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Alchemy People- Gillian Lee Smith

Gillian Lee Smith
Above: Gillian with some of her creations at the Sneinton Artists' Showcase 2011
Inset: featured in Local Alchemy magazine with her costume designs, Spring 2007

"The Alchemy Fund awarded me funding to start my costume design business – but using the same equipment I started doing artwork again – the business changed. As well as the money, it helped me to establish what I wanted to do – I also got funding and business advice from the Renwal Trust. Everything I gained from Alchemy I’ve now been developing in my business as a freelance artist. I’m now exhibiting in galleries, doing craft fairs and selling my work abroad through the internet. I write a blog about me – the artist behind the work- and run an internet shop on Etsy which opens up a global marketplace. If it wasn’t for Alchemy, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now."

Gillian now lives in Basford, but still brings her work to the Sneinton Artists’ Showcases at Green’s Mill. Her website with links to her blog and online store is 


Interview and photos by Colin Haynes, July 2011

UPDATE: 9th July 2012
Gillian has appeared on the TV show 'Show me the Monet' and been selected by the panel!
Congratulations Gillian for your success!