My Buzz

The response from the #SBS win has been tremendous and is a great boost to my confidence. I'm still in the start up phase of the business, so the win comes at just the right time to propel me into 2015!

My Bio

Welcome to Gabrielle Izen Design, home of beautiful greeting cards, stationery, artwork, commissioned work, personalised products and gifts all celebrating different occasions.

I’m an illustrator and modern calligrapher and create all my work by hand using traditional methods; dip pens, Japanese reed pens, Indian inks, watercolour paints, metallic paints and gold leaf. Typography is also used in some of my designs. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Chelsea School of Art and was very fortunate to have been taught by Quentin Blake.

I like to tell a story with my work, each artwork creates a mood or memory, all to be treasured. The natural world and old-fashioned courtesies are sources of inspiration; from plants and flowers, messages of love and kindness to finds on the beach and woodland walks. The essence of this work is to create a sense of well-being that would enhance the home.

Time is taken to produce the work and I endeavour to create original and beautiful pieces that people love to give and receive.

I’m keen to support UK industry so all the print and production is done in Kent. The envelopes are made at a Yorkshire mill. They match the cards and are 150gsm, which give a feel of luxury. The paper stock is FSC accredited and carries the ISO 9706 ‘long life’ certification.

The paper waste is recycled or composted. The other waste is either recycled or taken to a steam power station in East Kent and incinerated which generates electricity for the local area.

I believe it’s possible to combine beautiful products with sustainability, and I’m proud to say my work is made in England.

My Business Tips

Believe in the goals and vision you have for your business. But also adapt things when you need to and be open to surprises.

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