Meet The Maker: Kate Woods Crafts
Kate Woods Crafts creates handmade crafts and illustrations. She has been crafting since 2009 in the lovely city of Bath. I was lucky enough to interview Kate Woods Crafts about their work.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I’m very good.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
Well I suppose it started roughly 16 years ago when I went to university to study printed textiles, when I left I had several jobs in the publishing industry. Whilst working for a publisher I was given the marvellous opportunity to design, make and write a series of children’s craft books. The love of making things specifically for children continued and this is how Kate Woods Crafts began!
I adore your business. What made you decide to set up Kate Wood Crafts?
I have 2 children and I wanted to try and do something that worked around my children not the other way round, plus I had a yearning to set up my own business.
What does your business sell?
I sell children’s decor, soft toys, hair accessories and party invites.
Why did you call your business Kate Wood Crafts?
I honestly couldn’t think of anything quirky that I wouldn’t eventually get fed up of! Kate Woods Crafts it is!
How has your creative process changed since the start?
For a long time now I have designed and made children’s decor, but I do have a tendency to jump from one thing to the other design wise. I decided to be a lot more structured and stick to 3 or 4 designs and adapt them until I have exhausted them.
How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?
You tube! And a lot of practice. I am self taught, I made quite a few mistakes early on!
Have you always been into design and craft?
Yes I suppose you could say it is in the blood, my Dad is very artistic and when I was a little girl I loved going to art galleries. I loved nothing more than to try and draw my favourite paintings. I think my Mum and Dad still have some of my interesting attempts of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
I have met and connected with a lot of people and businesses via Instagram. It is so easy and accessible. It is brilliant.
Who inspires your business?
My girls! Sounds a bit cliche but they are my harshest critic and also my inspiration. Plus I love Jane Foster and the artist Kurt Jackson.
Do you have any favourite pieces from your business that you adore at the moment?
I love my Frida Monster’s, I love the reaction from children and adults when they see them!
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram page?
I am working on some new doll’s. My girls are of mixed heritage and I really want to try and design something that is diverse, multicultural and something that they can relate to.
What’s your typical working day?
I drop the girls of at school, then spend as much time as possible in the day drawing, making or writing, then frantically blitz the flat. Pick the girls up from school, cook, homework and them bedtime for the girls. If I am not asleep at 7 I do some work in the evening. Repeat 5 days a week!
What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?
Time and energy! That’s it!
Do you have any exciting plans for this year?
Etsy! I have to get on Etsy.
What advice would you give to people looking to define their own style?
Keep drawing and experimenting. You’ll find your own unique style eventually.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting their own business?
Crikey! Take your time, and write lots of lists, don’t get too overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.
What’s next for Kate Wood Crafts?
More craft markets coming up and new designs.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Never make thing late at night, especially when there is a sewing machine involved!
You can follow Kate Woods Crafts on Instagram ‘https://www.instagram.com/katewoodscrafts’. Photography by Nell Mallia.