Palm Springs Fever

It's almost a year since I found my spiritual home on this planet; Palm Springs there is still so much work I want to make inspired by our California road trip but I'm super happy with how the Palm Springs print turned out! I've now developed the design into some cards which will be online super soon there is also the screen print and some super cute pins. I find that being a one girl band collections often evolve based on feedback from customers, I'd love to put out a whole range at once and perhaps one day I will, but I do quite like the constant tinkering!

Ohh Deer Takeover!

I few weeks ago I took over ohh Deer's instagram page sharing some thoughts on my process and what's in my studio! I thought I'd pop it on the blog as it was super fun! I have a couple of cards and lovely daily journal with them and hopefully more in the future!

Hi I’m Jacqueline and I’m taking over Ohh Deer’s instagram account today because last year I took part in their awesome card competition and they produced this design! It’s got gold foil and everything!   

Hi I’m Jacqueline and I’m taking over Ohh Deer’s instagram account today because last year I took part in their awesome card competition and they produced this design! It’s got gold foil and everything!

 

Here is my now not so secret stash of felt tip pens, I do all my drawing with felt tips I was obsessed as a child and had a massive collection and I haven’t grown out of it! Faves include Tombow and Copic Sketch among others!

Here is my now not so secret stash of felt tip pens, I do all my drawing with felt tips I was obsessed as a child and had a massive collection and I haven’t grown out of it! Faves include Tombow and Copic Sketch among others!

Here is my studio wall, I love making Riso and Screen prints and here is a selection on my studio wall! I painted this sign with my name on for when I pop up at markets!   

Here is my studio wall, I love making Riso and Screen prints and here is a selection on my studio wall! I painted this sign with my name on for when I pop up at markets!

 

Here you can see the original drawings I used to make the cacti design, they were inspired by a botanical garden that I visited in Marrakech called Les Jardins Majorelle I love plants and Cacti!   

Here you can see the original drawings I used to make the cacti design, they were inspired by a botanical garden that I visited in Marrakech called Les Jardins Majorelle I love plants and Cacti!

 

Here I am in my Studio, Disclaimer alert: It is NEVER this tidy but I thought I better tidy up for you guys! Well that’s it from me, massive thanks for having me Ohh Deer!

Here I am in my Studio, Disclaimer alert: It is NEVER this tidy but I thought I better tidy up for you guys! Well that’s it from me, massive thanks for having me Ohh Deer!

Sample by Hemingway Design

I had such a fab time at the DIY Market this weekend such a great turnout so massive thank you to everyone who popped by and said hello! Thought I'd mention my next event which is taking place at the Greenwich Peninsula which has become a real hub of creative activity! Curated by Hemingway Design it's called Sample and is one of many exciting events being cooked up by that team!

How To Grow Your Small Business

I guest wrote a blog post for Department Store which I thought I'd share here too:

You may already be at the stage where you've transformed your idea into a successful business venture or perhaps its still an idea floating at the back of your mind. Nevertheless, you're wondering what's next? Where do I go from here and how to I grow my business? Below we've spoken to illustrator, print designer and entrepreneur Jacqueline Colley who built her business into the wonderful studio it is today. Sharing her own experiences and advice, we find out top tips on how designers can grow and perhaps more importantly nurture their small businesses. 

P: What's a influential experience you've remembered in your career? 

J: 2 years ago I took part in UAL's Showcase at Pulse, the experience was really eye opening and led me to realise that I could sell my designs as products. This year I will be taking part in Pulse in May as a fully fledged exhibitor and I'm looking forward to learning a whole new set of lessons!

Could you give our readers some tips on how to grow their business? 

J: "Sure! Here's my list..

1. Take part in events, I regularly do markets which helps me find new customers, meet amazing people and open doors to collaborations. 

2. Social media, is a great way to connect with other creatives and learn from those ahead of you. Selling yourself the best way possible is key!

3. Collaborate, although this may be scary, just go for it. You have nothing to loose! Working with a like minded brand creates a new challenge and broadens your audience. 

4. Diversity. I've found that adapting my designs into different products helps grow my brand. 

5. Keep making new work, with everything else going on it can be hard to find the time but this is why I started my own business so one of my key motivations!" 

Happy New Year & January Sale!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Holiday break! I'm back with a spring in my step and excited to see what creative collaborations 2017 might bring!!

For now though I'm going on Sale with lots of reductions across the range! Check out the cosmetic cases and bags

Meanwhile I'll be spending January researching and  designing some new patterns and products so watch this space! Plus there is a couple of cheeky new bits that I will be uploading soon just to keep things fresh!

The Design Museum Market

This weekend was the last event of my year; the Design Museum Market! I felt so privileged to have been selected to exhibit and it was amazing to have been involved! I had an incredible weekend and it was the perfect end to the year! I feel so grateful to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me in my creative endeavours! I hope that next year can be half as challenging and rewarding as this year has been! Looking forward to new collaborations new designs and new exhibitions! Here is a snap of my stall at the Design Museum!

The-Design-Meseum-Market-Stall

East end Christmas Market!

This Saturday you can find me at my first Urban Makers East market in Mile end's ecology pavilion! Looking forward to trading in such a lovely location not to mention the pork sliders and baked goods that will be available!! On Sunday if the weather is fine (My stock doesn't like the rain!) I'll be popping up just off Chatsworth road market in the Rushmore School section!