Natalie Sandifer Artisan Gifts


Crafting is more than a passion, it is in my blood.


An inherited need to craft

My family is made up of generations of crafts men and women, from my great grandfather who was a cobbler right down to my youngest sibling who studied carpentry. I even married a craftsman, we now share our atelier in France. My grandmother taught me to knit at the tender age of 4 years old, so I could join in with the rest of the women in my family who are all fabulous knitters, since then I have enjoyed learning many other crafts over the last 34 years.  

Keeping traditions alive

In our digital world, I believe there is still a place for traditional crafts and methods of production but to also make it relevant to the needs of my customers, and although I like to keep abreast of trends and fashions I also love to create in both traditional & modern techniques and materials. 

I often find myself driven by the raw material which initially catches my imagination, the finished product is created organically, inspired by the base elements.

I first learned silk painting and screen printing during my art and textiles courses in secondary school, going on to gain a GCSE in Drawing and Painting before attending the Berkshire College of Art and Design where I undertook a 2 year course in Lithographic printing, this course taught me among other skills, photography and traditional book binding as well as photography and further developed my love of screen printing. 

My next foray into crafting took me into candle making and then later into beading and jewellery making.

Modern techniques

I love learning and in 2013 I learned a new technique of fabric fusion through a crafting group who invite well known hand makers and crafts people to teach at the group, this has inspired me to create a whole new range of products. In 2014 I also embarked on an intensive machine sewing and embroidery course to further my fabric based skills. I have been able to sew by hand from an early age, and love to cross stitch and embroider, now I have extended my skills further than hand hemming my clothes and sewing on buttons into the realms of quilting and dressmaking. Fun for me is experimenting with my basic sewing machine to create designs which rival that of more technically advanced machines.

Experience

I started selling my products to the public in England in 2010 at craft fairs, markets and via the internet, as a part time venture in addition to my day job, now I am fulfilling my dream of being a work from home Mum, creating from my atelier in France.

My legacy

I can't wait to teach my daughter some of the techniques I have already learned and will learn in the future, I hope she has inherited her parents passion for making and creating.


 
He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
— Louis Nizer
 

Hand crafting brings me so much enjoyment, it has helped me through some difficult times in life, and continues to bring me lifelong friends with whom I share my passion, I feel lucky to be able to share my creations with the world.

So now you know my story, if you would like to learn more you can read some press clippings where my venture was published in Popular Crafting and Wiltshire Business magazines.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest from my atelier then read my blog, where I will show you around my creative space, detail projects I am working on and also keep you abreast of the markets in France where you can meet me in the flesh.

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