MY STORY

Hi I'm Christine, a designer with over 14 years experience in graphic, web and surface pattern design. Design is my passion as well as my work. Currently I provide design services to small (or large!) businesses. Creating brands and everything that goes along with that from stationery, to advertising, to promotional pieces. I also draw my own things under my own brand...

 

Hand illustrated, bright and cheery contemporary floral and organic print designs for stationery and cards. Based in West Sussex, designs are often inspired by the landscape and nature that surrounds the studio. Work is created by hand with pens, pencils and paints and then moved into a digital format where pattern layouts and colour swatches are put together. This creates fun, illustrative and colourful designs that reflect the current season.

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My shop was launched after I designed some christening invites for my daughter in early 2016 and a guest wanted the same ones for her little girl. I was over the moon - my first piece of artwork sold. She then wanted some thank you cards designed and they were so well received that I thought that it must be a sign to open a shop and continue with the range! So more and more cards and artworks have come along in between looking after baby. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Support the JUST A CARD campaign!

 

The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even 'just a card' are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.

 

The campaign came about when Artist & Designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote "If everyone who'd complimented our beautiful gallery had bought 'just a card' we'd still be open" by store keepers who'd recently closed their gallery. This prompted a call to action! Designer/Makers and independent shops and galleries need a voice. People seldom realise the considerable costs involved in exhibiting at design shows or keeping a shop open. Stand fees, power, materials, wages etc need to be met before even a penny of profit can be realised. Running a shop is often a labour of love. Without dedication and passion, and crucially sales, it would be another boarded up eyesore. 

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