Oi Doris Blog
Well, what a year I had.
The number of commissions has grown massively. I’ve been lucky to be supported by friends and family initially, which not only helped to focus my work ethic, but also to lead to a word of mouth recommendation.
My work is also being sold on Amazon and in America on C.D covers, as part of a series of celebrity interviews by Robin Ross. These so far include, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Joe Cocker, The Beegees, Belinda Carlise, Bryan Adams, Mark Knopfler, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi.
My facebook and twitter continue to grow in popularity, and is now being followed by both Art lovers and literary enthusiasts who still engage with the typewriter as a medium for expression. I now have an instagram and pinterest account. Also, a Google search of oi Doris results in two and a half pages of references to Doris, which feels positive.
In July I received a Highly commended award at Lytham Arts Festival, newspaper coverage via the Lytham Express, Blackpool Gazette, Rochdale online and a feature piece on Lancashire TV. See the link on my home page.
Also, a feature blog by fashion philosophy Fashionphilosophy.net/2015/08/24/oi-doris As I write this, I have an interview next week for Lancashire Life!
2015 ended with my first ever solo show at the Grand Theatre stage door bar, which is on until March.
January's highlight will see me queuing for hours to be part of Liberty of London Best of British event. This is a chance for designers to show their work to the buyers of Liberty. Fingers crossed.
My goal for 2016, which I’m excited to be able to record through social media, hopes my designs, my career, and my passion will continue to grow at the whirlwind pace I have been blessed to have been a part of in 2015.
My first blog How exciting. What to write about. That is the question.
I think I'll start by catching you all up on the last 8 months since oi Doris appeared. It was never my intention to start up any business. I made some portraits as Christmas presents, in the style of an artist called Paul Smith, who is no longer with us. He made his artwork with the top row of a typewriter. Paul suffered with Cerebral Palsy. Check out his work, it's stunning. http://cerebralpalsy.org/inspiration/artists/paul-smith/ Any way, I had an old vintage typewriter so decided to give it a go and I haven't stopped typing. Once people saw the portraits, I was asked to type a car, a bike and then friends and family started to ask for commissions. Before I knew it, I had a nice little collection of typed images.
- I decided to take my work into the public view and booked a couple of craft fairs.
- I couldn't believe the response I got.
- I do enjoy watching people read my sign about how my work is produced, they then take a step closer to look at the image and then say WOW!!
I made the decision to give it a year and see what happens. I have experimented and screen printed my images, but my best seller are my cards. With that in mind, my future plans for oi Doris is to go into the greeting card market. I am now reading anything and everything about the industry. How scary it is. I have thrown myself in at the deep end and booked a trade fair in London for May next year.
This year you will see me at my last craft fairs. I will be at Lytham Hall and Blackpool Winter Gardens in November.
I also have an exhibition booked in at The Grand Theatres bar in December.
Follow my blog and I'll take you on my journey of discovery.
Love and hugs for now,