My name is Rachel but my friends call me Rae.
I am a self-confessed arts and crafts addict!
I’ve been creating things all my life. I can’t actually remember a time when I wasn’t doing something creative. But to be honest, given my family heritage it was inevitable.
On my mother’s side I come from a lengthy line of French luthiers that sadly I never got to meet.
My blind grandfather however, made the smoothest, silkiest wooden furniture and toys you could ever wish to own.
My grandmother worked as an embroiderer, mainly during the war when she was making uniform badges amongst other things. She, along with my mother, taught me to crochet, knit, embroider and make my own clothes.
Then on my father’s side – my grandfather never threw anything away and made do with whatever he had to hand. His most memorable creations include - a string vest knotted out of itchy green twine and a quirky greenhouse fashioned out of a load of old wooden window frames.
Clearly all these influences have shaped not only my personality but also my work!
This is why you will find a very diverse selection of products for sale on my website. There’s such a big wide world of interesting and inspiring things to see and crafts to learn that my list of things I want to try is still lengthy.
In the last 20 years my crafting has taken me on a completely unexpected journey.
For several years I struggled with my physical and mental wellbeing which at times was incredibly hard to cope with. It was my crafting that saw me through some pretty tough times.
Whether it was making handmade cards or just simply doing some colouring (sadly adult colouring books hadn’t been invented then!) it gave me something to do to calm myself and not have to think about anything.
Regardless of whether you are struggling with health issues or not I can really recommend doing something creative. Studies have shown how good it is for your health.
Whilst I was ill I signed up for a ceramics class and it was this that completely changed my life.
The encouragement and friendship I received from my ceramics tutor helped me to further my creative studies and work towards teaching what I’ve learned to others.
I have been teaching for several years now and absolutely love passing on my knowledge to my students. I’ve worked on a few Wellbeing in Mind projects for people with mild to moderate mental health issues which I have found particularly rewarding. Got to ‘pay it forward’ right?
Hopefully I will be running more in the near future.
Please see my current workshop page for details of upcoming workshops/courses running in the Berkshire area or sign up to my newsletter.
So that’s enough about me!
I hope you not only like what I have to offer but that I will have inspired you to try making something yourself.