It's been a while since my last blog post, time has just been flying by at a rate I've not experienced before!
I've been very busy setting up everything and its taken a while to get used to managing my initial start up, from moving back home after university, to turning my dad's garage into the Bink workshop. At the moment it's quite a small working area but its just great for me to work from. I do aim to move back to Sheffield and move Bink back there when it's financially sensible to do so.
Everyday I learn something new about managing my start up, mostly how to manage your days whilst working at home. Most importantly, making sure I take breaks to clear my head of thoughts rushing round. I have weird feeling of pure excitement and fear but I believe in my idea and I'm excited for what the future holds. All the feedback and reviews I've received so far gives me the drive to carry on doing what I'm doing and I plan to expand in the future.
As well as working on Bink. I'm satisfying my need to design by making things to sell on the side to help raise more investment for Bink. I've started out by designing coasters and wall art which will become available over the next few months. This is seperate from Bink and I'm treating it as more of hobbyist activity. I'm selling these kind of items on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BinkCreations and Folksy: https://folksy.com/shops/BinkCreations
Aswell as the service Bink provides, we are also launching our CraftyCreatures range. Which will include different animal packs, so far we've launched our 'Safari Pack' which includes a Tiger, Lion, Giraffe, Zebra and Elephant. I've been working with Bethan Lentie (@bethanlientie), A talented Illustrator and designer who also studied Graphic Design with me at SHU. Together we have planned a series of animal characters that will be launching in the coming months. We are always open to any ideas or thoughts of what you'd like to see, so don't hesitate to get in touch!
They can be found at: www.binkcreations.co.uk/crafty
To help get the word out, I've been sending out sample packs to local nurseries to introduce them to what Bink does, we are wanting to partner with local nurseries to help them with funding and provide them with new craft activities. So far we are working with Penn Kids Nursery (Penn Rd, Wolverhampton) and Little Scholars Nursery based at the Wolverhampton University.