New business

Ramsbottom Artist Lucy Milburn Launches New Venture

A self-taught artist from Ramsbottom has turned her passion for illustration into a business after launching a new online store.

Lucy Milburn, 48, has unveiled her online store after taking the leap from illustration in her free time to turn her love for art into a career.

The mum-of-two has been sharing her work regularly on Instagram for the past few years, but her designs are now available to buy as quirky Christmas cards and prints.

After the pandemic hit, and she and her family were stuck at home, Lucy took an online illustration course and rediscovered the importance it had in her life.

In 2008, Lucy gave up her job to care for her family, but now that her sons Alfred, 13, and Oliver, 11, have gained more independence, she felt it was time to consider doing art his profession.

With more and more work piling up in her home, Lucy says the shop is the perfect way to share it with art lovers everywhere.

She said: “Art is piling up in my house and I wanted to share it with everyone, and it would be nice to earn some money that makes it profitable.

“The more cards I sell and the more I print, the more materials I can buy and the more art I can create, which is the fundamental goal.”

“[Art] was very helpful for mental health during lockdown and it blossomed, and I realized I had found what I wanted to do.

Lucy describes her style as “bright rainbow” and says one of her biggest inspirations is pop art legend Andy Warhol.

She also develops a set of characters called Robot and Bear that are found throughout her work.

Earlier this year, her illustrations appeared in The Ballad of Hanging Lees, the latest novel by “King of the Black Manc” David Nolan, for which she designed cards.

The novel saw Lucy stray into more macabre territory as she helped David enact his sinister story.

She said: “I’m quite adaptable, but it was a challenge because David’s books have quite dark themes and it’s quite a macabre story.”

In the future, Lucy hopes to lend her talents to even more books and says she is “open to anything”.

She added, “I just love making art and anyone who needs art, I’m very happy to provide it.”