Tell us a little bit about your label (art) and what you do?
I grew up in the country with a big family, my Nan taught me and my sisters to crochet and scrabble, and I still love to do both, sometimes at the same time. Crocheting relaxes me and allows me to watch tv, sit at my kids soccer training while still doing something productive & creative. My family laughs at me as I always have a crochet project in my bag, I crochet everywhere, on the bus, at the movies, in the car, on a plane.
I source my yarns locally and like to use natural fibres, cotton, wool, bamboo etc, but will also use an acrylic mix if I get suckered in by the colour or texture. I haunt op shops, garage sales for buttons and vintage yarn. This is why all my cushions are a little different, they are all individuals, which is why they have names.
What inspires your work?
I have a general idea of what I want to make but once I find or see a yarn the final decision is made then. Textures inspire me.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I have done everything from PA to building site labourer. I see myself as a generalist, I like to think I know a little about a lot of things.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
My work is to be touched, I had a little boy grab one of my cushions and not let it go until his dad bought it for him. He liked the way it felt against his face when he hugged it, which was just perfect.
One thing you can’t live without?
Cup of tea, liptons milk and two sugars.
What gets you up in the morning?
Love, love for my family, love of spending a couple of hours crocheting, love of finding new things.
How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?
Blunt, unfiltered and loyal.
What is the next skill you want to learn?
Tunisian crochet or welding.
What is your dream project?
I would love to create a garden chair out of crochet, not sure if I would use wire to crochet or yarn then coat it… Still sorting that out in my head.
Favourite or most inspirational place in Sydney?
The rocks, I love the old mixed with new, the secret hideaways, lane ways.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Do whatever you want but just make sure you can look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of who you are.
What advice would you give to new, aspiring Makers?
Not everyone is going to like what you create, but create anyway.
And most importantly, what would your ultimate karaoke song be?
Titanium – Sia.