When a friend retired and closed her hand fan shop in the centre of Granada, Spain, I was asked if I would like to sell the remaining stock, which I did at local markets and online. It soon became clear there was a huge demand for hand fans both locally and internationally.
I then began to start painting my own hand fans with unique and more fashionable designs to keep up with the demand and, before long I was selling all over the world! At the end of 2012 I received the best international promotion when some of my fans were seen on America's "The Voice" being used by Christina Aguilera and, only a matter of weeks later, Emilia Clarke was seen with one on the red carpet on Broadway. In 2015 RuPaul's Drag Race winner and Next covergirl Bianca del Rio was seen with one of my hand fans at her 40th Birthday Roast!
I have since been fortunate to work with event planners for a grand wedding in Lake Como, and in Monaco.
These days my fans have now been sold to every state in the U.S.A. and I can proudly boast I stock several trendy boutiques in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia.
My biggest achievement to date, and the one that gives me greatest pleasure, is the hand fan I was commissioned to paint by the Clerk of the Fan Makers' Company. As this was to be presented to the Lady Mayoress of the City of London, after discussion, the skyline of London was decided upon, a design I really enjoyed painting. The hand fan was presented in November 2015 to the Lady Mayoress, Juliet Mountevans, who was delighted with it.
I am constantly sourcing new ideas, and also have more and more enquiries for bespoke designs which I particularly enjoy doing as I have to work closely with the customer to replicate their ideas. These may be weird, whacky, abstract, trendy or traditional, but ALL are special and personal and I strive to paint something that will be treasured for many years to come.
Trying to keep up with trends, I have also recently launched a range of children's hand fans and hand fans for men - 'the man fan'
So whatever you may be looking for, take a peep inside my website and then please feel free to email me or contact me via this form when I will be delighted to discuss your requirements further. And remember.........
FROM CLEOPATRA TO CHRISTINA THIS TIMELESS ACCESSORY HAS BEEN 'ON TREND' FOR OVER 5,000 YEARS!