What kind of Maker are you?
Upcycling Maker, I love working with pre-used wood and fabric
How old were you when you first got involved in the Maker community?
I have been making from a very young age, for as long as I can Rember. My favourite book as a child was a Make and Do book which had lots of crafty things to make from costumes to musical instruments. As a teenager, I use to find old furniture to try and reupholster or turn into something else.
How did you get into Making? Did anyone introduce you to your area of expertise?
Both my parents are makers, my dad was a furniture maker and a woodturner when I was growing up and I use to hang out in the workshop making things with the scraps. My mum is a pattern maker and talented seamstress making home wear, clothing and costumes for the film industry.
What inspires you when you are working on a project?
The thought that what I am using to create with most people consider rubbish or junk. I like showing people that with a little time and energy you can have an amazing creation that is unique. I like trying out new techniques such as wood bending or trying to figure out how something I like was made and try and recreate it, it keeps me trying new things all the time.
What advice would you give to young people who want to get involved?
You don’t need to be an expert to try it and you don’t have to make it perfectly. I like to describe my style as roughtick as it is rustic and a little rough. Just give it a go. Learn some basic skills and get creative. Go to courses, read, watch youtube, look on Pinterest and find things that you like and inspire you.
Tell us about a Maker that inspires you.
I like Max McMurdo from the UK. He is really creative with items most people throw away. I like his style and the look of his creations. He is enthusiastic and inspiring.