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About Me

About Me.

 

I’m an Artist currently based in South Yorkshire, living on the fringe of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. I moved here two years ago to start an exciting new chapter in the life of my family and haven’t regretted a second of relocating to this lovely place.

 

I’ve spent most of my life immersed in creative hobbies but it wasn’t until I undertook a Fine Art degree as a mature student, graduating with First Class Honours in 2009, that I realised my dream of professionally combining my creative and business management skills.

Immediately upon graduation I worked as a practicing artist exhibiting my ‘wares’ in group and solo shows, undertaking commissions and running printmaking workshops. In 2014 I started my Catherine Kleeli Cards enterprise when, having decided to try my hand at collage rather than my usual painting or printmaking, I showed a family member my collaged creations. They commented that “these would make lovely greetings cards”, and the rest is history as they say.

I quickly gained industry recognition by being nominated as a Finalist in the ‘Best Art Card Category’ of the prestigious Henries Awards in both 2016 and 2017 and won a ‘Highly Commended Award’ at the British Craft Trade Fair in 2018.

I am an animal lover who takes great joy from the natural world. These are the  sources of inspiration for my card designs. I work in my sunny studio, lovingly built during lockdown by my husband and best buddy. Being surrounded by greenery, birdsong and wildlife and with the companionship of my two loyal black Labradors, this is a wonderful space conducive to creative occupation.

I think myself fortunate to be represented by a number of brilliant Card Agents who help to sell my range into retailers around the country, particularly in the early days when my range was quite small. Their belief in my ‘knowingly niche’ blank art card range, their advice and support have encouraged me to grow the Catherine Kleeli Cards range.