Laura, Owner of Flying Teaspoons based in Stoke-on-Trent is in the spotlight in our new series Meet The Local Business featuring the person behind some of your favourite locally owned business.
Laura makes greetings cards, wall art, cushions and coasters. Inspired by her love of Stoke-on-Trent and the local dialect her work reflects many of the local sayings and places that are dear to many local Stokies hearts. Laura talks to us about her creative journey and some of the trials and tribulations that many entrepreneurs face on the road to success.
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Tell us a bit about you.
Hi I'm Laura, I'm 30 and I've lived in Stoke-on-Trent all my life. I make handmade greetings cards, wall art, cushions and coasters. You can view my items here
How did you start the business?
I've always been creative but didn't really know what I wanted to do with it, about six years ago I started to make greetings cards for friends and that ignited a flame of inspiration for me. I started playing around with different styles and very quickly knew what I was doing with the collage was very different to anything else I'd seen before.
How do you make your items and where do your ideas come from?
I'm always full of new and different ideas, some come from my family and their unique things they do or like. I make my cards by firstly drawing the idea down, then I flick through magazine cuttings to find the textures and colours that fit the actual image. I cut the bits out and place them over the design then trace the shape that I need. I then stick all the pieces down and layer and layer and layer it until the collage becomes a finished piece.
A lot of your creations are tailored for Stokies?
Yes I pick up on the dialect of Stoke-on-Trent as it's so distinctive, there's sayings on my greetings cards like "cos kick a bo" and "ow at me owd" I also have cards with places in Stoke too. A lot of people buy them to send away to people who once lived in Stoke, who now live abroad
What is the most popular item you sell?
It has to be the Stokie Christmas cards, I literally sell them in bulk to people.
Where did the name Flying Teaspoons come from?
I wanted to design some cards with garden birds and Long Tailed Tits, I found out that a group of long tailed tits are called flying teaspoons. I saw it and I thought that is so different and quirky and people won't forget it.
What does it mean to you to shop local?
It literally means everything to me, sometimes it can mean the difference between putting food on the table or not. It also means I can then use other small local businesses too so the money is going back into the local community.
How would you describe your business ?
The whole ethos behind Flying Teaspoons is to create art that you want to keep forever, cards that you don't want to throw away. I have customers who love the artwork on my greetings cards so much that they frame them. They also buy them them just to frame them as well, I want to make them so quirky and different not something that you'd get from your regular card shop.
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