Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #38, JaneCrick
JaneCrick is our current CraftBritannia Shop of the Week and Janey creates gorgeous nature-inspired cards, gift wrap and gifts. She talks to us about her inspiration and her future plans.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
My working week is always very busy! I do garden maintenance one or two days a week – always on a Monday, and sometimes on Thursday too! I am also very lucky to be front of house at my friend Lizzi’s Gallery, The Lion House Gallery in Lavenham, on Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and any other time I get spare I try to get my cards and stationery items into as many local quality gift shops and galleries as I can, as well as designing new items and looking after my family and allotment! Oh, and looking after my Etsy shop, of course!
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Gardening is a great way to relax your mind and I concentrate on doing something manual like weeding, and I find being out in the fresh air rejuvenating, whatever the weather! But when I’m not working I like to get involved with village events, spend time with my children Lewis 9 and Millie 7 – baking or just watching a film – and I do Zumba once a week which I love!
What was the first piece you ever sold?
I have always ‘made’ things. I sold a lino cut I made as an art student at a local art fair when I was a teenager, and used to make badges out of Fimo and sell them in the ’80 heydays of Craft Fairs. But my first item I sold using my current style of illustration was a small embellished canvas of cow parsley. And I was thrilled with my first ever Etsy sale of some cards to a lovely lady in America!
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Don’t give up, believe in your style, listen to other people’s advice but if you don’t believe it’s the right way to go in your heart then don’t do it!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love silk screen printing – although I don’t have any in my Etsy shop at the moment. I am a member of a print room group in Sudbury at Gainsborough’s House – I try to get over there as often as I can, time allowing, to work on experimental pieces and have some fun! Hopefully I will have something ‘saleable’ one day!
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I have tried jewellery making but find it too fiddly! I think I would love to try to make lampwork beads – I adore them!
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro! I use it to produce my illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. It’s a vector drawing programme through which I draw every shape by ‘mouse’ and then colour and layer to produce the composition and feel I am looking for. I would find it hard to produce my illustration style in any other way. Silk screen printing is the nearest other method.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Nature, the Suffolk countryside and coast, things around me – my friends.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I have many but my most recent purchase is a small ceramic spoon with spots on which I bought from my long time friend Helen at Old Piggery Pottery in Needham Market, Suffolk. I keep it in my coffee tin so that every morning when I make a cafetiere of coffee I use it and it makes me smile!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I am looking at maybe re-thinking my listings, possibly selling cards and gift wrap in packs. The price of postage is very high on individual cards.
I hope to expand my range and include small giclee prints and maybe some print making.
I have recently started to design gift wrap, which I am now totally addicted to. I seem to conceive new designs as gift wrap sheets in my head before anything else! I would love to produce designs for fabric and wallpaper but can’t find a cost effective way of doing this to sell on.
I also make quirky, humorous, quickly drawn cards with upcycled newspaper clippings of dogs and cats which sell really well in the Gallery – I hope to maybe open up another Etsy shop selling those too!