Since starting at Sennen Market I have become more enthusiastic about creating products for my stall. It's really great to have an outlet, a real physical outlet compared with the somewhat nebulous experience of an Etsy shop.
I've found it useful to chat to customers and other stall holders alike, not to mention just feeling like a regular person. Being free of 'mum duties' feels quite liberating, although the tiredness doesn't suddenly disappear.
It's kind of good that this is a quiet time of year as it's giving me a chance to get used to different routines and how much work I need to create.
Creating handmade work is limited to what I can physically manage within a time frame, whereas creating products like notebooks and cards is limited to my confidence levels, budget and storage. I would say that confidence is probably the biggest factor in this and I am really grateful for all the feedback I received on Facebook and Instagram which has helped enormously.
It's really exciting looking into products and thinking about what would look good with my designs on. There's a lot of choice out there and lots of different companies offering different deals. I loved the idea of notebooks with belly bands though. I love the potential of a new notebook and allocating a purpose for it. I have lots of notebooks filled with story ideas and my thoughts and so I was delighted to finally have my own range! Functionality and art make a very happy partnership.
I'd been researching tin and scarf manufacturers, but then I decided to create a design for a mug as the path was a bit clearer. It was pretty nerve wracking ordering them and it didn't help when I had an email back saying that there were artwork issues that needed to be sorted. But despite some wobbles in my part, I redid the design on a larger scale and higher quality. I'm pleased with what I have done and can't wait to share photos of the real thing.