One of my favourite posts to prepare is the ‘A chat with’ post, where I get to talk to super talented entrepreneurs about how they’re going it alone and working in a creative environment to generate their income. Creativity can take many forms, from baking to knitting, home interior to tapestry and everything in between. So while we might not all be able to be creative in our working lives, I’m a big believer that we can do it in our free time (I know I love making things while I’m watching TV). I’ve also created a separate ‘A chat with’ page where you can check out previous chats with perhaps some familiar faces. I digress.
So today I’m bringing back this series with a chat with Fran from We Make Collective. We Make Collective is leading the way in encouraging us to be creative, free from fear of failure but in celebration of experimenting with new ways of making. Alongside Fall For DIY, Fran has been busy building the We Make Collective brand over the last year or so and I’m delighted to have her on my blog today.
Hey Fran, it’s so great to have you here. Let’s kick things off with a little introduction to who you are…
Hello! I’m Fran. I write a blog called Fall For DIY which is all about making and being creative. I live in Birmingham, UK with my tall other half and a very small, furry rabbit. Blogging gives me the opportunity to explore different crafts and help others do the same. I try to write tutorials that challenge me to look at a material or technique a little differently and create an outcome that has a quality finish to it.
For readers who haven’t heard about We Make Collective, could you tell us all about it and what the aim behind it is?
I decided to start we make collective after meeting far too many people that don’t believe in their own creativity. Creativity is something we practice and learn. Not something we’re gifted with. This idea is one that many of my readers also feel strongly about. In response to this need for easy access to skills, materials and inspiration and after many months of working on the idea, I launched the We Make Collective – a site to share what we do and what we love online and in real life. I wanted to create a site that promoted individual creativity and ideas rather than a one size fits all, creative mentality.
I try to write tutorials that challenge me to look at a material or technique a little differently and create an outcome that has a quality finish to it
How did We Make Collective all begin? Was there a lightbulb moment, and how do you then go about deciding the theme of kits?
The idea actually developed over many years. I had previously created jewellery making kits and I wanted to expand on this idea to give more options and include more techniques. This idea evolved over eight months up to our launch and continues to be tweaked and improved. I try to base our themes on popular projects, techniques that make me excited to work with.
As well as We Make Collective, you run Fall for DIY and do other freelance projects, so how do you go about juggling them and organising yourself?
That’s a work in progress. I am always working on different projects and the hardest part is keeping on top of deadlines. I use my planner, Wunderlist on my phone and computer and many, many notebooks to get everything out of my head and kind of organised.
Creativity is something we practice and learn. Not something we’re gifted with.
Work aside, what’s your favourite craft(s)? Are there any new crafts you’ve recently learnt and loved?
I’m currently loving macrame which is our latest kit! It’s actually a lot of fun and my arm muscles are getting stronger as well!
Stepping away from your busy day-to-day, what’s the key to a happy life for you?
I’m very grateful to be able to do my job and have a creative outlet which for me is pretty much the key to a happy life. But away from this I find that having a goal to work towards gives me a reason to stop working and focus on my life. This could be travel, personal goals or a hobby. My personal goal at the moment is to buy a house and fix it up. It’s been years of working hard and saving but we’re almost there and I’m so excited!
I find that having a goal to work towards gives me a reason to stop working and focus on my life.
And finally, who would you invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive) and why?
Kirstie Allsopp (we can talk crafts and she can help me find the perfect house), Bjork, David Attenborough, Ira Glass, Martha Stewart, Lena Dunham and Tina Fey. We’d eat tacos and drink margaritas.
How great is Fran? Fran – thank you for your time!
Fran has also very kindly offered a 20% We Make Collective discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine with the code THISLITTLESPACE (valid until the end of October 2016). Pop over to We Make Collective to enjoy this special offer.
You can also catch We Make Collective on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find Fran at Fall For DIY.
Thanks for reading – hope you enjoyed the post!