My name’s Faye, I’m the owner of Silk Art and a Red Kite tenant. I’m lucky enough to have received essential funding from Red Kite Community Housing, my landlord, and I’d like to share my journey with you.

Faye Waddington smiling

Discovering new avenues

In 2017, I took part in Strive, a business start-up course organised by Enterprise CUBE CIC (funded by Red Kite). This was my first step into the business world. At the end of the course, they held their own version of Dragons’ Den and saw potential in my work, so I was fortunate enough to receive a £300 grant. I was also gifted a free stall at Red Kite’s Christmas Market, which was such an amazing experience for me.

Then in 2019, I decided I needed to brush up on my existing skills and learn more about the world of social media, so I joined the Rebel Business School – a place for like-minded people to learn about how to set up their very own business. This course was also funded by Red Kite and was completely free for successful applicants to attend. I was able to learn everything I know today about growing my business, and it was the start of a new chapter for me.

One of the best parts of Rebel Business School was the connections I made. We’ve all stayed in touch, supporting each other every step of the way.

Turning my passion into a profession

Art has always been my passion, and with Red Kite’s support I’ve been able to pursue it wholeheartedly. From teaching art to adults to creating my own masterpieces, every stroke of my brush has been a step towards realising my potential.

Faye witrh her artwork

Take a look at some pictures of my art below.

Faye Waddington Silk Art

The power of funding

I applied for further Red Kite Starting Blocks funding in 2022 and with this came mentoring from The Enterprise Doctor, Mark Harris. His invaluable support helped me grow in confidence and he encouraged me to invest Red Kite’s funding into building a professional website. This investment was a game changer for me and opened doors to new opportunities and connections in the art world. Through my website I’ve been able to sell pieces and build confidence, I’m so proud of it. Take a look!

My favourite piece, Voices, has been sold twice through the website – with one of the buyers being all the way in Brazil! This piece was a reflective exercise for me when I was creating it. It’s all about the swirls and echoes of people’s opinions running through our minds.

Faye Waddington Silk Art Voices

The Journey Continues

With my new-found confidence and the continued guidance of my mentor Mark, I’ve been able to navigate the ups and downs of the art world with resilience and determination. From exhibitions in Switzerland and Miami, USA, to selling prints in Brazil, every milestone is a testament to my perseverance and the support of Red Kite, who have always believed in me.

Faye Waddington artwork

A grateful heart

As I reflect on this incredible journey, I can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunities that have come my way. From Strive and the Rebel Business School to the international sales of my artwork, it's been a rollercoaster of emotions, but one thing remains constant: the support of Red Kite.

Faye with a print of her art