“Sewing for me has been a long love affair; even as a child I had an insatiable need to make stuff! I messed about with my Mum’s sewing machine a lot as a teenager, but it wasn’t until I studied shoemaking though, that I realised my love of craftsmanship and decided to start really honing my skills. Charlotte was always a thrifting and customising expert and has had the sewing bug for the last couple of years, simply out of a desire to have more control over her style and is fast becoming a very skilled seamstress!”
Elisalex de Castro Peake, Charlotte Hintzen and Victoria Elliott creators of By Hand London, an independent sewing pattern label and soon to be producer of on demand fabric aimed at the new generation of DIYers and makers.
What are you doing today to live outside the box? We hit the local skatepark again this morning for a wee skate about in the sun.
Day 4 skateboarding, decided to head to the skatepark as the sun was rising to get free reign of it while it’s empty - learned to turn on a slope and skate back down and had my first fall (not quite mastered riding switch yet)! Feeling very proud!
“Part of you is just so terribly sad to find that another person grew up in that kind of environment and to realise that they had no chance at life because of what happened to them there. Another part of you is just happy because it’s just more evidence to make a stronger claim, which is more persuasive to a court and it’s something that could be used to save their life. So even though they had this terrible terrible upbringing, it could be turned around and used to benefit them, which is ultimately all that we’re trying to do.”
Kelly Hickman, recently graduated attorney who works with the Texas Innocence Network in the University of Houston Law centre and recently featured in the documentary Life and Death Row: Crisis Stage on BBC Three.
“I started my blog when I was planning my own wedding…At the time I didn’t even consider this could become a career, I simply wanted a place to collate all my wedding ideas and inspiration.”
Kat Williams, creator of the hugely popular Rock n Roll Bride blog and yearly publication and public speaker with the Blogcademy.
“Power of a Jamaican, luck of the Irish.”
Shanaze Reade, professional BMX racer and track cyclist, 3 time winner of the UCI BMX World Championships and mostly recently the female winner of the Red Bull Hill Chasers event - an uphill event in Edinburgh in which she competed against road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.
Set my alarm for 6:30am this morning to go skateboarding round at the local skatepark, but it’s raining! So been making website tweaks and drinking copious amounts of tea until the climbing centre opens at 10!
“Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 3/4 year old undiscovered intellectual.”
Sue Townsend, novelist and playwright; well known for her humour and wit. She will be missed.
Philosopher and author Mary Midgley didn’t disappoint at the Aye Write festival tonight as part of the launch of her new book ‘Are you an illusion?’, in which she argues we are not. At age 94, Mary’s sharper than most people a quarter of her age; her forward thinking is mind opening and I left thinking ‘why didn’t I think of that before?’.
"I’m a bit of a wuss if I’m honest!"
Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, Professional climber specializing in bouldering; considered one of the UK’s most accomplished female boulderers.
"I was really lucky, I had another women, who was also a bit of a rebel, on my side, my grandmother…she was the one telling me that I could make a career out of skateboarding…but the best thing she ever taught me was that I was equal to my older brother and all the other boys in my neighbourhood and that I could do anything that they could do."
Cindy Whitehead, sports stylist and former professional skateboarder, ranked the #1 female skater in the USA for riding pool and half pipe; Cindy holds the distinction of being the only female to be featured in the centerfold for a top skateboarding magazine to this day.
“Sometime when I’m moved by something, a person, a situation or some music it pushes me into the creative circle and a writing frenzy occurs. I remember the first time I heard ‘Don’t Think Twice’ by Bob Dylan it completely changed me. ”
Annie Eve, singer-songwriter.
Took a blast around my local mountain bike trails today. Being back on my bike is a big step for me after a bad crash last year which has had me avoiding my favourite sport for several months now. I wasn’t taking the biggest lines and at times I was braking too much, but after a couple of laps I could feel myself starting to relax and old skills coming back into play. I realise now that you don’t overcome fears by thinking about them and I’m now ready to face mine behind the handlebars - roll on another year of mountain biking.
“When I moved to Seattle in 2001, I started a Trips for Kids chapter, taking low-income kids mountain biking, and I had found my niche…the bike is now a tool for creating the change I want to see in the world: from taking kids who have never been in a forest riding down single track, to giving women the tools to ride features they may not have realized they could, to building the Sisterhood of Shred by hosting, coaching and competing at women’s events all over North America - I get to change lives by doing what I love.”
Kat Sweet, professional mountain biker, mountain bike coach and mountain bike events organiser via her company Sweetlines.
A chilled out Sunday climbing session at my local indoor climbing centre. Climbing is one of my older hobbies; I started around 2002, although I’ve had months/years since when I’ve not found the time to go. At the moment I climb once/twice a week. To get really good I know I’d need to invest a lot more time, but I’m happy just doing it for fitness and still get that warm sense of achievement when I get that next move or complete a route I’ve been trying a few weeks in a row. With climbing like most sports there’s always a new technique to learn and a more difficult challenge to conquer - it always stays interesting as long as you continue to push it. Also it’s good for having a chat, a coffee and some cake!