Cards and pictures to make you smile!
High quality, original handmade greeting cards and gifts that amuse and delight. The distinctive style of Penny Lindop combines simple ink drawings with fluffy wool, creating all sorts of animals, fairies and angels in a riot of colours. Recent additions include some beautiful flowers and some teatime treat designs, all with Penny's signature woolly additions.
As well as greeting cards, Penny produces gift cards, some fabulous gift wrap, a wide range of prints and Limited Editions and an annual handmade calendar. This last has become a bit of a talking point, with collectors keen to see who or what will be on next year's edition.
Penny's work can be found in stores across the UK, Europe, America and beyond. She supplies her work to a wide variety of shops from village post offices through to department stores and many independent retailers. And you can buy her designs from www.pennylindop.com
Wedding stationery and corporate work is happily undertaken – a unique design for any special occasion.
"I LOVE them all!" S.Gillespie in Philadelphia
Now a designer of greeting cards and gifts, running my own business in Norfolk, but previously an archaeologist
After graduating in archaeology, I spent several years both in the field and in museums – I specialised in all things prehistoric, and spent much of my free time researching ancient European textile technology. I learnt to spin, weave and dye and spent many a happy hour making, and then using, replica prehistoric textile tools.
In need of a change I travelled out to Australia where I fell into modern craft textiles and so continued my love of this medium.
Some years ago I moved to Norfolk with a young family, opened a small craft gallery and at the same time launched my own designs of greeting cards and pictures. Almost overwhelmed by the demand for my work from retail outlets across the UK and beyond, I finally decided to concentrate on my own work and closed the gallery.
With no business training, no IT skills and virtually no art training, this was probably madness, but IÃm always willing to learn and plug into any training courses available.
One of my designs is licensed to several companies for their use on kitchen textiles, trays, mugs and also on ties, socks and handkerchiefs. Recently my tie was spotted on one of the contestants on Countdown – how good is that!!
I have worked solidly at building my business and have taken all the opportunities offered to me to learn and develop.
I have also tried to show my daughters how to do the same, and have helped them and some of their school friends start their own enterprise, called The Merry Mugshots. They were 13 and 14 when they started and were quite inspirational to other youngsters and even to some adults. They worked hard at learning business skills and hopefully this will stay with them in later life. My elder daughter is now planning to read economics or business studies at university. She attends trade shows with me and is treated with respect by my customers. And my younger daugthter is in the midst of A levels and is loving art. It's been a rewarding journey for all.