Returning to work after maternity leave is always tough, especially so when you are running your own business. There’s no one to whip you into shape and give you orders but yourself. Every bit of work starts and ends with you. But if you are passionate about your business, if it feels connected to who you are and fills you with joy then you make the time. You snatch moments, you lose sleep, you make sacrifices to invest everything you can in your other “baby”. But if your business starts to feel a little alien, a little distant from who you are, then it becomes impossible.
Returning to Prickle Press has felt impossible this year. I’ve had no drive and no vision. At first I thought it was lack of sleep and being overwhelmed by the needs of two kids but even when I did have a moment I didn’t want to plan, design or print. I have changed over the last year and now this business no longer fits me. It no longer feels connected to who I am and I have lost the joy. I’ve spent a lot of time soul searching and realised I have a new vision for my future and Prickle Press isn’t part of it.
So my last market will be this Saturday (Crafty Fox Market in Peckham), I will release my last Christmas designs in October, sell my Chandler & Price press in November and close by December. Please stick around, come and visit me at Crafty Fox this weekend and let me know if you are interested in buying a giant letterpress!
I’ve had so many highlights over the last seven years including being stocked in Anthropologie and Tate Britain, printing invitations for Manolo Blahnik and Vogue and having a stand at Pulse. But what I’m the most proud of is how I built a business from scratch doing a craft I taught myself how to do. I’m going to miss being a part of this incredible creative community online and locally. I’ve met some of the most inspiring people through it and learnt so much from them, from you.
There’s so much more I want to say but for now I’ll just say a big thanks to those of you who have supported me with this decision and helped me come to a place where I feel truly excited about the future. Thank you for supporting me over the last seven years. It’s been an incredible adventure…