Earlier this year, I attended a trade exhibition and discovered the beautiful floral greeting cards of Manchester-based Claire Giles.
I love the vibrancy and cheerfulness of Claire’s designs.
Claire very kindly answered a few questions for me:
How did you get into designing cards?
I dropped out of art college to do a business degree as I thought it would be easier to get work. This led to a job as a merchandiser for the card chain, Birthdays.
After a particularly bad day of Excel worksheets and office politics, I handed in my notice and started to do freelance artwork for people like M&S and WHSmith.
This led to designing ranges which I now publish myself and I was able to drop the freelance work.
When did you start your business?
I freelanced from 2002 and then started publishing in 2005.
Where do you get inspiration for the designs on your cards?
Everywhere – magazines, fashion and interior design.
Where do you sell your cards?
Mostly independent retailers, but also in some multiples and department stores. I also export them.
What do you love about being a card designer?
Being my own boss and working in an office full of gems, ribbons and fabric butterflies!
Do you have a favourite flower?
My favourite flower is the peony.
I just couldn’t resist also including these cute Easter cards in today’s post! Aren’t they gorgeous?
If you look really closely, you can see they have flowers on them…
(Images : Claire Giles)