In Pictures | March – June

The weather here in London might not reflect it yet, but we’re getting deeper into our summer months already! Slow down already, 2016! Anyway, here’s a quick little recap of some of the things that have taken place in the last three months; my work and life in square tiles, so to speak! :) I know y’all like photos – who doesn’t, right?

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[Behind the Scenes] Louise Wright Illustrations

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‘Afternoon folks! I hope you’re having a lovely start to the week.

Well, I’m delighted to start my comeback series of posts for this month with my ‘Behind the Scenes‘ interviews and this month we have the lovely illustrator Louise Wright; the amazing talent behind all the super cute animal-inspired illustrations you will find on anything from tea towels to mugs. I first stumbled across Louise’s work (as well as meet the lovely lady herself who I chatted to for a while intrigued about the story behind that print!) at the Crafty Fox Autumn markets last year in Brixton….as you can see from that link, I did also fall in love with her ‘Elephant and Penguin’ print which now takes pride on my little gallery wall in our bedroom. There’s a sense of warmth and innocence in her work that almost makes you go back to those nostalgic happy childhood days…..I’m not exactly sure how best to describe it but all I know is it puts a huge smile on my face every time I look at her print hanging on my wall. It makes me feel warm, fuzzy and happy! :)

Anyway, without further adieu, let me introduce you to this delightful Derbyshire-based illustrator who has been such a pleasure to interview! Here’s what she has to say….

 

[1] Hi Louise, tell us a little about yourself. Have you always wanted to be an illustrator/designer? Hello, I’m a freelance illustrator based in Derby. I didn’t always want to be an illustrator, when I was younger I wanted to be a writer, but as time went on I became less and less academic and much more drawn to the art side of learning. I still very much would love to write for children but something in my brain has switched onto drawing only at the moment and the stories don’t flow as easily, so I’m not forcing it, it’ll come back on its own :)

[2] How did you come about setting up Louise Wright Design? What is the story behind your business? Well, after graduating university with a first class honors in illustration I came out into the world full of hope, which was quickly crushed. After lots of rejections I found myself in an office job crying at lunchtime because I was so unhappy and I pretty much stopped drawing altogether…I gave myself a bit of a kick up the bum eventually and joined a local studio to do some screen printing; no pressure, just a little bit of fun, and a way to get messy and interact with other arty folks again. This turned out to be a step in the right direction and I began to enjoy my artwork again and got excited about printing onto various surfaces – tea towels and tote bags. People at the studio began to take an interest and started asking if they could buy them from me! From there I’ve spent a lot of time building my business and my brand, I started out selling at small craft fairs, and supplying shops on a Sale or Return basis after getting a grant from Prince’s Trust.  It hasn’t been easy but it’s been an incredible journey so far.

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[3] What five words best describe you and your style of work? Quirky, fun, busy, cute, foxy!

[4] The ‘elephant and penguin’ print I bought off you at the Crafty Fox autumn markets last year is still one of my favourites. What’s the main source of inspiration behind your work?  Ah I’m so glad to hear!! :) When I’m working on pieces like that I like to create a narrative in my head, and often I don’t share this with customers because everyone interprets them in different ways and I think it’s so beautiful that something I created can bring so much imagination and joy to people. I love animals and being outdoors, and I find that heavily comes through into my work. I basically draw things that make me happy and hope they make other people happy to :)

MbM_LOUISE-WRIGHT_quote_[5] How would you describe your design process and/or technique used, and what part of it do you like the most? My process has changed SO MUCH over just the last year, I now work much more digitally and although I create the sketches by hand I do lots of the work from there in Photoshop, there is nothing more pleasing then getting my paints out and making a mess though!!!

[6] How long would it normally take to create your final product; from inception to completion? It varies, sometimes it can take me days to get an idea to surface and then I’ll faff around with it and we might not see a product for months. That being said, for the spring fair,  I designed 5 mugs and got them printed up super quick…..I think we had about a week and a half from start to finish on those!

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[7] Is there any craft/art medium that you haven’t tried but want to? If so, do tell us why?There are loads! I would love to be better at sewing and try to sew some of my own clothes! I could then just pick out amazing fabrics and it would be so much fun stitching it all up into all kinds of clothes. And  I’d look amazing all the time….right? ;)

[8] As a designer-maker, would you say it’s been difficult breaking through into what is a booming and competitive creative industry? If so, what are the kind of challenges you face/d?This is a tough one, I think what I’ve found harder and much more prominent was starting my business in the recession. People haven’t had the money to splurge on treats so I figure if I can do okay through that what harm is a little healthy competition?

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[9] What would be your ‘top three tips’ for like-minded individuals who would like to one day set up a business themselves in this creative field or want to switch career paths but afraid to do so? hmm, I guess first of all….

  • totally check and see if you can get any help from the Prince’s Trust, they are absolutely fab and can help you hit the ground running with your business.
  • Don’t listen to that little voice in your head screaming ‘ butttt it’s not ready yet!!’ and miss out on opportunities, bite the bullet and just go with what you have, because you can work on something forever and still feel like it’s not ready yet!
  • Start small and grow naturally. Only do what you are comfortable with – you are in charge now, and if you don’t feel happy about something you don’t have to do it :)

[10] What would you say is the best part of your business? And is this a full-time 9-5 business or something you run on the side? The best part of my business is the fact that I get to work on things that I want to work on; if I want to draw a fox, then gosh darn it, I’ll draw a fox! I can take lunch whenever I want, and I can plan things the way that I want too, which is really amazing! My business is full-time now. I wish I could say it were 9-5 but really it’s much more like 24/7 as there are things I don’t do out of office hours but I really do work my bum off for my business. Part of my new years resolutions this year was to take more short breaks during the year so I don’t burn out – which I’m pleased to say I am doing.

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[11] Of your current range of work, what ‘piece’ or ‘collection’ would you pick out as your favourite? Ohh, this is hard!! I REALLY like my octopus mug, he makes me so happy, I’ve been doodling this octopus for years so it’s nice to finally have him alive and on a product!

[12] When you’re not in a design mode, what else do you enjoy doing – any other hobbies or past time favourites? Hehe, well I love playing video games, reading and getting myself outside into the countryside somewhere where there are no other people around for miles! And nothing gets better than meeting friends for a good natter over some cake (and wine!)

[13] What are your favorite bedside book/s or blog/s at the moment? I’m loving reading Moyo Magazine on my tablet while I’m in bed, but that doesn’t replace a real book! II thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green recently, so much so that I’m working my way through his other books now….so yea, I’m currently reading the fabulous ‘Paper Towns’.

[14] Name three things you just could not live without? Tea, music, cake!

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[15] Are there any illustrators, artists, designer-makers out there that you find inspirational or you think are ones to keep an eye out for – if so, who? Oh so many! I love the work of Holly Betton who runs ‘Death By Tea‘ – I have quite a few of her mugs already and they are my favorites….. plus she is lovely too! I’ve also been having an attack from the brilliance of Emma Yarlett’s illustrations for picture books, I had to buy all the ones she had done…obviously.

[16] And finally, what do you have in store for Louise Wright Design this year? Are there any events we should take note of too? Well I’ve done my first two trade fairs early on the year (Spring Fair & BCTF) so they were my biggies really. From here on in I’ll be at local events around the Derbyshire area which you can keep up with via my Events page on my website :) I do have loads of other things I want to achieve this year; new products up my sleeve and developing my illustration work further being the big two. This year is just going by so fast!! So, the best thing is to stay tuned via my Facebook page or Twitter for all the latest news and gossip!

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Got to love that last quote!

Okay, so now do you feel that warm, fuzzy and happy feeling I’m talking about?? I mean, aren’t they simply the cutest little drawings? :)

Well, if you like her work just as much as I do……then here’s a treat I have in store for you! I’m sooooooooooooooo excited to tell you that Louise and I have decided to offer, exclusively to all you lovely readers/followers, 20% off ANY of her work that you find on her Etsy store.To redeem your discount, simple enter MADEBYMOLU at checkout where it says ‘Apply shop coupon code‘ and then proceed with the next stage.

This special offer is only valid for the month (ends 30th of June) so if you’d like to treat yourself then now is your chance to get your paws on any of her goodies!!

Thank you, once again, Louise for giving me a huge chunk out of your busy time to share with us your story and for the amazing offer to all my readers. There’s been some really inspiring and insightful things for us all to take note of and I know we’ll all be looking forward to seeing all the wonderful new creations you have coming up! Good luck and all the very best, lovely!

Have a wonderful and fun month of June, folks!! xxx

[Behind the scenes] And Interview with S-Gerth Designs

S-Gerth-Designs_Web-01I have been really fortunate to have cross paths with some amazingly talented people within the creative community in London this year, and many (if not all!) of whom I find are genuinely wonderful and really inspiring! So, on that note, I’m delighted to introduce you to this month’s featured designer and small business, the lovely Sabine of S¯Gerth Designs! I first met Sabine, through Viktorija (of And Smile), at the Crafty Fox talks held at the Collective Hub in Camden back in August and within minutes of chatting, I learnt that she was the creative genius behind the beautiful handmade leather coin purse I had been drooling over since spotting Viktorija with it earlier in the year! Like the rest of her products, what I love about this purse, is the sheer simplicity in its design – driven by clean lines and geometry – and the way in which it is beautifully and cleverly constructed….oh and that hint of colour along the edges…..a reflection of quality craftsmanship, really! What I also find appealing about her high quality leather products is that they are all made from off cuts, sourced from suppliers in London, that would normally have gone to waste – an ecological approach to design making each piece even more unique! Fabulous, isn’t it? She’s definitely one to look out for!! Well, I shall quit rambling on and let you read my recent interview with Sabine on the story behind her business:

Hello Sabine! Tell us a little about yourself and what made you decide into wanting to become a designer? I was born in Hamburg / Germany. My school career wasn’t extremely successful but I always loved making things. So after my Abitur (equivalent to A-Levels) I went on to study Communications Design with a focus on Graphic & Typography, but once completing my degree in that I decided to follow my dream in Fashion and did a Masters Degree in Fashion Design in Berlin. After graduating, I did a few internships and worked as an Accessories Designer for 3.5 years.

How did you come about setting up S¯Gerth? And what determined the brand name and range? To have my own label just happened, I never really planned it. But I guess it started with a bit of a shock as my dad died 2.5 years ago and I had to go to Germany quit a bit to sort everything out, which eventually made me take a year off from everything. When I finally got back to London I needed a creative project so my partner and I came up with a gallery project which we held in the bin shed that was in front of our flat and called it “limited space”. As most of it was Darren’s work, I felt the need to create something of my own work to showcase so started making a little range of things like few croched necklaces and small leather coin purses to put on display. I got really good feedback and took this as a push to open an Etsy shop and sell at a few markets. The name is obviously my own family name and Initial.

What five words best describe you and your style of work? Simplicity, practicality, colourplay, accentuated, geometric

S-Gerth-Designs_Web-04I absolutely LOVE your products since I first set eyes on your leather coin purse with the pink edges! What’s the main source of inspiration behind your work? What made you decide in making these lush leather products? I take inspiration from everything I see; I especially love vintage things and all sorts of graphics. For instance, the coin purse you so kindly praised (Thank you!) is based on origami folding and an old purse I once saw! Once you are able to develop the idea, the more and more ideas pop up and you end up with a range of products!

How would you describe your design process and what part of it do you like the most? Normally I scribble ideas down on little scraps of paper (unfortunately these get everywhere – should be a bit more German and organize them better, ha-ha!). I revisit the ones that I still like, after looking at them a few times will develop into a pattern and a toile and then change and change until I am happy with it! The nicest thing of the whole process is to hold a finished product in your hands and then, of course, the very nice comments and reactions from my customers!

How long would it normally take to create your final product; from inception to completion? Oh that is very difficult to say as it completely differs each time…can take a day, a week or moths to develop, some ideas get lost!S-Gerth-Designs_Web-02 S-Gerth-Designs_Web-03S-Gerth-Designs_Web-07

Is there any craft/art medium that you haven’t tried but want to? And why? There are hundreds of things I like to try, but there is a knitting machine waiting for me at my partner’s Dad’s place for when we might have a little more space…..I get absolutely excited at the thought of trying it out someday!

Would you say it’s been difficult breaking through into what is a booming and competitive creative industry? If so, what are the kind of challenges you have faced? Yes, it is quite difficult – I don’t think I have had a full break-through yet myself, but it is very rewarding so far. Surviving the first year was a big challenge, but I did it and feel a bit more confident now. Promoting my work and approaching new shops is always a bit daunting, but once you have done it you feel great about it!

What would be your ‘top three tips’ for like-minded individuals who would like to one day set up a business themselves in this creative field? Not sure I am the right person to ask for advice as I am still in baby shoes myself, but what I can say based on my experience so far, is that being persistent and positive about what you are doing, as well as being open towards any opportunity, helps a lot! S-Gerth-Designs_Web-05

What would you say is the best part part of your business? And is this a full-time 9-5 business or something you run on the side? The best part is being my own boss and making my own schedule, so I can decide myself when to take an hour off or even a day. It is my full time profession since a bit more than 1 year. It is difficult to stop working, so it is very rarely a 9-5 job! Very often I work quite late in the evening, but the workload varies, really. With Christmas round the corner, it gets quite crazy but I like that though.

S-Gerth-Designs_Web-08Of your current range of work, what ‘piece’ or ‘collection’ would you pick out as your favourite? I use almost all of my products and obviously like them all, but I recently picked out a new wallet in black with teal edges and love it to bits!

When you’re not in a design mode, what else do you enjoy doing – any other hobbies or past time favourites? One of my favorite things is going to car boot sales and charity shops. I am a passionate bargain hunter, if I may say so myself! ;) Otherwise I do love cycling. If find it the most convenient transport around London but that may depend on the distance though as I have an old bike with no gears!! Oh and before this became my full time job, I had started learning tap dance, which was brilliant! Right now, it’s hard to find the time and the money for that but so hope to get back into it again soon!

S-Gerth-Designs_Web-QUOTEWhat are your favourite bedside book/s or blog/s at the moment? First and foremost I wish I would read more, as I really enjoy it but these days, I’m not sure where the time disappears to!! I love Margaret Atwoods books; my two favourite ones are ‘Oryx and Crake’ and ‘The Year of the Flood’ – the last one of this trilogy just came out which is on my Christmas wish list so hopefully it will end up on my bedside table!

Name three things you just could not live without? I believe I could live without most things but the tree things that make my life much better are: my bike, chocolate and kissing ;)

Are there any illustrators, artists, designer-makers out there that you find inspirational or you think are ones to keep an eye out for – if so, who? Oh, I met and know a lot of very talented people; a lot of them are friends from the markets, so now I have to pick a few? Well, there is the lovely Viktorija from And Smile, Helen from Mr.Peebles, Jonty and Sascha from Hampsonwoods and Jane Sarre but I could list so many more!!

S-Gerth-Designs_Web-06What would we expect from S¯Gerth in the future? You have been busy with a few craft fairs recently like Broadway Market, Thames Festival and Crafty Fox…..are there any more this year, that we should know of? I hope that S¯Gerth will grow to produce a wider range of items. I am planning to make a few bigger bags in addition to the small accessories and extending the unisex and mens range. If you would like to visit me, I have a stall at the Broadway Market in Hackney every Saturday. Also, for this winter season, I will be showcasing at the Dalston Christmas market on the 1st of December and the Crafty fox on the 8th of December. And in addition to that…..(biggest and most exciting news) I will also be participating in the Handmade in Britain Christmas Arcade at Somerset house, starting from mid November! So hopefully see you at one or more of these events!

Wowee – that is one busy lady! Aren’t her products amazing? (I totally forgot to mention my other favourite piece; the nifty little key holder!!) Anyway, a big THANK YOU to Sabine for taking the time out to share your story and for providing all the fabulous photos – I think it’s wonderful for folk to see how much heart, soul, effort and hard graft goes into each and every bespoke product that is beautifully made! Good luck with all your future endeavours but I think you have a very promising future, If I may say so myself! :) So folks, please do check out her lovely Etsy shop for a more handmade leather accessories….and if you’re based in London (or visiting this season) then I cannot recommend highly enough to drop by at any of those aforementioned markets and events, even to say ‘hello’ (she really is so lovely!). With Christmas round the corner, what better excuse!! Otherwise, you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram to keep in the loop of her whereabouts and creations! ;)

[Image credit: Sabine Gerth and Cara Bermighmam]

[Behind the scenes] The Little Posy Print Company

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There’s been a little break over the summer with my monthly ‘behind the scenes’ interviews having had the big Birthday Giveway (Candice Wren Pashmina) in August and my Etsy shop launch in September. So I’m delighted to be back by introducing you the talented lady behind The Little Posey Print Company, whose work I came across at the first Etsy UK Wedding Event in London back in May. Portsmouth-based illustrator and designer, Claire Lefevre, set up her own design and print studio Design@No.11 in 2010 that offered branding and identity services which she took on as a full-time job in 2011. Shortly after that, and stemming from her own DIY experiences of her wedding, The Little Posy Print Company was established to specialise in personalised bespoke wedding stationery and accessories. I have to say this lady is truly inspirational – not only was I ‘WOWed’ by her creations but for the brave decision she made to turn her passion into a full-time business and for her honest approach to juggling life, work and family is all very admirable. It’s not easy – there’s definitely a lot of hard graft and sacrifices behind having your own business especially with a family to look out for but if you’re heart and soul is in it and you can somehow strike a healthy balance between work and family, that’s definitely a good start to a viable business and Claire shows us exactly that! Well, here’s what Claire had to say and you’ll see what I mean!

1.Tell us a little about yourself and what made you decide into becoming an illustrator? Ever since I was little I’ve always been a bit arty, I think it’s the only thing I’ve ever really been ok at (by the age of 7 my butterfly drawings were the envy of all my friends and I was pretty proud of myself for that!) but I don’t think I assumed I would be able to make a proper living of it. It’s all a bit boring really,

2. How did you come about setting up Little Posy Print? And what is the story behind the name? I think I’ve always wanted to design for weddings, it’s such a lovely and creative and exciting time in your life and I really enjoyed DIYing my own wedding so as a bit of a distraction from my other design work I started quietly working on a small collection of designs in the hope that someone would like them and luckily for me they have so far. The name reflects my style really, a lot of my work is quite heavily influenced by floral motifs and nature in generally plus weddings are all about pretty and to be quite honest, I just like the way it sounds. I played around with trying to get the boy’s names in there but Jack and Oscar don’t really work… hopefully they will know one day that it was all started to keep their tummies full, their toybox overflowing and their Mummy happy!

3. What five words best describe you and your style of work? Folksy, organic, pretty, a little bit quirky, colourful
TLPP_10TLPP_54. I absolutely ADORE your illustrations having had a nosey at a few at Etsy’s first UK showcase and browsing through more on your lovely website ;) What’s the main source of inspiration behind your illustrations? Does it mainly come from the brides and grooms you work for? Or do you set a theme from which your clients can then pick from? Thank you! *blushes and beams* My inspiration comes from anywhere really, from photos in magazines (my studio wall is plastered with things I’ve torn out of all kinds of places) to things I see out and about. I am very inspired by colour palettes, and patterns. I have a bit of an obsession with anything a bit folksy at the moment, hearts, arrows, chevron or Aztec/tribal patterns and florals are what get me all excited and really make me geek out. When I am working on a bespoke design for my couples I absolutely love to find out all about their wedding plans and try to really get a good sense of how the day is going to pan out so that the design has more of a feeling then a theme. I love this part of the job and it makes me want to do it all over again myself.  My brides and grooms really inspire me to make something extra special and really personal for them and I love creating something really individual for every couple I work with.

5. How would you describe your design process and what part of it do you like the most? When I am designing I don’t really have a set process. A lot of designers will sketch and plan things before they start working on them but to be honest my work just kind of develops from a spark of an idea and a nice big cup of tea. When I have an idea and I feel nice and creative I will usually put an evening aside when the kids are in bed and Hubby is at work and just enjoy being creative. Having such a busy little business and dealing with the day-to-day things like emails, admin etc I think my fave bit is when I get to just create something for the pure enjoyment, with no deadline and no perimeters and hope that someone somewhere likes it. That and the tea and biscuits/cakes that fuel my creative juices!
TLPP_2TLPP_9TLPP_36. How long would it normally take to create your final product; from inception to completion? How long is a piece of string? It really depends on how detailed the brief is and how complicated the artwork is… sorry, that’s a useless answer!

7. Is there any craft/art medium besides illustration that you haven’t tried but want to? And why? I would love to learn to knit because I think it’s cute but I just never seem to have the time and I know if I taught myself then I’d want to do it all the time and I’d never get any work done!

8. Would you say it’s been difficult breaking through into what is a booming and competitive creative industry? If so, what are the kind of challenges you faced? It has taken a while for me to get to the point where I am, about a year, and I am nowhere near where I really want to be yet! I spent quite a lot of time researching the industry and deciding where I wanted to place myself in the market because it is a BIG market. I developed my first collection while at the same time as trying to keep up with my business branding design work so that I was still bringing pennies in so it was quite slow going on top of being a mummy as well, but I took the time to try and just make some connections with other designers in the industry and make some lovely friends who have given me some really fab advice on things. I think the challenges are trying to stay fresh and one step ahead of the game in terms of trends and also aiming your product at the right kind of bride. It definitely hasn’t happened over night but so far it’s been worth the hard work!

TLPP_139. I admire how you juggle both family life and work. What would be your ‘top three tips‘ for like-minded individuals who would like to one day set up a business themselves in this creative field? Eeek, I’m not sure I manage to juggle family life and work all the time haha! There are times when everything seems to be piling up, the emails, the washing, the mess in the playroom, just everything. What I try and do when that happens is take a deep breath, give my boys a big cuddle, and then have a cup of tea and make myself a list and a little plan for the next few days/week. Lists and plans are fabulous things, even if they invariably go out of the window when Oscar has an attack of the terrible twos, Jack suddenly lets me know he has homework due tomorrow and I get new enquiries in at the same time. But they give me a bit of clarity and make things seem not so overwhelming. I think my top three tips would be : 1) Make lists and always put something at the top of the list that you have already done, that way you can cross it off straight away and you feel super productive. 2) Remember why you started a home run business in the first place… to be at home. Yes you will have to work your little bum off and there are times when I’m still working at 1 am but don’t forget to enjoy the lovely times with your family and then come back to your work feeling refreshed, creative and inspired. Don’t hole up in your office/studio 24/7: Working from home can be quite lonely, it’s very easy to sit in your pjs and never leave the house and get sucked into a vacuum of uncreativity and you end up getting nothing done, and anything you do produce is invariably a bit crap and not your best work. Everyone goes through it and when it happens the best thing to do it go out, leave the computer/paintbrushes/pencils whatever at home and go and go and find some inspiration or creative ammo somewhere else.  DON’T FEEL GUILTY IF YOU AREN’T WORKING ALL DAY EVERY DAY. You need to feed that creativity and seeing new and exciting things is the best way to do that.
TLPP_Quote-110. What would you say is the best part of your business? And is this a full-time 9-5 business or something you run on the side?  The best part of it is being able to work with some lovely couples to give them exactly what they want for their special day, I love hearing about all their plans, all the excitement that goes into the planning and all the special personal touches that makes it all about them. I really try to reflect that in my work as much as I can. It is definitely a full-time job, which starts in the morning as soon as I wake up, checking emails on my phone while making breakfasts/school lunches and then once the oldest one is off to school it’s back to the computer for a bit to do some work before playtime with my little one. Once he’s all worn out I have a few more hours of properly getting some designing done before 3.15 rolls around and it’s time to pick the big one up. Then it’s Mummy time for a bit, if it’s nice we go to the park, do the dinner, bath, bed routine and then once they are all tucked up in bed I am back at it in the evening answering more emails, doing more designing and sometimes if I’m being a bit naughty, a bit of light Pinterest-ing for inspiration.

11. Of your current range of work, what ‘piece’ or ‘collection’ would you pick out as your favourite? I think it’s either my ‘Petals and Stripes’ collection, which is very popular, or my Victorian Floral because it is a twist on quite classic invites with it’s sharp acid colours and quirky font combinations.
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12. When you’re not in a design mode, what else do you enjoy doing? I love just enjoying life really, spending time with my family and friends, having a seaside adventures with the hubby and our boys and just finding inspiration in having fun. When I can

13. What are your favourite bedside book/s or blog/s at the moment? I am a total Pinterest addict so it’s normally a quick flick through that before bed. I love reading but I try to keep books for holidays otherwise I would never get any work done. Once I’m into a book that I can’t put down I lose myself for days and that is not good for business… so best not to put the temptation in my way!

14. Name three things you just could not live without? That is easy (and a bit soppy) Tom, Jack and Oscar! TLPP_6

15. Are there any illustrators, artists, designer-makers out there that you find inspirational or you think are ones to keep an eye out for – if so, who? I absolutely love the look and feel of Katie Daisy’s work, it’s absolutely beautiful and has so much energy to itI would love to have the talent and patience that she does to create such gorgeous things. Someone who has been a massive inspiration to me is the lovely Angie from Artwork by Angie. Like me she started out doing graphic design for small businesses and then her business evolved to cover  other bits. Her style is so recognisable and gorgeous and fun and her range of greeting cards, wrapping paper and illustration prints are just amazing. She has been lovely whenever I have needed a little bit of help or reassurance or just needed to ask the opinion of a fellow designer. I would eventually love to be able to be able to offer cards, gift wrap etc, but that may be a while off.. World domination one step at a time!

16. What would we expect from Little Posy Print in the future? And can we find your work at any craft + design events this year? Oooh there are lots of things I’d love to do, it’s just finding the time! I’d love to branch out into everyday (but still a bit special) stationery items for my shops. I could spend thousands of pounds on pretty notebooks, writing paper and organisational tools so I’d love to include something like that in my range soon… watch this space! In the meantime, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter or on Etsy!

 

Claire – you’re a super hero and your journey to where you are now is inspirational and somewhat reassuring to those in similar boats or stewing of setting up on their own. There’s a lot of things you’ve mentioned that certainley resonate with my own views and feelings about venutring into the the unknown, that is, starting your own business. Thanks again for sparing us some of your time to give us a glimpse into what goes behind Little Posy Print Company and for sharing such great advice. I look forward to seeing many more of your exciting creations! xx