At school and at home I always enjoyed painting, drawing and being creative, but encouraged by my results I completed a degree in opto-electronics and a second qualification in business management and went on to (most of the time) enjoy a career in telecoms. By 2012, the hours, the travel and the stress finally outweighed the amount I was gaining from it .. and in the meantime my daughters were growing up, largely without me.
In May 2013, after a year off, I set up GillyMac Designs and began teaching. My classes focus on encouraging my pupils of whatever age to have a go. By 2014 my Senior Girls Sewing Group had won an award at the Festival of Quilts for their quilt, “Sunflower Magic” and the Junior Sewing Bee narrowly missed out with their “Butterfly Garden” wall hanging. The following year , the girls once again won an award at the Festival of Quilts with their piece “Wizarding Magic” and in the same year Sunflower Magic was taken as part of GenArt , a touring exhibition of exceptional art created by children, and was shown at the Turner Contemporary. In 2015 I started teaching at Liberty of London and continue to do so. I also volunteer as the representative responsible for Young Quilters in Berkshire & Oxfordshire for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.
The backbone of GillyMac Designs are my weekly childrens classes and my two Thursday groups. These groups either have a ‘treat’ bowl for the kids or oodles of cake and coffee for the ‘grown ups’. Over the past year, these classes are as close to a traditional sewing bee as you could get. Wonderful !
I have no ambition other than to be a great teacher and to enjoy sewing whilst the girls grow up.
The most recent reviews of my classes can be found here.