Craft School Oz began, like all creative businesses, as an idea that I truly believed people would love - thankfully, I was right!
We are now in our sixth year of running creative workshops around Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Each year we now travel with our trusty caravan around Australia, teaching our craft to people from all walks of life.
Before I began teaching basket making I trained as a clothing designer in the UK, working with textiles and fashion warehouses. When I came to Australia I graduated from Box Hill TAFE with a Visual Arts Diploma and then completed a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development at Monash University.
I have taught art and crafts at a tertiary level and also through community education programs, some in very remote areas. I strongly believe in the need to facilitate opportunities for creative workshops in rural and regional communities. Many people in these areas often don't often get the chance to participate in events like these, and being able to explore creativity in a supportive, safe space is - in my opinion - an essential part of life.
My interest in teaching, craft and supporting regional areas were the perfect foundation for what is now this wonderful crafty community of ours.