Where art meets design meets learning
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 have exhibited throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK and have artworks in private collections across the world.
I also manage project and design work for clients – I’m an Associate of Open Change, a Dundee-based service design and innovation company, and I’m a freelance designer with the Learning Team at V&A Dundee.
I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in 1997 with a BDes (Hons) in Constructed Textiles, specialising in Gobelin tapestry weaving. I completed a Master of Fine Art in 2003.
Alongside my studio practice, I began my ‘work’ career in an independent public arts agency, where I designed and delivered creative workshops for schools and community groups. I went on to work in publishing, spent time as a designer/weaver at the Edinburgh Tapesty Company, 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 went on to work in Higher Education for ten 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.
In 2010, I established Project Stuff – 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!
In 2015, I launched EXPLORE PLAY CREATE: creative workshops for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The workshops encourage curiosity and cover many aspects of creativity – including design thinking, fine art processes and craft making.
I am also 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.