Hello, I’m Su. And I love making things. From cards to cakes, dolls to dresses, bags to bunting…
I started making at an early age with bits of sewing and tapestry. My granny was a keen crafter and member of the WI so when we stayed with her, she would help me with my sewing projects. At school, aged 7, all the girls in my class made skirts (not sure what the boys did – probably woodwork!) backstitched by hand which felt like a major achievement at the time. I also did pottery classes on a Saturday morning for years as a child in a chilly shed at a proper working pottery, mainly making by hand.
When we were asked at school what we wanted to be when we grew up, I knew I wanted to be “an artist – but not really” which turned out to be a graphic designer.
I did an art foundation course followed by graphic design at university. I was able to experiment in a wide range of disciplines, including bookbinding (which I loved), calligraphy and print making. I then worked as a in house graphic designer for various companies including a clothing retailer, where I picked up a few fabric tips from the garment technologist. I took up pottery again for a couple of years and learnt to throw pots at evening classes. I have always continued to sew – toys, accessories, home furnishings etc.
Since having two children I have been doing freelance graphic design for various local businesses and organisations. As the children are now 10 and 13, I have a bit more time to craft. I developed my skills by doing a couple of courses on crochet and patchwork and have tackled some more ambitious sewing projects. I enjoy making cards and after I did a letterpress workshop have recently started linocut printing for the first time since college.
My blog is a record of my making and doing. It’s great to look back on all the things I have created and think “Wow, I’ve been busy”! Maybe it will also help to inspire other makers and provide some useful information too.