What inspired you to start your own brand?
I had always created work to suit a clients style and brand. I wanted to move more towards my own style, experiment and create with ideas and concepts that rang true to me. After years of working in the creative industry I decided to call myself an artist and that is where Kathy Thorpe Art comes from.
How did you go about launching your brand?
It was a slow process of starting an Instagram account and after great feed back finally making my work available for purchase. That reminds me I should probably throw a party to celebrate 😉.
What has been one of the biggest challenges that you have faced since starting, and what have you learned from it?
That success does not happen over night and that I need to embrace the journey and savour the small wins.
Have you had to adapt your business during COVID-19? If so, how?
To be 100% honest I'm yet to unleash myself fully as an artist so while I did worry a bit about paper stock potentially running low I did not hit too many obstacles as I had set myself to work from home. I'm a silver lining kind of girl so I made the time to create and develop my work.
What makes your artwork unique?
Sounds cheesy but the love and time I have put into it. I hold sentimental value to all my work. It looks simple at first but look a little closer and the work should speak deeply to you.
What advice would you give others who are wanting to start a business?
Be brave and jump in. Don't be afraid to make mistakes because there are lessons to be made.
Why do you think it is important to support local businesses?
Where does one start, it helps build a community. if you support a local business owner you are enabling them to give back. Every small business person I have come across is not in it for the fame and money they are in it to give something to the world and leave something good behind.
What do you love most about running your own business?
The thing I love most about running my own business is working on something that's truly me. I can be 100% myself in every aspect of what I do.