Sarah from Annies Fingers

Who is behind the brand Annies Fingers?

My name is Sarah Clair. I’m 30 years old and I’m 100% Irish although I’ve lived in the south of Spain for nearly 20 years.

Sarah from Annie's fingers
Sarah's stall at a craft market

Why did you choose to launch your own brand?

It was actually out of necessity, I lost my job as a waitress when I was in my early 20s and thought “Maybe I’ll be lucky and someone will want to buy something I’ve made?”.

Where do you find inspiration?

I’m very spontaneous in a way when creating, I’ll wake up one morning feeling the need to draw a bird or a person and just kind of see where it goes. But, theatre, fantasy and circus ascetic are always somewhat present in my sketches.

What is the process of manufacturing the Frida brooch we can find in the box this month?

The original illustration of Frida I did using my trust old wacom bamboo and photoshop. It’s printed onto high quality shrink plastic and cut out by hand. Then it goes into my little oven for about 3 minutes until it shrinks to less than half its size. When its cooled down I varnish it and leave to dry before applying the brooch to the back.

 

Handmade Frida brooch

Frida illustrated brooch

Why the “Made in Spain” concept is important to you?

Spain has been my home for most of my life, it’s where I met my husband, where we’ve had our son and where I’ve become part of an amazing creative community. When I mention living here people tend to directly associate it with the beach and flamenco dancing but I think there’s so much more going on and it’s great to see others interested in helping us to be known and to be part of it all.

What a day with you would look like?

During the week my days are filled to the brim with stock prep, packing orders, sketching, planning, time with Robin, random errands and in the afternoons I teach English. Then at the weekends I normally set up my stall at different craft markets. Busy busy busy!

A favourite Spanish dish?

Toast! Yeah I know, toast is not very exciting, but it is, without a doubt, my favorite dish. Here in Granada for breakfast it’s quite typical to have a tostada con tomate which is good baguette bread with olive oil, shredded tomato and a little salt. That and a café con leche and I’m ready to go!

A place to relax and connect with your mind?

My 20 minutes in the morning with my cup of coffee is when I try to relax and ready myself for the hectic day ahead. It doesn’t always go as planned but I try...


What are the projects for Anniesfingers in 2018?

Annie’s FIngers has grown so much in the last 2 years, and it continues to every day. I’m hoping that by the end of this year it’ll become a full blown small business and full time job for me.

Any travels this year?

Between my two jobs and Jose’s we don’t really have much time for travelling but we both have August off so maybe we’ll finally be able to take Robin to Ireland to see where he half comes from!

We love supporting women and especially women entrepreneurs who fight to follow their dreams, who or what inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

As I mentioned before, Annie’s Fingers was born out of necessity but as time has gone by it’s become so much more than just a last resort or hobby. We live in a world where having the best education and finding the best job is the only way you’ll ever get anywhere and I find myself not wanting to conform with this idea. I don’t feel like I need to prove myself to anyone but at the same time I think it’s important to show that there’s more than one road to “success” in life. I hope one day my son will really choose what he wants to make of his professional life and not just do what he’s told.