Kelly Thompson’s has had a rich and multifaceted creative career – and every part of it has contributed to where she is now.
At the helm of her online store, Makers’ Mrkt, Kelly utilises her early career photography knowledge to chronicle campaigns, design skills from her days as a freelance illustrator to control the visual identity of the brand and project management training from her years as both a producer and an artist at Jacky Winter to manage the logistics side of the biz. She even got her seed money for the venture by siphoning payments for freelance illustration work or sponsored Instagram posts into buying stock!
Makers’ Mrkt has grown exponentially over the last year, which Kelly credits to the brakes the pandemic put on the usual speed of the world. With nothing coming in from many of her other professional outlets, Kelly finally had the time and focus to dedicate solely to the business – and it has grown rapidly as a result. To the point where she’s now opening a physical space!
This success is obviously also due to Kelly’s brilliant eye for new and emerging makers, and entrepreneurial spirit. How does she do it?! We’ve got all the deets!
In this podcast conversation, Kelly talks to managing editor Sally Tabart about how she bridged the creative and commercial worlds to create a business that leads with empathy, respect and care.