I'm very excited to be moving into a new studio this weekend. I say 'studio', it's a portacabin. It's a HUGE portacabin. Not a very pretty portacabin but I'm sure I can make it beautiful in no time. I've been working from home until now and it's all got a bit out of hand. Lampshades aren't the easiest thing to store, nor are the enormous cardboard boxes I send them out in. My dining table has been taken over on a permanent basis by work stuff, my children can't move for piles of fabric and rolls of PVC and my enjoyment of my living space has been severely compromised. So Swee Mei is moving home. I can't tell you how overjoyed I am. I'll be based in a boat yard attached to a yacht club, surrounded by burly men who make things too but out of steel and metal and stone. What they'll make of a namby pamby lampshade maker, I don't know but they seem a pretty decent bunch. My children will miss the cardboard boxes and bubble wrap (the best bit about Mum's job) but I think they'll love the new place. Who needs expensive shepherds hut holidays when you can visit mummy in her portacabin?
I'm Miranda and I live near the beach in a quiet corner of West Sussex. I make lampshades and I also work as a scenic artist.