Artist, designer and maker
I am a self taught Artist, born in East Yorkshire, England. I have always loved art and gained a love of photography and painting when I moved to the Orkney Islands in the 1990’s. Whilst living in Orkney, I learned to make silver jewellery from a Sheffield silver smith, Kevin Allen who had set up his own business on the Islands, Orkneyinga Silver Smiths. I started making a small range of handmade jewellery and selling to local galleries.
I now live and work in Clydesdale, Scotland where I developed my Art to Wear range of brightly painted, vibrant wrap pins and brooches inspired by the magic and beauty of the landscape, wildlife and fauna. Scotland has an enormous influence on my designs, together with my own passion for vibrant colours and bold design. My Tartan Scottie Dog brooch won best in show at the Scottish Trade Fair, Spring 2013. My work is very distinctive and recognized throughout the Scottish Arts and Crafts scene. I supply a selection of large and small outlets throughout Scotland, the UK, Eire, Canada and USA. Prestigious customers include The National trust For Scotland, Historic Scotland, Glastonbury Abbey, Gleneagles Hotel Shop, Glasgow Museums, National Museums of Scotland, Bill Baber Knitwear – Edinburgh, Visit Scotland, Castle of Mey and Judith Glue – Orkney.