I’ve had the business running for about two-and-a-half years, but up until lately I haven’t really thought about writing a blog. With the re-launch of my website I am going to start blogging so watch this space.
I’m going to start by giving you a quick catch up on some of the things that have gone on in the last couple of years.
I started my career as a graphic designer / illustrator, but everything became very technical when I moved into UX and application design for about 15 years. It’s now the latter part of my working life so I decided to take a step back to my first love which is graphics, design and illustration. Initially designing with my grandchildren in mind.
The first thing I did was I bought a wide format printer, I had to sell the entire contents of my shed to raise the money for it, but it broke down after about 10 months.
I remember the day I switched it off after multiple attempts of getting the alignment right. I had just finished a print run for Fairy Doors for Pixyland on Dartmoor (above). It was heart-wrenching, what was I to do? I went upstairs and started uploading all my artwork to print-on-demand (POD) sites such as Redbubble and later Zazzle where the commission is low and the competition is huge.
I had accumulated so much work for the wide-format business that I didn’t want to waste an ounce of that time by putting those designs in the archive. A little modification to the files and they worked well on a selection of products. I battled away at this business for much longer than I should have really. I was having far too much fun but I needed to do something to improve my income.
I took on some clients, built websites, designed logos and took on illustration work. I even worked as a carer for a while to support my income. In particular, I was really proud of some graphics work I did for a distillery in Looe, Cornwall called Copperfish.
Client work for Copperfish Distillery, Looe, Cornwall
More to come
I am really pleased to have lately done illustrations for them for their new Gin label. The results of which are yet to be announced and publicised. All this work helped me through some hard times. Things have been very much up and down trying to get my little plane off the ground!
So that brings me to now. I decided to rebuild my website with ‘live’ products instead of just links to the stuff I’ve got on the print-on-demand sites. Now, people will be able to buy items from my website rather than clicking through to another site.
My new website has a curated selection of my artwork available for sale on a number of products from hoodies, t-shirts through to art, bags and accessories.
I hope you enjoy browsing the website and always know that you are supporting an independent designer when you buy something from here.