If there has been one good thing about this damn pandemic, it’s been the awesome people that we get to work with on a daily basis. While our studios are a little quieter than usual it’s nice to be able to spend time with our customers, albeit remotely. We had a chat with Ellie from The Wedding Enthusiast all about her range that she’s printed and embroidered with us. She’s a gem, we thoroughly recommend giving her a wee follow on the old Instagram.
Tell us a bit about your t-shirt range, what inspired them and what was the thing that made you start making them?
In a nutshell: buttery soft, eco-friendly tees and sweatshirts that encourage you to wear your heart on your chest. Printed and embroidered by a wicked women-led studio in Glasgow (that’s us!). In less of a nutshell and more of a coconut shell. I started making them because I realised, upon setting up a wedding business in my last year of uni, that enthusiasm was often thought of as weird and alien. As opposed to what it really is: bloody excellent, and one of the best things about being alive. Soon after founding the wedding business, I dreamt up the idea of putting enthusiasm on a slogan T-shirt. So, practising my penmanship in a chunky Sharpie and sending it to a long-suffering but lovely friend to turn it into a vector (“I don’t know what that means, I just know I need it. Please help.”), my first design was born, and it snowballed from there.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created so far?
Like a true mother, I go through phases of them all being my favourites. The Caring is Cool t-shirt has a special place in my heart because it does what it says on the tin. Caring really is cool – it’s what connects us, what keeps us going, and what gets us up in the morning. The lovely designer I worked with chose the perfect punchy lettering to bring it to live too.
Do you have plans for more designs?
Hell yeah! You’re actually the only people who’ve seen my newest design, but there’s much more where that came from hopefully. The goal is limited drops with unlimited loveliness!
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
How long have you got?! Anyone who follows their dreams, no matter how niche. Anyone who does something out of the norm, or who does something that’s entirely normal but because they love it. All the clichés: my family, my friends, sunsets, radio hosts and podcast hosts and small business founders online who I feel are my friends but don’t even know my name. Anyone capable of writing a fiction novel. New York City. A very specific illustration by Katie Wilson that I got about 10 years ago and look at and smile every day.
If you could choose one song to listen to all day every day in the studio, what would it be?
Again – how long have you got?! Something like Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha, Hold on by Wilson Philips, anything from One Direction’s back catalogue, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, ABBA, or Hounds of Love by the Futureheads. Scratch that, the Arctic Monkeys cover of Love Machine in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.