Let's go back a little...
During my Knitwear degree I won awards for my design work which lead to high street collections and showed me that sharing your unique creative gifts pays off and spurred me on to complete my degree though I often felt like a misfit amongst my peers. Post uni I vowed never to turn my back on the years of hard work, broken knitting needles and studio time I'd put in to continue working towards my dream of living a creative life of some kind and being true to my passion for creativity and hand crafts.
So my path began as a freelance textiles designer swatching for a London design company and travelling europe as a rep showcasing studio designs at trade shows to the likes of Yamamoto, Hobbes to H&M. This lead to bespoke commissions for Topshop and Vanessa Redgrave where I learnt the hard way that craft and fast fashion rarely play by the same rules. Yet these experiences opened my eyes to the reality of the industry and where I wanted to position myself. That my values were about sustainability, equality, slow living, embracing opportunity and lowering our impact on the environment which shaped my path forward with integrity and the values I live by today.
Through my passion for connection and community, I fast realised the value of bringing crafts and creative techniques to groups of all ages at events and workshops as a source of inspiration, empowerment, managing anxiety and so much more. Teaching crochet, embroidery, hand knit lead me to share my curated events to groups of all sizes all around the country. From one-on-one tutoring, to blogger events and hen parties. I infuse my sessions with fun and colourful inspiration, creative problem solving activities and a super insightful knowledge of crafts and making. Which are some of the core values I use in my own tool kit day in day out.
My Time as S+S
It's through this community connection that the idea for my Brighton based studio was born. At Super+Super HQ, the first of it's kind in town myself and business besty Claire created a 3 storey workshop and business space for small creative business to thrive and grow. A venue for workshops, events and mentoring in the heart of the city. Another amazing stepping stone in my colourful journey!
None of these things have come easily... or at least just happened overnight. I am a huge believer that dreaming big is hugely important, but is only the first part of your journey. It's in the showing up, putting yourself out there into the world and doing the work you are inspired to do, no matter how many times it doesn't go the way you planned, that brings the abundant rewards and career you dream of.*
During my time in Brighton I often learnt the hard way that running a business, whether it be as a freelance designer or an events organiser waiting for a group of 30 to arrive, is about continual growth, regular trainings, self development and embracing every day/project/opportunity as they come. And never forgetting to ask for support and advice from peers.