This is me. No make up, fresh out of a swimming lesson, bags under my eyes, and a photo snapped while I walked to the studio last week. It’s been so long since I introduced myself, that perhaps it’s time. To be honest I’m not sure I’ve ever properly said hello! So...
I’m Laura. Hello! I’m the eldest of five siblings (my two sisters both work with me at Clara and Macy HQ). I grew up near Manchester, moved away to university in South Wales, and then moved nearly back home afterwards - except I brought Tom, my husband, with me. He’s my favourite person in the entire world. And he’s a brilliant children’s author A few years later we travelled around Australia for a while before getting married and having our babies. We’ve got three kids (Matilda - 9, Theo - 7, and Martha - 2) and so don’t get much sleep!
I worked in animation for ten years, making puppets for films like Fantastic Mr Fox and The Corpse Bride. It was super fun but the time came when I wanted to make my own designs, so Clara and Macy began. I never intended to run a business, it started out as a portfolio to show children’s book publishers, but life took me in a different direction! And I love it
I’ve had PND with every baby, hyperemesis too, and just to throw an extra into the mix - pre-eclampsia with the first two. It was so severe that Theo, our second, was born 10 weeks early! We were very lucky with his 7 week NICU journey. I struggled to breastfeed with each one too so exclusively expressed each time. Everywhere and anywhere, up to 10 times a day, for 13, 15, and 19 months. I was super lucky with my milk supply and so donated gallons of excess to the milk bank for preemies. I felt like it was my super power
I love tea. A lot. I wouldn’t ever say no to a gluten and dairy free cake! And I’m a veggie.
I’m a Ravenclaw. And proud of it! I love reading, when I can find the time, and Harry Potter is my favourite. I adore Gilmore Girls too, although my current fave is Chesapeake Shores
I love designing products, illustrating, and encouraging kids to get creative and families to spend time together. It’s an amazing thing.
This is me. Hello! I’d love to get to know you too x
P.S. slightly regretting this giant photo of my face already!!!