Every month our Online Stalls showcase the very best creative sellers. This months theme is “Spring Ahead”, we have 18 talented creatives on show. Be sure to go and peruse the Stalls to find that perfect gift!
How did it all begin?
I have a faint memory of being about 5 years old and asking my mum to teach me how to sew. She gave me a hankerchief to practice on and I ended up accidentally stitching it to my pyjama leg, so I didn’t have the best start. I studied Fine Art at Leeds Met University and having been told on numerous occasions by tutors that I couldn’t paint, I found myself turning to traditional crafts such as tapestry, embroidery and cross-stitch. I have to admit I wasn’t immediately taken by cross-stitch as it looked far too complicated, but having taught myself and persevered I now really love it!
What are your all time favourite product you have produced?
I am really proud of some of the tapestry pieces I did at university, included my ‘sieve boobs’ which are fun. My favourite products vary, I can’t pick favourites! I like my little moustache and currently my sugar skull pieces.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
It was great to see Fearne Cotton wearing one of my oversized badges in a magazine, but I still get really excited each time I sell an item and it is amazing to see my pieces go to new homes all over the world, everywhere from Sheffield to Chicago! I wish I could fit in the envelope and go with them.
What’s your best-kept secret?
I don’t have a fancy camera, I take photos on the windowsill in natural light on a macro setting on an old digital camera. I am also a self-taught cross-stitcher. I don’t think you need expensive equipment or a diploma in something, just keep trying to improve on what you are already doing!
What is your dreams/plan for the future?
It would be nice to have my own bricks and mortar shop one day. In the mean time I want to keep expanding my online store, reaching more customers and supply more shops.
Do you have any top tips to help other creative sellers?
Always critique your work and look for ways to improve it.
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