It was lovely to be interviewed by Vistaprint before the holidays for their Small Business Stories podcast, where entrepreneurs share their goals and challenges. "In our latest podcast episode, hear how award-winning cut-paper artist Owen Gildersleeve learned to take risks, ask for help, and turn a passion for fine art into a flourishing business."
Here are a few quotes pulled from the interview and you can listen to the full interview on the Vistaprint website.
"In our latest podcast episode, hear how award-winning cut-paper artist Owen Gildersleeve learned to take risks, ask for help, and turn a passion for fine art into a flourishing business."
“Personal projects and collaborations are as important as commissioned work. I try and always have a few on the go. This really helps the mind and soul—being able to work on ideas that are purely yours without clients looking over your shoulder.”
This holiday season, we're shining a light on artisans, creators, and makers who own small businesses: their successes, challenges, and hopes for the future. Today, we're celebrating Owen Gildersleeve, an award-winning, London-based cut paper artist—and a holiday card designer for Vistaprint’s 2020 Global Artist Collection!
“Positivity is really important as the initial years can be quite rocky. You really need to stick with it and ride those waves, however choppy they might get. If you put in your all then it will eventually pay off, no matter how hard things might get at times."
“The biggest initial challenge was getting my work out there and making contact with the right people. It can take a while to build up your network and for clients to work out who you are and how your work might fit their needs. It’s all about treading the fine line of persistence, but not overdoing it to seem too pushy or needy.”
Owen’s biggest piece of advice? “Only do the things only you can do. It’s something I keep in mind when working on large projects. I stay focused on the important aspects and keep myself free to communicate directly with clients and manage their expectations.”