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 at the same time and have been extremely lucky to have been able to pursue 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 with other artists in an art gallery and by sourcing artwork for business and Preview events.I set up and ran a bespoke furniture and fabric showroom for London-based George Smith Furniture which included antiques.
My work has evolved in several different directions from hand-painted and hand-dyed complex art scarfs to delicate Tea-dyed chiffon wedding scarves.
After spending six months in Spain for a couple of years, traveling and meeting some wonderful, creative people, I am currently working on a new range of bridal bouquets and wedding accessories. I also work for an aristan Beauty Company.
I gather ideas and images and my scrapbooks have been with me for many years and are invaluable to my work. (I have discovered Pinterest and are also love this, a total must for all creative people)
My work is an extension of many things I am inspired by; art, history, costume, travel, crafts and nature etc… the list is endless. I write two blogs, one on unique design and craftsmanship and a journal of my travels.
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