Bliss Bomb: Tony Clayton from Well Spotted
December 8, 2010
Tony Clayton of Well Spotted
hd: Tell us a little about yourself….
tc: I have arty pretensions & I love words. I only wear jeans & t-shirts. I don’t like shaving or getting my hair cut. I work from home so that I don’t have to shave or get my hair cut. I work for myself in an effort to spend more time with the family but just end up staying up late trying to get everything done!
hd: Wow, I think I am the female version of you . What did you think you would be doing when you were in school?
tc: I really wanted to take photographs of beautiful urban & rural landscapes, mostly at twilight.
hd: Ahh, how romantic……so why are you making shirts and not taking photos?
tc: I made printed t-shirts & other clothes which I sold at paddington markets during the halcyon retail days of the 80’s. Then I managed the printed ranges of Mambo for many years. When my wife got a job that required her to live in New York, we moved to a little box on Manhatten’s lower east side for nearly a year until budget cuts sent that job back to Sydney. Well Spotted started after that & originally was for a grown-up market but of course when our baby arrived it all became about him.
hd: So tell us about Well spotted as it looks today.
tc: I make t-shirts in Australia. I print slogans on them myself. Some are funny.
hd: So along with the photography, t-shirts seem to have been an idea that has been around for a long time too. Is that right?
tc: Well in 3rd class our teacher asked us all to bring in a t-shirt. She helped us cut stencils out of paper which we stuck onto a silkscreen. I went home that day with a little red apple printed onto a little yellow t-shirt.
hd: I hope you have tracked her down and given her a Well Spotted shirt! Can you still remember what that first sale feel like?
tc: a commitment.
hd: Yep, I get that! What commitment are you making to all my lovely harrysdesk readers?
tc: I have three shirts you can give away however you like. The winners can choose what shirt they want from the website.
hd: Wow Tony, that is super generous. Thanks very much…..
I did suggest I just keep them all for myself…. but that isn’t really the idea. Ok…. how to give them away
- SHIRT 1: Comment below telling me which is your favourite shirt from the Well Spotted site. If you win, this will be the one you get!
- SHIRT 2: Write in the comments below your best slogan for a shirt. I will get Tony to choose his favourite and you will win a shirt. It won’t be YOUR slogan t-shirt but a Well Spotted one.
- SHIRT 3: Comment on the blog over the next week (any post) and a winner will be chosen from those. If you comment more than once… you will have more chances of winning.
Ok…. off you go! You have one week. I will let you know the winners on Wednesday the 16th.
(you can enter in everything or just one category)