Clarabella Christie

A bit of ‘behind the scenes’. You arrive on shoots sometimes and you have to wildly tidy. I do not find this awkward, I have children, I know what it is like to have their gorgeous artworks on the fridge and lego and socks and trainers everywhere. Sometimes you have to slightly mess the place up: some people are so ultra-tidy you feel as if no one lives there – bring in a few herbs and some crusty bread – it is still not enough, I can find myself nipping out to buy some newspapers and borrowing books from neighbours.

Very occasionally though, you arrive and the place is like a work of art. Textile designer, Claire Christie really does live like this and she has children and she has a husband!Claire studied at Glasgow School of Art and then went on to train further in London and and work in retail display in the Home Counties. When she married and had children, she settled back up in Scotland and set up a successful practice as an interior designer, working in both commercial and domestic interiors.

In 2017, she launched her own range of printed textiles from her studio in Dunfermline. Her collection is called ‘Hometown’. It is inspired by the rich architectural history of  this quiet unassuming town.

She has developed her collection into homewares, wallcoverings and accessories. Find out more about her on her website Clarabellachristie.Her product range includes bespoke furniture, lighting and accessories which are all up-cycled using vintage/found fabrics. Her lampshades layer perfectly with the Orla Kiely wallpaper and the fabric from her own collection which she has used to upholster the mid century armchair.Many of her interior design projects  have a strong focus on re-use, the lampshade made from vintage fabrics below, is typical.Claire loves to share her knowledge and hosts weekly sewing classes for all abilities from her studio at the Fire Station Creative in the heart of Dunfermline.She comes from a family of collectors and started acquiring vintage coloured glass bottles at Paddy’s Market in Glasgow as teenager, moving on to massing an amazing collection of mid-century furniture and artwork by now. I was lost in admiration from the moment we arrived by her skill in layering and arranging. Her signature, collaged fabric pieces, depicted above and below, are on display throughout her home.We became firm friends after the shoot, finding we have more in common than we realised on the day, we have so many shared interests in fact. The art and design community in Fife is incredibly vibrant, a community studio space like the Fire Station Creative in stronger than the sum of it’s parts and I look forward to attending and taking part in future events there.




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