I love pattern, repeating images it is engrained into the soul of man since ancient time all over the world the same simple patterns turn up in carved stones, paintings and manuscripts They mesmerise me. I love colour too usually the vivid ones in my cottage garden the way they jar or blend.
By the time I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to be a weaver. I sought out a tapestry artist and began learning. I chose to study at S.C.O.T gaining a BA in industrial woven textiles. After a short spell in industry I gravitated to lecturing and then to the NHS, where I worked as an artist in residency post for Mental Health enabling people in their recovery through creativity, I learned mindfulness and brought up my family.
Today I am lucky to be able to enjoy weaving again with a dedicated studio and two wooden handlooms. I have a deep need to create to appreciate, to practice my skills.
It is important to me to be hands on; every cm of the yarn runs through my fingers at least 2 times.
My practise is dedicated to making fabric that slightly differs in pattern on either side, exploring the movement of the fabric on the wears’ body and the play of patterns/textures.
I take pride in my achievements and appreciate that a good finished product starts from carefully source materials.
My work is considered and well made.
A designer / maker / sole trader at Balgarvie Handloom Weaving since 2014. Selling direct to the public at creative pop up markets in Glasgow and Dundee as well as through choice Gallery / craft spaces Scotland and USA. I am hoping to continue to build a reputation for quality handcrafted, well designed products using Scottish materials and continuing to use learned textile skills and hopefully pass these on in the future building a sustainable business.
BA | 1990 | SCOTTISH COLLEGE OF TEXTILES
· Major: Industrial design (textiles)
· Related coursework: arts degree majoring in woven textiles heavily orientated towards a career in industry learning all aspects of production from yarn design to finishing methods, fit for purpose and marketing as well as history of design.
HNC CREDITS | 2013 | LANGSIDE GLASGOW
· Major: occupational therapy
· Related coursework: work related learning through NES. Studying psychology, anatomy and physiology as well as demographics and protocols.
OGRADES AND HIGHERS | 1986| BELLBAXTER HIGH SCHOOL
Variety of achievements including prizes for art and design
Skills & Abilities
· As a sole trader I am responsible for a wide range of skills from direct customer interaction, email and liaison with gallery owners. I manage finances/ accounts. I market and stock control as well as branding and product design.
I sell work online and through selected galleries both in the UK and USA
2018 Craft Scotland Summer Show
Mac Roberts Winter show
Maker pop ups with Tea Green