What inspired you to start your work?
Lace making is a technique I learnt at quite a young age and is something not many people have had the privilege to be able to try. Over the years I have maintained the skill and in my spare time have always loved to make lace. I find it to be such a relaxing and rewarding hobby, but I do not personally need lots of items made from lace. Instead, I have only ever wanted to make something that others will love and cherish. What inspired me to begin Lacing Memories started out as making things such as decorations and garters for friends and being overwhelmed by their absolute amazement and awe at the end results. They helped me believe that I am able to make something that others will love and should be shared. I want to be able to give people something physical that signifies the memory of a special moment. It is the small things in life that can mean the most at times.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I do not have a singular work area that I dedicate to lace making, although at the moment in preparation for the Auckland Fair I have a work station (fold out table) set up in my bedroom so that I can have all my tools and materials out at all time to enable me to pick up a piece to finish anytime I am home.
I find lace making to be quite a versatile craft that I can do from anywhere once I have a piece on the go. It lends itself to allow me to sociable and join friends for discussions or movie watching whilst creating the next masterpiece. Or if I fancy some alone time it is quite a therapeutic activity that I like to do in private with some music playing to help with the concentration. I tend to make the most of moments in the house alone in the house I share with 4 flatmates. When I have time to myself in the house I like to spread to the living area and take over the dining room table, open all the doors and windows and be creative for as long as my mind will let me.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I have come to appreciate the uniqueness of the talent I have and the open canvas it provides for me. There are so many things I can create out of lace and it lends itself to different purposes (too many ideas can be my biggest problem at times). What I love most about Lacing Memories is that I am able to share my talents with others and create beautiful pieces of lace specifically for each person that they can hold onto as a keep sake for their special moments in life.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
What I am most looking forward to is taking Lacing Memories to a public event for the first time. I have had a website and a Facebook page for a couple of years now, but this will be my first event of talking to people and getting feedback first hand. I have even been writing blogs for over a year through my website now, but I feel representing Lacing Memories in person, face to face will provide a whole different perspective. It is easy to hide behind the walls of the internet and social media, but now is the time to really try and take Lacing Memories to the next level and hopefully gain the right exposure with the right people.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
Biggest triumph for making steps forward is to have had my garters featured in the NZ Bride and Groom Magazine for the previous two issues. This gave me the opportunity to really improve the photography of my work and to start targeting the prime audience for Lacing Memories. It is all about adding the finishing touches to the most special days of life.