STATIONERY AND PAPER GOODS
Designing little pieces of happy.
In 2016 I created a Christening invitation for my daughter. I wanted something floral but the market was saturated with painterly watercolours and I wanted something less fussy, fresher and different. I created a clean floral design that still had warmth and an illustrative and layered feel to it. The design was quite minimalist which meant I could play with interesting and unexpected palette combinations.
I designed a set of thank you cards soon after the invitations and then a friend asked if she could buy a set from me. My first designs were sold! And then I got the bug. I wanted to design and sell more designs. I opened up an Etsy shop soon after.
After selling out of my original thank you card designs I went on to create more sets. I then started designing birthday cards and created some personalised ranges. I went on to design character cards for children and men's cards that broke the conventional blue colouring that I found in all the shops.
Then along came wrapping paper in Christmas 2017. I had a love for surface pattern design and thought it was the natural next step. It sold beyond my greatest expectations and so I created everyday designs that launched in early 2018.
Lined envelope writing sets were launched in 2018 using my wrap as lining. I wanted to bring back a handmade, personalised aspect to my shop.
I launched a very special project called Tabitha's Garden in 2019. This new range has been designed to raise money for charities. It's the first range that has combined cards, wrap and lined envelope writing sets and I hope that every new range can now launch with this strong footing.
In 2020 I started to sell to trade as well as run my Etsy store. I am now stocked in a number of lovely shops all over the UK - and in an online store in Canada!
I am based in West Sussex, in the UK and designs are often inspired by the landscape and nature that surrounds the studio but is mainly inspired by my family - which is how it all started! 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.