Chrissie Sherwood set up Injabulo.com, which sells beautiful handmade buttons made by a women’s co-operative in South Africa, because she was so inspired to create a way by which we can all benefit from their creativity and in so doing they can create better lives for themselves. It’s not just that her business is a great example of creative living; she’s creative too, not least in how she works from home. Chrissie is doing much more than saving the world one button at a time, she’s giving back and receiving infinitely as a result.
Alison Mortlock began experimenting with making showercaps as a creative time-out from raising her three small children. When she discovered the demand for her stylish product she realised the opportunity to regain her identity as a professional women without the guilt of having to leave her children in daycare.
When Kerry Bettinson left University with no idea what she wanted to do, she saw an opportunity in the herd of Alpaca her parents had reared as part of their idyllic country home. Now, at the age of 25, Kerry runs a successful business working with over 15 tonnes of wool each year, employing dozens of women in the UK and Peru and which leads the resurging trend of hand craftmanship, knitting and felting amongst modern youth.
FACT: There are some areas of the Pacific were there is more plastic than plankton. Horrified by the implications of this on the health of marine and land creatures alike, Beth Williams quit working as an Ecologist and founded Turtle Bags, which creates inexpensive reusable string bags as an alternative to plastic ones. Hear her story…
Kath Whitworh, runs the award winning Celtic Sheepskin with her husband Nick. The Celtic Sheepskin Co began in the mid 1970′s as the original Ugg Co, making Ugg Boots and assorted leather goods. Since then, the company has steadily expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of sheepskin footwear and clothing in the UK and has been trading on-line for over a decade with customers from all around the globe. Celtic Sheepskin is an excellent example of how it is possible to produce excellent products, at reasonable prices, with a clear conscience.
Nadia Narain, a highly successful international yoga teacher, runs the Pregnancy Teacher Training Programme at Triyoga, London’s premier yoga centre. Her expertise in preparing women for pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood has led many to enjoy the changes in their bodies as they get ready for the new role that they are taking on. She encourages people to become strong and build their self-confidence so that they feel secure and calm.
Linda Bloomfield is a potter who makes and sells the most beautiful porcelain tableware. She has fused Oriental influences and the Western tradion of pottery to create items which are not only aesthetically pleasing to both the oriental and western eye but are also functional and a joy to use daily. Her love for her craft sings through her work and brings joy not just to her as she makes it but to all who subsequently have the pleasure to use it.
Katrina Burnett, playwright and doyenne of Finchcocks, the Musical Museum in Kent, has touched many through the different chapters of her life in teaching, touring and through opening Finchcocks as a historic house. Her love of life shines through to touch us all.
Caroline Bodger, of White Cloud Trading, set up her highly successful internet business with her husband several years ago from her home, selling wool duvets from New Zealand – all because her son couldn’t sleep and when she discovered pure wool bedding solved the problem she wanted to share it with the world.