Maurice Cornelius 

About the Maker

Breckland Fabric Covered Boxes

I was originally a shoemaker, having been apprenticed to a shoemaker/repairer in Dawlish, Devon where I grew up.  My various job changes and movements around the globe have nearly always been connected with my background job. I have taught shoemaking and leatherwork in Kenya and Broadmoor Special Hospital. I gained a diploma for the footwear industry and city & guild certificates. I have run my own business for some years, repairing and making shoes for several London West End shops
On retirement as a Field Commissioner for The Scout Movement in 1994 and moving to Norfolk, I took up water colour painting as a hobby until searches for art materials took me to Taverham and their ‘Sew Simple’ shop, where I bought a book on ‘handmade box making’. I soon adapted some of the suggestions for box making in the book and realised this is a fascinating hobby. 
I exhibited some of my work locally at art exhibitions and started to give boxes away as free gifts. A lady in Watton approached me with the suggestion that I could let her sell the boxes in her hairdressers shop, which she did and we agreed that the sum raised be donated to ‘Help for Heroes’. This was the way I started and I soon received 
invitations to attend craft fairs and to give talks and demonstrations. Now I run workshops at Taverham periodically. Profits from the sale of my boxes are donated to a charity of my choice. over £3,000 to date. My boxes are on display at the Dragonfly gallery and Studio Khyber in Watton.

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