Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #46, AccidentalVix
This week our CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is AccidentalVix. Vicky, who makes cards, textiles and illustrations tells us about her creative process.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I am a freelance interior designer so usually my day starts by checking e-mails and assessing my work load. I try to get my day job out of the way first and then as a reward allow myself some ‘creative time’ to work on AccidentalVix illustrations and sewing. I do however always allow myself half an hour before I start work to check facebook, twitter & etsy teams to share designers work that I like, write blogs and promote some of my latest designs. I usually find that by about 4pm I am ready to do a bit of sewing or illustrating before my husband gets home from work at 6pm, and allow myself a couple of hours in my ‘creative zone.’ I utilise my evenings whilst sat with my hubby watching films or just chatting to edit photos and create new listings in my Etsy shop.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
If I am not listing on Etsy, editing or taking product photos, or making new designs then I am always thinking about new ideas and taking inspiration from anything and everything around me, I find it impossible to switch off and never go anywhere without my sketchbook and pen! I do like to spend some quality time with my husband though going for walks, or visiting lovely villages and countryside near us as fresh air is always good for getting motivation but also because I am recovering from major hip surgery and I need to keep pushing myself and strengthening my muscles. Dan is my absolute rock so it’s always good to spend some time together and recharge.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first item I sold on Etsy was a bib and burp cloth set in my most popular design – safari animals 🙂 But my first ever sale was one of my anonymity cards, and that’s when I thought ‘wow – people actually appreciate my designs enough to buy them!’
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
That’s a dangerous question – I’d try everything!! Unfortunately though there just aren’t enough hours in the day… The last creative challenge was doing a screenprinting workshop, as it’s something I’ve always wanted to get into to allow me to build layers into my designs – as much as I love gocco printing the size is limiting and it’s very expensive, so screen printing allows me to add block colour. I loved it so much that I have just bought my first screen and cut my first stencil so once I have a few more supplies I’m ready to get printing… watch this space for new designs soon! I also have a bit of a fascination with colour, texture and pattern so I’ve found a new magazine called MOYO – a surface pattern design mag – and have decided to enter a competition in there to do a series of 3 pattern designs in a week. I know, I must be mad! I’ve never designed a pattern before so, once again, I am a fish out of water but I would absolutely love to see my designs printed onto fabric bolts one day.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
If I was stranded on a desert island I’d be lost without my sewing machine, my sketchbook and a biro!
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
My favourite item at the moment, handmade by someone else, is a tapestry cushion that my friend made us for our wedding present (it’s amazing and I strongly recommend checking out her Etsy shop – Jessie G Designs) – the colours are beautiful and knowing how much work has gone into it means a lot. Secondly, in our bedroom, we have 3 batik pictures that we made on honeymoon in Malaysia and had framed, which bring back fantastic memories but are also a reminder to try new things as batik is a technique I had always wanted to try. There are 3 batiks; one by me of our wedding invite illustration which is a reminder that I need to keep challenging myself, one by my husband which is a reminder that he is more creative than he cares to admit, and one which we bought and is a reminder of Malaysia and our honeymoon in general.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I had a full time job as an interior designer in London until 6 months ago, when we moved back to Yorkshire and I took the leap of faith to become freelance. The hope is that I can slowly build up my Accidentalvix presence on-line and also get into a few local shops to build up my brand and increase sales, and that this will allow me to reduce my freelance time and increase illustration and sewing time enough to make AccidentalVix more of a full-time business venture – and allow me to make a living from doing what I love.