January 2013 Stallholder of the month announced!

Posted by wp-admin on Sat, Sep 14 2013 06:47:49

Each month we highlight one of our talented stallholders. The January stallholder of the month is...

Philip Emery of Picture It!



Tell us a bit about Picture It!

Mainly I do portrait drawings of people, pets or other animals (ie. wildlife). I work with watercolour pencil and charcoal. I also do other mounted artwork to sell of various subjects (ie. wildflowers, insects, boats, etc), cards and bookmarks.

How did it all begin?

I started Picture It recently partly out of necessity (lost my job), and partly because it is something I have wanted to do for quite some time.

What's the story behind the name?

It says what I want to convey. People often have photographs of a favourite pet or person etc, however by making it a picture you personalise the image and give it an intrinsic value all of it's own which a photo can never achieve. Sometimes also a handmade picture can improve on a photo by picking out features which you want to emphasise.

Where are you based?

Kettering. I work from home.

What do you love about what you do?

Everything! I love drawing and I hope that shows in my work. I like the feeling of satisfaction I get when things come together and I get near to completion, and of course I like it when customers like the final product also. The act of drawing itself I find very therapeutic.

What inspires you?

Nature in all it's guises is an endless source of inspiration. Seeing other peoples creatively is also very inspiring.

What do you do when you're not creating for Picture It?

Gardening, walking, sailing and helping out in the local community. Until recently I was working at a local sheep cheesery, and restaurant. I have also worked many other jobs over the years including as a printer, disability support worker, salmon farm/factory, running a B&B.

What do you enjoy about selling your wares at markets?

Feedback and meeting new people, and of course making the occasional sale.

Do you have a useful tip for new stallholders?

Not really as I am only new myself so still learning. I'm guessing one needs to have a variety on offer for wide appeal, and be realistic with expectations - taking a long term approach. Persistence usually pays in the end.

How can people contact you?

I have a website for viewing some of my work: www.philipemery.wix.com/pictureit
email: philipemery7@gmail.com
Phone: 03 6267 4606 or 0418 137 722