The Inspire Team: Clare Copeland, Creative Director

This week we went behind the scenes to catch up with Clare Copland, Inspire’s Creative Director. Clare looks after all the pre-planning, in terms of the look and feel of our events and the environment when the students are with us. Clare is a fashion show and event producer by trade, as well as a bridal designer and maker and university fashion lecturer. We are very lucky to have such a star onboard!
So let’s find out what Clare had to say…
Clare, describe yourself in 3 words.
Creative, logical and patient.
What were you like at school?
Quiet and quirky.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A neurologist or an artist.

Who inspires you now, and why?

My friends, they help me be the person I want to be, and show and teach me things every day! 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

To fly, I’d love to just take to the skies when I wanted. 

Favourite English phrase?

‘Rarer than a hen’s tooth’

If you were stranded on a Desert Island, which 3 things couldn’t you live without?

Electricity (could be solar powered on desert island) to run my sewing machine and nutribullet.

What is your greatest strength?

Problem solving especially in terms of shopping on a strict budget!

What is your weirdest quirk?

I can make intensely intricate things but have no hand eye coordination! 

I can’t even catch a ball let alone hit it with a bat, racquet, cue or club! 

What is your biggest fear?

Heights (I know it’s a contradiction when I want a superpower of flying!)

Favourite smell?

My husband.

Favourite Disney character?

Can I go with dreamworks instead? 

It would be Brigit from trolls! Especially when she is disguised as Lady Glitter Sparkles! 

If it had to be Disney then Rex from pixar’s toy story. 

Last book you read?

Radical fashion by Claire Wilcox, as my uni students are doing a project on radical fashion!

If you could visit a fictional place, what would it be and why?

Bergen town with the trolls! It’s a place where all the trolls live in a perpetual state of happiness, singing, dancing and hugging all day.

If you were an animal, what would it be and why?

Hedgehog- cute, with inbuilt defense mechanism and good at sleeping through winter! 

What are you most excited about for the future?

For inspire? -that’s easy …creating this summers decor and working with the staff on the activities they want to run! 

In my personal life… I recently married my best friend, so excited for our new life together!

Best memory from Inspire Education?

Watching the kids open up, gaining confidence and having one of the best summers of their lives.

Favourite Inspire trip?

As I’m involved in all the pre-planning I haven’t been on one of the trips, but if I was picking one to go on it would be the Natural History Museum and Science Museum! 

Favourite Inspire night?

Fashion Show night! 

Best advice to offer prospective Inspire students?

Get stuck in to everything, that’s the best way to have fun! 

Finally, Lion, Tiger or Wolf?

Lion- it’s the red team!

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