So as you all know I love to support local and started a #girlboss segment where we could share, learn and inspire!
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all!
I am so chuffed with myself for finding Sunè on Instagram – as I have fallen head over heels in love with her art! I mean seriously, how talented can one person be?
I have even commissioned her to do me two floral pieces for my home. I’m so EXCITED!
Let’s see what she had to say about her little business!
Firstly, tell us a little bit about your business and what you offer?
With an Afrikaans mother I was gifted with elaborate family name. Susanna Petronella, in honour of my maternal grandmother. In my everyday life I am known as Sunè.
I’m a full-time designer, and part-time artist, (for now).
I wholeheartedly believe that earth without art is eh. Which translates to my house being filled with art.
I love creating and my favourite thing is to draw bespoke illustrations. These range from childhood homes to portraits, tattoos and just fun memories.
Additionally, I have a range of illustrations which are available as prints.
You started your own business – How does it feel to be a successful #girlboss that inspires others and loves what she does?
I’m still quite new at it, and don’t feel successful yet.
However, the reaction and feedback that I have received since putting my work out there has motivated me to keep going.
I have been blown away by all the love that has been coming my way.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?
1. You must make time for your passion. Nothing will happen unless you take the leap and put yourself out there. I kept dreaming and hoping that I can sell my art but didn’t actively try. Too shy to promote myself, no one else can promote you like you.
2. Creating a website is hard. With e-commerce and all the plugins and regulations its nerve wrecking. Thinking about the logistics of packaging and couriers can be overwhelming, helps to just take it slow.
3. Write EVERYTHING down. I make lists of lists of lists. It is what keeps me sane and ensures that everything gets the needed attention.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the effects of the lock down.
Within the next 5 years I would like to see my art being displayed in a gallery.
What is your advice to women out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?
Its scary but nothing is going to go your way unless you try.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?
Seeing someone truly love their artwork.
Being able to generate income from something that I love doing, and what I would be doing if I got paid for it or not. I love drawing and painting and creating an artwork for someone else to cherish brings me joy.
Check out the talented Sunè’s Instagram page for more and share some love! Follow, like and buy. She takes commissions and sells prints!
Check out her online store for more! Digital prints can go out during lockdown, the rest of the orders will go out when allowed to.
SO MUCH TALENT, please support <3