Continuing our series of meet the makers we have Carys of Carys L.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
You choose all the details and I turn a set of words into a shape – it can be anything you can think of, as yet I’ve never found anything too difficult to do! Once I’ve created your design I print and frame it to make a wonderful gift or picture for your own home.
Fun fact: my name is Carys Langsdale… Carys L… carousel… and that’s where my logo inspiration came from. (I also have to have my photo taken with every proper carousel I see!)
How did you get started?
I’ve always been very crafty and about 3 years ago I needed a birthday card and present for my sister (the day before her birthday!) and no way to go and get them. Instead I made her a Fleur de Lys design using the names of all the places she has visited in Italy and it all sprouted from there.
Where are you from?
Contrary to popular belief (as my parents moved to Bedfordshire a few years before I was born) I am Welsh! I moved back here last year to study Engineering at Cardiff University, and I absolutely love the people and the place!
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
I get to work in my own time – it means I can experience the university life style (I promise I mean studying) as much as I like, and make some money on the side. I also get to say that I run my own business.. which is obviously pretty cool!
What’s your favourite item to make?
My favourite thing to make is something new! Bespoke designs offer me some challenge, keeping me on my toes and they help me build up my portfolio. I love trying new ideas and working with you to create something unique and truly special – which is why bespoke designs are at no extra cost.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired how much my customers love their designs. I have designed pictures for all kinds of occasions and the feedback I get makes me want to keep designing new things.
What was your proudest moment?
When I sold my first picture – it was the knife, fork and spoon picture which I designed with a local pub in mind, as they were currently using that phrase in their adverts. I was 16 and my mum made me go inside on my own (very daunting!) and just ask them if they were interested!
They couldn’t stop telling me how cool it was, I couldn’t take the smile off my face and I still have the money they paid to always remind me of my first sale!
If you could pass any law, what would it be?
Days that don’t start until 12, I need a lot of sleep!
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
I would finish my engineering degree and then go and build myself a big castle by the sea somewhere in South Wales! And obviously I’d have to keep designing pictures so I can decorate the inside of my new home!