Get to know our Bopper, Helen!

Get to know our Bopper, Helen!

Name: Helen Andriush

Location: Ukraine

Title: Illustrator, designer, artist, book lover and coffee drinker 🙂

 I draw and work as an illustrator and artist. Previously known as a graphic designer. I have a lot of experiences with most graphic programs (Ps, Ai, Cd, Id, W, Pp). Since 2004, I began painting with a graphic tablet and took great joy in it. My new love had opened a window for me to construct illustrative patterns and create small figurines from solid wood for interior decoration.

My creative journey began a long time ago. As a child, I attended Art School and creative clubs which led me to complete a degree at the College of Arts.  I am inspired by nature, mountains, trees, plants, animals and fascinated by medieval architecture and sculpture. My love for books, artists and designers works, brings out beauty that I’m captivated by; which aids towards my design process. I will say watercolors are one of my favourite mediums to work with, the delicacy and percentage of opacity is what makes a piece come to life.

I measure design success, by looking at people’s reactions, rather than they give me an assessment of my work. Feedback from customers is also a good way to see the success of my work.

Being a Bopper, I get to know new people, professionals in the creative field who share the same passion as me, and of course,having the opportunity to learn and gain new experience has been GREAT!

Helen Andriush

С ув. Елена Андрющенко.
Get to know our Bopper, DION!

Get to know our Bopper, DION!

Name – Dion Fenton
Birth Place – North London
Title – Artist/Illustrator/Graphic Designer
Experience – Art Foundation, Graphic design BA, multiple Exhibitions.
When did you start your creative journey?
My official creative journey started when I enrolled in an art foundation course in central London, from there I moved on to study Graphic Design at Portsmouth University.  however at a very young age my family noticed I took a liking to all things creative and encouraged my out let by gifting me with all type of art equipment. 
 
What who inspires your work? 
That could be just about anything. Could be my own ideas, or creative ideas from others. Most times I find being around creative people and environments inspires me most. 
 
What art media do you most like to work with and why?
I most like to work with pen and pencil, then to different software. Just love being able to sit on a train, or in a cafe and being able to just sketch something down really quick. I enjoy the simplicity of it. From a simple doodle it can be the beginning and foundation to a great design.
 
How do you measure the success of your designs?
How I measure design success…When a client is happy with the design then I feel like it’s been a success and if the design can serve its purpose and is understood positively by the audience.
 
What is great about being a Bopper?
Firstly saying the word Bopper is always fun. 
Dion Fenton

A Little word from Za!

Keep On Pursuing your dreams!

“There are many things that have been quite challenging in my life but the most significant one will be starting up my business. I had took my leap of faith in April 2016, Tottenham. My dream had become my reality! You see, starting a business takes lots of guts, a few bank charges and tears….Yes! Tears. You work 24/7 to do your very best to soar but you find yourself juggling 10 different roles within the business, you ’re not only the CEO but you’re the Accountant, secretary, marketing assistant and much more… I have learnt so much about myself, how I deal with situations and overcome. This is the dedication which is needed for all who want to head into a business. It may not be easy, but with true belief you can make it!”

Shared with the community of Tottenham: https://www.wearetottenham.london/stories-from-the-ward

LYST SUPPORT

Box of Prints LTD

Box Of Prints LTD is a company, which specializes in creating unique printed fabric.

What does your business do?

Quality over quantity is the underline pattern in the business. Prints are created from a story or in depth gather of research from particular area of study. We want customers to not only enjoy the look of a printed product but also engage with the imagery and probably link it to their own experiences.

Why did you start your business?

I started writing some notes and thinking, “actually, I think I can do this, I can set up a business”. It was only until 2015 when I decided to start putting all talks away and start acting on my vision. I had always had entrepreneurial tendencies but never developed my ability. It took a lot of confidence to change my mind pattern into ‘I can’s’ ‘ I will’ instead of focally thinking of the impossibilities.

How did you hear about LYST?

I heard about LYST from a simple Google search.  I had outgrown working from home and had to move out to a more professional location.

How has LYST helped you?

You’re paying rent here, and what happens is you don’t want it to fail. Having Clifford as a semi-mentor – he’s great, you can see that he encourages not only me but others to push ahead and go on in their business. If you need any help, I feel comfortable in going up to him and going to anyone part of LYST and asking, “you know what I’m having a struggle here, can you help me?” Another thing is, it’s helped with connecting with other businesses, dealing in collaborations, just connecting on the networking side of things which I never had before.

LYST had also played a big role in me coming an Entrepreneur In Residence at ‘StartUp’ Kitchen; from their introduction a year later I became the project leader of the mentoring sessions, which is a HUGE benefit for me at this stage in business.

What is key to your success?

  1. PASSION
  2. PERSERVERANCE
  3. CONFIDENCE

Interview also found on:

http://www.lystbusiness.com/about-us/success-stories/zara/

To my ‘Ms Independent’ Women…

To my ‘Ms Independent’ Women…

The Impossible is Possible!

It’s not easy to start a business but with much dedication, zeal and knowledge you eventually can get things going.  After two years of solely working for myself running Box Of Prints LTD a company specialising in creating printed fabrics. I have had a rollercoaster journey. You see when an idea comes to you; you automatically think that the idea will flourish into a beautiful business and soar. However, that is not the case. I had happily started my business in April 2016, with the most optimism. Made my first grand in the second month and thought that’s it I can relax – not knowing that all those purchasing were from family & friends. Business can not merely survive with family & friends as customers. Their support came as they were truly happy for me as an individual making this BIG Leap of faith, which is not bad at all but for business growth I had to push for the attention of those who have NO clue of my business, with no previous relation to me. This is where I began to develop and sustain a good customer base. So I did hit a financial low, doubt set in “Shall I give up?”, “I’ll be better as a teacher?” were thoughts that had often crossed my mind. It was absolutely thoughts that I wouldn’t have taken seriously as, deep down inside of me I had this urge to go on.

 

So what do you think I did?….

 

Have you heard of the phase of ‘It’s not what you know? It’s who you know!” This became a focal point when entering the networking world I had to get out my comfort zone. I was no longer the insecure, low self-esteem girl but became a confident, outspoken person who cares very much about the business I had formed. I had to get talking!  Once I entered the room I scouted out who was there and aimed high. I would directly say “Hello, what’s your name? And what do you do?” this was my conversation starter to quickly source contacts. I needed to know what and how they can be a benefit to me and what I can also do for them. – Yes! It may sound harsh but this was exactly the way I learnt to build great connections and surprisingly grow my business. I was later introduced to plenty more other people of excellence and began speaking, showcasing and leading seminars at events. My business had later opened doors after just one year of trade. My passion for not only textiles but for the community became known. Until you start digging deeper into making sure your business survives, that is when opportunities arise.

 

Boldness – Don’t be afraid to state the things you stand for.

Optimism – Keep High Spirits and cast all negatives away.

Passion – Let all that moves you, shine through.

Box Of Prints

Shared on: https://www.msindependent.co.uk/