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I live in a tiny village in Leicestershire with my husband and three kids, surrounded by our ever increasing menagerie of animals including my dogs Digby and Bilbo, my faithful companions and business partners!
I’ve been passionate about drawing from a very young age. I don’t think I was born with natural talent, but I was never happier than when I had a pencil or crayon in my hand and, during my school days, just used to live for my art lessons. I was extremely lucky to have the most wonderful, patient art teacher who could see how much I enjoyed drawing. She encouraged me and nurtured my enthusiasm, and even gave me her drawing board when she retired. I have her to thank for believing in me and teaching me that anything is possible.
On leaving school I had no clue of what to do with my future. My poor father persuaded me to apply for a Btec Business studies course at Loughborough Technical College and I was packed off to live with my grandparents.
As I stood in the courtyard with the technical college on one side and the art college on the other, I suddenly realised that I was going through the wrong door. I immediately rushed around to Reception and asked how I could get a place at the art college. I was given a prospectus and told I should do a foundation course. I then spent night after night putting my portfolio together. I handed my application in and was invited for interview. This was one of the most terrifying days of my life. I wanted this so badly and the panel of tutors interviewing me had my future in their hands.
I have those tutors to thank because it was obvious that I was not up there with the best, but they could see my enthusiasm and offered me a place. I spent the following year constantly battling with my tutor who kept telling me to play. I didn’t understand what he meant, until one day I had a lightbulb moment. I didn’t try to control everything and suddenly it became apparent that I could develop my own style and that I didn’t have to try to be anybody else but myself. Luckily, this was just before I needed to submit my portfolio for my fashion and textiles degree course application.
After my foundation course I trained as a knitwear designer and enjoyed a career in fashion after graduating from Leicester’s De Montfort university. The various positions I held enabled me to travel the world and live in Jersey for a time, returning to Leicestershire when I married.
After the birth of our first daughter in 1994 I set up my own greeting card company The Skinny Card Company, which over the years has slowly evolved culminating in my ‘Camilla and Rose’ collection which is now licensed to Peartree Heybridge. The collection is based on two friends, drawing inspiration from my own friendships, covering a multitude of topics close to a woman’s heart, i.e chocolate, shoes, handbags, diets, wine and men, which I hope other people find amusing.
With Peartree licensing these characters, it has left me more time to get the creative juices flowing, hence the birth of Fowl and Wacky – another subject close to my heart. I love chickens and find my own small flock a huge inspiration … I think of them as moving sculpture, they are a major time waster, I could sit and watch them about their busy day (digging up my garden!) for hours, so I have tried to capture the essence of them in this range and hope that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.