I need financial help in setting up a studio space where I can complete orders for Lish Designs,making customised shoes and bags. I Will also have workshop space, called The Make Room where I will be holding classes teaching others crafts in the evenings and weekends. I also hope to use available rooms upstairs to host other crafters/designers and showcase their work within the studio. Crowdfunding will help with financial costs of set up, including chairs, tables, paint, fabric etc

ABOUT ME

I have always had a dream to be able to make a career in being creative. I've tried lots of different genres of crafts, including making costume jewellery a few years ago, which I sold every Saturday at St George's Market in Belfast, whilst also working full-time.

After a career in events, when I went off on maternity to have my twins, I knew that financially I couldn't return to work due to childcare costs, so I wanted to see if I could make some money for myself.

ABOUT LISH

After setting up a Facebook page to sell some artwork I created, I started customising shoes as they are a passion of mine! I could not believe the response and the demand for personalised, customised shoes. What had started as a hobby to make 'pin-money', quickly turned into a business!

THE NEXT STEP

Recently I have made the leap to get paid childcare so I can put more time into Lish Designs. I have also been fortunate enough to come across premises that I can use as a Studio space!!

THE 'MAKE ROOM'

I will set up a space that I can work from to create bespoke orders, and also display my products for purchase to passers-by should the opportunity arise. I also plan to display work from other crafters in an attempt to support other artists and hopefully pass sales their way.There are also 3 rooms upstairs that I hope to get other crafters to use, so I will be creating a space for creativity and supporting other artists.

But the most exciting thing for me is that I will finally have a space that I can facilitate workshops and classes to try to teach others and instill a passion for making things handmade. I will aim to hold regular classes for both adults and children in evenings and weekends, teaching them new skills and offering themed classes for Christmas, Valentines, etc.

THE MONEY

The reason I have turned to crowdfunding, is simply to help with the basic set-up costs. The tables, chairs, paint, cabinets, fabric, signage.... even a kettle and cups! By supporting my project, you are buying in to my idea that creativity is something that should be nurtured by providing a space that I can make beautiful things for others, and also teach skills to others!

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