My Story

How To Harness Your Creative Power

“Why should we all use our creative power. . . . ? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate” says Brenda Ueland

I love creating and always have since I was a small girl. For the last fifteen years I have loved exploring stitched shibori and creating new designs and patterns with it.

To begin with I explored making products because that seemed the thing to do, like my collection of lampshades and bedhead hangings. They are beautiful and give pleasure. But I now feel strongly that I don’t want to make lots of products which inevitably means a lot of waste. It is inherent in the process. I do still make lampshades. But I make these to commission so more thought and consideration can be given and there is little waste.

Also, a surfeit of products and “things” encourages people to buy too much and too many things they don’t really need. If we want to ensure we have a planet for future generations we need to buy less, accumulate less. And perhaps we can all learn to make things for ourselves and most importantly learn to treasure and repair what we have.

The Creative Power of Mending

Over the last few years my focus has changed to harnessing my creative power to enable others in their shibori adventures, along with my own work and explorations. My explorations help build my skills and so feed into the guidance and assistance I can give others.

That is why I am so excited about the blossoming mending movement all around the world. It is wonderful to see all this creative power and imagination being used to make the world a better place. And I want to be part of that. To explore using shibori and stitch in upcycling and mending. I am creating a series of patterns inspired by the natural world that can be used to enhance clothing and household items.

I made a commitment a few years ago to stop flying for environmental reasons. Therefore, my online teaching is a way of reaching many people around the world and introducing them to shibori and the beautiful patterns and designs that can be created. I hope I can encourage others to unleash their creative power.

And I just love this quote I received by email, sums up all I want to achieve.

“Thank you, Annabel for introducing me to the very lovely art of stitched resist shibori. It has opened a new world for me. I am grateful that you have instilled an interest in me regarding such a beautiful new world.”

Some facts about me & Townhill Studio

The name of my business came from where I lived for 15 years in a stunning windswept landscape. Town Hill Farm on Town Hill is a beautiful spot in Hardy’s Wessex just near to Dorchester in Dorset. I started my business there – Townhill Studio.

I trained as and started my professional life as an interior designer and that helps to inform my design skills and taught me many useful management tools which enables me to run my business effectively.

It is said some people “live to eat” and others “eat to live”. I am most definitely the former. Taking time to buy, prepare and cook food is a priority in my household as well as the importance of lunchtime! Don’t call me over lunchtime, I love to take a proper break and come back refreshed.

I saw this quote “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike” I totally agree. My favourite pastime is cycling, not Tour de France standard but I love cycling around all the lanes and byways that surround me here in Dorset and Somerset. You will often find me cycling 50 miles or so on a Sunday with friends.

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