We got in touch with Emily at The Punny Hen to ask her about her business and what made her want to start working with Indiki.
Punny Hen started this year (2020), back in April during the first lockdown. It unfortunately has a sad story behind it. After losing a close friend to mental illness, I wanted to raise awareness and money for the charity, Mind, so that other people who are suffering have the opportunity to receive the help they need, especially during such an uncertain and lonely time.
What is your design inspiration?
My designs tend to be puns, or quite minimal cartoon illustrations. My friend was always a bit of a wisecrack and a prankster, she would always want to put a smile on someone else’s face, you would quite often find yourself at the receiving end of a joke. My favourite thing she’d get everyone with was putting a leek vegetable behind a cabinet or similar and rush you to check out this ‘emergency leak in the building’. That’s where the name of my business stems from, as well as the fact you’d get called ‘hen’ all the time.
What is your background?
My background is design and marketing. I’ve been in the marketing world for over 8 years and my university degree was in graphic design and illustration. As much as I love to draw, it was never something I wanted to turn into a full time career as I didn’t want my love for it to fade. I find illustrating things really relaxing and often when I’ve had a hard day at work, I’ll sit and doodle something or design my next meaningful tattoo.
Have you come across any challenges whilst running your business?
Design is always perceptive, not everyone will love the work I produce, so with my art the goal is just to put a smile on someone’s face, just like my friend would have done.
What made you decide to give your designs exclusivity to Indiki?
I really love what Indiki stands for, the fact the boxes are eco-friendly and sustainable fills me with warmth as I’m always looking for new avenues to help save our planet. I also love the quirkiness of the other designers. It's great that Indiki are willing to open their platform to help support small businesses and designers whilst offering a completely unique gifting experience. I’d heard of personalised gift cards, but personalised gift boxes is such a great idea and is definitely a gap in the market! I know I’d love to receive something so thoughtful.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I’m pretty active. I ride my bike in the Surrey Hills and I’m training for the Brighton 2021 Marathon. Of course, I’m running for my friend and raising money for Mind Charity. I also love to binge a netflix series and I’m never far from my fur baby, Maggie, she’s a little tortoiseshell cat, often referred to as my ‘shadow’.
You can find The Punny Hen on Instagram
View Emily’s designer page here