all doing amazing things in their own right.

I had a glimmer of hope, and eventually what was once a place “I’d never return to”, became home.

Once things re opened I started my illustration and design business, working with all the fabulous arts organisations and charities. Time progressed and more and more opportunities presented themselves to me.

Sleepy Suffolk, resulted in being a place with creatives plentiful. From artists to sculptors to musicians there was suddenly this community of like minded individuals all doing amazing things in their own right.

Although I’ve sold nationally and internationally , my largest single sale was in Ipswich at the hive, Norwich Road. The most heavily scrutinised by the closet racists.

I do Ancient house most months , giving me a collaborative opportunity to sell along side other amazing creatives in one of the most beautiful buildings in Ipswich. Breathing life into it once more.

And thanks to all of the love and support ipswich has given me, I now own my first home here and that’s all thanks to my customers, the people that make Ipswich

I have alot to thank you for Ipswich, new friends, new customers and my own sanctuary to call my home.

I have the parks to enjoy with my dog and the sunset walks along the waterfront

A perfectly imperfect place, with an abundance of potential and I promise to love and hope for the best for the place I call home: Ipswich.

Lily Hammond
Founder & Designer

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