I knew when I graduated I didn’t want to go back to working for a company. I wanted to be self employed, so during my final year studying Design Crafts at De Montfort University I tried to get involved in every opportunity possible. I entered lots of competitions, exhibitions, craft fairs and tried to market my work using social media and by attending events I also started to commercialise my designs and get my work into galleries around the UK and Europe.
My next challenge was to try and find a suitable space for a workshop. Something a little more appropriate than my parent’s garage!
During my final year I entered the DMU Business Venture Competition and won the creative award. It was incredibly beneficial as not only was I awarded £1000 to help with the set up of my studio, I also benefited from help from the Enterprise Team at DMU and Creative Leicestershire, who sponsored my award.
After lots of research and weighing up the pros and cons of being situated in a city center or rural location, I came across the Stable Yard in Cotesbach, which was definitely more cost effective! Already a blacksmith, artist and textile designer/lecturer, it was the perfect location for my new studio, CDS Gallery.