HAND MADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME
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 11) 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, wallcoverings and accessories.
SO FAR, SO GOOD..
1989 - 1993 Glasgow School of Art : BA Hons Degree : Printed Textiles & Surface Design.
1994 Glasgow University Introduction to Art Therapy
1996-97 City & Guilds : London School of Printing :Display and Presentation, Prop Making.
2015-16 National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF.
'Look Up' Dunfermline Art Gallery & Museum. January
‘Hometown’ feature in Homes and Antiques Magazine.January
Jupiter Artland Art Fair.December
Open Studios at Studio 13 Winter.November
Presented my new collection Pecha Kucha Event.June
Open Studio at Studio 13 Summer.June
‘Look up’ a showcase at Fire Station Creative launching ‘Hometown’ collection.April
Awarded Create in Fife Fund by Fife Contemporary.February
Open Studio at Studio13 Winter.November
Launch of weekly ‘Studio Stitchin’ at Fire Station Creative .August
Open Studio at Studio 13 Summer .May
Fire Station Creatives group exhibition. Dunfermline.May
Employed as a Sessional Sewing Tutor for Greener Kirkcaldy.Febraury
Launch of ’ Pop-up’ sewing events at Fire Station Creative
Open Studio Event , Fire Station Creative
BOFA Arts Festival, Bridge of Allan
Full time Digital Media Course , Fife College. Jan to June
Studied Full time : Digital Media Course , Fife College. June to Dec
Awarded by Create in Fife Fund Fife Contemporary
Invited to deliver workshops at Pittenweem Arts Festival
Guest Artist at Round the Horn Open Studio’s at Kinghorn
Launch of ‘Trash to Treasure' furniture Up-cycling workshops with Furniture Plus Ltd
Employed as Sessional Sewing Tutor for adult learning at Queen Anne High School Community Use
Launch of ‘Friday Night Sewing Social’ and ‘Clarabella Vintage Homewares’
Launch of ‘I made this’ children’s pop - up sewing workshops
Winner of CreativeFife Best Craft Business Award
British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate
Aviemore Craft Trade Fair
British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate
Winner of funding from Creativefife as a start up.