Meet the Maker: Erica Partridge from Tiny Wild Designs

Catching up with Erica Partridge from Tiny Wild Designs!

From The Black Country (just outside Birmingham), we meet with Erica, wife and mother of three, and artist and founder of Tiny Wild Designs (used to be The Humble Canvas), the home of prints and small gifts all inspired by the Word of God.

Hello, Erica! Let’s start with the most important question: what is your favourite food?!

Can I choose more than one? Chocolate closely followed by tiramisu! And a nice cup of tea to go with it.

Brilliant. In all seriousness (not that we don’t take tea and chocolate seriously!), let’s deal with the most important question: when – or how – did you become a Christian?

In short, other than one set of grandparents, I am the only Christian in my family. After lots of failed relationships I was at a real low, however there was a Christian friend floating around on the edge of my social circle.

I was drawn to him and his strong faith. I began asking questions and realised the hole in my heart that I’d been trying to fill was God shaped! Only Jesus could fill my heart.

I gave my life to Jesus in the Christmas of 2004 at the age of 25. I was baptised on Easter Sunday in April 2007. The rest, as they say, is history.

How beautiful! Presumably this has impacted your life, particularly regarding ministries or your local church?

Yes, definitely. Within my church I have run creative workshops for our ladies' groups and for Messy Church services. I also helped out briefly with the children’s ministry, something I expect to start up with again once my youngest is a little older.

Sounds like you’re a busy person! In all of that, how did Tiny Wild Designs get started?

I studied childcare at college, before starting a career as a primary school teaching assistant. Tiny Wild Designs was a dream that was finally born after having my third child.

I wanted something that would enable me to work from home and that would bring my faith and creative skills together. I have a deep desire to share the Word of God creatively, to bring Him glory from the skills He has blessed me with.

The verse from 1 Peter 4:10 ‘Each of you should use the gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace’ really bought this home to me and encouraged me to follow my dream.

And we’re so glad you did follow your dream! We’re aware it probably has not been without its challenges though. What has been the biggest one so far?

So far, the challenge of launching a small business has been immense. A lot of prayer and patience has been required on my part and I am far from finished.

As I step out in faith, I am trusting God to continue to open doors and provide support where necessary. I work for His glory and pray others see Him through the work of Tiny Wild Designs.

Also, as the only person in Tiny Wild Designs I find it hard not having a colleague to bounce ideas off. My husband usually gets the job instead!

For others who are considering this step of starting a business, particularly mums, what would be your top tip?

Time management is key to a successful work life balance. I’m still working on this!

Aren’t we all! Looking ahead, with Tiny Wild Designs, what are you long term goals for it?

My main goal is to run a sustainable business that encourages and empowers others to go deeper in their walk with God.

I am a people person; I love working face-to-face and hope to develop the workshop/outreach side of my new business venture as well.

That sounds great! How do you find the inspiration for your gorgeous designs? Do you have a specific design process?

Pinterest is an amazing place for inspiration but I also find other creatives on social media inspiring and encouraging. My love of nature means I have often enjoyed painting seascapes in my spare time.

As for Bible journaling, the Bible stories themselves give the perfect inspiration for designing printables. 

My work space is the family home. I design on my iPad Pro using the app Procreate and I often sit somewhere comfortable for this, sometimes even in bed! Most other elements of work are done from the dining table in our family room!

It sounds like you have a lot of fun! What are some of your favourite business resources for running a creative business?

I love using the app Procreate, it’s so forgiving and makes the design process really fun.

I also love dressing up customer orders with stickers and tape! Although, If I want to keep this up I may need to look at more eco-friendly options!

Thank you so much for your time today, Erica! To finish up, in an ideal world, what would your perfect day look like?

It would start with a cup of tea and some worship music, followed by a long walk on the beach, some creative Bible Journaling, lunch with friends, shopping for pretty things, an evening curled by an open fire with my family, popcorn and good movie. But that’s just one version of a perfect day!

That sounds absolutely wonderful! We hope you manage it soon!

If you want to catch up with Erica, you can find her on social media at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehumblecanvas/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiny... 

Or to view her beautiful products, you can find her Cheerfully Given shop at: https://cheerfullygiven.com/shop/tinywilddesigns

Join us again next week for another Meet the Maker!