About the Little Floating Craft Company and the creator behind it...
Born in Cambridge in the mid seventies to a family of artists and artisans there was no escape for Kirsty Waight, the face behind the Little Floating Craft Company, and little chance of resisting the creative forces around her.
With a mother who worked extensively with both dressmaking and clothing design, textile design for soft furnishings and interiors and various other mediums, a father who continually wrote, painted ( oils, watercolours, any kind really) and played guitar while he sang, the choice of what to create with was endless. It proved tricky during the years of Art and Textile training completed as tutors continually pushed for narrowing the field to one area and it just didn't work. So here at LFCC Kirsty embraces all the techniques she loves and creates as her heart desires, thus giving you beautiful creations full of love and warmth and a beautiful level of diversity.
The actual "little floating craft" is not so little though. The houseboat, Zulu, is a widebeam narrowboat measuring 60ft by 12ft (so rougly twice the width of a standard narrowboat) and has plenty of space for Kirsty, Mr LFCC, Joseph (the German Shepherd), Kevin and N'eville (the cats) and Miss LFCC (aka "the teenager") who has her own boat to sleep on but loiters on the big boat where there's more chance of getting cake. Mr & Mrs LFCC commissioned the hull of zulu in 2005 after gutting and refitting an old narrowboat and living onboard for six months. With delivery of Zulu the day before Christmas eve 2005 they were so happy (and exhausted) to move onboard at the end of the following April having fit her out entirely themselves whilst still working full time at their demanding day jobs. She has all mod cons including Sky TV in three rooms, full sized sofa's and wireless internet, and a special room (room 3b - Pratchett fans will know what this means...) where most of the creating happens despite it actually being Mr LFCC's home office. The crew most frequently spend their weekends cruising down the river around the way, returning home on a Sunday evening in time to do the laundry before getting back to work on a Monday morning! Have a nosie onboard HERE!
Mr LFCC had been a biker and VW campervan enthusiast for many years when he accidently met and nonchalently contaminated Kirsty with this common affliction, so whilst the working day might be spent with the modern cars (or sometimes bike) required the crew use their much loved vintage VW Westfalia Joker campervan or Harley Davidson Evo Roadking the rest of the time. If it's old and leaks oil that makes it perfectly acceptable! The collection is ever developing and we've now added a Classic VW Beetle to the list! Oops!
If you would like to talk to Kirsty about a special commission (small or large textile piece, unique clock, special piece of jewellery or anything else you think might suit her eclectic style) then please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can chat about your ideas and then provide a free and completely no-obligation quote.