Judith Coles gains the prestigious Creative Crafters award in 2021 at The Creation Station inspiring imaginations conference.
Jude enjoyed a successful career in finance but said
“I didn’t really want to stay in the industry for the next 20 years! I wanted something that was more me and had more impact. It was important for me to also be a good role model for my daughters. I am a Rainbow Leader and I’m a big crafter so I felt that there must be a way to combine all the things that were important to me. I believe you can achieve what you want in life if you are focused and work hard. I looked at a lot of franchises and the professionalism of Creation Station jumped out at me."
Jude attended a Discovery event and launched The Creation Station Charnwood, Leicestershire in 2016.
We received this email from Jude. It highlights how brilliant and passionate Jude is about what she does we just had to share it.
“I have just returned home from a weekend away with some amazing women and men from our Annual Creation Station Conference. I had a blast and have come back full of motivation and renewed enthusiasm for my business. It then got me thinking why I love it so much. To put it simply, I just love sharing creativity and crafting in the hope that it inspires someone and brightens their day.
When I first started my business back in 2016 it was all about the children, and in a massive way it still is – but now I find myself gravitating towards the adults too. I am passionate about bringing back a bit of sparkle, fun and wellbeing to their lives.
- I craft for many reasons. I think there is something beautiful about being able to give a gift to someone that is made just for them, with your own two hands.
- I craft because it provides great stress relief and frees my mind.
- I craft because I can’t imagine ever not making.
Ultimately, I craft to keep my soul happy, it was what I was born to do and I never intend to stop.
So, here’s the short version: I’m drawn to creativity in every part of my life. I have been a glass artist for at least the last 10 years, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been making something. I’m a craft addict, and have tried my hand at many skills, but in 2016 I invested in a business that helped show me how my crafting and creativity could inspire and benefit children and adults in a world where creativity was fast approaching extinction! "
Fast forward and I am now inspiring over 3,000 children and adults a year bringing creativity back to life! For me, crafting really helps my mental health, it fills me with complete happiness. I sometimes liken it to my Slime Making Workshops and the amazing reaction you get from the children that moment when you add in your Activator to the mix and the “magic” starts to happen!
Don’t get me wrong, there have been times when I have lost my “mojo”. But then I would run some of my adult Creative Crafter sessions and take in the fact that there were fifteen or so ladies and gents in front of me showing me their “sparkle” – and that feeling is truly amazing!
As part of The Creation Station, I’m working to bring art and creativity in all areas of learning, leisure and life – to help educate and entertain us and to help provide healthy minds and wellbeing within the community. It’s important and I LOVE what I do.”
It’s been a tough few years through Covid, but here’s what some of my fab customers recently said:
“Coming along to a Creative Crafter session run by Jude is always a highlight of the month. Every time it is something different, fun, and unique. She’s amazing when it comes to teaching the craft, coming up with the creative ideas, and making everyone feel welcome and proud of their work”. Sue
“When it comes to arts and crafts, I have always been nervous and unsure where to start. Attending Jude’s Creative Crafter sessions completely removes any nerves and always makes me feel at ease. It is a night that every month I look forward to and can get excited about creating something new! Jude is excellent at communicating with all her customers and makes each and every person feel welcome and comfortable, and it also allows me to have an exciting new project each month that I can take home and be proud of. Thank you Jude x” Jenny
“I love Jude’s Creative Crafter evenings!! She is always so well prepared, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about every craft we have done – and we have done an amazing variety!! She has always got some great examples of the craft(s) we are doing and loads of advice and inspiration to help us along with the design process as well as tips and practical help when it comes to any technical elements. She is always keen to help us try new things that we have not done before and always happy to try out different crafts that people suggest and if it’s not something she’s done before, she will go away and learn about it/how to do it in order to teach us. Great fun, great variety, always friendly and welcoming – I can’t wait for the next one 😊” Gillian
Jude also supports Creative Hub. Jude is part of our Franchise advisory council, providing helpful feedback from the network on what’s going well and what could be better. This helps us understand, improve and develop the business based on franchisees feedback.
We are incredibly proud of Jude and feel very fortunate that Jude is part of our fabulous family of fantastic franchise partners.
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