Chopskeenan

Chops Keenan Design

Southport, United Kingdom | 624 Sales

Chopskeenan

Chops Keenan Design

Southport, United Kingdom 624 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Last updated on Apr 21, 2016

The place to buy cards with character!

Sarah

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Redundancy was a beginning not an ending!

I was made redundant from my job as a Business Analyst in March 2015 and at first I was very shocked and upset. I love a good self help book so bought one called 'Winning Through Redundancy' by Steve Preston and there was a bit in there about creating something you could sell over and over again. I had dabbled in painting and had a degree in Art from a very long time ago but I decided to use my new found freedom to pick up painting properly and see if I could create my own career from it.

I found that painting helped me to focus my mind and not worry so much about not having a proper job. I love dogs and the first painting I did featured a Pug dog in a Vermeer style 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' pose. I liked the joke in this painting and my friend Nancy did too. Nancy and I sent lots of cards to each other and as we both love dogs we always chose dog cards. However, we were both struggling to find nice cards in the shops. The majority of cards were tacky and overly cute and we both bought most of our cards from art galleries instead of card shops.

I decided to get this card printed up as a greeting card and continued making more paintings featuring other breeds of dogs and my range slowly increased.

Sadly, my mum died very suddenly in June 2015 and I was so glad to have my cards to focus my mind, Having my growing little business helped me to deal with my grief. My mum liked art and I inherited her collection of 'Great Artists' magazines which fed into my work as I like to take famous paintings and tweak them by adding a dog or some other cute animal.

In January 2016 I took my cards to the Liberty Designers Open Call in London and the buyer there gave me some tips to improve my range. I invested in some desk top publishing software to make my cards look more professional and I created my own website. I also created a shop on the Saatchi Art website to sell my original paintings. I sold my Pug Dog with Pearl Earring original painting through Saatchi.

I like to make quilts too and have printed my paintings onto fabric and made quilts from them. I exhibit these in quilt shows and you can see more of these on my own website. One of my quilts was recently featured on a BBC4 documentary called 'Make, Craft Britain'. I have included this in my shop videos.

In order to grow my business I need to create more cards and I set myself a goal of at least one new painting a week. I also need to invest money into it as I have to pay for materials, printing and have shop fees and marketing costs too. I start a new job soon but my plan is to keep developing my range and one day be able to support myself as an artist.

Thanks for being interested in my shop which has grown out of my love of dogs, art and comedy. It helped me get through some tough times and I am hoping it will hold the key to me fulfilling my dream of being self employed.

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 3, 2016
Thanks for visiting my shop. I am dedicated to creating lovely cards that are nicer than any you can buy in the shops. I also make quilts and exhibit these at various venues.

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Returns and exchanges
For products that are not made to order I will issue you with a full refund if you are not happy with the product. All you need to pay is the return postage to me.
For made to order artwork and cards, if you are unhappy with the painting I will not order the cards and I will refund you half of the total purchase price. If you are unhappy with the cards then I will also refund you half of the purchase price and your return postage on receipt of the returned cards.
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For products that are not made to order I will post your item within 1 or 2 business days.
For dog portraits I will post the artwork and the cards to you as soon as they arrive from the printers.
Additional policies and FAQs
I really want you to be happy buying from me and will work hard to give you a product you will love. Check my user ID on ebay at http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/chopskeenan if you are nervous about ordering from me, I have had hundreds of happy customers and have 100% positive feedback. I have also sales through Etsy and Saatchi Art.