The last word with…

The renowned designer and TV pre­sen­ter tells us about her in­spi­ra­tions and her most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment on live TV…

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Find out what in­spires TV star Dawn Bibby

“I find fash­ion and fabrics very in­spir­ing. A walk down the high street can give you great ideas for colour com­bos”

WIhat is your favourite prod­uct in the cur­rent range?

think it has to be the wood­land scene die with the rein­deers in front of it. It can be used in so many ways, both with the dif­fer­ent an­i­mals and all my fo­liage dies. Do you have any ex­cit­ing prod­uct re­leases planned for the rest of 2018? Of course! There are lots of new prod­ucts com­ing – more Christ­mas de­signs and some new au­tum­nal ad­di­tions, too. What’s your favourite paper­craft trend at the mo­ment? I’m lov­ing us­ing Dis­tress Ox­ide inks with sten­cils and spritz ef­fects. And this year we’ve seen a real trend in sten­cils, which is fab­u­lous. They can be used for so many dif­fer­ent things – dry em­boss­ing, paste, spritz­ing, ink­ing… Has any­thing funny or em­bar­rass­ing ever hap­pened to you on live TV? There have been a few in­ci­dents over the years. I once had a com­plete dis­as­ter of a card so I just threw it over my shoul­der and car­ried on! Then there were times when the wrong word slipped out… seashell kit was one mishap – I’m sure you can imag­ine what I said in­stead while speak­ing fast… Who or what in­spires your cre­ativ­ity? I’ll al­ways say na­ture – the colours and beauty of it. I love flo­ral de­signs and the in­cred­i­ble colours in them. Plus, all the amaz­ing an­i­mals on our planet, they in­spire me all the time. I also find fash­ion and fabrics very in­spir­ing. A walk down the high street can give you great ideas for colour com­bos. Tell us about a day in your life... Well, my days can vary a great deal. I can ei­ther be de­sign­ing at home and spend­ing most of the day in my craft room or hav­ing a crazy day like to­day. I was up at 9am (af­ter prep­ping un­til 1am!), had a quick shower, packed, left the house at 10.30am, drove to Birm­ing­ham, checked in to fly to Düs­sel­dorf, ar­rived at 6pm and went straight to the stu­dio to set up for my 10am show in the morn­ing! I was in the stu­dio un­til 1am pre­par­ing, then crashed in my ho­tel room… glam­orous it isn’t! What does your craft room look like? My craft room is or­gan­ised chaos. I never have time to clear up af­ter the last show be­fore I have to start pre­par­ing for the next one. I have lots of shelves and draw­ers that are stuffed full to the brim with prod­ucts and stash. What’s your favourite thing about the job? I love to share my ideas and in­spi­ra­tion. I’ve had won­der­ful feed­back over the 25 years I’ve been on TV, with view­ers telling me that I have opened up a new world to them and given them a fab­u­lous hobby. Craft can be so ther­a­peu­tic and es­capist, and we all need a lit­tle bit of that! What do you most en­joy do­ing in your spare time? My very best friend is my lit­tle dog, Char­lie! I love to take him for walks and ex­plore the Stam­ford area where I have re­cently moved to. I also love mak­ing jew­ellery and have set up a sell­ing page on Face­book. I like mak­ing bracelets and hand­bag charms. My dream is to re­tire to a hot cli­mate and have a lit­tle gift shop or a cafe (sell­ing lovely desserts, of course) then I can go back to my roots and sell my hand­made jew­ellery and design ap­pliqué for clothes and bags. If you could take three things away with you to a desert is­land, what would they be? Oh, it would def­i­nitely be my lit­tle Fiskars scis­sors – I can’t craft with­out those. It would also prob­a­bly have to be my pokey tool and my glue. Can I have one more thing? I’d need some AB Gems to bling ev­ery­thing up!

The wood­land dies are some of Dawn’s favourites Dawn’s best friend is her lit­tle dog, Char­lie Dawn loves to in­spire other crafters Get­ting ready to film videos for YouTube

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