ARTISTIC Lyn Cook is using business to make a real difference to people with specialist needs.
The 58-year-old operates an art and design firm from the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, in Brougham Terrace.
But this is a company with a unique selling point.
It’s work is created specifically to meet the needs of people in extra care schemes. The firm called Lyn Cook Art and Deaign supplies interior designs and artwork which can prove beneficial to people living with conditions such as dementia.
Its clientele base has already included the Laurel Gardens housing development where people live in homes with on-site care staff.
Its portfolio also includes Richard Court, in Hartlepool, Eastcroft, in Whitburn, and Lile Court, in Richmond.
All of Lyn’s design decisions are strongly influenced by the needs and practical requirements of the clients – such as dementia sufferers and the physically or visually impaired, while also taking into consideration the people who are going to work and visit there.
Lyn, who is married to David, 53, and has run the firm for more than four years, explained how it all started.
“A few years ago, I sold my artwork in places such as the Tall Ships Races in Newcastle and the Gateshead Flower Show.
“One customer was from Frank Haslam Milan and she wanted pictures for a scheme in Sunderland.”
It led to Lyn own company where the artwork may be influence by dementia sufferers, where it will be a “memory jogging” type of work.
Lyn’s work stretches from first consultations with clients right through to completing the finished artwork or design.
Lyn, originally from Peterlee, originally trained at the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital at Newcastle in the 1970s, and worked in the field of infertility.
Her specialist work in the area of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) covered the whole of the North.
She said: “I am sure my nursing background helped to understand the needs of the disabled.”
But as well as providing design and artwork for extra care schemes, her work is also available to buy.
And a third aspect of her business, which she is about to start, is regular art groups.