Hi, I’m Carrie, owner of Press for Design and Dendryad Art.

I work from my lovely studio in Derwentside, which is a little hub of creativity and colour.

A little history
I trained for three years as a graphic designer at a publishing house in Leicester, back in the days when we used to use a photographic typesetting machine to create all of our text. This involved great knowledge of typesetting, as we were working almost blind, not knowing the final result of our work until we had developed the type onto photo paper (yes, we had to do all the photo developing too!). The magazine layouts were then cut out from the photopaper and pasted on artboards using scalpels, rulers and lots of spray mount adhesive, so a steady hand and a great eye for detail was essential.
After the company was taken over, I decided to pursue my love of languages and read for an honours degree in Germanic studies, which involved a year living and working in a small village in former East Germany, not long after reunification. It was a fantastic experience and I loved every minute of it. After my degree I worked for a start up web company in Durham as a web designer, and then joined an art and craft company as graphic designer and craft workshop teacher, where I worked for 8 years until that company dissolved. I set up as a sole trader in 2011.

What I do today
I provide a friendly, approachable and professional graphic design, print design and illustration service for sole traders and small businesses in the Derwentside area.

I teach art workshops for a local social prescribing service and at local museums and visitor attractions. I also organise private art and craft workshops, and I am available to book for workshops for your art or craft group. Find out more about these on my workshops page.

I have created a Celtic Knotwork Colouring Book for all of you adult colouring enthusiasts out there! You can watch a video about the book and find all the links to where you can buy it on my Celtic Knotwork Colouring Book page.

I sell my illustrations and lino prints too.

If you like my work and would like to support me, you can always buy me a coffee!

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