Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

 
Kaylene Alder

Kaylene Alder

 
Sarah Cowan

Sarah Cowan

 
Justine Ellis

Justine Ellis

 
Michael Fram

Michael Fram

 
Kate Marsden

Kate Marsden

 
Polly Ord

Polly Ord

 
Victoria Wright

Victoria Wright

Sarah Hamilton

I'm Sarah H, an Artist & Designer making colourful, contemporary prints, cards and homewares in my Mid-Century home/studio in sunny South London. I exhibit and sell my artwork in many independent shops and galleries, and have stocked, or designed collections for retailers including Heals, The Conran Shop, Designers Guild & Paperchase.

I set up the 'Just A Card' campaign as I feel extremely privileged to be making a living as an Artist, and am grateful to each and every customer and shop/gallery who've supported me.

I'm always thrilled when people take the time to chat to me about my designs.  Anyone who knows me will agree I do enjoy a good chinwag! Sometimes people say 'I adore your prints but, I'm so sorry, at the moment I can only afford to buy a card'. It's so sad when people apologise for making a small purchase. Please don't ever apologise - it's incredibly kind. As anyone who runs a creative business appreciates, it's very rewarding but takes hard work, passion and commitment. The rewards are not about amassing enough to fund a beach house in Bermuda - it's simply about keeping going from one day to the next so we can do what we love. Our campaign is about spreading this message. Artists, Designers, Makers, independent shops and galleries appreciate all support and, when people are kind enough to make any purchase, however small, it really can mean make or break to a small business.

I've been running the campaign for over two years now, with the support of The Design Trust & Mollie Makes. I'm thrilled to now be joined by a great team. Together, and with your continued support, we will ensure our message spreads far and wide to keep our towns & cities culturally vibrant and diverse!

sarahhamiltonprints.com Twitter: @SarahHamiltonPS

 

Kaylene Alder

Ahoy. I’m Kaylene. I am a reformed Canadian living and working in the wilds of South London.

I do freelance illustration and screen printing. I also teach small Hackney children about the messy wonders of art.

I love to draw and print quirky and beautiful things that amuse me. Hopefully, they will amuse you too.  Recent inspirations include ships, songs, Brixton, the sea, leaves and collections.

I'm excited to be helping with the 'Just a Card' campaign because I'm passionate about supporting independent businesses and keeping the world quirky!

kaylenealder.com Twitter: @kpictures

 

Sarah Cowan

I’m Sarah C, a freelance graphic designer and typographer living and working in the Scottish Borders. I specialise in the design of text-rich printed materials for individuals and small businesses all over the UK. I also have a vintage printing press, which allows me to combine typography with letterpress printing - my two favourite things. 

I’m delighted to be part of the Just a Card campaign team because as well as designing and printing materials for lots of independent designer/makers, I also sell my own range of greeting cards and that makes this fabulous campaign feel doubly important to me.

lettica.co.uk Twitter: @letticadesign

 

Justine Ellis

I’m Justine, a printmaker and designer specialising in original, hand screen printed, art and homewares. 

After graduating in sculpture and working as a gallery based workshop artist, I taught teenagers with special educational needs before finding my home within the inky world of screenprinting.

My designs have a bold, textural quality reminiscent of mid century textiles and ceramics. Each print, design or pattern begins life as a drawing or paper cut collage before being transferred into print. When I am not armed with a squeegee, you’ll find me teaching adults to screen print.

‘Just a Card’ is a great way of helping to spread the word about the brilliant independent galleries, shops, artists and designers out there.

justineellis.co.uk Twitter: @justinthewoods

 

Michael Fram

I’m Michael, and I opened The Leaping Hare Gallery & Framers in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, along with my wife, Sarah, when we wanted a change of direction from Primary Teaching. The gallery combines our love of originality with enormous admiration for the talent of the artists and makers with whom we have the pleasure of working. 

We believe that every person who walks through our door is a potential customer and that no-one should ever apologise for buying ‘just a card.’  Even the small sales keep independent shops open, artists employed and our British High Streets and market towns flourishing.   The ‘Just a Card’ campaign fits so very beautifully with our ethos and our way of doing business.

theleapingharegallery.com Twitter: @LeapHareGallery

 

Kate Marsden

I’m Kate, a textile designer and blogger under the name Made By Mrs M. I design patterns for fabric, inspired by mid-century and brutalist architecture, and apply these to products as well as the fabrics themselves, which I sell to stitchers, quilters and crafters.

I’ve been a supporter of the Just A Card campaign since the outset. Partly because of my first hand knowledge of how incredibly important every little sale is to designer makers; but also because I love to see our high streets filled with beautiful, fascinating independent shops, and want to help to keep them open!

madebymrsm.co.uk Twitter @madebymrsm

 

Polly Ord

Hi! I'm Polly, an artist who has recently moved back to Newcastle from London. I also work full time at an organic skincare company (so give me a shout if you struggle with eczema!) I grew up on my family's farm near Alnwick, Northumberland, so most of my acrylic paintings are inspired by the beautiful Northumbrian coastline around home.

I'm so excited to be part of the 'Just a card' army! I know a huge amount of independent artists, designers and galleries, so I really appreciate how important every sale is, and how much nicer unique products are to receive!

pollyord.com Twitter: @pollyord

 

Victoria Wright

My name is Victoria, aka Little Paper Vee, a South London based illustrator and paper artist.

I love all things colourful, handmade and fun and nothing makes me happier than cutting up little bits of paper with my favourite pair of scissors.

I also love shopping with independent sellers and buying unique, handmade objects made by the extremely talented individuals in my community. That's why I am so thrilled about being part of the Just a Card campaign - to support small business and encourage creative endeavour, one sale at a time!

littlepapervee.com Twitter: @littlepapervee