Posted on January 29, 2013

New Business Mum – Louise Jenkins

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My new business Mum on the blog this morning is Louise Jenkins owner of IllustratorLou – take a look at her interview below  :)

Who are you?
Louise Jenkins


What do you do?
Artist & Illustrator

When did you establish your business?
August 2012


What made you start your own business?
I was a senior designer in the tableware industry for twelve years and worked for Royal Worcester. I left in 2008 when my first was born. Within a year of me leaving, not only they, but also Wedgwood Royal Doulton and Spode had all gone into receivership. So with the industry I worked in pretty much vanished, I had to decide what to do next. I had initially considered retraining, then I found myself pregnant again, so this wasn’t an option. While pregnant my husband persuaded me to start drawing again to build up a portfolio. Then when my second son was seven months old, my husband built me a website, created a work Facebook page and signed me up to Twitter. Louise Jenkins Illustration was launched and within a month I had my first job. Since then I have opened up my own Etsy shop – Illustratorlou, where I sell greetings cards and gift prints.


What do you love about working for yourself?
I love the fact that i can work to my own agenda and set my own briefs. It has also led me to be more experimental with my work. Which is something I rarely got to do while working for a large company with tight deadlines.


Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
It can be difficult when I need feedback from others, not only regarding my illustrations, but also about business ideas. I have found Twitter is great for this, as you don’t find many other budding illustrators at the local toddler group!


Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
Only that I hadn’t waited until my second was born, though things seemed so much hectic when my first was small.


What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? 
It is really hard work, especially if, like me, you only have evenings in which to do work. I always think that branding is really important. It has to be clear and will make your product stand out from the crowd. Also, read all the business advice you can and when you’ve read it, read some more.

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  • Katie May February 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I love the use of pattern in your work, my particular favourite is Handsome Fox :) gorgeous!!

  • TwoLittlePaines February 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I’d love the My Sunshine card :)
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  • Galina V February 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Difficult choice, I like the folksy looks of the fox, but would probably choose Two birds of a feather (In Valentine’s variety of colours), they would make my kitchen look lovelier.
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  • Victoria M February 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    The birds of a feather print is lovely

  • Emma Hawman February 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Love your work Louise! Your style is so unique and a pleasure to look at, I can definitely see you going far!

  • Tina Holmes February 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love his one

  • Attachment Mummy February 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I love the Kissing card, very cute.

  • Cathy Glynn February 3, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love the kissing one x

  • Sarah P February 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I would choose My Sunshine. Love the design and colours.

  • Katherine De Riera February 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I really love the Love Struck print and the heart flutter cards! these designs are all stunning though! thankyou for the lovely giveaway!

  • Madi February 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I would loveee one of the ‘You are my sunshine’ cards – it’s one of my favourite cards ever. So cute! :]

  • Kara January 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I like the kissing ones!!
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  • Emma @mummymummymum January 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I like the chicken one.
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  • becky January 31, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Oh the kissing one!!
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  • esther james January 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    The handsome fox print is so lovely! I also really like the kissing card
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  • Gemma Mills / Chamberlain (MyMillsBaby) January 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Handsome Fox is seriously cute xx
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  • Kara Spencer January 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I like the Kissing print, so cute, I wondered does Louise do commisions, I love her style x
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  • Kirsty Fox January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    It would have to be the Handsome Fox print, as my surname is Fox, I could give it to my husband, he is a handsome fox!

  • Debbie January 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I really love the heart one at the bottom
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  • Louise Edwards (@mygorgeousboys) January 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

    heart flutter.. love personalised touch
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  • Erica Price January 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Handsome fox.
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  • Gillian Holmes January 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Love Struck

  • melanie stirling January 30, 2013 at 12:01 am

    The Handome Fox print

  • ET Speaks From Home January 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    fox for me
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  • Katrina Day-Reilly January 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I love the two chickens defiantly my choice
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  • Maria @ Feisty Tapas January 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I love them all to be honest but my favourite is probably the Kissing card
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  • Helen Gregory January 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Absolutely love your illustrations Louise. Good luck with your business x

  • Karen Langridge January 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    The kissing one is so sweet :) x
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  • Lauren January 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Handsome Fox print. It’s lovely and would go perfectly in Harry’s room.
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  • welshmumof3boys January 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I love the heart flutter

  • Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek) January 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I adore the “My Sunshine” card, it’s gorgeous!

  • Louise January 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Handsome fox
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  • Sammie Hodges January 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I really love the Kissing card
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  • Kel January 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I would choose Kissing, sooo lovely! Love the designs!
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  • anna m January 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to chose the my sunshine one, its sweet :)

  • Carolin January 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love the Love Struck chickens in mint and pink. Gorgeous colour and it would look really pretty in my kitchen 😉

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