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Interiors: Art to make your house a home

Born out of lockdown, two new home-based businesses are creating one-of-a-kind artworks for our homes. Velvet reports

Artistry by Meg

She started painting to keep her hands and mind busy during lockdown. But when her work started attracting attention on Instagram, Saffron Walden’s Megan Downes realised she had created a business opportunity.

A Zoology graduate, who was job hunting when Covid hit, she explains: “I was out of work and, having always enjoyed being artistic, started off painting pieces for family and friends to lighten the mood.

“I moved on to painting some Zoological studies, to complement my academic interests, then decided it might be nice to post them on a little Instagram page. The response to the work was so positive, I was shocked.”

A family member designed a logo inspired by Megan’s handwriting, and so Artistry by Meg was born. Fast building a reputation for her bespoke pet portraits, Megan says there’s a real “sense of fulfilment when a customer is thrilled with something I have spent time and care over. It’s great when they highlight the likeness, or how their character has been captured. Every piece is different, but is something to celebrate whether as a gift or a tribute.”

Using eco-friendly processes and packaging, and sending out every piece with a hand-written note on recycled paper, “what has been great about the paintings is that they have made thoughtful bespoke gifts in a time where people can’t get to shops or see loved ones,” adds Megan. “Plus they can brighten up the walls or a sideboard when people are spending a little more time indoors!”

For more information, including price estimates, follow @artistryby_meg on Instagram and search Artistry by Meg on Facebook. You can also contact Megan directly by email: artistrybymeg1@gmail.com

FAWL Designs

When Covid forced her to cut her Australian travels six months short, Suffolk artist Francesca Lang decided to turn the setback into an opportunity. “I’d always been keen to set up a small business,” she says, “so decided to dedicate this valuable time towards building FAWL Designs.”

Francesca’s signature is expressive watercolours of landscapes, flowers, foliage and, most recently, figures too, which she sells as canvas-finish wall prints. “As long as I can remember, I’ve had a deep growing passion for interior design,” says Francesca. “So being able to see my own artwork up in other people’s homes is one of the most rewarding sights.”

In her last year of a degree in printed textiles, which has included placements with interior design heavyweights Designers Guild and Karolina York, Francesca brings a fresh designer’s eye to her artwork, along with distinctive, gestural brushwork and an uplifting colour palette. FAWL also sells upcycled bottle vases, each hand-painted with a unique abstract design. “I’ve always been captivated by the gorgeous Suffolk countryside,” adds Francesca. “All the designs represent the beauty of nature.”

To find out more and to shop, visit fawldesignsuffolk.wixsite.com/website and follow @fawl_design on Instagram.

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