How did you get started with textile design?
I studied Fashion & Textiles at college in the mid 1990’s, took a break, but returned to textile design after the birth of my son.
What is the story behind your shop’s name?
My best friend always calls me Mrs M and suggested Mrs M Makes. I swapped it around (to Made by Mrs M) and it stuck!
What do you like most about having your own creative business? What do you find most challenging?
Being able to spend time doing something I love. The biggest challenge for me is fitting this in around a day job and a young child.
Everything and anything. I’m particularly drawn to anything from the 1950’s – particularly architecture, fashion and textile design.
What do you think motivates others to buy handmade?
Having something unique and made with love, rather than mass produced. Knowing where it came from and supporting makers.
What is your favorite handmade item you have bought or received?
This is really hard – I have lots! I really like a crocheted hoop I bought from Victory Garden Yarn, and a Thuline Du Cock painting I received as a present.
When you are not designing or creating handmade items, what do you like to do with your time?
What is something people might not know about you?
I’m starting to get into gardening (I think this may be a sign of my age!).
What one piece of advice would you offer to others with their own creative business?
Make things that you would want to buy – you’ll then be passionate about them (and will find it easier to stick with it when times are tough).