Supporting a creative community is one of the Braw Wee Emporium's core values as a company and at the heart of that is people! As we've grown from a one-person business to now four members of staff, we thought it was time we introduced you to the team! 

Jennifer - is the founder of Braw Wee

Who are you and where you are from?

I’m Jennifer, originally from Easterhouse where I lived until I was in my early twenties - when I became a bit of a central belt yo-yo! I moved to Edinburgh for 7 years, before starting to ping-pong between the two cities for a couple of years. I then had an 18-month stint in a tiny village called Elsrickle but finally got back to the East End 2 years ago and now a very proud Calton resident! It is most definitely home! I'm the oldest of four - all of whom have done shifts in the Braw Wee Emporium at various points to help out their big sister in her unconventional career. 

What you do personally and professionally outwith Braw Wee?  

Well, Braw Wee has taken up pretty much all of my time over the past few years, so to be completely honest there isn’t much I do out with the shop these days. However, I do love going to the pub and gigs and I have an unhealthy obsession with Holby City and any other bingeworthy hospital, lawyer or crime dramas.

I’m on the Board of the Scottish Music Centre, which is an amazing organisation based at the City Halls Glasgow, Community Councillor for Calton Community Council and one of three directors of Creative East End CIC – which is the lovely space Braw Wee is a tenant of!

Workwise, I have worked in Scottish Traditional Music and Arts Development for all of my career - everything from teaching tin whistle to primary school weans to overseeing funding for Youth Music & Arts projects. I went freelance 6 years ago, when I left my job as a Development Officer at Creative Scotland to relaunch Glow Arts - my events management and consultancy company. I still do some bits of consultancy, funding workshops and advice sessions.

I’ve realised recently that everything I’ve done career-wise is due to my core belief that creativity is a powerful tool for individuals to create change for themselves and their communities. 

Favourite Scottish Word

So many to choose from -  Braw is obviously a favourite as it is the name of the shop, but you can use it in so many ways and I love the rolling ‘r’. 

Belter is probably one I use the most after braw.....but maybe it’s just the company I keep!

 

Siobhain Ma - Braw Wee Emporium

Siobhain - joined Braw Wee October 2018. 

Who you are and where you are from?

I’m Siobhain and I grew up in Glasgow although my family are from further afield: Manchester, Dublin and Hong Kong.

What you do personally and professionally out with Braw Wee?

Outside of Braw Wee I wear many different hats; I play keyboards in Glasgow based band Happy Spendy, run shows under the name Underachievers Club, make podcasts and sound art and I’m also one half of Sister Collective: a creative collective exploring what it means to be a mixed race Scottish woman.

I love pop culture so in my spare time I catch up on films, tv and podcasts. I think the rest of the team are sick of me recommending stuff to them on a daily basis!

Favourite Products

I love all of the Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes pins and also Risotto’s hit list.

Favourite Scottish word.

My favourite Scottish word is probably “patter”. I particularly enjoy the phrase “mad patter”.


Jasmine - joined Braw Wee in August 2018.

Who you are and where you are from?

I'm Jasmine - I'm from Glasgow but my second home is Dundee, where I went to university.

What you do personally and professionally out with Braw Wee.

 

 

I’m an illustrator (Jasmine Holt Illustrations) and artist currently based at Crownpoint Studios (about five minutes from Braw Wee!). I organise events as part of the Crownpoint Collective and teach kids creative workshops for North Lanarkshire Council. I also love dogs, cooking and am a total plant-mum.

Favourite Products

I love Siabann skin candles. It became a running joke at Christmas when I sold nearly an entire box through sheer enthusiasm. My faves are Sloe Gin and Champagne. I’m also a huge fan of the Hazel Dunn cards that we’ve recently started selling!

Favourite Scottish word.

Minger.

 

Molly - Braw Wee Emporium

Molly - joined Braw Wee in January 2019. 

Who you are and a bit about where you are from?

My name is Molly and I’m originally from Yorkshire (cue chanting) but have lived in Glasgow for nearly three years after originally moving here for a change of scenery from the stress of London, my previous home, as well as for the incredible music scene.

What you do personally and professionally out with Braw Wee?

I am a film student at the uni of Glasgow and spend most of my spare time watching horror films; I’m mega interested in SFX makeup/effects and 70s horror particularly. I also play in bands, attend lots of gigs and listen to a lot of punk music (and also a crazy amount of Lady Gaga). I also love food and am always hungry.

Favourite Products?

I love the Risotto stationery stuff and am obsessed with the Glasgow Soap Company Turkish delight lip balm!!

Favourite Scottish word.

Honking or jobby!!