Sometimes it takes a while to find out what we are really good at, what drives us, what gives us a reason to get up in the morning.
Elizabeth (aka Lizzie) is originally from Malvern in Worcestershire. Born into a family of uniquely creative people her own creative journey started at the age of 10 when she began learning to write in calligraphy for which she won local school awards for her talents.
She spent a great deal of her teenage years in and out of hospital having surgery on her as she was born with as she puts it 'a wonky leg and foot'. During this time she got particularly enthralled with cross stitch, and this was probably the start of the journey that has led to the formation of Pirates and Paperdolls.
Lizzie left high school at 16 with a handful of GSCE's (nothing art based) and met her welsh husband, by 2005 they moved to Wales and in 2007 they welcomed their first child, a boy then in 2010 they welcomed their second baby, another boy.
Her sewing journey then began in 2010 when her eldest had his first nursery Christmas play and she decided to have a go on a sewing machine and make his costume - he was the cutest little wise man!
Lizzie went on to teach herself to make everything from quilts to waistcoats and teddy bears from which she set up a part time craft business Pipers Workshop then in 2014 once she had taken her craft business as far as it would go Lizzie took what she considers her biggest leap of faith and applied to study a one year certificate in higher education in Fashion Design.
Four years later Lizzie left the University of South Wales with an upper second class degree with honours in Fashion Design and her final collection - an outdoor, gender neutral brand was selected by the university to be entered into the GFW Mothercare competition.
Pirates and Paperdolls launched in September 2018 with a huge goal; to encourage kids to spend more time outdoors and learn to live a real life, not a virtual one.