8 Inspiring Quotes from Paperfest 2015

7th August 2015


Last month I was invited to Paperfest; an inspirational event for designers, printers and makers. It was a fantastic day with a strong focus on creating, building and marketing your brand. Valuable lessons that could be applied to every business.

I especially enjoyed the talk by branding stylist Fiona Humberstone who asked us all to write down three words that sum up our brand or creative style. It really made me think, and I’d certainly recommend everyone to try it. Her book How to Style Your Brand is now top of my wish list!

Cath Kidston (below) was an absolute delight: driven, inspirational, charming and modest. It was fascinating to hear how she built her business while working as an interior designer. She admitted to being a worrier, and said if she could go back she would tell her younger self to ‘be brave and go for it.’ I was honoured to meet her after the talk, what a treat!

Here are a few things I jotted down during the day…


‘Believe in your own ideas.’

‘Keep an interested and curious mind.’

‘Ask for help.’

‘Learn to say no – it’s just as important as what you say yes to.’

‘Be brave and go for it.’

Cath Kidston


‘Keep referring to the focus of your brand and don’t get swept away by what everyone else is doing.’

Fiona Humberstone


‘Do the things that make you happy.’

‘Say no to the things that don’t make you dance around your kitchen.’

Allison Sadler


Cloud cushion by Mabel & Bird, ‘design sleep repeat’ cards by Abigail Warner, bird print by Zeena and calligraphy by Imogen Owen.

Thank you Abigail and Lucy for inviting me, I had a wonderful day. Maybe I’ll see you at Paperfest next year!

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  • Reply Lobster and swan 7th August 2015 at 9:48 am

    so much happy here, I need to come with you next year!! 🙂

    • Reply Candy Pop 7th August 2015 at 10:16 am

      You do, it was fantastic!

  • Reply heartzeena 7th August 2015 at 10:48 am

    Such a lovely post, thank you for the mention! It was so good to see you!! Xxx

    • Reply Candy Pop 7th August 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Zeena. It was great to see you again, and I'm looking forward to catching up in the Autumn!

  • Reply Victoria - Florence and Mary 7th August 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I imagine it was great fun. I almost emailed you the other day for some interior advice actually but think I've managed to solve my problems.

    Victoria x

    • Reply Candy Pop 7th August 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Victoria. I'm always on hand for interior advice – 24/7!

  • Reply Ingrid Orens 7th August 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Fantastic calligraphy – I have always admired people who master that art !!
    And Cath Kidston, she must be a special lady, very ambitious and a bit stubborn too ;-), from what I have heard from insiders…

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th August 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Ingrid.

  • Reply Kathryn 11th August 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I would have loved to attend this – I have so much respect for Cath Kidston! What a great day!!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th August 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Kat. She was amazing!

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