This week, we’re starting a very exciting new feature on the blog, called ‘Meet the maker’.
Over here at Sewisfaction, we have the privilege of working with so many amazing, creative people every day, it felt necessary to share a bit about them so you know everything you need to know about them before you head over to one of our workshops.
First up, is paper and textile artist, Lucy Dorothy. Lucy has us in awe with her talents, not only does she create amazing free motion embroidery, but she also creates the most beautiful papercrafts too. If you don’t already, be sure to follow her over on instagram to add some much-needed craft-spiration to your feed.
At a glance – Paper and textile artist who creates incredibly detailed art pieces
Instagram – @Lucydorothyart
Favourite cake – Chocolate cornflake cake
Hi Lucy, Tell us a bit about yourself?
So, how did you get into crafting?
I’ve always loved making and being creative since I was small, I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t making something! I would have loved to have gone to Art College when I was younger, but my parents unfortunately weren’t terribly keen on that idea. So I ended up studying Mechanical Engineering, but after I had a career break looking after my two boys, I decided to go back to University, and this time studied Art and Design, far more fun than Engineering! And I’ve been working as an artist and teaching craft workshops ever since.
What’s your favourite part of working in the craft industry?
I love working on new pieces for galleries, it’s wonderful to be able to experiment with new materials and techniques, and know that something you’ve made could end up hanging in somebody’s home. But since I’ve started teaching workshops, Ive really enjoyed sharing the techniques I’ve learnt and meeting so many other people who love making as much as I do.
Tell us your top crafts
Well I’d obviously have to include freemotion embroidery and papercutting! Both are incredibly versatile crafts, and assuming you already have a basic sewing machine, you don’t need to go out and buy any additional expensive materials to enable you to get started.
But I also love learning new crafts, and I’ve got a very long list that I’d love to have more time to practice, including modern calligraphy, silkscreen printing, crochet, knitting and of course dressmaking.
Tell us a weird fact about you?
Ha, that’s so tricky, so many to choose from! I had what the doctors referred to as a silent labour, when I gave birth to my twin boys back in 2002. I’m not sure if that really counts as weird, or just very lucky!
Thanks to Lucy for answering all of our questions – isn’t she the best? If you’ve enjoyed reading all about perfect paper cutting and freemotion embroidery, why not join Lucy at one of her upcoming Sewisfaction workshops? Use the links below to book your spaces.
Festive Paper Cutting Workshop – Friday 16th November
Festive Freemotion embroidery – Friday 7th December