What inspired you to start your work?
My mother always knitted and sewed and I’ve been making clothing since I was a child – it seems quite natural to me. After a long nursing career I decided to indulge my love of fabric and yarn. I adore quality cotton, wool and silk and imagining what can be done with each piece. Toiling away in my workroom is my idea of a good time!
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
It starts in my dining room on the ‘cutting’ table and moves to my grown-up son’s bedroom for the sewing. Here the walls are lined with fabrics past, present and future, yarn is stacked in tempting piles, patterns hang on the door, sketches scatter across the bed and my trusty sewing machine waits patiently on the work bench.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
Seeing people walk away happy, with something I’ve made, to gift or to wear themselves, is a real buzz every time.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
I get a lot of pleasure from meeting new customers, all lovers of hand-made.
But it’s more than that – it’s the thrill of being part of something larger – the whole community of talented hand-makers.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
I think my greatest triumph is believing in myself enough to start a small business doing what I love.