Freewebstore's store of the month for June is the very imaginative thebiggerpictureart.co.uk. We spoke to the store owner, Aimee, who told us how sibling rivalry drove her to excel in arts and crafts how travelling the world helped to inspire Aimee's fantastic business!
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your business and where it all started
I graduated from University with a degree in Photography back in 2011. Having begun to collate a portfolio of work I decided to go traveling to expand on this further. Outside of my studies I've always had a passion for design and can recall many a weekend building and inventing things in my Granddad's workshop as a child.
My studio, The Bigger Picture, is a combination of these passions for art and design. I hope that my work conveys some of the inspirational things I've been lucky to see and explore. Combined with a bit of imagination, people can take home a product that is unique and brings some of the wider worlds right into their homes
What made you get into this line of work?
Both my sister and I grew up with a love of arts and crafts, and I think the competition element of sibling rivalry drove me to try and excel in this! We both have careers within the creative industry now which is great to bounce ideas off of one another.
Do you have a physical store as well as an online store? How do you market your product?
Although I have years of experience with customers, retail, and design, I am relatively new to the world of business and would like to establish myself as an artist with an online presence before contemplating a store. Marketing is an ongoing process using social media.
If you could have ANYONE to come and work for you, who would it be and why?
I think Dawn French would be fantastic to work with, it's essential to surround yourself with fun and vibrant people if you want to keep the creative juices flowing. Dawn is also really active on twitter so I could put her in charge of social media!
Aimee thinks Dawn French would be fantastic to work with!
Do you have any advice for new store owners?
If you really want it, you will make it work. There will be days when you question is it worth it? Will I ever get there?
The main thing to remember is 'don’t give up!!' And if you do, it's never too late to start again. Cultural trends are constantly changing, so what didn't work the first time might work better on another occasion.
Is there a specific reason you chose to use freewebstore as your eCommerce platform?
Freewebstore has such a vast range of designs, and with the ability to make alterations you can have your website set up in a matter of days which is great when you want to show potential consumers the latest products available to them.
If you could choose one magic power, what would you go for?
I would like the ability to speak every language in the world fluently! Imagine being able to communicate with anyone and everyone, I bet you'd hear some amazing tales from around the globe. Of course, this would come handy if I go traveling again too.
And finally, tell us your best joke!
My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally, I had to take his bike away.