Do you need help with your creative business?

I am really excited to be able to tell you about my mentoring services to creatives who are feeling stuck with their business or their practice. 
"The best thing about working with Fiona (apart from her knowledge) is she is quite possibly one of the nicest people EVER!  She is warm approachable and gives you confidence in your abilities.  I would recommend Fiona to anyone without hesitation - in fact I rave about her all the time to everyone!"  Sarah from Hey Pear Website Design Whether you are just starting up your creative business or you’ve been operating for a while, sometimes we just need someone else to talk through our ideas with, to find focus and direction. You might be wanting to get more serious about the business side of being a creative, perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, or maybe you are ready to make some changes and need help making a plan. I’ve been mentoring creatives both through my teaching at university and through my own…

New in the Studio this Month

Having not blogged for a while, I started to think about what would be good to share on here again.  So a bit of info about what's been happening in the studio this month.

I've been busy screen printing and making new colour ways and products this month.  Its been a funny time not being able to go out as much but this has definitely enabled me to spend more time in the studio and on my business too.

Here's a few of the new bits and bobs I've been working on.

My new limited edition screen prints - including the stripey jumper loving Miss Bumble.

She looks pretty happy here with one of my stackable kitty cats to keep her company

I've developed a new range of wooden screen printed flowers to go with my wooden vase range.  Really love playing with the colours and patterns on these.

Pink hair has been sooooo popular this month - I think everyone is needing some happy colours around at the moment.

And my new ornamental brooches that can sit in their matching stands when…

Creative Business Interview - Rebecca Brown - Ceramics and Drawings

I can't tell you how excited and pleased I was when Rebecca said that she would agree to be interviewed for the blog.  I really love Rebecca's work (I'm still regretting not buying a plate that had the most fabulous scruffy cat on it!)  and am sure you will love her work too.  She is a relatively new business and is, like many of us juggling it with other jobs. I'm also really pleased that we will be both exhibiting at Art& in York in October so I'll get chance to buy a plate and this time I won't be hesitating!

Be sure to go give her a follow over on Instagram here

1. Tell us a bit about your business?
I make decorative hand built and slip cast ceramics, combining drawing, painting and printmaking to build narrative on the surface.  It still feels as though I'm just starting out but I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Textile & Surface Design which was where I started working with ceramics.  I then wen on to study for a Masters in Illustration and …

Creative Business Interview - Ruth Thorp - Illustrator

I'm absolutely thrilled to bits that illustrator Ruth Thorp agreed to be interviewed for my series of Creative Business Interviews.  You will love her work, its full of colour and imagery that just takes you away to beautiful illustrated lands.  Her journey to becoming a designer is an inspiration to all aspiring creatives who are looking for a change of career. Ruth has some great advice, so get comfortable and enjoy reading about her business...

1. Tell us a bit about your business - what do you do? What’s your background. Why did you decide to set up your creative business? How long has it been going?

I’m an illustrator and designer based in Bath. Most of my work is inspired by the natural world and the spirit of adventure and I produce and sell my own range of art prints and cards as well as a range of illustrated books in collaboration with and published by our family run publishing imprint Raw Mixture Publishing (
I have a degree in Architecture from …

Pricing for Creatives

So last week I did a talk, on pricing of all things!  Me who really is no big fan of working with numbers - which is actually the main reason I decided to deliver a talk on numbers for creatives.

When I was asked if I had any ideas for a talk as part of the Factory Programme with the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, I started to think about what I would have liked to have known more about when I first graduated and started trying to sell my work.

I graduated 10 years ago, and now there is a tonne of information on the internet to help with getting your pricing right - just google it and you will find some good articles on it.  But I do think it is good to have a real person in front of you who has gone through the stuff you're trying to work out and hopefully motivate you to deal with the elements of your business that you find difficult.

It was no surprise to me when I asked the room of attendees to my talk - "who likes maths?" - that no one put their hand up.  Most o…

Creative Business Interview - Holly Crow - Designer Maker - Clothing

In this chapter of the Creative Business Interviews -  I got to chat to the lovely Holly Crow - a designer maker based just up the road from me in Cheddleton in Staffordshire. I first met Holly when she had her shop in Leek - she’s always smiling and makes beautiful clothes and I couldn’t wait to find out more about her and her business.

Tell us a bit about your business - what do you do?
Hi my names is Holly and I run Holly Crow Clothing & Gifts. I'm a designer maker by trade, specialising in women's and girl's clothing. I’m a one woman show at Holly Crow so I'm lucky that I get to see each garment through from the inspiration/design stage right through to me putting the finished touches to each handmade garment before they get sent out to my lovely customers.

I studied art at college on a general Btec course which I loved as I got to try out so many different mediums and processes. In the second year I specialised in Fashion and then went on to do a degree in Fashio…

How to get ready for a fair - Manchester Print Fair

So I’m going to be at the Manchester Print Fair on Saturday 11th May.

The Manchester Print Fair is in the beautiful cathedral in Manchester, just near Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

I’m so pleased to get accepted to exhibit and I can’t wait to see all the other stall holders work. I’m hoping to see a few familiar faces.

There is always a lot of planning to do before an event and I’ve now got a check list I created to make sure I don’t forget anything. There is so much advice online these days for getting ready for events  and fairs. One of my favourite resources for all things creative business wise is The Design Trust - and there is an excellent article here  that I highly recommend to you.

Here’s the top 10 things I make always  sure I’ve got sorted.

1. Plan your display
Every event is different so making sure you’ve tried and tested out how your display will look before you go will make set up when you get there so much easier. If it’s a table top event - I will test out a few idea…