Home

Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Meet The Mafia – Much Too Fun!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Say a big hallo to Mhairi of Much Too Fun!

Why did you start in business/crafting?
I had been inspired by visiting other craft fairs and shops and have a lot of crafty, creative friends. I’m a graphic designer by day and have always enjoyed creating things in my spare time. A couple of years ago my house was broken into and all my precious jewellery was stolen so I began making my own vintage inspired charm jewellery. It went really well and I soon began selling the items at fairs and online. Earlier this year my friend Sarah and I had a wee night out and stumbled across the idea for Bonnie Bling and we’ve been working away at it ever since.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

A friend and I were at the Sonar music festival a couple of years ago and were having much too fun!! So when I set up my online shop I thought it would be a great name to use as the main aim of what we do is to bring a smile to your face.
For the Bonnie Bling jewellery range we wanted something catchy and fun with a little bit of Scotland thrown in, we really like it.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Always half full and striving to fill it to the top.

mariachicrosses2_large

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

My cats are pretty fun, and the fruit and veggies I grow in my garden always impress me.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Design books and mags are an essential for me.
I love finding out what other crafters are getting up to and working on collaborative projects (we have a couple in the pipeline just now.)
Due to the amazing response we’ve had to our jewellery line, we have a lot of people shouting random Scottish words at us so we’re not too short on ideas for Bonnie Bling!

Top 5 desert-island essentials?
1. An eternally charged Iphone
2. Mascara
3. An umberella- it’s multifunctional
4. I think that seen as I have my iphone with me a lot of other things can be left at home!

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?
A clay dinosaur I made when in primary 3 stands out in my memory! It had a tail that had to be re-attached every 10 minutes to keep me happy.

p5220008_large

What have you made that you’re most proud of?
I went to a silversmithing class last year and have just completed my first solid silver necklace and matching ring. I wanted something a bit different so it is just one long chain that you can leave hanging loose or can wrap round your neck. At one end is a lovely silver frog and at the other is the Dragonfly he’s trying to catch for his tea!

Favourite biscuit?
Classic

What crafts do you still want to learn?
Would love to get some screenprinting on the go sometime, and some dressmaking would be pretty handy.

What is your idea of a perfect day?
I quite like the unexpected things that can happen when you have no plans but the perfect start to the day would be a long lie, then a breakfast of tea and toast while getting some time to read the newspaper. In general hanging out with my husband and cats helps me to recharge my batteries when I’ve had mega busy weeks, nice to have some downtime. If I can manage to squeeze in a wee glass of red wine in the evening that’s always a nice treat :-)

p5220009_large

What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?
By day I am a graphic designer and run my own web design business called Mucky Puddle. I think, now that I officially have two companies, I get to be called an entrepreneur, look out Lord Sugar!

What is your favourite crafting tool?
My A2 wooden drawing board that used to belong to my Grandpa. I can pop my laptop on it to prevent hot-leg syndrome, draw and paint on it, and can spread out all my charms and bling so I can see what I’m doing when I’m in a crafting frenzy. Perfect!

What are your plans for the future?
We really want to keep sourcing amazing vintage charms for Much Too Fun. With Bonnie Bling, the plan is to release a new range every season eventually moving into regional words and phrases for different areas of the country. There are so many amazing words out there that people need to hear!

P10318252_large

Meet the Mafia – Frayed At The Edges

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This week we’re chatting to new member Julie of Frayed At The Edges.

Why did you start in business/crafting?
I’ve always enjoyed making things which came in handy when I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in the shops. As for the business well, I kept getting asked to make things for friends and found that a small fee helped helped cover my costs. Since then it’s grown slowly but steadily.

How did you come up with your crafty name?
Ha-ha. I was going through a pretty fraught time when I had a eureka moment and decided to start the business. The name came during a phone conversation with a friend and seemed to fit in more ways than one.

Is your glass half full or half empty?
Definitely half full. I am known for my smiling and keep seeing opportunities in the strangest of places.

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?
Right now hugs from my nephew – baby hugs are the best.

pink headband1

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere! Is that boring or predictable? Sometimes I’ll buy material and just look at/feel it for weeks before deciding what to do with it.

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

1. spf face cream
2. solar digital radio
3. my full craft box (is that cheating? heehee)
4. an endless supply of tea in the chest that was washed up with me
5. Johnny Depp

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?
Oh dear too many things. My family won’t let me forget the concrete pizza I made at Home Ekkies in 1st year of school but more recently it has to be a horse brooch which had the most crooked legs ever and an eye that made it look demented!

What have you made that you’re most proud of?
I really enjoyed turning a friend’s t-shirt into a bag for her. I knew she wanted a long over-the-shoulder bag and was allowed to do whatever I wanted with it (see pic). It was fun and looks fantastic.

claire's bag 1

What’s so great about Glasgow?
Where to start? There is a vibrancy about the city and there’s always somewhere to go or something to do. I love the fact the museums are free (good on rainy days) and that I can sit in the park sewing and no-one bats an eyelid.

Favourite biscuit?
Careful now! The previous PM got caught out with this one ;-) I do have a sweet tooth so would probably go for a freshly backed choc chip cookie

What crafts do you still want to learn?
I recently went on a book binding taster session and that was fun. Would love to learn more about it and make some cute notepads.

What is your idea of a perfect day?
I don’t work on Monday’s so I kinda have my perfect day. I would do some sewing in the morning then meet family or friends for lunch. In the afternoon I’d go to the cinema as it feels like I’m being naughty going when everyone else is working and in the evening I’d meet friends for a drink or see a band.

blue buttons1

What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?
I work at Scottish Refugee Council as a housing advisor. That can get pretty stressful but I love advocating for people. My other job is as a steward with Glasgow Concert Halls which is de-stressing as I get to listen to whoever is playing. I mean I got paid to work for David Byrne last year!!! I’m also trying to get fitter and have entered the Great Scottish Run in September so can be seen trying to run in the evenings. That is definitely a work in progress.

What is your favourite crafting tool?
Definitely needle & thread. I find you can make the most boring item a bit more funky with it, create unique items and, as I’m often found doing, sewing on my commute to work.

What are your plans for the future?
My business is just starting to take off so I’m concentrating on honing my craft. As one of the newest members of the Mafia I’m looking forward to my first craft fair with the other Mafioso’s. I also have my eye on a tailor’s dummy so watch this space…

red heart1d

Meet The Mafia – Lucy Jackson Designs

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Meet the mafia continues this week with recent member Lucy of Lucy Jackson Designs.

Why did you start in business/crafting?

We have always been creative in our house so maby it was inevitable that I would be a crafter! I started in business gradually, one Christmas I made cards for everyone at work and then come valentines day and mothers day some of my colleagues asked if I could make cards for them and that’s where it started, I realised people wanted to buy the things that I was making.


How did you come up with your crafty name?

I haven’t been very imaginative with my name, I have used my name Lucy Jackson Designs, I have thought about Re-branding but I haven’t come up with anything I like better yet.


Is your glass half full or half empty?

Most definitely half full.


What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

Ohhhh that’s a hard one, I like hugs, a nice walk, to smile, I smile at strangers all the time

scrabble book


Where do you find inspiration for your work?

In lots of places, things that I see, comments that are made about my products,  the materials, sometimes I see a fabric or a paper and I can visualise a journal made from it or I see some beads and just get an idea.


Top 5 desert-island essentials?

1 A book or journal, to draw in and jot down ideas and plans for a boat/raft, tree house world, island domination.

2 Lighter/matches must light a fire and I can use the burnt sticks to draw with.

3 Big knife you always need a big knife.

4 Giant ball of string, im sure I will need this in making my tree house world for pulley systems and wot not

5 Ray Mears.


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

Hmmmmm!


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

This can change depending on what I have been making, at the moment I am still quite proud of my silver flower ring, it is the first thing I made with my silversmithing gear. I wear it all the time and it is really cute, even if I do say so myself!

button_bag_4


Favourite biscuit?

I like a classic, chocolate digestives, chocolate and caramel digestives yummmmeeeeee, a good choc chip cookie but not a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. And  Cadbury chocolate fingers


What crafts do you still want to learn?

I am still learning silversmithing, if you have a look at the different things that I make you will see that I am always trying and learning new crafts.


What is your idea of a perfect day?

I had two perfect days recently, it was my birthday and my boyfriend took me shopping then we went for dinner and then to the pictures it was all round good and then I got home to find my family with presents, I got 2 pairs of shoes need I say more and then there was cake!

Then on the next day the family went to Ayr and had a picnic and a walk along the beach then ice cream, a bit of Frisbee and some bouls then tea and chocolate fingers ohh chocolate fingers must add them to favourite biscuit.

feltbrooch


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

I craft as much as possible between procrastinating and working part time in Build a Bear Workshop


What is your favourite crafting tool?

I love my cropadile, I really want a big bite, I love my big scissors and the blow torch is fun. That was a hard one too!


What are your plans for the future?

I plan to grow the business as much as possible, my end goal is to have a shop/ gallery where people can buy handmade and participate in classes and workshops.

Meet The Mafia – Glitterysah

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Meet The Mafia is back! This week we say howdy to new member Sarah of Glitterysah.

Why did you start in business/crafting?

I realised that working for the council just wasn’t making me happy, and what I really wanted to do was make pretty things! Previously, I didn’t think I had it in me to start a business and I didn’t think anyone else would like the things I made. But encouragement from my friends and my boyfriend (and particularly business advice from him!) gave me the kick up the bum I needed! I’m far from making this my fulltime job yet, but this part of my life keeps me sane and happy.

How did you come up with your crafty name?

Glitterysah is a nickname I adopted back in highschool, I think I made it up for an email address or something. Sah is short for Sarah (cause you know, its such a long complicated name that needs shortened!) and I’m glittery! :) And as soon as I decided to start up my business, I knew that was the perfect name to use.

Is your glass half full or half empty?

It varies! When its about things relating to me, probably half empty. But when its other people, I am always optimistic and see it as half full. I probably shouldn’t be so hard on myself!

blosspurse

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?

Ooooh I have quite a few. I like sunsets and sunrises, snow, hugs and kisses, when people are polite, walking round the West-End, singing loudly in the car when I’m driving, seeing birds perched on lamp posts and signs and other odd places… there are more but I’ll stop here :)

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Channeling my inner crazy-old-lady, vintage shops, charity shops, old films, comics, old photographs, flowers, people watching, my childhood, teashops – again the list could go on!

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

My sewing box, my phone’s Last-FM app, a piano, an endless supply of diet cola, the boy

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

Hmmmmm….. probably some hideous pencil case-type creation I made in high school home ec. I generally like the things I make, I’m just never sure anyone else will!

sweetheart

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

Easy! My best friend’s engagement ring. I made it with silver and its set with an opal. I love it and so does she, which was such a relief!! I was worrying for days that she wouldn’t. I was so honoured when Stu, her boyfriend, asked me to make it and am chuffed with how it turned out.

What’s so great about Glasgow?

The buildings, the people, the smell (you know that Glasgow smell? Its the breweries or something), the West End, my flat, the charity shops, the amazing creative buzz there is here, the great places there are for people watching! :) Oh, and the fact its not my home village!

Favourite biscuit?

Generally I’m not a sweet-toothed person, but you definately can’t beat a crunchy ginger biscuit. Oh, and I make amazing butternut squash & ginger choc chip cookies – sounds bizarre but trust me they’re gorgeous!

What crafts do you still want to learn?

Silversmithing (is that the right word?), how to crochet properly (I make it up as I go along), screenprinting & printmaking

kitschyblossom

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Not waking up to an alarm, lying in bed for a while taking crap with my boyfriend and with my cat Ruby lying on my tummy, then having a lazy breakfast/brunch watching cartoons, followed by a day of getting to make stuff and be creative, tea out at a spanish or mexican restraunt with friends, then home to watch old films or listen to old music. Bliss.

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

I work full-time as a Youth Services Worker (youth worker) in the rural Stirling area. Its mostly great fun but can be stressful and involves lots of driving and paperwork – boo!

What is your favourite crafting tool?

Hmm… I have some really good pliers that make jewellery making much easier. I also have a wonderful inherited sewing machine. They probably tie with just a good old needle a thread – I very often end up hand sewing my creations as I can sit and watch Heroes that way :)

What are your plans for the future?

To make Glitterysah a success! Its early days yet so for now, just to keep developing my designs and my brand and start to feel a bit more confident in my creations. A bunch more sales would be ace too! :)

Meet the mafia: Kuro-e

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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.

Untitled-8

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.

p1020943

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.

live-trace

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.

geisha-square