Leaving Retail Behind to Pursue Wedding Invitations - feat. Jessica Taylor of Thebridge & Taylor

    Welcome to the Biz Batch Podcast, where we make biz strategy a piece of cake. I'm Elizabeth. And I'm Cammy, but you might know us better. As Eliza and Calligraphy and Cammy Monet, we want to help you, our fellow Stationers artists and calligraphers confidently build a profitable and personality driven creative biz.

    We're here to share our honest to goodness advice and actionable strategies for ambitious artists. So put on your party hat. Quit being a procrastinator gator, and let's get this party started. Hey everybody. Welcome back to the Biz Birthday VO podcast where we have Jessica Taylor of the bridge and Taylor with us today to talk about leaving retail behind to pursue wedding invitations.

    We think this topic is going to be great because Cammy and I have kind of done our lives in reverse , where we have pursued wedding invitations for a while and then left to go do something else. And in Cammy's case, she left wedding invitations. To pursue retail. So Jessica wanted to bring the other side of the story to us and a little bit about Jessica.

    Um, she founded the bridge in Taylor, which is an international fine art wedding stationary brand, and it focuses on creating elegant wedding invitations intentionally designed to tell their client's greatest love story. Jessica specializes in distilling memories and moments into elegant custom wedding stationary and aesthetic for your wedding.

    Inspired by the classic love stories of Paris, Jessica works with calligraphy, paper pens, and pencils to bring beauty and elegance. To her client's weddings taught by her mother and grandfather from a young age. Jessica attended professional training in the fine arts before founding the Bridge and Taylor seven years ago.

    So Jessica, welcome to the show. We're so excited you're here. Hi. Thank you for having me. I'm really excited to be here. Yeah, this is gonna be really great. Also, you guys, Jessica is from overseas and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. So we're gonna be talking about that for sure as well. But it's always fun, always fun for us to get a guest who is not us.

    Based, it just brings a completely different perspective, which I think is awesome. So Jessica, obviously I read a little bit about your creative journey, um, and the bio that you provided for us, but I would really love to hear your own words kind of about that and how you ended up becoming your own boss seven years ago.

    Yeah, of course. Gosh, I can't believe it's been seven years. It's, uh, a bit scary sometimes. So, I mean, I went to, uh, Winchester School of Art and I studied painting. Originally I wanted to go into curation. Um, however, like after doing some internships in cur, I realized that that really just wasn't for me and I became quite disillusioned with the art world.

    However, I always knew that going in, being self-employed was a viable option. You know, most of my family are self-employed or were self employ. My uncle and my granddad are sculptors. Um, my mom and my grandmother worked together as Flott, and my nan was a seamstress. So I always knew, especially being an artist, that it was going to probably come up at some point and I would need to know, you know, how to look after your own finances and how to kind of make your own way.

    In the world. So yeah, I did after university, I worked for a company in the personalized retail sector and a lot of my friends at that time were starting to, uh, their Etsy stores. And I kind of saw an opportunity and I thought, you know, I could bring my art into this and I could make something really beautiful.

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