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A Ginger Christmas

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

Words: Paul Chapman Images: Sally Ginger Illustrations

Here at S40 Local, we love everything that Sally Anderson from Sally Ginger Illustration does, remember her stripped back snow-covered tree on our cover last December?

Well, Sally has been in touch about a couple of great local projects she's been involved in, one which gets you outdoors in the winter sun (hopefully...) with the kids.

Chatsworth: Great Elf Escape

"I was fortunate enough to be approached by Chatsworth to produce ten illustrations for the Great Elf Escape, a children's trail to be held in the Chatsworth garden. Given last year's success of the spectacular light display in the garden at night, Chatsworth wanted an activity for families during the day that was still Christmassy and interactive. Which is where I came in!

"I was invited to have a look around the proposed trail and produce illustrations of the elves carrying out duties and helping the gardeners during this busy time. Chatsworth holds a special place in my heart as I am sure it does to a lot of local people of Chesterfield, and especially at Christmas - we always visit the house and garden so I obviously jumped at this amazing opportunity. A few midnight doodles and several visits later, the elves were done and ready to be viewed via a QR code trail around the garden. I love my job - especially at this time of year, Father Christmas even makes an appearance in his sleigh!"

Candlelight Tales

Sally has also worked on a book with a local Author from Hasland, Janet Wilkinson "Janet approached me after seeing one of my illustrations, she has written lots of children's stories and poems with her late husband. Unfortunately he passed away and Janet decided to revisit her writing in lock down. For a lot of people on their own, lockdown was hard and solitary, but Janet focused her mind and began writing again. Her husband had previously drawn the illustrations for her stories so when she approached me to see if I would illustrate some of them I said yes. It was a few to start with, but then she secured a publishing contract and the book was published on the 25 November, called 'Candlelight Tales', it's a collection of ten short stories for children. Very cute and traditional and was lovely to work on!

You can also see Sally's illustrations on the windows of Oculi and the Neonatal unit. In her spare time Sally is teaching adult learners locally, one day a week (spaces are available) which keeps her very busy but LOVING IT!

In the run-up to Christmas Sally will be producing bespoke family and pet portraits, something a bit different for those hard to buy for people! Details and examples are on her website or you can email on with enquiries.


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