Hello! I’m Dee and I am a Designer / Maker / Teacher and mother of two wonderful boys. I have been creating and fixing things since my childhood – it’s part of who I am.
I have studied Art, Design, Craft and Manufacturing in many different guises over the years, including studying Fashion Design at the London College of Fashion, with the intention of becoming a wedding dress designer! As life does, it took me on a slightly different path and I decided to combine my passion for designing and making with my enjoyment of sharing knowledge and skills…so I trained to be a Teacher – specialising in Design & Technology. Perfect!
I love teaching and through it I have had many opportunities to experiment and develop my skills and my love of creativity has continued to thrive! As well as being Head of Design Technology for over 10 years I trained to be a Forest School Leader, and became Head of Outdoor Education. During this time, I developed a whole school program called ‘Adventure school’, which involved a combination of Forest School, Bushcraft, Primitive Skills, and good old-fashioned camping! It was such a roaring success and so well received by parents and pupils alike, that it planted the seed for my own venture!!
I love nature – being in the woods especially – and I am a firm believer in alternative medicines and natural remedies. There is so much research now to support these methodologies and the overall health benefits of just being out in Nature, particularly with regard to Mental Health and Well-being…Shinrin Yoku – aka Forest bathing – has long been a recognised and prescribed remedy in Japan, and is gaining momentum globally as a powerful way to counterbalance our busy modern, technology saturated lives. Alongside this, are the therapeutic benefits of creative and artistic pursuits for well-being and satisfaction, which research also continues to reinforce and promote, especially in the area of mental health but certainly not limited to.
As a designer / maker and general fixer of things, I just love learning new skills and experimenting with all manner of materials and techniques…this has fuelled my passion for traditional and primitive methods and skills, some of which are sadly, very close to extinction!
So, with these interests and passions combined, as well as my own awareness of a need for ‘downtime’, I have developed a range of workshops and events, to be held outdoors – ideally in the woods around a roaring fire! Through these events & workshops, I share my love of traditional and primitive craft-based skills, with a focus on sustainability – not only with regard to materials and processes but well-being too!
My intention is to encourage and inspire a love of Nature – and respect for the natural world; of Creative pursuits -and their value in life; and an interest in traditional and primitive skills as a means to simplify life and appreciate where we have come from. These three elements combined are a very powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of our modern, endlessly changing, and mindblowingly fast-paced lives!
So please do browse my site and if you have any questions comments or ideas, want to find out more about or suggest a workshop / event you would like me to host or be involved with, then please get in touch – I would be delighted to hear from you!
"Dee is such a knowledgeable and talented person and made us feel really relaxed and empowered...the creativity just flows!"
More About Dee...
So why would I leave a secure teaching job to enter the risky world of self-employment and set up my own business?
Well….being a creative by nature, I know first hand how satisfying and therapeutic making things and learning new creative skills can be and it has concerned me for a long time that so many people describe themselves as ‘not creative at all!’. I whole heartedly believe that we all have an innate creativity and that in order to thrive in this life, we need to access it be able to play! There’s so much research that demonstrates this and Art Therapy is widely recognised as one of the best non-medicinal ways to treat and even prevent a whole range of emotional and mental health issues.
Nature therapy, Forest Bathing (aka Shinrin You), Forest School and Outdoor Education in general, are finally becoming widely recognised as extremely beneficial for our well-being and in fact time outside in nature, especially around trees, is deemed essential for our health in general! I have always loved being outside in all weathers and as a keen gardener too, I have come to really value Nature in so many ways but especially as a calming and relaxing escape from my hectic everyday life.
So, after a number of life changes, I was prompted to challenge myself and follow my dream of developing my own unique creative business….
My love of sharing knowledge and skills, coupled with my love of Nature, now has a broader and more meaningful purpose. I really love enabling and empowering folk of all ages and abilities to find their ‘inner creative’ and to access the wonderfully satisfying pass time of using their hands to create and craft. Learning creative skills, coupled with being in a woodland environment, multiplies the enjoyment and the benefits endlessly and is such a wonderful way to enrich and nourish yourself, to give yourself the gift of time and relaxation that you not only deserve, but need!
I also have a great love of nature and a deep concern for our planet. So with a focus on recycling and repurposing materials, my aim is to help lessen the negative impact on the environment – reducing our carbon footprint and landfill overload whilst saving money and having fun at the same time! Win Win!
It has been a journey with many twists and turns already but I am loving the opportunities and the amazing people I meet and work with! Check out my gallery pages and my blog to see some of the things I’ve been up to in the last few years, and of course my shop to see what you can buy and the Workshop pages to see what you could learn!