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Shop Talk :: Handprinted by A. Deegan

Original lino cut print

This week we’re talking to Alison from Folksy shop Handprinted by A. Deegan

Could you describe your shop?

A printed cacophony of creatures chasing, leaping and fluttering their way across striking landscapes and seascapes.

Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?

Mmm we are told to know our market aren’t we but to be honest I couldn’t pin my buyers down to a particular demographic. Hopefully this means my shop had a pretty broad appeal.

Fishing huts on Faro

Is this your day job?

I am an archaeologist by training and profession. Handprinted by A. Deegan is my secondary business.

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

I’d always dabbled but lacked any real focus until after my son was born, then I began to appreciate the value of time and to use it a little more wisely. I started with painting and then got hooked on printmaking.

Where do you promote your shop?

I have a blog (http://handprinter.blogspot.com/) where I share my inspirations and work in progress, and links to new work in my Folksy shop. I am also on Twitter but I give Facebook a wide berth.

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

I’d love to supply my work to more shops and galleries, these places are helping to maintain a bit of diversity and independence in our increasingly homogenous towns and cities.

Original lino cut print

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

Think carefully about your packaging, it doesn’t have to be expensive but it should reflect the same care and attention you have paid to creating the item you are sending. And be patient; don’t be disheartened if your sales are slow to start with.

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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8 comments

Paul Bailey June 1, 2011 - 7:30 am

Well done Alison. I love the fishing huts print.

Hilary June 1, 2011 - 8:43 am

Your prints are wonderful Alison, thanks for answering our questions today :)

Amanda June 1, 2011 - 9:23 am

Well done Alison- your prints are wonderful x

littlewrenpottery June 1, 2011 - 11:18 am

I agree great packaging really is part of the buying experience, beautiful work.

Print for love of wood June 3, 2011 - 3:56 pm

I love Alson’s work and have the rabbit and fox in my collection, hopefully a magpie soon ;o)

Alison June 4, 2011 - 8:19 am

thanks for the lovely comments and thanks for inviting me be part of Shop Talk :)

Glassprimitif June 6, 2011 - 8:35 pm

I’m such a big fan of Alison’s beautiful prints. So affordable too!

sheridanart June 10, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Hi Alison, really love your work, just getting back into printing since finishing work and would like to approach galleries also- any tips? Thanks, Dawn

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