This week we’re talking to Kirsty from Folksy shop Kirsty Elson Designs
Could you describe your shop?
I make decorative items in several mediums – driftwood, textiles and paper – but they generally have a distinctive nautical style. That’s what unifies it all. I like to think I have quite a distinctive style.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
I would say people who love the coast – and want a little bit of the seaside in their home. Many of my items are unique (ie one-offs), and I think that appeals to people too.
Is this your day job?
I’m lucky enough to do this full-time. I have 2 young sons so I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work around them… even if it means working into the night!
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
After I finished my illustration degree, life kind of took over and my creative side was put on hold. It was only after I became a mum 8 years ago that I took it up again. I guess that will be a familiar scenario for lots of artistic women!
Where do you promote your shop?
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
At the moment I feel I’m pretty stretched, though that should ease as my children get older. I can’t imagine being so busy that I have to delegate some of my work load to someone else – I’d hate that! I want to make everything personally!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
Go for it, definitely! Folksy is a great starting point as there’s very little outlay, and you can get a great idea of what sells best. I would say try and make your product stand out from the rest, list items regularly, and try and become as active in the Folksy community as you can! By ‘favouriting’ the shops you like, you are encouraging those shop owners to visit you. Ultimately, the more you put into Folksy, the more you get out of it!
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