Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #66, Modestly
This week we talk to Anne from Modestly, home to unique books, cards and gifts inspired by nature.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I live in two different parts of the UK, which makes life interesting!! The first part of the week I am down South because my husband works there. So Monday is a day spent on the PC catching up with promotion work and researching any projects I may be considering . A lot of the research I do is trawling images from all over the globe, mainly in museums and galleries, and often I will come across an item that provokes my curiosity. I have spent a life time loving literature and reading widely, so I often find I am searching my brain for lost snippets from history!
Before I had children I was employed in printing and packaging, involved in designing and producing the printed labels that abound on the high street. After I had my children I stayed at home, mainly because I wanted to, but also because my husband worked varying shift patterns. I loved being at home with them and learnt how to spend time in creative pursuit by playing alongside my children, and I recognise the importance of play in our lives. Play aids growth, and sometimes the modern bustle of the world can make us forget that. Now my creative side is used designing my cards and books, and I am loving being able to express myself!!
Midweek I travel back to our home, and reunite with my dog and my sons. Don’t worry, they aren’t home alone, they live with their dad Sunday – Wednesday. Having gone through divorce, ten years on I see how we are all living stable lives, and am proud of how we all get along. Our houses are only about half a mile apart, so it has been relatively easy to accommodate.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
What do I do when I am not Etsying? You can find me either walking the dog, taxiing my footballing son, or at Sainsburys – someone has to shop! Cooking is relegated to the bottom of the list, I am not a natural chef unfortunately, and if I could I would have a cook and bottle washer.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first book I sold on Etsy was a little book celebrating Trees – and I can remember the thrill!! The idea that someone valued one of my treasured creations gave me huge pleasure. My books are very personal really – they reflect a lot about who I am, so when I make a sale, I really think that I am sending a little of me out there.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love paper, and fabric, and typography, and paint – so many things!! I think of myself as a flibbertigibbet – I sometimes have to remember to anchor myself!
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I would love a letterpress printer, and am considering a purchase, but it is a hobby that requires space – at a premium in our house.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
I could not be without my craft knife. What would I do?
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
My inspiration is the natural world, I love sky, sea, trees – immersing myself in nature allows my heart to breathe, allows me to wander imaginatively, to think and to grow a project.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
Of the handmade items I own, I would probably have to say it is a painting, bought when I was a new mother. I saw it exhibited in a local museum, and fell in love. I couldn’t afford it then, and two years later after having tracked down the artist, I had to pay more than double the price because he was doing an exhibition in London, and had been able to increase his prices!! He was kind enough to let me have it for less than he was asking, though it cost my husband his motorbike!!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I hate to tell you this, but I don’t have plans, I just roll. Always have !!
Thank you Anne!