A little more on my background.
I passionately believe that making has a power, something that is really fundamental to human beings. I think this connection has got slightly lost in today's modern living. It is my mission to get everyone in touch with their inner maker, however that may look.
I started my career as a mental health nurse and in 2003 I gained a place at the Royal School of Needlework, studying on their three-year apprenticeship. I learnt how to stitch anything with high levels of expertise. After graduation I wanted to continue this drive for high standards and spent some time looking into other creative areas.
I saw a flyer for a belt making course in August 2010. This caught my imagination - the chance to make a belt that fitted me properly. The teacher, Lesley, showed me how to rivet and even better, how to hand stitch belts that fitted me. Well, that was it. Working with leather seemed a natural progression, demanding excellence and skill, so I set about learning the knowledge and techniques I would need. Belts led to bags, to gloves, moulded leather and then on to shoes. You can never have too many accessories!
Sharing my skills with others has always been important to me. I have taught in large venues like the British Museum, at local arts centres and around many kitchen tables. With refreshments and biscuits you can achieve anything.