Jenni Smith

Wonderful Women with Jenni Smith, Bafta Nominated Contemporary Quilt Artist

The latest interview within my Wonderful Women series is Jenni Smith, a contemporary quilt artist producing unique pictures, prints and stationery, many of them for children. She also runs a successful sewing school in Ilkley in Yorskhire and works with expert tailor Ann Ladbury, author of 40 books on dressmaking.
writing

A Creative Life-Pushing Through The Self-Doubt

Being creative can be hard work. Hard to get the words onto the screen for that next draft, hard to get the confidence to write the book, launch the blog, heck even write that funny tweet. Creatives are riddled with self doubt. Fact.
oliver

No Longer A Baby…

If having a baby wasn't enough to make me realise my first born, Oliver (nearly 3) was no longer a baby, then moving to pre-school imminently has truly cemented it. I looked around the pre-school last week as...
filmmaker Vicki Psarias

Writing, Writing…Striving for that Commission

Having been a writer/director for nearly 10 years means I'm used to the freelance way of life, the not knowing when or where my next job is coming from and that commissions are never guaranteed. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy but I'm used to it and happily accept it.
Vicki holding a video camera

Back to Work…(a Bit)

When Alexander was 3 weeks old, I was asked if I could pop by and give a lecture on my career as a writer/director at the Northern Film School/Leeds Metropolitan University. Despite being pretty sleep deprived and foggy headed, I agreed. You see overall I felt great-I was buzzing from the birth and physically and emotionally strong enough to go in for a couple of hours.
Susanne and son

These Days, I am Mostly Surrounded by Children…

I don’t know how it happened. Once, I was able to leave the house for a loaf of bread without having to give thirty minutes notice. I could even make it back again with time to spare before Eastenders started. These days, events like this take so much preparation and fore-warning that I would rather go without toast and opt for an easier life all round.