WHAT’S NEW WEDNESDAY: A Bradford native brings his clients’ ideas to life at Ivory River Design


What started as a DIY project creating her own wedding decorations has become a side hustle for Bradford native Carlie Nolan, who launched Ivory Ridge Design last year, offering a variety of personalized items ranging from clothing to vinyl decals.

“My fiance surprised me with the (vinyl cutting) machine and I bought all the other materials to start practicing. Eventually I had so many items made that I didn’t know what I was doing. I was going to do it. And that’s when I started selling products,” she explained.

Nolan says she can create “just about anything” and constantly feels inspired by her clients’ ideas. She finds it rewarding to see the piece come together, from a client’s description to the final product.

Her favorite thing to design are key rings.

“It’s always so fascinating to see what people want from them and to bring their ideas to life,” she said.

His bestsellers are the crew neck sweaters.

“I find crew necks to be the most versatile and can be worn in the dead of winter or around a summer campfire,” she said.

Over the past year, Nolan says she’s learned a lot about running a small business and that good publicity is key. At the summer markets she attended last year, she was able to network with other business owners and potential clients, which she says is very important.

She hopes that in the future she can attend more local and out-of-town markets, to reach a wider audience.

After starting her small business, Nolan learned a lot about the creative market she works in.

His advice to anyone looking to enter the maker space is to get involved and don’t shy away from the competition.

“I was so on the fence about starting my business because the market was so saturated. But after doing a few deals, it was easy to see that everyone specializes in their product and every customer has their style that you can adapt,” she said.

When she’s not creating, she works as an educational assistant and is preparing for her degree in disability studies.

To learn more about Ivory River Design, visit their website here or follow them on social media @ivory_river_design.


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