Tell us about yourself. Who you are, where you live and a
little bit about you and what you do in your spare time.|
Hi, my name is Clare and I live in Bridgend a small town in South Wales. I am mum to my two little tinkers Sam 7yrs and Hollie (Lollie) 3yrs. I love spending any free time experimenting with new crafts, watching Sam play rugby on a Sunday morning and settling down in front of the TV to watch a good DVD.
What do you make?
I make fun, colourful and unique hand crafted gifts. Each design is made using only the finest designer fabrics, materials and embellishments. Gifts include pretty glass and fabric magnets, stylish bookmarks, sweet hair accessories, bunting and beautiful mini magnetic clipboards. Each product is carefully designed to add a little splash of colour and brighten up any room. I work mainly with paper and fabric but hope to expand upon this soon.
How & when did you get started designing & making?
I have always considered myself to be creative, loving anything to do with art and craft. In college I studied Art & Design alongside my teaching degree but after entering the world of employment found I had very little free time and spent many years not even picking up a paintbrush.
One year I went on a holiday to Florida and discovered and fell in love with scrapbooking which made me realise I needed to start using my creativity again. When I became a full time Mum I began experimenting with different crafts, found the Etsy website and here I am today thoroughly happy and fulfilled in what I’m doing.
What venues / websites do you sell from?
At the moment I only sell online through websites:
I have also very recently been accepted to sell on Notonthehighstreet.com
and am extremely pleased with the response I’m receiving so far. I have yet to sell through
any craft fair venues but this is something I look forward to doing in the future.
What / who inspires your work?
I am mainly inspired by patterns and colour combinations I see everywhere in everyday life. I have a mini sketchbook/ notepad I take everywhere with me, where I keep all my ideas and inspirations.
What are your plans for Hollie Lollie for the next 12 months?
My big plan is to get my own website up and running by this time next year and I also need to start concentrating on promoting Hollie Lollie outside of the crafting community.
I have recently had a large delivery of beautiful designer fabrics and am looking forward to using them to expand upon my range of colourful bunting. I am also working on a range of clutch purses and accessories which I am very excited about at the moment.
What marketing tips do you have for other artists, designers, crafters & makers?
HollieLollie is still very young as it was only started in April of this year, so I have been taking tips off other very helpful people for marketing. I have found invaluable advice through searching the many craft forums that are now available. I mainly promote through twitter, my blog and my facebook fan page, I'd recommend other crafters look into these marketing tools if they don't already use them as they do work.
I love photography and spend a lot of time uploading photos onto flickr where
quite a few people have found me. Promotion particularly through the internet can be very time consuming but
definitely worth it all in the long run. One day perhaps somebody else can do it for me!