President of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts, Jackie Devereux

Interview with Jackie Devereux, artist, contemporary watercolourist and newly elected president of the SGFA talks to us about her work, her inspiratio, her life in France, her book and the society.

Jackie Devereux, "Partygoers" hand-embossed watercolour

Jackie Devereux, “Partygoers” hand-embossed watercolour

https://www.artistpapers.co.uk/articles/artists/interview-with-jackie-devereux-contemporary-watercolourist-tutor-and-president-of-the-sgfa 

New TRADE catalogue out! Crafts shops, teachers, have a look!

New TRADE catalogue out! Crafts shops, teachers, have a look!

Creative Resources for all ages! Our new 2014 catalogue filled with even more products and materials for all your educational and retail needs. Everything from border rolls and display papers to pom poms and beads! We also have an expanding retail section including licensed products from the hit children’s TV show Mister Maker! Go on, take a look.

Celebration of 20 years – award to Chairman and MD of Creativity International

Rob Ireland (left) MD and Clive Bailey (right) Chairman of Creativity International receiving the award plaque given by the staff of their company for 20 years successful business.

Rob Ireland (left) MD and Clive Bailey (right) Chairman of Creativity International receiving the award plaque given by the staff of their company for 20 years successful business.

Creativity International is 20 years old this year

2013 has also seen Creativity International achieve record sales. It’s been a phenomenal year.

From their beginnings twenty years ago as purely an educational product supplier selling mostly to schools and distributors, Creativity International’s business has grown exponentially and are now one, if not THE, largest supplier of educational art, craft and resources in the UK with strong export business across Europe and beyond.  Three years ago they expanded their product range selling Photographic Backdrops for film, TV and the professional photography market with new products coming out each year. www.creativitybackgrounds.co.uk. Two years ago they launched the Strathmore Fine Art Paper from America, here in the UK and this is gaining market share. www.artistpapers.co.uk. And there is another new business hot on the horizon.

2013 has been a marvelous year for Creativity and the Creativity Team.  From our very beginnings when we ran our business with a stock file that was in a cardboard box and a computer that we borrowed for the week and returned it a weekend, we carefully selected the best people to work with us, who could see where our business could get to.  Working really hard, has been great fun seeing the fruits of all of our hard work turning into record sales and lots of long-standing customers.  We still feel like a small company though and I think that is why it is such a great business to be in, everyone has an important part to play and relishes playing it.  As a celebration of our 20 years, we all went to London for the weekend, and there we stayed in superb hotel and saw a show “The Lion King” before heading back for the rest of the fun evening.  Now we are looking forward to see how we can better what we have done so far.  Very exciting times.” Rob Ireland, MD of Creativity International

Creativity stock everything you and your children could want for arts and crafts. They also hold the license for Mister Maker, the CBeebies’ arts and crafts show and their brilliantly bright art and craft kits are sold online direct www.creativitycrafts.co.uk and on Amazon, and through retail outlets such as John Lewis and Hobbycraft.

With professional photographers, artists, graphic designers and craftspeople working actually within Creativity International, they are ensuring they stay ahead of the game in terms of product development and cost effective sourcing.

Their interaction with their consumers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest is growing and families and craftspeople are encouraged to link up with them on there to hear of new promotions!

www.creativitycrafts.co.uk

20 years plaque presented by the Staff of Creativity International to Clive Bailey, chairman, and Rob Ireland MD of Creativity International

20 years plaque presented by the Staff of Creativity International to Clive Bailey, chairman, and Rob Ireland MD of Creativity International

 

 

Typhoon in Philippines – donation gift

typhoon Haiyan Philippines donation

typhoon Haiyan Philippines donation

At Creativity, through our products and how we run our business, we try to bring some happiness to crafters, creatives, kids, families, makers, artists, teachers and photographers. Which makes it all the more hard when you hear news of a disaster on such a phenomenal scale. We all were affected when we heard about the Typhoon hitting the Philippines. Some of us have friends who are aid workers out there, and it really brings it home seeing the images on the television, the children whose parents have been swept away, homes and communities wrecked, no food or shelter. Knowing that if everyone puts in a little then it makes up a lot, we have just made a donation to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. If you have some spare change and have been looking for the link to donate to help, here it is http://www.dec.org.uk/

We had a lovely reply back from the appeal director: “Because of your generosity we can provide hope to some of the Millions whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Hope to people like 10-year-old Rafael, who lost his father when the Typhoon struck. His cries for help did not go un-noticed; it was you and many others like you that decided to answer his call. Now we can provide people like Rafael with food, shelter and urgent medical supplies.  We simply could not do this without you, so once more on behalf of all those affected by this disaster, who will receive aid because of you, we say thank you.”

You can also stay in touch by liking them on Facebook and following on Twitter via the links below.

Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee
Follow us on twitter – https://twitter.com/decappeal

Creativity Backgrounds get Dotty and expands Ella Bella range

Creativity Backgrounds Mutli coloured dots Ella Bella range, image by Samantha Thompson #photography #backdrops #children #baby #props

Creativity Backgrounds Mutli coloured dots Ella Bella range, image by Samantha Thompson #photography #backdrops #children #baby #props

Popular with photographers of “Bump to Baby” and children, the Ella Bella® range already comprises White Washed Wood and Classic Damask. The range now includes the Multi-Coloured Dots which adds an energy to the shots in the studio.

These Ella Bella® photography backdrops are designed for use with children, family or product photography. These pretty printed backdrops come on a 1.22 meter (4 ft.) wide roll that has 3.65 metre (12 ft). of backdrop. The backdrop patterns are seamless and printed with a fade resistant ink for a vibrant long lasting colour, and are made from 90gsm, acid free, recyclable paper.

Each quarter sees Creativity Backgrounds increasing their product range, the exhibit regularly at Photovision, the SWPP Convention and do ad hoc showcases for the MPA. They are patrons of the RPS and are in discussions for doing workshops with them on lighting and backdrops.

Photographers are invited to get in touch if they want more information or want to submit images to the gallery. Contact us now.  01384 485 550  sales@cilimited.co.uk

http://www.photography-backgrounds.co.uk/Photography-Background-Papers/Ella-Bella-printed.html

Two New Photographers on the Gallery this week

image copyright Terry Mendoza of Retrostudio, using Creativity Backgrounds Cloud Grey

image copyright Terry Mendoza of Retrostudio, using Creativity Backgrounds Cloud Grey

Have a look at our gallery online 

Terry Mendoza who is published photographer, we are featuring his fabulous work shot against our Cloud Grey, check out his tips on there too.

Also featured this week is Samantha Thompson who uses our Ella Bella range to photograph children and babies.

For more information on Creativity Backgrounds, check out www.creativitybackgrounds.co.uk 

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