Hello – I am Stephanie, founder and content curator of The Trove Cambridge.
When I moved back to Cambridgeshire in 2013 I was inspired to learn more about the local creative scene and started blogging about my discoveries. Six years later I am incredibly proud to have developed an alternative platform that showcases the work and services of creatives and creative organisations across the county – you can read more about what we do at The Trove Cambridge here.
Here are 10 things you might not know about me:
- I have always been creative and often have several craft projects on the go at any one time! I found a real thirst for crochet after attending a workshop with Joanne Scrace (@notsogranny) in 2016 – and more recently for embroidery since taking part in Rowan’s charity art exhibition in February 2019.
- I was born in Cambridge where we lived until I was six and then moved to Earith – a small village located 10 miles east of Huntingdon. In 2014, I moved back to Cambridge for a couple of years and recently returned to Earith with my husband David. We both grew up in Cambridgeshire and love living here so much that we chose to move back after University!
- I attended Impington International Sixth Form where I studied the International Baccalaureate with Visual Arts as a higher subject, and then I moved to Manchester in 2010 where I went on to study at the Manchester School of Architecture.
- I first launched The Trove Cambridge as a personal blog in October 2013 and since have attended and volunteered at an incredible array of creative events and workshops across Cambridgeshire, networking with hundreds of inspirational creatives along the way.
- I am an extroverted-introvert. I really enjoy meeting new people and socialising but thrive off having time to myself and to recharge in a quiet environment. I have seen my confidence grow through attending meet-ups with local blogging network #CambMeetUp as well as photowalks with Cambridge Creatives and IgersCambridge.
- I have a background in administration. I enjoy working in a role with a strong customer or public focus and drawing on both my creative and administrative skill-sets when it comes to running The Trove; from designing the website to managing multiple spreadsheets.
- I love exploring my creativity by trying out new things and learning new skills! There’s so much opportunity locally to try something new and I have enjoyed a wide range of workshops from printmaking with Kip Gresham (The Print Studio) and pottery with Randella Handley (Clay on the Corner), to floristry styling with Bridget Davidson (Wild Rosamund), paper marbling with Katherine Brett (Payhembury Papers) and bookbinding with Helen Perry (Helen Handmade Books).
- I was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) in 2016, having suffered with chronic fatigue since having glandular fever at age 11. Living with chronic illness is hard and I advocate for the ME/CFS community by talking about my experience.
- I enjoy watching football and following Cambridge United, Ipswich Town and Liverpool. You can also find me either watching TV (the likes of The Walking Dead, Taskmaster and GBBO), or buying second-hand thrifty fashion pieces and décor for upcycling projects.
- I am passionate about supporting the art, design and handmade industries as well as shopping and supporting local – my home has become filled with #CambsCreativeTreasures over the last six years! I really do practise what I preach – and it isn’t hard when there are so many amazing products right on your doorstep.
I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch and introduce yourself or let me know if you have any questions. You can connect with me on Instagram here – and be sure to follow our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) to keep updated with what is happening at The Trove Cambridge.