Today’s Coronavirus “Pop Up Shop” post is one I know many of our readers will love…
When we first met North East based wildlife artist and illustrator “Gee Gee Designs” many years ago, we knew instantly it would have to be her who painted the eventual logo for a new business idea. The bumblebee and french lavender logo that adorns Bumble and Bloom Media is always greatly admired when handing out a business card and it is our pleasure here at Prosecco and Pie to dedicate today’s post to Jina Gelder, its creator.
From pet portraits and miniatures, to silk scares and home accessories; Jina’s distinct painterly style is loved far beyond the North East. A regular at fairs across the country, hard-working mother Jina is constantly sketching and producing new art and hosts workshops for budding artists and total beginners to try painting their gold-leaf bumble bee or Mad March Hare.
Coronavirus poses a threat to millions of self-employed workers and that includes artists too, whose incomes rely on face to face interaction at fairs, markets, galleries and people being able to visit shops to buy their products. If someone you love has a birthday coming up, or you’d like to treat yourself to something cheery in these difficult times, we know how much Jina and her young family would appreciate your support.
A few of our favourite Gee Gee Designs pieces…
Jina’s art cushions are designed to bring a bit of the countryside into your home. Featuring several of our original ink and watercolour paintings they are made from high quality cotton and backed with a pale natural cream/brown. Finished off with two wooden buttons they are a lovely addition to any living room.
Hedgehogs are a favourite subject of Jina’s after rescuing a trio of hoglets in 2016 (the video of which is still on her instagram, you must watch it!) Hedgehogs also happen to be our favourite animal too! This original miniature is perfect for filling a tiny space or popping on a shelf if you lack the wall space.
Even for those shopping on a budget, we love Jina’s coasters at just £7. Made from tempered jade glass with little rubber feet to protect your surfaces and the image. Mr Pheasant is surely a perfect addition to your desk or coffee table for when you’re working from home and miss weekend walks in the countryside.
Whether you’d like to try your hand at painting a stately stag, playful mouse or wise old owl – or know someone who would – here is a link to Jina’s future workshops which we are sure will provide welcome relief to those who have been self-isolating.
Who: Jina Gelder, North East based wildlife artist and illustrator
What: Original paintings, prints, home accessories and gifts
Where: Available to buy online at geegeedesigns.co.uk