I moved out of my house in Manchester and went back to my Lincolnshire roots.
|MMU textile department|
|Designs for Sainsburys|
I decided to contact some design companies as I had done a small amount of freelance work after leaving university. Luckily I got an interview at Hallmark cards in Bradford and two of their departments 'Unique Images' and 'Britannia' took me on. I had previously designed childrens' furnishings that sold in USA, Holland and Germany but the greeting card market interested me more.
|Giftwrap for Tesco|
|Giftwrap for Asda|
I had some success with my designs selling to the likes of Tesco, Asda, John Lewis and Sainsbury but the whole process was very hit-and-miss. Constantly sending in designs that a buyer may or may not pick, I felt was not the best way to earn a living.
|Badge designs for The Blue Cross|
Well...turns out, after all those frogs, my Prince had returned to Lincolnshire from London at the same time and I'd actually known him since I was 14...time to tackle that big pond together!