This week’s interview is with U.K.-based Aimee from Another Studio, who designs creative and original gifts & homeware including miniature cress gardens, vases, and architectural model kits.
My favourite is the kit for the metal planthouse, as shown above. That would look fantastic on my desk!
And now I’ll hand over to Aimee to tell you more about herself and her products:
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m Aimee and run Another Studio, a craft design practice based in London.
How did you get started in your handmade business?
I was always interested in art and design and studied BA Applied Arts at Middlesex (many years ago!) which was a very hands-on course so we were primarily based in the wood, ceramics or metal workshops, experimenting with materials and learning different making skills and techniques.
What first made you want to become an artist/craftsperson?
From a young age I was always crafting and making things; be it houses for my dolls, shoes made from cardboard or stencilling patterns everywhere and anywhere. Now I’m having flashbacks to a mosaic window shelf I created, and the sun & moon themed bedroom decor I had when I was about nine years old!
Apart form crafts, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going to the gym and working out – it frees my mind from work. I also love to cook and experiment with new dishes.
How long have you been creating art/crafts and how long have you been selling online?
I launched my first product in February 2010 – PostCarden, a miniature garden you send in the post. Since then I’ve designed new pieces every year and make creative bookmarks, architectural model kits, pencil pots, vases and light shades!
How many different places do you sell from?
We have quite a range of products and sell these all via our website:
Our Etsy shop also sells most items: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnotherStudio
In addition, we sell select designs to a lot of museums in the UK such as the design museum (designmuseumshop.com) and Royal Academy (www.royalacademy.org.uk).
Have any pets?
Stanley, a little dachshund pup (he has his own Instagram: www.instagram.com/stanleysausagedog)
What is your favourite part of your handmade business?
I’m constantly learning new skills and techniques, so I’m always experimenting; be it with computer software, use of materials or production processes – I’m pretty self taught so I’m always happy to use new projects as an opportunity to teach myself something new.
What are three tools in your workspace that you could not live without?
Scalpel, blades and ruler.
What was the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
I had a whirlwind 36 hours in Venice and enjoyed every second. It was amazing how much of the biennial we crammed in whilst soaking up the atmosphere and walking around the beautiful streets.
What is your earliest memory of creating something you were proud of?
We were lucky enough to be taught ceramics at primary school. I made a dodo-type bird which I still have today, and I’m still proud about how cool it is.