Meet Our Team: Maker Charlie Bullock
Ahead of our first Papercraft Live demonstration » in store and on Facebook Live next week, we caught up with Charlie, a colleague from our Derby store who also writes for our blog! She will be presenting our Live demo on Facebook next week, so read on to discover a bit more about her craft expertise and tips…
Describe yourself in five words.
Adventurous, attentive, imaginative, methodical and visual.
Describe your crafting style
I’m the type of person who is enthusiastic to try any type of craft. I wouldn’t say any particular one was my favourite as they are all really enjoyable in there own way. I love to learn and try new things!
If I had to sum up my crafting style in 3 words, they would be: colourful, patterned and methodical.
How did you get into crafting?
I’ve always been drawn to crafting, even from a young age. But I would actually say my influence came from my mum! She was always refurbishing anything she could get her hands on, breathing a new lease of life into objects. She used to do a lot of sewing as well, I can remember her making me a white broiderie anglaise dress, and she recovered children’s furniture. Obviously crafting rubbed off onto me!
What was the first thing you made?
I’m not quite sure what the first thing I made was, but I do remember that I would draw and paint a lot at home and at school. I was always encouraged to be creative.
Have you had any crafting disasters?
I wouldn’t call them disasters, but I have made plenty of mistakes. It’s all part of the process really; if I never made a mistake then I would never learn anything… That’s the way I see it.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Lots of things inspire me when I’m making; but I do like to look at current and future trends of anything from fashion to interior design.
You never know when inspiration will ‘hit’ you, so it is best to keep an open mind that will then allow you to explore and create.
Are there any projects you are particularly proud of?
I’ve always been very proud of my final year project that I did at university. My work was influenced by imperfections, which I then translated into 3 etched sterling silver bowls. The whole process from research to final product taught me a lot about materials and processes. It also took a lot of courage to use such an expensive material and then put it into ferric nitrate to etch; that was probably one of the most scariest but exciting moments I’ve had crafting.
What upcoming trends do you think we should be looking out for?
From the trends I’ve been looking at, I think that these might be something for you to look out for…
Nature – Florals, tropical leaves as well as fish
Geometric/ organic patterns
Metallics – Silver
How did you get into blogging and what are your favorite things to write about?
It was actually through Hobbycraft that I started blogging. As I work in one of Hobbycraft’s stores, I’ve always helped to make things to put on display to inspire our customers. I post and tweet anything I make for work, as well as things I’ve made for myself or for friends and family. Then one day, I was spotted by Hobbycraft on Instagram! Since then I’ve helped with a number of projects.
One of my favourite things to write about is anything related to home décor, I love that you can make objects that can completely transform a room or home!
I find it very rewarding to write for Hobbycraft’s Blog. Hopefully my creativity and knowledge will inspire someone else to craft, no matter what level they are at.
What advice would you give to people looking to start their own blog?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself! I think one thing that seems to cross people’s minds when they want to set up a blog is, ‘people may not like me or what I do’. If you are passionate about something and you want to share it, don’t worry about what other people think.
What’s next for your blog?
I want to get a bit more savvy with social medias and finding the best ways to interconnect.