Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Sarah Buckingham

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

In Conversation with Teacups & Thyme


Name: 

Sarah Buckingham


Occupation:

Artist, illustrator and Children’s Nurse. 


In three words describe Teacups & Thyme: 

Eat, paint, dream

 Teacups & Thyme Prints & Cards Shropshire

 

How did your business start?

I have always had a paint brush, pencil or pen about my person. I find interest in humdrum, the way in which we piece our lives together. I like the bright colour of bottles, the brisk yellow of lemons, the creamy pastels of a cake. I wanted to document my findings as I see them and so I sketched this and that. It all started with a set of teacups that I described in ink and watercolour, a cup for each member of a family. Then a personal request for a painting and a series of sketches as I prepared and drank a G&T… and a feeling of complete happiness. I decided then that perhaps I could depict ordinary life as i saw it, making blueberry pancakes on a Saturday morning, the crisp bubbles of champagne and bitters in a tall glass, the warm scented bubble of mulled wine in a pan. And so Teacups and Thyme (or rather the lack of it) was born!

 

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Have you got a favourite Print/design? Why?


For me it has always been Gin & Tonic and that ‘end of the week’ feeling. Lots of ice, sharp tang of lemon against the fresh botanicals of a good gin...oh, sorry were we talking about a print??? 

Yes, the G&T print is my favourite, for all the reasons already stated!! (Remember, I research ALL my pieces!)

 

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What do you love most about running your creative business?

A lovely crisp sheet of watercolour paper, a new idea and research to be done.

 

What will people find when they come to see you at the Shrewsbury Winter Festival?

A lot of boozy pictures, twinkling lights and a smiling face - I hope!!

 

What are you looking forward to most about the Shrewsbury Winter Festival?

Meeting lots of lovely people and drinking Mulled wine (research) that I’m certain someone will bring me!!

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What are your plans for Christmas?

Family, friends, fire and food (in no particular order)

 

Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:

Favourite Colour?

Olive Green

Favourite Food?

Pasta

Favourite tipple?

Red Wine and Gin! (am i allowed 2?)

Hobby?  

Reading and walking, sometimes together.

Favourite place to visit in Shropshire?

Church Stretton

What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas this year?

A lovely shiny bike and a bottle of Hendricks Gin please

 

Sarah Buckingham will be selling her wonderful prints and cards with Buy-From Shropshire at the Shrewsbury Winter Festival on 10/11 December. Visit her website here or discover Teacups & Thyme on Buy-From Shropshire.


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