For over 13 years I have run my awesome business Parsley Pie in Hale & I love it!! I’m very proud of it & I have now also finally taken the plunge and expanded it!
Parsley Pie Art Club is a unique artist retreat for children all about creativity, laughter & freedom of expression!
A parent free zone where we give kids of all ages & abilities the space to truly let their creativity run wild! While the parent can relax knowing their home is not going to get completely trashed!
At Parsley Pie there is no right or wrong and children are encouraged to be themselves, use their initiative and imagination!
I totally believe in the power of building self worth and self esteem through art and freedom of expression!
And I love love love mess & paint!
Parsley Pie Art Club was established in 2001, an invaluable light bulb moment for me I think! At the time I was a poor struggling artist (I specialised in painting human forms/nudes in oils) & I was also professional belly dancer, performing all over the UK! I loved what I was doing, I am so passionate about the arts and being creative but I really needed to earn a more regular income as selling paintings and gaining decent commissions was proving to be very hit and miss at times! and with a large brood of animals, (goats & cats!) to consider, plus bills to pay something had to be done!
After talking to friends and acquaintances, I soon got the feeling that there was a huge niche in the market. So i decided that it was my mission to create a place where kids could be kids, let rip, be truly creative and have fun while developing their confidence and skills, something I felt was massively lacking in school & college environments. I already had the art skills, a studio space and a bit of experience with kids by doing bits of babysitting, so it was set!
Although I went to art college for 3 years, I found it frustrating and very restraining, it didn’t suit me at all
SO after my experiences at college, I wanted give children of all abilities the opportunity to experience total freedom and pure creativity in a studio environment, let them explore their imaginations & experiment with a variety of techniques & mediums & if they made loads of mess, it didn’t matter!
I have no degree, no formal qualifications for working with children and no professional business training. I am just highly motivated person, with a pure a love of art and a passion for freedom of expression who really gets on with all sorts of people, especially kids!
I love my job, it’s that simple! I adore getting stuck in, getting messy! My nails are always yucky but I don’t care! I love being an inspiration and guiding kid’s on a path that improves their self esteem and makes them happy! I love the flexibility of my job, the fact I’m not stuck in an office all day every day, the fact I get lots of time off! I love working with kids, it is a major part of the job, which I have come to enjoy more and more over the years, especially as now I am a mother myself, you have an even deeper empathy with them, you want them to feel good about themselves and confident! It’s a truly great experience to get to know children over long periods of time, see them grow and evolve! I love it!
Some kids keep on coming to my classes for years, my longest standing attendees are Lucy who’s been coming for about 10 years, Lauren for about 9 and Jim for about 8 years!
I have the perfect work/life balance and I could not be happier!
I have a successful career! Plus I have tons of quality time to spend with my wild and gorgeous little boy Theron who is now two!
I am very proud that I have always been self employed & I came from nothing & have built a very strong and successful business.
I average about 60 – 70 KIDS ATTENDING EVERY WEEK during term time and since expanding the business only 6 months ago I already have two new fabulous Parsley Pie licensees onboard who have their own clubs in Stockport & Whitefield!
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