Welcome to the second of my Supporting Small Businesses posts. This time I’m supporting another illustrator with more stationery!
I love Etsy as it features so many wonderful artists and creators, so it was there that I headed when in search of postcards showing a map of Wales (since I can’t buy from the usual tourist places at the moment). During my search, I came across Sophia Shaw Art & Illustration.
Sophia doesn’t just sell illustrated map postcards, but also prints, cards, tea towels, notebooks, badges etc, as well as taking on custom illustrations.
Sophia’s maps are beautifully illustrated. They feature a number of local landmarks and other fun things. Sophia’s logo and website address are on the back of the postcards, so that’s great if the recipients fancy buying their own.
There are sixteen different maps to choose from for the various areas in and around the UK and I was delighted when I saw Sophia’s “Pick and Mix” offer of 10 postcards for £12. I chose 3 of the Mid Wales map, 4 of the Wales map and 3 of the UK map – Perfect for sending to penpals across the world.
I purchased the postcards through Etsy on 7th April and I received them just over a week later (with the Easter weekend in between). Sophia does currently have a notice on her Etsy page saying she posts items out once a week (Monday or Tuesday), so please bear this in mind if ordering.
Sophia also has her own website. It sounds like she has such an idyllic life, living on a narrowboat near Chester, Cheshire with her partner. In the warmer months, the narrowboat is turned into a floating gallery with art and plants for sale. I’d love to visit one day!
Please note: I bought these cards with my own money and I am in no way affiliated with Sophia Shaw Art & Illustration.