About Scratch and Scruff

By Sophie Kane Artist

I live with my fiance, Iwan, in the heart of the Wye Valley in Herefordshire. I work from home as an artist and since Covid-19 shook our world, I also work part time as a Support Worker with adults with learning disabilities. Iwan is a self employed IT Specialist (DynIT) and works from home full time. We offer Home Dog Boarding for canines seeking a place to stay whilst their human family travel elsewhere. We offer a ‘home away from home’ service so that your pooch has a holiday too… they can go swimming in the river, run and jump through beautiful forests and enjoy snuggles on the sofa during downtime.

Over the years, I’ve been experimenting with different styles of painting, starting out with the more traditional techniques and slowly moving on to a more modern and dynamic approach. ‘Simplified definition’ is one way to describe my artwork, with my aim always being to capture the essence of a creature’s character. My subject matter has primarily been animals as having grown up on a farm, I’ve always been surrounded by them, so will forever remain fond of all things furry (or wet of nose and bushy tailed). I enjoy quirky, humorous paintings and my ultimate aim is to bring a little more joy into life. If my artwork brings a smile into the room, I’m happy. I use acrylic paint and mixed media (such as ink and pencil) to create original artworks. I also paint commissions of animals for their humans, working from photos to create a stylized likeness.

I try hard to reduce the negative impact of my art business on the environment. I’ve carefully selected my suppliers and have chosen the most ‘eco-friendly’ option I can afford. It’s a work in progress of course but it’s a start.

  • Greeting cards are made from recycled card and printed in Cornwall.
  • The film packaging for the greeting cards is compostable and sustainable. The ‘plastic’ film is made from corn/sugar starch which is converted into lactic acid and polymerised into PLA and extruded into film. This can then be composted and broken down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass (compost).  The biomass can then be converted into energy by plants via photosynthesis. The film is supplied by a company in Essex.
  • The cling film I’m using to wrap the picture frames is made from cellulose, which is derived from renewable wood pulp. This can be composted and broken down into CO2, H2O and biomass and used to grow more plants.
  • Picture Frames are made in Huddersfield, UK and the material used to make them is recycled polystyrene (Polcore)
  • Printing is carried out by a local small business in Cheltenham
  • Paper bags, not plastic
  • Reuse packaging (including plastic) sent to me by other suppliers to maximise its use before it ends up in landfill. I usually use this packaging for transporting items to markets

 I have chosen to include the cost of postage and packaging into the total prices advertised. From a personal perspective when shopping online, I prefer to know exactly what the costs are upfront. I have to charge for P&P costs as I simple can’t afford to absorb them – packaging alone is expensive. I’ve rounded my costs slightly up and down so that ultimately they balance out, meaning I do not profit financially from P&P costs. Included for mainland UK only, elsewhere cost will vary. 

I will be adding to my Blog page regularly. I intend to write honestly and openly about my experiences as I’ve discovered over the years that it doesn’t always pay to pretend everything is easy sailing.