From local creatives and art lovers to Harvard University students, everyone seems to love Claire Paul’s eye-catching illustrations.
Claire, 27, who lives in Aberdeen and is part of many local groups for creatives, produces an array of quirky products including pins, cards and stylish phone cases.
And for someone who doesn’t have any tattoos, Claire also dedicates a lot of time to creating temporary ones.
She said: “I discovered printable tattoo paper, which you can do at home, about four years ago and it all started from there.
“The temporary tattoos are suitable for children aged five plus and last for two to five days.
“I now outsource to a company in the UK instead of printing them all myself and I have more than seven different packs such as gin, animals, cats, fruit, Halloween and more.
“I also have a hen party pack which is my most popular Etsy shop item.”
Claire also offers animal and pizza-shaped pins and badges, which tend to be quite popular at local craft fairs.
In addition to pins and temporary tattoos, one of Claire’s best-selling products are mobile phone cases.
She said: “All my phone cases start off with me drawing a pattern on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app and the Apple Pencil.
“I then take this design into Photoshop and edit it to fit on to a case template.
“Then, I send my designs off to a company in the UK which prints them for me on to hard moulded plastic with a slightly textured matte finish.
“It can take a few days to create a design and then about another three weeks to get it made.”
While Claire has a few designs she offers on her Etsy shop, she is more than happy for people to get in touch with her if they have their own design ideas.
One of the most popular phone cases Claire offers is her orange botanical design (first image).
Claire said: “I sent one of my these phone cases to Instagram influencer Alison Wu because her photo inspired the design.
“She then shared it with her followers online and that has driven quite a few sales.”
The talented creative is often inspired by nature, bright colours, childhood and new trends.
She added: “I love Pinterest for picking out colour palettes.
“I adore big bold prints and abstract patterns.”
Claire really enjoys the freedom of being able to work from home or anywhere in the world.
But the thing she loves the most is when complete strangers buy her creations.
She said: “It’s such a buzz knowing someone is willing to spend their money on something I’ve created and it’s made them happy in return.
“I’ve also sent orders all over the world including to Harvard University, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Canada, Australia and Europe, which is super exciting.”
Claire, who attended Robert Gordon’s College before studying illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, is also passionate about supporting local makers, designers and other crafters.
Claire is head of vendor relations for Aberdeen Etsy Team and often organises seasonal markets and workshops to support other north-east creatives.
She said: “Hosting events like Etsy Made Local is so important because working for yourself at home can sometimes be an isolating career. Getting the chance to meet like-minded creatives and showcase your work with other talented local artists and designers is such an empowering feeling.
“There needs to be a platform where the public can come to one place to ‘shop small’ locally and the Etsy Team is delighted to be able to provide that. “We’ve had many stall-holders say that they were ready to give up on making until they took part in the market and the sales and feedback they received gave them the confidence to keep going.”
Claire is also a member of STACK Artist Collective, an Aberdeen-based group of artists and designers who promote creativity and collaboration.
She said: “We have taken part in the Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival and SPECTRA Light Festival.
“We also create workshops for young people with the Creative Learning Team at Aberdeen City Council.
“During our latest project we worked with the children at Catherine Street Community Centre and London-based artist Rob Lowe to create a large public installation to celebrate the city.”
Claire, who is also a food blogger and works as a part-time chef in a cafe, would like to open her own cafe and a gift shop in the future.
She said: “Combining my two passions for cooking and illustration in one place would be amazing.
“My goal is to be my own boss. I would love to still be working on community arts based projects, too.”
Visit www.etsy.com/uk/shop/clairepauldraws to buy Claire’s products and follow Claire Paul Draws on Facebook.
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