A Day in the Life of…Sam Miller

When I was tiny I decided I wanted to be an artist and this has never changed. However how I have used my art over the years has changed and developed. I trained and worked as a theatre designer, then travelled and after that became an art therapist.

After having my daughter I realised how precious time is and that I really wanted to do more of my own artwork.

When Jaime started school last Summer this was my big chance. Me and my husband agreed to give me a year to see if I could make a business with my art, so that was the start of Sam Miller UK.

Since then I have not looked back, each day brings something new and I am loving every minute of it. I did not realise at the beginning how quickly the days would fly by and although each one is different, the gap between drop-off at 9 and picking up again at 2.45 seems to get shorter and shorter!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the pick-up and clicking back into being a Mum again. Once she is home we have fun playing, dancing, drawing and lots of lovely cuddles and chatterboxing! I am also totally enjoying committing to being an artist again, and also the bit that still makes me smile…becoming a real business woman!

During the week the day starts by getting up and ready very quickly, then the big decision if it’s a scooter, bike or a walking day, and then we set off for school.

I then race home, run around doing a bit of housework and then start work. The tasks I have are really varied. I could be printing a set of bags, painting porcelain, creating new designs, or completing orders. Running to the post office for the satisfying feeling of sending parcels off to people. I also love meeting people to promote my business and love to deliver new stock to shops.

I also regularly update my online shop and also sell at different craft events, which I’ve found is a great way to meet new people and get your work out there. I have also become a total believer in Facebook and blogging which has increased my profile a lot.

I also help organise a monthly craft event at Colinton Market-Place and have started Edinburgh Pop-Up Markets with a new business partner Lindsay Blakemore. This is a great partnership and we are planning a number of events in unexpected places.

I thought I might be a bit lonely working at home by myself but the complete opposite has happened and I feel excited about where each of these projects will take me, and I am loving simply being creative. For me the most satisfying feeling is seeing someone look at my work and a big smile cross their face.

Website * Shop * Facebook Page * Blog *

4 Comments

  1. June 27, 2012 / 12:17 pm

    Hi Joanne,
    Thanks for using my article, it looks lovely and it was great seeing my little toothy girl at the bottom!
    Thanks again,
    best wishes,
    SamX

  2. Liz Beavan
    June 27, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    What a great story, love your fantastic art work and the pop up markets sound very exciting!

    Best of luck Sam.

    Liz x

  3. June 28, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    Hi Liz,
    Thanks so much for the lovely message. Hope things are going well.
    Take care and best wishes,
    samX

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