The Great British Exchange interviewed me about my eco-friendly products and how I try to use my business as a force for good. Read the full piece here!
What made you decide to launch Kate Moby?
I know I shouldn't really admit this, but it started a little by accident. Having graduated when all the creative jobs had dried up in peak "credit crunch" time, I started as a self-employed freelancer by default. I was blessed with some really great clients like the BBC and Cartier, but as a perfectionist it was quite a lot of pressure constantly working to someone else's brief and expectations.
One day, I started doodling for fun to please myself. Some people saw it and wanted it on things, and it's just snowballed from there. Being chosen by Charlotte Abrahams who was selecting new designers to be showcased in a feature area of the trade show Top Drawer really kick-started things. It made me focus on how and why I was getting things made, which built a cohesive collection of work and resulted in some amazing press and wholesale stockists.
What tools do you use to get your message out there?
I'm pretty rubbish at social media; I much prefer to speak to people in real life at events, so having beautiful postcards that I can give away as freebies that may or may not have my website on are a great tool to have. Extra touches like pretty stickers to decorate envelopes or seal up packaging all add (I hope!) to the feeling that I so appreciate customers choosing my work, along with premium postcards with space left for a hand written thank you note from me, which I put into every order.
Why did you choose instantprint and what’s your favourite thing about instantprint?
After receiving the sample pack and looking up the prices, there wasn't much more to decide! The quality is always lovely, but so are the prices. It makes great print really accessible, and allows me to go that extra mile to help customers (or prospective ones) feel special. The super speedy turnaround time is appreciated too, given that there never seems to be quite enough time to fit everything into the day that you plan to do things - especially at times like Christmas where everything is completely mad and completely fuelled by caffeine.
Would you recommend instantprint to other small businesses and why?
Absolutely, I do all the time. I really love helping other people start their own business as it can be the best life if you can make it work. Getting some gorgeous stationery sorted is often pretty close to the top of the list of questions. If in doubt, get that free sample pack and make your own mind up. And if you'd like any advice about starting your own creative business, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Held at the delightful Trumpet Corner Tearoom & Gallery, I am running a couple of workshops to learn how to carve the bamboo dip pens that I use in my work, followed by drawing tutorials to explore different techniques of using them.
Each session will include all materials, coffee & cake and a couple of your own hand-carved pens to take home. Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. Please click here to request to book.
2nd August 9.30am-12.30pm £25
30th August 9.30am-12.30pm £25
This will be my first time at this event - I'm not quite sure what a Faddle is, but it sounds like it should be a lovely day. An artisan & craft market featuring designers & makers, vintage, fashion and gifts made throughout the Forest of Dean, Wye valley and Gloucestershire area. With street food, live music and children’s entertainment, click the photos for more information. I'd love to see you there!
Our amazing natural treasures are precious. Let's save them. Click on the photos for details.
Live in the South West and fancy a completely free weekend activity, full of amazing workshops, interactive activities and a nature focused art market..? The Festival of Nature is the UK's biggest free celebration of the natural world, and I'm taking part next weekend in the Bristol Festival 8th - 9th June 2019. Head to Bristol's Millennium Square on Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 10-5, and I'd love to see you there! Click the photo for more info.
Here is where you can find me for the rest of the year if you wanted to see products in real life, though you can shop online 24/7 if you prefer staying warm! Click below or on the posters for more information, all events this Christmas are for charity.
15th November | The Feathers's Hotel, Ledbury, Christmas Fayre | 4pm - 8.30pm
18th November | St Gabriel's School, Newbury, Christmas Market | 10am - 3pm
30th November | Lucton School, Herefordshire, Winter Fayre | 4pm - 6pm
I'm keeping my Christmas Show schedule a bit more manageable this year, rather than the usual traipsing all over the country! First up is the Westonbirt Charity Fair on 23rd and 24th October. Proceeds go towards seven very deserving charities, including Marie Curie, a local Hospice and Gloucester's Intensive Care Unit. You can find out more details including booking tickets here.
Not only has this autumn stormy wind given me lots of easy access photo props, it's even brought badgers into my Herefordshire garden to enjoy an easy snack! I was so excited to see this on my wildlife camera. Browse all new products here.
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