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Why I Started My Creative Business For Me

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.

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Six Picture Frame Recommendations to Fit 40cm x 30cm Art Prints

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.

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Four Picture Frame Recommendations to fit 30x30cm Art Prints

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.

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BEFORE and AFTER: How I Chose My Perfect Green Velvet Sofa and Saved Time and Money

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. 

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Ten Things I Did Right in the First Six Months of Building My Own Creative Business

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. 

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Botanical Illustration for high street fashion brand Wallis

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.

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