Beginnings

Well where to start?

I have been drawing, designing  and creating all sorts of things my whole life…  I was told at school that I couldn’t draw or paint, my teachers were quite horrid.  Later one of them said they were employing reverse psychology…  which only served in destroying what little self confidence I had!

In spite of school I made it to Art College and in 1996 I graduated from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen with a BA (Hons) in 3D Design and Craft.  Through my Degree Show (the equivalent of final exams) I was offered a job in Aberdeen’s most prestigious Jewellers… Jamieson & Carry –   where I worked for nearly two years before following my dream of setting up my own business: Samantha Lyall Designer Jewellery

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I still do bits and pieces and I am drawn like a magpie to anything shiny…  but due to early onset of arthritis and hyper mobility syndrome, my hands aren’t coping with hammering metal half my time and while my strength in my hands is still far greater than most people, for what I do it’s not enough!!!

I was referred to a hand specialist about 2 years ago whose first question on seeing my X-Rays was “can you change career?” 😳😱😰. This is not what a creative person wants to hear…

Throughout the years since graduation I have migrated back to other art and craft forms…  I love coming back to ceramics and playing around with pottery from time to time as you can see here…

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Also since since getting married and the birth of my two children I have become really interested in Patchwork and Quilting…  it is a lot safer to do around young children.  I was honoured to be able to stitch part of “The Great Tapestry of Scotland” and have made a lot of quilts and small wall hangings…

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I am constantly looking for crafty classes and ways to increase my skill base!  Thus leading me to where I am now…  Desperately needing to create, needing to find a new direction and a way of earning an income in my mid-forties…  and therefore I’m juggling my time between working part-time in a popular clothes shop, being a wife and mum and studying towards my City & Guilds, Level 3 Diploma in Patchwork & Quilting.  Life is a bit chaotic most of the time…

Thank you for reading, and joining me on my creative journey – who knows where it will take me?