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Keep up with where Just Me and Michelle Parratt have been spotted in the media.

Teesside Gazette

Teesside's creative industries sector continues to grow - from computer games design and digital development to public art and great galleries.
and many are taking a creative path as a means to a new career.
Among them is Michelle Parratt.
You might not know the name, but you may have seen her work - in fact you could have trodden on it.
The former flooring designer laughs as she tells us the floor in Costa Coffee is one of her designs.
She’s even spotted her work on her travels around the world…Read More

North East Life Magazine

It's nice to see fledgling companies being offered a profile at this event as well as the more established companies. Michelle Parratt at Just Me within the Corner Emporium in The Mall, is a brand new initiative start-up project funded by the Council giving Michelle the chance to make her mark in fashion retail.

We Are Open Interview

We Are Open: So, tell us a bit about your background in design?

Well, I’ve got a BA (Hons) in interior textiles and floor coverings, specialising in floor covering design. I came up North 11 years ago working for the commercial and residential markets, So far I’ve worked for two design companies, (Amtico ltd and Armstrong World Industries)

We Are Open: Impressed! What influences your Art work?

I love looking at architecture, because of my background in surface design, I love incorporating the texture and patterns and building layers on the canvas. I work in mixed media, I love to draw but also incorporate that abstract modern feel, I like using gold leaf, acrylics, I started doing jewellery, I make my own beads in polymer clay. I like to try and keep my jewellery and my art similar in both colour and theme, I try to be individual do something different to what everyone else is doing, some of it is a little bit wacky, unusual and quirky.

We Are Open: The shop opens today, how do you think people are going to react to your work?

I’ve already had a lot of interest before we’ve even opened!. On Saturday we were in the back room and we heard a rattle someone was trying the door, we came out and there was a big massive crowd, it was scary! A lady spotted some of my stock in the window and placed an order for some handmade buttons. I think my art works well as gifts, that’s always what I intended it to be, I love the gift shops in Yarm, that’s what I love about the north east, all the quirky little towns and gift shops. It’s really affordable art! The canvases are a little bit more expensive, but it’s all original.

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