I love Heavy Metal ! In fact I think I would die without it. I love that feeling when you hear one of your favorite songs. The hairs stand up on the back of your neck and then the world disappears around you.
I love Heavy Metal ! In fact I think I would die without it. I love that feeling when you hear one of your favorite songs. The hairs stand up on the back of your neck and then the world disappears around you. During my metal moments the world looking at me will see a total geek headbanging out of time!
I have been into horror movies since I was a kid and I find it hard to get scared these days. I will admit to having a nice little horror collection and on those days I can't draw, I stick on one of my old favorites and then ideas just come to me.
I have M.E, a condition which effects your energy levels and it can make life pretty tough. My favourite tool is my seam ripper. Life can be difficult at times, however one thing that keeps me going is my work and my determination to be 'someone'.
Frida Kahlo inspires me because of her determination to work during her health struggles. No matter what you should keep doing the thing you love, you can achieve anything with a positive attitude.
What got you started crafting?
I have always been creative, since I was small I made bits and bobs and I drew a lot as a kid. I watched a lot of old movies and I always wanted to know how they made the clothes and hats. I went to college and studied textiles and fine art, which is where I learn a lot of my craft. Since becoming ill I have used craft as a way of passing the time. I had an awful lot of compliments and it got me thinking about selling my work.
What is your source of inspiration?
My greatest inspiration was and is my Nanny Doll Doll, who was full of joy and had the greatest laugh! We watched The Wizard of Oz over and over again and the colors always inspired me. I love horror movies, metal music and anything bold and colourful. I use a lot of bold symbols in my like: skulls, hearts and anchors.
What have you made recently?
I recently made a Jason Mask cushion, which was inspired by the Friday the 13th franchise, however It is an interpretation of the mask and not a copy. I used pleather for the mask, studs for the small holes and buttons for the bolts on the straps. The mask has become hugely popular and it now on Etsy and is made to order. I have also been making other horror icons such as; Scream, the Frankenstein monster and a heart cushion which is unrelated.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my work on Etsy, stalls when I get a space and I also take orders and requests.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Handmade is a community and everything you buy or sell is different to the one before. Mass produced items are souless and no love has gone into them. It's a great way to support people who are creative and need to be valued.