We are so excited to introduce Becky who owns the wonderful Cymbeline in Princes Risborough , which has just started stocking IzziRainey products.
Hello Becky! Please tell us a bit about Cymbeline...
Cymbeline is a new gallery/shop on the High street, I wanted to create a space for artists to show paintings, prints, ceramics, and a love of textile inspired work, running alongside a strong contemporary and fine art based stock of cards, notelets, wrapping paper etc. So, all though easily accessible to buy now a days online people want to be inspired by a collection of products that can be physically seen and experienced.
Added to these core products, I stock lights, cushions, jewellery, scarves, and some home ware products a very small amount of books from Candlestick Press and Little Toller as I have spent 13 years as a Book seller. The range is always evolving as I want customers to know they can find something of good quality, predominately British made but not always, scarves, most of the jewellery lights all from overseas currently but generally a little bit different.
I have a changing exhibition space for paintings and prints, currently showing a local artist called Barbara Shaw who I've known for many years and specialises in textile pictures, they have been very successful, we are about to have some of her work made into cushions and other products which hopefully will arrive next week. I have 2 other local artists showing prints, Kate Watkins who has some wonderful lino bird prints and Marian Carter showing a mix of her inspired colourful current work. One of the most successful Artist's I currently stock is Sarah Woolfenden who specialises in very detailed black and white limited edition tree prints but is based in Devon, but here in the Chilterns customers have loved the beech, the yew and some of her oak prints.
It sounds wonderful! Where did the idea to start Cymbeline come from- had it always been a dream?
A bit about me, difficult to sell myself here. Went back to college and studied Fine Art in my 40's and previous to that had worked for Laura Ashley when it was in its heyday, then to John Lewis in fashion and furnishings and prior to setting up the shop had been a card buyer for a small independent book shop in Oxford and Thame, I exhibited my own paintings in Art weeks over the years but have always felt like there was very limited exhibition space available locally for artists.
So by pure chance I want on a bike ride to Princes Risborough last year and this beautiful empty old building presented its self to me, which I guess I could of merrily not seen but sometimes in life the right opportunity knocks very hard at your door. So whether it was my dream to always have a shop and I never quite realised it but my life experiences have lead me to pushing my boundaries and take this brilliant adventure. The news is always telling us how bad the economic environment is currently and I experience great positivity from people and also the other side of the coin of you're brave or mad and blatant negativity to start a High Street business now. I strongly feel that this country has a creative force which is very powerful and people want to make things, live and appreciate art in all its many forms, so whether its one of your beautiful tea towels, to cards, to pictures on your walls, its all an important expression.
Wow- what amazing jobs you have had before Cymbeline. I completely agree people in this country have such amazing creative talents, which is making people buy British! Now...why is the shop called Cymbeline?
The Shop is called Cymbeline due to a historic site near by at Beacon Hill, where a hill fort motte bailey is, no real site to look at, just a great place to go and walk, take in the countryside and sheep and a hidden gem for kite flyers, picnickers and avid walkers. Brilliant views of the Chilterns and excellent for clearing the head.
Where do you tend to source all of your lovely products from?
I will tend to go to Top Drawer and Pulse but did go to Spring Fair at the NEC this year for a few choice companies,and new things seem to find there way to me, Instagram always a creative joy and of course local artists and makers coming into the shop, so currently have a changing programme of events, later this month Oxfordshire printmakers until the end of April and then it will be a very colourful collection of art work, new bags and home ware products from Nicky James and some very fun purses and bags from Artebene in May.
What first drew you to our products?
I obviously just loved your products, just because I loved them- thats how I decide to take on most of the work I stock.
Thank you so much Becky for telling us all about your wonderful shop and a bit about yourself too. It is always so interesting to hear what people have done before opening their wonderful shops. If you are ever in the area, make sure you pop to Cymbeline. https://www.instagram.com/cymbelineart/?hl=en
We are a textile company, based on a farm in Norfolk, designing and manufacturing high quality homeware and interior products within Norfolk and the UK.