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News: Hollie’s designs are Jol­ly Good!

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Well done to Col­lege alum­na Hol­lie who’s quick think­ing saw her time­ly themed Christ­mas cards drum up a lot of pos­i­tive atten­tion on social media last week – with some of her designs going viral!

Hol­lie pro­gressed through a range of cours­es at the col­lege and grad­u­at­ed with a First-Class Hon­ours in Dig­i­tal Media Design after also com­plet­ing her top-up degree with us. After com­plet­ing her stud­ies, she set up her own her own busi­ness cre­at­ing bespoke prints and cards.

CaliPrints­By­Hol­lie has gone from strength to strength and not only is she a top-rat­ed sell­er on cre­ative sell­ing plat­form Etsy, her cre­ations have been caus­ing a stir online for all the right rea­sons! Last week some of her lock-down themed Christ­mas card designs went viral as she put her cre­ative twist on Boris Johnson’s lat­est round of announce­ments, turn­ing them into humor­ous Christ­mas cards and the orders have since been flood­ing in. 

Hol­lie tells us how the cours­es she stud­ied with us helped her gain the skills and con­fi­dence to go it solo, and she hasn’t looked back since. 

Col­lege gave me the con­fi­dence to design con­fi­dent­ly and start my own busi­ness which has gone from strength to strength dur­ing lockdown. 

Hol­lie Robinson — CaliPrints­By­Hol­lie.
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What made you decide to set up your own business?

After fin­ish­ing my course, I decid­ed to free­lance as a way to fill time and build expe­ri­ence whilst look­ing for a job. Whilst free­lanc­ing I came across Etsy and saw the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make mon­ey from my designs. Ini­tial­ly I start­ed off with prints and these took off imme­di­ate­ly. As this pro­gressed, I decid­ed to ven­ture into card mak­ing and I haven’t looked back since. 

How did your courses at the college help and inspire you to be where you are now?

Ini­tial­ly my course helped me with the basic tools I need­ed to get start­ed. As I pro­gressed through the dif­fer­ent lev­els, col­lege helped me start by busi­ness by giv­ing me the plat­form to be able to design con­fi­dent­ly and sell my prod­ucts to the public. 

What has the response been to your business?

Since I start­ed Caliprints­By­Hol­lie in 2018 I’ve had lots of inter­est, both on Etsy and pri­vate orders too. My Etsy shop just keeps grow­ing and grow­ing and I am so excit­ed to see what the com­ing years will bring.

Over the past year and dur­ing lock­down my busi­ness has thrived and is becom­ing even big­ger. I have hun­dreds of new designs and I am so thank­ful to be doing so well dur­ing such hard times. 

What are your top tips for creative students wanting to set up their own businesses?

To start your own busi­ness, you must be ded­i­cat­ed and believe in what you’re sell­ing. Start sim­ple and don’t over com­pli­cate things – I start­ed with a much small­er prod­uct range than I have now and then expand­ed as time went on. 

Under­stand­ing how to find solu­tions to prob­lems is key. To do this you need to be present, always put in 110% and pre­pare your­self to deal with set­backs and criticism. 

Most impor­tant­ly though, you must enjoy what you are doing! 

Take a look at Hol­lie’s designs on her Etsy shop or Insta­gram page. 

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  • 30th November 2020 (3:49 PM)
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