Out of This World Clothes - PLANET HOSTILE INTERVIEW
Elly-Grace Rinaldis | On 15, Oct 2016
The Creative Issue sat down with the quirky, Clair Emery, the designer behind, Planet Hostile to discuss Bratz dolls, sewing at her Grandmaâ€™s place and all those questions you usuallyÂ ask creative people.
TCI: What is Planet Hostile and where did the name originate from?
Clair Emery: Well, it has always been my Instagram name, then I started making things and people were saying, â€œYou should probably call that somethingâ€. So I copied my personal account and made it the name of my label.
TCI: So how did it all start? Have you always enjoyed creating things?
CE: Yeah I used to sew when I was little, making clothes for my dolls because I didnâ€™t like the outfits that came with them.
TCI: But the Bratz dolls outfits were pretty decent though?
CE: Mmm, wellâ€¦yeah, the shoes were amazing! But some of there outfits definitely needed an adjustment. Anyway, then I moved out of home and didnâ€™t have any equipment, so I purchased some and then started again.
TCI: Did you just use your mumâ€™s sewing machine when you were little?
CE: I actually used to go to my Grandmaâ€™s house and sew!Â
TCI: Thatâ€™s so cute. So what were you doing before Planet Hostile initially kicked off?
CE: I was studying creative and professional writing. In a sense University ruined some creative ideas that I was stirring up. Then I graduated from uni, got some sewing machines and decided to fulfil that passion instead.
TCI: Would you say you’re into using recycled fabrics? Â
CE: Pretty much everything I make from thrifted fabrics that I re-dye, paint on them and make them more interesting if I canâ€™t find funky things.
TCI: And what do you think inspires you the most with your label?
CE: I think every artist ever hates that question. Ah, just fun stuff.
TCI: My apologies, I think that was a question I typed up at 1am or something.
CE: Totally fine! I think thatâ€™s the sort of question that everyone has to ask just in case someone has a rad response to it. Which I donâ€™t ha-ha.
TCI: Whatâ€™s your favourite item youâ€™ve made so far?
CE: It was one of the first things I painted roses on. It was just like a vintage, thick pink denim shirt. I really liked it and I was so on the fence about selling it, however I knew someone would buy in immediately. So off it went – sold in two days.
TCI: Ah, such a shame because it was the original piece! Whatâ€™s your favourite part about the creative process? Â
CE: The best feeling ever is when something is finished. When youâ€™ve thought about it thinking, â€˜thatâ€™s rad – Iâ€™d like to try thatâ€™. Then you find yourself at the ironing board cutting all the threads off and it turns out the way you planned. Itâ€™s perfect.
Image Credit: Clair Emery, georgiawallacepictorialÂ