Five years on i look back over my own DIY wedding and share this experience with all those brides who might considering doing their own DIY wedding (even if your not a designer like me) to have all you want and come out of it sane, happy and proud of what you have created…
This year saw the opening of a little pop up shop in Staplehurst which has been a much spoken about wish by all the crafters living in the village and this February saw Katie from the Village take a huge leap and open “Made by Kent”, a wonderful and ever growing collection of crafters and makers from Kent.
Its right on the high street and offers a massive array of handmade makes, its a true reflection of the talent right on our door steps. I was lucky enough to be included in this great venture and look forward to the exciting year ahead.
When starting my own company there was alot to think about with regards to name, logo, colour, font and general style. I had a blank canvas but knew I wanted to ensure what ever I picked would last for years to come with only small tweaks.
I have a background in print and a father in the industry, so over the years Ive developed a deeper appreciation for traditional press printing and a love for ‘design you can feel, as well as picking up a slightly weird addiction of the smell of freshly printed ink. Ive always been keen on utilising my passion for print within my own designs, so branding my company was this perfect start point.
Being a working mother at Christmas is not always easy…
Its sometimes a hard balance to strike between running a small business (especially at that time of year) and being a mother, and often its a constant juggling act to ensure I have that life balance. I do like being busy and theres always something on the list of things i need or would like to do, but at Christmas time these all get put on hold whilst I’m in full swing for fairs (read about my scandi market fair) and etsy shop set ups in time for the busy period. But i also don’t want to be all work and no play and know I can have some creative fun with my daughter and share some special moments sharing my love of art, design and handmade with her, even at the young age of 2 and half.
Its that time of year when us “creative-types” start thinking about Christmas (yes, it’s August!). I’m relatively new to the craft-fair scene and in 2016, for the first time I undertook a local craft fair in my village, Staplehurst with fellow crafters. It was a perfect time to test the water and try out the beginnings of what I now refer to as “my little taste of Norway”.
Although I do both graphic design and baking, it’s sometimes hard to take my design work to fairs as a lot of work I produce is bespoke. and so I usually turn to the bakery to create some delicious treats for the festive season. But as you can image cupcakes and sliced cakes aren’t the normal choice around this year. So I turned to my heritage for inspiration for what i would bring to the festive season in 2017.
Once in a while, I get a project which can span over several months and include very varied jobs with a common theme. This particular project was huge; a company rally event which was taking customers across ten countries in seven days…
What an exciting chance to help brand and theme the whole event and create the icons, logos, mascots and literature which would accompany the event! Being able to take a project like this from start to finish is so very rewarding and to see designs come to life is so rewarding, as often once print files are done, this is where my role as a designer ends. Such as task also plays to what and why my company has design, made and bake all under one roof as all my skill sets were utilised here.