Stallholder Focus: Phillip Jones
The Independent Oxford Christmas Market is back this THIS SATURDAY 2nd December at Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford. We’ve been finding out about our traders over the last few weeks as they tell us about their businesses, why they set them up, and what they will be selling at the Market next month.
Today we catch up with illustrator Phillip Jones.
Tell us about your business.
I’m a designer and illustrator working in lovely Oxford. The work I do varies from project to project. Currently I’m working alongside a local cafe to build it’s brand, I’m working with a couple creating their wedding stationery and also working on my own personal projects (today for example I began drawing a tiger which will end up on the cover of new notebooks I’m designing).
Tell us a bit about yourself, your role and what you enjoy most about your job.
I’ve worked in Oxford for years. I specialised in illustration and traditional print methods at university and I work now mostly with dip pen and ink. There is a great deal to do working freelance as other designers would agree. Aside from the principle of illustrating and designing, you also have to maintain marketing, finances, packaging prints and keeping up with the trends of the design world. I’ve been doing this for 7 years now and normally with a second job to keep myself afloat but recently I’ve gone full-time as a freelance.
Today for example, I finished work on a website, met a client in town, started drawing that tiger, wrote this and photographed some prints. Later on I will carry on with wedding stationery before completing my daily marketing and social media tasks (which I will probably do at my local pub). I think being a freelance creative really is more than a full-time job, you’re constantly thinking about the projects at hand and upcoming work, without sounding too dramatic its more a lifestyle.
The most enjoyable aspect is the drawing.
Describe the gifts you will be selling at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market.
At the Christmas Market I will be selling a range of artwork, mostly prints of various illustrations, all printed in the UK using recycled paper. I will also be selling a selection of notebooks and showcasing a new range of necklaces which I make in my kitchen.
What’s your favourite product in your range this season?
My favourite product this season has got to be the new packs of greeting cards, Tigers, Dinosaurs and Pineapples – I think they’re awesome.
Lastly, what are your favourite indies in Oxford?
The places on and around Magdalen Road – Silvesters hardware store for my hardware needs, Oli’s Thai for when I eventually get my table which is booked for January, The Magdalen Arms for the amazing food and their rad flea markets which happen each month. The Missing Bean Roastery to keep me going and lastly Percy’s Cafe which has recently opened.