HAND MADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME

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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 13) 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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1989 - 1993 Glasgow School of Art  : BA Hons Degree  : Printed Textiles & Surface Design.

 

1994  Glasgow University Introduction to Art Therapy

 

1996-97 London School of Printing : City & Guilds :Display and Presentation, Prop Making.

 

2015-16 National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF.

 

2019

 

Launch Gallery at Scotlands Trade Fair January

Awarded Gold 'Best New Product'. January

Exhibition Rooms II Green Gallery. Buchlyvie . March

Bowhouse Market, St Monanas. April

Pittenweem Arts Festival . August

Cloth Contemporary sScottish Makers Maket , Dovecot Studios. August

 

2018

 

'Look Up'  Dunfermline Art Gallery & Museum. January

‘Hometown’ feature in Homes and Antiques Magazine.January

Awarded Create in Fife Fund by Fife Contemporary.February

Fire Station Creatives group exhibition. Dunfermline.May

Awared Create in Fife Fund by Fife Contemporary to launch my collection to Trade. August

Launch Gallery at Scotlands Trade Fair. September

Open Studios at Studio 13. November

 

2017

 

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

 

2016

 

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

 

2015

 

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

2014

Studied Full time : Digital Media Course , Fife College. June to Dec

Awarded by Create in Fife Fund Fife Contemporary

2013

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

2012

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

2009

Winner of Creative Fife Best Craft Business Award

British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate

Aviemore Craft Trade Fair

2008

British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate

Winner of funding from Creativefife as a start up.

 

 

 

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