The Open Arts weekend was fabulous and I promise to gather together everyone’s photos and upload them this week. But in the meantime we have some great creative workshops and classes planned – printmaking, felt making and sewing.All details will be uploaded to the blog over the course of this week and first up is…
We are pleased to introduce you to Alex Snowdon who is making her debut at Derbyshire Open Arts this year.
Alex designs and produces high quality, eco-friendly hand pulled screen prints, giclee prints & cards, tote bags and lunch bags. We have been stocking Alex’s work for about a year now and have got to know her well on her visits to the studios. Here is Alex writing about her work;
“I take pride in my work from the original design through to the finished product. I’ve always loved art, as soon as I left school I headed off to art college in the breezy seaside town of Blackpool. During my time there I made some great friends, met my future husband Charlie, and graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Design.
Soon afterwards Charlie and I moved to Manchester and I got a job as a graphic designer. This coincided with the whole graphic design industry going digital. I had to quickly learn how to use an Apple Mac and all the design software that went with it. Subsequently I spent the early years of my working life with the niggling feeling that this wasn’t the career that I had ‘signed up for’, but after investing so much time and energy in it I felt I had no option other than to adapt and embrace the new technology.
My life turned around in my mid thirties when Charlie and I decided to realise our long term goal of travelling the world. I took my courage in both hands and asked my employer for a one year sabbatical. Amazingly they said yes and we spent an unforgettable twelve months living out our dreams across South America, the South Pacific, (where we got married!), New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
While we were away we learned a lot about ourselves and each other. I also realised that despite my disillusionment with my career, I still had a passion for design. Experiencing new cultures and being exposed to such an amazing range of ethnic art and design really rekindled my creative flame.
After arriving back in England we set about making some changes, including swapping our tiny city flat for a cute stone cottage in the countryside. A couple of weeks after moving in I embarked on a three year part time graphic design and illustration degree. Those three years where among the best, and worst of my life. Finding time to fit my studies in around my full time job and learning to write essays again was a tough call, but learning new creative skills and rediscovering long forgotten talents were some of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I finally got my happy ending in the summer of 2009 when I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first class degree with honours, I didn’t stop smiling for days!
Six months later, after spending the summer designing my own collection of cards, bags and prints I launched Snowdon Design & Craft.
In my free time I still love to travel, and am continually inspired by folk art from around the world. My experience working as a graphic designer has taught me to really listen to what my customers want, and I always enjoy receiving feedback and suggestions from people who are interested in my work.”
We hope that you will love Alex’s work as much as we do and come along on Sunday morning when Alex is hand printing in the Studios from 11 – 1.30.