Keen Photographer Focuses in on Lifelong Ambition

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A NEW digital business which transforms family photos into works of art has been launched by a budding photographer who was recently made redundant from his career in sales.

Nigel Dawson founder of Crafty Canvas

It is our intension to continually grow our product range to keep pace with the latest trends in interior home design.

Nigel Dawson, from Ingleby Barwick on Teesside, has created Crafty Canvas after battling back from losing his job in the engineering sector to pursue his passion for photography.

The company turns photos into wall art by printing them onto canvas after customers have cropped them themselves on the Crafty Canvas website.

The business will also act as a gallery for photographers in the region who can upload their own pictures to the site and sell them to the public as potential canvas or large gloss prints.

Mr Dawson is gearing up for a busy pre-Christmas trading period and, in the longer term, plans to diversify into creating life-size wall stickers for children’s bedrooms.

He said: “I had always had the dream of being my own boss as I always seemed to be working hard for other peoples gain. There is a great sense of freedom that comes with creating your own destiny.

“What differentiates Crafty Canvas from other businesses in the market is that we have given customers the unique ability to crop their own pictures, so they will always get the best possible print for them.

“It is our intension to continually grow our product range to keep pace with the latest trends in interior home design.”

Mr Dawson, who was born in Blackpool but moved to Teesside after meeting his partner Jill on a skiing holiday, is a keen photographer who hones his skills on an Open University course.

Crafty Canvas prints, which take up to five days to turnaround and are priced between £19.99 and 129.99, are produced entirely in-house using the latest Epson technology and high quality inks, from picture augmentation and frame building to stretching the canvas and laminating.

Mr Dawson added: “I would like to also say a big thank you to Business Link and Andy Flisher from Dot UK for designing the website.”

For more information go to Crafty Canvas

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Picture Caption: Nigel Dawson founder of Crafty Canvas
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