We love discovering budding start-ups and inspiring entrepreneurs. There are so many young people nowadays setting up their own projects and businesses, and we think that this is something to admire. This post features Pixieface, an online handmade textile and jewellery store.
Abbie Jackson (above right) started selling her handmade items around two years ago. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength. We caught up with the local creative to find out more.
“At the minute, I make mainly handbags and jewellery,” Abbie tells us. “I have made quite a lot of different products in the past, including clothes, but I’m trying to stick with the simple stuff to begin with and then I’ll expand my range.”
Abbie has always enjoyed making things and it was her mum and grandma who first gave her the sewing bug: “I thought I should do something with my passion,” she explains.
Wanting to brush up her skills, she enrolled onto an apprenticeship through Hull-based charity Child Dynamix. Their aim is to increase opportunities for young people, and in doing so improve their quality of life and help them to realise their own potential and aspirations. The Bags of Opportunity scheme taught Abbie the basics of making handbags, whicht has become the core of her creative business.
“Firstly, I draw up a pattern so that I know how I need to cut the fabric,” Abbie reveals. “Then it’s just a case of cutting the material and stitching it all together.”
Many of her skills are completely self-taught and she regularly researches new techniques on sites such as Pinterest.
“When looking for inspiration I turn to my sketchbook; that’s where I keep a lot of my planning and brainstorming. From there I can start to draw up a design.”
Whilst Abbie does not currently sell her artwork, she’s hoping to in the future alongside her crafts.
“Eventually, I want to create more items, such as clay planters and clothes. The dream would be to draw up designs for dresses and then make the dresses myself too.”
In her first year, Abbie relied on local markets to retail her makes, but now she is in the midst of creating her own website and blog to advertise her talents.
Find out more about Abbie's products on the Pixieface Facebook page. You can also find Abbie Jackson on Instagram and Twitter.