What are you influences? Artistically/inspirationally? Favourite artists?
His is embarrassing- I’m not remotely cultured or educated in the arts. I did a study on H.R. Giger (artwork from Alien etc) in my GCSE years (because I had to) and know that Damien Hirst did the artwork for the new 30 Seconds To Mars Album (only then because I have it)……
How long have you been creating?
I’ve been at it ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen, always doodling and making stuff. I went down the textiles route for my GCSEs , then discovered I could draw- I mean really draw, when I was doing my exam support work but never really knew where I wanted to take my skills. Fabric is still my favourite though if I’m really honest.
Do you express creatively in any other medium?
Fabric- wedding shops are like porn for me… all the textures, colours. I took a City and Guilds adult learning course just over ten years back and learned to pattern cut and would’ve loved to make a living in corsetry and bridal wear or as a costumier but when my son started crawling a few years back, due to lack of space and the fact that I’m none to careful with my stray pins etc I had to pack it all away for a while- about the same time as FabUglass was born in fact.
Does music play a role in your work?
I’m a bit of a gig junkie and LOVE my music. The last gig I went to was 30 Seconds To Mars (who I love, love, LOVE) at the O2 (which I hate, that place gives me vertigo just thinking about it- I love a smaller venue). My dear old Dad was a devoted Queen fan and there’s probably a different childhood memory for every one of their tracks.
30 Second To Mars- Stronger (Live Lounge cover of Kanye)
When I’m sewing and I’ve a fresh project in the pipeline then I get a new album to go with it, like a soundtrack if you will…
My music tastes fly all over the place if I’m honest. Stereophonics, The Goo Goo Dolls, Richard Ashcroft, The Script, Snow Patrol, Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne, Florence and the Machine, Snow Patrol, MJ, love a bit of Usher and Rihanna and I’m not ashamed to say that even Westlife have a place in my music heart.
Stereophonics- Just Looking
Florence And The Machine- Breathe Of Life
Richard Ashcroft- Human Condition
Do you love the sound of breaking glass?
If I’m at home- hell no!!! For obvious reasons but otherwise I’m not bothered as long as it’s not me clearing it up ….
Randomly, I do love the sound of tearing fabric though (seamstresses everywhere are wincing at the thought)
Coolest youtube video you’ve seen lately?
As a huge Disney fan it’d have to be the one with the guy doing all the different character voices to ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen??
I’ve never won any awards or prizes to speak of and in my younger days I would’ve said when I’d jumped from a plane or bunjeed (is that even a word?) or something like that. I’m fresh off the back of a breakdown. I have PTSD. It’s been the toughest battle I’ve ever faced and I am still standing with my beautiful babies (one 17, one 4) and my extremely patient Mister. I have my family home and my business (through which I have made some amazing Facebook friends).
If you could wake up tomorrow and for one day be any cartoon character what would you be and why?
She-Ra, The Princess of Power. She kicks ass just like HeMan but has much better hair. I spent my early years sporting a basin haircut (it was the 80s), that was enough!
What do you plan to do in the future artistically? expansion? other mediums? premises? etc…..
At the moment I’m trying not to sink the good ship FabUglass with the weight of my ‘mental cargo’. I’m still learning to balance stuff in the right way. It’s trial an error and the glass painting plays a HUGE part in my therapy. All the time I love doing it and folks are still sharing in the love then I’ll keep ‘FabUglassing’
Expansion: I started off perched on a stool in my kitchen with a shoebox full of paints and brushes- painting while waiting for dinner to cook. As FabUglass grew it took over my living room and much of our house. We moved in December and I now have my own room. That’s about as much expansion as I can handle while being a full time Mummy.
However, if I were to be approached by a huge company with endless pots of cash and asked to design a range or two for them to flog on the high street that would be awesome! A girl can but dream…. And keep painting in the meantime….
My goals are simple: health and happiness for my family. World domination can wait for a while.