As well as all the usual crafty things I did as a kid, I LOVED
making things when I was growing up! I was making my own Christmas presents at
the age of 14 and my own clothes by the time I was 16. I started my first
business at the age of 19 as a dressmaker.
From making clothes from patterns, doing alterations and making curtains etc, I trained in pattern-cutting and then specialised in designing and creating bespoke wedding dresses until I was 28, when life threw a curve-ball at me and I got divorced and moved into a caravan with my two small children.
Off to college I went to train in design, embroidery, textiles and print. Through the passion of amazing teachers, I came to see the world in terms of design; layers of spring leaves, texture of tree bark, colour theory playing out in nature. I took up my camera and started exploring the world, turning images into design ideas.
I started making hand-made cards, then framed pictures, wall-hangings and mini sculptures. But jewellery took the lead role when it came to making a marketable product and so I refined my techniques, discovered working with biscuit tins to use the colour and print in a new, imaginative way and developed a range of jewellery. I had a wee shop in Bodnant Gardens for three years but soon took off to trade shows to sell direct to other shops, galleries and boutiques.
I now sell jewellery to over 500 stores worldwide, employ 9 people and 8 sales agents and design 6 Collections a year.
However, the time has come to go back to my roots and make one-off pieces of wall art and make some time to let my creativity run riot again…….yoga and art are both creative processes so I am allowing the two elements to combine in my new, soon to be launched art collections.
In the meantime, keep up with my daily musings and things that are inspiring me on Instagram.