Esther Buchanan, a busy mum to Keren (3) and Selah (1), owns a small Graphic Design business based in Clough, Ballymena. Having spent her early childhood in Garvagh, she moved to Norway at the age of 9, where her parents worked as missionaries. As she grew up, Esther’s love of drawing and design increased which brought her back to study at Belfast Art College, where she completed her degree in Visual Communications. While still at college she designed, painted and produced herfirst Northern Ireland calendar, featuring famous N.I. scenes from all over the province. “I saw a gap in the market for a small calendar celebrating the beautiful scenery in Northern Ireland,” says Esther. The calendar is still produced every year with many copies sent worldwide.
Esther and James were married in July 2006 and, in January 2007, Es-Design was established. “It was always a dream of mine to have my own wee business. I thank God for how He has blessed me over the last 5 years,” she says. Esther has built 3 main themes into her business: Graphic Design, Wedding Stationery and Cards & Gifts.
Having trusted Christ as her Saviour as a girl of 8, Esther has a desire to serve Him and this is evident in her work. The Graphic Design element of her business finds her working with various missionaries and churches throughout the world to help spread the Gospel and encourage other Christians. In 2009 Esther developed her “Words of…” range of cards & gifts, which seeks to combine beautiful scenes with encouraging Bible verses. During 2011 Esther introduced a range of Christian children’s gifts, which have become very popular for Sunday School and other children’s work.
Esther is excited about the year ahead with lots of new ideas and plans to be realized! Juggling looking after 2 lively girls, running a house, fulfilling Church commitments and channeling her creative talents and ideas often sees Esther burning the midnight oil, and it’s no wonder that you often see her with a cup of coffee close by! Look out for the ‘Downwrite Dierent Range’ hitting the website and the shops near you and also a selection of special edition gifts for Mother’s day. Esther would like to thank all her customers, who have helped her reach this stage in her business and she looks forward to continually producing inspiring and encouraging designs.