PASSIONATE ABOUT TEXTILE DESIGN.....
I graduated from Heriot-watt University - School of textiles (woven textile design) in 1999. This course not only developed creative skills but taught me the industrial, technical and business aspects of textile design and manufacture.
TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE
After graduation, looking for adventure and inspiration, I took off on a trip around the world visiting exotic lands such as Indonesia, South East Asia, Nepal and India, fascinated by the textile treasures, colour and decoration to be found there.
Returning to Scotland, my home, with a re-newed eye, I was struck by the clarity of light and produced a range of scarves inspired by the colours of Scottish landscape and sky using the techniques which I had seen used on my travels such as IKAT and Batik.
After a spell in London working as a stylist assistant on interior design magazines, I returned to the north of Scotland where I was offered a position as a woven accessories designer for Johnstons of Elgin. This was a wonderful opportunity to gain industrial experience and learn about mass production and manufacture within a company who focussed on quality and innovation. Part of a strong design team, we produced seasonal, trend based collections of woven fabrics for interior and fashion accessories.
In 2007, an opportunity arose in Glasgow to work as a textile designer for an Indian textile manufacturer in Punjab. I had always been drawn to India with it's rich textile heritage, beautiful colour and decoration, this was a dream come true for me.
Working with India was inspirational, rewarding and challenging. I was excited by the opportunity to expand my skills in woven textiles and to combine them with print and embroidery. The role also allowed me to travel to India twice a year where I would work with the team there to create seasonal collections which would then sell to European clients such as Hugo Boss, Esprit, Gant, Mulberry, Johns Lewis, Hobbs and Calvin Klein.
I loved travelling to India and was incredibly inspired by the rich textile heritage, colours, pattern, decoration and the everyday scenes I saw - you can see some of my photos in the 'Indian Textile Inspiration' section of this web-site.
After 8 years in Glasgow, I returned to the North of Scotland to my native landscape and family. I currently work part-time as a home ware buyer which allows me time to follow my dream of running my own textile design studio.
The next step in my journey starts here - my intention is to create and sell beautiful, inspirational, fun and unique textiles, which bring joy and delight to the world.