Me and my inner sloth

Welcome to my own little corner of the internet! If we haven't met before, I'm Tash, the one woman band behind this indie business known as Hatchling Makes. I'm also an animal lover, mocha drinker, colour enthusiast and obsessive dog watcher.

As a kid my mom would often find different craft projects to keep me and my sister occupied. She taught me cross stitching, weaving, painting, papier mâché and how to make a shoebox into a stable for my My Little Ponies. I guess it was kind of inevitable that I was going to grow up with a career in the arts!

As an animal lover from the time I could talk, family holidays would always include trips to the zoo and aquarium (sometimes more than once per trip if I could convince my aunts to take me). Every summer I would read through all my mom's old copies of National Geographic to learn everything I could about the different animals in the world and stare out of the window on car journeys hoping for a glimpse of a deer or fox in the forests of Europe.

After I finished high school I moved to London where I went to drama school and learnt everything from set painting to props making to how to do a quick change in 15 seconds. With my diploma in hand I went on to work in the theatre industry for 12 years from the dazzling lights of the West End to a basement office where I swapped making props for creating spreadsheets.

Even then animals were still a big part of my life. When deciding where to go on honeymoon my husband and I chose the Great Barrier Reef so we could go snorkelling. The first time in the water our snorkelling guide pointed out a green turtle, serenely swimming along. On our way back, after swimming with parrotfish and amongst giant corals all day, our boat found a pod of humpback whales breaching and playing. It was (and still is) one of the best experiences of my life.

Me snorkelling over the Great Barrier Reef

After a couple years in that theatre basement office, I realised the thing I loved most about theatre was when I was creating something. In 2017 I quit my job to start my indie business, something I had been talking about for over 5 years by that point.

Hatchling Makes officially opened in March 2017 on Etsy. Rekindling my childhood love of animals I focus most of my illustrations and products on endangered animals, giving them a voice where they have none.

Because animals have been so important to me throughout my life I have made it my aim to help as many of them as I can. That's why 10% from every sale I make is donated to wildlife conservation charities

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Hatchling Makes runs out of my home office and is fuelled with lots of tea/mochas, biscuits and the single minded determination of myself and my husband (who does the post run).
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My work has been seen in: 

Girl Planet mini magazine for Lucky Dip Club subscribers - July 2017
Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, Issue 53 - Oct 2017
Just A Card Christmas Gift Guide - Dec 2017

As featured in:
The Procrastination Paper - Nov 2019