I have lived in the Tweed Shire all my life, growing up in the country close to nature. Always looking for new creative things to do, I started beading simple bracelets and necklaces.
I met my partner at 15, my high school sweetheart - now the father of my girls. My work is inspired by my Native American Indian Mother-in-law, who made beautiful traditional and contemporary beadwork.
Before she passed away, she taught me to bead on a traditional beading loom and my skills and passion have grown from there.
How long have you been beading?
I have been making Native American-style beadwork for 10 years.
How did you get started?
I started beading small items when I was about 8, when my mum bought me a beading set. Ten years ago my Mother in-law gave me the opportunity to learn the art of loom beading and from there I learned various other beading techniques through books.
What is your greatest inspiration?
I draw a lot of inspiration for my beadwork from nature but my greatest inspiration would have to be the memory of my Mother in-law, Georgia. Her positive encouragement still resonates within me. Her vibrance and energy inspires me to keep on creating and her memory lives on through the skills she has passed on.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
The greatest challenge would have to be finding more time to bead.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
The best thing about owning your own business is working from home and being a stay at home mum.