Spotlight on the Seller: Anachronalia

Each week we bring you a short interview with our featured seller, this week is Linette from Anachronalia.

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Business name: Anachronalia

Makers name: Linette

Describe your style in no more than 3 words. Steeped in History

almanac necklace
Girdle book necklace selected for the current “Redesigning the Medieval Book” display at The Bodleian Library.

What do you sell in Fabrication? I sell books, letter sets, stationery, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, book making kits, and miniature books as jewellery.

How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? Anachronalia has existed since 2012. I started it for two reasons, the first was that I wanted to break away from sitting in front of a computer 9-5, seven days a week. The second was because I fell in love with binding books. I bought my first press from ebay and it just went on from there.

What is your workshop / studio like? I currently have a co-workshop space in Fabrication2 as well as a small space at home for more fragile repair/rebinding work. The workshop is great for classes and batch making because of the space. It is lovely working with other creative businesses in the same space and has led to some fun collaborative works.

What are your beverage and snack of choice when working? I’m never far from a cup of tea, though I have to keep it away from the books in case of drips and when I get into my work it often goes cold. My current workshop blend is Mango Chilli flavoured black tea which is lovely and also comes in a nice tin which I plan to reuse when it is empty.

What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? As it is a single person business, the biggest challenge at the moment is having to be several people at once, your own marketing team, social media presence, photographer, copy writer, website and package designer. I get a lot of help and tips from fellow sellers at Fabrication as well as the support of friends and family who can point me at resources to make this manageable. Hopefully, I’m just as helpful in return.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Learn bookbinding sooner, it is so satisfying! But more seriously, everything you learn will come in useful at some point so don’t dismiss it.

range of journals

What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? Don’t be afraid to trust your own instincts, be prepared for lean times and hard work, and take advice where you can.

Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? I joined about 2 and a bit years ago. I was looking for a place to sell locally all year round instead of just at craft fairs or online as well as a space where I could potentially give demonstrations or teach classes. Fabrication offered all of that as well as the opportunity to get out of the house and meet customers and fellow makers in the shop.

If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? I currently have my eye on a white glass dish with gold edge from Twice Fired, a multi-string orange wool necklace from Bobbinaround, and a framed paper cut Koi from Bethanie Yeong. Amongst many other things.

miniature book by Anachronalia

Linette runs classes on a variety of bookbinding topics at the Fabrication2 workshop, these can be viewed and booked here.