My Papercut Forest
What is your business name and how did you come up with it?
My brand is called My Papercut Forest.The name was inspired by my favourite place in the world, the forest. I created the logo thinking about my 3 children, ergo 3 trees on it.
As well my name Silvina, comes from the Latin “silvina” which means wood. and the meaning of Silvina is "from the forest”
What products do you sell?
I make unique papercut gifts. Some tiny, some very big.
What does a typical day look like?
I wake up at 7, takes the children to school, back at the studio at 9.15 ready for work until 5. I work 4 days a week.
What hours are you open?
Monday to Thursday 9 to 5pm
How many people are behind your business?
Me! I’m a one girl band! I use a framer in Wales but I do everything. It’s hard!
When did you launch?
I’ve been doing this for the past 8 years under my name. Last year I rebranded as My Papercut Forest and i love the name and the brand.
What's your favourite part of running your business?
Designing and making!
What got you into the business?
I was tired of doing graphic design and I wanted to do something more hands on.
What makes your business unique?
Recently it has been a trend of papercutting. I think as I specialised in botanical miniatures is very different.
Have you any previous experience or interest in this field?
I’m a graphic designer and art Historian. I used to teach Art History and Design at University of Buenos Aires before coming to England. As well I run workshops all over Sussex and London.
Do you have a shop/website?
Do you offer specialist services?
Yes all my products can be personalised!
Where are you located? Does your location reflect your product?
Brighton. Totally, living in front of the south Downs made a massive difference into my production.
How do the seasons affect your business?
Just more busy but not the design.
Do you have any projects coming up?
I have a lot of workshops coming up and I’m so super excited.
What has been your biggest achievement in your business?
Making a papercut for Unesco, that was pretty amazing. And being on TV on BBC4 on a program called Make Craft Britain.
What has been your biggest hurdle?
Moving to Brighton and start again, but it was the best decision ever.
What do you think has made your business successful?
Never giving up.
What advice would you give someone looking to start a business?
Keep going always, even the days that you can’t get up out of bed. Stay in bed that day and next day will be better.
What is your price range of products/services?
What are your popular products?
My miniature paper domes.
Where do you see your business in 5 years time?
Selling at the Tate and the V&A. Having a book published. Doing workshops all over the country.
If you had to describe your business in five words, what would they be?
Original - Fun - Different - Green - Creative
Who is your business aimed at?
All ages really.
What makes you stand out from your competitors?
Me! Everyone has a set of skill that no one else has. I learnt that along the way. No one will do what you do.
Have you got anything exciting coming up?
You can find my stuff online or at Ditchling Museum. I’m running two workshop in London in March and one and in Ditchling. I’m running an Art Project in Bevendean for the local community and I can’t be more excited about this coming year. I do love my job, I really do.
Facebook - Facebook.com/silvina_dv
Twitter - @silvina_dv
Instagram - @mypapercutforest
Email - email@example.com
Telephone - 07925 295 382