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The Creative Trade

Amanda Jones1 Comment
The Creative Trade
Illustration by Kate Baxter for The Honest Jones 

Illustration by Kate Baxter for The Honest Jones 

About a year ago I was innocently reading my latest copy of Frankie and came across a nifty little article called "TRADE YOU FOR IT". This article followed the likes of Lentil & Matt Purbrick aka Grown & Gathered and Stanislava Pinchuk aka Miso (if you've been on Pinterest for more than a minute, you've probably seen her tattoo designs). The article interviewed these guys on what they trade, why they trade and how it has fundamentally effected their craft. As I poured over ever word, I began to feel conflicted with my new plans to go into business with my creative work...realistically we don't live in a world where I can trade my services for all our life necessities, like RENT! The question lingered in my furrowed brow, how can I bring the idea of 'trade' into what I do?

Fast forward a year or so and I am completely thrilled to be presenting my second successful creative trade! Young designer Kate Baxter contacted me about my flat lay designs and when I saw her adorable illustrations I jumped at the opportunity for a trade. So I commissioned her to illustrate our "honest jones" mantra, in trade for some of my flat lay images for her design/illustration work. And honestly, there is just something rather life giving about making a trade.

- Mrs Jones

You find that when money’s not involved people are a lot more open. It creates amazing conversations and we all realise our lives are really plentiful. Everyone’s got something to give.
— Lentil Purbrick
Flat lays designed and photographed by Amanda Jones for Kate Baxter

Flat lays designed and photographed by Amanda Jones for Kate Baxter

And just in case you aren't inspired enough, some more of Kate's adorable illustration designs: