So, as promised here is the first in the series of interviews I will be doing over the next few weeks. The interview is with the fabulously talented Sarah of SLC
1. Tell us a bit about yourself:-
I am a textile designer. I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art, graduating in July 2009. I am now self employed and own a small shop in my home town Barnard Castle called SLC.
2. When did you first start crafting?
It might sound twee but I first started crafting when I was very young and since then I have loved it!! Taking it right through to my profession.
3. Would you describe this as your work or your passion?
My work in my passion. I love designing textiles I do it for business for a living but also make for pleasure in my spare time for myself, family and friends.
4. What inspires you?
I love where I live in Teesdale, and most of the time my work is inspired by nature and dale life. I do work to brief so this is not always the case, but generally you will find my personal work is themed by nature and the things that around me.
5. Tell us about your favourite creation – do you have a picture?
My favourite creation, is the work I did for my degree show. This project is called Whimsical nature, (picture attached). This work took a year to produce. I was influenced by a poem written by Rose Fyleman called 'fairies'. This poem is about a young girl creeping out of the house to visit fairies at the bottom of her garden. I took this journey into account and thought about what she might see and encounter on her way down the garden and produced a series of prints.
6. How do you keep yourself motivated?
I love what I do, keeping motivated is not a chore. I love providing people with things they will cherish for years to come. My whole surroundings motivate me everyday!
7. Do you attend craft fairs etc. or do you sell purely on-line?
I do attend craft fairs many of them are still to be confirmed for this year and will be taking place at the end of summer you can find more about these on my website as and when they are confirmed. I also sell on-line through my folksy shop which mainly has jewellery for sale, and ebay which sells wonderful cake decorations which are also for sale at SLC high street shop-- www.sarahlouiseclare.co.uk provides links to both of these shops, my website also provides an online contact for my textiles and wedding favours.
I also have a shop on the high street in Barnard Castle DL12 8NF where you can find all of these things and more.
8. Where do you do your work?
I work from home and my shop SLC.
9. Do you have a favourite medium to work with?
I don't have a favourite medium, but I have a few I do tend to stick to and have sort of become my trade mark. These are water colours, pencil drawings both colour and gray scale before moving on to fabric, wallpaper, Ceramics, etc.
10. What are you working on right now?
Right now i am working on promoting my current collection Whimsical nature, but in the background I am working on a new collection which will be coming out soon.
11. Where can we see your creations?
You can see my weekly thoughts and finds on my blog, www.sarahlouiseclare.blogspot.com, you will find my jewellery on my folksy shop, and my cake decorations on my ebay shop each found through www.sarahlouiseclare.co.uk, or you can book a portfolio viewing at SLC 01833 690 855 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I love jewellery, so much so that I decided to make it for myself. After making jewellery as gifts for friends and family, I was persuaded to sell online and set up my Folksy shop, www.folksy.com/shops/jewelbox. I work fulltime in the office of a construction company - you couldn't get much further from jewellery making!!!