We've been catching up with Emilia Hunt, another of our Paper Daisy traders. You will have seen Emilia at our Makers Market on August 12th in Brighton.
Tell us a bit more about you and why you started your business...
I have Cystic Fibrosis which is a progressive lung disease (mainly). In November 2016 I started a new job that ended up making me very unwell - which was definitely not the plan! I ended up taking medical retirement at the age of 25 and it all started from there. It was a huge transition, so I truly believe that sewing saved my sanity! I adore what I do and I love the recognition I receive from customers and other crafters. Utterly satisfying!
How would you say your business has changed since then?
I started in April 2016 and since then I have set up online, been to many craft fairs and also set up in a shop (although that didn't work for me in the end). I also designed my logo and created lots more products than I used to have.
I am now in the process of designing my own fabrics, mainly as I had the heartache of favourite fabrics being discontinued by manufacturers. I'd like to have the freedom of creating fabrics as I see them in my head. I'm loving my new avocado and strawberry designs and I've got so many more that will be revealed soon.
Do you have a favourite product to create?
I'm really enjoying making my zip pouches at the moment. Everything else I have made is quite large, so it's lovely seeing the designs cut up and details made of them. It changes the designs into completely new ones! And of course I'm loving drawing my new designs. It's such an exciting and rewarding process!
What do you love most about attending craft fairs?
It's great being able to meet people who share the same loves as I do. I always enjoy to hear what designs people love the most, and for my customers to be able to see and feel my products in real life. It's difficult to get those things from buying online. I can always customise my products to different specifications, and being at fairs means I can compare and change fabrics right there.
Customers can get a better idea of what their individual product will look like and it becomes a much more personal process, which I really enjoy being able to do.
If you like the look of Emilia's unique designs then take a sneak peek at more of her designs on social media. Give Emilia a follow on Facebook & Instagram. You can also browse her online Etsy store.
You can see what more of our Paper Daisy traders have to offer via our online database: Meet the traders.