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Hello Thread and Butter

The beautiful Lauren from Thread and Butter agreed to a little in interview to share her passion for crafting, creating, vintage and Portsmouth.

When did you realise crafting was more than a hobby and that you could start selling your work?

I have always been interested in everything creative since I was young. I’ve studied photography, fine art, and textiles throughout school and college, which lead me onto a foundation degree in art and design at Portsmouth University. I was then offered a place on an Illustration course at the Arts University College of Bournemouth, however I decided to withdraw from any academic studies and pursue art as a hobby. It took me a while to put confidence back into my work, but after becoming obsessed with blogs, creative magazines and craft/vintage fairs I felt it was time to get back onto the handmade path. I started by setting up a Thread and Butter blog which to my surprise received more views than I could of expected within the first month. This then inspired me to start selling my work so I enquired about craft and vintage markets around the South. I started by having a small section on a friends stall, but have now moved to having my own which is fantastic. I’ve recently set up the Thread and Butter online shop which is a fantastic way to reach people all over the world.

What do you like about the art scene in Portsmouth and what draws you to sell your work here?

From my time at Portsmouth University I was able to explore the city. However I’m sure there is still plenty that the locals could show me. I spent a lot of time in Albert Road, rummaging through the charity and antique shops. I love the small boutiques there which are full of a mixture of handmade local goods and vintage treasures. I feel every city should have a least one area full of creative gems. There seems to be a really nice community within the Portsmouth art scene which is very welcoming. I’ve had a stall at the Guildhall which was a great success; it was really fantastic to meet other local sellers and bloggers.

What inspires you? Other crafters/bloggers/artists etc

I find a huge amount of inspiration from creative blogs online. I find them a fantastic way to keep up to date with what’s going on in the creative world. I absolutely love magazines, and I’m always looking for new subscriptions to add to my collection. I also collect things from my travels including zines, leaflets, photographs, fabric, trinkets, basically anything I can squeeze into my bag. I love visiting local craft and vintage fairs which I always leave spilling with new ideas. At all time I carry a small notebook with me which I use to jot down any ideas I get throughout the day. Whenever I feel stuck, or have a mind block, a few flicks through this and I’m ready to create again.

Any plans for Thread and Butter this year?

I’m concentrating on keeping up to date with the blog this year, with lots more tutorials and DIY inspirational features. I’m really excited to be working on a few things with some magazines which will be out later this year. But most of all I’m looking forward to Thread and Butters 1st birthday!


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