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from a jam making obsession – a solution to all the extra produce from my allotment!


How do you see iwishiwas a… developing over the next 2 - 3 years? I’m constantly thinking of ideas and have a mental (and actual) sketchbook full of them – my main obstacle is finding the time to make the ideas a reality.


I’d like to be in a position to employ other makers, freeing me up to do the more creative work. I’m also working on developing a new range based on birds, insect and animals. I’d love to develop the wholesale side of the business and expand my output so that I can stock in a wider variety of venues. The challenge for me is how to achieve this while retaining the integrity of my product as handmade.


Who are some of your favourite artists/designers/makers? I love children’s book illustration


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and have a slight compulsion for buying children’s books from jumble sales and charity shops, especially from the 60’s and 70’s. My favourite illustrator is David McKee. I’ve been lucky enough to have bought one of his prints, appropriately the interior of the costume shop featured in Mr. Ben, and have it on my wall, a constant source of inspiration.


What advice would you give someone starting a creative business? I started with a stall at Greenwich craft market. A friend gave me some great advice, “Just get out there


and see what reaction you get”. The positive feedback fed my confidence and the negative allowed me to adjust what I was doing accordingly. So I would pass my friends advice on and say go for it, get out there and see what happens!


For more information on Tamsin Thorne and iwishiwasa visit: www.iwishiwasa.com www.folksy.com/shops/iwishiwasa


All images courtesy of Barry Woods +44 (0)7976 351452 bw@barrywoods.co.uk www.barrywoods.co.uk


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