Although my training was initially in jewellery and silver-smithing, I have crossed over successfully into the world of textiles, costume and fashion (I have won several awards including Scottish Fashion Designer of the Year, Recycling Fashion Designer of the Year and various awards for Fibre in North America and Australasia).
A staple ingredient in my work is wire that I reclaim from old televisions, the older the better. I’ve found over a hundred different colours and hues of copper and aluminium wire. It takes me about an hour to gut a television salvaging all that I can use, and about 3 days to re-create it into a hat. The first hat took me months to do and is now in the National Museums of Scotland Collection (they also have my first pair of shoes and a hatpin). Lately though, due to the rate of development in technology, I’ve found it harder to find the old television sets and have had to resort to buying various colours of wire! There is always a high component of re-used materials in my work – whether it is re-using charity shop finds or sweetie wrappers to get the right colour. I have become increasingly aware of how wasteful our society is becoming.
My pieces are in museum collections & private collections around the world. My work ranges from small earrings to large sculptures and I am more than happy to work to create a commission especially for you. Take a look at my portfolio on the home page and let me know if you’d like to order it. I can let you know if it’s available or if I have anything similar. Alternatively, take a look at my Etsy shop to see what’s available.
Until recently I worked as press officer for Wirral Museums Service for the Williamson Art Gallery and Birkenhead Priory. Visit williamsonartgallery.org for more information on their current exhibits and programmes. I am now working on the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in Wirral for 12 months