You started out the business making things at home whilst working as a nurse but you’ve recently moved into an exciting, creative space at the Boneyard Studios in Canton, Cardiff. Did you plan to expand the business outside of working from home or did it just happen over time?
It just happened! I was enjoying working at home and hadn’t really thought about renting anywhere else, but when I saw a post on Instagram about a container studio coming up for rent, for some reason I was drawn to it! I went to look around before Christmas last year and loved this colourful, arty, creative village, but at the time, I was planning a trip to Ghana and wanted any money I had to go on the trip and to buy resources. I said no and was a bit gutted, but almost like fate a turquoise (my favourite colour!) container became available at the beginning of the summer, so I was able to do both and threw a fundraiser here last month to raise more money for the school.
I have a studio space at the back of my container (behind curtains to hide the mess!) and then a shop at the front. I’m open on my days off from my nursing job.
The best thing about renting a space like this is the other creatives and business owners you work alongside. I’ve learnt so much from my ‘container neighbours’, I think I’d struggle to go back to the isolation of working at home.
The site here in the heart of Canton is being demolished next month and made in to fancy flats (of course!), but fear not the Bone Yard Container Village is moving to a new site! It’s going to be a bigger site with a cafe/restaurant/bar there, and I’m hoping to throw many more fun fundraisers in the future! Cardiff is so lacking alternative, arty, venues / events with good music at the moment!