I am an ex Clinical Scientist now self employed working as a textile and jewellery artist/maker. I have always had a passion for creating with textiles, ever since childhood when I used to recycle fabrics and make gifts for family and friends. I really enjoy using a range of techniques and materials in my work; beading, wirework, soutache and beaded embroidery, silk and fabric painting, shibori and tie dye, patchwork and quilting, felting using both wet and needle felting methods, spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet and basket work. Basically I love everything to do with textiles, fabrics, threads, or beads.
I started off making jewellery, hand painted silks and bags to sell at craft fairs. I then ran an Ebay shop for a few years selling craft materials and jewellery making supplies. Initially this went very well and I achieved Powerseller status. However, this became unviable as eBay increased their business seller fees substantially. With rent and bills to pay I had to have a big rethink.
I retrained and spend several years working as a pharmacy dispenser. However, I still dreamed of making a career in textiles. Then several life changing events occurred which turned my world upside down. Unfortunately I had to take time out for a while.
I have now returned to my creative pursuits and am currently finalising my new business plans. I will soon be opening my Etsy shop where I will be selling hand made jewellery and accessories plus kits, patterns and tutorials. While I establish my new business direction I work part time helping out a couple of my older lady friends who are now in their 90’s.
During the last 2-3 years I have worked at increasing my online and social media presence. I have been involved with several Design Teams for craft related Companies, helping to create samples for TV shows on Create & Craft and Hochanda TV. I am currently privileged to work for Chocolate Baroque (stamping), Powertex (mixed media), Beads Direct (beadwork) and Gina-B Silkworks (passementerie textile trimmings). I have also done some DT work for Tattered Lace (dies) and for Brother ScanNCut (electronic cutter) – so you will see lots of paper crafts, cards, and mixed media on my blog too. I love to share my work and help others with their own creative journey.