Getting to Know You is your introduction to our new Scoutie Girl contributors. We’ll be running these over the next few weeks. Today, enjoy getting to know more about Jessica Van Den!
Why do you DIY?
Because it fullfils a part of me that I never knew was empty before I started. I used to be a teacher, and before that I was studying for a loooooong time. I was always very academic – so the first time I actually made something physical, it was a revelation! I really enjoyed Manual Arts in early high-school (I think Americans call it Shop – though I think Manual Arts has a great ring to it, now that I think about it!) but I sort of let that interest lapse as I got more into academic subjects – mostly due to changing schools and not having the subject available.
What are you MOST passionate about right now?
Well, at this very moment I am about to launch issue 2 of my crafty zine, *bespoke* – I am dying to know what all my readers think of it! Oh, I am also working on a brand-new Autumn range for Epheriell, which is keeping me inspired! (Yep, it’s Autumn/Fall now Down Under, thank goodness!)
What do you have in common with Scoutie Girl readers?
I’m creative, driven, and passionate about what I do! I’m determined to make my business a success and live the life I want, not the one society tells me I should live. So far, it’s going pretty darn well!
What would Scoutie Girl readers be surprised to know about you?
Once upon a time, I was going to be a research scientist! I have 3 bachelors degrees (Arts, Science and Education – 6 years of study). My science degree is in Genetics and Microbiology – and one of my Arts majors was Contemporary Religious Studies.
When you think about it, though, real research science is quite a creative profession, so perhaps the career move I’ve made is not that surprising.