However, the new space did have drawbacks. "We found that we had a lot of customers coming directly to us, which in a messy old studio was a bit difficult. Plus, we were trashing our pieces all the time, moving things with inky fingers meant that work would get ruined."
"We quickly realised we needed a showroom space, or somewhere to keep the things that we were producing, so we rented a small room downstairs which suddenly turned into a shop! I later expanded the shop to take over most of the ground floor of the building, and also moved the studio downstairs so I have a larger and better-equipped studio now - it's all been expanding."
"There are two goats here, a rooster, rabbits in the summer and a little cat that visits, and I'm only two minutes away from town. This is exactly where I want to be!"
Another key component of the Iris and Dora offering is the wide variety of workshops that Denyse runs at her studio. "The most popular one I do is printing parties, where kids get to come along and design then print their own t-shirts or bags, so every child gets to take something home that they've made themselves."
Looking ahead, Denyse has ambitions not only for her own business, but for Guernsey's creative scene as a whole. She explains, "I want to have a bit more of space for other creatives to be able to come and work, so it becomes a bit of a community hub. That's where I'm trying to get the business to go now, trying to find a property that can accommodate a few more creatives, and get a little bit of an artistic community together."
"Lots of students go away to do fine art, then come back and work in finance, but they've still got all their supplies squirreled away and they can't really do it anymore. Over here we're really lacking in accessible, creative drop-in space, and that's what I'm trying to find. There are a couple of models that work, one in Jersey actually, and I'd like to bring that here."
As well as helping to cultivate the local artist community, Denyse also aims to support the island that inspires her work as much as possible, and urges Guernsey residents to do the same.
"I'm a big supporter of buying local. Everything you buy from me is made here; anything I can't do myself is done by local printers and suppliers as far as possible even though it's cheaper to buy them from China or elsewhere. If you buy from me, you buy from local companies and you're supporting a lot of local people."
For more information about Iris and Dora, visit irisanddora.co.uk.