Layla of Layla Amber was good enough to answer some questions for us, so that you can learn a little more about her work, her aspirations and why she makes what she makes! She is one of our new stallholders who joined us for the first time at the Festive Street Fair. Luckily for you guys she’s already signed up to do the summer market so if you can save your pennies til then you buy Layla’s beautiful work on Sunday 26th June. Here are the answers to her questions to get your juices flowing…
How long have you been selling your work?
I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember but I’ve only been selling at stalls and online for a few months, so I’m a real beginner! I feel like I’ve learnt so much already and met such amazing people!
If you could do any other job other than make your products professionally what would it be?
Hmmm, I think I would love to be either an interior designer or an architect (although I’m not clever enough for either of them!) I’m really interested in houses and design so I think I would love one of those jobs! I can’t wait to have my own place one day (My boyfriend and I still live with our parents!) so I can let my creativity run wild!
Is there a product you’d love to make but just don’t have the facilities/equipment?
Yes! If I had endless space and money, I would have a dream studio with the facilities to make whatever I wanted! I think at the moment I would most like to try screen printing and silver smithing, I would also love a laser cutter!
Who have you been most inspired by?
This may sound very cheesy but I think my biggest inspirations are the people who I’m closest to. My mum, my boyfriend George (who is just so supportive and helpful), and my boss who is an artist and has her own art gallery (where I work), she really is a very inspirational lady. I’m also very inspired by all of the people I’ve mentioned below…
Who is your favourite crafter/maker?
Rob Ryan, Donna Wilson, Bonbi Forest, Cannybelle, Cuppa Tea and Cake and Hello Jeniune. (I have quite a few!)