Makers Got To Make celebrates the human instinct of making. It’s for the dedicated crafter, occasional knitter or those making a living out of what they have dreamt up and produced. Makers Got To Make is where I share the joy of putting hand to paper or constructing something out of cloth. I share my projects, my inspirations and my musings on the therapeutic benefits of making to encourage you to go out and create stuff.
After leaving Leeds Arts College in 2011 with a degree in communication and advertising. I worked in London at a succesion of ad agencies, working with international brands. I worked on creative concepts & strategy . In autumn 2015, life ground to a halt after being diagnosed with a long-term health complaint, (ME/CFS is a quite literal yawn). Instinctively, I picked up a pencil and put it to paper, sketching from the sofa, which turned to be a daily creative habit. This provided purpose, mindfullness and joy. Leaving London to be closer to my family in the north west, I find myself in Manchester, my health goes from strength to strength my creativity exploded.
I started calligraphy, braved life-drawing classes again and used a laser cutter. I upcycled some furniture and then tried sewing and then thought ‘hey maybe I can print the fabric for the dress whilst I’m at it’. Creativity is contagious and since I’ve started, I keep racking up ideas for new projects and stumbling across processes I want to give a go. So here it goes… this is me reclaiming my creativity and I want to encourage you to do the same.
Claire & Co.
And this is the ‘& Co.’, the studio dog, Walter.