Hello! Welcome to my website, it's lovely to have you here.
I hope you will enjoy your mooch around and will leave feeling happy, inspired and maybe, just maybe, moved to peruse my Etsy Shop for something beautiful and handmade. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
A little bit about me...
I am from Bristol and live in North Somerset with my husband and two sons. I studied French and Fine Art at Exeter University, graduating with a 2:1 degree in 1997, although for reasons unbeknown to me, I qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser and for 16 years worked for two of the Big Four accountancy firms in Expatriate Tax.
In 2013, I took a giant leap of faith and quit the day job to work full-time as a designer-maker. It was a wonderful, if daunting decision and for 3 years I relished the opportunity to make beautiful things, work alongside incredible, creative and inspiring people. Times, needs and priorities do change though, and in May 2016 I was incredibly fortunate to find a new role (in tax!) and so I find myself back in the workplace, and despite all my best intentions, my 'making' has sadly fallen by the wayside.
It's a funny thing, creativity. For me, I think I'm a bit 'all or nothing', which no doubt explains why for the 16 years after I left University, I barely exerted a creative bone in my body (except the odd life drawing class or dabble in interior design (at home of course!)). I feel ever so slightly in limbo and not sure what to make or do, or indeed what I want to make or do. I'm working through some new ideas in my head, when the time comes I'll be ready. For now, I'm enjoying the relative ease of earning a regular income, an interesting and challenging day job and the chance to enjoy the weekend with my family instead of traipsing off to a market at the crack of dawn.
Really, if I'm being totally honest, I should probably close my website, but it's. so. difficult. to do. So, I'm keeping it here just a little bit longer - a snapshot of ALL the hard work and love that went into making my designs a reality. Happy memories and good times.
My little journey was well worth it and I don't regret it for a moment. Hoping one day, to pick up where I left off. Until then, I will enjoy a little of this, and little of that...and who knows where it will take me.
Have a great day, whatever you're up to. Most of all, enjoy it.