Lucy re­leases inner artist to cre­ate un­ex­pected gifts

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THIS week we’re vis­it­ing Lucy Hay at An Un­ex­pected Artist. Lucy, who now lives in St Ge­orge, was born in St As­aph and grew up in Ruthin.

Here she tells us how she started on her cre­ative path.

“When I was at school in Den­bigh, my art teacher told me to give up art as I wasn’t good enough to pass any ex­ams. So, I spent much of my adult life be­liev­ing that I wasn’t artis­tic and steered clear of any­thing re­motely arty.

“I al­ways felt, how­ever, that there was an inner artist des­per­ate to get out, so I started a pot­tery course and pro­duced some pretty de­cent pots!

“I then moved onto a be­gin­ners’ draw­ing and paint­ing course, just to see, once and for all, whether I re­ally was that bad at art. I thor­oughly en­joyed the course and started mak­ing cards from my draw­ings to sell at craft fairs. My first year I sold over 250 Christ­mas cards!

“That en­cour­aged me to start print­ing my draw­ings onto mugs and coast­ers, hes­sian bags and then, even­tu­ally, my best sell­ers, cash­mere and chif­fon scarves. I now do mak­ers and artisan mar­kets all over North Wales and the North West.

“I am to­tally in­spired by North Wales, the beauty of the coun­try­side and the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple. I tend to draw things that I en­counter in my own sur­round­ings: bees in the gar­den, hares in the field, wild pheas­ants, ducks in the pond and, of course, ons!

“I love print­ing on cash­mere scarves, they are so soft and lovely to wear and I’m al­ways chuffed when my cus­tomers tell me how much they love them and keep com­ing back for more! I think my favourite de­sign is the pheas­ant. It is very ‘coun­try’ and I love the colours when printed on a cream cash­mere scarf.”

If you would like to see more of Lucy’s work, why not pop over to her Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/AnUn­ex­pect­edArtist/ drag-

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