This week we’re talking to Amanda Colville from Folksy shop Mangle Prints
Could you describe your shop?
I create small edition Lino prints using a mangle as a press. All the prints are hand printed, so the whole process is very “hands on”. You’ll also find cards and delicate paper garlands that I make using lino prints and wax.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
I hope it appeals to lots of different people. Sometimes customers like to buy a print for a special occasion or gift, and request a certain print, as it has specific meaning to them. It is always nice to hear the story of why someone has brought a piece.
Is this your day job?
Up until a few years ago, I was working as a Welfare Officer for a local Housing Association. When I had to give the job up, due to illness, it was a good opportunity for me to resume my original training in art and design.
At the moment this is my day job, allowing me to take periods of time off when I need to. I have three children, so working from home fits in well the family.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
I blame my love of arts and crafts on my mother, who was always making/ sewing/ creating things at home, so handmade has been a way of life since I was a child. This ethos has always stayed with me, and it’s fantastic that it is now being embraced by people again. I’ve been creating things on and off throughout my life, but feel very lucky that I can now sell the things I create to other people.
Where do you promote your shop?
There are all sorts of free on-line resources that you can use to promote your shop. I have a blog, Facebook page and Twitter account that I use to promote and meet other artists and makers. I have also found Flickr really useful too. Apart from being effective promotional tools, they are a great way of meeting and discovering other artists and printmakers too.
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
I am really pleased at how Mangle Prints has progressed over the last year but I’m realistic to what I can achieve as a small home based printmaker. I would love to see some of my designs and prints on fabric or wallpaper though, so maybe that is something I can work towards in the future.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
Do be prepared to allocate time on top of making, for promotion and taking photos, there’s always lots of good advice on the Folksy blog and forums.
I would encourage anybody to set up a Folksy shop as it’s a great site and there’s a great community too.
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