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Meet the Maker - Dorothy Massey
What do you do?
I run Dorodecoupage and make napkin decoupaged items inspired by my love of wildlife and nature. My preferred material is solid wood, but I also decoupage onto slate, stone and sometimes, glass. Popular products include tea-light holders, coasters, animal and bird ornaments and wooden hangers.
How did you get started?
I attended a napkin decoupage workshop at From Loft to Loved in Sedgefield where I made my first items on glass and wood. I remember being thrilled at how the napkins totally transformed the objects and the endless possibilities the medium provided. I began to make small items to give as gifts and eventually began selling at local craft fairs after joining Weardale Crafters. Elvet & Bailey was the first shop to stock my items!
Is this your full time job?
No, I'm also a self-employed tutor of English, Literacy and Basic numeracy, so look out for literary images and quotations creeping into my crafts too!
Where do you create?
I currently create in a room at home in Crook which doubles as my office. I'm considering other options, which include the possible purchase of a shed.
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