Being creative is the way I live life. I cannot remember a time when I was not crafting things from yarn or fabric, sticks or reclaimed materials. Crochet has been my favourite yarn craft for many years. Oak Trees Studio is my way of channeling my creativity, with a particular focus on using natural and upcycled materials.
I love working with natural materials – from wool to wood and from hemp to hedgerow finds. I am also a huge fan of upcycling – the whole art-form of transforming trash into treasure. Like many families, we are concerned about our impact as humans on our one and only planet. It is important to us to always try and use materials for our projects that are planet-friendly, so that means choosing renewable resources or re-purposing resources that have already had another life. You will often find us telling the story behind the materials we’ve used.
We live high on a northern English hillside surrounded by wild and beautiful countryside, with moors and forests, rivers and meadows close by. We encounter the beauty of the natural world every day as we go about our work and daily life. We also enjoy rambling, exploring and observing nature wherever we go. Nature is a huge inspiration and teacher.
Through Oak Trees Studio we want to share with you the beauty of natural materials crafted through timeless artisan skills into new natural treasures. We also want to share our ways of upcycling materials that are often regarded as disposable to create new and practical items.