Every month our Online Stalls showcase the very best creative sellers. This months theme is “Spring Ahead”, 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’ve always been a creative person, and for the last few years I’ve been trying various different crafts in my spare time alongside studying. I’ve sold various things: portrait commissions, knitted hats and handmade jewellery (including miniature clay food!). While I still enjoy different crafts, drawing is my main passion, so after graduating last year from my Illustration course I have been full-time freelance and have focused my online selling to just prints and products featuring my illustrations.
What are your all time favourite product you have produced?
I think my favourite products are the origami and flying bird magnets. I spent weeks trying out different methods of production on them to get the best quality product possible. The production process is quite long and painstaking: lots of scalpel work on hundreds of little birds, and several coats of varnish on each of them. A lot of love goes into those little magnets!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Going self-employed, starting my business and kind of leaping in to try to make a real go of it all. It takes a lot of hard work and effort, but when you start to see commissions and sales coming through it really feels like a huge achievement, and so worthwhile.
What’s your best-kept secret?
Work incredibly hard, and be determined! It sounds obvious, but you can’t expect things to fall into your lap. You have to keep in mind that sales and work are only going to come to you if you work hard, develop your product, and let people know you exist.
What is your dreams/plan for the future?
My main dream is to be able to illustrate and write my own children’s books. I would love to still run a busy online shop on the side, with a wider and more developed product range, including a lot more products for babies and children. In terms of immediate plans, I’m taking the first steps towards this goal by working on several new product avenues and ideas, whilst developing my illustration portfolio and first children’s storybook.
Do you have any top tips to help other creative sellers?
My best advice is to enjoy engaging with your customers via social networking platforms – chat to them, listen to what they like about your work and what they want to see from you next. Always be grateful for your customers/supporters and try to make them feel appreciated – they’re the ones allowing you to be doing what you want to do!
Visit the Bryony Crane Illustration Stall.