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It's a child's life, with Corby Tindersticks' designer, Carly Gledhill

If only Carly Gledhill, designer of Corby Tindersticks, had known then, what she knows now… Carly turns the clock back to a reimagined childhood


Posted: 28 September 2013
by Catherine Hudson

A baby sporting a cute Corby Tindersticks bib
A playful Corby Tindersticks design
Carly at work in her studio
Cute Corby Tindersticks characters
I've got my eye on you...

Carly Gledhill is the designer of cool kids' fashion and toy label, Corby Tindersticks. She is currently making orders for the new collection, which will be out in October 2013 and designing the autumn winter 2014 collection, while simultaneously improving her ten pin bowling skills.

Junior: If you were five years old again, what is the first thing you would do?

Carly: I would go and play in the garden and make a pond from a washing- up bowl, in an attempt to attract some local wildlife. This was my favourite thing to do as a child!

What advice would you give your five-year-old self?

You’ll never like cucumber, so stop trying to eat it.

What rules would you stick to?

I was always a very sensible child when it came to rules, especially at school. I’d always dot my i’s and draw a straight, red biro margin on every page.

What rules would you break?

Anything to do with table manners and nail biting.

If you could, would you do anything to change your character?

No. I’m not perfect, but who is?

Would you play more or try to learn harder?

As a child who spent time either drawing or outside throwing a ball around I’d have to say learn harder (just a little bit). And I'd learn multiplication as it always comes in handy.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to be when you grew up?

A footballer for Leeds United.

What would you do for fun and hobbies?

Drawing, lentil art, netball, making scarecrows and ‘driving’ around in my parents old Austin Allegro which they kept once it was too old to drive for my sister and I to play in.

What pearls of wisdom would you pass on to your five-year-old friends?

Always be yourself and have fun. Try very hard to make doing what you love into a career.

How would you dress yourself?

Dungarees and a T-shirt. Perfect attire for the budding artist and sportswoman.

What would you ask to have for a slap up dinner?

I was addicted to bacon as a child, but as I have now been vegan for eight years, I’d probably choose something less meaty. Maybe egg and chips with HP sauce.

What would you insist upon doing if you only had one day to spend being aged five before returning to adulthood?

Running in the fields near my parents house (they still live there so I might do this anyway next time I’m there) catching butterflies, playing football with my dad and making a sponge cake with my mum.

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