My Grandmother had an old fashioned hand- operated Singer sewing machine that I was fascinated with. My mum also had an electric Singer. They both had boxes of buttons and ribbons that were so exciting to look through.
You studied Fashion Business at Glasgow Caledonian University. What valuable lesson did the course teach you about the fashion industry?
I learned a lot about myself and my style while I was at uni. It was hard work and the tutors really put us through our paces. I think that they were giving us training as to how the real world fashion industry works. It can be a very hard place to be in at times.
Who is your style icon?
It's too hard to just choose one! I have so many: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Manson, Pam Hogg, Gwen Stefani, Brian Molko and David Bowie. A real mix there!
You started Say it Ain't Sew in Glasgow in 2010, where did the idea come from and how did you get the business off the ground?
It was sheer fluke- A friend of a friend was opening up the Hillhead Bookclub in the West end of Glasgow. They were looking for fun classes and workshops to run in the evenings and they wanted to run a sewing one. My heart leapt at the chance, so I met with the manager and here I am 5 years later!
GLASGOW!! I love Edinburgh to bits and I do spend a lot of time in Edinburgh. It has a lot of great looking people who wear what they want, but Glasgow has a fantastic club/music scene which I think reflects in the clothing and style. It's very raw.
Tell us a little about what people can expect from a Say it Ain't Sew class.
Say It Ain't Sew is two hours of non-stop fun. It starts at 6:30 when you are welcomed into the group (get your name badge) then grab a drink from the bar. I then explain the first few steps of the project. We make something different each week and its always a task that is easy and do-able within the two hours. We chat, sometimes have cake/sweets and then sew away. There are some regulars who make all the newbies feel right at home and it's a great atmosphere. Beginners are totally welcome and all the steps are broken down in to easy to manage parts and the group works together to make everyone's items.
Are you working on a sewing project at the moment, and if so what are you working on?
At the moment I am working in MAKLab in Glasgow, which is a design and prototyping studio. In MAKLab I am running textile workshops. I am also working with a Glasgow-based fashion company called Naromode. You can see me on STV Glasgow very soon also!
Any advice for someone who is completely new to sewing but wants to give it a go?
You gotta be in it to win it and creativity will save us all.
Do you have a favourite designer/ clothing store?
I can't get enough of our Naromode designs at the moment- beautiful prints and easy to wear fabrics.
You lived in London for a while but moved back to Glasgow- what is your favourite thing about Scotland?