Glam Eclectic – Eclectic Creations & Glamorous Twists
by Susie Payne
Hello, I’m Susie, the face behind Glam Eclectic.
My mother tells me I picked up my first paint brush when I was in my high chair. With my set of little brushes I would watch my father paint and happily copy in my own way, throwing paint around without a care in the world.
A typical Aquarius
Years later my job working with children, which I adored, had come to an end and the feeling of ‘an office job just isn’t for me’ was still very much alive. I decided to go back to what I loved. A typical Aquarius, so I’m told. I feel the need for a certain amount of freedom to be able to see the world in wonderful colour.
I began to paint again and cautiously set up a Facebook page just a few years ago to test the waters.
Glam Eclectic was born
I wanted to paint pretty and glamorous designs onto glass and I soon had customers requesting all sorts of designs. An eclectic mix of creations with a glam twist…and so Glam Eclectic was born.
I’d never had any formal training and had never gone on to art college but what I did have was those precious times quietly painting away and watching my father do the same. I also had the words of an old school teacher still in the back of my head. I thought I’d made a mistake while I was working on a water colour piece, and seeing me frustrated they reminded me, “Art is never wrong darling”, It’s funny how you lose a lot of school day memories but a line like that can stick with you for years to come!
More than customers
With the Eclectic Glam Facebook page now up and running I started to realise that my customers were growing and were becoming more than customers. A lot of them were becoming online friends too. I would have the most amazing messages to open and read along with photos of their loved ones holding their glass. Holding the glass that I had painted.
I was chatting to people more and more and began to see Chloe’s amazing smile or Hannah’s sparkly eyes in her profile photo and realised there really is a little glam in all of us.
The ‘What if?’ moment
Then the thought came….’What if?’. Could I get that beauty and warmth, that sparkle, captured onto a glass?
From that moment I began to specialise in the personalised glasses by Glam Eclectic.
Painting these glass designs isn’t just my work, my business. It’s my obsession. When people ask, ‘What do you do?’, I reply with, ‘I paint glasses’. It just never seemed enough and now I immediately want to talk about that amazing outfit or the way she wears her hair and those fabulous slingbacks!
With huge responsibility comes big thrills!
For me, working from customer photos to create their loved one with my brushes onto a glass is a big responsibility. But it is also a big thrill! I work freehand, no designs, no first draft, so I get to see the personality fill the glass as I work. I only discover what I’ve created when it’s fully completed. This is why, when a customer sends me a message to tell me how excited they are to see the glass all finished my response is usually, ‘Me too!’.
Miss Pinup UK
To be able to create glasses for the Runners Up and Winner of the Miss Pinup UK 2017 competition was something I cherished being able to do. It was a time I could have happily stood up in my four-inch heels and screamed about. I’m proud of that still, amazing fun and a truly supportive beautiful bunch of people that I consider myself lucky to have connected with. (Rio: I think we’re the lucky ones!)
For me that style accentuates every woman’s beauty and when I’m painting this style I get to do what I love, take that beauty and pop it onto glass.
Appearing on TV
I’ve created glasses for a few celebrities too. I may not be familiar with TV shows in Turkey, but one of my glasses ended up on a show alongside it’s top model owner. I did indeed squeal with delight! As far as I was concerned, on that day, for this slightly kooky female in a quiet beachy village on the South Coast, Glam Eclectic had given me another proud moment.
South London to South Coast
It’s a very different life from where I was born in South London, but I feel very lucky to have ended up here. On a Summer’s evening I can open my windows and faintly hear the sea. My sanity, my favourite place to be. My little home is filled with lipsticks, perfumes and shoes and when I paint Betty Page, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn, the women framed and on my walls are watching me create more glam onto glass.
My one phrase
One phrase I say to myself, never short of daily, is, ‘If you can see it in your head then you can hold it in your hands’. I’m just a lucky girl whose life has been filled with love, laughter and good friends to ‘cheers’ with.
My work is the cherry on the cupcake for me and has most definitely given me something extra to hold in my hands every day- a little piece of Glam.
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