Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Inspiring Designer-Makers | Getting To Know Alexia Claire

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Designer-Makers | Getting To Know Alexia Claire

I first came across Alexia Claire's work at the Saltaire Maker's Fair last month. Her table really stood out to me with it's colourful assortment of printed textiles. I pocketed her business card and decided to ask her a few questions about herself, and her adorable, quirky work!

First things first, when did you start selling your work? 
I first began selling my work online during my final year at university. I have a degree in printed textiles and so I wanted to combine this with making some extra pocket money to help get me through my final major project. My Alexia Claire products are therefore a combination of techniques and methods I learnt through university, and my love for sewing which was self taught throughout my childhood.

Tell us a little bit about your making process, where does your inspiration come from, and how do you get started?
My inspiration for the imagery I use in my textile prints comes from my love of nature as a child. I would always be at my happiest sat in the garden playing with ladybirds or going bird watching with my mum and grandma. My dad is a photographer and so through his influence I love to take photographs of what I intend to draw. This way not only are the drawings my own, but the inspiration for them are my original work also.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Designer-Makers | Getting To Know Alexia Claire

Which is your favorite of your pieces?

My favourite piece has to be one of my small sized fabric baskets with my Alexia Claire owl prints. These are my best sellers and it’s not hard to tell from my website that I have a love for owls!

Where do you tend to do most of your making?

I have my own studio in my home which is my little haven for making and designing. My favourite bit being my pin board which is the whole length of one wall. It means I can just go crazy with inspirational images and postcards.

What is the best thing about running your own business, and what is the most challenging?

I think the best thing about it is the challenge itself. I love to push myself and set targets for me to meet. That way when you manage to tackle these challenges the sense of reward is great. The most challenging is finding the time to do everything you possibly want to do, especially when I am always dreaming up new ideas.

Ma Bicyclette: Inspiring Designer-Makers | Getting To Know Alexia Claire

Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about selling their craft?

Take advantage of the fantastic social media era we are in today. It doesn’t cost you anything now to market yourself if you don’t want it to. It gives you the opportunity to achieve pretty much anything if done right. I have found this a constant learning curve but one which I enjoy.

Apart from sewing, what else do you do?

I work in social media as well as run Alexia Claire. It’s a very exciting and fast paced industry to be in. No two days are the same.

Where would you like to be in 10 years?
Selling my brand in well known shops and establishments.

Finally, where else can we find you? (facebook, twitter, blogger etc.)

1 comment:

  1. These are such cute pieces and so nice hearing from the person behind them! I will have a browse of he Etsy store later xxxx