“It doesn’t matter what you DID or where you WERE…it matters where you ARE and what you ARE DOING. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!”
I have tried many crafts in my life; working with Friendly Plastic has been an enduring passion throughout. But all things change. I am ready to embrace whatever creative path opens up before me. In order to find out which one that will be, I need to try a whole lot of different ideas. I hope to bring to you some of my explorations, and together we will discover what really makes my heart sing, and I know you won’t try and shut me up. From past experience, you will be egging me on! Hooray to that!
And this is what I used to say as my introduction:
My name is Liz Welch and I am a mixed media artist working in Nottingham UK. My passions include my family, my art and craft work and Friendly Plastic. Friendly Plastic is a wonderful low temperature melting thermoplastic modelling material that can be used to make a huge variety of things from jewellery and accessories, to household items (boxes, bowls, vases etc), through masks, bags and other related textile applications, all the way to full blown costumes. I love them all.
A common thread throughout my work is my use of the computer as a design tool, whether it is for textiles, jewellery, cards, photos, costume, or just for the fun of it; I love to use the computer to help me go where I want to go. If you want to know more about this aspect of the creative process just check out the page on the blog called Computers for Design
Until recently I ran an online retail business called Rare Bird Ltd which is based around Friendly Plastic and how to use it, as well as creating craft DVDs on this and other subjects. However, at the end of 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and most of 2015 was spent in treatment and recovering from treatment. This sort of life event changes a person. I now want to explore new directions, especially creative ones. To do that, I need the time to spend in my studio, which means I don’t have time to spend sending out orders and running a retail business. It does not mean that I will stop working with plastic.
I continue to demonstrate making jewellery with a variety of mediums on Jewellery Maker TV once a month.