It started with a woolly mammoth
I’ve always been a designer-maker but have only recently made it my career. At the age of five my prize-winning woolly mammoth reached the attention of the local paper and although I wasn’t so keen on the media attention, the satisfaction of that well-made woolly mammoth got me hooked on creative projects. There have been a lot of stitches, glue, sequins and prints applied since then but always in my spare time.
I was in Brazil when I discovered the joy of working with plastic. A friend was decorating his new restaurant and asked for my help with interior design. He wanted a recycled theme and so my materials were pallets, tin cans, wire, old books and plastic bottles. I was initially reluctant to try working with plastic but as soon as I got started… I loved it! I was then lucky enough to spend some time developing my skills with Laila an established plastics artist before coming back to the UK to launch Rehash Panache.
Extra-ordinary beautiful things
Working as a 9-5er in youth and community work was all very well but I knew it wasn’t everything I needed. Studying for an art foundation qualification brought me the realisation that I want to design and make beautiful things rather than fooling with conceptual art. I now create and build extraordinary functional items. I’m based in Hebden Bridge and focusing my business development in high end craft. Currently I work mainly with plastics, upcycling bottles into dramatic yet comfortable statement jewellery and feature lighting pieces that add grace, flair and fun to a room or garden (or a camping trip).
In the months since my return from Brazil I’ve set up my workshop in the heart of Hebden Bridge – the hub of creativity in Yorkshire.
My biggest commission to date has been lighting and site décor for Kitsch Pitch, an eco-campsite in Portugal but I’ve also undertaken some smaller projects which I hope you’ll love as much as I do.