Meet The Maker: Bethany Jones
Bethany Jones is an illustrator and designer. I was lucky enough to interview Bethany about her shop and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hey! I’m great thank you. Thanks for having me!
I adore your business. What made you decide to set up Bethany Leah Jones?
Illustration is something I’ve loved for a while now. I’ve been inspired by so many artists to peruse my own goal as a freelance designer. My own store is a great way to do this and I love the idea of people having their own pieces of my work in their homes!
Why did you call your shop Bethany Leah Jones?
I spent so long trying to come up with a name for my shop. In the end, I decided to go with my name; I’m so indecisive that if I chose something else I’d end up wanting to change it after a few weeks or so...
How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?
I always draw subjects I like or find interesting. If you look at my work you can probably tell I love plants, interiors and clothes. Picking a subject that you love or are inspired by is important, it keeps me motivated. And lots of practise!
Have you always been into illustration and design?
Definitely, I always wanted to be some kind of graphic designer but it took me a while to figure out illustration is my main passion. This is something studying at university has helped me with, being given all kinds of briefs has really shown me what I enjoy most.
If there were no resource restraints, what would be your dream project?
One thing I’d love to one day create is my own range of ceramics such as bowls, plates, vases and maybe even plant pots.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I often use my IPad Pro and Procreate app which I absolutely love.
What tools or materials could you not live without?
I definitely couldn’t live without my watercolour set or cutting scalpel (I couldn’t cut straight with scissors to save my life).
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
I love the community of illustrators and designers on social media. I love how you can use Instastories to share bits of your process and even just your day to day life. I’ve made so many new connections with likeminded artists.
Who inspires your work?
I’d say the biggest thing that inspires me is nature, most of my pieces of some sort of natural element included, whether it be a house plant or a jungle.
Do you have any favourite pieces of work that you adore at the moment from your shop?
My favourite print is probably the Greenhouse. I love the red and blue/green colours and texture, it looks so lovely when displayed.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
More products!! I’m working on releasing more and more prints, I hope to bring out things like stickers and other accessories.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just finished a big project for uni which has taken up a lot of my time! Now, I’m going to be focusing on my store, commissions and creating more illustrations.
What’s your typical working day?
Usually I’ll go into university for a few hours, drink a load of tea and then I use evenings to focus on personal work as much as I can.
What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?
Probably just me being so nervous! It’s something I’d thought about and wanted for a long time, but it took me a while to actually get on with it.
Do you have any exciting plans for this year?
I live in Nottingham, away from home in Lancashire. One thing I’m looking forward to is going home in a few weeks for Christmas and being reunited with family, and my dogs!
What are your career plans with your online shop?
I hope to keep expanding my store and attend craft fairs, release more products and create more commission based work.
Do you have any advice for anyone doing craft fairs?
From what I’ve gathered, always include a card or note with your business’ name and social media so people can find you online!
What advice would you give to people looking to define their own style?
Finding your own style can seem so daunting. Think about what medium you prefer, keep experimenting and drawing things you love! It takes time and practise but your style will evolve and keep improving. I promise!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting their own online shop?
Keep at it! Keep creating, the more work you share, the more likely new audiences are to discover your work and allow your business to grow.
What’s next for Bethany Leah Jones?
More designs, more products and an improved website!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
That passion really is one of the biggest motivators. Follow your heart and make sure you love your working process.
You can find Bethany on her Instagram '@bethanyleahjones' and Etsy 'https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/bethanyleahjones'. Bethany has some great items in stock at the moment.