Handmade V High Street?

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

It all comes down to what you are after? Well it does doesn't it? Or to what we can afford, get quickly, or the easiest option from the shelf....doesn't it?

I know where you are coming from...I am from a working class background council estate girl and that means budgeting too as a big family and who couldn't follow her dreams or heart of creating artwork because as soon as you left school you went to any job you could; sound familiar? Or do you have a different story? And saving up if I wanted to buy something or for someone else (I still do)

Why am I telling you this? Because as a Creative there is always a back story, I could tell you more, go into my revelation period of "if I don't do it now" or "life is too short" and no doubt it sounds familiar; but whatever you do in your circumstances, there is a reason to want to and need to express who you truly are!

For me, a free spirited artistic soul with an old heart; I literally was suffocating in the day to day working environment and needed to 'breath' again! I know I am not on my own, but when you desperately need to express yourself and take pleasure in your natural surroundings, it just doesn't go away and scribbling, sketching, and doodling and using a biro on any piece of paper or a napkin was what I did and then in my spare time I would paint, draw, create and make gifts for other family members and doing the occasional local school craft fair to sell off my increasing canvases around the house, the same routine and expectations of dabbling in my creativity and when it came to buying anything heading off to the major stores to do so. There is nothing wrong with that, if that is what you are after? They have beautiful things but did it show who I was as a person or what I wanted to truly have or give to others? Mostly not.

It took a big decision and step to leave my work and regular pay behind to follow my heart and not my head. I thought I was crazy, unrealistic and I was always told (including in my end of College Career Talk) "You'll never make a living in Art" I believed it for so long that it took me unt