It's hot here, and we are now moving in the last month before Handm@de Winchester, so getting very warm indeed :)
Once again, it is time to Meet the Maker, and I would like to introduce you to Paperleaf, also known as Kate!
What got you into crafting?
Growing up I only had a passing interest in craft - my gran taught me to knit and crochet, but I was always more of a science nerd than cool art student. I only discovered how much I enjoyed making things when I moved to Oxford a few years ago and joined the knitting society at my college. When planning our wedding last year, we decided to do most things ourselves as we were on a budget. I had so much fun designing and making our invitations with my newly acquired Gocco machine that it turned into a full-blown hobby, and then Paperleaf was born so that I had an excuse to keep making!
What is the best thing about making stationery?
Well, it's great to have a never-ending supply of cards for when I've forgotten someone's birthday! I also love hunting down the images I use on my cards, which mainly come from old copyright-free books that I find in Oxford's Bodleian Library. And I've met some great people through the craft scene - both online and in real life, having taken part in the previous two Handm@de fairs at Oxford and Cambridge!
What Handm@de stuff do you have your eye on?
There are lots of sellers at Winchester who I haven't seen before so I can't wait to check out everyone's creations... I'm especially looking forward to meeting Frankie from Swell Vintage - she's such a cool and crazy chick, and her jewellery is amazing! And also excited to catch up with Vanessa (Monda) - she was my next-door neighbour at Oxford Handm@de and I just love her little monster creations!
Well it is just over a month to go, and I only have one table left, so if you are out there, and maybe make things from wood, or traditional sweeties, but you make it and it is totally individual, and you would like to take part, please mail me at handmadewinchester @ raspberry . co . uk
See you soon!!