This week’s featured maker is printmaker Fiona Humphrey from InkyPrint Originals. We asked Fiona to answer some of the questions often asked by Folksy sellers.
How and why did you start your business?
I set up Inkyprints-Originals almost two years ago with a very clear aim of creating hand-printed covers for recycled journals using folk-art linocut designs. Since then, it’s evolved to include a range of linocut artwork and other eco stationery. I sold my first linocut notebooks at an Open Studios Christmas Fair – that went well and encouraged me to set up online with Folksy.
How do you promote your work?
Ah, promotion – that’s a tough one and I don’t find it particularly easy. I promote my work at open studio events, art fairs and online through Facebook, Twitter and my blog. I’ve surprised myself by having a bit of a crush on Facebook though, and you can pretty much find me there at some point every day, big cup of coffee by my side, having a natter about my work, other people’s work, plus whatever else comes to mind! It’s friendly, interactive and offers great exposure to an ever-increasing circle.
Is there anything you particularly struggle with?
It has to be the juggling act between the old and the new, but that’s also the exciting bit. I’ve recently been working on an eco-stationery range which I’ll be launching soon for Christmas, and I’ve loved every part of the development, right down to the packaging!
Have you got a top tip for other Folksy makers?
Love what you do, make it the best it can be, and then tell people about it!
You can read the full interview with Fiona on the Folksy Tumblr
(image: a peek at Fiona’s new eco-stationery range)