Please tell me a little about yourself
My name is Karen Telfer and I have been crafting ever since I can remember. I have taught adults and children craft classes for many years both here in the UK and in Sydney.
I have been involved in all kinds of crafts over the years such as silversmithing, patchwork and quilting, floristry, scrapbooking, crochet and cross stitch to name but a few.
My current craft focus is on card making, mixed media and art journaling. I love teaching and inspiring others and I love seeing the excitement and joy as they create something new or make something that they didn’t think they could.
I have been working as a Life Coach and Meditation teacher for 15 years and I help people who are stressed to de-stress. This includes students, their parents, executives and business owners.
As many of us know, crafting is a great way to relax and leave our troubles behind – if only for an afternoon or a day – a great way to de-stress. I feel very fortunate to combine my work and my passion and the two work very well together.
Passing crafting and creativity on
I moved from Sydney Australia to Guildford Surrey a few years ago and, as a way of making some like-minded friends, I started teaching craft workshops once again. At our first meet there were 6 ladies and within a year the group has grown to a regular group of around 16-20. Many of them have formed new friendships and their own crafting knowledge has developed significantly. For several of them it is an opportunity to relax and ‘escape’ the pressures of their day to day lives. For others, it is an opportunity to allow their creativity to be expressed in a way that they could not in any other way.
Some are carers for disabled family or elderly parents, others have very stressful jobs but all are seeking a relaxing and ‘chilled’ day out.
I have also taught many children’s workshops in the past and we have only one rule. They are not allowed to criticise their own work. We can make it better if they don’t like it but they are not allowed to beat themselves up about it.
I have had 8 sets of my own clear sentiment stamps manufactured because I couldn’t find stamps with the sentiments that I wanted for my journaling pages. I am just about to start teaching art journaling workshops and, because of my work as a Life Coach, my journaling pages will have a ‘positive’ and therapeutic twist to them. I am very excited about this next stage.
Who inspires me in the crafting world?
WOW – there are many…… Seth Apter, France Papillon, Marta Lapkowska, Eileen Godwin, Alyce Keegan, Andy Skinner and Tim Holtz to name but a few. However, I have many very talented crafty friends with whom I am grateful to be able to share workshops, retreats and cups of tea with. Thank you all x
I am very excited to have recently been invited to join the design team for a great UK stamp company.
Where am I going next?
My new craft website is under construction and I will load my videos, craft tutorials and stamps onto it soon. I will also be creating a new Youtube channel in the next few months and aim to produce regular craft videos.
I aim to increase my workshops (including art journaling) whilst keeping the same personal and fun atmosphere that we have now.
After all, it is about creating, having fun, sharing and creating happy healthy relationships both with ourselves and others which helps us lead happier, healthier lives.