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Emmie Morton

03/06/2015

Hello! I am Emmie Morton, I am an illustrator, artist & pattern designer. Well ideally I want to be! I am currently producing a great deal of surface pattern design work, & want to gain more of a focus on where my creative career will go. I am currently branding myself as Emmie Morton Makes, & I am not sure if this is still me/where I want to go......

I have had a little success with my art, selling & gaining a few commissions but lost a lot of steam moving house! So now is the perfect time to refocus, I get super distracted & bogged down with the million & one was to sell/market my work!! As well as trying to get narrower focus for both my product range & style.

Mind Dump! (my hand writing is far too horrific to read!)

WHO: Creative, nerdy, cats & dogs, bag lover, Emmie, geeky, artist, collector, comics, books, sewer, designer, quirky, organiser

WHAT: Painting, sketches, pattern design, prints, precise, commissions, babes, tattoos, fairy tales, products

WHERE: Etsy, Folksy, Spoonflower, Society6, Facebook, Instagram, local shops, website, direct

HOW: Online, blogging, advertising (local flyers/markets), social media - esp Instagram & Twitter, word of mouth, recommendations

KEY WORDS: Creative, quirky, geeky, pattern design, commissions, Etsy, Spoonflower, Social Media. 

Ideal Clients

Lauren is 26 & loves decorating her first flat on her own. She loves interior design with a quirky, unique feel & doesn't mind paying a premium for quality, one off pieces. She enjoys making her own clothes, reading crafting magazines, like Mollie Makes, Cath Kidston & is active on social media. She follows design blogs, as well as crafters & news media. 

Mike is 38 with 2 kids. He is a comics & movie geek & loves sharing his passions with his family. He has a 'man cave' where he keeps his collectables, comic books, beloved commissions & original art work. He reads comics from smaller & independent companies, as well as the occasional Marvel book, supporting indie creators where he can.  

Petra is 20 with 2 cats & a good income. She loves art with a mystical feel, & follows artists on social media, sharing & interacting directly with them. She commissions pieces & considers them to be investments, treating her home as a gallery. She is passionate about stationary & collects notebooks like they're going out of fashion!

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My mood board focuses more on my female clients, but can also apply to men! (I didn't choose the green hair as that is currently my hair colour, honestly.......)

05/06/2015

Been working on my project for the last couple of days & have an update!

Brand Questionnaire

What do I sell?

Prints, original art, unique designs

Price Range?

£10 - £300+ (small prints - large commissioned pieces)

What 3 words best describe: me?

Quirky, nerdy, kind-hearted

My business?

Unique, creative, inspiring

My style?

Artistically: graphics, illustrative, figurative.

Responses when I asked Facebook: Quirky (got the most mentions!), cute, unique, imaginative, kooky

What are my favourite brand & why?

Colette: their style & aesthetic, accessible but 'high end', the patterns they create, the range of products (paper patterns, online patterns, blog, books, digital magazine), unified style & voice. 

Angel Coffee Shop: fav local coffee shop, which does AMAZING cake. Local, nice logo/branding/colour schemes, good coffee, interiors - bit mish-mashed Laura Ashley fabric & leather seats, over sized mugs, local art on wall. 

Cath Kidston: quirky, retro, great prints, bright & bold, wide product range (home, kids, fabric, clothing etc.) Again very unified & clear voice across everything. I may have a bag, or 6 from them..........

What's my customers response to my brand... & the brand experience?

Inspired, enthusiastic, involved in the process, happy - can imagine my pieces in their homes, see my patterns on their fabric/curtains/products. Kindred spirits!

Where do I currently sell my products?

No where..... Through word of mouth commission only recently. Tried Folksy but didn't like it very much!

Where would I like to sell my products?

Etsy, Spoonflower, Society6, fabric manufacturers, website, via social media (routed to Etsy)

Where do I see my business in:

1 year

Decent fanbase/following on social media, selling prints & taking commissions regularly. Sell the rights to a pattern collection & see it in the flesh! Producing work regularly & making the time for it.

5 years

Developed base of clients & followers. Fewer commissions, beng choosier about clients. Income would allow me to work full time on my art. Creating pattern collections & having ranges of fabric.stationary, exhibiting art & developing as an artist. 

10 years

Established as an illustrator & pattern designer. Regular commercial & private clients. Expanded ranges of products - make own products from fabric produced from my designs. Take commissions only when wanted! Do 'dream' projects. Produce limited run prints!

Who is my ideal customer/client?

Producers of fabric/stationary/cards etc for pattern design, illustration/art = individuals, companies (branding/logos), magazines, publishers

Brand Name

Currently: Emmie Morton Makes.

When I started out I was trying to do art & making things from fabric to sell, while I do still love making things (mainly clothes for myself), I'm not as keen on making these commercially. Since discovering a passion for surface pattern design I am more interested in exploring this outlet, it ties much more into my aesthetic & I love doing it! I think I'll remove the 'Makes' & just use my name (internet name!) 'Emmie Morton' with a tagline!

Mission Statements

Specific (illustration & pattern design)

'Creating illustrations for lovers of beautiful women, fairy tales & quirky art'

'Unique surface pattern design, creating stylish & quirky stationary, fabric & homewares'

Over arching:

'Creator of quirky art that conjures a magical, beautiful world & pattern design design that inspires'

'I produce accessible art that inspires, through illustration & pattern design I aim to bring quirkiness & beauty into the everyday'

Ethos/Values

I don't have any particularly strong values (in the sense of locally produced paper/printing etc) so mine are a little more general:

  • Unique design
  • Inspired by nature, & the world around me
  • Belief in the healing power of inspiring art
  • Unique style that is recognisable

Tribe: offer downloads, wallpapers/graphics etc. Sell prints & give extras (stickers/mini prints etc.). Eventually use a platform like Patron for greater interaction & 'rewards'.

Logo Design Brief

Brand name: Emmie Morton

What I do/sell: 'I produce accessible art that inspires, through illustration & pattern design I aim to bring quirkiness & beauty into the everyday' (prints, commissions, original art)

Pricing: Mid range, not 'high art'!

My target market: Male & Female, 20 - 65, geeky/nerdy people, art collectors, art directors, art commissioners. 

3 words that best describe my brand & products: Quirky, imaginative & unique

Existing logos I like: Typographic, brush stroke effect, inset in circles, useable for watermarking art work. 

My competitors are: illustrators & surface pattern designers! Both online & local, probably more online!

Colour preferences: Teal, sky blue, eggshell, grey, Mucha inspired colour (see below!).

Budget in mind: £0! Happy to do it myself!!

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A logo a produced some time ago featuring one of my fashion illustrations, I don't mind it but think I can do better!! Next to it the header I am currently using on social media.

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