I’ve always loved costumes and dressing up. When I was growing up I was a little performer, putting on plays and skits complete with costumes. Before I could sew, my costumes came from raiding through my mum’s wardrobe and my first forays into sewing came in the form of making costumes and clothes for my dolls.
By the time I was in high school I was helping my mum make my clothes and taking over the making of the costumes for school plays.
By 17 I knew what I wanted to do and finally got some professional training in costume design and construction.
During college I discovered a not-so-secret passion for period clothing,
more specifically 19th Century outfits (much of my late teens were
spent swooning over despairing Byronic heroes)
While studying at university I developed a love of social and domestic
history (not to mention a devotion to all things Jane Austen related). I
began to consider ways of combining my life’s two passions – books and
costumes into a career.
By the time I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television Studies I
was ready to dive into the deep waters of self-employment.
Ultimately it was my life long love affair with my sewing machine that led to my decision to set up shop and try earn a living by doing what I love.
It wasn’t long however (well 6 years) before I yearned for something more and my love of books began seeping into every aspect of my life (including many, many sewing and costume history books). I took a risk and jumped back into education to legitimise my obsession with reading and writing. So in 2017 I graduated with an MA in Creative Writing.
Nowadays, I can be found either buried under fabric in my studio trawling through historical records and museum collections or buried under my extensive to-be-read pile and work-in-progress novel notes and chapters!