The home of handmade British bunting!
Plus bunting for holidays, nurseries, weddings & other special occasions.
Tell us a bit about the artist behind your beautiful creations.
Hi, I’m Nessa and last year I moved back to the UK after spending 9 years in the USA. I have 2 little girls (7 months and 3 years) and when I’m not sewing bunting, I’m outside exploring the beautiful Chilterns. I opened my first Etsy shop in 2015 when I was living in the USA but unfortunately it wasn’t compatible in the UK, so this year I started a brand new Etsy shop called Nessa Foye Designs.
Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?
I’ve always been creative, for as long as I can remember. I went to art college for 5 years where I studied Fine Art. After working at various art galleries and museums for a number of years and even a stint as an art teacher, I realised I missed making things and being crafty. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to make but after sewing 190 feet of bunting for my wedding in 2014 and receiving many compliments for it, I realised what my calling was.
What is it that you enjoy most about your work?
I LOVE colours and patterns and this is one of the reasons I started making bunting. I enjoy choosing fabrics and making fun combinations with them in my strings of bunting. I also love creating pretty flat lays with my bunting and thinking of fun things to photograph with them.
Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?
To be honest, I’m just so humble that 4 years on from starting this venture, people still love my bunting and come back to me as repeat customers. It really means the world!
Other than crafting what else do you like to do?
I love being outside, exploring the countryside with my little family. I also enjoy gardening, reading and going to see art exhibitions.
If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?
Ooooh that’s a tough one! I don’t think I have a favourite string of bunting but I do love my British bunting collection. I started sewing British bunting when I lived in Boston as it made me think of back home. Even to this day (I now live in the UK again) I love scouting out new British fabric and working out what other fabrics to sew with them.
What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?
See what local Etsy, crafting, networking groups there are to you and go to their meetups. You can learn so much info from these kinds of groups as everyone is in the same boat and normally willing to share what has and hasn’t worked from them. Also, don’t sit around waiting for the right moment to start otherwise you could be hanging around forever, just go for it as you’ll learn as you go along anyway.
If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?
I know I need to streamline my making process so that I am more efficient with my time. With 2 little girls, time is precious, so when I get a free moment to do some work, I need to make as much as I can in that small amount of time.
What do you think has helped your business the most?
I was once told at an Etsy meeting in Boston, to “know who your tribe is”. This can not be more true!! After much time trying to figure it out, I realised my “people” are British expats and anglophiles and thanks to the Royal Wedding last year, my business took off!! I spent a lot of time on social media finding British expat and anglophile groups and posting my bunting on their pages and little by little my customer base grew. Social Media is such a useful tool when used correctly.
Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?
I wouldn’t say any one particular person but my family have been VERY supportive. I started this venture shortly before I gave birth to my first daughter and it has been a great way of earning a little extra money whilst staying at home with my girls.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I used to be an art handling technician for the Tate galleries in London, installing their exhibitions. I used to love working at their stores and going through their endless racks of paintings and spotting the many masterpieces hidden in them.
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