"I am Alison (Ali) Lloyd and my company is Ali's Craft Studio. I work from my home in Kent in the South East of England and my wonderful husband, Phil, helps me at fairs and markets each weekend. I have been making window clings as a hobby for over 15 years ago but made it my full time business by starting my company in 2008, following the death of my father in late 2007 which made me realise that life is simply too short not to be doing something you love! I love the idea that someone can give their home a whole new lease of life for a small outlay – especially as many people are finding it tough going in the current economic climate.
I do enjoy being at fairs - seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they are looking through my decorations trying to choose which one they would like is amazing and customers are brilliant at suggesting new designs which I may not have thought of! Also, just being around creative people and seeing wonderful colours all around me – be it in books or real life is very inspiring. I am lucky enough to live and work in Kent – The Garden of England – and the trips to fairs around the south east take us through some absolutely stunning countryside. My husband is a major inspiration as he helps me out every weekend at fairs and keeps me motivated on the early mornings setting up at a fair when things don’t always go immediately to plan (I am not a good morning person!)
I am really pleased that I have my website and online shop to make it easy for people to purchase from me at any time and am really pleased with how it turned out as I designed and created it myself. I am looking forward to expanding my designs even further and continuing to build my business. I love it when customers come back time and time again and also recommend me to their friends – there is no better feeling than knowing someone loves your work! I want to ensure I keep providing a good service and great products for all my customers and hopefully introduce more people to Ali’s Craft Studio and the joys of Gallery Glass!"
You can find my website at http://www.studiocrafts.net/ and follow my ramblings on my blog at http://studiocraftsblog.blogspot.com/
Kind Regards, Alison Lloyd
Speaking for Plaid Enterprises, I am so thankful for crafting hearts around the globe that have chosen to be creative with Gallery Glass. Blogs are about sharing common interests --and that mutual interest brings us together to learn from and enjoy each other. Alison, thank you so much for contacting me and being willing to share your glorious talent with our readers. Your paintings look more like oils than glass paint--the shading is out of this world. I know that you will inspire many other people to reach higher and try more difficult techniques. And I can certainly see that you have taken Suncatchers or Clings as we call them --to a whole new level. Please keep sharing your work with us. I invite everyone to take a look at her website and blog. You will love them!