The Linen Garden ~ Mentoring Conversations
"Your journey should become an ongoing conversation with all that inspires you".
A creative life is a happy life but at times setting up a business and maintaining a healthy balance can be overwhelming. I have worked for myself since 1998 and the journey has been varied, colourful, challenging and inspiring. I have allowed my role, my story, my direction to change over the years, opportunities occur that allow your path to change direction. The details of life that inspire me are forever changing, business friendships form and bring new ideas, a gentle balance to move organically with the times, being mindful as to what makes me happy, what feels right.
I have titled this page "mentoring conversations" and they are simply that. A time for you to discuss your ideas, aspirations, destinations, dreams.....
Whether you need just a day to discuss and establish ideas or need help with styling and finding your visual signature then these hours are perfect to work together and start the creative narrative.
I have worked as a designer and maker and teacher over nearly three decades embedded within this journey is the experience of the following:
Working as a freelance surface designer for stores and organisations such as Liberty of London, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Unicef, King & McGaw, and many more independent companies.
A maker of textile and paper based products since 1995 - ongoing.
A manufacturer selling to galleries, lifestyle and high street stores.
Researched and collated magazine editorials.
Contributed to business and design based books such as
Craft Show and Sell
Style Me Vintage: Weddings
Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft
Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake
Outdoor Living by Selina Lake
Worked creatively within the wedding, greetings card and interiors industry, taking collections through from research, development, design and manufacturer.
Have had work or my home featured in magazines such as : Molly Makes, 91, Homemaker, Handcrafted Home, Luxe, Prima, You & Your Wedding, Brides, Cosmo, Country Living, House Beautiful, Landscape Magazine.
Experienced selling at trade fairs as well as appropriate stand design and styling with my own collections.
Worked in-house on online store development.
Business mentored for start-ups and established businesses.
Knowledge and daily use of social media to build a close community of followers.
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There are varied mentoring sessions available ( you can choose from the drop down menu above) depending on individual requirements:
Mentoring by phone/messenger video/skype is £30 per hour. Just type how many hours you wish to spend discussing one or more of the details stated further below in the suggested list.
half a day - 3 hour 'conversational' meet - £125
one day - 6 hour 'conversational' meet - £200
2 days - (2 x 6 hour working days) - £380
Group mentoring sessions and workshops can be arranged and accommodation for up to 6 guests can be made staying in the local coastal village Staithes. A beautiful and inspirational place to work on plans and ideas. For prices please email with preferred dates, time length you require for workshops and amount of guests.
For one-to-one sessions, I will contact you after your booking has been placed to arrange a suitable time for the meeting to take place. I will also send you a short form to complete so that I can do a little background research on your business or line of business before we meet.
The mentoring session can take place via Skype/Messenger, your place of work/studio (this may incur travel/accommodation costs) or a more convenient inspirational space. I am currently unable to accommodate days here in the studio until June 2019 as I am developing a trade collection and the studio is chaotically organised!!!.
So, all you have to do is establish what you require and wish to develop and discuss (as a starting point). You may find the list below helpful or you may already have a particular area of interest established. Please note that each title below could take a day to discuss and develop 'well'. Some suggestions may be conversations only and some may involve a more practical use of time working with materials and colour etc .....
Initial business direction - general 'start-up' ideas/products development.
Business branding - colour/identity/theme/stationery/logo
Developing a business as a Designer Maker
Your Signature Style ~ styling/packaging/the personal touch
Selling platforms ~ preparing for on-line/retail fairs/trade fairs
Social Media & Relationships - what's important, engagement, ongoing community.
Marketing ~ local/regional/national/international
If you are now booking for a time ahead from June 2019 and wish to visit the studio then I am based in Redcar which is in the County of Cleveland in North Yorkshire, the very top of North Yorkshire. The nearest train station to me is Redcar(East) and a connection to here can be made via Darlington and Middlesbrough train stations.