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Introduction

Hi my name is Norma I am a Wirral based ‘Artist’. Having retired and needing a new challenge I started upcycling pre-loved items inspired by Steampunk. All are handcrafted using various techniques to create texture and metallic finishes achieving my unique styled pieces.

Norma Thomas

About Crafted by Norma

Having retired in early 2015 from a challenging and demanding role as a Health & Safety Training Manager in the Catering Industry I needed something to keep me occupied.

I was never interested or had the time for art or crafts until I retired and only by chance was introduced to both craft and steampunk by a friend from my allotment. I had always been keen to reuse and upcycle as much as I was able to not just for the good of the planet but as a way of life. Think that was just the way I was brought up as we had very little when I was a child so nothing got thrown away.

My dad was a hoarder and could put his hand to mending and fixing things, so I think that is where I get my talent and ability to alter items from. On a visit to Bulgaria I found a small craft shop that had a glasses case which was so unique. I went in and tried to ask about how it had been made, which was challenging in Bulgarian. The lady did her best to explain and showed me all the materials that she used and so I bought the lot. When I got home I tried it out and was pleased with my attempts and ending up selling them at my local craft fair. The positive reaction that I get when people see my work for the first time gives me the motivation to carry on making my unique pieces.

History

Most people look forward to all the extra time they will have in retirement but I didn’t. So looking back to what I enjoyed as a child, making things with my Dad from unwanted bits in his shed, upcycling was the way forward. With so many people liking my work and Martin my son supporting me I am now offering my work local as well as worldwide.

I find steampunk such an inspiration as I have always enjoyed the way things work and find it so fascinating. I just love old school engineering, all those cogs and gears. Unsurprisingly, working in a range of mixed media in all its forms blends so well with both upcycling and steampunk.

In my old role as trainer it seemed only natural that I should share my knowledge and passion for what I do with other crafters, so I do a range of workshops. In these I teach about textures, metallic finishes and how to upcycle everyday items in my unique style. I do find it fascinating that I can give the same materials to a group and they all come out with such variety in styles and designs.

My favourite materials:

Black gesso
Car boot finds
Card
Paper
Cogs gears
Clocks

Ethos

I pride myself and my work on creating new designs by repurposing and redesigning unwanted items that would have been heading for landfill. So my lovingly handmade totally unique work is not only eco-friendly and innovative but also an opportunity to show my quirky unique art. I do hope you appreciate what goes into my pieces as much as I do.

Introduction

Hi my name is Norma I am a Wirral based ‘Artist’. Having retired and needing a new challenge I started upcycling pre-loved items inspired by Steampunk. All are handcrafted using various techniques to create texture and metallic finishes achieving my unique styled pieces.

Norma Thomas

About Crafted by Norma

Having retired in early 2015 from a challenging and demanding role as a Health & Safety Training Manager in the Catering Industry I needed something to keep me occupied.

I was never interested or had the time for art or crafts until I retired and only by chance was introduced to both craft and steampunk by a friend from my allotment. I had always been keen to reuse and upcycle as much as I was able to not just for the good of the planet but as a way of life. Think that was just the way I was brought up as we had very little when I was a child so nothing got thrown away.

My dad was a hoarder and could put his hand to mending and fixing things, so I think that is where I get my talent and ability to alter items from. On a visit to Bulgaria I found a small craft shop that had a glasses case which was so unique. I went in and tried to ask about how it had been made, which was challenging in Bulgarian. The lady did her best to explain and showed me all the materials that she used and so I bought the lot. When I got home I tried it out and was pleased with my attempts and ending up selling them at my local craft fair. The positive reaction that I get when people see my work for the first time gives me the motivation to carry on making my unique pieces.

History

Most people look forward to all the extra time they will have in retirement but I didn’t. So looking back to what I enjoyed as a child, making things with my Dad from unwanted bits in his shed, upcycling was the way forward. With so many people liking my work and Martin my son supporting me I am now offering my work local as well as worldwide.

I find steampunk such an inspiration as I have always enjoyed the way things work and find it so fascinating. I just love old school engineering, all those cogs and gears. Unsurprisingly, working in a range of mixed media in all its forms blends so well with both upcycling and steampunk.

In my old role as trainer it seemed only natural that I should share my knowledge and passion for what I do with other crafters, so I do a range of workshops. In these I teach about textures, metallic finishes and how to upcycle everyday items in my unique style. I do find it fascinating that I can give the same materials to a group and they all come out with such variety in styles and designs.

My favourite materials:

Black gesso
Car boot finds
Card
Paper
Cogs gears
Clocks

Ethos

I pride myself and my work on creating new designs by repurposing and redesigning unwanted items that would have been heading for landfill. So my lovingly handmade totally unique work is not only eco-friendly and innovative but also an opportunity to show my quirky unique art. I do hope you appreciate what goes into my pieces as much as I do.

Introduction

Hi my name is Norma I am a Wirral based ‘Artist’. Having retired and needing a new challenge I started upcycling pre-loved items inspired by Steampunk. All are handcrafted using various techniques to create texture and metallic finishes achieving my unique styled pieces.

Norma Thomas

About Crafted by Norma

Having retired in early 2015 from a challenging and demanding role as a Health & Safety Training Manager in the Catering Industry I needed something to keep me occupied.

I was never interested or had the time for art or crafts until I retired and only by chance was introduced to both craft and steampunk by a friend from my allotment. I had always been keen to reuse and upcycle as much as I was able to not just for the good of the planet but as a way of life. Think that was just the way I was brought up as we had very little when I was a child so nothing got thrown away.

My dad was a hoarder and could put his hand to mending and fixing things, so I think that is where I get my talent and ability to alter items from. On a visit to Bulgaria I found a small craft shop that had a glasses case which was so unique. I went in and tried to ask about how it had been made, which was challenging in Bulgarian. The lady did her best to explain and showed me all the materials that she used and so I bought the lot. When I got home I tried it out and was pleased with my attempts and ending up selling them at my local craft fair. The positive reaction that I get when people see my work for the first time gives me the motivation to carry on making my unique pieces.

History

Most people look forward to all the extra time they will have in retirement but I didn’t. So looking back to what I enjoyed as a child, making things with my Dad from unwanted bits in his shed, upcycling was the way forward. With so many people liking my work and Martin my son supporting me I am now offering my work local as well as worldwide.

I find steampunk such an inspiration as I have always enjoyed the way things work and find it so fascinating. I just love old school engineering, all those cogs and gears. Unsurprisingly, working in a range of mixed media in all its forms blends so well with both upcycling and steampunk.

In my old role as trainer it seemed only natural that I should share my knowledge and passion for what I do with other crafters, so I do a range of workshops. In these I teach about textures, metallic finishes and how to upcycle everyday items in my unique style. I do find it fascinating that I can give the same materials to a group and they all come out with such variety in styles and designs.

My favourite materials:

Black gesso
Car boot finds
Card
Paper
Cogs gears
Clocks

Ethos

I pride myself and my work on creating new designs by repurposing and redesigning unwanted items that would have been heading for landfill. So my lovingly handmade totally unique work is not only eco-friendly and innovative but also an opportunity to show my quirky unique art. I do hope you appreciate what goes into my pieces as much as I do.

As the saying goes - One man's waste is another man's treasure.
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