Company:Kirsty Elson Designs
(first published Feb 23, 2013)
Sum up your business in a sentence.Unique driftwood sculpture from Cornwall
When did you start your business?2004 – though it was very part-time in the early days.
What & who inspires you? The Cornish environment and anything coastal.
What did you do before setting up your business? I had a pretty crummy job photographing babies and children, then I started a family.
The best part of your day/ running your own business. Getting home after school drop-off, putting the radio on and knowing I have about 6 hours of creating ahead of me!
Why did you start your business? At first it was a way to earn a bit of money and still be a stay at home mum. I never really dreamed it would work out so well.
Your favourite product & why. It changes all the time. Usually it is the most recent creation which is my favourite.
Your greatest business tip. Have a unique product and get your pricing right!
Your favourite colour. Red.
Star sign. Sagittarius.
Your biggest weakness. Facebook probably!
Your biggest success. Firstly being accepted for the Contemporary Craft Festival last year – I was so thrilled – and then the show itself was amazing! Things stepped up a gear after that.
Funniest moment. I am frequently discovering yesterday’s knickers poking out of the leg of my jeans – hopefully before anyone else has noticed!
Favourite quote.Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it – Confucius
Favourite motto.Why do housework when I could be making?!
Favourite artist. Alfred Wallis, Elaine Pamphilon.
Favourite season. Spring.
Business dream. Fairly modest: just to be able to keep on doing what I do. I have no desire to conquer the world or anything!
Favourite flower. Sweet peas.
What are you listening to right now. I am revisiting Marvin Gaye. He was a genius.
Your simple pleasure.Walking on the beach and “treasure hunting” with my family.
What’s your brew. Cup of tea please!
There’s not much more I can add about Kirsty because I am so sure you will all be very well aware of her work, other than I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kirsty recently and she’s a joy.