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With my cards, I aim to offer an alternative to the mass produced disposable idea of a greeting card. Something that can still drop through your letter box but surprises you when you open it, making you feel proper special and putting a big smile on your face. Good enough to want to keep it , put it on the wall or even start a collection.

There are lots to go at with a wide range of everyday including Birthdays, Anniversary, New Home, baby, job. As well as more general designs and wedding invitations. I also do four seperate ranges (Valentines, Mothers' Day, Christmas and Fathers' Day).

In the UK my cards sell in a number of lovely independent gift shops and I take part in exhibitions in galleries which has included 'The history of the greeting card' at the V&A in London, where one of my cards was also used on the poster…

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  • Born on September 10
  • Joined August 25, 2010

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With my cards, I aim to offer an alternative to the mass produced disposable idea of a greeting card. Something that can still drop through your letter box but surprises you when you open it, making you feel proper special and putting a big smile on your face. Good enough to want to keep it , put it on the wall or even start a collection.

There are lots to go at with a wide range of everyday including Birthdays, Anniversary, New Home, baby, job. As well as more general designs and wedding invitations. I also do four seperate ranges (Valentines, Mothers' Day, Christmas and Fathers' Day).

In the UK my cards sell in a number of lovely independent gift shops and I take part in exhibitions in galleries which has included 'The history of the greeting card' at the V&A in London, where one of my cards was also used on the poster.

I draw the designs for my cards first and then make little patterns from the drawings. All the pieces are cut out by hand and then I bring them to life with my sewing machine. This way each one takes on its own character as they are all very slightly different. Most of my cards are furry but for some I use recycled denim. I appliqué the cards with a zigzag stitch to construct them and give a nice finish to the reverse which you see when you open them up. I embroider the details such as the face and then often give them small objects or mini cards and banners. These I either hand draw or print depending on the style.

I use recycled card and envelopes (apart from very occasionally when a particular colour isn't available) and biodegradable transparent sleeves.

If you would like a custom order please feel free to contact me. Though I’m currently concentrating on the ‘Cards to Keep’ ranges here in my attic in Sheffield, I trained in Fashion (BA Hons (first) Edinburgh) and Design (Mdes Master of Design, Edinburgh) and when I set up IN OUR COATS in Manchester in 1995 I originally designed and made accessories: bags, purses, aprons, specs cases, allsorts, all incorporating appliqué and embroidery. They made it onto the shortlist for Gift of the Year and into a few magazines and Juliet Bawden’s book ‘Applique and Style’. I’ve also worked on venue design including the Kino international short film festival, so I’m up for sticking my finger in other pies too.

Dave’s Granny can’t see very well anymore but Dave said she loved the bright colours of her last Christmas card and stroking the fur, whilst my friend Sarah said getting one of my cards was like getting a hug in the post. That’s why I do it. I believe the little things matter too.

Thanks for looking and I hope you find something that tickles your fancy.
Jane.

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