Kirsty Hartley

Designer & Author - Wild Things
Creative Genius Bar

Kirsty is a designer, author and creative business entrepreneur. Founder of childrens clothing brand Wild Things, Kirsty is renowned for playful, bold and colourful designs for children which she sells to an international audience.

Her original designs went viral their debut week on Etsy Kirsty successfully scaled her business and met the demands that came with it. Her past career includes lecturing in Fashion and Textiles at MMU’s School of Design, and working with major brands to deliver creative fashion and product ranges. Wild Things grew from a need to balance creative work and family.

Author of two beautiful sewing books, Kirsty is passionate about the making process, and advocator of skilled UK made design. She is a regular contributor to Mollie Makes and Simply Sewing magazine.

Kirsty will be on the Creative Genius Bar, offering one to one business advice, from would be start ups to developing a work life balance, scaling your business and everything else in between.

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  • Four years ago we launched Blogtacular with our hearts in our mouths. We could never have predicted just where it would take us or how much of an impact it would make in people's lives & careers. Thank you everyone who has made the last four years so incredible and here's to another four years of magic. #blogtacular #blogtacularphotowalkeast
  • Working together creates more than we could ever achieve on our own. Thank you to the incredible volunteer team who made this year's Blogtacular so good. Heather, Emily, Sarah, Kelly, Mr Kat, Momtaz, Thabi, Natasha & Coral worked their socks off and we are so grateful to have them on our side. #blogtacular
  • Our speakers were treated to a fabulous golden clutch by @wearesos15 this year. These handmade glitter bags are a riff on the wildly popular Bowie Clutch she sells in here store. #blogtacular 📷: @amberrosephoto
  • We were kept refreshed by @cranesdrink's delicious ciders during the party. Which was your favourite? #westelmblogtacularchat #blogtacular 📷: @amberrosephoto
  • Our West Elm party this year was based around discussion. We have been wanting to make interactive talks for years and @westelmuk gave us the perfect opportunity. Hands up who'd like to come to future discussion events? #westelmblogtacularchat #blogtacular 📷: @amberrosephoto
  • This time last week Blogtacular was in full swing. Over the next few days we'll be reliving & sharing the moments that made it so magnificent. We love our photowalks and they have been going strong since our first event. Thanks to @iamkristabel, @nikkimcwilliams & @xantheb for leading such fun walks check out the results on: #blogtacularphotowalkwest #blogtacularphotowalkeast and #blogtacularvideowalk prepare for colour magic! #blogtacular 📷: @amberrosephoto

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