I’m passionate about colour imagery, design and interiors, hence my background in textile design, interior design furniture design and colour consultancy, and all of this experience informs how I approach client’s work.
My business is compact and bijou with a real emphasis on a quality product and a friendly, fun service. It’s important to me that my clients enjoy the process of making their treasured image, item or collection look amazing. I love talking and sharing information that may be useful, so it’s an easy process discussing the pros and cons of my suggestions with customers. The service is personal and one to one nurturing a good working relationship and trust that client’s artwork is safe in my hands. The crux of what I do is to present, protect and preserve artwork and imagery. I’m a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and an advocate of its code of practice, so I enhance and add value to projects whilst respecting the age, condition and value of the piece.
Location – Hythe
We’ve lived in Hythe since 1997, it was a bit of a home coming for my husband Julian who grew up in Saltwood. Hythe is a lovely old fashioned town where the sense of community is still quite strong, and where good news travels fast. The regeneration of Folkestone and the development of the Creative Quarter gave me the confidence that the area was on the up and the interest in the arts and its allied services would continue to grow.
Advantages of Hythe
Hythe has always been an affluent hidden little gem offering a pleasant lifestyle and plenty of social and sporting activity for the mature resident. Development and flexible working is now attracting new younger visitors and providing aspirational professionals with second homes and city getaways which need to be furnished and dressed. Hythe and the Southeast is home to many talented creatives and skills needed to support micro businesses, and isolated no longer the rail link provides improved access to London, the continent, galleries and creative influence.
None, the business is growing organically.
Support / Networking
I did tap into business advice in the early days to point me in the right direction, but the networking opportunities in the Southeast are amazing and varied. Most networks meet on a monthly basis and all have a different emphasis, along the lines of mentoring, collaboration, support or personal and professional development, so you can pick and choose what suits you.
Advice for start-ups
It’s been said so many times before but it’s so important, do your research; not only into competitors and your anticipated client, but you need to know yourself. Know your strengths but also know and understand your weaknesses then work on them. Take a good look at yourself and how you respond to pressure. Don’t take advice from friends and family, they will tell you what they think you want to hear, not what you need to know. Ask questions of the person who has been where you are planning to go, and got there. Research products and services you will need to help you run your business, make sure you know where to find them.