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JUST being creative can be enough to start an art career, as Linda Edwards’ two decades as a freelance designer prove. “People are always surprised when an illustrator says they’ve no formal art training,” she said, “but that’s how it is with me, though I have been drawing for as long as I can remember! “It was over 20 years ago, when the company

fi rst began, that I started making card designs for Clare Maddicott.

“Our naïve and whimsical animals all told a little story, and appealed to all ages. No one was doing this in greetings cards at that time.” As well as working on

her own projects, including illustrating many books for such as Usborne Publishing’s best-selling Children’s Bible, collections of myths and picture atlases, Linda has stayed with Clare Maddicott and is very much part of the team now the brand is part of Abacus Cards.

Linda, who lives in Shrewsbury, added: “The fun Artists’ directory

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part of card design is coming up with new ideas! Although I have illustrated lots of children’s books and created designs for many products from bone china to textiles, I still really love illustrating for cards.

“A card is a tiny piece of affordable art that can touch people in unexpected ways. Sometimes someone writes to me to say that one of my cards helped them through a diffi cult time – when that happens it’s lovely.

”I love bright colours and work in all sorts of different media. Inspiration is all around. For the Lemongrass cards for Clare Maddicott it’s the fl owers and birds in the garden. “Hundreds of second hand books and the vintage ephemera that fi ll my studio

have inspired my new collection called Bell Jar. “I hope people enjoy sending them as much as I have enjoyed making them! T: 01743 242394 T: 01638 569050

Reflections of scale

THE work of Vanessa Cuthbert was featured at PG Live with the artist herself making an appearance on the Red-Shed Press stand, who represent her. Vanessa has joined them fresh from the Spring Show at Millyard Gallery, where she

featured as one of their Celebrated Contemporary British Artists. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with distinction, where she was

awarded the prestigious Darwin Scholarship, and now works across a range of media, including print, painting and drawing, Vanessa has exhibited internationally, including the Royal Academy of Arts; Cork Street Gallery, London; Design Museum, Lubjana, Slovenia; Sophie Wannamaker Gallery, Costa Rica; Royal Birmingham Society of Printmakers, and Central Academy for Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and her work has been auctioned at Bonhams of Knightsbridge.

“My work is often refl ective of my own personal experiences,” she said, “whether it’s inspired by direct engagement with the subject in the present moment, or drawn from memory. People, memory, and nature are subjects that are close to my heart. “Currently, I’m engaged with painting and drawing,

creating large-scale work on canvas and paper, infl uenced by the impermanence of the elements.

“I’m excited to be experimenting with scale, translating these large-scale works on canvas into small-scale images, in preparation for PG Live where Red-Shed Press showcased my work for licensing.” T: 07582 523081

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