I’m an ex-biologist, naturalist, workshop-teacher, designer-maker, illustrator, mum, baker, gardener and keeper of guinea pigs. I share my nature diaries and the things I make on Instagram. I’m an Anna Atkins, Darwin and Keble Martin fangirl and sometimes I like to pretend I’m a Victorian museum curator with a massive crinoline and stovepipe hat.
There is increasing scientific evidence that both crafting and contact with nature can boost mood and help to fend off depression by altering the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in our brains. I’ve found that making during winter can help to fend off the grey feelings that can creep in at the very end and very beginning of the year and this led me to write my book, Making Winter.
It’s out on 5th October 2017 and is full of creative, nature-inspired projects designed to lift the spirits on the greyest days.
You can pre-order Making Winter here.