Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-12-01T07:25:23+00:00 Zend_Feed_Writer Jen Moules <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-30T14:15:00+00:00 2015-11-30T14:15:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Manish Arora 2) Danielle Kroll 3) Leif 4) Tuesday Boutique <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-16T12:30:00+00:00 2015-11-16T12:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Paul Farrell 2) Mara - Mi 3) Marrakech Design 4) Unknown <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-09T07:30:00+00:00 2015-11-09T07:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Hsiao-Ron Cheng 2) Unknown 3) Wsake 4) Dietlind Wolf 5) Isabella Conticello <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Katie Whittaker]]> 2015-11-06T12:15:00+00:00 2015-11-06T12:15:00+00:00 Jen Moules November&#39;s pick for #Makerofthemonth is Katie Whittaker - yay! I saw Katie&#39;s work for the first time at New Designers this year and was one of my favourite exhibitors of the entire show. Working with a range of materials from resin to ceramics, fabric and found objects Katie creates her own adorable curiosities. Here&#39;s a little something about Katie... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? I have recently graduated from Textile Design at Bath School of Art and Design. I made a lot of stock from my final degree project, I focussed on drawing collections mainly in the Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean Museums and then transferring my illustrations into different materials. I am now starting to build up a business and doing shows in order to get the exposure necessary. I make three dimensional objects and jewellery that capture ancient life and traditions with a modern twist. I work in resin, wood, plastic, ceramics, fabric and found materials. &nbsp;I enjoy working in a large variety of media as it keeps me interested in constantly trying to find what combinations work best together. What inspires your work? Ancient objects and beliefs and a love of drawing, I am happiest when I have a pen in my hand. I have always been fascinated by ancient civilisations and how people used to live and make with handmade tools- craft in its purest form. I&rsquo;m also inspired by natural forms and the colours of the sea side.&nbsp; I do a combination of work for different outcomes and before my final project I focussed &nbsp;on creating 3D illustrative work for interior spaces. I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and work on a smaller scale with more materials and I really enjoyed the project. Having worked on a variety of different projects and photographing my work over time has also made me focus a lot on the importance of styling my work. Having acquired a variety of skills will mean I can apply them to different projects and jobs in the future (hopefully!!) Tell us a little about your graduate collection. My graduate collection really pushed me out of my comfort zone and jewellery was not an area I had &nbsp;much experience with up until my final project. I decided to work on a smaller scale to what I had done previously, I was drawn to various collections but my favourite was a cabinet within the Pitt Rivers that focussed on &lsquo;Sympathetic Magic&rsquo;, pieces created as keepsakes all based on superstitions or for providing protection. I found the collection so inspiring, I sketched the collections and took inspiration from the colours and materials that were used. I wanted to combine the new with the old, so I mixed modern media in with traditional ones too to create a multi media body of work. What do you love about being a designer maker? I love the creativity and the vision of one day being able to be my own boss and hopefully be able to make a living out of it. &nbsp;Because my work is small scale it means that I can work on braiding and things when I am on the move! Although being away from the structure of university is daunting, its also nice not to have to tick the marking criteria and be able to make for the love of it. &nbsp;I do miss all the workshops though, I am looking forward to eventually building up more resources so I can make more of my work. It would also be beneficial in the future to work with other makers rather than in isolation because I think that this prevents work from becoming stale. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? In my spare time I like to go beach combing, I am constantly on the look out for a new piece of driftwood or an interesting object to add to my work and its almost become a bit of an obsession. I also work part time in order to fund my work. I have just finished exhibiting with Designersblock in London at the Bargehouse. This was my first independent exhibition from university and was a real learning curve. I learnt the importance of building up a connection with the client and am looking to create newsletters to keep people updated on my work. I also learnt that I needed to be more confident about my work which is something everyone struggles with, particularly in the beginning. What are you currently working on? Currently I am working on creating some more simple designs and since graduating I made the new fish pieces which I am pleased with and I sold a few at my previous show. I have started making these simple fish necklaces and sell them for &pound;25 so they are more affordable than some other pieces. I plan on building up stock and selling these on my Etsy shop, I know some people are dismissive about Etsy, but I think it&rsquo;s a great way to be exposed to a wider market than just selling via your website. Any new projects or events in the pipe line that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I have an exhibition coming up in Cheltenham alongside a few other Bath Spa Textile graduates. SIT Select will be on from the 23-25th at Cheltenham Town hall. I&rsquo;m planning to do more drawings of other collections and work on creating more abstract and wearable pieces. The feedback I got from the recent show was that some people would like to have the jewellery as decoration and with more simple designs they would wear casually. This also made me think about how I could design a range for the home. I would like to get back into printing on clay so I am going to look into how I can still do that from my studio at home. This was a technique that I fell in love with. Its important to me to directly print onto the clay as opposed to transferring onto the surface as I love how the print changes throughout various stages of being in the kiln. When I can afford it I have been looking into buying myself a small laser cutter and engraver, luckily I do not need a large one to make my work! Who are your designer favourites? Lina Peterson, I adore her material mixing and colour use. She creates wearable works of art. Alexander Calder, as someone who enjoys drawing with other materials his work is hugely influential. I love his metal drawings as well as his abstract mobile pieces. Alexander Girard works with beautiful colours in modernising traditional looking craft. Finally, what have you got planned for yourself and your business in the next few years? I am planning get myself a very small laser cutter and engraver at some point this year. Luckily I have a part time job to help fund my work. Making resin and ceramic pieces is something I need to work towards. After my next show I am going to look into printing on ceramics and creating abstract shapes out of resin. I would also like to develop my fabric dog designs as I think they could become larger and more playful.I would like to eventually have a permanent studio space and over the years build up the facilities that I need in order to make all aspects of my work. &nbsp;More facilities will enable me to create. I have inherited a lathe from my late grandfather, who was a keen carpenter. I would love to be able to bring the new technique into my work. Learning new crafts and developing existing ones is really important to me as, I think continual learning and refining is key to developing. To find out more about Katie Whittaker here are some handy links - Facebook Instagram Website Twitter &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Learned and Loved in October 2015]]> 2015-11-04T07:45:00+00:00 2015-11-04T07:45:00+00:00 Jen Moules October has been a crazy, magical, exciting, stressful and amazing month! It&#39;s mainly been about getting settled in Berlin and admittedly this hasn&#39;t been my most productive month but have been enjoying a little down time before the Christmas rush! So at the end of September I moved to Berlin. Scary but I have no regrets. It&#39;s an amazing city although it can be quite distracting! Probably the hardest part of moving to Berlin has obviously been the language barrier. I&#39;m doing my best to brush up on the old Deutsch and have been going to school four days a week to help things along ;-) Although I say I&#39;ve been enjoying some down time before the Christmas rush, Christmas has very much been in the back of my mind. With a few festive photo shoots and new product ideas, there&#39;s still a lot to do before my first Christmas Market on Saturday 21st November when I&#39;ll be back at the Fairy Tale Fair in Patcham. As well as Christmas gifts my Etsy shop is also stocked with lots of lovely fat quarters, mini quarters and my fabric&nbsp; available by the metre. Perfect for all you crafters out there! One of my favourite things to do in Berlin is to just walk! I usually opt for a long work instead of the train as you never know what you&#39;ll find and what you&#39;ll see :-) This month I&#39;ve also been restocking some old favourites - make up bags! They&#39;re only &pound;15 and are perfect Christmas gifts! Finally here&#39;s a little list of my upcoming events. I&#39;m flying back to England for a few weeks and will be restocked and ready for the Christmas season. Hope to see you all there! <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-26T07:00:00+00:00 2015-10-26T07:00:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Purl Soho 2) Mallory McInnis 3) Marit Fujiwara 4) Jujujust &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-19T08:30:00+01:00 2015-10-19T08:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Sue Hotchkis 2) Lari Washburn 3) Nancy Ramirez 4) Gabee Meyer <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-12T08:30:00+01:00 2015-10-12T08:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Jenerous 2) Charley Harper 4) Mud Ceramics Australia 4) Zana 5) Fine Little Day <![CDATA[Etsy Sale!]]> 2015-10-09T13:00:00+01:00 2015-10-09T13:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules OK guys, here&#39;s an early Christmas present from Jen Moules Designs to you! This weekend you can get 25% off EVERYTHING in our Etsy shop. Just use the code: WeekendFun10 at the checkout to receive your discount. Whether you&#39;re starting your Christmas shopping early or just a little treat for yourself it&#39;s well worth a look! Purses, pencil cases, make-up bags, mugs and original textiles perfect for dress making and craft projects. Happy shopping :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-05T08:45:00+01:00 2015-10-05T08:45:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) ColorsPORN 2) Bright Bazaar 3) My iPhone Wallpapers 4) Lamai McCartan <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Taxtiles]]> 2015-10-04T10:00:00+01:00 2015-10-04T10:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules This month&#39;s maker is someone a little special - Becky Dick of Taxtiles. I first saw this recent graduate&#39;s work at New Designers earlier this year and was by far one of the best exhibitors at the show! Having only finished uni this summer Becky is a new and very exciting designer maker creating innovative work that combines textiles and taxidermy no less and she is currently exhibiting her work at The Art Market YORK. Here&#39;s a little something about Taxtiles... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? My name is Becky Dick and I run a business called Taxtiles. The word Taxtiles is a merge between 2 words, textile and taxidermy and breaking the boundaries between the two. I create bespoke luxury textile products and taxidermy. Some products have just textile and fabric in them, and others are a combination of taxidermy and textiles. What inspires your work? Wildlife, textures and pattern within nature. I particularly get inspired by wildlife based in the UK. Different kinds of fabrics which could represent animals and birds. Tell us a little about your graduate collection. My graduation collection is a variety of different products such as cushions, embroider, trophy heads and sculpture. With a dash of taxidermy. It is all about celebrating wildlife based in the UK and representing it through stitch and 3D design. What do you love about being a designer maker? The fact that you have the skills to make something you designed! It&rsquo;s great and it really means something when somebody asked if you made it, you can proudly say so! When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? I like to play the saxophone and piano, the usual like socialising with your friends and spending time with my little brother Alex. What are you currently working on? I&rsquo;m expanding my range of textile sculpture into different animals such as greyhounds and cats. Farm animals has been a popular demand including pets! I will also be working more on my taxidermy and developing the integration with textiles even further. Any new projects or events in the pipe line that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I have recently been accepted into the Society of Designer Craftsmen and will be exhibiting with them next year in the summer 2016. I am also stocking my work at Elefair Giftware in Nottingham and will be expanding my work there. Additionally I&rsquo;ve recently completed a large elephant made of paper m&acirc;ch&eacute; which is in their shop window &ndash; you can see the process and final stage here. Who are your designer favourites? Absolutely love Mister Finch&rsquo;s work it is incredible. Really like Carola Van Dyke&rsquo;s work which is in Liberty&rsquo;s right now. Rachel Denny gives me great inspiration for my sculpture work and Sophie Standing&rsquo;s embroidery is just breath-taking. Finally, what have you got planned for yourself and your business in the next few years? We are currently expanding and will be getting a designated studio space in the near future, increasing stockists and exhibiting more work! We also want to provide workshops in textiles and embroidery. To find out more about Taxtiles here are some handy links - Facebook Twitter Instagram Etsy &nbsp; <![CDATA[The Big Move to Berlin!]]> 2015-09-28T16:00:00+01:00 2015-09-28T16:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules So as some of you may know I&#39;m moving to Berlin. My dream of moving abroad and designing full time is now becoming an amazing (if slightly scary) reality! I will be back in the UK later this year for some Christmas markets so be sure to catch up with me then and rest assured my shop will be open as usual. So if there&#39;s something you fancy please feel free to snap it up ;) My presence may be a little intermittent for the next week or so while we get settled but if there&#39;s anything you need just drop me a line and I&#39;ll get back to you as soon possible. Berlin, here I come! :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Learned and Loved in September 2015 ]]> 2015-09-28T08:30:00+01:00 2015-09-28T08:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules September&#39;s been a pretty busy month. I&#39;ve been working my little buns off getting for Thread, Christmas markets and the big move to Berlin - eek! Here&#39;s a few highlights :) I&#39;ve been working on some new greeting card designs which will be out later this year, so expect lots more cute little critters including this guy. In preparation for Thread I put together some mini and fat quarters that were a real hit at this year&#39;s show. Affordable British made textiles that are unique and perfect for your own craft projects - what&#39;s not to love?! I also had time to give my Etsy shop a little revamp and all your fox and badger favourites are back in stock! Thread was great this year, lots of lovely customers and it&#39;s always nice to catch up with my fellow Thread exhibitors. I hope to be back next year ;) Now that the dust has settled after Thread my Christmas plans are in full swing, new products, Christmas theme photo shoots and Christmas market prep. Finally as you may have noticed it&#39;s not quite the end of September yet but I&#39;m moving to Berlin tomorrow! Needless to say I&#39;m super excited about this new adventure and will be bringing you lots of Berlin highlights soon enough :) <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-09-21T09:15:00+01:00 2015-09-21T09:15:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Deck the Walls 2) Luli Sanchez 3) But Does it Float 4) Beth Nichols <![CDATA[Thread, a Festival of Textiles]]> 2015-09-16T17:30:00+01:00 2015-09-16T17:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules Hello, all. Just a little reminder this year&#39;s Thread starts next week and I can&#39;t wait! This is the third year I&#39;ve taken part in Farnham Maltings&#39; Thread and I will be bringing with me a plethora of lovely textiley goodness. Including fat and mini quarters. My range of purses, pencil cases and make up bags. I will also have vintage scrap packs that you can snap up as well as vintage earrings and accessories. Loads of great exhibitors this year so don&#39;t miss out, guys! Open 12pm - 6pm Friday 25th September and 10am - 5pm Saturday 26th of September at Farnham Maltings. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-09-14T07:15:00+01:00 2015-09-14T07:15:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Garima Dhawan 2) Bon Appetit 3) Lucie Veilleux 4) Unknown <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Made by Mrs M]]> 2015-09-02T09:30:00+01:00 2015-09-02T09:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules September is all about Made by Mrs M! I came across Made by Mrs M from one of my many internet snooping sessions and met her for the first time at Thread last year. She&#39;s a frequent feature of craft shows such as Renegade and Designer Makers and her quirky architectural textile designs have recently hit Not on the High Street no less! So here&#39;s a little something about Mrs M... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? My Name is Kate Marsden and I&rsquo;m a textile designer based in South London. I design patterns inspired by mid-century architecture, featuring images of buildings in London and Sheffield (at the moment &ndash; there may be more to come!). My designs are bold, colourful and unique. What inspires your work? Everything and anything, but I love modern and brutalist architecture, and no matter what else I design I always seem to come back to it! I enjoy just walking around in London and taking snapshots &ndash; sometimes these images just sit on my computer for years, others become paintings, which eventually become my pattern designs. Where do you work? Describe your work space. I work from home where I have a small studio and separate study, which I share with Mr M. All of my writing (which is mostly for my blog), editing and, to a certain extent, designing &ndash; so anything I need the computer for &ndash; takes place in the study and I do everything else in my studio (initial sketches, paintings, sewing, designing, photographing tutorials and more). What do you love about your job? I love the flexibility and the fact that after so many years I&rsquo;m finally my own boss! I&rsquo;m able to work around school hours, doing something I love, although I do work much longer hours than I did in the day job. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? I spend most of my free time looking after my son. I&rsquo;ve also become really keen on gardening, especially as I have a larger garden now that we live right on the very edge of London. I also enjoy getting up to town and visiting exhibitions and just wandering around (although this often ends up turning into work!). What are you currently working on? I&rsquo;m currently working on new products and new fabric designs for the autumn. I&rsquo;m in the process of getting all of my fabrics printed in the UK (at the moment just a few are printed here) and I&rsquo;m hoping to be there in the next couple of months. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I&rsquo;ll be back at Thread Festival of Textiles in Farnham in September. I had a great time last year and I&rsquo;m looking forward to sharing my new designs there after my current ones were met with such enthusiasm in 2014. I&rsquo;ve just opened up a shop on Not on the High Street and I have two cushions featuring my new Battersea design in a fantastic capsule collection curated by Warehouse Home Magazine. Who are your designer favourites? There are so many! I&rsquo;m developing a small collection of items from Viktorija of And Smile (she&rsquo;s responsible for my fab profile picture) &ndash; I love her quirky style of illustration. I fancy a piece from Elizabeth Pawle&rsquo;s Scatterings series of embroideries and I also have my eye on the cloud tables from Pygmy Cloud. So many more though &ndash; I could go on all day! Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Persevere and fight the urge to give up when it&rsquo;s not going to plan; don&rsquo;t compare yourself to others (this is really hard!) and don&rsquo;t give up the day job unless you have to/can afford to/have no other option &ndash; you&rsquo;re always more creative when you&rsquo;re not panicking about money! To find out more about Made by Mrs M here are some handy links - Website Etsy Not on the High Street Twitter Instragram Facebook Pinterest &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Learned and Loved in August 2015]]> 2015-08-31T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-31T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules This has been one busy month and I can&#39;t believe we&#39;re already saying hello to September. Only 29 days until I&#39;m off to Berlin - eek! And for those who are wondering yes my German is still terrible... It&#39;s a minor detail I&#39;m sure ;-) This month started as usual with a new &#39;Maker of the Month&#39; and in August I caught up with one of my all time favs - Little Birdy! &nbsp; I&#39;ve been beavering away on new designs and product ideas and will soon be launching a new range of greeting cards. Long over due I must say. I also cracked on with a freelance brief which i hope to do a lot more of once I move to Berlin and no longer have to juggle my day job with my business - yay! I took part in my first Bath Artisan Market and will be returning November 22nd with lots of Christmas loveliness. I did also manage to squeeze in some down time and spent a weekend in Bath. Beautiful. My big summer sale kicked off this month and ends midnight tonight, so there&#39;s still time! Just use the code: SUMMERSALE15 and get 25% off everything in store. I&#39;ve been busy this bank holiday weekend getting ready for Thread (can&#39;t wait!) which is on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of September. I&#39;ll be selling my original fabrics along with vintage scrap packs and gifts. Well worth a look. September is set to be a busy one so stay tuned! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-24T07:00:00+01:00 2015-08-24T07:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Unknown 2) Arlene Shechet 3) Luli Sanchez 4) Hanne Friis &nbsp; <![CDATA[Summer Sale!]]> 2015-08-20T19:00:00+01:00 2015-08-20T19:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Having a HUGE summer sale right now with 25% off everything! Just go to my Etsy or Folksy store pick out that little something for someone special (or just yourself!) and use the code: SUMMERSALE15 at the checkout to get your discount. Ends 31st August 2015. Happy shopping! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-17T07:30:00+01:00 2015-08-17T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Suzanna Scott 2) Uwe Kowski 3) Nina Warmerdam 4) Style Your Soiree 5) Amma Studio &nbsp; <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-08-14T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-14T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules This week&#39;s #FolksyFriday is all about pets, gifts for them and gifts for you! As many of you have probably seen from Instagram I loooove my fur baby, Fussy. He is enormous and a total grouch but adorable all the same! If like me your little obsessed with your pets these Folksy treats are for you. Personalised Pet Necklace by The Catkin Boutique Black and White Dog Collar by Lurril Handmade Felt Cat Cave from Malobi&#39;s Boutique Budgie Mug by Jen Moules Designs Floral Family Tree by Floppsie Moppsie Personalised Doggie Treats by What&#39;s Suzie Cooking? Custom Glitter Pet Portrait from Studio Pickles Plenty more loveliness can be found on Folksy &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-10T07:30:00+01:00 2015-08-10T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Grown-up Shoes 2) Roseanne M Watson 3) Maria Ines Escobar 4) Fffound 5) Eye Poetry <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Little Birdy]]> 2015-08-04T19:45:00+01:00 2015-08-04T19:45:00+01:00 Jen Moules August&#39;s Maker of the Month is super special and one of my absolute favourites - Little Birdy! I stumbled upon Little Birdy&#39;s work a while ago and have been obsessed with these adorable ceramics ever since. I really hope Santa brings me a &#39;Push Me Pull You&#39; this year and the more jazzy pom poms the better! Here&#39;s a little something about Little Birdy... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Hello my name is Little Birdy and I&rsquo;m a Bristol based ceramicist and Illustrator. What inspires your work? Lots of things inspire me&hellip; wildlife, in particular forest animals and sea creatures as they seem somehow magical to me. I&#39;m also influenced by bold colours and patterns but really take my inspiration from nature and fantasy, which is summed up in figurines like my flying badgers for example. Where do you work? Describe your work space. My work space varies, I spend part of my time at Maze ceramic studio in Bristol (where my work gets fired) as a day studio user. Although I don&rsquo;t seem to get a huge amount of sculpting done there as I&rsquo;m constantly chattering away to other ceramicists who use the studio like Alice Shields and Jessica Thorn. I am lucky enough to have a large shed in the garden which I use as a ceramic studio so often work in there too. With illustration its usually on my lap while watching films. What do you love about your job? The thing I love about my job is getting to be creative everyday and hearing nice things from happy customers. The other wonderful thing that comes from doing what I do is having an amazing group of friends who I met through being a crafter and that is priceless and an unexpected bonus! When you&#39;re not working how do you spend your free time? I&rsquo;m constantly working for the most part but if I do allow myself some time off then going to the cinema is a favourite thing to do or going for tea and cake with a friend. I&rsquo;m also a keen gardener and try to spend as much time as I can in the garden as its very relaxing, therapeutic and&nbsp; inspirational. What are you currently working on? Currently I&#39;m working on some sea inspired ceramic pieces and experimenting with colours and decoration and looking at branching out into notepads and mugs on the print and illustration side of things. I&rsquo;m also trying to build up a body of ceramic work to restock my woefully neglected stockists. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I&#39;m going to be doing a few more collaborations this year after the success I had with the Elizabeth Pawle and more recently with I Like Cats but thats top secret! I have a magazine interview and an editorial photo shoot in the immediate future and am hoping to launch a new porcelain jewellery range under a separate banner on ASOS to yes the market which is exciting. I&rsquo;ve also got some new stockists coming up and the rest of the time&nbsp; will be spent gearing up for Christmas sales and markets. Who are your designer favourites? There are so many makers and designers that I like and find inspiring for a plethora of reasons&hellip;. Some of my favourites include Textile Artists Mister Finch and Emma Cocker, Abigail Brown and her beautiful birds and Ceramicist Molly Hatch. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? The advice I would give to anyone starting out is to research the customer demographic you are looking to sell to and see what other successful business&rsquo;s do while ensuring that you have your own individual style and products. Make the most of the free social media platforms, (I&rsquo;m a big fan of Instagram) and take the best quality photographs you can! The best money I&#39;ve ever spent was on a kickstarted collapsible, portable mini photographic studio called &lsquo;Lightcase&rsquo; which can be bought for &pound;34 and allows you take incredibly professional photos and worth every penny. Above all be patient, committed&nbsp; and realistic and engage with your customers whenever you get the chance. The joy of buying handmade is that its come from a very small business or one person not some faceless giant company, the personal touch goes a long way! To find out more about Little Birdy here are some handy links - Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Folksy &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Yellow Trace 2) Alex Proba 3) Garnet Hill 4) Unknown