Kate Dewmartin, Founder
I believe creating is good for our health and happiness. In learning creative skills, making beautiful and useful things, we relax, we enjoy the sensations of colour and texture - and we get enormous satisfaction in being able to say ‘I made that’. The purpose of CraftCourses.com is to help as many people as possible access that fantastic feeling.
I grew up in a craft business as my parents were rocking horse makers. After many years of marketing jobs in France and London, I moved to Pembrokeshire and set up CraftCourses.com, initially based in a mountain-top caravan… we have come a long way!
My role at CraftCourses is to make the site as useful a resource as it can be and seek out new partnerships and opportunities.
Likes: mountains, nature, music & family
Dislikes: timetables (and times tables)
Favourite craft: Leatherwork, macramé
Lynn de Bersacques, Customer relations, research & development, Design (and Kate’s sis)
I work from a beautiful corner of rural France, surrounded by forests and rivers, and life is very much led by the changing seasons – be it chopping wood or bottling the summer’s harvest.
My various professional hats (marketing, teaching, editing, design, web management) get used daily in my fascinating and versatile role at CraftCourses.com. I love being part of this positive and dynamic community of creators.
My role at CraftCourses is to help people access the site and manage their accounts, respond to every day enquiries and think of every which way to improve the user experience. I also design company artwork.
Likes: singing & forest walks
Dislikes: fast and huge spiders that you don’t see coming
Favourite craft: Sewing, printing, any craft shared with friends
David Bowen, Web developer (technical wizard)
I am passionate about solving problems and building smooth and sustainable software. I won the Welsh web finals aged 16 and went on to win the Australian Global Skills Challenges at 17. That led to me representing the UK in the Web Design category at WorldSkills London 2011, where I gained the highest scoring Medallion of Excellence.
It was competing at the French Nationals that year that I was interviewed by Kate and soon after began building the first iteration of CraftCourses. As luck would have it, I was also based in West Wales, though have since followed my partner Sandra to Sweden.
My role at CraftCourses is to build, develop and maintain the website.
Likes: Sweden, computer games, animals
Dislikes: cats jumping on me when I’m asleep
Favourite craft: figurine painting, wild foraging in my new homeland
Alexandra Wyn Bradley, Social media (messing about online)
I like nothing more than spending my spare time making: be that baking, pottery, making paper and cards, sketching, marbling, or foraging and preserving – I love it all. Pair this with the fact that I have spent the last 15 years working in marketing in both full service communications agencies and in-house teams across the UK and Ireland and I couldn’t really ask for a more ideal job!
My role at CraftCourses is to tell the world about our wonderful courses and tutors, share our students’ achievements and reviews and inspire people to engage with their creative side… which ultimately enables us to live happier lives.
Likes: Cats, tea, baking, creating and the BBC (Radio 4 specifically!)
Dislikes: Cauliflower, pessimism
Favourite craft: Pottery (very tough choice though)