Isle of Wight-based textile artist Edwina Cooper, 54, is proof that there is life after a debilitating illness.
After a corrective gastrointestinal operation in 2000, Edwina suffered a stroke as she was coming out of the anaesthetic.
She lost the ability to speak and use of her right hand.
Nine years later she is fully recovered and selling her hand-painted cushions on NOTHS.
With backgrounds in marketing and the media (Sophie as a journalist and website editor, Holly in advertising and marketing at agencies such as Publicis, where she and Sophie met 12 years ago), it was also the ideal opportunity for the two friends to work together from home – indeed, from their own kitchen tables, with their children at their feet.
‘Holly is bold, fearless and unafraid to reach for the stars, whereas I’m careful and thoughtful, so we bring out the best in each other,’ says Sophie.
In 2006, when friends Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker dreamed up (NOTHS), a vibrant online ‘arts and crafts fair’ community, they had no idea what a vital lifeline, both financially and emotionally, it would become for hundreds of women around the country.
Lafayette is full of single men and women like you looking for dates, lovers, friendship, and fun.By night, she dreams in a swirl of candy colours and luscious textures for her fashion accessories business Souk, which she sells via NOTHS.