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Hannah joins Andy for first-ever exhibition of her popular designs

INTERNATIONALLY-recognised greetings card designer Hannah Dale is about to stage her first art exhibition in a joint Wild At Heart venture with north-east fine artist Andy Broderick.

Hannah, of Melton Ross, Lincolnshire, has grown Wrendale Designs to be a successful business in just four years with six full-time staff and husband Jack now Managing Director. Her extremely popular, whimsical designs of wild animals have won multiple Henries awards with her greetings cards, products and prints found in retailers across the UK and internationally.
A zoology graduate of Cambridge University, Hannah’s focus has been on the cards and she’s never had an exhibition of her artwork, however she said: “We’ve had such a lot of demand to develop this side of the business and I hope to do more of it in the future.” Andy, originally from Kilkenny in Ireland, came to the UK in 1998 to study fine art at Teesside University and decided to stay after graduating, settling in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire.
He has previously been known for his portraiture work, exhibiting with the Royal Portrait Society in Newcastle, and now paints wildlife found in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, mostly from his own photographs taken on early morning trips into the nearby Moors. The pair have been brought together by Joe Cole, MD of Natural Partners Limited who specialise in publishing fine art greetings cards featuring the work of a wide array of artists and photographers including Andy.
Joe said: "Andy's cards have been very popular and are our best-selling range. At the same time demand for his original work has been growing rapidly and we are always keen to look at new exhibition opportunities.
“I've long admired Hannah's work, ever since we had stands opposite each other at her first Spring Fair so, when she mentioned she was thinking of exhibiting, the opportunity for a collaboration was obvious." Andy added: “I'm looking forward to the exhibition because I think our combined work will create a strong theme running through the show and our different approaches to a similar area will create an interesting and lively dialogue.
“We both focus on the character of animals, the living energy or the essence.
“Hannah does this in a very anthropomorphic way, that attributes sort of human qualities to particular creatures, in quite a warm and sentimental way, where my work focuses on their wilder, more unpredictable side and the drawings themselves are random and instinctive to reflect this.” The Wild At Heart exhibition will run from August 8 to September 19 at The Steel Rooms in Brigg, Lincolnshire, with a meet-the-artists event on August 22 from 11am to 2pm.

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