By the time I reached age 16, my worldview had already been unrealistically shaped by television shows like ‘Friends’. Determined to prove my mother wrong, that life could be like a television show after all, I followed in Rachel Green’s footsteps and got a job as a barista. Working as a kitchen porter and waiter, to learn how to run a floor, followed by training as a fully fledged barista.
When I first met Alice Brown, we were dressed up for a school disco at our University freshers week. After a couple of conversations, it became apparent that we were pretty similar, two odd balls with big dreams! A friendship which has spanned seven years, two hemispheres and three cities, we have supported one another no matter how crazy the idea might be.
Alice Brown | Illustrator | Glasgow
In Edinburgh she runs Alice’s Illustrations where she works on some really funky art. Whether it be commissioned work, like album artwork, festival posters or original works of art, I have always been obsessed with her unique style. Being the best friend that she is, as soon as I mentioned I wanted to develop my own brand she asked for a mood board and some inspiration. I sent a photograph of my Great Granny from 1943 and a few days later we had our logo.
Over the last couple of months we have been going through to Edinburgh to work with Alice on developing our coffee artworks and names. Without her, there literally wouldn’t be a Canary Girl Coffee Co. Our days of school discos may be well and truly behind us, but our support and love for one another is stronger than ever and it means the world to me that now I get to work with my best friend.