design, craft and daily creativity


About Caroline

Hello and welcome.  Thank you for pausing to look at my work and read about me. I am an enthusiastic and creative individual, passionate about art, design and craft. 

My experiences and the people I meet are what inspires my work. I have lived in the UK, Japan and Germany and each time I move I get the chance to reinvent and reassess what I do for work and for fun. 

Please contact me if you have a project in mind, I would love to discuss your design ideas and together create a fabulous solution.


Successfully establishing a new chapter in my graphic design and craft workshop  business in the UK, whilst exploring and working as part of the local community near Oundle in Northamptonshire. So far a very warm welcome from neighbours and new friends-to-be!
April 2016 - September 2021

Living and discovering a new design and craft community in Regensburg, Germany. Experiencing a new culture, developing new contacts for work and pleasure and actively learning and using the German language on a daily basis. 
October 2012 - April 2016
Immersed in a wonderful community in Kobe, Japan. My time was shared between hosting craft classes with multiple nationality attendees, President for an international members’ Country Club, freelance graphic design clients and exploring Japan, it’s people, places, culture and language
August 2003 - August 2012
Progressing from Junior Designer to Art Editor on consumer magazines at Bauer Media (previously emap) My experiences include working with inspirational individuals, passionate teams, driven managers and keeping to rigid deadlines. Creating, refreshing and maintaining the identity of a title and mentoring junior designers. A full understanding of preparing pages for press
October 2000 - June 2003
An intensive and inspirational degree course with fantastic tutors covering everything from typography to black and white film noir classics
pre 2000
A love for all crafts, art and design nurtured by great schooling and college courses, family members and friends. A musical, creative and sport-filled childhood


N5 level Japanese - December 2015
Internationally recognised qualification in Japanese language, for non-native speakers
MISTD - April 2003
Awarded membership of the International Society of Typographic Designers through their Student Assessment Scheme
Ba (Hons) Graphic Communication - June 2003
First Class honours degree from Loughborough University 

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