Well it's been a busy year, and I have loved the start of Sarah Lovell Art. I never thought I would have my own little business, and be making things (my favourite thing to do) and then people want to buy them and stock them in their shops! It's all very exciting, and it never gets less exciting when I get a new order.
I thought I would sign off for this year with a little round up of my favourite bits from 2013, I have learned so many new things and met some wonderful other designers and makers along the way. Here goes...
My first card order from the lovely Gullivers book shop was wonderful, I remember going in there , and tentatively showing them my small collection of 9 card designs and them saying they would take 4 of each!
Tis Tac in the flowers, one of my first designs inspired by my daughter's favourite toy!
Feb this year, I won tickets to the amazing 'Design Your Career' which was held at the Dance Pavillion in Bournemouth. This was a real turning point for me, and got me soooo inspired and fired up to really get going with my business, the speakers there were just fantastic, if you are starting up your own business, I couldn't recommend it enough!
I have loved taking part in the various fairs and markets this year. I now have my own gazebo! Going to these and selling things I have made to people and receiving lots of lovely feedback, well, when your an artist and people want your art work in their homes...you can't beat it! My favourite fair that I have done has been the amazing 'Anonymous Travelling Market' , if you haven't been, then go, you will not regret it!
I have entered a few competitions, one of which was run by the very inspiring Lilla Rogers Studio, I found out about it on Facebook, and thought I'd give it a go. There were over 1500 entries, and unfortunately I didn't get through to the 2nd round, but it did result in me having this print (below) to sell, which has been one of my most popular prints I have done! I'm sure Lilla Rogers will be giving me a call some day!!! In the mean time, I find her very inspiring, and I read her book 'I just like to Make things' which is excellent!
A Midsummer Night Fairground Limited Edition A3 Print
Lilla Rogers book, definitely recommend it!
Next I think it was my first feature in a magazine 'Arkadia' who found me on Twitter (I have become a big fan of twitter and learned lots about the power of social networking) They featured 2 of my prints including the above 'Midsummer Night Fairground' and , below, 'I Believe in Unicorns' A3 print! It was sooo exciting to see my art work in a real magazine!
There have been so many highlights this year, and these are just a few, if you would like to see more of what I do , you can look at my website here . I also do commissions, and would love to hear from you if you would like one.
There are lots more new products in the pipeline and coming soon in 2014. Watch this space!