Women Who Create / Amy Bailey

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Amy Bailey to the WWC Interview series. Amy creates unique wedding stationery collections of hand painted and hand drawn elements, bespoke illustrations and artwork for people and small businesses.

1, Tell us a little about your background...

I started my creative journey at college, I went to NCN and studied Art Foundation which then lead me to go to Nottingham Trent Uni to study Fashion Design. After my 3 year degree I still wanted to pursue the career as a fashion designer and I got myself a job as a junior pattern cutter and designer for a supplier.

For 7 years I designed ladies wear for M&S casual & formal brands, other high street retailers. The last account I worked on before I left to start my own business was Next formalwear, jersey & wovens.

2, Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

Going for a morning walk with my pooch & husband really helps me get set up for the day. Midday walks and tea breaks are essential too! Another thing is I love to do moodboards, great to get the creative juices flowing!

Amy Bailey illustrator

Meditation and manifesting is great for my creative soul too.

3, What three things can't you live without?

My dog {he’s the best at cuddles}, my cat {she’s a sassy one} & husband because he’s a babe.

4, What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Being outdoors and having breaks. After the Christmas break I have felt so inspired, not just because it’s a new year but because I had switched off. I’m going to start taking 4 days off together every 4-6 weeks from now on.

5, What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

Doing what makes you happy and fulfilled. No boundaries and constantly exploring.

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6, If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

I would love to work with Anthropologie or Designers Guild. Creating artwork for their amazing interiors.. its on my vision board for 2019.

I’ve always loved their work so seeing my artwork in their shops would be a dream!

7, Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

Now I would say my 2019 vision board.

8, What is the best thing about running your working for yourself?

I love the fact I can work when I want, where I want and who I want.

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9, And what is or has been the most challenging?

Probably cash flow.. This is getting easier though. I now charge what I’m worth and my prices are increasing this month.

10, What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?

Proudest creative moment was probably leaving my full time job as a fashion designer to work for myself. I now don’t have the creative restraints I had before.

11, What does your support system look like?

I couldn’t ask for a better one. I have a bunch of business friends I can always turn to and meet up with and my family have supported me in every decision I’ve made.

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12, What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business/creative journey?

There’s so much information out there with blogs, podcasts etc. take it in yes, but stay in your own lane. Be the best in your field, believe in it and the work flows in.

13, Where is the best place online/in person to find you?