From wannabe barrister to silversmith...how I fed my creative monster!
I once heard that creativity is like a creative monster...you need to feed it or it starts to get really mad!
As a child I loved anything creative...from drawing, playing with clay to making jewellery from tinfoil. I would spend hours happily creating, totally absorbed in the piece of art I was bringing to life.
But then something happened...Education. At school as a capable academic pupil I was gently guided away from the arts and towards other subjects. When it came to choosing GCSE subjects teachers made it clear in subtle, and not-so-subtle ways, that I shouldn't choose art in favour of other more 'worthy' subjects.
So I studied hard, eventually setting my sights on a career as a barrister and signing up for a law degree. But something didn't feel right. That little monster started growling and I had a growing frustration with my choice of course. It seemed stifling and I didn't feel my creativity had any use. I finished the degree and chose to study a MSc in Communications, Advertising & Public Relations. I felt much more at home on this course and my creative talents finally had an outlet.
When working I took a City & Guilds in Silversmithing and everything clicked into place...the monster was finally content!
After establishing two other businesses (Fresh Fleeces & AM Jewellery), selling handmade jewellery worldwide, I have finally turned my attention to one of the great loves of my life, Scottish pipe bands.
I have a long-standing interest in pipe bands and started learning the bagpipes with Ballykeel Blackwatch Pipe Band, back in 1990. I was part of Ballynahinch's World Champion Grade 3 band in 1993.
Now at the age of 43 I can finally say I am truly happy in my job. It's the perfect balance of business and creativity. The creative monster is well fed and purring away!