Addiscombe student sets up design company

Student has designs on success

Ejatu Shaw started her own company Depiktion Design

Ejatu Shaw started her own company Depiktion Design

First published in Local news by , Chief Reporter

A teenage entrepreneur has set up her own design business after struggling to find a job.

Ejatu Shaw from Addiscombe, started Depiktion Design after struggling to find part-time work.

The 15-year-old who has always had a passion for art and design, decided to try and use her hobby to make money.

She said: "I was trying to find a job online, but I couldn't find any that would take a 15-year-old. I used to draw a lot of portraits and discovered I could also do logos.

"So I used YouTube tuition videos to help me improve, then contacted different photography companies using social media and began designing album covers for them.

"It has been good, I don't need a lot of money, but Depiktion Design work helps me get along."

As well as designing logos, Ejatu has also designed t-shirts, leaflets and posters for Croydon Youth Council.

The Old Palace of John Whitgift School pupil has also been commissioned to design business cards for wedding companies and a spa, hand drawing the designs before scanning them and finishing them on her computer.

Her first international client was Vickie Remoe, a talk show host who wanted a logo created for her new clothing line.

Ejatu said: "Vickie Remoe is quite famous in Sierra Leone where I am from, it was great to create the logo for her African clothing line."

The schoolgirl is keen to expand her business and said she would love to have other teenagers on her team.

She said: "They could be people from my school or other schools in Croydon. I would love to have a team of between five and ten teenagers."

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9:57am Tue 28 Aug 12

ANNE MILES says...

She should have gone on to University, much more sensible to gain a Business Degree first.
She should have gone on to University, much more sensible to gain a Business Degree first. ANNE MILES
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