My name is Kerli, and I live in Surrey, UK.
Cherly Art as a business was "officially" born in May 2017. But the idea & brand & dream had existed for at least 10 years prior to that. Art and crafts have always played a very important part in my life, since early childhood. However, all of my life I had kept it as a hobby, while completing my studies (mostly with the emphasis on math and science) and working in a completely different field (Business Analysis & IT).
The "revelation" came after my own wedding in Dec 2016, having witnessed the work of the make-up artist and photographers. I found it incredibly inspirational that they did what they loved as their job, creating absolutely amazing masterpieces, putting their heart and soul into everything they did - and as a result making their customers really happy and pleased with the outcome. This made me realise that my life-long hobby of crafting needs to play much more important part in my life than just being a side-lined activity, which had become increasingly hard to find time for.
Because of the name of the business (Cherly Art) many people assume that my name is Cherly or Cheryl. So that's confusing.
The name actually dates back to my very first summer job back in Estonia, where my workmates called me 'Cherly' - which is kind of "English version" of my Estonian name. I liked the sound of it, so have used it to sign my art work ever since.