So January is almost over. Thank goodness! I don’t mind January, but prefer other (warmer, less wet and cold) months. This month is usually a fairly quiet time of year after the Christmas rush but this one has been especially busy. And especially wet!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are now relaxing in front of a fire or something equally festive!
As you know after Christmas comes the sales and we are no different – the Knockout sale is on now. Head over to my Not on the High Street and Etsy shops for lots of sale items, some reduced by up to 50% while stocks last.
Get 25% off selected lino prints and 30% off selected screen prints:
Thought I would share some photos of our stand at the Handmade Makers Market at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. I spent the day before working on some new products and created some cushion covers and tissue pack pockets using some of the fabric I designed recently – keep an eye out for them appearing on Etsy soon!
Our gift to you; get 15% any order from our Etsy shop this November, perfect for getting some early Christmas presents or cards in.
Don’t forget to check out our range of beautifully bright wrapping paper, our guitar prints and gifts for the music lover in you life, and our range of voucher gifts sets for those that might be a bit tricky to buy for. Everything available in our shop is designed by us and only available through Knockout.
To get your discount enter the code KNOCKOUTNOV at the checkout.
Today I’m participating in Handmade Makers Market’s ‘Getting To Know You Challenge’. They love handmade and believe in shopping local and direct from the makers, crafters and designers themselves and so do I. Find out more about the Handmade Makers Challenge and answer the questions for yourself here.
First up, give us a quick introduction, who are you, what do you do?
My name’s Kim, I run a little company called Knockout and create linoprints, illustrations, cards and gifts.
Give us one unusual or surprising fact about yourself, something we wouldn’t expect!
I can clap with one hand. Seriously.
What are the 5 words that best describe you?
Colourful, thoughtful, fun, enthusiastic, fidgety.
What do you make? Perhaps you are you a crafter or designer? Is it a hobby or a business? Perhaps you make something less tangible, like happiness or connections between people?
I make hand-cut and hand-pressed linoprints on my home made scissor jack press. At the moment I am concentrating of a range of landmark prints; Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, that sort of thing, and really enjoying getting better and better at my craft. I also print cards, have a range of guitar illustrations, badges and tote bags, and some extra special voucher gift sets.
Describe your normal day (if you have such a thing!)
I work part-time running my business, so if I’m not doing this I’m working at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, as a PR and Marketing officer. When I am working at home, my day is divided between working on the computer; creating designs, updating my blog and listings, getting stuck in to a bit of social media and promotion, and processing orders, that sort of this. My favourite time though is spent in the workroom, cutting lino, printing and creating new stuff and photographing what I’m up to!
Where are you happiest?
Traveling somewhere new, preferably in the sun.
What the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be generous, and enjoy what you have.
What talent are you most proud of and why?
I can make things look really good, which is nice! I’m also pretty good at staying calm under pressure and getting things done which comes in handy too.
What would you like to be better at and why?
I like to be better at singing (or any good at all really).
What would you like to have more of and why?
Patience; I love to get things finished and I’m constantly telling myself to slow down and enjoy.
If you could be given any gift what would it be?
I would really love a big, fully kitted-out printing studio please!
If you could give any gift to anyone, what would you give and to whom?
Picking gifts is hard at the best of times! I take ages to choose them and then worry about whether the person will like it or not. So I’m just going to say handmade cake for everyone. Everyone loves cake right?
What’s the next big thing you’re looking forward to in your life?
I’m looking forward to Christmas. I’ve got lots of new products and great craft fairs coming up. My hand-printed Christmas cards will be featured in this year’s Not on The High Street catalogue so there will be lots of challenges and opportunities ahead.
What’s the item your house that makes you smile the most, maybe it’s a piece of artwork or furniture or maybe a secret culinary ingredient, cd or dvd?
I’m thinking about what makes me smile as I walk round the house and all I can think of is my signed copy of Roger Moore’s autobiography: My Word is My Bond’. You can’t think of Roger Moore without smiling, especially when you remember queuing up for and hour and a half to meet him. It wasn’t so long ago and he still had that cheesy, suave quality about him.
Some photos of our new joint craft fair leaflet. I say joint because I usually sell at events with my sister (and partner in craft…) Sam. Our work is fairly similar; bright, bold and graphical, so it seemed logical to hook up at events and share a space to sell. This wonderful new leaflet, put together by Sam, aims to tell people who we are, why we sell together and what we each do.
I hope you like it! If you would like to come and pick up your own pop down to one of our events – you can find them listed on the Shop page. If you would like to find out more about Sam, take a look at her website.
Some photos from the Handmade Makers Market at Music in the Park, Thame on Sunday. Excellent weather and a great turnout. I put my guitar prints, badges and tote bags centre stage and people loved them. Plus the craft fair finished at 4pm so we got to go and enjoy the music afterwards!