I’m 10 years old this month!! Well, my business is actually and to celebrate being here for 10 years I’m having a Business Birthday Giveaway! I can’t believe I’ve been doing Surface Pattern Design as a business for 10 whole years! There’s been A LOT of hard work, some amazing projects, wonderful clients, some tears, doubt and frustration but many, many rewarding moments where I feel extremely lucky to get to do what I love everyday for a living.
Across the years I’ve seen my designs on a huge range of products, some of the highlights being a range of patterned toilet rolls for a very well known toilet roll company (yes you read that right – probably one of the most fun and bonkers projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on!!!), wall panels in luxury yachts, cushions for the ITV series ‘Secret Diary of A Call Girl’, many public art commissions for the NHS with some of my favourite being lasercut metal wall panels and just last year I was so fortunate to have my very first licensed fabric collection released with Dashwood Studio.
Working for yourself isn’t easy, it can be very insular and you can become very self critical, which if you’re not careful can be crippling. I’ve never worked so hard in any other job as I have for my own business but it can also be very rewarding because when you get that big commission, you sell those designs you’ve worked so hard on and you walk into a shop and see your patterns on a products on the shelves, it’s down to you and only you. Well the last part’s not strictly true because it’s also thanks to all of you who read and comment on my blog posts, who comment and share my social media posts and those of you who support what I do and help to spread the word about my work and that’s why I wanted to have a giveaway, to say thank you and to give something back. So on a lighter note, this is what you can win!!!!!
This lovely bundle of products includes my new 2016 Illustrated Calendar (which I previewed here) and my four new Christmas cards (which you can now get in my Etsy shop too)! I’m going to be giving away two lots of these goodies by picking two names at random – one from the names entered on Facebook and one from the names entered on Instagram. However, you can enter here on the blog as well, just by leaving a comment below and I will enter you in both the Facebook and Instagram draws, even if you’ve already done it yourself…..so if you’ve already entered you’ll then have two entries for each draw!! I’ll draw the names on Friday so be sure to pop back and see if you’ve won! Good luck and a huge thank you for all your support over the last 10 years and here’s to another 10 years!