A creative business may be born for many reasons. Redundancy, frustration, impulse, illness, lifelong ambition, the need for flexibility, or change in circumstances such as the arrival of babies – all reasons I’ve hear over and over again. In this blog post, I host a virtual discussion with three female entrepreneurs about their experiences starting up their creative businesses.
Come and join me for a quick look around the home studio. My HQ space is a former guest bedroom, south-facing, blessed with a floor-to-ceiling window. A few months ago, we decided my little empire had grown too large to exist on the dining table any longer. We donated the double bed to a charity and set about installing more storage for minimum cost.
A bespoke picture frame is always going to give you the highest quality finish for your artwork, offer reassurance about UV protection and give a perfect fit. But to reduce costs, give as a gift, or perhaps as a stopgap while you decide on your perfect picture frame, here is a quick, visual blog post to give some examples of 40x30cm frames readily available online or on the UK High Street.
A bespoke picture frame is always going to give you the highest quality finish for your artwork, offer reassurance about UV protection and give a perfect fit. But to reduce costs, give as a gift, or perhaps as a stopgap while you decide on your perfect picture frame, here is a quick, visual blog post to give some examples of 30x30cm frames readily available online or on the UK High Street.
I love a Royal Wedding, the arrival of a Royal Baby or special Royal anniversary. Though I can see why some people challenge their privilege in a modern world, I love to get swept up in the excitement, goodwill and merriment of a Royal Occasion.
Who can resist a Cinderella story? This is a tale of a much-adored sofa, in need of a little makeover. Well, in fact, no, that’s not how this tale begins. We were thinking of buying new, but 2018 has been a year of implementing a mantra of “re-use, recycle, re-purpose” into our daily lives. Every sofa we looked at, we realised, we were essentially trying to replicate this one in size, style and stature.
This is a post about bright pink, one of my favourite mood-enhancing colours for instant energy. A few days ago, I was clearing out some Wedmin (I got married in 2009) and came across the receipt for my wedding day shoes.
- the legal/religious officiants
- your most important suppliers, including venue
- key guests, especially those who live abroad
I have created this list, partly as therapy, but mostly hoping to be helpful to other people who may be on the cusp of setting up their own creative business. I’m big on self-improvement and highly analytical (read: critical) of the progress made so far. But in reference to point 7 below, it is important to celebrate the small wins achieved along the way.
In January, I wrote down “2018 objectives” for my my business – including collaboration commissions with botanical, bridal and fashion brands. I fixed this list up on my pinboard, with all the open-hearted optimism the New Year offers. So I was delighted to be asked by British high street fashion brand Wallis to take inspiration from key looks in their Spring Summer 2018 collection and create an original illustration.