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Creative Business: Personalised Jewellery Maker Emma L’Amour

Personalised jewellery designer and maker for the Kerri Awosile Creative Business Blog
Photograph: Lottie L’Amour

 

“…there’s nothing more satisfying than giving something a big whack with a hammer when you’ve had a bad day!”

 

Emma L’Amour is an independent jewellery designer and maker in the UK, with a clean and minimalist style. She specialises in designing and creating personalised jewellery, using traditional hand-stamping techniques, but also offers a range of non-personalised items. I, for one, love her style – it feels so contemporary and yet timeless, and I can’t wait to find out more about the woman behind the brand. Here’s Emma’s interview for the next in my Creative Business blog series

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Feel Good Christmas Cards

Feel good Christmas Cards that can be personalised, by UK artist and designer Kerri Awosile

 

What do you want from a Christmas card? You want it to look good, with a gorgeous design and lovely quality cardstock. You also want it to help spread some Christmas joy. One of my brand values is to create products, and provide services, that feel good. Of course, designs need to be stylish and aspirational…but most importantly they need to inspire, feel light, and be creative. With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to properly introduce you to my range of feel good Christmas cards and the story behind each design.

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New Kerri Awosile Product Range – Behind The Scenes

Painting socks from the new Kerri Awosile product range

 

Creating my own product range was one of the first ideas that sparked inspiration for my brand. I knew the thought: ‘if I can live a more creative, light and fulfilled life, then why can’t you?’ was true, but I also realised I wasn’t going to be able to help everyone with my services alone. Providing inspiring products as well as my creative art, writing, and design services was going to be the best way to help spread more light and joy. With my services successfully launched earlier in the year, and with Christmas fast approaching – in September I started focusing on the new Kerri Awosile product range. Here’s a little behind the scenes look at its creation…

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Creative Business: Wedding Stylist & Designer Natalie Morson of The Elysian Styling Company

Natalie Morson of The Elysian Styling Company
Photography: Katie Rogers – Brand Story Photography

 

“It’s very easy to get caught up in all the fun, creative side of things and ignore the reality of what it actually takes to run a business. But use it to your advantage and do those tasks in the times that you have creative
blocks.”

 

Natalie Morson of The Elysian Styling Company is a wedding stylist and designer, creating weddings inspired by ‘love and nature’. A woman after my own heart, Natalie is incredibly creative…and very talented! Not only does she offer gorgeous, modern wedding styling and prop hire packages (including many items handmade by herself) – she is also a very gifted artist, creating stunning artwork in her spare time. Without further ado – here’s Natalie’s feature for the next in my Creative Business blog series…

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A Career Of Joy And Fulfilment

Kerri Awosile Creative Services and Products for the Inspired and Inspiring

Turning my back on over three years of work was the best choice I ever made!

Do you have a career of joy and fulfilment? Does your work make you feel good, whether that’s your own business or a nine-to-five?

It can be so easy to stay in a place that’s not actually doing us many favours, because it’s what we’re used to, and what we’ve invested time and effort (sometimes money) towards. Deep down we know our role isn’t making us happy, but we stick with it. Things might improve in a few months’ time – we tell ourselves. Maybe if more money comes in (or I ask for a pay rise) – things will suddenly feel better. Perhaps if I rebrand/take a promotion/complete a course/invest more money, that sinking feeling will go away. The job we know brings a sense of security – sometimes financial, sometimes emotional, sometimes both. Yet, how secure is it really if it leaves us drained and shadowed by that ‘grey cloud’?

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Creative Business: Copywriter Ceri Olofson of Candour and Polish

Ceri of Candour and Polish
Photography: Anneli Marinovich

 

“Err all my interests are creative!”

 

Ceri Olofson of Candour and Polish is a brand copywriter for, as she words it so beautifully, ‘creatively-minded people in business’. Finding out more about Ceri, through this blog feature, has been both interesting and a little spooky. We’ve joked together, in the past, about some odd coincidences in our journeys – the same name just different spelling (Ceri/Kerri), and both cake makers turned writers – but I’ve only now discovered we have even more in common. See if you can guess the similarities I’m talking about, as you read the post! Here’s the next in my Creative Business blog series…

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What’s All The Fuss About Fonts?

What's all the fuss about fonts watercolour graphic for Kerri Awosile blog

 

If you often find yourself wondering ‘what’s all the fuss about fonts, the hype with the type, and the lingo of the letters?’ then this one’s for you…

A few weeks ago, I had an amusing discussion with a client when working on her branding design – about fonts. About how much I love typography and the different message, emotion and personality you can convey with it, and how she really didn’t get what the big deal was. Fast forward to only recently, when I was designing branding for my husband’s new venture (he’s starting his own school – cue unashamedly proud plug: STEM School), and my husband also didn’t see what was so interesting about choosing the right fonts. In fact, when I presented two very different options to him his comment was simply ‘they look the same’!

I understand that not everyone gets as much joy from those pretty little letters as us designers, but I thought it might be helpful to give a guide for anyone struggling to get their heads around the topic.

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Creative Business: Balloon Stylist Aurelija Meakin of Balloonista

Balloon Stylist Aurelija of Balloonista
Photography: AKP branding stories

 

“I was/am extremely determined, therefore when someone tells or implies to me that something can’t be done I set off on a journey to prove them wrong (even if that someone is myself!).”

 

I’ve known Aurelija of Balloonista for a couple of years now, thanks to a Facebook group we both belong to for entrepreneurial women. Until ‘meeting’ her I had never heard of someone being a balloon stylist. Sure, I had seen a few simple balloon arches before – but what Aurelija creates is something else entirely. Seeing the creations of her high-end, bespoke balloon styling service completely knocked my socks off! Here’s Aurelija’s interview for the next in my Creative Business blog series…

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Finding Your Niche

Kerri Awosile - Artist, Writer, Designer based in Surrey, UK - working on a painting with tulips on desk

 

When starting a business, or looking to rebrand, finding your niche can feel like a daunting task. I get it, it’s a big deal. Your niche dictates the scope of your future work, who you will work with, and what you will be doing with your time. Now, I’m not a business coach and I’m certainly not an expert in brand strategy but I had a big realisation when finding my own niche and it’s a thought that might just help you. So, here it is – my tip for finding your niche…

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Creative Business: Gingerbread Showpiece Creator Emily of Maid Of Gingerbread

Emily of Maid Of Gingerbread for the Kerri Awosile Creative Business blog series
Photography: Will Patrick

 

“Because everything I do is totally bespoke, no two jobs are the same, and there’s almost always a challenging element where I have to work out how to do something new, which leads to immense satisfaction when I eventually pull it off and the client is really happy with the building.”

 

I don’t know about you but when I’ve thought about gingerbread I’ve always pictured Christmas. That was until I discovered Emily’s creations at Maid of Gingerbread. Emily has taken the festive feel of traditional gingerbread houses and created a business based on 3D gingerbread showpieces for any time of year and celebration or event. What this woman manages to create in edible form is mind-blowing and so creative. I’m so excited she agreed to be the next in my Creative Business blog series…

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