As a child, Lizzy was exposed to the full spectrum of creativity and encouraged to enter (and win) drawing competitions. Her grandmother was a seamstress and her grandfather was a skilled joiner. Spending time with them both, she developed a strong appreciation for all objects made by skilled hands. As an adult, this passion for the arts has been reflected in her career, advocacy and mentoring.
After gaining a degree in law and having her two children, Lizzy started her own botanical jewellery business, creating romantic keepsakes with dried flowers housed in delicate glass spheres. The business took off, with her products being stocked by the British Museum and The Royal Observatory. At the same time, Lizzy became the Chair of Harrow Open Studios where she looks after 55 artists and two annual showcases.
At Hand & Lock, Lizzy can combine her passion for creativity with her skills as an event organiser, facilitator and administrator. Recognising that schools are now primarily concentrating on maths, English and science, she is concerned that the teaching of arts and crafts will be impacted. She views the Hand & Lock Prize as an essential part of preserving and encouraging all forms and expressions of embroidery, for everyone.