Kerry crafts out on new venture
A SCIENCE graduate with a childhood love of art has set up her own business making jewellery and crafts.
Kerry MacKay, 24, from Oban set up Selkie Crafts www.facebook.com/selkiecrafts earlier this year after graduating with a Masters in Ecology in 2013.
Through working in a local craft shop, she rediscovered her love of drawing and began creating her own jewellery which was a hit with customers.
With advice from Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway, Kerry decided to set up her own craft business selling on websites Etsy, Folksy and at various markets throughout the region.
Kerry said: ‘I have always loved art and design and although it was my favourite and best subject at school, when it came to choosing a career I picked a science degree as I felt there would be more job opportunities. But having limited luck in finding an ecology-related job, I began working in a local shop, Crafty Ewe, where my love for crafts was reignited.
‘Now, I’m making a variety of crafts but I particularly enjoy making jewellery with wire and beads and handmade dream catchers. I have a range of products on sale in Crafty Ewe and I also sell through various craft websites. The support I’ve had from Crafty Ewe has been fantastic and the feedback from customers has been such a confidence boost.’
Kerry designs and creates earrings, brace- lets, necklaces, dream catchers and various other crafts and has already began work on her Christmas decoration ideas. With appearances already booked at the Oban Winter festival craft market and Argyll Animal Aid Christmas market, she is hoping to increase her customer base and get her products known to a wider audience.
She added: ‘ My aim is to establish Selkie Crafts as a friendly, local business and that everyone who receives one of my creations feels like they have something special. I first approached Business Gateway on the advice of my boss at Crafty Ewe and I tentatively attended a business planning workshop last summer.
‘After mulling over my plans I decided to set up the business and since then Business Gateway have continued to support and advise me. As well as having an experienced adviser to discuss my ideas with, I have attended more workshops which have all been a great help.’
Angela Vernel, the Business Gateway adviser who supported Kerry said; ‘Kerry is an ambitious young business owner with her heart firmly in this area. She recognises the opportunities that the region can provide and with our support she has created an enterprise that offers a fantastic range of locally produced crafts.’
To find out more about how Business Gateway can help you set up and develop your own business call 01546 808 363 or visit www. bgateway.com/argyll-and-bute
Kerry MacKay, 24, from Oban set up Selkie Crafts www.facebook.com/
selkiecrafts earlier this year.