Friday, October 5, 2012
Meet Making's Deputy Editor
Who are you and what is your role at Making?
I'm Sophie, otherwise known as Making's Deputy Editor… I'm fairly new to the whole crafting world but I find it all rather fascinating and inspiring and since working for Making I've learnt how to knit and sew and have become quite a keen baker! I couldn't say I'm responsible for a particular part of the magazine as the team as a whole are responsible for what becomes Making each month but I guess if I had to label myself as anything it would be the 'tier-upper' - a middle man to a certain degree. I'm the go-between from contributor to designer and ensure that project instructions and articles are edited, laid out and have all the correct images available and ready before design. There's a lot more to my role than just being in the middle but ultimately I am part of a well-oiled, creative and fun-filled machine.
So how did you become Making's Deputy?
I'd always wanted to work in the media, since secondary school, but I wasn't sure which area - for a long time I thought I'd be involved in radio production. I left college having studied Media and English among other things but didn't really know how to go about getting into the industry and so fell in and out of a variety of different jobs. Eventually, a few years ago, I decided to pull my socks up and make tracks towards a new career, following my childhood dreams of media domination! I decided on the publishing industry as my target as I'd always loved writing and reading (and correcting frustrated family members' and friends' spelling!) and so took on a degree course in English. I then plucked up the courage to go for a job at GMC as an Editorial Assistant and to my surprise got it! I worked as an assistant on Outdoor Photography, Black and White Photography and Making Jewellery magazines simultaneously before then working on Making Jewellery magazine full time. It was only in the autumn of 2011 that I was asked if I'd like to work for Making and I leapt at the chance! I've been Deputy for almost a year now and I love it!
What's the best thing about your job?
I love that my job allows me to be both creative and constructive. I love being given a free rein to find interesting people, chat to them and then write about their fascinating lives. I love trawling through the latest webs and blogs and crafty books for inspiration. On the other hand I'm a bit of a control freak and so although not the most organised person in the world, I love having things just so; creating folders, editing copy, finding solutions to problems - putting everything in its place and having a system (like I said, control freak!). The best thing though is the team, I love coming to work because it's fun and everyone gels. If we're not discussing the latest films, what we did at the weekend or what we're having to eat tonight then we're most likely eating cake, singing made up songs or getting the Knitting girls to teach us how to knit (all whilst working very hard of course)!
Give us an example of a typical day for you at Making
I usually turn up to the office a little flustered after sprinting down the hill from the car park. I turn on my computer and blitz through my emails. Then I make a note of what needs doing that day on the issue we're working on. The main part of my job is subbing which means I go through everyone's project instructions and articles and format and edit their copy ready for design. When I get a chance I'll do a bit of internet research, hunting for crafty news, products and interesting crafters to pin down for interviews. On days when I'm not glued to my computer I'll be travelling around to interview some wonderfully talented maker or designer or be visiting an exhibition or show to report back on. My favourite days are photo shoot days when we get to spend hours at a beautiful location, coming up with different settings for all of our fantastic projects and sampling the delights of the latest baked sweets and treats!
Which has been your favourite Making issue so far and why?
It's so hard to choose! My top three would be issue 17 (Feb 2012) as it was my first issue as Making's Deputy Editor and I just love the look and feel of the brightly coloured projects against the pale backdrop; issue 23 (July 2012) because we had such a fun time on the photo shoot, getting stuck in the mud on the farm and admiring our beautiful surroundings which I think comes across in the magazine - loved the chrysanthemum pouffes and '50s pin up chairs too. And at the moment I'm loving issue 26 (Oct 2012) mainly because the theme is so strong (who doesn't love fairytales?) and because it's inspired me to learn new skills just so I can have a bash at some of the projects.
Tea and cake or pie and a pint?
I don't drink tea and I'm more a half pint girl to be honest so it would have to be a large glass of vino with chocolate cake or half a cider and my mum's chicken pie. But chocolate cake just pips pie to the post - sorry mum!