The clickety click of knitting needles and the hum of my mum’s old Singer sewing machine was the soundtrack to growing up at home as a child. My mum made our clothes and knitted our jumpers all six of us. I would say my love of making things and creativity comes from her.  


I attended Glasgow School of Art where I studied printed textiles & surface design. From window dressing to prop making, from costume design to set design I have worked in the creative industries happily for years.


It was after the birth of my son Joe (now 14) that I decided to take a 'career break' and so on a ropey sewing machine I started sewing some vintage fabrics (I had been collecting since my days at Art School) into accessories for my new home.  Admired by friends who then placed orders, and so Clarabella was born!

My product range includes homewares, bespoke furniture, lighting and accessories which are all up-cycled using vintage/found fabrics. I have undertaken several commercial & residential interior design projects which have a strong focus on re-use.  


Proud of my little business's 'green credentials'  I work as a freelance sessional sewing tutor with charities with a similar ethos.  I love to share my knowledge and host weekly sewing classes for all abilities from my studio at the Fire Station Creative in the heart of Dunfermline.


In 2017 I undertook a project to 'get back to my roots' in textile design and designed my own collection of fabrics.  My new collection called 'Hometown' is the outcome of this. I showcased the collection in April 2017 with a show called 'Look Up' at the Fire Station Creative. Inspired by the rich architectural history of my home Dunfermline, I asked the viewer to look up and appreciate the wealth of design which surrounds them. Recently I have been developing this collection into homewares and accessories.

So far, so good...


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