I have a number of creative endeavours, each intrinsically interwoven with the other – and this guarantees an exciting, vibrant and inspirational existence!
I am fine art painter who makes contemporary abstract landscape paintings. I work from my home studio in Angus where I also design and run creative workshops.
I established Project Stuff in 2010 – a design and project coordination business. I have a varied and exciting portfolio of projects gained from working across the creative, academic, public and private sector. I have worked on a variety of project types with a number creative professionals – I have supported, collaborated and designed with some really amazing people!
I began my career in an independent public arts agency, where I designed and delivered creative workshops for schools and community groups.
I have worked in publishing, spent time as a designer/maker in a weaving and rug design studio, taught degree-level design students, became a director of a small company, organised exhibitions and pop-up galleries, supported practice-led research projects and facilitated and designed a number publications.
I was employed in Higher Education for 10 years – this included the role of Project Co-ordinator at the University of Dundee’s Visual Research Centre where I supported practice-led research projects. As Co-ordinator for the Designing for the 21st Century research initiative (a 5-year, £6.5m joint initiative funded by AHRC and EPSRC), I worked with a multitude of HEI’s across the UK, which involved 41 projects and over 900 different research outputs.
I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in 1997 with a BDes (Hons) in Constructed Textiles and in 2003 with a Master of Fine Art. I threw myself back into making in 2015, after becoming a member of Angus Open Studios – this is when I launched the EXPLORE PLAY CREATE workshops.
Originally, I trained as a Gobelin tapestry weaver, but I’m now make contemporary abstract landscape paintings. I have exhibited throughout Scotland and the UK and have artworks in private collections across the world. I have also had the honour of undertaking a number of private commissions.
I am a co-founder of the 56º Collective – a group of artists and designers based in Angus, Scotland. We came together through a shared love of making, creating and a desire to generate opportunities to engage with folk who like the kind of stuff we make! We do this by organising pop-up galleries, running workshops and initiating activities to engage with the wider community.
I work from my home studio which looks out onto my tree, plant and bird filled garden.