Morpeth mum Katy Clark founder of Ebie Jeebie
PUBLISHED: 00:46 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:26 20 February 2013
When a Morpeth mum struggled to find colourful designs for her children's bedrooms, she decided to make her own
When Katy Clark struggled to find colourful accessories to brighten up her childrens bedrooms, she decided to create her own. Now, 10 years later, her ideas and designs have turned into a successful business.
Katy, who is based in Longhorsley, near Morpeth, has set up Ebie Jeebie, which specialises in designing and making quality childrens wall hangings for bedrooms and nurseries.
Within a week of setting up her website, Katy received orders from all over Britain, plus California and Philadelphia in the USA, Spain and Norway. After studying textiles at Newcastle College of Art, Katy worked as a freelance designer for 20 years, selling her work at craft fairs across Northumberland and all over the UK.
Now she is preparing to expand her business to create childrens duvets, floor cushions and educational textile books.
Her wall hangings are printed on pure cotton using 100 per cent eco-friendly digital printing, and carry positive lifestyle messages to inspire children.
Katy, 45, who has two children Luke, 13, and 16-year-old Christopher, said: Being a mum of two boys, I wanted bold yet artistic childrens wall art but couldnt find what I wanted, so I began to develop my own ideas and products.
Im very passionate about children and supporting them, and I love philosophy and art so I have combined all three with Ebie Jeebie.
All my inspiration has come from being a mum and from my own mum decorating my room when I was a little girl with bright, primary colours.
Thats why I use toys, butterflies and rainbows in my work.
I can still remember the colours and pictures that surrounded me as a child so the philosophy behind my business is to create inspirational images that will also become part of a childs thoughts as they grow. Each design has a message which promotes spiritual growth and adventurous discovery.
There are 11 designs to choose from and they are also proving popular with adults, as wall hangings for kitchens. I like to promote a positive message and that also appeals to adults who are wanting them to hang in their kitchens, added Katy.
All the designs are created by Katy and can be seen online at www.ebiejeebie.com or via Facebook under Ebie Jeebie. Prices range from 9.95-39.95.
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of North East Life
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