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Get sticking with Nutmeg Studio

Get sticking with Nutmeg Studio

Milton Keynes-based Nutmeg Studio is truly a business created out of love. The company was initially founded as Nutmeg Wallart in 1999 when Adele MacKinnon and her husband purchased a Roland CAMM-1 GR-640 vinyl cutter and an Apple Mac computer and began offering printed graphics to local businesses.

Adele MacKinnon explains: “After leaving college I initially worked for a couple of sign companies, finally settling at Technical Signs in Watford where I met my husband. I left work to have my first child and began to work freelance, with my husband cold-calling high street businesses every Friday to source work!”

Adele and her family then moved to Bedfordshire and, with the arrival of their second child, the Roland DG machine became virtually redundant as she focused on raising her young family.

 

However, in September 2010, as the pressures of raising a young family eased, Nutmeg Studio was resurrected and the Roland cutter came out of retirement.  According to Adele, it still worked perfectly and she used it to create vinyl graphics to decorate her daughter’s bedroom with personalised wall stickers. Friends and family were so impressed that they encouraged her to sell them online, which she did initially via eBay.

Then a friend of Adele’s told her about notonthhighstreet.com, a retailer of quirky, cool and top-quality products made by independent craftspeople. Adele says: “I subsequently sent in three examples of my work and, to my surprise, I was accepted as one of its suppliers. I began expanding my range of wall stickers and other companies began to stock them to, ranging from small independent retailers to QVC.”

For the past three years, Adele and her small team have been based in a studio in Milton Keynes designing and manufacturing an extensive range of wall art stickers for a wide variety of businesses, including a brand stocked by John Lewis.

Sales have increased at a rate of 50 percent year on year and have enabled Adele to invest in new equipment. Nutmeg Studio purchased the Roland VersaCAMM SP-300i eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutter in March 2015, alongside a Hotronix Auto Open Clam heat press, which led to the expansion of the product line with the addition of full-colour wall stickers and graphics, and printed apparel.

The company now offers an extremely broad range of printed and personalised products to businesses and end-users, with one of the most popular products being iPhone charger stickers, which were Adele’s inspired response to her daughters stealing her charger and denying that they had! When the stickers were marketed online, the response was amazing; the iPhone charger stickers became Nutmeg’s best-selling product to date.

 

Adele adds: “Buying the VersaCAMM was a life saver when it came to the iPhone stickers as initially we were cutting the names out of vinyl and weeding them, but now the VersaCAMM SP-300i, enables us to print and cut them seamlessly, thus reducing production time considerably.”

On working with Roland DG technology, Adele says: “They are reliable machines that deliver quality results. The technology is simple to use, and we are always confident in the quality of the end result.”

Having recently attended the Roland DG Academy Intermediate Digital Print course at the company’s Clevedon headquarters, Adele has been further inspired. She concludes: “I am now working on a range of off-the-shelf retail window graphics and will be investing in new Roland DG technology as I continue to expand Nutmeg Studio’s product offerings.”

For further information on Nutmeg Studio, please visit:https://nutmegwallartstickers.co.uk/

For further information on Roland DG’s full product portfolio, please visit: www.rolanddg.co.uk

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