Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #40, gemmaclarkhome
This week our CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview is with Gemma, of gemmaclarkhome, who creates original handmade, hand painted scarves and cushions in beautiful natural materials.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
There is no such thing as a typical working week for me! I have a toddler and a pre-schooler so I fit my work around them. My husband works shifts so some weeks i have more making time than others. Every week I will do some social networking every day, some forward planning/design in the evenings and bigger chunks of time are dedicated to making. At the moment I’m working on some bespoke lino printed curtains with a poppy seed head design. I love working on bespoke orders. Its lovely to make something completely personal for someone’s home.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I have a 2yr old and a 4yr old so they pretty much take up all my time! So you’ll either find me “making tea” with the 2yr old or playing “superheroes” with the 4yr old. When I do have time to myself I will either be sketching in our local “secret garden” or visiting the Natural History Museum or V&A – my favourite places in the world!
What was the first piece you ever sold?
That would be my hand painted taupe scarf with passiflora design (see above). It’s funny, as it’s still one of my best sellers.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with organic cotton, bamboo, and linen. The colours are gorgeous and the bamboo feels amazing.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Oh my, so many amazing crafts to choose from! Iwould love to move into using my own fabrics for upholstery but for something completely different I think working with ceramics would be wonderful. So if anyone would like to teach me….?
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My black pens – normal and fabric pens. I never use pencil.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
My motivation are my children. I left my job as a fashion buyer after having my second child, as childcare was so ridiculously expensive. But I want my children to know what is possible, and to see both their parents working hard for the whole family.
My inspiration in a creative sense comes from the natural world – full of colour and form, especially wings and plants. But I am also inspired by all those working Mums out there who juggle the many roles modern life gives us. Amazing!
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I have a coffee table made by my father in law when he was at school. It gets used for coffee but also as a diving board, a space ship and a hiding place – but shhhhh don’t tell grandpa!!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’m currently working on more home ware pieces including table-wear and throws. I am also working on lino prints as well as hand painting in lovely new colour stories – orange/pink, indigo/grey. Lots more wings and new seed pod designs!
Thank you Gemma! It was lovely to meet the creator of your beautiful work!