FARSLEY-BASED The Art Rooms showcases the work of talented designer Jacky Al-Samarraie. Her work includes unique designs which are applied to a wide number of high-quality art prints, gifts, stationery and homeware.
The business, which is part of the thriving Sunny Bank Mills complex, is opening its doors for the Mills’ Magical Christmas Market weekend, which runs from Friday, 25 November to Sunday, 27 November.
Each day, more than 50 local makers and artists will be showcasing their wares and Jacky is opening the doors of The Art Rooms, which nestles upstairs at Red Lane Mill.
Jacky prides herself on the quality and durability of her products, all of which are designed and manufactured to high standards in the UK.
“Quality and durability are so important to me,” Jacky says, “My aim has always been to create high-quality timeless products which will last for many years.
“I still use the very first mugs I created almost 15 years ago.”
Jacky is an image-based graphic artist whose signature style features silhouettes with striking block colour. Her UK landscapes include local trees in Armley, Calverley & Yeadon as well as city landmarks including London’s Tower Bridge, Liverpool’s Liver Building and the Angel of the North in Gateshead.
As well as mugs, placemats, coasters, tea towels and cushions, Jacky’s distinctive products also include cards, recycled cotton throws and framed prints.
Her passion for creating striking images shines through as soon as you visit her atmospheric and beautiful workshop at Sunny Bank.
“I’ve always had a passion for creating and making things ever since I was young,” Jacky says. “I worked in Social Services for 21 years but I always spent my spare time being creative.”
The idea of running her own business first started on New Year’s Eve 2007 when she drew up a list of things she wanted to achieve in 2008. Within weeks she had booked a stand at a trade fair in Harrogate and the rest, as they say, is history.
Experience Jacky’s passion and love of creating unique art by popping in to see her as part of the Magical Christmas Market weekend, or visit her website. You can also e-mail Jacky at firstname.lastname@example.org.