Zaya Gilchrist

    What training have you had?

    Since I was a child I have been drawn to making with my hands as a means of self-expression and to make sense of this crazy world in which we live.  I completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design in Camberwell aged eighteen. Since then, my career has been in Education but I yearned to reconnect with my creativity and so I completed another Foundation Diploma at Falmouth University. I met Lucy when our children started primary school together. We shared a love of making and came to macramé initially to learn a new skill and fell head over heels with this beautiful craft.

    What is your biggest inspiration?

      I take inspiration from the Arts and Craft Movement which started in England in the late nineteenth century. It brought designer/makers together from all walks of life and also recognised the benefits of crafting on mental health. A philosophy which certainly resonates today. Having my son was also a great inspiration to me. My desire to create a positive role model has driven me to pursue my passion for making.

        Biggest risk to date?

          Moving from London to Cornwall in my thirties seemed a massive risk at the time. It has taken a while to acclimatise and carve out a new life but now I would not want to be anywhere else.

            What music do you listen to? 

              I always have Radio 6 Music or Classic FM on whilst working. Anything by Max Richter or Erik Satie is my chosen soundtrack for calm and meditation. 'All this love' by Gwen McCrae when I fancy dancing around my house. I love most genres and music is a very important and essential part of my life.

                What is it about living and working in Cornwall that is important to you?

                  Cornwall offers a slower pace which allows more space to daydream. Over the past couple of years I have met many other designer/makers at craft fairs and workshops and found a very supportive community nurtured by living in such a beautiful part of the world.

                    How do you stay grounded whilst being a working mother?

                      Wine and chocolate. And lots of laughter.