Textiles ・ Illustration ・ Education
I'm a textile designer, illustrator, and educator hailing from Scotland. Specifically, I call Argyll and Bute my home, where we get more than our fair share of rain. Despite the boggy ground, endless drizzle, and those pesky midgies, I've discovered something amazing about this part of Scotland: it's the perfect environment for supporting the country's Atlantic temperate rainforests.
I never knew rainforests existed outside of the tropics, but thanks to my son's home learning during lockdown, I had my mind blown. I delved into reading and researching these rare and threatened rainforests, and developed a newfound appreciation for the damp and soggy forests I like to drag the kids around. They're rich in rare bryophytes and lichens and are just as important as their tropical cousins, only much rarer and under threat.
My work aims to capture the otherworldly nature of these special places, the unusual shapes and the layering of plants, mosses, and trees which all grow symbiotically really inspire me. I love the strong color combinations and abstract shapes that exist in these environments and I use them as inspiration for my designs.
But it's not just about creating beautiful designs for me. I want to help protect these amazing environments, which is why I'll be donating 10% of my profits to organizations working to preserve and protect Scotland's rainforests. I believe that art has the power to inspire and effect change, and I want to use my work to bring attention to the beauty and importance of these unique habitats.