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Meet the mafia: Kuro-e

Another new member! Say hello to Chloe of Kuro-e.

Why did you start in business/crafting?

After my fine art degree I began to explore and experiment more in craft techniques as I’ve always loved to make beautiful things and I thought it would be a great way to focus my work and ideas into a craft business. The other main reason is a love of everything handmade, when you can see the love and time someone has put into making something and creating unique objects that no one else will have.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

Japan is the main influence of my work and ‘Kuro-e’ is the phonetic way to pronounce my name ‘Chloe’ in Japanese. In the Japanese language ‘ku’ is instead of ‘ch’ and ‘l’ sounds like an ‘r’.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

If it’s a Gin&Tonic, half empty so it needs a refill!

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

Being entertained by my cute cats.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Traditional Japanese kimono, origami and textile patterns. Japanese fashion and craft magazines that i’ve bought on my travels in Singapore and Japanese bookstores in New York.

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

My Macbook laptop with wireless connection, a Sketchbook, a supply of Earl Grey tea, Almond Magnums and Morgans Spiced Rum.

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?

The first plush toy I ever made was really pitiful, lop-sided with stuffing coming out and visable stitches that looked more like a Frankenstein doll than a cute plush toy.

What have you made that you’re most proud of?

I made a satin ribbon hairband to match my dress for a friends wedding last year, had loads of nice compliments and that was the starting point for making my Japanese Kanzashi style brooches.

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What’s so great about Glasgow?

The west end, especially the variety of charity shops along Dumbarton road.

Favourite biscuit?

Tunnocks Tea Cake

What crafts do you still want to learn?

I’m wanting to learn about printed textiles, currently putting together designs to make my own fabric. I’m currently studying for a city and guilds certificate in Embroidery that involves silk painting which I would also love to learn more on.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

I long lie in then out for a browse around the shops and charity shops, catching a film at the cinema with my cineworld pass (money well spent) then ending up in Chinaskis for drinks with friends.

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What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?

I’ve just reduced my day time job hours down to 4 days a week as an admin assistant for an insurance company so I would much prefer to be a full time mafioso!

What is your favourite crafting tool?

Good old needle and thread.

What are your plans for the future?

Next year I plan to do a two month research trip to Japan since so far, all my inspiration has been through books and photographs so I want to experience Japanese culture in person. Also I want to concentrate on my artwork, developing my craft business and setting up collaborations with fellow artists and crafters.

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