My First Love
I've always loved words, not just the words themselves but the artistic nature of them. One of my favourite games when I was little, was creating words to look like they sounded. Words such as: THIN, FAT, LONG were delightful to work with. So it's hardly surprising
I ended up being a book artist who writes.
The one constant in my life...teaching
I've been in teaching roles since I was 16 - beginning my working life looking after young children as a nursery nurse in Manchester, UK the home of my birth.
From Manchester to New Zealand
My adventurous parents brought myself and two of my sisters out to New Zealand on a holiday when I was just 14. It was love at first sight for me upon our arrival. The holiday ended with me vowing to return to live. And so I did at the tender age of 22, after an adventure in Jamaica for almost a year, but that's another story!
Cutting a long story short...
I began working at an early childcare centre, bought it, sold it & re-trained to become a careers advisor. I eventually morphed into a book artist. I adore working with people and watching them discover just how creative they really are.
Exciting things have been happening
Book Art Studios
As a challenge for my 50th birthday in 2015 I decided to be one of 7,000 exhibitors at the Frankfurt BookFair
If you want to know how that happened then pop over to my blog for the full story (grab a cuppa as it is quite a story) The outcome was so exciting with Austrian publishing house Freya Verlag inviting me to write a book on how to create notebooks. So, I did and it was translated into German. It is beyond exciting to work on a project such as this. They are now for sale at the book depository
And for my next trick......Together with two other creative talents, Jason Burgess and Jo Constable, we have published Re:Create. It is a truly beautiful book packed to bursting with projects, tips, stories and so much more.
Email: Phone: 021 02244 684
P.S I like to put on my red shoes and dance.