I never know quite how to answer the question “What do you do for a living?” I have spent most of my working life doing more than one thing usually at the same time and been extremely lucky to have pursued my passions and often been paid to do so.
I originally trained in fashion and textile design in London, going into industry as a knitwear designer. I started my retail career as a management trainee for Liberty then worked for some of the UK’s leading luxury fashion and home retailers for 15 years.
I relocated in 2000 from London, to Yorkshire (my birth place) and re-trained in interior design, marketing and took further courses in textile decoration. I started a design business in 2003 producing silk scarves under the label of Sada. In 2005 I was asked to produce canvases for an art and craft gallery have since had artwork shown throughout the UK. I have worked in an art gallery and sourced artwork for business events. I set up and ran a bespoke furniture showroom for London-based George Smith Furniture and Fabrics.
My work has evolved in several different directions from hand-painted and hand-dyed complex art scarfs to delicate tea-dyed chiffon wedding scarves. And I feel sure will take a new direction, at some point.
After spending six months a year in Spain for a few years, traveling, working and meeting some wonderful, creative people, I felt that on returning to the UK, I needed a new challenge. So, I joined an artisan beauty company, who I still work for and totally love.
I gather ideas and images and my scrapbooks have been with me for many years and are invaluable to my work. Since discovering Pinterest ( a total must for all creative people) I have online mood boards too.
My work is an extension of many things I am inspired by; art, history, costume, travel, crafts and nature etc… the list is endless and keeps growing.
So I guess that would make me “a retailer, designer, artist and blogger” I think I still need to come up with a punchy job title, any suggestions are welcome.
Many thanks for taking an interest in my work.
All the best