A former social worker who took a leap of faith to follow her artistic talents says she has been “overwhelmed” by how quickly her business has grown.
Lindsey Grieves first launched Light Source Art in August 2012 and since then has seen orders for her bespoke gifts soar.
A regular stall holder at the monthly craft fairs held near the Customs House, her presence and talents saw her being invited to be part of a special celebration in France.
Mrs Grieves – supported by friend Linda Hill – was given the chance to showcase her products at a Christmas market in Epinay sur Seine which was held to mark the 50th year of the twinning between the French town and Jarrow.
The same month, she was invited by Fred Olsen Cruises to join it as a tutor on board its liners in the summer.
Mrs Grieves, from Hill Street, Jarrow, who has continued learning new craft skills as well as nurturing her own talents, said: “I was a bit shocked when I was asked if I would like to join South Tyneside Council in France as part of the 50th celebrations.
It has been a lot of hard work in the beginning, but it has all paid off in the end.Lindsey Grieves
“The whole event was amazing and we were really taken care of and learned so much, including trading abroad.
“I never thought when I first started doing this it would lead to so many wonderful opportunities.”
As well as creating unique gifts, she has also branched out to teaching her craft to others and has already delivered classes on behalf of Gateshead Council and independent charities.
Mrs Grieves, who was supported in her business venture by Sunderland’s Business Innovation Centre, added: “It has been a lot of hard work to get where I am now and lots of standing around in the rain at outdoor events with my craft stall.
“But it has all paid off in the end with the opportunities I have been given.
“We had such a great time in Epinay and it was such a lovely event – everyone really did make us feel so welcome.”
Ms Grieves often showcases her artwork at various craft fayres and a selection of her work can also be seen on her website.
For more information on the range of products and services, offered by Light Source Art and information on teaching classes, visit http://www.lightsourceart.co.uk/