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WP_20160718_0022This year I went along to the Harrogate Home and Gift Buyer’s Festival to get a look at some of the products, chat to designers, and get a feel for a trade show. It was a beautiful day with hundreds of great designers and products. I am always drawn to a particular style and I thought I would share the designers that stood out to me. Some are well known and some are up and coming.

These photos are snippets taken from leaflets and catalogues, I do not own the rights to these designs, they belong to the artist.

Louise Mulgrew Designs

I loved these designs straight away. Louise is just a youngster but already making a name for herself. Her character designs are quirky and her painting style shines through on everything she does, and she was such a lovely girl!

Chloe Gardner

I am always drawn to animals and colours, and Chloe has both in her beautiful designs. We chatted for a while about her techniques and colours. A woman who truly loves what she does!


Amy Louise Design

Another lovely young lady who specialises in the greetings industry with beautiful artwork including character designs and florals. I received a free sample card from her which is just a delight!

Lola Design LTD

This artist creates absolutely stunning artwork combining florals with animals portraits for a truly unique effect.



Cath Ward

I love Cath’s illustrative designs. Her technique really brings to life the animals that she paints and I couldn’t resist the cheeky bunny face!

Deckled Edge


I had a chat with Janna from Deckled edge. Being surrounded by horses in her everyday life this inspiration really shines through in her art. She creates beautiful horse and unicorn illustrations that little girls would love. She hasn’t left the boys behind though and has some awesome dinosaur prints to her repertoire too.


Louise Tiler

A firm favourite of mine for her unique illustrative designs. Her quirky greetings designs bring something new and fresh to the table.


Alex Clark

Alex has been in the art and design circuit for a while now and her portfolio keeps on expanding. Art and design that appeals to children and adults alike, she draws inspiration from farm life and animals in her unique quirky style. It was a privilege to meet her at the trade show!


Gillian Arnold

An artist an entrepreneur whose business is based in a neighbouring town to myself, Gillian’s stall drew my attention immediately. I love the bright and vibrant designs of her home ware products.


There were many wonderful designers at the trade show but these appealed to my own personal tastes the most. I’m hoping to go again another year and gather some more design inspiration from these amazing people!