Claire Hill Designs
As one of Rachel's boutique designers what do you need to know about me. Well, I believe in the power of Earl Grey tea and I suppose I can officially say I am a creative person. You can often find me directing television and being involved in theatre, but one of my favourite creative outlets is making jewellery and bridal accessories (but sssssh don't tell the others that). I love playing with materials from French veils to make bespoke birdcages, lace, feathers and lots of bling and get so much joy from designing and making that final touch for a bride's outfit. It's like I get to play with a dress up box even though I'm a grown up. I'm just as happy creating a look from my imagination or working with a bride to match her own individual style.
I've always loved making things, whether they're stitched, crocheted, painted or embroidered. I got the bug at an early age from my grandmother and went on to study theatre and costume design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. After graduating in 2001 and working as a costume maker for over ten years I'm now training to be a professional hand embroiderer and tutor at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. I've been making for the Boutique since it opened and love being a small part of an independent Welsh business. My inspiration can come from anywhere, I particularly love costume history from the early 20th century and vintage fabrics. I think my pieces have a romantic, vintage feel, and I try to use reclaimed and vintage fabrics and trims wherever possible. It feels good to be able to offer something that's not mass produced, that's special to each bride.