A creative school girl turned entrepreneur has seen off tough times after enjoying stellar success designing ‘quirky’ greeting cards.
Talented Ophelia Yannaghas, 15, has sold almost 4,300 cards featuring her caricature-type designs in East Anglia and her cards will soon be available in London.
The Culford School pupil is following in the foot steps of her creative grandmother and mum with the enterprise which has acted as a confidence booster through difficult times. Her mum Dominica, a pet portrait artist, said: “We’ve had our struggles as a family as I’m divorced from her dad and she’s never had much belief in herself so this gave her an outlet. It’s incredibly exciting. The artistic stroke comes from my wonderful mum - she’s a great illustrator.”
Ophelia, of Hadleigh, was introduced to the ‘Paper’ app by her grandmother Diana Hall, who has been fighting cancer at St Elizabeth Hospice. After impressing her mum with the designs of animals and people, they decided to produce the cards. She trades as ‘Foofster Designs’.
The cards are available at more than 30 outlets across East Anglia including at The Parsley Pot, in Bury, and Gainsborough’s House, in Sudbury. The cards are even hitting the capital and are due to be sold at Gill Wing, in Islington with the Medici Gallery, in South Kensington, also expressing an interest.
Her most popular is a sausage dog design, which has sold about 500 copies.
She also draws for commission and some of her work is currently featuring in an exhibition at Culford School, where she recently received an art scholarship.
Ophelia said: “My quirkiness comes from a friend of my mother’s. She inspired me to draw animals with shifty eyes. I’m also inspired by David Hockney.” Her website, designed by her 16-year-old brother Henry, is at www.foofsterdesigns.com
To see her mum’s work, visit www.dogsbydominica.com