From spending my teenage Sunday afternoons lying on my bedroom floor, listening to the Top 40 and filling sketchbook after sketchbook with birds and trees, to sewing up patchwork blankets for my own teenage kids (wow, where did that time go?!), art and creativity has always been a central part of my life.
I believe it is a part of all of us, and it is my greatest wish to use my gifts to lift people’s hearts. For nearly ten years now I have been creating beautiful things to make people happier, snarky stitchings to make people smile, and (my favouritest of all) offering workshops and craft parties where people can unlock their own creativity and learn to do things they didn’t think they could.
Through my art and my workshops, I aim to encourage those who sit on the edges of creativity, and show them they are welcome and more than qualified to join in the fun. The photo above is from an empty shop takeover with the esteemed and adventurous storyteller Tim Ralphs. That thoroughly encompassed both inclusivity and fun, and you can read about it here.
As an unashamed magical (yet often strangely sensible), ethically minded, nature hippy witch, I work hard to keep my environmental footprint as light as possible by using almost entirely recycled or reclaimed fabrics and packaging materials. I grew up in rural Gloucestershire, but have now spent more than half my life in South Yorkshire (just on the edge of the beautiful Peak District). I take inspiration and strength from nature, and the woods I walk in every day, as well as from the incredible creative community of the Dark Mountain Network. I redirect a percentage of my profits to charities such as War Child and TreeSisters, as well as supporting other artists to reach their goals through Patreon, Unbound, and other such places.
I’m now leaping ever onwards, growing my business, sharing my love of creative crafting, and seeing where the world needs me. If you’d like to support me, you can do so through my own Patreon page, head over to my Etsy shop for a browse, or check out my workshops for yourself! It would be a joy to meet you 🙂