Here’s how Terry Fox, Creative Director of The Academy of Couture Sewing and Creative Textiles spends her working day
Terry Fox is the Creative Director of The Academy of Couture Sewing and Creative Textiles. With a background in fashion and bridal wear and 45 years’ experience in the creative industry, she is now offering her insider knowledge in the form of workshops or one to one training.
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I love my mornings! I usually whirl around like The Tasmanian Devil before wearing myself out by lunchtime. I wake up between 5am or 6am, depending if my cat has decided if we are having a lie in or not.
The first thing I do is feed the cat or DIE! Then I feed myself which typically consists of chunky nut cereal with intermittent peanut butter on toast...Yum.
I usually work at home, so this means I start around 30 minutes after I wake up. My typical morning consists of answering my emails and social media messages. Then I’ll catch up on writing blogs, feature, newsletters, workshops, YouTube and future planning.
I always stop for lunch at 1 o’clock. I try to avoid more bread so I will only have something light. Sometimes I’ll meet up with a friend or colleague, purely to make sure I catch up with the outside world.
I don’t leave work as such, but I usually finish my working day just before 9 o’clock in the evening. Then I will sit down in front of the TV to watch one of the many crime series. By the end of the week, they all blend into one. No wonder I get confused. I think there’s one massive plot consisting of five bent coppers, six serial killers and a dozen forensics. So don’t ask me who’s who. I have no idea!
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I normally go to bed at around 11 o’clock on a weekday. I can switch off if I want to, but often I have ideas just ticking away in the background. I tend to collect these so I can formulate one big plan, complete a design or succinctly put an idea or project together the next day.
I can always remember my dreams in great detail. So much so I think people think I make them up because the story I tell is longer than the time I have been asleep.
The favourite part of my day is writing my ‘To Do’ list with a cup of tea. I’ll usually write a very long list of what I am going to achieve, and I’ll tick everything off as the day progresses.
These days prepare for the other times I am running my workshops and training sessions. On those days I am totally absorbed with the client, so it’s a completely different working day. I love having both of these as it keeps the balance perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing.
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