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Anna Interview

In the Hot Seat: Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown

Q1. Have you always been creative?

Yes, I love art, unusual shapes and colour, everything inspires me to be creative as far back as I can remember. I grew up in the countryside so loved walking with my dad in the fields and listening to the birds which played a huge part in my creativity; seeing and appreciating the smaller things in life. 

Q2. What is the first thing you can recall making as a child and who was it for?

I entered my first cake competition when I was 14 and won bronze, which I was delighted with and it really encouraged me to get more creative. 

Q3. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

When I was younger I always wanted to be an artist, but got told it was very hard to break into this industry, I still love putting pencil to paper; it's my relaxation time.

Q4. Why/when did you decide you could make a living out of crafting?

When I was still at school I used to sell cakes to the teachers and when it was a retirement or birthday they would always commission me to create the cakes. I created my first 3 tiered wedding cake when I was just 16 and fell in love with creating something to help make someone's day so special. My real business started when I had my daughter in 2000, she was a really good baby so I had the time to craft.

Q5. Do you have any other hobbies?

Too many to mention! I struggle to sit still for long so always have something on the go. All types of art, as well as knitting and crocheting, creating flowers in different mediums, paper and napkin folding, the list goes on! I really want to try glass blowing, woodwork and metal work; I fancy sewing and claywork too but there isn't enough hours in the day… I think I need to retire early!  

Q6. What craft item can you not live without?

A pencil and some paper, I don’t go anywhere without them!

Q7. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 5 items, what would they be – and why?

Well I am assuming there is no electricity so my airbrush is out! So, it would be some small scissors, paper, pencils and a rubber so I can make and sketch things. My husband will tell you I can't rest for long on a beach without sketching! However, top of the list is my toothbrush I can't live without that! 

Q8. What’s your biggest ambition in life?

To be happy and successful. I can't narrow this down as I have achieved so much in my life, like running my own very successful cake business, traveling the world teaching, being published and obviously being on Create and Craft, but I always crave more. 

Q9. What’s been the highlight of your crafting life so far?

I have several - winning my first best in show in an international cake competition was a huge honour for me. Then my first time on Create and Craft about 3 years ago was amazing and I still love it now. Plus, seeing my work in a magazine for the first time was very exciting, but my biggest is having 2 books published with the 3rd on the way, as I am very dyslexic so never thought I would be able to have a book published.  

Q10. Any advice for beginners?

Don’t give up and always believe in yourself.
It's not easy when you first start out, and it can be very lonely so get a good network of friends around you. I am a member of www.AFCI.UK which I find to be great help; their networking events are fab.
Follow your dreams, there should always be a dream to follow!