It is funny where your clients can take you - I've learned that over the years. No matter what business plans you make, you can be sure if you are in a service industry, that you will have to keep revisiting them and refining what you do to please your customers and cater particularly for their changing needs. I count myself lucky to work in a world full of creative and original people and it certainly keeps me on my toes!
Back in 2010, when we first ventured into producing large format prints, our ties with a local firm of architectural designers led us to produce wallpaper and canvas prints. We also worked with a graphic illustrator on a stand for Grand Designs featuring her quirky children's prints for a range of bespoke wall coverings. We still print wallpaper today and there are more textures and finishes to choose from than ever. Pattern is still a passion and I like nothing better than working with artists and creators of patterned designs.
In 2013, along with a dear friend of mine, we started to publish watercolours by local artist Andrew Geeson. Our little range was soon adopted by a number of stockists who fell in love with the English Country Garden images, painted in a romantic style to evoke a quiet time gone by. We still print these beautiful cards today and the range has grown to include wrapping paper and gift tags.
This led to a whole range of printed products being developed for artists and artisan designers and we now print for a variety of local artists and photographers who want to produce an income from their artworks. Products include prints for framing, wall posters, greeting cards and notebooks, bookmarks and postcards.
In 2017 we began a collaboration with British Artisan Designer, Julie Dodsworth when we started to produce printed material to manufacture roller blinds. This led to us creating a colouring book and now we are working with a publisher to create a deal where artists and writers can see their work published.
Who knows where our customers will take us next - whoever they are and wherever it is, I am sure it will continue to be colourful and fun!
So if you are a budding artist or established artisan and would like to know how to turn your talent into an income, then you might consider creating your own cards or prints for sale or look at some of our other decorative print ideas. We'd love to help your business blossom!