I just uprooted my life (as of late April, 2018) in Brisbane to go live in a very small town in the Lockyer Valley Region where I share a 130-year-old homestead on just over an acre of land with my wonderfully supportive husband, Ben, our 3 hounds (Grace, Humphrey & Chester), 2 cats (Genghis & Pearl) and our small flock of chickens. We plan to do some small-scale homesteading around our day to day lives with the hopes that most of the eggs, fruit, and vegetables we consume will come from our own backyard.
I’m a creative at heart (though I fought it hard and spent time at university studying both Science & Nursing… I even worked as a critical care nurse for a couple of years). I’ve now been a professional photographer for 6 years and in that time I’ve photographed hundreds of people fall in love, welcome pets into their lives, get married, start families, extend families and say goodbye. It’s a bittersweet career that quite often has me riding an emotional roller coaster. One day I could be photographing a celebration of love and the very next taking the last images a family may possess of someone beloved to them be they human or animal. It’s this emotional rollercoaster that always leads me back to working with my hands, and in particular, with wool.
I find great solace in the historic techniques I use to prepare fleece for spinning, the meditative trance spinning allows me to experience, the joy in experimenting with colours crafted from nature and the sense of satisfaction a finished garment from my own yarn leaves me with. The other wonderful thing working with wool does is it transports me back to hours spent with my mum carding fleece and learning to spin while she crocheted huge handspun and dyed blankets that both myself and my siblings are lucky enough to possess. I intend to document my experiences, amongst these pages, with different fibres, botanical dyes and crafting so that maybe you can experience a little of the solace the crafts bring me or perhaps my experiences will enable you to learn and develop upon your own techniques. You are also able to purchase some of my handspun yarn and handmade wares from my online shop.
It’s my hope that you’ll find these pages entertaining, informative, raw, honest and left with the feeling of having spent some time with a good friend over a cup of tea.
Quite simply it’s a little bit of everything of me… my thoughts, my experiences, my home.
I hope you stick around to follow my journey.