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 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 several years of marketing jobs in France and London, I moved to Pembrokeshire and set up CraftCourses, initially from a mountain-top caravan..!
My role at CraftCourses is to build a useful resource for anyone interested in doing a creative course - and for artists and craftspeople who want to teach!
Likes: family life, nature & music
Dislikes: timetables (and times tables)
Favourite craft: Leatherwork, macramé
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
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)
I am a professionally qualified librarian and have a real interest in how information is catalogued, indexed and retrieved. It has been fascinating to see over the years how the internet has changed how we find and use information.
I am really enjoying working for CraftCourses; it has given me the opportunity to link my hobbies more closely with my working life; I am a keen cook and baker (particularly bread making) and find baking relaxing, enjoyable and pretty much always edible!
My role at CraftCourses is to proofread and edit all the course listings and reviews - checking for spelling, grammar, accuracy, consistency and lots of other elements to make sure that the content looks great for all our users.
Likes: Books, libraries, running on the trails and coast paths of lovely Pembrokeshire, gardening, sunshine.
Dislikes: Aubergines. Being cold!
Favourite craft: Bread baking, but there are so many other crafts I want to explore.
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.
I have a huge interest in how people communicate and learn and in my other jobs am a tutor of French and campaigner for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
My role at CraftCourses is very versatile and I enjoy being part of this positive and dynamic community of creators, alongside my sister Kate.
My role at CraftCourses is to 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
I have been very lucky to grow up surrounded by creativity from wood working, painting, sketching and poetry to singing and musical instruments. I live and breathe crafts and embrace new lessons every day. I live on a smallholding with my husband, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 5 goats and lots of chickens and ducks and I love it. I make jewellery, pottery and soap, grow fruit and vegetables (very badly), take a LOT of photos and cuddle goats. Although my former career was predominantly science-based (much to everyone’s surprise); working with CraftCourses feels like coming home.
My role at CraftCourses is to look after our tutors and students, providing answers to queries and guiding them through our processes.
Likes: Naughty goats, good books, cwtchy dogs and creative projects
Dislikes: Heights, small spaces and rice pudding
Favourite craft: Silversmithing is my current passion, but I haven’t met a craft that I don’t like yet!
I’ve worked in marketing for 20 years and adore writing for CraftCourses.
Now that my children all go to school, I’m enjoying having some extra time to learn new craft skills (all in the name of research of course). So far, I’ve completed a Modern Calligraphy course and attended a Chalk Painting Furniture workshop. I’m determined to master crochet this year!
In my spare time I love getting out in the fresh air with my three boys, hubby and our naughty cockapoo.
My role at CraftCourses is to write blog posts for the website. I research new trends in craft and share stories from the talented crafts people who run courses across the UK. Writing these blog posts always leaves me feeling inspired – I hope it helps you feel the same and encourages you to learn a new craft.
Likes: Family walks, pub lunches, reading and cups of tea
Dislikes: The smell of wet dog!
Favourite craft: Crochet at the moment