This is a restricted page.

You have 5 restricted page views available.

Members area

Sign in


Don't have an account?

Join us

Member benefits

  • Information and advice Information and advice to help support deaf children and young people
  • Free Families magazine Inspirational stories, information, support and advice in print and online
  • Email newsletters Information, tips and real-life stories relevant to your child’s age
  • Test our tech Trial new technology to find what works for your child at home or in school
Menu Open mobile desktop menu

Artist and small business owner

 I’m an artist and small business owner because…

I’ve loved being creative from an early age and used to love watching Blue Peter! I set up my business, GazCraft, in 2017 because there was so much demand for the personalised frames I had made for family, friends and colleagues. I was born profoundly deaf and British Sign Language (BSL) is my first language. The only special arrangement I need for my job is around communicating with hearing customers. My partner is hearing and can sign so he helps me with that.

I create custom 3D frames using scrabble-style letters and other items such as butterflies, buttons and hearts. The best part about the job is when I see how happy the customers are when they receive their frames.

I also co-deliver arts and crafts sessions for deaf children and adults through Real Arts Workshops.

Gary O’Dowd