Well at least I hope it ends up that way… A bit hopefull, but you never know unless you aim high and try.
So at the moment I really do not know much about anything really … What a way to start!
I seem to have managed a complete u-turn in my life and I’m finally biting the bullet and pursuing a creative future.
I am new to blogging, Facebook pages, Etsy, EBay as a seller, twitter (I may have to try a little tweeting), and well everything technology based. This one day old iPad may just help me whilst delving into all of these potential communication highways!
What I am not new to is my absolute passion for crafting! Since the age of 5 I have been pottering around with a needle and thread. Ironically … By making dolls clothes … I remember my Aunty Jan giving me a carrier bag every month brimming with the most adorable scraps of fabric. I simply loved rummaging through the bag of goodies, heart racing and ideas overflowing! I distinctly remember making a white fitted shirt for my barbie … Looking at my Sylvanian Family and in my Mums button tin … Thinking why hasn’t she got any tiny buttons… Then taking them off my Sylvanian Family rabbits dungaree dress! Well needs must!
I continued crafting throughout my life. I was given a beautiful old Singer hand sewing machine with gilt work all over it by my Aunty Wendy at the age of 9. Beautiful precise stitches, the sound of the machine whirring away as I turn the handle. My own little world of creation.
I was devastated when they didn’t offer a G.C.S.E in Textiles at school, no reason …they just didn’t. There were many comments like ‘well what will you do with that qualification?’ It just made me more determined to create at home.
I’m rather academic and had some tests at school as I was such a high achiever … But my passion is firmly with the arts. ‘you’re wasting your IQ’ ‘well it is at 172 – so I’m sure I will not miss a few!’ ‘why don’t you be an accountant, doctor, lawyer, blah,blah, blah…’ I was adamant to do something I enjoyed … Fair enough I could whizz through mathematical equations (that was only so I could get out my art work to complete in the remainder of the time!) but it was not me.
When it came to choosing G.C.S.E’s I was seen as being insane … Art and Drama… I was adamant! No one was changing my mind! ‘ You can’t get a job with those qualifications!’ ‘… Your expected grade in drama is a G. ‘
If you tell me I can’t do something … I will prove I can!
So after getting an A* in both Art and Drama I went to college to study acting. 😀
Two weeks from choosing drama schools RADA, Brit School, Italia Conti etc. I decided to apply to LIPA … On the design course… WHHHHAAATTT??!?!!??? My lecturer gave me two weeks off college to compile a portfolio. Long story (cut short) (I’m sure I will waffle on at a later date!) I got an unconditional offer!
So what have I done with the art and drama … Costume designer for 5 years … Teacher for 6 years winning the North West Gold award for 5 consecutive years. I also appeared on Channel 4’s Thelma’s Gypsy Girls as a tutor. So not bad really.
Let’s see where this path leads me!