Meet the Maker: An Interview with FrankiesDoodles
After the huge success of my first 'Meet the Maker' interview it is safe to say I was keen to get my next small business owner lined up. I liked the idea of having something totally different each month to really show off the vast array of crafts out there. It seemed only right to share another maker who not only is absolutely lovely (not to mention super talented) but who also holds a special place in my heart after making two beautiful and personal pieces of art for me.
1. Tell us a little about you and your business.
Hi there! My name is Frankie, I am a newbie to club 30 (eek) and living in Hertfordshire. I draw and create custom portrait collages, as well as prints & greetings cards. My little business is run from my home, mainly in the evenings as I spend most of my daytime running around after a small human.
2. What inspired your business name?
Well, in a nutshell, my name is Frankie and I like to Doodle! I originally wanted to call my business ‘FrankieDoodles’ as every time I said it I thought of the little rhyme (yankee doodle went to town…), however, this was before I tried to get the handle on Instagram and realised that there were thousands of variations of this…. I like how it turned out though, not much different but yet, the only one!
3. How did you first discover your passion for your craft?
I’ve been drawing since I was little, it’s something I have always loved. I learnt how to do my collage style whilst studying at college where I had the BEST tutor and its stuck with me until now.
4. How long has your business been running?
I have just celebrated Doodle’s first birthday! It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a year.
5. What inspires your creations?
The majority of my work is commission based, and there is nothing more inspiring than creating pieces you hope will be treasured by families forever. My other designs are mainly inspired by things I enjoy or what pops into my head… think bright colours, animals and the occasional gnome!
6. What is your proudest achievement to date?
Ohhhhh thats a tough one. I would say (I don’t want to sound really full of myself) but this past year basically. It took a lot for me to finally pluck up the courage to show people what I could do (my own partner of 8 years didn’t know I could draw! I kept it that secret) and I’ve pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone to try and make this dream a reality.
7. What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
Be yourself! People buy from people, and the whole appeal I think, is that you know you are supporting a dream and a real person. Also, remember that its important to switch off from time to time, sometimes the best ideas happen after a good nights sleep.
8. What is your favourite make?
My drawing of my little girl & her Daddy has pride of place in our house, but I have to say, my charity rainbow was my favourite for the reaction it had. I kept seeing (and still occasionally do) little rainbows pop up on my social media as people shared it and we went from me thinking maybe it would sell a couple, to raising over £300 which was just incredible! I’ve just ordered some new products featuring the rainbow, so watch this space, he will be back!
9. What is the best feedback you have received?
I’ve just had a lovely lady come back to me for her third custom piece, which is a HUGE compliment to me. But any feedback is greatly appreciated, and every time I see a photo of my work in someone’s home, it honestly makes me fit to burst!
10. Is there anything you regret?
I don’t really believe in regrets too much as I’m one of those people who thinks that you have to make mistakes to learn, however, I think advertising custom portraits of children and families at a baby fair that was aimed at pregnant people was perhaps a rookie mistake…. needless to say I didn’t sell a single one! I’m also not very fast in replying to emails & DM’s sometimes which is something I am working on improving.
11. What are your goals for the future?
I’m currently enjoying seeing where things go, and I am hoping this year to expand my ready-to-buy product range. I suppose my end goal would be to make this a successful living, and to show my daughter that it is possible to do what you love if you just work hard at it.
12. What is the best part of being a maker?
Seeing how happy my work can make people, and seeing it pride of place in their homes gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling that I can’t describe. I know I am so lucky to be doing something I love, and being able to spend so much time with my daughter. Its exhausting, but so wonderful at the same time.
13. What is your least favourite job to do?
14. What advice would you give your old self?
Stop doubting yourself, you can do it! (Need to remind my current self of this from time-to-time too!)
15. What advice would you give other makers?
Reach out to others. Support each other, big each other up, and you don’t necessarily need to buy from people to support them. When I first started my social media pages I expected a battlefield of makers & artists so went in a bit guarded, but almost instantly learned that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Social Media has been my main channel for my business, and through it I have found some incredible people who have been such wonderful supports to both my business and me as a person.
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