Live the Life you Imagine!
I’m Michaela, I’m a Textile Artist and Maker, working with
textiles and hand stitching from my Lincolnshire Studio in the UK.
My work often uses typography and hand embroidery, I have a
special partnership with my 1950’s baby Hermes typewriter (her name is Dorothy). Together we type personalised hand bound
notebooks and monogram prints.
I love to do things the old fashioned way, using tools and
methods that haven’t changed for hundreds of years. Updated and bought in to use to make modern
products for you.
It would be very easy and more cost effective to print covers for my
notebooks and then stitch them together, but somehow I can’t bring myself to make
work this way. I have to hand paint and type each one. I’m not sure why, it’s just
something within me that always wants to make as much as possible with my own
I love a monogram don’t you? Hand stitched Initials are my
favourite thing to stitch.
As a maker it is important to me to be mindful of the impact
my business has on the planet. I
consider carefully the materials I use, wether that be paper made from textile industry waste, or vintage
linen threads and environmentally friendly packaging.
I also consider carefully the waste (offcuts) my work produces. And how they can be re used. I get a lot of long thin offcuts of beautiful
cotton paper from my bookbinding work, so I love to weave them in to super useful
and durable baskets.
Oh! And I have a thing with vintage I have a bit of a
collection of vintage paper ephemera and haberdashery sooo, these often find their
way in to my work too along with precious scraps of painted papers from my work
I have always loved working with my hands, and learning new
skills, from embroidery, to upholstery, dressmaking, printing, silversmithing
and even engine maintenance. A few years ago my husband was extremely ill. He’s
very lucky to still be with us
(all hail the NHS) Events like this sharpen the
mind and bring what is truly important to you in to sharp relief. I live by the mantra –
“ Live the life you Imagine”
And so for me, that is
Making – Selling – Teaching
Living in the countryside in a Victorian brick cottage with
my family a dog.
some chickens and a logburner to keep us warm and
Days out and
adventures in our Bell tent and 1969 VW Camper
life I Imagine”