What drives us, as artists, designer-makers and crafters to follow this path of creativity and what do we enjoy about it?
I think this is a topic of interest to everyone, but its something I find especially intriguing, as my family aren’t creative or much interested in art and don’t quite understand ‘why I do what I do’, so I’ve posed the questions to myself and fellow artists/crafters taking part in our Handmade in Lancashire this Easter at Barton Grange Garden Centre.
Why do you do what you do?
What do you enjoy about it?
“I do what I do because I enjoy it and I can get lost in the challenge of seeing the blank canvas develop. I enjoy watching my initial idea evolve, and how the colours merge to create the finished picture.”
Lily Batteson – www.lilybatteson.com
“After being made redundant from my dental job in February 2013 I decided to start up my own business combining all of the skills learned as a Dental Technician with my Artistic abilities and I’ve been making a living as a Glass Engraver for the past two years… after all Teeth are made of Glass!
I enjoy the challenges of creating bespoke pieces… every day is different. I also love to meet people so networking is a big part of my business and it has replaced something that I miss now that I work alone, which is meeting people and working with others.”
Alexis, Walking on Glass – www.walkingonglass.co.uk
“I first started sewing, aged 8, making dolls clothes and progressed through my teenage years onto making my own clothes (not always successfully!) However, bags are far more forgiving than clothes as one size fits all.”
Zylpha, Zed Bags
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x