We’re starting the week here at Kids of Bath by checking out one of the city’s most talented designers Rebecca Crowder!
Where are you based and what do you do?
I am based in a village just outside of Bath in Peasedown St John.
I’m a designer and the founder of Blue Dots Design. I create bespoke and personalised prints and artwork using mixture of techniques. All my prints are based on colourful watercolour dots, it’s a contemporary twist on a classic pointillist style.
What inspired you to start your business?
It is something I was contemplating doing for a while, and it wasn’t a decision I made lightly! But there is no such thing as a ‘right time’ so following the birth of our second son I left my job as a product designer for a well known bicycle brand and I took the plunge. And it really was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I have total creative freedom in my work, and I love it!
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
The people! They are so friendly, and although Bath is a city by definition, everyone knows everyone. It’s a small place really! I have such a great network here, both through friends and fellow business owners.
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
If I’m out and about I’ll usually hunt down some sort of falafel filled wrap with all the trimmings.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?
Castle Farm in Midford is my favourite place to sit down and enjoy lunch at the moment!
Which bar do you head to after a tough day?
I don’t! I like to be at home to do the children’s bath and bed times, so if I need to unwind after a long day I’ll enjoy a G&T whilst relaxing on the sofa… after they are in bed of course!
Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?
The Bath Soft Cheese Company is a favourite place to take the children for lunch at the moment. The food is yum, and our boys love watching the cheese being made and the cows being milked too!
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
Your working life occupies so much of your time, you have to love it and be passionate about it. It’s no fun being stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, so if you have that bright spark idea and believe you can make it work I’d say go for it! Self belief goes a long way.
Ah what a brilliant piece of advice! Thanks so much Rebecca! Be sure to check Blue Dot Designs out on Etsy.