Rachael Sligo is a talented artist and illustrator, she creates children’s illustrations for prints and cards as well as producing the most beautiful pet portraits.
We caught up with Rachael as this week’s wonderful woman and asked her some questions –
1. What does your workspace look like right now? Tell us 3 things that you always have within reach.
I’ve just relocated from the box-room in my house to a slightly larger room because it was becoming too much of a squeeze. On a normal day, however, I would always have my order book by my side, a drawing pencil and my Bluetooth speaker – I can’t work without background music.
2. Sum up your business in 3 words
Spontaneous, whimsical, hard work!
3. What inspires you?
Animals in any shape or form – sometimes people relate better to animals than they do other humans. Being out in the countryside also inspires me because it’s so full of completely natural beauty – nothing forced or over thought, just incredible colours and forms that need no altering.
4. How and why did you get started in your business?
I’m a teacher by trade and my job has become increasingly stressful and difficult to navigate. The frustrations that I can’t avoid at work can be worked out and diluted down by drawing on a piece of paper. I love it so much I decided to try and find a balance of both.
5. What are you working on right now and what can we look forward to from you in the future?
At the moment I am working on some gift boxes for a baby show. I really wanted to combine my prints with other lovely makers’ products so that I could promote them and make mine that little bit more attractive.
6. What is your USP? (Unique Super Power/Selling Point)
I’ll have a bash at anything, my products have evolved due to customer requests and I just say yes and then figure it out. My fingerprint family portraits are pretty unique and have been a big seller because of that fact but maybe I need to work on my USP!
7. What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” said Christopher Robin to Winnie-the-Pooh.
8. Do you like to work to music? If so, what do you listen to?
I have an Amazon playlist called ‘Chilled Out Beats’ and I literally couldn’t name one track on it as they are all so obscure and unheard of but it is my ‘go to’ – I do love a bit of Mumford and Sons though too.
9. Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years’ time?
I would love to be doing this as my job – which sounds ridiculous when I write it, but you can dream can’t you?
10. So many people are taking the leap and starting their own businesses every day. What would be your top tip to encourage them and help them to get started?
Don’t expect too much too soon. Give it time and try to control your spending – I’m not very good at that bit!