'Ginger Rosie' is the creation of Jill Smyth. A graduate of Art College at the University of Ulster, Jill spent many years working outside the arts & crafts scene, before rediscovering her passion for being creative.
In addition to original art, Jill sells a myriad of handcrafted and ethically-sourced items through her stall at the famous St George's Market in Belfast and online. Although painting is her first love, Jill regularly gets hands-on with lots of different crafts, particularly clay work and sewing. She says this about starting her business:
"The 'Rosie' part of Ginger Rosie is named after my Mum, who was an artist and crafter too. She was such a beautiful and positive influence on me. I hadn't picked up a paintbrush in quite a few years since leaving art college, and she encouraged me to do so. As soon as I did, I thought "Why have I not done this before now?!". It's so easy to get caught up in the rat race, and forget about the things we really love to do isn't it?"
She continues: "I wanted a name for the business that conjured up a feeling of rustic homeliness with a little bit of spice, so after looking through all the various spices, I settled on 'Ginger' to add to my Mum's name, and Ginger Rosie was born. I am proud to add 'Crafts' to the end of that. In the not-too-distant past, crafting was seen more as a hobby, but in recent years, I'm very pleased to see local talented crafters being lauded for some truly impressive work. I'm also delighted to say that I'm finally doing what I truly love, and what could be better than that?"
Find Jill at St George's Market every Saturday and every Sunday (see the 'St George's Market' Page for more details). Jill also exhibits artwork across Northern Ireland, and has shown work in London.