On Tuesday I worked an early shift and then hopped on a train into London for Stacie Swift & Emma Block’s Insider’s Guide to a Career in Illustration Seminar at the very amazing SMUG in Camden Passage.
I had a lovely wander around Angel beforehand, trying to resist the temptation of the many shops, and headed over to SMUG for around 3pm. Firstly, what a lovely venue! SMUG stock some gorgeous things – from cards and stationery, to homewares, jewellery and prints.
The talk was really informative, and inspiring, and it was great to hear how Emma and Stacie have both moved forward with their respective styles of illustration and where they have been successful. It was a great boost to be reminded that with hard work, you can reach your goals – it’s possible, it’s not all a crazy dream and you can do it! I particularly wanted some advice and insight into wholesalers – how to get into stockists, how to work with them and build relationships and so on, and this was a really informative afternoon.
It was also a lovely opportunity to meet other illustrators and graphic designers, and get some feedback on my website and shop – big thanks to Stacie and Emma for organising and providing yummy Carrot Cake!