Scottish Hand Crafted Textiles
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Based just outside of Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland, I work with a variety of textiles products and methods. This beautiful landscape and countryside is a constant source of inspiration to my work. I have different strands to the types of textiles which I work with and so my website is organised to reflect these different strands.
I have built up a range of embossed iridescent velvets which are hand printed. I work with zoomorphic and spiral Celtic designs which are quite historically linked to the area. I also work with seasonal foliage which I collect.
I have a range of tweeds which have been hand woven on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides – Scotland’s Western Isles. All Harris Tweed items have an authenticity Harris Tweed label.) Most of my tweeds are from the smaller, individual home weavers rather than the bigger weavers on Harris
The countryside is always so completely cyclic and it changes daily in different ways as the seasons flow and as the weather ebbs and flows. What I see and what I gather changes and feeds into whatever I am making. At the moment I am experimenting with eco – dyeing. I love not knowing what the gathered foliage is going to do until that final moment of unravelling. I love the alchemy.
My grandmother who was a compulsive embroiderer taught me embroidered stitch from an early age. I moved far away from this type of practice only to make the full circle and find myself naturally returning to stitch in the very same slow, instinctive way with that same compulsion that she had all those years ago.
I studied Printmaking at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and then moved on to do my MA in Printmaking at Chelsea College of Art in London. Following my MA, I undertook a printmaking fellowship at Cheltenham College of Art during which time, I became involved in applying my printmaking practise to textiles. I quickly became fully immersed in the vast scope of possibilities within the world of textiles. Printmaking has always on some level informed my textiles based work and I am most in my element; my right place when printing and drawing and painting with thread.
I split my time between making my own work and teaching art, design and textiles in Inverness. I am heavily committed to the exploration of the ethical issues and solutions around the textiles industry with my young learners who never fail to impress me with their energy and creativity.