How did you get started?
I have always enjoyed expressing myself through art and creating! It wasn’t until university where I took up a degree in Illustration that I realised that I could apply my passion to different contexts, such as creating exciting narratives. I have now graduated and produce prints that often include fun characters or convey important messages.
What motivates you?
The way that my artwork is received by my audience always keeps me going. Whether that’s a couples commission that is gifted on an anniversary, or my mental health artwork that inspires someone to speak up about how they’re feeling, I really do it to brighten peoples days and tell stories! I also enjoy representing the LGBTQ+ community through my work; so when that is received well and people find representation through it, it really inspires me to continue doing what I do.
What do you wish you’d known when you started out?
That having a fixed ‘style’ or ‘visual language’ as my university tutor worded it, doesn’t matter!!!! It is way more important to just create work that you enjoy and experiment with subject matters and mediums so that it all falls into place naturally.
What tools do you use to promote your business?
Social media has been key to promoting my artwork. Mainly Instagram as there is such a strong network of illustrators on there. Etsy is also brilliant and such a wonderful marketplace that is very accessible. And also Twitter recently, in the same way that the illustrator community is so strong and inclusive.
Why do you choose to print with PRINT.WORK?
So many reasons! When looking for a printing company to use during lockdown, I was immediately drawn in by the website. I loved the examples used and the wide variety of products. The range of paper and sizes is extremely useful, as well as the different paper weights which I find really important. And oh my goodness when I printed my first batch the quality was amazing, the team were so helpful and responded quickly and they were delivered swiftly and safely. Haven’t looked back since!
What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
To trust your gut. If a brief, project, or price doesn’t feel right, you know your own worth and your capability. Speak up for yourself!
Favourite small businesses and why?
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