Photographer, seamstress and artist talks about finding inspiration for her creativity
Vicky Meets... Nicola Parfoot from Ginger and Crane
• You are a photographer, a seamstress and an artist. Has creativity always been part of your life?
I have always been a creative soul at heart. I’ve always had the need to make and create things; drawing, painting, textiles, photography – anything! I love watching my ideas come to fruition.
• You also paint on glass. How did that start?
From an old job. I was working in a bingo hall and they knew I was creative. They asked me to paint the windows, decorating them for things like Hallowe’en and Christmas.
• What inspires you in your work?
People fascinate me and I want that to shine through in all of my work. When I am photographing weddings, for instance, I love getting to know the couple so that my photographs really represent them and their love. Everything I see and think about is reflected in my work – I’m just bubbling with passion!
• Your embroidery work is stunning. How long have you been doing it?
My current job is as a machinist for a bedroom furnishing company (I also do all their product photography). I love working with different fabrics and when I came across embroidery it fascinated me. I taught myself and it grew from there. I only started last November but I’m a fast learner!
• You are a woman of many creative talents. What are your hopes for the future of Ginger and Crane?
I still want to learn so much and I am inspired by every turn I take, but I am really into creating my own bespoke upcycled fashion and incorporating my photography into that. I think that the artistic side of being green is where my focus will be in the future. Upcycled fashion can be really exciting and I love creating really unique pieces.
• What would you say to people who love the idea of art and craft but who have no obvious talent? *asking for a friend*
When I was younger my sister was a fantastic sketcher, but I couldn’t even draw a stick figure. I used my determination to keep practising and to get better. If doing something a certain way doesn’t work for you, try it another way. Don’t be afraid to break the rules.
• You’re moving into your first home with your partner soon. I guess interior design and decoration isn’t going to be a problem?
I am very much looking forward to it and already have lots of ideas. My partner even wants me to paint murals on the walls.
• How did the name Ginger and Crane come about?
I wanted the name to reflect me without it being my name. I’m ginger, which is a big part of my persona. The crane – the origami crane – is fragile but symbolizes strength and hope.
• How can people contact you?
There is a website coming, but for now find me on Instagram: www.instagram/gingerandcrane for creative projects, and for wedding photography at www.instagram/nicolaannphotography
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