I am often asked about the title I use to describe myself. A childhood watching Blue Peter on TV and using sticky backed plastic has led me to a passion for creativity. I have always been inspired by fairytales but my love of all storytelling pervades my work.
I spent four years at college studying City and Guilds Embroidery and when we graduated most people called themselves “Textile Artists”. I have to say I struggled with this description. I didn’t feel it really described the work I do. Narrative has always played a large part in my work and I wanted to convey this. In my very early work traditional Fairytales were a huge inspiration and I still find this title motivational. Whenever I am at a craft fair I display my Fairytale Maker logo and am always surprised how positively people react to it. It is a great ice-breaker!
However, I worried that my recent collages, although they tell a story, perhaps they don’t fit with my ‘brand’ (a word I hate).
I have recently come across Lisa Jacobs and her website Market Your Creativity. I really love how down to earth she is and the advice she gives is very good. However, she recently gave me some real food for thought during an email. She said I need to ask “what do my customers want to take home?” This brought me up sharp and got me thinking. I am making things that inspire ME but is that enough? I think anything I make has to inspire me. I could never imagine churning out hundreds of items that I didn’t love – just to make a quick buck. That wouldn’t work for me at all. What I make has to feed my own artistic soul first. But it would be grand to be making things that people wanted to take home too. Any thoughts people? xx