burton art gallery and museum
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BURTON ART GALLERY
& MUSEUM

Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm


Alexandra Snowdon - Printmaker

Snowdon Design & Craft

I design and produce high quality, eco-friendly cards, bags and prints.

I've always loved art, as soon as I left school I headed off to Art College in the breezy seaside town of Blackpool in the North West of England. During my time there I made some great friends, met my future husband Charlie, and graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Design.

Soon afterwards Charlie and I moved to Manchester and I got a job as a graphic designer. This coincided with the whole graphic design industry going digital. I had to quickly learn how to use an Apple Mac and all the design software that went with it. Subsequently I spent the early years of my working life with the niggling feeling that this wasn’t the career that I had ‘signed up for’, but after investing so much time and energy in it I felt I had no option other than to adapt and embrace the new technology.

My life turned around in my mid thirties when Charlie and I decided to realise our long term goal of traveling the world. I took my courage in both hands and asked my employer for a one year sabbatical. Amazingly they said yes and we spent an unforgettable twelve months living out our dreams across South America, the South Pacific, (where we got married!), New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

While we were away we learned a lot about ourselves and each other. I also realised that despite my disillusionment with my career, I still had a passion for design. Experiencing new cultures and being exposed to such an amazing range of ethnic art and design really rekindled my creative flame.

After arriving back in England we set about making some changes, including swapping our tiny city flat for a cute stone cottage in the countryside. A couple of weeks after moving in I embarked on a three year part time graphic design and illustration degree. Those three years where among the best, and worst of my life. Finding time to fit my studies in around my full time job and learning to write essays again was a tough call, but learning new creative skills and rediscovering long forgotten talents were some of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I finally got my happy ending in the summer of 2009 when I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first class degree with honours, I didn't stop smiling for days!

Six months later, after spending the summer designing my own collection of cards, bags and prints I launched Snowdon Design & Craft. Since then, my business has grown to include two successful online shops and a base of independent retailers who place orders for my work regularly.

lottery funded