by Ellie Stitt.
(Near Manchester – United Kingdom)
I’ve suffered from significant health problems for most of my life but have always managed to work, volunteer or participate in my community.
In July 2012 I had an allergic reaction to prescribed medication, and was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and a month later I was made redundant – my whole world fell apart. I was physically disabled, psychologically wounded and desperate for something that would make me feel less damaged.
I found a spool of wire and a pair of pliers, discovered JMJ and decided that nothing could hold me back. Through a comment on this website I was signposted to the Physically Challenged Artists Support Group and managed to find a whole online community of people facing similar challenges to me giving encouragement, support and practical tips.
My jewellery has moved on leaps and bounds from making a few little pieces for friends and family to commissions and a few sales. I wanted to share a couple of key pieces with you to show that once you get going nothing can hold you back.
I’d like to say a big thank you Rena and the team at Jewellery Making Journal and the wonderful women at the Physically Challenged Artists Support Group.