When Argus news editor Lucy Pearce was searching for a greetings card picturing a Sussex windmill, you wouldn’t have thought she’d have had to look far.
But the only company she could find selling one showing West Blatchington Windmill in Hove was on the other side of the world – literally.
Redbubble, an online art community based in Australia, didn’t just have one design featuring the grade II listed building either – but a selection of six.
Within a week of choosing and buying one of the designs (pictured), by artist Monty G, the card had travelled thousands of miles from Melbourne to The Argus offices in Hollingbury, Brighton.
Lucy, who bought the card for her partner Tim, who is celebrating his birthday today, said: “The windmill is somewhere he takes me to make me smile when I’m not feeling great.
“Because it’s special to us, I wanted to find a birthday card with it on.
“I thought there would be a local company selling one but I was surprised when the only place I could find was Redbubble, based thousands of miles away.”
She added: “It’s a beautiful card and I’m really happy to have found it.
“I hope it makes Tim smile this time.”
Faith Sedlin, chief marketing officer of Redbubble, said: “Redbubble marketplace is special for this exact reason – you can find unique work from an artist a world away that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
“Our mission is to help independent artists share their authentic work with the people who appreciate it.”