Our Sewing Unit

This week we are continuing to show you the faces behind the products and are featuring the managers of our sewing unit, Jenny Laud and Sue Pickering.

Jenny, our overall Production Manager, is also in charge of a 30 plus strong team of sewing machinists, who in turn are responsible for making a huge range of products from tea towels, bags, aprons and kitchen textiles through to other items such as cushions and make-up bags. (All our products can be seen on our website at www.countrysideart.co.uk).


Jenny sits at the heart of our large sewing unit where she controls all aspects of production

There is a huge amount of organisation required as much of what we produce is very bespoke.  This includes requirements such as labelling, different coloured bindings, pipings and ties, varied colours and lengths for bag handles etc, etc.  In addition Jenny keeps a keen eye on the despatch dates to make sure we also deliver on time.

When not at work keeping all her machinists working to plan, Jenny and her husband enjoy running (they have both competed on numerous occasions in the London marathon) rambling and fell walking. As a lifelong vegetarian, Jenny is also very keenly interested in nutrition.  She has even encouraged our Sales Manager Paul (committed carnivore and bon viveur) to start drinking vegetable-based smoothies for breakfast!

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One of our highly experienced sewing machinists, Karen, working on a Liberty apron


As well as covering all the above, Jenny’s second in command, Sue, is also in charge of new product development. Sue is incredibly skilled at making new products from scratch.  More and more customers are coming to us asking for bespoke products.  So Sue will break the item down in to its component parts, manufacture a blank prototype for the customer to approve and then produce costings for our sales team for quoting purposes.  This bespoke service is proving very popular and is widening the scope of products we can offer to our customers enormously.


Sue busy at work on a cosmetic bag which involved creating a bespoke sized product

Sue is also incredibly active and her hobbies outside of work include cycling, walking and camping in the great outdoors.

For our next blog featuring our staff and processes we will be looking at the role of our Design Co-ordinator Kim and her colleague China.

Kind regards and best wishes

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Kathy Brookes – Sales Director

The Countryside Art Team

It’s always nice to know more about the people who produce your lovely products so we’d like to introduce you, week by week, to the Countryside Art team.

You may have looked at our recent blog videos showing the installation of our fantastic new Aeoon digital printing machine.

These videos were produced by our talented Sales Manager, Paul Murrell. Paul has been with us since January.  In addition to being a really tuned in and helpful Sales Manager, Paul is also a fantastic musician, playing world class clarinet and saxophone.  (His previous life was as Musical Director for the British Army).

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Paul hard at work at an unusually tidy desk!

Paul also has a lot of other talents, including being an experienced photographer and film maker.  Using Paul’s talents to the full, we are going to follow up with lots more videos showing different aspects of the company.  (There may even be some nice music thrown in too!).

We’d like to also introduce you to our two digital printers, Callum McPhail and Connor North. As a company we have always had no age restrictions when it comes to our employment policy.  Our oldest employee (one of our seamstresses) recently retired at the age of 75!  We also believe in employing young people as we find a good cross section of ages and experience leads to a balanced company. To this end Callum and Connor represent the enthusiasm and excitement that youth brings when embracing new technology.

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Callum and Connor in front of their new Aeoon digital printing machine

Callum, in addition to being a great master of the digital printing machine, enjoys playing professional poker. He also originally trained as a sound engineer so enjoys sound-mastering for local music events at weekends.  (A very clever and talented young man!).

Connor, his assistant, is one of our youngest employees. Connor shows the most amazing enthusiasm for learning everything related to printing and is incredibly quick at mastering new tasks.  Always ready with a winning smile, Connor is a real asset to our company.  When not at work Connor enjoys socialising with friends and playing sports.

We’ll follow up with further blogs introducing you to more of the Countryside Art team in the near future.

Kind regards and best wishes

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Kathy Brookes, Sales Director