Want to know what makes our DT tick? Well we had a good chat with DT member Heather about all things crafty and four legged.
1) Tell us a little more about your work?
I studied textile design for four years and it’s clearly had a huge impact on how I work. I like to use lots of texture in my makes and I enjoy layering papers, even if you only see a hint of a colour or design. My distress ink pads are always out and being used in some capacity and I’m just discovering mixed media and I’m thoroughly enjoying using modelling paste and gesso to build up yet more layers.
2) What’s a typical crafting session like for you?
I usually craft late at night into the wee small hours. My ‘proper’ job has some very odd shifts so I’m all over the place but I’m happiest crafting very late at night with my two pupsters, Stan and Syd, snuggled up on the bed next to my desk. I completely lose track of time when crafting, I go into another place in my head
3) Are you a tidy crafter that likes everything to have its own place, or are you happiest in the mess that crafting can bring?
I’m a really organised person and I have to start with a clean desk as I can’t seem to start a project working in a mess but I get loads of products out, never put anything away so end up working in a very small gap on the desk in a right old state! My craft room is very organised though with bookcases full of paper pads and drawers full of embellishments. I also have a fabulous Ikea trolley for my paints and mediums (and sweets!)
4) Talk us through how you develop your projects?
I don’t generally plan my projects unless I’m working on a specific design or if it’s a commission, I just tend to go with the flow and see what happens along the way. I’ll start by looking at the papers and deciding which is for the background/foreground and look at how I could layer them up. Then I’ll look at die-cuts I could add or embellishments to layer and I’ll start to place things together and see what works
5) What’s your favourite Craft Consortium product?
I LOVE the Gypsy Gypsy paper pad for it’s colour and eclectic design, it’s an amazing pad for vintage looks and one I had my eye on even before joining the design team. When Craft Consortium sent it to me, I just used to flick through the pages and didn’t want to cut into the pages (I can get a bit precious over paper pads) but it’s so fabulous to work with.
My nearly favourite CC product is ‘Bloom Beautiful’ illustrated by Shell Rummel as each page is just, well, beautiful. Perfect for spring cards, it’s in total contrast to Gypsy Gypsy as the drawings are so delicate and the colours gentle.
6) What is your favourite craft tool?
Oooh, that’s a hard one! My Big Shot Plus is just amazing and I use it all the time when crafting but I am slightly obsessed with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads and blenders. I got a handy blender spinner-thing for Christmas and a little unit to house all my ink pads so now their all out on colourful display!
7) What product that hasn’t been invented yet would make your crafting a lot easier?
I’d love someone to come and tidy up after me, clean the desk, hoover the dogs, that kind of thing.
8) What’s your favourite snack or drink to keep you going whilst creating?
I have a pack of rhubarb and custard sweets that sits in my trolley next to my desk and I constantly have a cup of tea on the go but if I’m trawling through Pinterest or writing my blog, there’s usually chocolate involved somewhere.
9) What advice would you give to people just starting out in the world of crafting?
Remember there are no such things as mistakes. Some of my best makes have happened out of error by placing something wrong or the paper ripping when it shouldn’t have done. There’s nothing an embellishment or a spritz of ink can’t hide. Just go with the flow, relax and enjoy it.
10) What are your favourite three projects?
11) What crafting techniques do you want to try or improve this year?
Definitely mixed media. It really suits the way I work and I am just loving experimenting with all the different mediums available and watching tutorials on YouTube. I’ve had a bit of a go but want to start a journal so I can get back to making thick sketchbooks like I did when I was at art college.
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