A Brief History
I graduated in 1998 with a degree in Printed Textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.
Between 1999 and 2009 I worked as a stylist for Habitat and M&S, based mainly in London but laterly in my home town of Aberdeen.
From 2011 I have worked as a freelance stylist on various projects in independent shops across Scotland. This fitted in with my family commitments and I have worked on some exciting projects. I enjoyed the creativity of this work, however I wanted to concentrate more on my own designs rather than styling the work of other designers. With this in mind, I started to draw again, and taught myself how to use Photoshop. I also signed up for a refresher screen printing course at Peacock Visual Arts, and began to build up my portfolio of work.
Screen printing is the starting point to most of my current work. I love the element of surprise and instant gratification I get when a screen is pulled and revealed! Although my work often starts with a screen print, I do not regard myself as a “Screen printer” as such. I rarely edition my prints and prefer to work into my prints with paint, ink, silver leaf and other mediums to create a unique effect. Screen printing is the starting point to all of my work. The “peel and reveal” instant gratification that lifting a screen has is just the best!
I have been exhibiting my work since 2011, and even managed to pull together one exhibition when my third son was 8 days old! (Extreme Multi tasking was needed for that one!!)
In 2015 I started producing lampshades and cushions. Having a Textiles and Home Styling background, it just made sense for me to design my own range!
In 2017 a friend gave me a candle that she had made and poured into an old can that she had decoupaged herself. It was beautiful! This was the inspiration for me to try out my next venture – Candles. I wanted to design a range of candles that were a design statement in their own right, but were also beautifully scented and made with the best quality products.
In Dec 2017 I launched my new range of luxury, hand poured, scented candles.
2018 was a busy year for me… I converted a local barn into a Studio, Workshop and Exhibition Space. In September 2018 my “barn” had been transformed from a dirty old grain store into a functional space with plenty of natural light, with a great exhibition area. Since opening, I have held 2 art exhibitions and various creative workshops.
I am very excited about what the future will bring, and all of the creative possibilities that await! My on-line store is open for business and I have a variety of exhibitions coming up in 2019. I am also continuing with workshop classes which are great fun for people to come along to and learn something new.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my collections of work!