An Interview with Sophie Stanley

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Discover the fabulous illustrations of Sophie Stanley.

Tell us all about Sophie, the lady behind the beautiful creations.

Well I am 24 years old, currently live in Ascot and started my business after dropping out of university at 19. I have always marched to the beat of my own drum so to speak. Once finding out uni life wasn’t for me I started thinking more about what I wanted from life. After a lot of reflecting I knew that 2 things made me happy. Creating beautiful things for people and being my own boss.

Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?

I have always really loved drawing ever since I could hold a pencil. However I think even when someone is naturally gifted a lot of work is still required to perfect their craft. For example I didn’t start using paint until a lot later on in life and had to learn a lot about colour theory, shading and what the different brushes could do.

What is it that you enjoy most about your work?

For me painting is a very relaxing and meditative process. I notice that if I spend the majority of the day painting I have a lot more mental clarity. It is also such great fun to have a creative outlet.

Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?

I love looking back at old projects I have worked on and seeing how far I have progressed. I would advise others to keep old work as it can really show growth and development. I am very proud of how much my art has improved in such a short amount of time.

Other than crafting what else do you like to do?

I like to read, cook vegan dishes and walk my dog, Suki.

If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?

Oh that’s not fair, It’s like choosing a favourite child! If I really had to pick though I think it would be this bridal bag. I just love all the details.

What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?

I would say choose wisely where you get your advice from, many people will want to give you their opinion. Seek mentors that are actually in the industry and are doing what you want to do. Your ‘Aunt Sally’ may mean well but might not know what she’s talking about!

If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?

I would love to change the perception others sometimes have for small business’ and crafting. It can be easy to undervalue someones creations when we don’t directly see the amount of hours someone has lovingly poured into it-especially in todays society when everyone is on the hunt for the cheapest option.

What do you think has helped your business the most?

I think social media is such a great way to connect with people who are like minded. When it comes to networking nothing has been more advantageous than Instagram and Facebook.

Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?

My partner of 7 years has been there from day one through the ups and downs of running a business. However there are so many wonderful people out there that have help me, my supportive friends, my loyal returning customers and of course other crafters who are in the same boat.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

My favourite time of year is Halloween.

How would our readers find you?

I have an Instagram account-SophieStanleyIllustration where I post daily personal stories about life as an artist, what goes on behind the scenes from a very real standpoint. I also have a Facebook page-Sophie Stanley Illustration where I showcase all my complete work.

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