A NEWCASTLE University graduate has set up in business after working with the university’s service that supports would-be entrepreneurs.
Chloe Booth created the Owleyes brand after completing a degree in Fine Art in 2009 and now designs bags, scarves, necklaces and accessories and much more.
The range is made entirely from items she has found or things that have been donated, with jewellery fashioned from old stamps among her specialities. She also makes jewellery from old buttons and turns vintage finds into purses, badges, brooches and tableware.
Chloe, who sells her products at markets and through her website www.owleyesmarket.com , said: “I pick up items from flea markets, charity shops and just by meeting people who have interesting junk to give me. I’m inspired by what I find and I use that as the basis for my creations. Everything is handmade by me.”
Chloe, who is originally from Bradford and now lives in Byker, designs for Owleyes part time but is aiming to go full time if the business takes off.
“That would be my dream, it’s so exciting to be running my own business and selling things I have designed and made myself,” she said.
She worked with the Rise Up service at team at Newcastle University Careers Service, which last year helped 28 graduates to start up in business, both in the North East and further afield.
Chloe said: “I attended a lot of Rise Up sessions and workshops, which gave me a real insight into how to set up a business.
“Things like the technology side and financial side which I hadn’t really thought about were made a lot clearer and it was vital in helping me get off the ground.
“To have that backing really gives you a lot more confidence in the difficult early stages.”
Nick Keeley, head of the Careers Service at Newcastle University, said: “Chloe has made great use of the expertise we have at the university and we wish her all success with her business.
“Experienced entrepreneurs, who have created successful businesses and understand what is required to get a business off the ground are available to support our students and graduates in their business ventures. Any Newcastle University student or recent graduate with a business idea can access our business support services for life.”