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!

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!" 

Etsy Store

I don't know why it's taken me so long but after setting up an

Etsy shop

front back in 2013 I have done nothing with it, until now! I have posted up my whole collection and more! There are some exclusive prints up there too! If it's a platform that you like to use then please come and say

hi!

Colour by Fab

So excited to share the new Fab colouring book which features my work, it has a beautiful gold foiled cover with the work of Elena boils

 and features a page of exotic birds by me! I adapted my menagerie print for the book and feature alongside 29 other Fab artists! I can't wait to colour it in! You can get yours now from Fab!