As a business that appeals to most we are often contacted by local crafts people to see if we would like to sell their homemade and handmade goodies. On some occasions we come across a little gem and instead of keeping this little gem a secret we thought it would be great idea for her to tell you about herself. Gorgeous Touch introduces Katie O……..
Katie O and The Birdtree Gift Shop
Love What You Do by Doing What You Love
Imagine you could be granted one wish, to be given the opportunity to work in the best job ever. What’s the most exciting job you could imagine doing? For me, it’s being an artist. Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted to find a way to use my artistic skills to make beautiful items that people will love to have in their homes.
After many years of hard work, late nights and the occasional creative hurdle I am proud to say that I now love my job every day. The Katie O brand (that’s me!) has been built up from art exhibitions and craft fairs to becoming a fully fledged supplier of handmade arts & craft gifts, decorations and accessories to shops across the UK.
After becoming the Creative Editor of the digital publisher Birdtree Books the Katie O handmade range was merged with The Birdtree Gift Shop to expand the product range even further. The best thing about my job though is that I get to pass on the knowledge and experience I have gained to other creative people as the head of creative support services at Birdtree Books. I meet a range of talented people who don’t know how to take that next step and earn a living from their ability and I get to support them on their journey.
No matter how busy it gets I always still find time to draw. Whether it’s the design process for a new product range, or a commissioned piece of artwork, it’s important that I get back to basics and enjoy being creative. I have had great success as an artist, hosting many exhibitions across the UK that have received excellent reviews in the media. My artwork has also been used in magazines, on book covers and websites. I published my first art guide in 2012 and will soon be releasing a series of ‘How To’ guides on a range of arts and crafts projects.
Katie O and Birdtree in Gorgeous Touch
One of the key factors that I believe has helped me be successful is that I only work with shops that match my own values of keeping quality high and making sure that every customer is very happy with their item. This is one of the reasons that I chose Gorgeous Touch as a potential stockist of Katie O and Birdtree products, as the store looked beautiful and I have built a great working relationship with the owners. You can now find my items dotted throughout the store, from handmade jewellery, bunting and cards to shabby chic picture frames and notebooks.
There are also many vintage style gifts, as well as a full personalised wedding service, including bespoke invitations, name cards and decorations. Simply order anything you wish from the counter and I will make it for you!
The Birdtree Gift Shop
Currently Making: Handmade items in a shabby chic Tea Party style!
Currently Reading: Brilliant short stories in the Mullins Collection of Best New Fiction
Currently Loving: The warmer weather and summer craft fairs 🙂