#SupportingLocalBusiness is something we’re really passionate about at Pentlebay Clothing. This has inspired us to create a monthly #RoystonTuesdayTalks series – where we chat to other local businesses from our lovely hometown in Royston, Hertfordshire.
& this month we’ve had the pleasure of chatting to the hugely talented Artist Katie Moulton 😊. Enjoy…
1) Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do.
I’m Katie and I run a nail salon, ‘Fancy Fingers’, from my home in Royston and I have also recently started up a new art business, ‘Katie Louise Art’.
Fancy Fingers – I work with gel polish and I love creating lots of new nail art designs. I have over 230 colours and over 100 glitters to choose from! Glitter is my absolute favourite and you will often find me wearing full glittery nails!
Katie Louise Art – I mainly paint animals and flowers. I produce prints of my work, paint commissions on request and have a range of greeting cards. Most recently I have started to paint pet portraits which are proving very popular.
2) When did you start Fancy Fingers and Katie Louise Art and what/who inspired you to start the businesses?
Both businesses actually started up as hobbies and I never intended on them becoming jobs! I feel very lucky that I have been able to turn two hobbies that I have really enjoyed into jobs that I love.
Fancy Fingers started in 2013. After having my second child and not returning to work I decided to find something I could do for myself and to be able to switch off from ‘being Mum’ in the evenings. After completing a home course I soon realised I was passionate about ‘doing nails’ and decided to book a professional course and get fully qualified and learn everything in lots more detail. I needed a job that was going to work around my husband’s shifts and my two young children and this was absolutely perfect!
Katie Louise Art only started in July this year after finding a new love during lockdown. While I couldn’t be painting nails I decided to have a try at painting something different and spent many evenings learning lots of techniques and following tutorials which I really enjoyed. After sharing a couple of photos on my social media accounts I gained lots of interest from people asking about purchasing my paintings and I decided to set up ‘Katie Louise Art’.
I’m lucky that my Husband and Dad have always been very supportive with my ideas and encouraged me to pursue them. My Dad runs a business too, Delissimo in Buntingford, so I am often on the phone with him asking for his business advice which is always something I listen carefully to and appreciate his experience with!
3) How involved are you in the local Royston community?
I have pretty much lived in Royston my whole life and really like it here.
During lockdown I wanted to create something nice for our community so when my nail business had to be closed I started ‘Royston Goes on a Bear Hunt’ where households requested a number from me which they then displayed in their windows along with a bear to create a type of hunt around Royston. The initial idea was to get a few houses (I was hoping for 50) to display bears for the little children to look out for while out on their daily exercise. This quickly became very popular with 1268 houses/businesses taking part and we raised £4135 for NHS Charities. Although this isn’t linked to my businesses in any way I have now become known to many as ‘The Bear Hunt Lady’!!
4) How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and techniques in your industries?
Nail trends change all the time! Social media is great for keeping up to date on the new designs/crazes! I use Instagram a lot for inspiration.
I also subscribe to Scratch Magazine, which is the nail industries leading magazine. This is always full of lots of advice, what’s becoming popular, new techniques and other nail technician’s work. I have had my salon featured in their ‘Salon in the Spotlight’ feature and also had photographs of lots of my nail designs in the printed magazine and on their online galleries.
5) Are you ever inspired by the fashion world when producing artwork?
Always! I notice patterns on everything and often think how it could be turned into a nail design! There are patterns and designs wherever you look. Often clients might have an outfit that they want nails matched to so I can create something bespoke to them to go with a particular outfit!
6) Do you have any top tips for our wonderful Pentlebay customers, on how to pursue a creative career?
My advice is don’t necessarily go looking for it. Do things you enjoy and love in life and see how those things could be turned in to a job for you. If you enjoy your work and love what you do it really does make it so much easier to wake up for!
Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!