Tracey Benton of Atelier Contemporary Craft Gallery in Barnstaple, tells us about her life in 20 questions.
1. Childhood hero:
Has to be Valerie Singleton and her sticky back plastic on Blue Peter.
Making stuff and going on long walks.
3. Favourite music:
I love to listen to Deva Premal; just enchanting.
4. Favourite book:
Favourite read from this year was The Earth Hums In B Flat by Mari Strachan and I am very proud of my own book Craftydermy which was published by Cicada in the Summer.
5. Favourite film:
I’m a huge fan of anything with Katherine Hepburn in it and, while I was pregnant, watched The Lion In Winter where she plays Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. I ended up calling my daughter Eleanor.
6. Favourite TV programme:
Is it wrong that I like Made In Chelsea because it’s fun to watch incredibly posh people being so incredibly mean to each other? I like The Big Bang Theory too as I’m a bit of a geek myself.
7. Favourite restaurant:
The Boathouse in Instow especially as my daughter has a part-time job there.
8. First job:
First proper job was as a journalist in Bristol but I did work in Woollies on a Saturday when I was a teenager.
9. I’m very good at:
Buying lovely handmade crafts from very talented makers ( it’s my weakness).
10. I’m very bad at:
Time keeping and baking.
11. A phrase I use too often:
I’m sorry I’m a bit late ....
12. Three people (dead or alive) I’d invite for dinner:
Nelson Mandela, Ghandi and Martin Luther King. They changed the world for better place and I would just love to listen to them sharing their stories.
13. Other than my other half, I’d like to be stranded on a desert island with:
George Clarke and he can build us an amazing space....
14. I’m embarrassed by:
15. Proudest moment:
Watching my very talented daughter belt out a solo on stage for the very first time, she has a beautiful voice.
16. Best things about North Devon:
The scenery is just breathtaking and I love to be outside soaking it in.
17. Worst things about North Devon:
The A361 – you have to drive for almost an hour before you can start driving anywhere!
18. What of our country’s laws would you change:
I’d have much stricter rules for copyright infringements as far too many big businesses steal designs and ideas from very talented small independent designers; it makes my blood boil.
19. Overrated public figure:
20. In another life I’d like to be: A Blue Peter presenter.