The London Illustration Fair

I was so excited to exhibit for the first time last weekend at The London Illustration Fair The event was so busy with lots of lovely people stopping by to chat and say hi! I had a great time selling prints, cards pins and Patches to lots of new faces! I also enjoyed cutting out some of my signature paper cut leaves to Jungle-up my stand! If you'd like to catch me at another market I'll be at Renegade craft fair in the Truman Brewery off Brick Lane this Saturday and Sunday; the 9th & 10th of December and my final market is a Crafty Fox Night market at the Geffrye Museum on the 14th! Perfect events for shopping indie this Christmas!

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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!" 

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!

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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!

This Weekend!

This weekend I will be popping up at some lovely Christmas Markets filled with beautiful products made by Designer Makers! On Saturday the 3rd of December - Small business Saturday! I will be at the 'Craft Edit' in Islington It's free entry and in a lovely traditional town hall!

On Sunday I will be taking part in another awesome event hosted by the lovely folks from Crafty Fox at the dog star in Brixton! As always there will be a bar, DJ's and workshops! Hit the link for full trader listings!