Jacky Al-Samarraie – Featured Artist – July’14

jacky Al-Smarraie

Jacky created The Art Rooms in 2007 and came into Art & Design in a commercial way, later in life.

Although having been creative from an early age, she didn’t pursue a career in Art until more recently, instead following a career working with children as a nanny and then moving into Social Services in London, and Bradford where she currently lives.

Whilst her children were growing up she started to develop her creative skills through a variety of part time courses, moving gradually into vocational studies. After studying an  Interior Decoration course, followed by an HNC Graphic Design and gaining distinctions in both, she graduated with a first class honours degree in Graphic Media Communication in 2003.

Graphic Design suited her style of work as well as her appreciation of printmaking and letterpress. Jacky has since created a small range of letterpress cards which are printed onto cotton and has designed various styles of floral images and a growing range of contemporary Landscapes.

Her secret is to combine uncomplicated images with blocks of colour, a style she developed during her degree. The Landscapes have become incredibly popular over the past 2 years which makes her extremely proud to have created them, and she is looking  forward to developing the range and to some new adventures travelling around the beautiful British countryside sourcing new images.

Click here to view our full range of Jacky Al-Samarraie cards


…and the winner of our Orchard ‘Puffin’ competition is

…Ms Claudine Bouhayed

Congratulations Claudine, you have accurately answered our question – ” In which two oceans are you most likely to find puffins?” – The Atlantic & Pacific.


£25 worth of Orchardcards goodies, of your choice, are on their way!  We hope you enjoy them.

Look our for our next competition over the next few days!

Orchard Puffin Competition – June 2014


” In which two oceans are you most likely to find puffins?”
To be in with a chance of WINNING £25 worth of Orchardcards.co.uk goodies of your choice, can you name the two ocean where you are most likely to find puffins? (and just for fun…do you know the name of the three species of puffin?)

Simply email us your answers to info@orchardcards.co.uk and quote ‘Puffins’ in the title.

The lucky winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

Good Luck!