Today I am thrilled to shine the spotlight on Hannah Weeks who is a Freelance Illustrator specialising in Illustrated Wedding Stationery.
Based in Greengates – an area of Bradford in West Yorkshire she works from her home studio, providing Bespoke Wedding Stationery including everything from Save The Date Cards and Illustrated Invitations, to Seating Plans and Present Lists.
I hand over to the lovely Hannah to tell all about her blossoming brand….
Who are you, and what do you do?
“I’m Hannah Weeks, the creator and illustrator of Hannah Weeks Illustration.”
“I design and illustrate completely bespoke wedding stationery and wedding portraits.”
“I provide individual items to fully themed, co-ordinating wedding stationery sets; from Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations and RSVP Cards, to Seating Plans, Menus, Present List and Portraits.”
“I pride myself on creating wedding stationery and artwork that is as unique as the bride and groom are.”
“I understand that every bride and groom are different, so every design is created entirely as a one-off and is entirely unique.”
“I work closely with all my customers at the beginning of the project to get a feel for their personalities, interests and the theme of their celebration.”
“I use two fantastic print studios (one of whom print and frame my wedding artwork and gifts, while the other prints all my printed stationery), to provide printed stationery and framed artwork.”
“For couples wishing to print their own stationery or send it by email, I offer a ‘digital file only’ service. In this instance I provide high resolution and email-friendly file/s depending on the couple’s requirements.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“After nearly four years designing underwear for Marks and Spencer and Boux Avenue, I came to the conclusion that this career wasn’t for me long term.”
“I made the decision to follow my dreams of being an Illustrator having gained invaluable experience working as a Lingerie Designer.”
“I yearned to be my own boss with the unrestricted creativity of using pencil and paper and to get back to drawing, having enjoyed it for as long as I can remember.”
“I was attracted by the world of weddings and the opportunity to be part of peoples’ happy-ever-afters.”
“I made the life-changing decision to swap the fast-paced fashion industry for illustrating from my loft studio in West Yorkshire at the beginning of 2013.”
“I can honestly say, I have never looked back. I now have the pleasure of working with couples who are planning their special day, by providing them with truly special illustrated wedding stationery and artwork.”
What inspires you?
“That’s easy – it’s the people who I am lucky enough to do drawings for and the tales they tell me that inspire me.”
“The beauty of my job is that I don’t know exactly what I am going to be asked to draw from one day to the next.”
“I get told beautiful stories of how my customer fell in love, how they first met and what things are special to them.”
“They tell me about their favourite places, their families, their pets and their hobbies – all of which can be incorporated into their drawing/s.”
“Whether it’s something as simple as a Playstation controller in the groom’s pocket because gaming is one of his favourite past-times or a pair of cats playing in the background because they complete the couple’s family.”
Do trends influence your work?
“Generally, I would say no. This is only because my drawings are dictated by my customers requirements, rather than any particular fashions.”
“However, I do feel it’s important for me to keep an eye out for any emerging trends and am aware of what styles are popular amongst brides and grooms today.”
“Where appropriate, I make suggestions to my customers based on ideas I have seen that I think worked well.”
“I am a massive fan of Pinterest, I think it’s a fantastic tool for staying on top of the latest wedding fashions and collating any ideas I have into individual themed ‘boards’.”
“I often draw on inspirations I have collated to create a certain mood or look in my drawings.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“That’s a difficult question.”
“However, I would say that the thing I am most proud of is taking the plunge and progressing from the stability of employment as a Lingerie Designer into a world on my own, running my own business.”
“Although still in it’s infancy, Hannah Weeks Illustration has come a long way and I am excited about what lies ahead for my business.”
“I will be exhibiting at The National Wedding Show at the NEC, Birmingham from the 3rd – 5th October. This is one of the largest UK Wedding Show, so I am thrilled to be part of it.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“I endeavour to increase awareness of my illustrated wedding stationery and let people know what I can bring to their wedding day.”
“I aspire to be a go-to for anyone looking for one-of-a-kind, bespoke wedding stationery or illustrated portraits.”
“I will continue to be the face and voice of my brand, ensuring that every customer has the same experience when commissioning me for one of my drawings.”
“I think it’s important that I never loose the one-on-one communication I have with my customers as this is what enables me to get to know them in order to produce a drawing that truly reflects them.”
Thank you so much to Hannah for sharing her work.
I love these quirky and stylish designs that are unlike anything I have seen before.
A couple can stamp their personality all over these invitations and delight their guests with something truly unique.
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