KATE RUCKER DESIGN
It all started with a fashion degree, a workbook, a pencil and some doodling. Kate Rucker is a recent Northumbria University Fashion Design and Marketing graduate, and as a little bit of relief whilst on the constant hunt for industry jobs, Kate spent a lot of her newfound time peacefully drawing or ‘distracting herself’ by doodling on her workbook. As the boredom of being unemployed increased, she turned to Instagram and received amazing feedback from friends and family, urging her to turn her designs into a career. So here she is, eight months into a bright and bustling business. We love her ‘punny’ designs – they’re perfect for a witty Valentine’s gesture.
Tracey Russell’s designs celebrate everyday life. With a background in textiles, this beautifully handmade greetings card business has developed massively and is now recognised as a worldwide brand. It’s a real success story – from ‘home-making’ in her parents bedroom, to home-making in the lovely offices above the company’s gift and coffee shop. ‘Keeping things local’ is a huge part of the business, with its loyal base in Langley Park, County Durham. Tracey Russell designs are cute, relatable and genuinely just make us smile.
NORTH EAST GIFTS
The ultimate gift shop… celebrating everything we know and love about the North East. Because lets face it, we live in a pretty great region, packed with beautiful architecture, fascinating history and slang that’s recognised worldwide. The North East Gifts company take that brilliant, northern culture and translate it into lovely gifts, greeting cards and trinkets that you’ll keep forever. A huge range of items are available on the website, but we love these super savvy, Geordie greetings cards – perfect for your significant other this Valentine’s Day.
If you’re looking for sweet and subtle for your Valentine, we’d recommend Joanne Wishart’s lovely, lifestyle designs. Combining colour, creativity and nature – they’re the perfect gesture of appreciation and will look great on your mantelpiece. Joanne is a professional artist with a personal studio at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle. Born and bred in Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, she’s inspired by the great British countryside and works alongside her equally passionate husband, Ross. A beautiful, family business promoting stunning designs – not just a greetings card but a a frame-worthy, forever gift for the home.