A DESIGN teacher who’s recently become a window artist has decorated Newton High Street businesses ahead of the jubilee.

Ruth Sanderson, from Newton-le-Willows, used her passion to decorate the High Street ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Ruth said: “It started off last year with doing Halloween ones, I was asked by a bar on the High Street and a couple of other places asked me - I’m a massive fan of Halloween so I was very happy to draw some pumpkins and a ghost, then went on to do some Christmas ones.”

“I live very locally so I know a lot of the businesses and the owners, particularly the Riddling Rack, so I was invited to the hive meeting one day just to see if I could get involved and it really just evolved from there.”

St Helens Star: Jubilee design at HumbugsJubilee design at Humbugs

Ruth teaches design full-time, however, her hobby soon turned into a side hustle and has since received more gigs.

Her recent artwork for the High Street windows is part of her new venture that she hopes to expand in the future.

“It’s a great community of businesses who are really supportive which has absolutely been a pleasure to be invited to be a part of.”

The 41-year-old explained how she tailored the jubilee designs to match the character of each business, however, her distinctive style and writing has linked the businesses together.

St Helens Star: Businesses across the High Street are decorated with Jubilee-themed artBusinesses across the High Street are decorated with Jubilee-themed art

She added: “It’s been very busy, but it’s been absolutely wonderful to get to know the people who own the businesses and have your work recommended.

"Having people stop you while you’re in the windows to say how much they love them is so great and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this big event that’s going to happen.” 

Ruth expressed her gratitude for the opportunity and would like to thank the businesses for trusting her with their windows.

To contact Ruth with any enquiries, visit her Instagram ruth_and_pens. All design ideas are welcome.