Shop Talk :: Hello Monkey

Every Wednesday The Folksy blog will be finding out a little bit more about one of our sellers in our ‘Shop Talk’ series. This week we’re talking to Kerry McKeown from Folksy shop ‘Hello Monkey‘.

“Hello Monkey – Fun, quirky prints, greetings cards and wedding stationery with an emphasis on cheeriness!”

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Kerry’s designs for her successful Hello Monkey shop on Folksy are fun and understated with a palette of pastels and neutrals, occasionally punctuated with shocking pinks. The alphabet, number and customised name prints are perfect for hanging in a nursery, and make a unique present for a new parent!


Could you describe your shop?

My shop is a range of affordable, fun and thought provoking prints. I try to use current colour schemes that will suit modern rooms and offer a bespoke service should anyone want something in another colour.

Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?

I’ve designed the prints to appeal to adults and children alike. I try to appeal to men with my bolder quote prints and it seems to be working!


Is this your day job?

Since having my second child earlier this year I’d have to say that feeding, singing (badly), pulling silly faces and nappy changing would be the priority job, but now that I have a bit of home help I can take on a bit more design work


You can find more from Kerry’s beautiful designs by reading Hello Monkey News!

Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?

I’d say the love affair with fonts came about when I was about 4 after discovering my mum’s collection of Letraset. I made some great designs on the sofa. I thought they were great anyway.

When you’re not selling online where do you promote and sell your stock?

I sell at a few places online which is currently keeping me busy enough, along with the general graphic design work I do such as logos and websites, but when I get more time I’d love to do more modern craft fairs. I was lucky enough to have a stand that Bristol’s Tobacco Factory had organised last year and I still get enquiries from that a year on.

Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?

Where do I begin? My mind is constantly on overdrive with ideas, which drives my husband and friends mad. “Do you ever stop” someone once said to me! I’m hoping to set up an annual craft fair here in South West London for unique and talented designer makers to sell. There’s a distinct lack of that kind of thing in this part of London. As for my prints – the plan is to see them on a new range of merchandise

What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?

Make sure your photographs are clear and uncluttered, your shop banner reflects your products and your items are in a similar category – perhaps if you make jewellery AND knit it’s best to open two shops!
We’d love to hear your comments!

Get in touch and let us know who you would like to see interviewed in our Shop Talk series, or if you have an idea for an article you’d like to see on the Folksy Blog – hilary@folksy.co.uk
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4 Comments

  • August 4, 2010

    Nichola (miss frekkles)

    I love the designs and colours in this shop! Great interview.

  • August 4, 2010

    Konnie Kapow

    I noticed hello monkey a couple of weeks ago! Love the colours and just waiting for a wee kiddie to buy something for!

    Connie

  • August 5, 2010

    Cut Copy Create

    Wonderful shop with gorgeous prints!!

  • August 11, 2010

    Kerry (hello Monkey)

    Thank you sooooooooo much for featuring me and I just want to say I LOVE FOLKSY!!!