Josephine Smith

Josephine has made “things” for as long as she can remember!  

Formal training in fashion and pattern cutting at the London School of Fashion followed training in Needlework and Embroidery gave her a strong grounding in textiles but Josephine is equally at home working in glass, plastic, paper and metal to create jewellery, bags and gifts.   When she has time she uses her knitting and crocheting skills to create contemporary accessories.

A founding member of Three Mills Josephine has been involved in the group for over 20 years being keen to promote the social and health benefits of crafting and inspire others to develop their creative skills.

Josephine currently leads workshops for children and adults in a wide range of community settings specialising in crafts made from recycled materials.  She has developed projects, raised funds and built partnerships to support the sharing of crafts for the last five years, leading workshops at community festivals and at the Mayor’s Show in the London Borough of Newham sharing crafts with over 300 to 600 people.

In the lead up to the London Olympics Josephine led the 2012 scarf project which brought together groups and individuals in knitting and crocheting 2,012 squares, enough to go around the Olympic Stadium track.

Three Mills Crafts encouraged and supported Josephine to take the project to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which she attended for a year, giving her confidence to gain new skills, confidence and inspiration to move the group on to where it is today.  She is now a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a member of the Price Waterhouse Coopers entrepreneurs club.