This is my second interview with a crafter for my 'useful links' page, where I love to introduce you all to some amazingly talented crafters and artists.
Today's interview is with Emma from Crafty Gorgonzola. Emma loves cross stitching (I do too) and you can find the most gorgeous cross stitch kits over on Emma's website that she has sourced from out there in the universe. The first time I saw the kits that Emma has, I was amazed as I have never seen anything like these before. I can't begin to tell you how many I want!
So, without further ado, here is Emma's interview.
Interview with Emma Robinson from Crafty Gorgonzola
1) How long have you been running your business?
Just over a year now, its been a little slow starting because I've not put in as much time as I could have. Recently, I've been making up kits to sell individually instead of part of a group. Many of the items I sell are quite expensive because of the unique design and quality but I'm wanting to extend this and offer more of a range. Also, some of the kits have a lot of large pieces in. I don't know about everyone else but I don't have the wall space to display some of the larger group kits together!
This is the Set of 11 Balloons and Hearts
And this is an individual piece from the Triple hearts set to the right.
2) What inspired you to start your business?
The idea of sitting and stitching all day and calling it work!
3) What is your favourite product to make?
At the moment my selection of products is quite small but the Happy Cat cushion cover that accidentally looks like my cat was my first and truest love of the lot!
4) Describe your working area?
A temporary set up in front of the TV. I have a great little desk upstairs which I mainly use for emails and updating my website but when I'm making up my kits or having a little stitch of my own I take over the lounge.
5) Which celebrities/designers/people in your life inspire you?
I love Cath Kidson but who doesn't really! I really like Muji as a brand, I did a project on them in Uni and love their minimalist designs. My favourite shops to spend in though are Paperchase and Tiger, I love their designs too. Both have a simplicity to them as well as 'imperfect' wacky looking characters on many items.
6) What would your dream achievement be?
To design my own kits and have them printed in the UK. And of course everyone wanting them!
7) What piece of advice would you give someone who is thinking of started a handmade business?
Put some time aside every week if you're starting off slow. I'm still working while building my business so it's hard to find the time sometimes but planning your time can help with feeling lost. Also talk through your plans with as many people as will listen. You might start to bore your mates but often other people's incites are what you need.
8) Are you a sweet or savoury lover?
Normally sweet...I can never say no to a cheesecake! But recently I've been craving the savoury
9) What book are you reading at the moment?
The last Harry Potter. My partner got the set for me along with the DVDs last Christmas when I told him I never read the books as a kid - I'm still reading them now, along with about 3 others I've started! 😮
10) What music do you love chilling/shaking your booty to?
A bit of an eclectic mix really but I'm stuck on Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at the moment
11) What's your favourite way to spend an evening?
I'm trying to cut down on alcohol for the sake of it so it would have to be a date night but a glass of red and a movie snuggling up with my partner on the sofa while busying my hands with my latest craft project.
12) If you could be in any tv show or movie, what would it be and why?
Embarrassingly its a kids show, Spongebob Squarepants because the characters are always themselves, never apologise for it and are always happy... apart from Squidward of course
13) What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Lets do it!
14) What one fun fact would you like to share about yourself?
I grew up in a teeny tiny village in Lincolnshire that nobody has heard of, Gipsey Bridge. There is a primary school, Chapel and corner shop - that is all!
So there you have it, a lovely interview with a lovely lady.
Here is where you will find the lovely Emma:
If you love cross stitching do go and check out Emma's designs, you won't be disappointed. You will probably have trouble deciding which one to do first!
And you can see the other crafters that I want to spread the love and share with you over on my 'useful links
If you know any cross stitchers who might like the designs Emma stocks, why not share this interview with them and spread even more love and happiness around.
Until next time...
Lots of love