In the lead up to Etsy Made Local Tottenham, we’ve been catching up with the amazing makers who will bring their handmade items to market on 1-2 December.
Today we caught up with a Tottenham creative, Angela Hunt of Ribbon Gibbon.
What is your link to Tottenham?
I first discovered Tottenham when I started working for a charity near White Hart Lane. That was also where I met who was to become my husband and a few years later we moved into the area. We have been living in Tottenham for 9 years and in that time we have seen a huge amount of change but the constant has always been the fantastic community spirit! We have two small children and feel very fortunate to be living in such a family friendly part of London. The incredible parks, cafes, toddler and baby activities, family days as well as the amazing community of local businesses – we love Tottenham!
What inspired you to became a maker or, please describe the making/designing process?
I’ve always been a frustrated crafty! I love creating beautiful things, I find it relaxing and rewarding. When planning our wedding day, I spent many happy hours making all the decorations from scratch and I was delighted and very proud with how everything turned out. Hen dos, baby showers, 1st birthdays, naming days, milestone birthdays and other parties followed and I always loved getting the decorations just right. When going on maternity leave with my second baby, I decided to take the plunge and turn my hobby in to a business. I set up my Etsy shop and have been loving the journey ever since! It makes me extremely happy to think that I have been able to play a tiny part in so many special occasions for people. I am really positive about the future and hope my little company can continue to grow!
What is it like owning your own business or like many, juggling multiple jobs?
One of the biggest struggles of running a small business alongside work and family life is simply the lack of time!! There are just not enough hours in the day!! I have so many ideas and things I would like to achieve and I am currently on maternity leave but it’s usually after my gorgeous children have gone to bed that I get to concentrate on my business. Rather than getting overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, I try to break things down in to manageable chunks and keep chipping away. Slow and steady wins the race! Who knows where this journey will take me and that situation may change in the future but, for now, the juggle continues and even though it’s very busy, I love it!
Can you impart a quote or words of wisdom to inspire?
Something I read once that really stuck with me is: ‘Don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle’. I think this really applies to setting up a business. There is so much to learn, so much to think about and so many things to adapt, all of which is a massive part of the fun! But you can sometimes fall into the trap of comparing what you are doing with others, forgetting that they themselves have been on the exact same journey, they are just further along. Keep being you, believe in yourself and who knows what wonderful things you can achieve!
Thank you so much for speaking with us. You can find the lovely Angela on Day 1 of Etsy Made Local Tottenham (Tottenham Town Hall) along with many other talented local makers and don’t forget, this is a two-day bumper handmade only market! Find us on Day 2 at The Beehive Pub on 2 December. See you then!!