During one particular project working for a client preparing a mood-board, Onome found herself experimenting with textiles and print, from sculpting, moulding and drawing to creating three-dimensional artworks. This experimentation lasted long beyond that project, and she began to dedicate more and more time to creating new artworks. 

“I found myself really inspired and began to develop my designs. I’d never really considered myself as an artist before, let alone one who could make a business out of it, but a friend recommended speaking to The Prince’s Trust, and that got me thinking about the commercial potential of my work.”

Onome joined the Enterprise programme, which helps young people looking for self-employment to explore and test their ideas, and to start their own business.

I don’t come from a business background at all, so the programme was crucial in giving me the support and knowledge I needed to prepare my business plan, financial forecasting and the pricing of my work. On top of that, having the support of a mentor was invaluable. Knowing I had someone at the end of the phone gave me real peace of mind.

“I launched my business in October 2016, and it has been a really exciting experience. If there is anyone considering using their ideas and creativity to start their own business I would definitely say go for it. If you have the drive and work ethic, don’t let doubt hold you back.”

Onome is a recent awardee of the Cockpit Arts / Prince’s Trust Creative Careers programme, giving her creative studio space to explore new ideas and already increase limited edition print and art card sales and commissions.  

I’m hoping to grow my business profile, continue to secure commercial commissions for publishing and advertising campaigns, and to collaborate with textile and fashion retailers. I’m very excited about the future.

Onome was one of five Enterprise-supported businesses invited to pitch their ideas to a Dragons’ Den-style panel at the Evening Standard’s Young Progress Makers 2017, and is teaming up with the British Fashion Council to work with international designers at this year’s Milan Fashion Week.