Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Having studied an Economics degree and had a career in the corporate world Sarah now enjoys the chance to do something a lot more practical. A keen sewer, she has been making curtains and blinds, for herself and others for years. She is also an excellent crocheter, having inherited the genes from her grandmother. She also loves needle felting and a variety of paper based crafts and has also spent the last couple of year building her drawing and art skills in her own style. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from doing such simple things and loves nothing more than dabbling and playing around when family life allows. Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and a variety of craft workshops. She is also one of the tutors for the Children's workshops.
Elaine lives in Cuckfield and you will usually find
her in her 'painting shed' decorating china and porcelain using ceramic paints,
which are then kiln fired to make the designs permanent. The technique is called
'onglaze' which means that she uses ceramic paints on white glazed (glossy)
china. A regular comment is "you must be artistic" but
Elaine is firm that anyone who can use a pen to doodle or fill in a colouring
book can create a unique and useful item after a little tuition on how to use
the paint. She also uses transfers for some designs. She has been painting for
over 20 years and feel lucky to have had tuition from professional
painters who were trained in potteries such as Royal Worcester. She really
enjoys sharing her knowledge and has been holding workshops for different age
groups and skill levels for over 10 years.
Elaine teaches china decoration and jewellery making.
Louise has been with Made and Making since the earliest of days. She is an avid crafter so it seems fitting that we first met at a craft fair. She would describe herself as a jack of all trades and master of none, just like we all might, because she will play and experiment with all kinds of different techniques. Juggling an active craft life with three children and a job is never easy but she escapes to her shepherds hut whenever she can. She enjoys sharing her techinques and is now a vital part of the team helping with workshops and behind the scenes. Louise teaches an assortment of craft workshops and does lots of work behind the scenes as well.
Tanya is a mother of four with a huge love of sewing
and knitting. Having studied a Biochemistry degree and trained to become a
solicitor life changed and she took on the role of an NCT antenatal teacher. Her
love of patchwork means she is a complete addict, with fabric stashes to match.
She has been on a variety of workshops and courses herself and knows how
important it is to have a calm and patient manner when instructing others.
Tanya teaches patchwork.
Jackie lives in Hassocks with her husband Chris. She has three grown up daughters and enjoys being part of the local community. She trained and worked as a primary school teacher, moving onto part time work for the Music service after the children had arrived. Sewing and particularly dressmaking have been an important and passionate part of her life for as long as she can remember. Six years ago she gave up teaching to start 'Bobbins and bows' doing dressmaking and alterations at home. She plays piano and harp and is involved in playing with the local school choir and a ladies choir which started life as part of the W.I. When she is not busy dressmaking or helping a friend with a pre-school music class (Kimbalu),she loves to walk through the countryside with her dog, Nellie. Jackie teaches some of the sewing and children's workshops.
Barbara is a textiles teacher at Burgess Hill School for Girls and regularly achieves recognition for the quality of work submitted at the national competition, Festival of Quilts. Barbara teaches some of the children's workshops.
Helen trained at the world renowned McQueens in London and subsequently gained a wealth of experience working alongside some of the most talented florists in the industry. Having been fascinated by design from a young age, and with a long standing creative streak, Helen is now fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of creative floral projects that combine both her talent and her passion. Her business, Bloom Room, specialises in bespoke wedding and event floristry, where a keen eye for detail is key. Helen also loves to share her passion for all things floral and inspire others to develop their skills through workshops and truly believes that learning can, and should be fun! She is based in Copthorne where she lives with her husband and two very spoilt doggies. Helen teaches the floristry workshops
Suzy has been a schoolteacher since qualifying in 1997. She has taught at schools in England and Wales, including experience as a subject leader for craft, design and technology. She currently combines her long-standing interest in crafts with part-time teaching and a busy family life in Hurstpierpoint, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Suzy's craft experience ranges from sewing to silversmith skills, in particular the production of her own designs of jewellery pieces. She is an accomplished and experienced felt maker using both wet and needle felting techniques, to produce a wide range of accessories, toys, jewellery and ornaments for example. Sharing the possibilities that felt making has to offer is something that Suzy very much enjoys. Suzy teaches wet felting to adults and children.
From her studio in the Sussex countryside Sue creates images using a combination of photography and sketching, as well as drawing on her own personal experiences and memories. She is a painter, printmaker and textile designer and her work has been sold to several large companies including IKEA. Sue has a Fine Art Degree and has been working predominately in printmaking with linoleum for the last couple of years. She also has had her work used in the recent BBC Drama, 'Cuffs' which is based in and around Brighton. As well as her regular venues Sue also takes part in several local Art Trails each year. For more information and to see some of Sue's work then please visit www.suecooart.com. Sue teaches Lino Printing.
Julie has been enjoying the art of knitting since she was taught by her Grandmother at age 4. Once started there has been no stopping her and she has made jumpers, cardigans, blankets, baby clothes, socks and toys. Julie enjoys using the different wools and knitting needles available today to make her projects more interesting and firmly believes that once the basics have been mastered anything is possible. Twists and cables, different coloured wools to make patterns, or just playing with different textures. Since moving to Sussex in 1984 she has knitted cardigans and jumpers for sale in Sussex and London working from patterns supplied by a knitting designer. She has sold her own items in local local independent retailers, exhibited at the South of England show (a knitted cauliflower cuhsion no less!) and sold numerous items at various fairs. Julies calm and patient manner make her an excellent tutor. Julie teaches knitting.
Pam has been sewing for many years and has recently moved to Eastbourne. The proud mum of three children she undertook a City and Guilds course in creative studies and design featuring fashion whilst she was bringing them up. Then, having spent years dressmaking for herself, and the making for the home, she has more recently been undertaking commissions for home furnishings. She has a very calm and patient manner which is perfect for our friendly relaxed workshops. When she's not sewing she can turn her hand to most things including decorating and up cycling furniture. Pam runs some of our sewing friendly and charity workshops and the odd knit and natter.
Natasha established Auricula Jewellery in 2006 and has been making gemstone, pearl and silver jewellery from her studio in the Turner Dumbrell Workshops for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as a jewellery buyer and designer for Pickett in central London. Natasha loves working with colour, shape and texture in her designs. When not at work, she is usually running around after her two young daughters or walking on the Downs. Natasha teaches our jewellery workshops.
Elizabeth has been dressmaking since the age of 14, trained as a pattern cutter in London in 2002 and went on to work in the fashion industry in Hackney, translating designers' drawings into flat patterns to be made into samples. She also works as a sub-editor on women's magazines, has contributed craft projects to several publications and her book Make Your Own Lampshades was published by Cico in 2013. She has been teaching since 2010 including at the Vintage at Goodwood festival and at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Elizabeth teaches pattern cutting.
Anna is a practising printmaker and illustrator with a fine art degree in printmaking and a masters in illustration, both from Brighton University. She designs and prints a range of greetings cards and products under the name of Box Room Press.
Anna has been teaching printmaking techniques for a number of years to a wide age range.
She has lived in Eastbourne for a number of years while her three daughters were growing up. When she is not busy creating and printing new designs she is probably out walking on the downs with Sausage her little dog (and muse!).