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Shop Talk :: Lil Sonny Sky

Lil Sonny Sky Thanks Love - Original screen print

This week we’re talking to Lisa from Folksy shop Lil Sonny Sky

Could you describe your shop?

My Folksy shop is an outlet for my screen printing and fabric collage, which is all my personal work along side being a freelance illustrator & a mum! It’s also a kind of online portfolio for clients to see my personal work.

Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?

Everyone I hope! Someone who finds a connection with my work, maybe on a personal level, as most of my work is inspired by my family life and 3 children I hope that customers can relate it to loved ones in their life.

Je Taime Paris - Original fabric art

Is this your day job?

I’m a freelance illustrator along side being a Mum as well as having my online shops. I supply artworks to the greeting card industry and I’m also working on my own children’s picture book with an agent, so it’s a bit of a balancing act between them all at the moment!

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

I’ve always drawn, doodled, painted and illustrated, never could do anything else really!! ( apart from put a fruit pastel in my mouth with out chewing it!!) in recent times I’ve learnt how to screen print and experimented with fabric & collage. I feel a need to always try new ways of producing my ideas and to push myself for my work to evolve.

Where do you promote your shop?

I promote my shop on my blog ‘Lil Sonny Sky’, (www.lilsonnysky.blogspot.com) named after my children Lily, Sonny & Skyla. This blog is my online mental floss and has been such a fab learning curve for someone like me who’s not computer savvy! I’ve made some wonderful contacts and been inspired by so many talented fellow bloggers. I also promote my shops on postcards enclosed with all my prints and handed out at exhibitions and also doing online interviews such as this one.

Little me, big love - Limited addition original screen print

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

At the moment I’m now concentrating most of my time developing my children’s picture book which has been a dream of mine for a long time. I once wrote and illustrated my own children’s books but then stopped to have a family, I now want to make a couple more, for my own children. My shop at the moment is a side outlet for personal development….but when I free up some more time as my children get older I can concentrate on taking my Folksy shop a stage further.

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

Do it! It’s a great way to showcase your talent and creations online, it’s a fab starting point and a wonderful online shop window, what have you to loose?!

We’d love to hear your comments!

Get in touch 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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Zoe Badger March 23, 2011 - 9:18 am

I love your work Lisa!. Great to read about folksy in your life. Keep up the beautiful art, good luck with the book x

Victoria March 23, 2011 - 10:25 am

Wow your works lovely, really like the feeling in your illustrations. Good luck with your shop and book! Sounds like your really busy : )

Hannah M March 24, 2011 - 4:29 pm

Wonderful interview Lisa! Great insight to your illustrated work. Best of luck with your children’s picture book project, can’t wait for that! :D

Nic @ Yardage Design March 29, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Love your work, Lisa – gorgeous!

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