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  • What did you do before you found your craft

    Me ?

    I was a Lorry driver until 18 months ago. I spent near on 25 years on the road first of all in the Army then for i must say tons of Employers.
    No wonder i went through so many i was not meant to be a driver even though i loved doing it i was really not happy for all that time.
    Ive always enjoyed messing about with wood and last year i started looking into wood turning. I got my first lathe last May and the rest is still pretty recent history Lol. My main aim is to become a pro with out blowing my whistle too much i feel i have a good feel and eye for what im trying to do and god doesn't it feel good seeing something you have made. Beats the pants off of delivering yet another pallet.
    Please pass the word.

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    " 200 years of family tradition continued in the only way I know how. "

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    Love your work Steve!

    I was always quite creative at school and particularly enjoyed working on my art projects. I went to college to do A Level 3D Design, A Level Fine Art and AVCE Art & Design... so I'm sure you can imagine how creative I had become by then!

    I then went to university to do a BA Hons in Surface Decoration where I special ised in Ceramics for 3 years, and graduated last year. One year on I've slowly set up my business and am pleased with everything I've managed to achieve. I like to think I'm slowly growing more and more with my Ceramics.

    Its a great feeling to know my work is on display for sale in shops and galleries, especially when someone buys something, as I'm sure most of you can all relate to.

    I particularly enjoy setting up my stall at craft fairs, sometimes more so than designing and creating work!! I like to make sure its all in place and looks nice.

    I am currently working in a sales office which I really enjoy, but then I realise I'm selling valves and it takes all the excitement away!

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    • #3
      Well I actually worked full-time in a craft field once before, 20+ (yikes, surely not?) years ago!! I gave it up when I was pregnant with my third child (actually, I worked about two days before she was born on a customer return/remake). I made children's clothes with applique designs, but worked 15-hour days a lot of the time, hence the giving it up for a baby!!

      I then became a childminder - it fitted in with the kids.

      Then I did some designing/writing for magazines, a bit of mural and furniture painting, and this led to part-time teaching (evening classes). I did teaching quals and then a degree-equivalent in teaching adult literacy.

      Part-time teaching led to full-time teaching, this time in a young offender institute (12 years!). I accepted redundancy from there in December, and am planning on making a full-time career from crafts again. I took on some part-time teaching again (community crafts &adult lit), but am trying to make sure it doesn't take over!!!

      I love making stuff, love being creative. The best times in the YOI were doing wall displays and teaching the odd craft class - they used to love making cards for their girlfriends and mums.
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      • #4
        I used to be a careers adviser and went part-time about 4 years ago when the business started taking off and finally gave it up to run the business full-time just over 2 years ago.

        Absolutely hated all the red-tape, meetings and government targets but loved helping people and particularly raising young people's aspirations and helping them on their way to their ideal job. Even now I still find myself being an unpaid careers adviser helping friends, I even helped one of my regular customer's grandsons when he dropped out of college and he's now doing an apprenticeship which he loves
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        • #5
          Never really had a before!Still working fulltime, hoping that one day my hobby will become my job

          I studied fashion at college and Uni, then I went on to design for the highstreet, involving clients like mothercare,select,evans and new look! Pay was poo though so for some reason (don't ask me why?!) I went on to do bar work, I wanted something different that I hadn't done. I made my way up the ladder to become a manager for Wetherspoons! Then I left last year to work in theatre- i'm so random! My aim was to get into costume design when I left designing, but unfortunetly the competition is immence. I left the bar industry to teach, but my grade in GCSE maths was too low so it would have involved retakes and I felt, a lot of time.
          I also support students at the uni with disabilities, on their courses during term time.
          Dee x
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          • #6
            Originally posted by dee_liteful View Post
            I left the bar industry to teach, but my grade in GCSE maths was too low so it would have involved retakes and I felt, a lot of time.
            Have you asked if a Level 2 Adult Numeracy would be an acceptable alternative? It's widely accepted as such.

            Adult Numeracy is a lot easier to pass, can be taken at any time (usually online) and even if you need to brush up, won't take up too much of your time like a GCSE would.
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            • #7
              I was a vet nurse then animal biology student and played a lot of playstation Now i am temping in an office as a policy officer in the animal health and welfare dep. Im thinking of doing a masters in wildlife biology! I dont have a lot of spare time as i make stuff now. I used to use my spare time watching tv or playing games!
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              • #8
                I have worked in hotels ever since i left school and dreamed of moving to London and working in a big luxury hotel like the Dorchester of the Ritz(I am from the Lake District originally)

                And now, here i am, a Revenue Manager for a Luxury Hotel Chain in London. I only meant to stay a year...that was 11 years ago!

                I am very jealous of people that work in the craft industry and think my dream job would be working in a small craft store surrounded by lots of goodies to play with!! (That or my own book store!!)
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                • #9
                  I worked in care 18 years before taking up crafting properly, always knitted and sewed etc but i thought everybody did this as all my extended family did this.
                  I used to work 6 nights a week while juggling 5 kids and all the trappings that goes with having a big family.
                  I used to be permantly shattered and now love being my own boss,even if it doesn't pay as well
                  Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

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                  • #10
                    After doing an HND in art/design, I started work as a graphic designer - which I loved, but as I was starting out, it was pretty terrible money. After a year or so I decided to move to another company, so took weeks designing a new CV before having it professionally printed - only to discover I was pregnant! ..so that was that! After having my son, I decided to go for '9-5' office jobs rather than graphic design - which often required staying at the office till midnight to reach deadlines!
                    I then did a few terrible admin jobs before getting a job as a secretary - and made cards at home to relieve the non-creativeness (technical term) of an office job! I worked at the same company for a few years before leaving to have my second (followed closely by my third!) Now they aren't babies anymore, I am starting to concentrate on getting my career back - hopefully this time in craft!

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                    • #11
                      I did A level art and a jewellery design course untill my mother persuaded me that computers were the future, like what did she know!, and told me to do a computer operators course at college, have worked in awful office jobs and finance since then, untill this year when ive reduced my hours to try and make a go of crafting working 3 days as an office manager. Now those 3 days are torture..
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gbell View Post
                        I did A level art and a jewellery design course untill my mother persuaded me that computers were the future, like what did she know!, and told me to do a computer operators course at college, have worked in awful office jobs and finance since then, untill this year when ive reduced my hours to try and make a go of crafting working 3 days as an office manager. Now those 3 days are torture..
                        How many of us were persuaded away from what we really wanted to do? I remember being told art was a waste of time as you can't earn a living from it.
                        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wendy View Post
                          How many of us were persuaded away from what we really wanted to do? I remember being told art was a waste of time as you can't earn a living from it.
                          My father was the last in a 200 year line of master craftsmen makeing Artist paint brushes until mass production put him out of buisness. I grew up thinking and probably believing i would take over from him and carry it on to the next generation.
                          When the business folded i was in the army at the time and knew my future was not as i thought so i became a driver.
                          My belief that i would eventually do something never left me.
                          Please pass the word.

                          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Valewoodturner/135543009799667


                          http://valewoodturner.blogspot.co.uk/

                          " 200 years of family tradition continued in the only way I know how. "

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                          • #14
                            I could knit and crochet before I started school and "making things" is something I've always done.

                            I dropped out of Art College in the mid 1960s and trained as an Occupational Therapist (then spent a year or two saying "No! It's not teaching patients to do craftwork.")

                            After qualifying I worked for NHS and Social Services, after retiring I do what I like.

                            Since retiring I make and sell soap/toiletries, handmade felt items, corn dollies and occasionally hotfoil printed cards and coasters (designing m own blocks).

                            Besides that I stilll knit, embroider, crochet, tat, do beadwork, spin, make paper, press flowers, macramé, make ribbon flowers, make willow baskets and one or two other things.

                            I can't really say what is "my craft" since that which sells best is not necessarily that which I most enjoy making.
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                            • #15
                              I am one of the old school who crafted at their Mothers knee but full-time work was admin - from Coal Merchants office through to Steel Stockholders and from tea girl to Office Manager now retiredand I too do what I enjoy most so life had gone the full circle for me. Done a few rare things on the way like raced bangers with brother, raced go karts and many other things but thats enough for now.
                              Last edited by Critchley; 29-05-2009, 08:53 AM.
                              Carol
                              God helps them that help themselves.

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