Marie Krnakova and her exciting journey to build her perfume business

Marie was born in the Czech Republic . Czech Republic being then a communist country firmly behind the Iron curtain perfumes were a luxury that were simply not available. Marie’s family lived in the southern part of the Czech Republic and their television  picked up Austrian TV where all luxury western goods were shown in advertisements. Marie’s family home was in the countryside and Marie was always mesmerised by the scents of nature, the flowers , the herbs, the tree barks. So many unique aromas and smells.

When the Iron curtain finally lifted Marie had access to her longed for perfumes she saw on TV. Her first perfume purchase was Dior’s ” Dolce Vita ” . Marie still has this first treasured bottle in her possession.

Marie was working as a physiotherapist with aromatherapy in the UK. She mixed her own oils for the treatments and her special oil treatment creations became much sought after. Her clients loved the benefits these oils had during treatment.

When Marie heard  that a perfume art school opened she was the first pupil to be enrolled. She studied there for 4 years.

Just over a year ago Marie decided to quit her job to dedicate all her time to build her perfume business.

Her website attracts clients from all over Europe and she managed to land a brilliant deal with UPS to send her goods without hassle.

Her perfume is stocked at the Broadmarsh Intu centre in the ” Made in Nottingham ” shop and she is working hard to get her perfume into more retailer shop floors.

Marie is very focussed on using natural oils, locally sourced where possible and her packaging is made out of recycled cardboard. Her perfumes smell divine and she has already a big fan crowd.

 Thank you Marie for taking your time to talk to us. It was so exciting to listen to your amazing story. We wish you best of luck and we hope your perfume empire goes from strength to strength.

Follow Marie on Instagram mw_perfumes

Visit from Australia

We had a very enchanting visit from Australia. Yvonne Holden who lives in beautiful Sidney, just 6 km from the fantastic opera house, enjoys ancestry . Since she retired from her job, she was one of the first lady bus drivers in Sidney ! , she tries to uncover her family roots. Her passion brought her now to the “old”continent from where her ancestors originated. Her family left Ireland 1715 to find their luck in Australia. One of her ancestors though , his name was Fredrick Lymbery, lived around Nottingham and was a lace manufacturer at the Oldknows Factory. Yvonne was beaming of excitement to be in the same building her family member all these years ago worked. It was utterly wonderful to share this wonderful moment with Yvonne.

Moments like this just reminds us what a wonderful building Oldknows Factory is . Workplace for so many creative minds before us and hopefully so many to follow. We are merely the care takers of this wonderful heritage landmark and it is a joy to take care of this beautiful landmark.

Thank you so very much Yvonne for the visit! It was truly a pleasure.

Josephine Ortega’s fabulous project for the ACE Hotel in London

Josephine works at the moment at a wall hanging for the Hotel Ace in London Shoreditch. The wall hanging is hand knotted with woollen threads, some of them hand dyed by Josephine. She has to make sure to get the correct colours for her piece of art. You can just see the first pieces of patterns but it gives a hint already of the beauty it will be.

Josephine studied in London at Central Saint Martins. Notable alumni there were for example Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and John Galliano. Josephine graduated last year. Since then there were already some remarkable steps in her fashion career . She designed cushion covers for the company Tom Dixon. Another exciting project was when she lived 3 days in residency at the Transport for London Museum in Covent Garden.

Josephine is since December 2016 tenant and member of the Oldknows Factory family. She loves the energy of the building.

We are very happy to have her in the building and we will keep you updated on her next career steps.

Have a look at her website to find out more


Brand new project LACED coming to Oldknows Factory

We are introducing a beauty & fashion incubator from our hub in Nottingham at Oldknows Factory. Our aim is to scout out the best business ideas , unlock talented individuals and discover innovative products.

Creating an ecosystem of talent and a platform for creativity . Generating a network of likeminded people and relinquish a new era of fashion and beauty goal diggers.

Find out more on the Nottingham Laced website

Have you got what it takes ? Don’t hesitate to contact us or the Laced Team.

We are looking forward to hear your ideas.

painting alone at home ?

Why not rent an affordable artist studio at Oldknows Factory and be a member of one of our friendly creative communities . Have a cup of tea with like minded people and enjoy the perfect natural light that flows in through our bis industrial window. Oldknows Factory is a gorgeous heritage building full of lovely people. Plenty to mix and mingle.

The rent includes water and electricity. High speed internet is available.

Contact us now to find out more. Drop an email or give us a ring. We are happy to help.

3 of our resident artists are exhibiting at Friar Lane Gallery from 1st – 6th August

Martin Jones, Anne Jacobs and Bob Adams , all artists who have studios at Oldknows Factory, are showing their work at The Friar Lane Gallery in Nottingham.

The show is called ” Background ” and shows paintings, prints, sculpture and artist’s books by In8, eight contemporary artists.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday the 1st of August until Sunday the 6th of August.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous exhibition in Nottingham.

one of our long term tenants Paul Atchison talks about his projects

Paul is since 2011 in our building. He took on to start with a small one person private studio. When his company started growing , going from strength to strength, Paul moved into a bigger office with 3 fellow web designers. The office has a separate entrance , a kitchen studio and a small meeting area. It is a wonderful hub  with a great vibrant and busy vibe.

Paul is working as freelance designer since over than 6 years and he has 10 years of experience in the design industry.He worked for important names in the web design industry.

At the moment he explores the world of calligraphy, typography and letters. With his passion for art and design Paul likes to bring the two worlds : web design and the old traditional calligraphy together. Paul is attending a 7 weeks course exploring the old art of letters and writing. The outcome will be exciting. Please watch the space and have a look at Paul’s website and follow him on Twitter

We wish him best of luck.

Tom Price about his successfully operating 3WN graphic design company

I had the pleasure to talk last week with Tom who is since several years a happy tenant at Oldknows Factory. Tom told me that he was working for many years in the music industry . Tom is successfully using all his valuable knowledge, his imaginative and forward thinking design work to fulfil his clients briefs on time and exceed their expectations. From restaurants and record labels to health-care and education , Tom has a wide range of customers. As the music industry is firmly rooted in London he spends quite some time in the capital. But Tom told me that his client base in the Midlands is growing which is a wonderful trend . It shows that things and projects are happening in the Midlands !

Have a look at Tom’s website and his Twitter and Instagram accounts



Chris Hoare , established advertisment photographer at Oldknows Factory

Chris Hoare worked 10 years as an photographer for a London based advertisement photographer.  2 years ago Chris changed his home base to Nottingham and he rented a private office studio at Oldknows Factory. 10 years of advertisement photography experience under his belt he is now working freelance . Chris does amazing editorial work for magazines like Wired magazine and GQ.

His advertisement photography includes clients like Audi, Jaguar, Kia, Breitling and Glenlivet Whiskey.

Chris’ new project is to create a new website called Maker Studio. He likes to offer his services to people who want the best possible way to show their products for sale on Etsy.

We wish him all the very best with his latest upcoming project.