Jen was a guest editor for Sewover50 and was featured in MySewisfaction in their Meet the maker series. Jen is a 50 something creative girl with a total obsession for florals and jumpsuits.
Jen left school with an ‘O’ Level in Art and gained a place on a full-time hairdressing course. After qualifying she worked in a couple of salons on a rent-a-chair basis building up her clientele until one of the salon owners wasn’t paying the utility bills, electricity board called in to cut the supply off! So, Jen asked to take over the lease, fast forward a few years the property came up for sale and she bought it at the age of 23!
Even then Jen had a floral obsession. Her creative genes, from her mam and aunty used to run fabric shops when Jen was a teenager, both used to make beautiful clothing for their families, on an outing with her cousins they looked like the ‘Von Trapp’ family.
After the first series of Sewing Bee Jen was inspired and thought ‘I can do that’. Then the addiction began and she’s lucky enough to have a beautiful (mainly messy) sewing room at home.
The IG sewing community is so inspiring Jen realised though there was not a lot on offer in the North East in terms of sewing schools so TeesCreatives was established September 2018. The floors above the salon at her property had been unused for a while so along with husband Leggy- I had the vision he could carry out the work. Perfect partnership to get the mammoth task done. It took blood, sweat and tears (of joy)