An international artist is helping to put a suicide bereavement charity’s first-ever shop on the map – with a specially-created design celebrating Exmouth.
Julia Gash, who crafts eye-catching illustrations of places around the world, has added the town to her collection in support of Pete’s Dragons.
Her unique piece of work will be used on a range of items – such as bags and mugs – sold at the cause’s Retail Therapy outlet.
Exmouth resident Julia will be at the Rolle Street shop on Saturday, February 22, from noon to 4pm to officially launch the collaboration.
She will be on hand to meet customers and will be drawing a ‘live design’ with the help of children, who can also create their own artworks.
Julia, whose map-like illustrations are used on stylish souvenirs sold around the globe, says the product range of Exmouth ‘celebrates our town’s iconic features and unique culture’.
The partnership began as Julia had been into Retail Therapy as a customer and knew someone volunteering there.
“This led to the team at Pete’s Dragons and I coming up with a list of what people love about Exmouth and I created the artwork,” said Julia.
Exeter Road-based Pete’s Dragons provides bespoke suicide bereavement support to hundreds of families across Devon.
The award-winning charity, which opened Retail Therapy in May last year, mainly relies on community fundraising.
Julia added: “It’s been a privilege to collaborate with Pete’s Dragons on creating a product range which helps people to connect with somewhere they love and, in doing so, raise funds for this amazing charity, which brings so much value to people in need.”
Julia licenses her art to a portfolio of companies around the world which turn the designs into products and sell them as sustainable souvenirs.
Her work is stocked in the National Gallery of Art in the UK and USA and the Arc De Triomphe in Paris among a host of destination boutiques, museum gift shops and tourist attractions around the world.
She moved to Exmouth from Sheffield four years ago ‘in search of a quieter life’ and is also a Girl Guides leader.
Pete’s Dragons CEO Alison Jordan said: “We are honoured that Julia chose to work with us and add a design of Exmouth to her repertoire which features the town’s much-loved and home-grown charity Pete’s Dragons.”