My printmaking journey started 20 years ago at college, where I studied a variety of techniques including lino printing, screen printing, and etching. All I knew back then was that I loved printing, but at 17 I didn’t really know how to turn it into a career. After college, I headed off to University only to discover it wasn’t really what I wanted and after a very turbulent year, I left to pursue my other passion – fitness. I trained as an aerobics instructor and for the next 6 years I worked as a freelancer across the North West, teaching from Blackpool to Crewe and everywhere in between. There were other jobs of course, during and after my fitness days, but none could compete with the love I felt for those 6 years spent teaching.
I’ve had a pretty varied work life with jobs including gym instructor, personal trainer, transport planner, CAD Technician, web designer and more recently, photographer and printer. My husband says I have the attention span of a goldfish. I just put it down to my creative personality.
While I still take on certain photography jobs, my main focus is now printing. I like the physical act of making things and printing satisfies the need to create something followed by the feeling of satisfaction once I see it complete.
When I’m not hiding behind a camera or carving up rubber you’ll find me either out running, at the gym lifting weights, or curled up with a good book. And when time allows, one of my favourite things to do is go walking in the Lake District. This is my safe haven, where nothing else matters and the rest of the world just fades into the background.
Like many small business owners, over the years I’ve experienced tears, frustration, and times of wanting to give up – but then I realise how far I’ve come and it’s hard not to feel grateful. The Barefoot Printer is still in its early days and I know I have a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to sharing my journey.
For wrapping paper and other printed products please head over to my Etsy shop to see what’s on offer.