About me

I grew up in the Midlands, trained as a primary school teacher, moved to Glasgow in 1991, stayed in Scotland for 27 years (mostly living in rural Aberdeenshire), but have now returned to England and am currently living in Surrey.

I have enjoyed creative pursuits from a very young age, when my seamstress Gran encouraged me to help myself to fabric from the enormous box of scraps that she kept under her sewing table.  She guided me as I made clothes for my teddies and I helped to stuff the soft toys which she sold for charity.  Sadly she died when I was still young, but the love of sewing she instilled in me has grown and grown over the years.

My current passion is making jewellery using silver clay, the most wonderful invention!  The silver is extremely pure (.999 as opposed to Sterling Silver at .925) and the medium is so versatile that lots of very varied creations are possible. A selection of my work is available in a few select outlets and at craft fairs that I attend. 

 

For a number of years I designed cross stitch kits, but was young, naive and never very good at the marketing side of things.  Having two tiny tots made it very difficult to move the business forward (in the fledgling days of the internet) so, unfortunately, I sold it for peanuts.  More recently I designed a blackwork kit of the stunning Dunnottar Castle, which has proved very popular.  

 

I am very proud to have been involved in stitching a panel of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.  It was a real labour of love and a great privilege to have been part of such a wonderful project.

I also enjoy painting with bright acrylics, although rarely find time these days! I have participated in various exhibitions, sold numerous paintings and secured a number of commissions.

For eleven years I ran my own craft gallery, showcasing top quality handcrafted goods from all over the UK.  Initially I set up Starfish Studio in the lovely fishing village of Johnshaven in Aberdeenshire.  This fab shop is still going, now run by friends of mine who have stuck to the same ethos with which it was started.  After nine years there, I relocated to Herefordshire and set up another craft gallery in Ledbury, Herefordshire.  Unfortunately, for a number of reasons (primarily the public's shift away from high street shopping), this had to close in 2020 and I've moved on to new adventures elsewhere.

© 2020 by Kate MacKenzie

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