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!”
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?
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!