My earliest memories of creativity are of me watching my mum make clothing. I would often see her laying out fabric on our living room floor. I would carefully watch her cutting out dress patterns, curiously studying and pondering. Watching how she put garments together, how she finished seams, and learn from her wisdom.
From the age of about 12 I started designing clothing. I allowed my imagination to flow, thinking of the colours and fabrics I would use and encouraging my mind to be creative. Being creative came freely to me. I struggled with other subjects at school because I am dyslexic, although I was unaware of this at that time. I could not understand why I was different. I used to watch other children learn and understand things faster than I could. Deep down I knew I was different. Back then I saw this as a negative.
One day my English teacher taught me something that was so valuable that it has stayed with me throughout my adulthood. Our assignment was to write a story. This concerned me because my spelling held me back. She quietly came over to me and said, “you are so good at drawing that I don’t want you to write your story, I want you to draw it". From that moment on I learnt; go with your strengths!
By the time I went to college I was torn between fashion design and animal care. My mind was very creative but my heart wanted to help animals heal. So, I decided to study both and find out what was best for me, in the end fashion design won. I couldn’t hold back my creative soul.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia while I was at college and both my tutor and myself thought that I would find pattern making difficult. We were both astonished when we realised that pattern cutting was one of my strongest skills. This showed me that no matter what ourselves or others think we can and can’t do, we should always believe in ourself. We don’t truly know what we are capable of until we try. Once I thought dyslexia was my weakness. Now I see dyslexia as one of my strongest abilities!
After studding fashion and textiles for two years I then decided to go to university where I studied fashion design for three years. Once I graduated I had many ideas about how to use my degree. In the end I decided to create my own opportunity. I wanted to create a place where myself and other women could learn and grow. A place that was peaceful and creative. A place where women can escape any difficulties they may face and enjoy time for themselves. So, I embarked on an exciting journey and built Create Paradise.
My desire is to create a relaxing and uplifting environment for all the women and children that attend my sewing classes. My classes are not just sewing classes; I aim to share a creative experience with you. I have been busy expanding Create Paradise and now work from home, which creates a great opportunity for me to be very flexible for my clients. My house is an elegant Victorian property with its entire original features. I am enjoying teaching all the wonderful people I meet and excited about my future and where Create Paradise will take me!
If you would like to be part of the Create Paradise family then come join one of my classes. It is relaxing, creative and there is CAKE! What more could you want!
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I Designed My Own Wallpaper // Create Paradise EP. 3
Life As An Entrepreneur // Create Paradise EP. 2
A Day In A Life Of An Entrepreneur// Create Paradise EP. 1
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