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A Natter with Dear Green Claes

We thought it would be nice to have a wee catch up with some of the wonderful folks that we get to work with here at Wild and Kind. Especially in these lockdown days, it’s nice to see a cheery wee face, and there is none cheerier than Georgia from Dear Green Claes. She launched her business in 2018 and we’ve been printing her finest vegan goods since then too. We love working with Georgia, read on to find out why!

Tell us a bit about Dear Green Claes, how did it start, what is your big dream!?

Dear Green Claes started over two years ago; I made a pact with myself that since I have the privilege to do so, I would strive to be able to support myself by working on something that I felt really passionate about as I had spent over a decade working for other people in many, many jobs. I had never felt fulfilled or a sense of real pride the way I thought I could find in self-employment. It has been a graft so far, but I have truly enjoyed every single bit of it. It feels so empowering to teach yourself about business, design and people. To anyone thinking about trying to start their own business, my one piece of advice above all others would be to take the chance on yourself. You will surprise yourself over and over again! My big dream for DGC is to have the capacity and financial freedom to be able to set up a Glasgow sustainability centre – a space to hold events, workshops and TED talk type sessions where people can come together to network, learn and share skills relating to veganism, sustainability and ethical living so that as many people as possible grasp their opportunity to save our planet. 

What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created so far?

My favourite piece I have created so far is the Milk’s For Wee Cows design. It makes me so happy because it was the very first one and I remember the exact feeling of when I came up with it. I was driving and CRYING because of how miserable my government office job was making me feel. I was racking my brain trying to think of something I could do that would change my life and mean I didn’t need to do jobs like that forever. Then like a bolt of lightning that came out of nowhere, this phrase popped into my head: Milk’s For Wee Cows. I was like, “Wait a minute – that’s something.” Within a few hours, I’d scribbled down about ten more slogans and a list of ways I could use them. It’s probably the closest I ever came to writing a business plan.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Nothing makes me more excited or inspired than other people around me working on their own stuff. There have been so many brilliant creative ideas and businesses that have come out of this new pandemic lifestyle we have and it’s so wonderful to see people tap into something creative they maybe never even knew was inside of them. I am quite bad for being an almost aggressive hype queen when people reveal to me they are working on something or thinking of starting something. A girl recently told me she was thinking of selling homemade clay jewellery on etsy and I was all veins popping and eyes bulging like DO IT DO IT NOW YOU MUST DO IT. I feel lucky to have seen the other side of the working world where you’re the boss and I want literally everyone to get a chance to do it too.
 
If you could choose one song to listen to all day every day in the studio what would it be?
Let’s Go Crazy by Prince, perfect for first coffee on a Monday or first pint on a Friday. Geezit.

Subscription Boxes Incoming!

Subscription Boxes Incoming!

We are launching a new subscription box just in time for Christmas. 


Subscribe to give yourself a nice little surprise every month, where you will receive a curated box full of ethically made Art and Merch. You can also choose to give a subscription to someone as a gift, bringing them a little bit of joy and happiness every month.

Whether you want to discover some pretty things for your home and wardrobe or looking for a way to support artists at a time when the government has decided that their contribution is invalid, this is a great way to do it. (Fuck the Tories) 

You will discover 6 new artists in every box, each designing one piece. Every artist is paid an equal share of 50% of the profits.

The first box, launching just in time for the holidays, is designed by members of Wild & Kind Studios’, which is our low cost creative space based in Bridgeton, Glasgow. We came up with the idea of running a subscription box as a way to support creatives directly, so we have opened applications for contributing to future boxes where will prioritise offering opportunities to artists from marginalised communities.

Wild & Kind boxes will be available as a monthly subscription or can be purchased in blocks of 3, 6 or 12 months. The more boxes you buy in a block the more money you save.  

This would be a fantastic gift for an art lover this Christmas to spread the joy a bit further than just the one day.

 

What’s in the box? 

 

You can choose from 3 different box sizes, which vary between 4 and 6 products. All products are made in-house at Wild & Kind. Each box will have a theme that all artists involved will have created their pieces around. The very first theme is aptly ‘Wild & Kind’. The first months boxes will include.

  • Risograph Print // A Risograph print, which will vary in size each month. This is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to print, and has a unique and distinctive aesthetic loved by many.
  • Zine // An A3 folded zine, which will also be printed using our inhouse Risograph printer. 
  • Embroidered Patch // Sew on embroidered patch made using organic, recycled or second hand fabric whenever possible.
  • Embroidered Badge // A 38mm round embroidered badge, made entirely of recyclable and compostable materials.
  • T-shirt // A neutral fit crew neck tee which will either be printed or embroidered. Made of 100% Organic cotton dyed with eco friendly, water based inks.
  • Sweatshirt // Neutral fit crew neck sweatshirt which will either be printed or embroidered. Made of 85% Organic ring-spun combed cotton, 15%recycled polyester 
 

 

Small Box

  • Risograph print 
  • Embroidered badge
  • Zine 
  • Embroidered patch

Medium Box

  • Risograph print 
  • Embroidered badge
  • Zine 
  • Embroidered patch
  • T-shirt
 
 

Large Box 

  • Risograph print 
  • Embroidered badge
  • Zine 
  • Embroidered patch
  • T-shirt 
  • Sweatshirt

We do our best to make everything as ethical and eco friendly as possible.

Art prints and zines will be printed using a Risograph printer.  This is one of the most eco-friendly kinds of printing. A Risograph printer makes a stencil using a sheet of material made from banana leaf fibres and prints with soy based ink.

Garment prints are done using direct to garment printing which is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to print onto textiles. Unlike a lot of traditional garment printing processes, our DTG printer only uses the exact amount of ink needed per print and produces zero water waste. We also only ever use ethically sourced t-shirts and sweatshirts made from 100% organic or recycled materials.

Embroidery is done in house using Madeira thread, made in the European ‘green’ city of Freiburg, Germany. This is our brand of choice because of the extremely high quality of their thread, as well as their focus on sustainability.

Size inclusivity is important to us, however it is difficult to find suppliers of ethical, size inclusive garments that aren’t just white t-shirts. It’s something we’ve been addressing for a while, and we want to support all of our customers equally. If your perfect fit isn’t listed then please get in touch and we will do everything in our powers to make something for you. 

Most colours of T-shirts and Sweatshirts will be available in sizes XS to 2XL. There are a small number colours across both products that range from size XXS to 5XL. 

Everything will be sent in eco friendly recyclable packaging with free UK postage. 

Follow updates about the box on out instagram stories here.

 We will always throw some extra surprise goodies in as well.

If you would like to contribute to future boxes please email subscriptions@wildandkind.com
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