12:20 Friday 13 December 2013

Illustrator inspired by rural life gets on the web

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

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A GREETINGS card designer who does business from the bottom of her garden has launched her own website.

Jane Churton, 49, started her business Little Shed Designs to make cards inspired by rural living after she had to find a job which would fit around her two children.

She started illustrating her cards in a ‘little shed’ at the bottom of her garden and so the business name was born.

Jane’s artistic background has ranged from designing sets for spooky ghost houses in the UK to carving giant snails in Europe.

A change of career has given her the opportunity to develop her own ideas and taking this path has been ‘as natural as drinking tea and wearing wellies’.

Jane told the Advertiser: “I have always been creative from a small child which then went on to working in art and design in theme parks including for Alton Towers and Europa Park in Germany.

“The inspiration for Little Shed Designs has always been there but having two children spurred me on as I had to find something to fit in with two young children.

“My inspiration for my designs comes from everything around me and has a rural theme as I live within a rural community and the fact that I like wearing wellies.

“I have two children Ellie and Andrew and I live in Stubwood with my partner Doc who works at JCB as a ‘dancing digger man’.

“I was born in Uttoxeter although grew up from the age of three in Forsbrook.

“I am a member of Simply Staffordshire that promotes a handpicked guide to Staffordshire.

“I am a part of Denstone art group purely for pleasure.”

Living rurally is a constant inspiration for Jane and she brings to life rural scenes with her original hand drawn designs of quirky animals, beautiful countryside and an overgrown garden.

Little Shed Designs are gaining in popularity and are making people smile which Jane says ‘gives a wonderful sense of achievement’.

She hopes to introduce new lines in the near future to add to the product range.

Designs are available to buy via phone or email and the designs can be viewed online.

The card ranges include birthday cards, Christmas cards, notecards and postcards.

Jane’s designs also feature on coasters and badges and all her designs are printed on quality products.

Further information is available online at www.littlesheddesigns.co.uk.

The blog of Little Shed is to be found at littlesheddesign.blogspot.com and Jane also has a Facebook page at Little Shed Designs and a Twitter at www.twitter.com/littlesheds

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