Hello, and Welcome!
I’m Zoe – Chief Crafter (read, only crafter) of Athena Makes.
I have been crafting in many shapes and forms for most of my life. I have dabbled in many different forms of crafting until I eventually found my niche (or niches).
I started making jewellery many years ago for myself as a rebellion to the mass produced, samey items that I saw everywhere. Then I started getting requests from friends and family for specific items to match an outfit, or for a special occasion etc. Along the way I started dabbling in sewing – this was very strange to me as I hadn’t picked up a needle since my school days where a disastrous incident with a sewing machine, and a cushion designed like a plate of food (don’t ask!) put me off sewing completely.
Much to my amazement, I discovered that I loved to sew! and I could actually do it! I still run away screaming from a sewing machine, but there is something so very settling and therapeutic about picking up a needle, thread and a bit of fabric, and turning it into something that people enjoy. I hand embroider hoop art pictures, make an occasional mixed media piece, and have recently begun dabbling in bead embroidery – which combines my love of shiny beads, and my love of sewing.
I live in the centre of Derbyshire, where I am lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. I have a huge love of nature, and many of my creations depict animals and birds. I have a particular love of woodland creatures!
I also have a huge love of mythology, and all things a little weird, so you might see a unicorn or a mermaid making an appearance too!
I am always strictly supervised in my work by the two loves of my life, my spaniel Remy, and my pug Spock.