Every month our Online Stalls showcase the very best creative sellers. This months theme is “The Power Of Love”, we have 18 talented creatives on show. Be sure to go and peruse the Stalls to find that perfect gift!
How did it all begin?
I was signed off from work in 2008, and had to find something to keep my busy hands occupied. I started painting, eventually went back to college, and really enjoyed the 3D module. So at heart, I’m a 3D artist, but this is translated into making jewellery. I’ve had my shop just over a year, and it’s a great way to combine making and meeting the customer, as I use it as a studio as well.
What are your all time favourite product you have produced?
I really love my Buckaroo necklace – it’s the first thing I made which I looked at and thought, ‘yes, I’ve never seen anything like that anywhere else’ – I’m planning to evolve this design in 2012.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I won Best Jewellery in the Leeds Retail Awards last October. It was surreal, strange, but a really nice surprise.
What’s your best-kept secret?
I was head girl at my school.
What is your dreams/plan for the future?
I’d like to keep running my jewellery shop in Leeds city centre, and carry on stocking new accessory makers. I also want to be able to make multiples of the same product, so I’m learning new skills, like turning my drawings into illustration files.
Do you have any top tips to help other creative sellers?
Carry on doing what you love, no matter what other people suggest or advise. Even if you’re not ‘making money’ doing it, you still need creativity in your life. I’m a big fan of Keri Smith, and agree with her saying adults need to play more. I like to make customers feel the giddy thrill of buying something exciting for themselves or friends, and just for a moment acting like a child. Children make all sorts of things for themselves to wear, and just go ahead and wear them – adults get hung up on whether it has a perfect finish, if it’s too big, will people laugh, and so on. I’m honest with them if I think it doesn’t suit them, but sometimes they need a bit of encouragement that yes, they will be able to find an outfit to go with a necklace made out of doll arms.
Anything extra to add?
In my time working in a shop, I’ve noticed women have a horrible habit of making themselves feel guilty for spending money on something frivolous. I’d like to encourage all the women out there that there’s nothing wrong with buying something for yourself. Without meaning to sound sexist, I think we need to be a bit more like men in this respect – all the men I serve don’t think twice about buying something nice for themselves or their girlfriends!
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