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Every wallflower has a story


Introducing Cat, founder and designer of The Little Wallflower. I have so loved collaborating for our embroidered snap clips and you can expect to see more of her work in future Sijea pieces.


Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a mother of two wild and energetic, thoughtful, loving and caring boys. I have a background in textile design and have been teaching art and design for about 9 years. I currently work 3 days a week whilst also caring for my boys and somewhere in the middle of that is The Little Wallflower. 

How long does it take to make a piece
It really depends on the size and complexity of a design. A few hours to a few weeks. I tend to have a few projects on the go at once and go back and forth between them.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
You don't need all the things you think you need to do all the things you want to do. An shortened version of a Tess Guinery quote (not so much advice) but I always come back to this when self doubt creeps in. 
What do you love most about what you do?
The creative freedom. I realise how much creativity is good for my soul and just something I need. I also need to make with my hands, it allows me to slow down and focus my wandering mind. But ultimately I love making things for other people.

What’s the first craft piece you remember making as a child?
I always made gifts or birthday cards for people for as long as I can remember. I was also always making random things out of nothing. Most of the gifts I got for my birthday were always art or craft related. 
Can you describe your creative space for us
We have set up our third bedroom as an office/studio space. It's filled with lots of textile supplies, art and design books, journals, old projects, experiments, botanicals, found objects and inspiration. My desk is made from recycled wood and my favourite piece is an old wooden Indonesian bookshelf I found at salvos and bought on a whim without thinking how I'd actually get it home. However, I don't always work in there, I usually have the project I'm working on in a basket with the necessary equipment and move it from room to room or outside depending on what the kids are doing.
What are you working on right now
I'm finishing off a few custom projects and then I need to bunker down and complete a secret project I'd intended to start last year but life has thrown more hurdles than I could anticipate and I just need to dedicate some time to it. Also working on some new pieces for Sijea, so watch this space! 
Recommend a book
Period power by Maisie Hill. It's the book we should have read during puberty.