Each week we bring you short interview with our featured seller, this week is Richard from Rjhealdphotography.
Business name: Rjhealdphotography
Makers name: Richard Heald
Describe your style in no more than 3 words. Alternative, Retro, creative
What do you sell in Fabrication? My photographic images on coasters, cards, fine art prints and cushions
How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? I have had my own business for around 2 years and started it as a creative outlet to reduce my stress levels- the business brings it is a different kind of stress, but worth it.
What is your workshop / studio like? I have an office to work on my digital photography and built a darkroom in my garage for my film photography.
What are your beverage and snack of choice when working? I have been having bacon sandwiches and black coffee for the past 6 months, but had to give the bacon up now as spending any profits on larger t shirts☺
What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? Time – Working full time, working at Fabrication, spending time with family and then taking photographs- it is sometimes difficult to fit it all in.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Never think you know what the customer wants, buy small quantities first and test the market.
What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? To join a co-operative like Fabrication, the advice, encouragement and inspiration that is gained is invaluable when setting up – as can be daunting at first going into the unknown.
Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? Joined in February 2017, to showcase my work to the lovely Leeds public.
If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? If money was no object, the large £400 Octopus by Piers Edsall to put in the garden, a Gavin Edwards wood panel for the house and some Tyto Leodis chocolates for the missus.