September’s Design Team Guest Member, Tina Ashton

Hi all you lovely Lavinia Fairy Folk!  I’m Tina.  

Originally from Caerphilly, I now live on the edge of Milton Keynes with my husband of 36 years Paul, the youngest of my two sons Jack (24) and my Welsh Pembrokeshire Corgi called Callie.  My oldest son Andrew is 32 and lives with his Fiancee in a nearby town and they are excitedly planning for their wedding next year.

For the past 18 years, I have been working from home as a full-time artist, and my series of stylised tree paintings (I love trees!) in acrylic kept me busy for many years.  A few years back I lost my way a little with painting, and with it, my confidence.  However, a couple of years ago, encouraged by friends, I discovered crafts and this allowed me to get creating again.  On my new crafting journey, I discovered Lavinia Stamps and was immediately captivated.  Exploring the magic of inks and pigments, along with these wonderful stamps, is just so rewarding and I love how they allow me to make up magical stories.

My other loves are family and supporting my boys and their motor racing hobby, despite the fact that they worry me sick!  I love long walks with my Callie, gardening, and reading.  I am happiest when I am making things though, and needle felting is another love.  I have created a few birds, dogs and other creatures whilst sat watching the TV.

If I were to tell you my favourite place to be I could say I love the mountains which I’m sure, comes from being Welsh, or near a river or lake, which I’m lucky enough to live beside.  However, those inspirational places aside, in my studio, with Callie for company, is truly where I love to be.  Escaping with my Lavinia fairies and woodland creatures is an absolute joy, and on this journey, I am slowly building my creative confidence once more.  Happy Days!

I was extremely flattered to be invited to be a Guest DT for Lavinia, and right here I could insert a little fairy emoji dancing over the moon!  I’m looking forward to sharing my designs with you and hope you get pleasure out of seeing them.

September's Design Team Guest Member, Tina Ashton