National Freelancers Day 2017: Aspire finalists

National Freelancers Day 2017: Aspire finalists


Abigail and Chloe Baldwin, 22, Graphic Designers

Together, twin sisters Abigail and Chloe Baldwin form the creative design duo Buttercrumble. After graduating in Graphic & Communications Design, Abigail and Chloe teamed up to create an innovative, eye-catching portfolio, inspired by a range of influences: everything from folk illustrations and Scandinavian designs to mid-century fashion and everyday life.

Since then, they’ve worked on a wide range of projects, including Leeds Libraries creative workshops, an animation about Type 1 diabetes and – their proudest achievement – acting as creative editors for Independent Leeds, a free magazine celebrating business and creativity.


Charlotte Haldane, 23, Hair and Makeup Artist

Currently in the final year of her Hair and Makeup for Fashion degree, Charlotte has already made a name for herself in the fashion industry. She has been invited to work at both the London and Paris fashion weeks, and has helped at shows by major artists like Margaret Howell, Celine, Molly Goddard and Roksanda.

At just 23, Charlotte has already been featured in magazines, including Red Milk, Sicky and Vogue Italia, but her proudest achievement so far is joining the team at Art Partner, one of the world’s top creative content and artist management agencies.


Nisha Haq, 23, Photographer

At just 23, Nisha has already built up a prolific portfolio, covering fashion, portrait, commercial and wedding photography. All produced in her natural, colourful and relaxed style. And it’s not just photography: she has also created websites, business marketing assets, logo designs and videos for a wide range of clients.

Nisha has only been running her business for 18 months, but in that time it’s grown exponentially, bringing her contracts with everyone from driving schools and chocolatiers to Somerset Art Works. Now she is looking to not only step up her marketing, but also buy herself a professional studio space.



Carl Lonsdale, 22, Interior Specialist  

Carl, an interior specialist with Spruce My, isn’t just any old tradesman. He makes a point of understanding the unique challenges of every project he works on to make sure he gets the best results possible. At just 22, he has already worked on numerous multi-million pound interior fit-outs, including a major project for itsu.

With a determined and innovative mindset, Carl is constantly coming up with new ways to cut property maintenance costs. Right now, his main focus is finding ways to help Spruce My to broaden their offering and provide a genuinely round-the-clock service for their clients.


Adam Smith, 23, Video and Photography Production

Through his video and photography production company, HSQ Productions, Adam provides rapid-turnaround, high-quality media content for clients right across the UK. His clients so far have included the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Time For You, a major cleaning franchise. He has also recently confirmed a photoshoot for a charity at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

His biggest achievement to date, however, was debuting his ‘Done in a Day’ video service for his first video production contract. Now he is looking to upgrade his editing suite, buy better script production software and generally build up HSQ Productions.