Local Lovin’: Claire Barclay Draws

Claire Barclay Draws

My Local Lovin’ series is a spotlight on designers / stores / creators of marvellous things (and anything else that catches my eye) – all based in Scotland. I believe that we should be supporting amazing home-grown talent, so I decided to keep Local Lovin’ as a permanent feature. If you have an awesome project, or create something that you think I might love, please let me know! See my Contact page for details of how to get in touch.

Have you ever come across someone whose work just makes you grin from ear to ear? Claire Barclay is one of those people. Not only do her playful designs make me chuckle every time, but I’ve seen them first-hand brighten up the day of whoever comes across them!

Claire Barclay Draws

I first became aware of this adorable Glasgow gal a couple of years back when she very kindly sent me some of her amazing Claire Barclay Draws pieces for the new (at the time!) flat. I later found out that we had a mutual love for Prince, so you know that automatically places her on my list of Good People, right? A few of you might even remember that Claire did a live portrait of Gary, Bosley and I earlier this year – it’s now one of my favourite pieces of art that we have on display!

I therefore couldn’t help but feel it was high time that Claire Barclay Draws joined the Local Lovin’ gang – and couldn’t wait to blether with her about her inspiration, her travels and much more…

Claire Barclay Draws

Hey Claire! I’d love to know about the beginning of Claire Barclay Draws – have you always loved drawing? At what point did you decide to develop it into a business?

Yes, I have always loved drawing from a very young age! I went to art school in Edinburgh and used to get bewildered looks or a wee laugh when I’d come out with certain Glasgow slang or Scots sayings (most folk at my uni were not Scottish!), so I decided to create some illustrations that totally embraced the brilliance of these sayings. I had my first solo exhibition in a wee pub in Leith and that is where my boozy illustrations were born (Beautiful Buckfast, Terrific Tennents etc) and I sold so many prints of them over those two months I decided to get them onto Etsy and the rest is history!

You are clearly a Glasgow Girl at heart, but are there any other cities that have left you feeling inspired?

Well, I think Edinburgh actually does have a big part to play in the inspiration behind my business in that living there gave me such a strong sense of being a west coaster and a ‘Glasgow Girl’ away from home. That being said I absolutely love it there, it’s so beautiful and I spent a wonderful 5 years there…but I knew that when it was time to start my business properly I wanted to do it at home in Glasgow! I also love to travel and one of the best perks of being self employed is that I can take time to go explore different cities around the world. In the past year I’ve been to Barcelona, Antwerp, London, Berlin, Madrid and I’m going to Amsterdam in a few weeks time before Christmas madness is in full swing at CBD HQ!

Claire Barclay Draws

OK, you’re giving me major wanderlust over here! What was the very first piece you designed and sold? Do you still make it today?

Yes it was the ‘Beautiful Buckfast’ illustration which I sold during my exhibition in Boda Bar in Leith, which I still sell to this day and is still one of my best sellers actually!

Important question time: during a long day of designing, what’s your snack of choice?

Mmmmm I would have to say peanut butter on anything…?

Ah, a gal after my own heart! What’s been your proudest moment so far?

Going fully self employed and not having to juggle a part time job as well was a pretty proud moment! I also hit 2000 sales on Etsy recently and that felt nice.

Congratulations! That’s so cool! So, as you might know, I am all about sharing the love – tell me about an indie maker/ designer that you can’t get enough of right now?

I absolutely love the work of East End Press and Doris Does Doodles who are both fellow Glasgow based designers who make screen printed and digital illustrated work. East End Press’ work is just so colourful and fun and I adore the retro vibe Doris captures in her products.

Claire Barclay Draws

I love Doris Loves Doodles too, and I’ll need to check out East End Press – they sound right up my street! Finally, do you have anything exciting coming up that we should keep our eyes peeled for? Spill!

Yes indeed! I have my new Christmas collection launching ASAP as well as Pop Up Portraits events in Sunshine No.1 and Paisley Abbey in November and December! I’ll also be taking part in lots of festive markets including Etsy Made Local on the 2nd December and Tea Green Market in the Kibble Palace on the 9th and 10th of December. Oh, and I’m the guest artist at BLOW Finneston all of October where I shall be selling prints as well as drawing portraits on Sat 14th with 50% of all proceeds going to Glasgow Women’s Aid.

Phew! What a busy bee – I’m tired just thinking about all that! Thank you so much to the awesome Claire Barclay Draws for sharing a peek into her world!

You guys know what to do – hop on over to Claire’s website to keep up with her cheerful work and be sure to head to one of her pop-up appearances over the next few months. Ear to ear smiles and rad designs guaranteed…

 

 

 

All images by Claire Barclay Draws 

5 Reasons to Fall in Love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection

Cambridge Satchel

Bonjour! Last week I was transported to the glamorous bygone days of the French Riviera… and I didn’t even need my passport (or a time machine!). Instead, I headed through to Edinburgh for a very special visit to The Cambridge Satchel Company’s store at Grassmarket to get to know their new Spring line a little better.

Inspired by vintage travel postcards, pastel-hued French sunsets, and the need to carry all of your precious essentials around in style, The Cambridge Satchel Company’s dreamy new collection left me completely smitten and with major wanderlust! Ooh la la!

Cambridge Satchel

I couldn’t help but snap some photos while I was visiting and chatting all things bag-shaped with the lovely team at the store – so I thought I would share a few of them today, along with some details on what you can expect from the new range.

Here are 5 very good reasons to fall in love with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Spring Collection…

Cambridge Satchel

New colours: taking their cue from traditional villas, the sea and chic vintage French fashion, the colour palette for Spring includes brand new hues in Terracotta (my favourite from the collection, almost verging on peach and gorgeously girly), French grey (a soft, blue-grey that will go with EVERYTHING!), Clay (an off-white that has the power to smarten up even the most distressed denim) and Amber (warm, rich and will only look cooler as it gets worn).

Cambridge Satchel

Floating along on clouds: ahh, the cloud bags! My absolute favourites from the collection (and pretty much my favourite design that The Cambridge Satchel Company have ever released). These adorable, scalloped-edged satchels are included in the new colours and are the perfect size for a day of sightseeing.

Cambridge Satchel

New textures: as well as four new shades, the Spring bags also come in some brand new materials. From soft grain to luxurious Saffiano leather, the structured design that the brand is known for is given some extra je nais se quoi thanks to these additional touches of texture.

Cambridge Satchel

Poppy’s back… and she’s had a makeover: The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Poppy bags are a design loved by many (Lady Gaga often rocks the dusky rose colourway!) thanks to striking the perfect balance between pretty and practical. The retro push-lock closure and doctor’s bag style make this bag seem as though it’s leapt from an episode of Mad Men. So, Poppy is back for Spring because she really didn’t want to miss out on a trip to the Riviera; in new colours and Saffiano leather options.

Cambridge Satchel

This time it’s personal: actually, that’s not strictly true – personalisation at The Cambridge Satchel Company is not a new concept as the brand have been offering this service for a long time. However, there are some new monogram colours and symbols to choose from to help make your new season bag your very own! I love watching the process and I decided to adorn my terracotta backpack with silver initials (mine, of course!) to match the hardware. I just can’t wait to take it on my next adventure…

Cambridge Satchel

Cambridge Satchel

The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Edinburgh store is filled with beautiful bags and is a must visit on your next day in Edinburgh. Let me know if you pop in – and which bag(s) you’ve fallen in love with!

Here’s to travelling in style…

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With thanks to The Cambridge Satchel Company 

Hollyhood Miss West End Girl Gets a Foxy Winter Makeover

hollyhood miss west end girl

This year has been full of fun creative projects and collaborations, though one of the most special to me has to be teaming up with the amazing Chouchou to work on our Hollyhood Miss West End Girl hood, which was released back in April.

hollyhood miss west end girl

Seeing the design come to life and being able to actually TOUCH it after weeks of planning, decisions and FaceTime meetings was such an awesome feeling. Not only were we happy with the final product, but so were the customers – the hood was a hit!

And just when I thought that the year was almost over, it turned out that there was room for one more collaboration. We decided that our bright, light summer hood could do with a warm winter revamp!

hollyhood miss west end girl

Today I’d love to share the result: the Hollyhood MWEG Star

We agreed that the oversized shape of the original hood was a must, so we made sure to keep that in the new design. This helps to create an exaggerated silhouette, especially from the side!

hollyhood miss west end girl

Winter calls for the kind of accessory that you just want to snuggle up in and, to make this the ultimate cosy piece we traded in our tropical-inspired jacquard for warm woollen fabric. Keeping the cold at bay doesn’t mean keeping it simple though – at least, not where prints are concerned! The geometric designs that dance across the wool reminded us both of stars, so it felt only right that we included a reference to them in the name of the hood.

hollyhood miss west end girl

Like with so many of Chouchou’s designs, this hood is reversible so you can style the white stars on a black background OR vice versa! The bold monochrome pattern looks great against most colours and textures, but I personally love it layered over indigo denim.

hollyhood miss west end girl

No matter which side you wear it on, the hood will be trimmed with a plush, super soft faux fur in a rusty, burnt orange. You know that rare, startling pop of colour that you get when you suddenly see a fox running across some snow? If you’ve ever been in Kelvingrove Park at the right moment in January then you might be familiar with it! Anyway, the contrast between the luxurious, foxy fur and the black and white patterned wool seemed to feel right (and you might just feel a little bit foxier while wearing it too!).

The Hollyhood MWEG Star is just as much of a statement piece as its summer sister, and is the perfect accessory for a long walk on a chilly day.

hollyhood miss west end girl

I couldn’t be more proud of how our third collaboration has turned out and it’s available now as part of the new Hood Stories collection! I hope you love it! Also (and yeah, just call me an enabler…) Chouchou just happen to have launched a sample sale TODAY, which means that you can treat yourself to a stylish Hollyhood from past collections – though with prices starting at £54, they won’t be around for long. Hop to it, kittens…

Have you checked out the new collection from Chouchou? What has been your favourite project you’ve worked on this year?

With love,

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All photos by Trouble With Gary